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About Us

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Schinnell Leake
Our Founder and Executive Director

Schinnell Leake has always enjoyed creating events that are special and unique - parties that both children and adults remember.

As the former owner of Extra-Ordinary Moments, a for-profit entity that provided imaginative and unique children's birthday parties, she set out to provide the same types of birthday parties for children who were experiencing homelessness in the Washington metropolitan area.

As a mother, Schinnell knows how important it is for her children to feel confident and have self-worth. After learning that more than 2,000 children live in homeless shelters throughout the Washington D.C. area, Schinnell started the nonprofit, Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, the only organization of its kind in the capital area that throws personalized birthday parties for homeless children to make them feel recognized and valued. Using her party-planning background, Schinnell has thrown more than 800 birthday parties and currently partners with homeless shelters and organizations that serve the homeless in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Executive Board

Phillip Cherfrere

Phillip Cherfrere is an entrepreneur and business owner with over 18 years of online marketing and consulting experience.

Phillip Cherfrere is an entrepreneur and business owner with over 18 years of online marketing and consulting experience. After earning his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the University of Florida, he has dedicated much of his time working in the public and non-profit sector including the Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida. As well as, spending some time as the Public Relations Specialist for Sunrise Community, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to providing residential and habilitation services for people with a wide range of intellectual and physical disabilities. In addition to his consulting business, he currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for The Cherfrere Law Group in Miami. He is a welcome addition to the EOB board and his varied skill set is a valuable asset in helping EOB continue to grow and flourish as it accomplishes its mission to inspire moments of delight in the lives of homeless children.

Tiffany Hawkins

Tiffany’s first experience with Extra-Ordinary Birthdays was on a Saturday that held 5 consecutive parties at one of our D.C shelters.

Tiffany’s first experience with Extra-Ordinary Birthdays was on a Saturday that held 5 consecutive parties at one of our D.C shelters. She knew immediately she wanted to do more. Within a few months she became a party planner. She quickly realized that it was important to bring EOB across the river into Virginia where she resides with her family and works as a government contractor. After her first year of volunteering she found herself wanting to become more involved with helping the organization with efficiencies and data organization. Her love for structure along with her degree in Computer Information Systems were skills she wanted to bring to EOB. In her free time, she enjoys creating and sharing her handmade cards.

Ayanna Maharry

Ayanna Maharry is an accomplished actor, director, writer, and producer with extensive production experience spanning film, television and theater. Her company, Beautiful Flower Productions, is currently developing the dramatic screenplay NOW, which she wrote.

Ayanna Maharry is an accomplished actor, director, writer, and producer with extensive production experience spanning film, television and theater. Her company, Beautiful Flower Productions, is currently developing the dramatic screenplay NOW, which she wrote. Ayanna was tapped by director Ted Demme to perform opposite Lisa Nicole Carson in the feature film LIFE, directed by Ted Demme and starring Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Bernie Mac. In addition, her credits include indie films; among them THE WHY and HE’S THE ONE. She has also worked on many theatrical productions and commercials, including a spot for the athletic apparel brand MENTOH. Ayanna has trained with Tom Todoroff, A.J. Johnson, Sy Richardson, Caleen Sinette Jennings, Phillip Lineback, and Judith Welker. Ayanna has written several feature screenplays including NOW and the award-winning TOUGH LIKE WEARING DREADLOCKS. Ayanna’s production credits include the acclaimed PBS documentary, ACROSS THE RIVER and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jodie Foster. Ayanna has also worked as production manager and production coordinator with renowned producers Suzanne de Passe, Hamilton Cloud, and Don Cornelius on such nationally recognized shows as the NAACP Image Awards, the Soul Train Music Awards, and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. In her role as production manager, she was responsible for managing million dollar budgets. Ayanna was hired by media conglomerate BET (Black Entertainment Television) to produce and direct a commercial advertisement for their A Healthy BET: 2005 Fitness Challenge campaign. The spot featured Jeanette Jenkins, celebrity fitness trainer, who has trained Queen Latifah and Terrell Owens (of the Philadelphia Eagles), among others. The spot was broadcast nationally.

London McCloud

London McCloud is an international trade professional with experience in the private and public sectors. Currently as a trade specialist for the Department of Transportation, London works to ensure compliance of projects financed by the Export-Import Bank with a specialization in maritime and shipping in West Africa.

London McCloud is an international trade professional with experience in the private and public sectors. Currently as a trade specialist for the Department of Transportation, London works to ensure compliance of projects financed by the Export-Import Bank with a specialization in maritime and shipping in West Africa. Previously, London worked for the Liberian International Shipping and Corporate Registry (LISCR) where she managed off-shore corporations on behalf of the Liberian government. London is committed to raising awareness for diversity and women’s issues through education initiatives. She leads the Women of Carroll (High School) Mentoring program and serves on the Carroll Alumni Board and the American University Alumni Board. London is a graduate of American University with a BSBA in International Marketing and Minor in Japanese. She obtained her MBA from the University of Maryland University College and completed project management coursework at Georgetown University.

Jolene McNeil

Philly native and American University grad Jolene has paved a trailblazing career between the City of Brotherly Love and DC, where she is a Certified Meetings Professional and currently serves as Director, Event Operations for Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).

Philly native and American University grad Jolene has paved a trailblazing career between the City of Brotherly Love and DC, where she is a Certified Meetings Professional and currently serves as Director, Event Operations for Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). While she’s held a number of event leadership positions—including with the Child Welfare League of America and the Drug Information Association—Jolene’s real passion is community service. On top of multiple community service committee chair appointments, she is the founding Chair of the American University Black Alumni Alliance and serves on the American University Alumni Board and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has been involved with Extra-Ordinary Birthdays since 2015 and has been Board Chair since 2016.

Andrea Shearin

A Compliance Policy Specialist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Andrea is responsible for establishing supervisory policy regarding community reinvestment and fair lending laws and regulations.

A Compliance Policy Specialist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Andrea is responsible for establishing supervisory policy regarding community reinvestment and fair lending laws and regulations. She is also responsible for developing bank examination procedures, examiner tools, and training, and providing guidance and clarification in these areas to examiners and the banking industry. A graduate of James Madison University, Andrea boasts more than two decades in the financial services industry and is designated by the Institute of Certified Bankers as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager. She has served on various boards and committees of organizations focused on community service and believes that EOB is building a positive future for homeless children.

Kimberly Spriggs Wicker

Kimberly Spriggs Wicker has over 25 years of experience in accounting and business management and has worked in both non-profit and corporate organizations. She is currently the Chief Consultant for Spriggs|Wicker & Associates, LLC.

Kimberly Spriggs Wicker has over 25 years of experience in accounting and business management and has worked in both non-profit and corporate organizations. She is currently the Chief Consultant for Spriggs|Wicker & Associates, LLC. The company provides strategic planning, business planning, accounting, grants management and human resources management services to small businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition, Kimberly provides fiscal, governance and human resources compliance monitoring services to government contractors for grants issued by the Federal Government. Prior to starting her company, she served as a Fiscal Review Team Lead for DLH Corporation conducting reviews on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start. During her career she also served as the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Compliance Officer for Paul Public Charter School, the Chief Financial Officer for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the Grants Manager for Marshall Heights Community Development Organization and the Accounting Manager for Advantage International. In addition, she has several years of CPA firm experience working as a Senior Tax Accountant, Client Services Accountant and Auditor for Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman CPAs. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management from George Washington University and an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University. Kimberly is currently a candidate for CPA licensure. Kimberly is a member of the Association of Strategic Planning (ASP), Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA), Georgia Society of CPAs (GWSCPA), Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), MBA Women International (MBAWI) and National Grants Management Association (NGMA). Kimberly resides in the Atlanta Metro Area with her husband Russell. They have three children.

Honorary Board Members

Holly Morris

Holly is an award-winning journalist for Fox 5 in Washington DC. She currently anchors their early morning weekday newscast as well as co-hosts a daily talk show called Good Day DC. She has worked in news ever since graduating from Duke with a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Holly’s news journey has included stints in Steubenville, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky before landing in the nation’s capital where she has been for the last 20 plus years. Her work has earned her numerous Emmy Awards and a pair of Edward R. Murrow Awards. When not working, Holly loves nothing more than being with her husband, Thomas Espy, and their son Hayden. 

Shawn Yancy

Shawn Yancy is a primary anchor at Fox 5 news in Washington, DC. Her 2nd day on the job became her first big story in Washington: the 9/11 terrorist attacks. You can catch Shawn weekdays anchoring the 6, 6:30, 8, 10 and 11pm newscasts. Shawn’s 25+ years as broadcast journalist have allowed her to share and tell meaningful and impactful stories about the people and community she serves. Her experience has earned her a number of prestigious journalism awards including: the Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigative series at the National Institutes of Health and multiple Emmy Awards. 

Shawn is an advocate of giving back. She was instrumental in creating a mentorship program for young single mothers in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2010, Shawn founded Girls’ Night Out by Shawn Yancy Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of women and children in need. Shawn is a member of the board of directors for A Wider Circle and an advisory board member for Extra-Ordinary Birthdays. She also served on the boards for Dress for Success DC and The St. Ann’s Center for Children Youth & Families. Along with her fellow DC newswomen, Shawn helps spearhead an annual breast cancer fundraiser for local cancer charities serving the underserved. 

Shawn is also a professional artist with clients nationwide. She’s the creative force behind her own art and design firm. She’s also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. 

In her spare time, Shawn loves to read, travel and spend time with her husband and sons. She also loves really spicy food, sushi, and jelly belly sours… but not necessarily in that order.

Her favorite saying is: “If the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count”. It’s a phrase her mother has been instilling in her for as long as she can remember. It’s a reminder that all things are possible with God’s help.

Team Members

Tiffany Graber

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Arrien Davison

Extra-Ordinary Readers Program Coordinator

Tanesha Graham

Extra-Ordinary Moms Parent Representative

Talisa White

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Nyequai Harte

Public Relations