"Our Goal, as TMCT leaders, is to ignite the light within our Students in the field of STEAM, Leadership Development, and Diversity & Inclusion to help them discover their talents and sharpening their skills to prepare for the future." - Rick Lee, Advisory Board Chair

About Us

TRANSFORMATION is exciting. It’s all about growing and changing to meet the needs of those we serve while also paying tribute to, and honoring, our past. This year has been a year of transformation for the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. (TMCT).  While we continue to promote and highlight our rich history we are connecting more to our youth both locally and across the country.

Today’s children will carry our legacy into tomorrow and beyond. They are society’s most valuable resource and  we entrust them with the preservation of all things good, curator of all things historical, creator of all things new.

To cultivate a world where they are set up for success, we are positioning the organization to provide and lead our youth in three major programming venues: STEAM, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND DIVERSITY & INCLUSION. These three areas of focus will assist and enable young people to make more  comprehensive and informed decisions about what they see for their own futures and for the future of our world, they will help mold as the leaders of the next generation.

This newly invigorated focus has given TMCT the opportunity to rewrite the mission statement reflecting the full scope of our commitment:

To accomplish this transformational endeavor, I recommended the development of a TMCT Advisory board and with the approval of the TMCT Board of Directors we are now implementing programming that will take our youth to the next level.  The TMCT Advisory is diligently working to launch programming in April of 2019.

As always, we continue to support the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall and especially through our new programming providing separate but equal opportunity for our youth to be the best they can be as contributing citizens.

I am thrilled about what is next for TMCT as we look forward to seeing the growth of our programs and the impact they will have on the development of our youth, our future leaders. .

Our Mission

To accomplish this transformational endeavor, I recommended the development of a TMCT Advisory board and with the approval of the TMCT Board of Directors we are now implementing programming that will take our youth to the next level.  The TMCT Advisory is diligently working to launch programming in April of 2019.

As always, we continue to support the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall and especially through our new programming providing separate but equal opportunity for our youth to be the best they can be as contributing citizens.

I am thrilled about what is next for TMCT as we look forward to seeing the growth of our programs and the impact they will have on the development of our youth, our future leaders. .

Student Beacon Leaders

Hanna
Seyom

Senior
Cardozo High School

Diego
Gonzalez 

Senior
Roosevelt Stay HS

Cassidy
Scott

Senior
Duke Ellington
School of the Arts

Jeremiah
Hill-Barnes

Sophomore
Cardozo High School

Jaya
White

Sophomore
Cardozo High School

Our Team

Rick Lee

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN
Operating Partner SSC
Managing Partner ICS

Seventeen plus years of global executive leadership Fortune 100 companies, and to consultancies, developing, and leading strategic business development initiatives for company transformations, mergers and acquisitions, start-ups and critical turn arounds. Proud alumni of Bowie State, Bowie Maryland, Virginia Tech, Boston College. Six Sigma MBB Certified.

Thomasina W. Yearwood, 

President/CEO
Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. TMCT

As a senior administrator and consultant with over 30 years of experience in human and financial resource development, Ms. Yearwood has demonstrated the leadership skills necessary to ensure the organization’s fiscal soundness, through strategic planning and board of director development, and has served as a member of the District of Columbia Historical Advisory Board and the District of Columbia Commission on Women. She has received an Outstanding Community Service Award from the United Negro College Fund, United Planning Organization and the Historic 12th Street Church.

Chris Brooks 

STEAM Committee Chair
VP/GM AMETEK Engineered Medical Components

25 years’ experience in various corporate functional areas that have culminated in the last five years spent as an executive with P&L responsibility in the industrial products and medical device markets. Non-profit board experiences with Boys & Girls Club, American Heart Association and North Carolina A&T State University. 

Emmanuel Eppie

Director of Student Programs

Emmanuel Eppie​ is compassionate science teacher with a love for seeing students develop into their greatness.
He became a teacher to give the next generation encouragement through their trials.
He believes that fostering healthy relationships with young people can help them achieve their personal goals.
M.B.A Morgan State University, Master of Arts in Teaching, Towson University

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Lewis Forest II

University Relation Chair
Asst Dean in Student Services, George Mason Univ.

Nearly 20 years of experience working in K-12 and higher education settings as a Professional School Counselor, Executive Director for a college access program. More recently, his work has been centered on student/professional development and organizational well-being. and as Associate Dean in student services

Wendy Smith

Organizational Development Committee Chair
Human Resources Leader & Consultant

Former Global Head of Talent Experiences at NCR Corporation, Wendy is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt that touts nearly 20 years of HR experience. She has received several external awards including Workforce Optimus, Brandon Hall Excellence Award, CLO Learning in Practice, and CandE Awards. Wendy was previously honored with the Workforce Game-Changer Award, which recognizes the next generation of innovative, dynamic leaders to watch in human resources and workplace management.

Toni Parkman

Events / Entertainment Chair

Toni is a self-motivated event planner and entertainment management professional with relevant years of related challenges and client management experiences within the entertainment industry.

Rose Lugo

Diversity & Inclusion Chair
Head of HR Lavazza North America

Accomplished HR Executive with over 15 years’ experience, serving as an HR Ambassador for Fortune 500 companies and start -ups. Her passion for people, commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development, makes her a genuine influencer providing her expertise to various small and mid-size companies.

Kathleen Back

Organizational Development
Brand, Marketing and Social Media Professional 

Kathleen combines a passion for putting people first with a love of technology and all things digital. As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, she keeps a keen eye on ways to streamline, simplify and measure processes and experiences to enable success.  

With a focus on building exceptional experiences, she applies her 11+ years of knowledge in training and development, employee experiences, recruitment marketing and employer brand to help organizations tell their stories in authentic ways.

Treasure Iwuoha

Marketing & Brands
T-Rise Productions LLC

Experienced, Grammy Award nominated music producer with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry. Credits: Tre Songz, Mya, jagged Edge, Lil Wayne, Jill Scott, Jadakiss, CeCe Penniston, Nicki Minaj, Cam’ron, & more.

Tashina Cardwell

TMCT Student Programs  Chief of Staff

Competitive through sports, academics and the professional field with a bias for action and a passion for leadership. Tashina exudes high ethical standards and possess the ability to evaluate, organize and prioritize work within an overall project schedule. With a focused mindset on execution, Tashina develops and nurtures a culture of solid relationships with associates, executive leaders and key business clients to drive the success of organizational objectives, creating commitment and accountability at all levels.

Bachelors degree: Virginia State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Graduate degree: American University
Master of Science in Justice, Law & Criminology  

Tracy Eichelberger

TMCT Student Programs, PMO, Project Management Officer

With over thirty years experience in education, both in middle and high school classrooms and in administration, Tracy is a servant-leader who has devoted her professional career to addressing the needs of students and families in disadvantaged communities. She brings the highest level of attention to leadership, team development, use of data, and systems thinking to servicing the needs of the community and ensuring career or college opportunities for all youth.

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TM Student Programs are designed to be holistic, developing the critical skills to create lights that shine as a collective beacon in the world.

TM Student Programs network develops and executes community-level plans to resolve underlying barriers to success specific to Student Development. Embrace, Endorse and Advocate for the vision, mission and strategy of the TMCT Student Programs, with a goal.

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