Heather L. Hodges, Executive Director joined the Gullah Geechee Corridor after serving as Pro Bono Counsel for almost a decade at Neighborhood Legal Services of the District of Columbia. She is an experienced, non-profit executive and attorney with significant experience in program design, resource development, fundraising, community engagement, communications, board relations, organizational development, capacity building, advocacy and strategic planning. An honors graduate from the Tulane University School of Law, Hodges began her legal career in private practice in Washington, D.C., as an Associate at the international law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer) and then as Counsel with Crowell and Moring LLP. She was the recipient of a 2010-2011 Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship from Georgetown Law School where she did field work exploring challenges to providing access to justice in Belize and organized programs on international human rights law. Ms. Hodges is also a documentary photographer who specializes in African, Afro-Latino and Hispanic culture with an emphasis on contemporary and traditional music and dance culture. She has traveled extensively including to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, to study traditional Afro-Cuban dance; to La Sabana, Venezuela, for the Fiesta de San Juan; to Dakar, Senegal, to explore its contemporary music scene; and to Belize for Garifuna Settlement Day. She has also documented the roots of Delta blues and the Gathering at Geechee Kunda Festival in Georgia. Her photographs have been exhibited in Washington D.C. and London.
Ruth Wyse, Operations Officer has over 30 years of experience providing administrative, financial and technical support in health care and education settings. She has provided IT support for students and faculty, worked on federally funded health care initiatives, managed state and federal certification programs in environmental health, and monitored clinical trial protocols for Medicare compliance. In her role as operations officer, she is responsible for managing general accounting operations, financial statements and reports, and ensuring compliance in managing federal funds while meeting federal reporting requirements. She received a Masters degree in Anthropology and Archaeology from Kent State University.
Vicky Triponey, PhD, Volunteer Development Consultant brings 35-plus years experience in higher education as former college administrator and educator. Dr. Triponey focused her life’s work on engaging students in educationally purposeful ways; building more caring, inclusive and cohesive communities; and preparing principle-centered leaders ready and determined to contribute to the greater good. She earned a BS in Psychology (UPJ), MA in Student Personnel (IUP), and PhD in Higher Education (UVA). Her career includes service on the president’s council at four public universities (Wichita State, UConn, Penn State, and TCNJ) and as a student affairs professional (at WSU, UVA, UPJ and UGA). She now serves as a Higher Education Consultant and continues to teach and serve through speaking engagements and volunteer work. As the Volunteer Consultant for Development with the GGCHC, Dr. Triponey is cultivating support from individuals as well as philanthropically oriented groups who care about and are vested in the work of the GGCHC Commission. While shaping the organizational infrastructure, a comprehensive, sustainable and collaborative friend-raising and fundraising initiative is emerging that supports the Commission’s mission and goals.” To “As the Volunteer Consultant for Development with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Foundation, Dr. Triponey is cultivating support from individuals as well as philanthropically oriented groups who care about and are vested in the work of the GGCHC Commission. While shaping the organizational infrastructure, a comprehensive, sustainable and collaborative friend-raising and fundraising initiative is emerging that supports the Commission’s mission and goals.