Attorney | Ciarra C. Adkins, JD
Ciarra C. Adkins is a licensed West Michigan attorney. She has a BA in Psychology and a Spanish Minor from Calvin College (now Calvin University). Ciarra attended WMU Cooley Law School where she concentrated in Intellectual Property Law and received the Certificate of Merit in Gaming Law (Casino Law). Ciarra embodies hard work and perseverance – she worked full-time throughout law school as a non-profit program manager. Ciarra is very passionate about equity, higher education, civic engagement/voting rights, and legal accessibility for low-income communities. The legal field has been a passion as far back as she can remember. In fact, as a child Ciarra never played dress up or house with dolls like most girls her age, instead Ciarra would line up her stuffed animals and hold court sessions where many naughty stuffed animals were sentenced to time outs!
IT Director | Jamari Pickens
Jamari Pickens has worked in the information and technology industry for over 15 years. His experiences ranges from EasyTech associate, help desk, to operation management. Certified in ITIL v4, VMWare Horizon, Dell, and soon to be an Enterprise Administrator Expert. Born and raised on the south east side of Grand Rapids, MI, Jamari has always had a passion for technology, building his early experience as the “computer guy” to friends, family, and the community. Through volunteering, Jamari found his passion for helping others. Now with his passions for both technology and helping others, Jamari is driven to provide excellent tech solutions through his company BlackFox Tech Solutions.
Paralegal + Administrative Assistant |
Tamara is an entrepreneur, social influencer, and creative. She is the daughter of a powerful immigrant mother and a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tamara spent her first years living on the south side of Chicago, where she learned to appreciate her Mexican culture and the importance of her native language. Tamara is a proud first generation college graduate that earned her associate’s Degree from Grand Rapids Community College and her Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University. Since graduating, Tamara has worked with marginalized communities to increase access to opportunities and address language barriers to accessing legal services. Utilizing her bilingual skills in English and Spanish, Tamara thrives where she can be a connector between networks and services. Tamara is the Founder of Monteon, LLC. – which provides virtual assistant services to Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC) entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and creatives. Her passion stems from working alongside change makers and advocates for marginalized communities. She is honored to support and work with other BIWOCs who are planting their seeds and building their legacy. She is happily married to her wife, Keyuana.