Meet our board |
Alisa Trang Green
Founder & Board Chairwoman
Alisa Trang Green is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Dress for Success Oklahoma City affiliate. Trang has been working in the nonprofit sector for numerous years. Some of her expertise range from fundraising, spreading community awareness, advocating for women and relationship building with at-risk individuals. Her passion for helping others started when her family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam to seek the American Dream. She grew up in the Oklahoma City community where philanthropy played a big role in her upbringing. She feels a responsibility to repay the community for what they have done for her and her family’s life. That responsibility has grown into a love for the individuals working to break the cycle of poverty or hardship. Trang has always lived with the philanthropy philosophy of, “Why work to make other people rich, when you should be working to enrich others."
Trang graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s in Corporate Communications in 2008. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she was active in a total of 26 organizations on campus while still mentoring inner-city school students in her spare time. During that time, Trang was also a former Miss Asian UCO and 4th runner-up in Miss Vietnam USA. Pageantry gave her a platform to reach and influence young woman both locally and nationally. Trang also assisted in running a nonprofit clinic for individuals with neuromuscular disease as well as directing a free wheel-chair adaptable summer camp for patients.
She is a believer in second chances and aiding women to reach a level of stability on their own. Trang is also fluent in Vietnamese. In her spare time she enjoys being active in ministry, reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her husband, director Brent Ryan Green. She is looking forward to helping disadvantage women in Oklahoma City, through Dress for Success, to achieve their own American Dream.
Necie Black was born in Los Angeles, California. The third eldest of eight children, she shared the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings and quickly learned to lead and resolve conflict. She excelled in school and despite becoming a teenage mom, Necie persevered, rose above life’s challenges and began a journey of manifesting her best and most authentic self! After more than 27 years with AT&T, she founded Lyfe Smarts LLC., a coaching, training and consulting platform. By sharing the effective use of strengths, she helps individuals and organizations have greater relationships and results, in and out of the workplace. Necie is a certified Strengths Strategy coach and facilitator, Master Coach and People Acuity Specialist™. She holds a Master’s in Business and is a member of ICF Arkansas/Oklahoma Chapter pursuing ACC Credentialing.
The Dress for Success mission to empower women towards economic independence is more than a statement to Necie. She understands what it feels like to need a helping hand, compassion, and an opportunity to build a sustainable lifestyle. Necie spreads the Dress for Success message of hope at local events and loves life in the Oklahoma City area with her husband Michael.
Krystal Yoseph was born in Oklahoma City, raised by two extremely supportive, resourceful and committed parents. Krystal loves community and has led an actively contributing role, in various capacities, throughout her life. After high school she went on to the University of Oklahoma and obtained a BA in Journalism, with an emphasis in public relations, and upon graduation moved to Washington, D.C. By happenstance of sorts, she lived in Washington, D.C. for eight years, working for a myriad of organizations ranging from a national trade association, to a luxury lifestyle publication, to a boutique public relations firm.
She relocated back home to Oklahoma City in November 2014, where she has been the Account Director at Bumbershoot PR ever since. At Bumbershoot, she is part of a small but mighty team that advocates, bolsters and promotes some of the city’s most impactful companies and organizations. Increasingly, over the years, she has realized an underlying passion for not only networking but earnestly connecting individuals - whether professionally, socially or civically - and is so very grateful to currently work for a company that honors and encourages that enthusiasm.
Since returning to OKC, she has graduated as a member Leadership OKC’s LOYAL XI class, been nominated for 40 under 40, and has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters OKC, Youth Services of Oklahoma County, Maps for Neighborhoods and also serves as the public relations and marketing advisor for the Psi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.
Krystal values quality time with family and friends, dining out, traveling, writing, laughing out loud, and networking. She is invested in the fabric of Oklahoma City and honored to serve as the newest board member of Dress For Success OKC.
Louise Leslie is a certified public accountant currently employed by DWG.inc, where she performs audits for nonprofit and governmental entities. Her prior work experience includes ten years with a large national public accounting firm, accountant for a preschool, and for a local oil & gas company. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Accounting.
Louise thoroughly enjoys helping others help themselves. She is a volunteer tutor for City Care’s Whiz Kids program which helps at risk students develop reading skills. She works with Jobs for Life, a program that transforms lives through the dignity of work. Louise is an active volunteer in her church and regularly takes her therapy dog to visit the elderly. She is thrilled to be apart of Dress for Success Oklahoma City and the impact it can make in women's lives.
Board Development Chair
Whittney Hood is the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance for Oklahoma City-based non-profit, The Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ). She has more than ten years Human Resources administration and strategic communication leadership experience, building family-oriented, balanced corporate cultures.
Whittney is a native Oklahoman, graduating with honors from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Public Relations and Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Whittney is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds the international Society for Human Resource Management’s Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation, the highest certification offered by the organization.
Whittney is committed to “doing good.” She is a member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City, a volunteer for Oklahoma City Educare, a program of Sunbeam Family Services and serves as a leadership mentor for students in the UCO MBA program. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the UCO College of Business Human Resources program, and is a member of the Oklahoma City Employer Council. Whittney has served as a volunteer for Dress for Success Oklahoma City since its inception and is passionate about serving others. Whittney is excited to continue that mission serving Dress for Success Oklahoma City as the newest member of the Board of Directors.
Aimee Maddera serves as the Divisional Senior Human Resource Director at Walmart Corporation. She is a seasoned leader, with 17 years of management experience. Most recently, she directs the strategic HR plan for 100 Walmart stores in Oklahoma and Texas. Aimee has an extensive background in HR generalist affairs. She graduated Cum Laude at American Public University, with a Bachelor’s in Management- Human Resources. She earned honors with Delta Tau Epsilon Honor Society, as well as International Golden Key Honor Society.
Aimee has established strong partnerships in the Oklahoma community. She has previously served on the Board of Directors with the Latino Community Development Agency and Meinder’s School of Business. Aimee has a strong passion for empowering women in her community. She understands the importance of lifting up those around her. This is evident with her long partnership with Dress for Success Tulsa, serving as a sponsor for the Going Places Network. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Oklahoma City so that she can make a difference in the lives of the women in her community.
Diana Ngo Le
Born and raised in Oklahoma City with parents who met while escaping Vietnam by boat after losing everything in the Vietnam war, she is not foreign to aiming for the American dream with little start out with. Hard work paired with diligence and discipline was exemplified through her parents allowing her to have a drive to provide a better life for her and those around her.
After graduating with degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diana went on to Oklahoma City University School of Law, continuing the legacy of her late father, Quy Ngo, a justice in Vietnam prior to the end of the Vietnam War.
After graduating, she started her practice and is founder and owner of both DNL Law Associates and Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Specialists, a practice with her husband, Dr. David Quyen Le. Diana serves on the board of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a non-profit organization for the abused and neglected children in DHS custody. She is also a founder and alumni of Phi Delta Alpha, multi-cultural sorority.
Her passion lays within representing and speaking those who are not able to speak for themselves. Her hobbies are ballet, piano, food and travel with family and friends. She is also a certified Barre instructor and loves taking and teaching classes to all ages. Diana and David have two children, girl and boy, London and Preston and as a family they love to travel, golf, and go to the movies with snuck in food and a good bottle of Cabernet.
Yolanda Horton-Evans is an experienced retail professional with 19 years of Management experience. Her leadership portfolio includes a wide range of Management positions including, Big Box Retail Store Manager, District Manager, and Multi-Unit Merchandise Field Leader. With a demonstrated record of success in growing sales, continuous improvement of operations and Customer Service Yolanda continues to share her knowledge with others in her current role as an Accelerated Club Manager for Sam's Club.
Yolanda is passionate about empowering young women to reach their full potential. As a mother of two beautiful daughters she knows first hand the importance of being a positive female role model. She has served as a mentor in various youth empowerment programs MI Futuro, C.L.A.S.S, and Currently Rise up for Youth.
Recognized as a role model for her community commitment and Mentorship, Yolanda received the C.L.A.S.S Act Award from the Urban League of Kansas in 2014. She was also recognized as a Kansas Woman of Distinction Honoree in 2011 for her Community Commitment and Leadership with Dress for Success Kansas Going places Network. Yolanda truly believes in helping others let their light shine. She is excited and grateful to serve the Community with Dress for Success Oklahoma City.
Assistant Executive Director
Michelle Blasquez was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States with her family at an early age. She attended high school and college in Oklahoma, where she has had the opportunity to work with several amazing nonprofit organizations in the metro area. Her journey with Dress for Success began with the opening of the Oklahoma City chapter in May 2015 as a volunteer. Michelle’s parents have long modeled a sincere passion for serving others, and she believes their example greatly inspired the direction of her life.
Michelle graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition to serving as Assistant Director, Michelle works as a newborn hearing screener in a Mother Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she screens babies for hearing abnormalities and discusses the importance of early intervention with parents. Her passion for serving women and children in addition to her love of languages and communication ultimately led her to the doors of Dress for Success. Michelle believes that by empowering mothers with the proper tools, we can break the cycle of poverty for their families.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, hiking, trivia, and spending time with her friends and family. She is a former Disney Entertainment cast member, and has performed in parades for guests from all over the world. She loves being active and is currently training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April. Michelle envisions herself working with marginalized communities and disadvantaged individuals for the rest of her life.
Lea Gallagher is a Professional Organizer from Takoma Park, MD. In her organizing business, Untangle, she blends her creative and analytical styles to help people declutter their homes and home offices so they can feel peace and simplify their lives. Helping others grow and watching them succeed is a passion of Lea’s. While studying biology and psychology at Howard Community College and later at University of Maryland University College, she worked with nonprofits helping college students and the LGBT community. With travel in her heart, she moved to Oklahoma City in 2015 and immediately reached out to Dress For Success to start volunteering.
Lea is now the Boutique Manager for Dress For Success Oklahoma City where she uses her organizing expertise and aesthetic style to keep the boutique current and fashionable. She builds the confidence of the clients of Dress For Success by finding the right professional clothing for each woman and working with them on their resumes and interview skills to highlight their strengths.
Lea shares her life with her partner and their imaginary-for-now corgi until they meet the right one to add to their family. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, sci-fi, a constant stream of music, all kinds of gaming, reading, hiking, and watching roller derby.
2018 Fall Intern
Jaycie Bayless is a senior at the University of Oklahoma studying Journalism and Women's & Gender Studies. She grew up in Guymon, OK and currently lives in Norman while attending school. She generally keeps herself busy with school and involvement but has a passion for helping others.
Her interests include eating, going to museums and pretending to be interested and photographing new areas in Norman and OKC. Her future is undecided but as long as she can create a seat at the table for everyone and give those people a voice, she will consider that a success.