Elizabeth Dorse-Merriwether - Chair
A native Memphian, Elizabeth Dorse Merriwether is Vice-President of Merriwether Group, Inc. & co-owner of Snackman Vending. She is a member of the Junior League of Memphis and presently serving on the advisory committee for Wade’s House. Elizabeth, her husband, Rodney, & their two daughters are members of First Baptist Broad Avenue. Elizabeth volunteered and supported SisterReach for two years before becoming Chair of the SisterReach Board of Directors and has a strong commitment to Memphis, passion for volunteering, mentoring and continuous leadership training.
Jasmine Burnett - Vice Chair
Jasmine Burnett is a sex educator and reproductive justice advocate. She is the founder of Aunt Betty’s Basement, a sex-positive people of color network that shares community around sex, sexuality, and reproductive justice. Named after her Great Aunt Betty, who lived as a closeted Black lesbian her entire life, Aunt Betty’s Basement creates a healthy space for women, womyn, transgender, and queer people of color to express themselves, understand the importance of self-work and pleasure, have access to and know their health status, and understand the pleasure of enjoying others in our emotional and sexual lives. Under the mantra of “Pussy Power,” Jasmine promotes “Knowledge of Self, Pleasure of Self, Knowledge of Health and Pleasure of Others,” while also serving as the organizer of SisterSong’s NYC chapter, a reproductive justice collective of sixteen grassroots women of color organizations.
Tomeka Hart - Secretary
Tomeka Hart serves as a Senior Program Officer on the US Programs, Policy, Advocacy and Communications team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading grant making to civil rights and equity organizations. Prior to the Foundation, she served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Advancement of the Southern Education Foundation, as the Vice President of African American Community Partnerships for Teach For America, and as the president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League. She is a former middle/high school teacher, and a former labor/employment lawyer.
Hart served two terms on the elected Memphis City Schools Board of Education, serving 2005-2013. She served as Board President 2008-2009. In 2010, Hart joined with a colleague and led the efforts to merge the Memphis City and Shelby County school systems.
In 2011 Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Hart as a Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, a national non-partisan organization that helps states develop education policies. Former Tennessee Governor, Phil Bredesen, selected her for Tennessee’s Race to the Top team, and he appointed her to the state’s Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee, and the First to the Top Advisory Council.
Hart is an Aspen Institute Rodel-Fellowship in Public Leadership fellow and a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow, and has served on several non-profit boards and advisory councils. She currently serves on the boards of SisterReach (Memphis) and the Data Quality Campaign (Washington, DC).
Tomeka Hart holds a B.S. degree in Marketing Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University; and a J.D. from the University of Memphis.
Tiffany Futch - Treasurer
Tiffany Futch is an Instructional Designer for American Home Shield -a ServiceMaster Company-where she develops learning solutions in support of business initiatives and skill development. As an associate of AHS for 10 years, Tiffany has experience in the company’s Customer Service, Workforce Management, Sales Marketing, Training and Development operations. She has consulted and worked on several company initiatives to improve associate satisfaction, performance and operational efficiency. In 2011, she was awarded the company’s RIGHT Award for her dedication to hard work and support of the organization’s core values. Transitioning to an associate development role as an Instructional Designer, Tiffany has been responsible for several projects to evaluate and develop training curriculum to improve associate performance. In July 2014, she was awarded the Training and Development department’s SPARK award. In November 2014, she was recognized for exhibiting ServiceMaster’s Winning Behaviors.
She proudly carries the title of Memphis native; graduating from Kirby High School then studying Biology at Christian Brother University and Special Education at The University of Memphis. Very passionate about issues impacting women and children, she’s very active in the community through outreach and advocacy. Tiffany volunteers with a number of local organizations like the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Achievement Advisory Council and Urban Bike Food Ministry. She sits on the board of CHOICES: Center for Reproductive Health and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. She is also the Chair for the Women’s Foundation for a Great Memphis’ Young Women Philanthropists auxiliary. Tiffany has served as a volunteer for SisterReach for the last two years before joining the SisterReach board of directors.
Tonya Williams-Love is a Registered Nurse and an advocate for educational opportunities for African-American students. She currently is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. George’s Independent School. She also severs a volunteer mentor for Tennessee Achieves. Tonya has also served in other position as a leader and volunteer member. She has served as a NICU Program Advisor for the March of Dimes. She was a founding committee member for the Professional Accountability and Clinical Excellence and Staff Retention Council at Regional One Medical. Tonya is passionate about her family and community. She is the mother of two young boys ages 12 an 14. She has passed on two these emerging young men the importance of giving back to their community. Tonya's educational background includes a BSN from the University of Memphis, and a MHA from the University of Phoenix.