Star of the Month: Keisan Griffith-Roberts

keisan-griffith-robertsWe are honored to recognize Keisan Griffith-Roberts as February’s Star of the Month!

Keisan became a board member of Community ONE, Inc. upon the incorporation of the organization in 2013. As a board member and advisor, Keisan donated the highest contribution to the organization to date and spent his time volunteering at events. Keisan has given much to the world around him, he co-founded annual events aimed at raising money and awareness for issues like HIV/AIDS, Pediatric Care and Sickle Cell Disease. In his professional life, Keisan was accepted into the Operations Leadership Program at the United Technologies Corporation, most notably recognized as a front runner in Aerospace Systems.

Before being accepted into the competitive leadership program, Keisan held leadership roles in the Graduate Student Assembly, Graduate Business Student Council and School of Business SCM Student Association at Howard University. He became a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma while completing his MBA in Supply Chain Management at Howard University after pursuing a Bachelors degree in Finance.

Sadly, Keisan departed this earth on December 26, 2014 and will be greatly missed.

He was an advocate for educational excellence and believed in giving back to the community. Keisan’s generous heart and sense of humor will go beyond his close friends, but will touch countless hearts for years to come with the creation of a book scholarship at his alma mater.

Thank you Keisan for always being a Star in our eyes!

Star of the Month: Heather Raspberry

Heather RaspberryThis month we are pleased to honor Heather Raspberry as our Star of the Month!  Heather has extensive experience in her field, as well as a huge heart for her community.  She was appointed Executive Director of The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) in March of 2012. Prior to joining HAND,  Heather held leadership positions within the marketing and communications area in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for ten years.

Most recently she worked for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. where she developed and executed national and regional public relations campaigns that advanced the business and philanthropic priorities of the organization and its subsidiaries.

In 2009, Heather was selected by the District of Columbia Family Court as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) and trained to represent the best interest of youth in foster care; and in 2012, she received CASA’s Volunteer of the Year Award. She was recognized by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development in 2013 as a Rising Leader in Community Development; tapped to participate in the 2013 NTL Institute’s Leaders of Color Program; and received Affordable Housing Finance’s Young Leader award in 2014. Heather’s other engagements include co-founding the No Murders Project; administrator to the Saturday Leadership Academy for the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C.; sitting on the program committee of the Virginia Housing Coalition, Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Selection Committee and the BB&T CRA Steering Committee.  Heather holds a dual bachelor’s degree in public relations and business management from Hampton University.

Congratulations, Heather!

You can see more about HAND here.

Star of the Month: Daniel Bradley

Daniel Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder of Dreams Work, Inc.

Daniel Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder of Dreams Work, Inc.

Daniel Bradley strives to inspire, uplift, and encourage all those that cross his path.  As the CEO and Co-Founder of Dreams Work, Inc., he uses the fine arts as a mode of reaching youth.  The non-profit organization is designed to equip young people to face critical social issues plaguing their communities, preparing them to become “artistic activists.”

Bradley has often been inspired by song lyrics recited by his Grandmother:

“If I can help somebody, as I pass along…Then my living shall not be in vain.”

Bradley has traveled extensively throughout the United States, the U.K. and the Virgin Islands to facilitate training sessions in youth development strategies. With more than 10 years of experience in youth development and community organizing, it is our honor to name Daniel as our Star of the Month!

You can find out more about Dreams Work, Inc. here.

Star of the Month: Daniel Shannon

Daniel Shannon Star of the Month. Community ONE

Daniel Shannon Star of the Month

“Make sure you apply performance to your potential and… vision to your future because vision speaks louder than words” – Daniel Shannon 

Daniel Shannon is a motivational speaker, a hope dealer, and most importantly a visionary. Daniel has faced and overcome many challenges in life but has always had a vision which has driven him to success. Daniel now uses his platform to inspire others to identify the vision in themselves, recognize their power over their own future, and encourage them to achieve greatness! Community ONE teaches children to reach for the stars and our star, Daniel Shannon, portrays a positive image and a great example of what children can hope to achieve.

We are honored to make Daniel Shannon our Star Of The Month!

Learn more about Daniel Shannon at

Julian Gunder |

Our Star of the month is Julian Gunder, founder of Through fashion + events, Julian encourages children to attend and graduate college. Julian has a great vision for his company and has reached a level success in which many children should aspire to achieve.

Thanks Julian for being our Star of the month!