The Team

Our board members all possess a passion for achieving the mission and vision of Project Inspire through incorporating their expertise and passion for impacting the lives of youth and young adults. Learn more about them below.

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Daphne L. Valcin, Founder and Executive Director/ Ex Oficio Board Member

Being raised in a community where youth programming served as a strong beacon to under-resourced youth amidst community strife, Daphne L. Valcin believes in the power of expression, empowerment and youth development as tools that allow our youth to surpass societal challenges. She has worked with young people for the past 13 years, working tirelessly to ensure that they have the resources and opportunities to impact their own lives and the lives of their communities.

Throughout the East Coast, she has served communities in various capacities, using skill-sets in project management, event planning, program development, recruitment, community outreach, and marketing in conjunction with a passion for education and a love for the performing arts to impact youth. As the Executive Director of Project Inspire, Daphne believes in the power of young people to make large-scale change when provided with the resources and opportunity to do so.

 

Kristen Crockett, Board Chair/ Programs Chair

IMG_0607Kristen Crockett is the Director of Learning & Development for Urban One, the parent company of Radio One, Reach Media, TV One, One Solution, and iOne Digital. She jump starts passion, connects people and departments, and gives leaders the tools they need to grow.

Kristen travels across the country providing interactive leadership and management sessions to employees in 17 different cities. She also oversees the company’s year-long Mentor Program which accelerates the growth, leadership, and management skills of 11 young managers and gives senior leaders an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience. She is also a certified professional coach and entrepreneur, providing coaching and workshops with MidLoveCrisis and Kristen Crockett Coaching and Consulting.

 

Calvin Fong, Board Treasurer/ Finance and Compliance Chair

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Calvin Fong is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and recent transplant to Detroit, Michigan. Professionally, he is an analyst with Boulevard Investment Banking. Prior to working at Boulevard, Calvin worked as a consulting group analyst at Morgan Stanley. Calvin received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. He enjoys traveling, sports, learning about new cultures, and producing and mixing music. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Portuguese and has dual citizenship (American and Brazilian).

Calvin has a passion for community work and has been an avid volunteer for Special Olympics, Autism Speaks and Waters Edge Assisted Living Facility. He believes that working towards equitable educational access will empower young adults through a variety of means and allow them to chase their dreams and make lasting impacts.

 

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Robert Crosby is a Director, School Partnerships Coach at Flamboyan Foundation. In this role, he provides coaching and support to school and teacher leaders, as well as supports the development of family engagement practices and tools. This includes working to manage the implementation of Flamboyan’s teacher leadership professional development curriculum at the school level for our Flamboyan partners.

Robert began his career as a classroom educator, teaching first grade in Washington, D.C. and Kindergarten in Hong Kong. After his time in the classroom he transitioned to the Teach For America – D.C. Regional office, where he served as a coach of teacher and leadership development focusing on elementary curriculum, classroom management and family engagement. Robert was responsible for developing new teacher training curriculum for hundreds of new teachers as well as partnering with school leaders at more than 15 schools in the D.C metro area to support teacher development. Robert left Teach For America to found Achievement First Aspire Elementary school in Brooklyn, New York as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. During his time at Achievement First Aspire, he created and supported the execution for high impact family engagement that lead to more than 90% of students meeting and exceeding district wide reading and math goals.

Robert holds a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University, a teaching credential in early childhood education and a Bachelor of Journalism in strategic communications from University of Missouri.

 

Regis DeVeaux HeadshotRegis DeVeaux, Board Member

Regis DeVeaux is a native of Atlanta, GA who is passionate about poetry and spoken word. He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he studied Sociology with a keen focus on Africana Studies and currently works as a District Sales Leader with PepsiCo. His professional service began with LevelTen where he worked alongside our founder, Daphne Valcin, to lead academic programs and community empowerment.

During his early years in youth development, Mr. DeVeaux helped over 25 high school athletes achieve their NBA, NFL, and Division 1 collegiate dreams through these academic programs while with LevelTen. Currently, through his affiliation with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Mr. DeVeaux helps to facilitate empowerment and personal development programs for underprivileged young men. His ultimate goal is to continue to build a career that inspires younger generations to strive for ultimate achievement and thus make a valuable impact on their own communities.

 

 

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