L.I.F.E. Board of Directors
Dr. Dorothy M. David, D.B.A.
President & Founder
Building financial awareness is a solid foundation for success and financial stability. Dr. David feels that sharing knowledge and information to the next person is a way of paying it forward and giving back to the community. She is committed to helping others and serves as Board Member/Financial Officer, Literacy Interactives in Clarksville Virginia, and Financial Administrator Accountant, Open Altar Ministries, Virginia Beach, Virginia. The author is also CEO and founder of DMD Tax & Accounting Services, LLC and serves as a financial advisor to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
Dr. David received her Doctoral degree in Business Administration, from Walden University, and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nyack College School of Business and Leadership. She has spoken at several workshops, seminars and local community events teaching financial budgeting and tax planning to low-income families and small business owners. Her passion is building financial awareness and spreading as much knowledge and information as possible to help the less fortunate learn how to survive and build financial stability.
Ms. Renee Fernanders was fortunate to have worked in New York City Government for 37 years of service. She started in an entry-level clerical position at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and an Associate's Degree in Accounting from Monroe College. Moving forward in time, she served as a Director at the New York City Department of Design and Construction and retired as an Associate Director of Finance for the City of New York's "Build-It-Back" program in May of 2019.
In her latter 20 years of employment, she oversaw, managed, and authorized payments to construction contractors and homeowners alike. The major projects for the City of New York that she has been involved in were disbursing payments for the Lower Manhattan World Trade Center/911 cleanup and Hurricane Sandy, and an assortment of other capital projects citywide. Those projects as well as regular capital construction projects that the agencies she worked for totaled on average one billion dollars annually per fiscal year. In this capacity she also served as Advisor to Senior Staff on all financial matters in regard to expediting payments to agency vendors and all legal issues associated with those payments e.g. Tax, Mechanics Personal Property Damage Liens, Payment Assignments and NYC Comptroller Office and Law Dept. inquiries etc.) She brings a wealth of financial knowledge and skill set that involves Tax, Mechanics, and capital projects to the organization.
Ms. Delcena Sledge is a Brooklyn-born professional, educator, speaker, and consultant committed to development and education. Delcena Sledge completed her education at Cambridge University, where she received her Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in education. Delcena has over thirty-three years of experience in urban education, youth development/after-school programming, and community outreach. She has spent the greater part of her life advocating for holistic youth development and positive change in the education landscape for our most forgotten children. Delcena Sledge has done this through any means inclusive of rallies, public events, youth programming, and workshops, all aimed at maintaining equal and impactful educational opportunities for youth in our city.
She brings visionary spirit and passion for youth development and community building which sets the foundation for innovative and inspiring programming. Her goal is to develop a positive mindset, resiliency, and opportunity for those who dare to make their dreams a reality. Her service to community is consistent and is driven by her own journey.
Inez Arnett Ferrer, Secretary
Mrs. Inez Arnett-Ferrer retired to southern Virginia from New York City after 39 years in project management, staff development, and organizational leadership. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iona College in New York. Through diligence and commitment to her profession, she attained a Six Sigma Black Belt in Business. Inez brings a skill set in management that inspires and sustains peak performance. Mrs. Arnett-Ferrer is presently serving on the Board of Directors of Literacy InterActives, Inc. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that "provides interactive learning with a focus on bridging communities."
She is Vice President of the Clarksville Food Pantry, which provides food for the entire Mecklenburg County community on a weekly basis, and she is President of the local Clarksville AARP Association, Occoneechee - Chapter 741. With her husband, Allan Ferrer, Inez is the recipient of the 2019 Mecklenburg County NAACP Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service. Recently, Mrs. Arnett-Ferrer was awarded by the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc their Community Service Award 2021 for her many activities to service her community. Mrs. Arnett-Ferrer's motto for a fulfilled life is: "Shoot for the Moon, even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars!"
Larry M. Brockington, Jr.
Mr. Larry Brockington pursued his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at William Patterson University whereas he then obtained a position at Meridia Capdogali Property Company back in 2014. At Meridia, he provided financial advice and services to help improve the finances of their organization. Larry then joined DMD Tax & Accounting Services, LLC as their Financial Director and held that position for over 12 years. Brockington then decided that protecting and serving his community was more his passion and he now holds a position as State Correctional Police Officer at the Northern State Prison. He brings strength and security to the community as we build financial success.