MEET ROSIE PARKE (YAA GYASI)
In the world of work, they say attitude determines your altitude and if this is true then Rosie Parke may as well have coined the saying herself. She is known on the entertainment and promotions circuit as @MsPeppy2U and has the positive attitude and incredible energy to connect people and foster community building wherever she goes. She is passionate, energetic, and perseverant and is the epitome of PEP.
A native of Jamaica, Ms. Parke has been living in the DC area since January 2003 and holds a Masters degree in Management with specialization in Public Relations and an Undergraduate degree in Business and Professional Management. She also received an executive certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University in June 2016 and is poised to officially take on the role of founder and board chair for The Give Black Foundation. Rosie is also the founder and creative director of Peppy Entertainment & Promotions, LLC; the creator, producer and host of PEP Talk TV; the vice-chair of the Black Child Development Institute – DC Metro Chapter; a board member of the Ayensudo Akoma International Academy in Ghana; a community advocate; and so much more.
Her areas of expertise include planning, administering, and managing workshops, conferences and events domestically and internationally. She serves as liaison with external partners to conduct research on emerging industry and technological trends, prepares a wide range of materials and develops complex documents such as communications programs and electronic documents for Web sites and other publications. Rosie is a seasoned Public Relations Professional and serves as Media Liaison for various projects. She has done extensive work with community based organizations and has an acute awareness of social and cultural dynamics within various countries and communities. Rosie is passionate about giving back to those who are less fortunate and decided to create her own nonprofit after a visit to Ghana in 2011 which changed her life. Since then, she has been hosting her Annual Women’s History Month event and Birthday Fundraiser, raising funds which are used to support the education of children in Ghana, West Africa. She was quoted recently as saying, “At this stage in my life, I am most passionate about giving back to Blacks, without apology. Please join me on this mission.”
MEET THE BOARD
MELROSE PARKS was born in Jamaica and is the first of five siblings. In 1988, she immigrated to Toronto, Canada where she currently resides and has been in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years. Ms. Parks currently works as a Commercial Lines Supervisor with a specialty in Commercial Property and Casualty. Over the years, she has completed a number of courses and certifications including her Fellowship Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP), Commercial Risk Management (CRM), Essential Supervisory & Leadership Skills and Management Fundamentals. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and entertaining. She is passionate about art, shopping and mentoring children and has been sponsoring two Ghanaian children for many years. Ms. Parks’ favorite quote is “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
SANCHA FLYNN has been volunteering to prepare marketing collateral for The Give Black Foundation for the last few years and is the website developer for igiveblack.org. From corporate design to a wide spectrum of printed materials and brand identities, Sancha presents unique and very creative concepts. With a growing reputation, she delivers a tailored creative design service to help businesses develop their market presence and reach new customers by creating unique brand identities. Her fresh, dynamic ideas have become her trademark, working with a local and international clientele in the graphic design arena.