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. Recently, Trang was awarded the University of Central Oklahoma Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.
During that time, Trang was also a former Miss Asian UCO and 4th runner-up in national Miss Vietnam USA. Pageantry gave her a platform to reach and influence young woman both locally and nationally. Before starting her own nonprofit, Trang assisted in running a nonprofit clinic for individuals with neuromuscular disease as well as directing a free wheel-chair adaptable summer camp for the pediatric patients at the clinic.
She is a believer in second chances and serves on numerous nonprofit boards in Oklahoma City. 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, and two daughters. She is looking forward to equipping and empowering the women in Oklahoma City 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.
Som Carman joins the Dress for Success Oklahoma City board of directors after four years serving as an organization volunteer. Som is the owner of Flying Elephant, LLC an Oklahoma City-based real estate investment firm and is a licensed real estate sales associate with Dwell Urban Real Estate in Oklahoma City. Prior to starting her own business, Som was employed by Quantum Learning Technologies an Ann Arbor, MI based company whose proprietary reading software promoted cognitive learning advancements for underserved and low income school districts throughout the Southeast United States. As a founding member of the company, Som was responsible for customer relations and student/teacher implementation and training. Her experience working directly with underprivileged students gave her firsthand insight into the power that opportunity, support and encouragement can bring to disadvantaged and underrepresented peoples.
As a first generation immigrant and the first woman in her immediate and extended family to complete college earning a B.S. in Business Information Systems from Utah State University, Som brings to the organization her belief that all women regardless of ethnic, racial or economic background are capable of achievement beyond preset cultural and societal expectations. Her desire to empower and enable women was the motivation for her involvement in organizations like Dress for Success and the Junior League of Oklahoma City of which she is a former member. In addition to her professional and non-profit work with Dress for Success Som has been involved with several organizations in the Oklahoma City area including: Junior League of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Humane Society, Oklahoma City Ballet, Preservation OK and Heritage Hills Associate Board.
Som’s work in real estate development allows her to partake in her hobbies of home renovation, design and crafting. Additionally, Som enjoys snowboarding, snow skiing, water sports, hiking and traveling. She is also the proud ‘mother’ of four very spoiled rescue chihuahuas.
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.
April Northcliff is a Market Manager for Walmart Stores, Inc. April has 20 years of operational experience. She leads Market 352 which consists of 9 stores with over 2,200 associates. April is passionate and committed to “No Store or Associate Left Behind.” April’s success is reflected in the team she leads. Her ability to inspire confidence and personal ownership has enabled her to promote two Store Managers into Market Manager positions, several associates into Store Manager roles, 14 associates into an Academy, as well as many more key promotions for her team.
April began her career in 1998 as a part-time cashier in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She worked in several areas of the store while attending the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. After earning a four-year bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a two-year degree in Business Management, April promoted to Assistant Manager in Lawton, Oklahoma. In her first year there, she was awarded The Assistant Manager of the Year Award for her store. April continued to progress her career and promoted to Store Manager in Yukon, Oklahoma. While there, she successfully operated at a high level and was chosen to lead a focus store in Oklahoma City. April’s effective leadership in running these two stores along with her successful management of people and processes led to her promotion to Market Manager of Market 352 in the heart of Oklahoma. In 2015, April was awarded Regional Market Manager of the Year and Divisional Rookie Market Manager of the Year.
April resides in Tuttle, Oklahoma with her husband Shawn. Together they have two beautiful children, Gunnar who is 8 and Jayden who is 4. April credits her success to God, family, and her Walmart family.
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.
Melissa Baez was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved at an early age with her family to the United States following their American Dream. As a recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Sociology-Human Services, she follows her passion of helping others in obtaining their own American Dream by being a part of the community as much as she can. As a DACA recipient, she believes in giving people opportunities and options and wants to dedicate her life to giving hope and finding resources for people in difficult situations.
Melissa likes to spend time with the love of her life, her dogs and cat, reading biographies and watching documentaries. She enjoys painting and finding ways to express her creativity. She plans to return to college to become a social worker and in the meantime, will learn and grow as part of the Dress for Success Oklahoma City family.