Toni Melvin Whitaker, Board President
Toni Melvin Whitaker relocated to Coastal Carolina from South Jersey nine years after retiring from a successful career as a CEO for a non-profit housing development corporation, and also many years in executive positions in housing administration, development, and management. She has worked in DC, Connecticut, Colorado, Kansas, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Although she had retired when she moved to the area, she worked briefly as an independent contractor with a couple of non-profit organizations, and served as Acting Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Coalition of New Hanover County for over two years.
Throughout her 33+ year career, Toni received numerous awards and recognition for her work, but the one she holds more dearly is the 60-unit affordable housing complex named in her honor, Melvin Place, located in Fayetteville, NC. She has spent most of her adult life living according to the mantra that was instilled in her by her parents; “If I can help somebody, as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody, with a word or song, if I can do my duty as a good man ought, if I can bring back beauty to a world up wrought, if I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught, …then my living shall not be in vain.”
Toni has served on the following board of directors since moving to the area:
- Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center
- Southeastern Mental Health – Tri-Hic
- Cape Fear Council of Governments – Youth Council Board
- United Way of Cape Fear Region – Permanent Housing 10-Year Plan to End
- Chronic Homelessness
- Men and Women United for Youth and Family – Columbus County
- Wilmington AMEZ Community Housing Development Corporation
- Dance Cooperative
Toni is the Founder/Facilitator of Just Us Girls, a rite-of-passage, empowerment program for girls ages 9 to 16, and Founder of TMW Modeling, Productions, and Talent.
Tawanna Robinson, Board of Directors, Secretary
Tawanna has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years including internships during her college years with Corning Inc. and Wachovia. With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC, Tawanna has held numerous positions from MIS Technician to Project Manager.
Tawanna volunteers numerous hours for CAMM, Women in Cable and Technology (WICT), Racing for the Gold, Relay for Life and other community events in Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas. Tawanna has been a featured speaker for several events for WICT, church and community functions. She is an active member of Myrtle Grove First Born Holiness Church, Women in Cable Technology, Cape Fear Women in Tech (CFWIT) and Going Beyond the Pink. Tawanna is a foster parent and loves event planning, fishing and working with children.
Toya Wilson-Smith, Board of Directors, Treasurer
Toya is a native Hoosier but relocated to Wilmington in 2005 when she took a job with Johnson & Johnson. She is a digital marketing strategist and brand storyteller. Toya is owner of Simply Social Marketing Academy and co-founder of NexGeneration Digital Marketing Agency. When she isn’t conducting a training workshop, she can be found playing with her 95 lb. yellow Labrador Retriever.
Katelynn Horney, Board of Directors[Image Coming Soon] Katelynn is currently the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of TD Bank. Full bio coming soon.
Tamara Link, DNP, FNP-BC, Board of Directors[Image Coming Soon]
Dr. Tamara Link “Tami” has been a registered nurse for over 35 years and a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) for the past 21 years. Tami has practiced in both family practice and urgent care settings as a FNP. She transitioned to academia in 2017 and now serves as an Assistant Professor at UNCW where she teaches in the nursing program. Originally hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, Tami received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in 1984. After graduating, she joined the Air Force where she served for 20 years. She enjoyed various assignments including two overseas tours and held positions such as medical-surgical nurse, labor and delivery nurse, war-time flight nurse, as well as nursing leadership roles. While on active duty, Tami completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a FNP from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Most recently, she earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Duke University in 2016 with the goal of transitioning into a full time nursing faculty position.
Tami is a breast cancer survivor, having battled bilateral breast cancer in 2014. She is passionate about survivor issues, especially being the most well that one can be. In Tami’s experience, she felt well cared for during her treatment, but was left with a “what now” question when she entered survivorship. Tami is uniquely qualified to understand breast cancer survivorship from a personal and professional point of view. With her academic training, she is focusing her research on improving the health and wellness of fellow survivors and is excited to join the Board of Directors.
Lexi Green, Board of Directors
Lexi Green has only called Wilmington home for 3 years, but that has not stopped her from embracing the needs of the community and letting her passion for helping others drive her to serve. After learning more about Going Beyond the Pink’s mission and taking a What’s Normal? What’s Not? Workshop, she knew that she wanted to join the team and contribute as an advisory council member. After dedicating a year to the Advisory Council, Green accepted her new role on the Board of Directors. She believes in using her marketing skills, as well as outgoing personality, to help promote early detection, awareness and support to those young and old.
Vanessa Gonzalez, Esq., Board of Directors[Image & Bio Coming Soon]