Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Meet key people dedicated to the cause.

Emanuel "Dupree" Jackson, Jr.

Founder, Executive Director and Board Chair

Emanuel “Dupree” Jackson, Jr. was born and raised in Delray Beach, Florida. He has worked with youth and children for most of his career and holds a passion for connecting with at-risk youth to help them tap into their strengths. After graduating from Boca Raton High School, Dupree attended Hibbing Community College where he obtained his Associate of Arts degree. From there he received a full athletic scholarship to North Dakota State University where he studied Communication and minored in Psychology.

Upon his return to Delray Beach, Dupree noticed that the community’s youth needed more mentors. The idea for the Emmanuel Jackson Senior (EJS) Project was birthed. The EJS Project is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that focuses on changing the perception and aspirations of local youth through mentorship and positive interventions.

Though institutionally prepared and accomplished, he learned early that sustainable solutions to marginalized community challenges exist within the people, associations and organizations in those communities. In-depth relationship building is necessary to bridge gaps and connect people. Through intentional engagement and inclusion a connected community emerges.

Venette Pierre

Board Vice-Chair

Venette Pierre is owner and Chief Strategist of VP Creative Co., a multicultural cause marketing firm.


Venette’s passions include child and youth development, education reform and race and gender equity. Venette’s professional experience includes from global marketing, social services, program development and strategy development and execution. She has a B.A. in Public Relations and an MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit and Leadership Development.

A big believer in education equality, Venette hopes to continue to actively support parents in advocating for their child’s education needs despite barriers. Venette hopes to empower natural talents in the community with the skills and resources they need to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice.  

Tamika Taylor

Board Secretary

Tamika Taylor is the founder of Impact Achievement Learning Corporation, and a mother to four handsome boys understand the challenges students experience with academic learning. With over 6 years of teaching, a master’s degree in Education Leadership, with all my accomplishments so far with also having dyslexia, I completely understand. Having dyslexia has helped me understand what my students are experiencing and what they need to excel in their studies. I specialize in teaching children with reading, literacy, comprehension, writing, and math difficulties. When conventional methods don’t work – I can help.

John Ruconich

Board Treasurer

Hailing from Queens, New York, Mr. Ruconich has been a self-employed CPA for over 50 years. Since retired, he has sat on several boards of nonprofit organizations looking to make a difference where he can. He has a passion for watching his communities flourish and believes in his ability to mentor small businesses and nonprofits to reach those goals. Making meaningful contributions of his time and money fulfills his mission in life to help people.

Felecia Hatcher


Felecia is the CEO of Pharrell William’s Black Ambition Opportunity Fund. Felecia is an innovative powerhouse, personal 

Felecia has been featured on the NBC Today. She is a transformation speaker, entrepreneur and author, who’s work shapes the way individuals show up, are valued, and financially benefit from playing full out in the innovation economy. Companies like Google, Spotify, DoorDash, Target, Samsung, and Etsy call on Felecia to help them empower their teams and shape their inclusive innovation strategies and empower their team to step into their Zone of Genius. 

Tiesha Dyer, Esq. Attorney


Tiesha is now a licensed Florida attorney who spent most of her time practicing family law in Palm Beach County. She has recently decided to slightly step away from her solo practice, Tie Dyer Law, to focus on her original goal of being in the community and focusing on the importance of education. Tiesha feels it was a brush with destiny that she found EJS and has been able to work with Dupree and his team on tutoring and mentoring the youth at EJS. Tiesha is a wife and mother of three. She looks forward to what the future has in store for them all.

Terance Scott


Sergeant Terance Scott has been a police officer with the City of Delray Beach for over 24 years. He prides himself on community policing and being a community servant. He has been involved in many community initiatives and organizations including From Boyz to Men Mentoring Program, Carver Kids of Character, Youth Basketball Coach (for 20+ years) and many more. Sergeant Scott has received over 90 awards and commendations; however, the most gratifying awards or acknowledgments he says come from the community.  He is the recipient of the TrailBlazer of the Year Award and the 6th Annual Walk Against Violence Community Champion. He is a widower of 2 years now and a proud parent to 2 sons, Terance 18, and Tyrell 12.


Robert Shanfield


Mr. Shanfield is an Advisory Partner in the Ares Secondary Solutions Group. He also serves as a member of the Landmark Private Equity Secondaries Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, he was a Senior Advisor to originating and managing direct private equity the Landmark Partners Private Equity Group. 

Additionally, Mr Shanfield was a Partner at Landmark Partners for 22 years with leadership responsibility for transaction origination, underwriting and negotiation in the secondary private equity business. He also oversaw the firm’s primary and co-investment programs. Previously, Mr. Shanfield was a Senior Vice President in the Equity Capital Group at GE Capital. 

Mr. Shanfield is an Advisory Partner in the Ares Secondary Solutions Group. He also serves as a member of the Landmark Private Equity Secondaries Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, he was a Senior Advisor to originating and managing direct private equity investments in the United States and Europe. Mr. Shanfield holds a B.A. from Boston College in Philosophy and an M.B.A. from University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden School. 

Adrienne Kurman


I have been a Realtor since 2004 and now I am a Broker Associate. Originally from Baltimore, MD (Go Ravens!) I moved down here to sunny South Florida in 1996 where I also earned my bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. I have a lot of passion for helping those in our community. This is why I chose to become a Homes For Heroes Affiliate helping Teachers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Veterans and Emergency Response Teams find their perfect home.

I am also extremely passionate about animals and that is why I became a specialist in finding the perfect home for you and your Fur Baby’s. For every transaction that our company closes we make a donation to a local animal rescue organization. I’m a huge advocate for helping those that don’t have a voice. 

I am actively involved with several charities and fundraising events.

 I have also served on committees for Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue, Women in Distress, Free Hugs Outreach, Brain Cancer Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness and several various Veterans groups that bring awareness to the troubling rates of Veteran’s suffering from PTSD. If you are looking for a sincere, genuine, responsive and all around amazing Realtor to help guide and guard you in this Real Estate market – call me. My saying is “The Real Estate Market is ToughI’m Tougher!”

Nancy Chanin


Nancy Chanin is a long-time community activist and fundraiser for a broad range of causes. She has also managed political campaigns for candidates for the Boca Raton City Council, Delray Beach and the Florida State House. After the Florida Legislature placed restrictions on Amendment 4 in 2019, Nancy co-created a committee with the Palm Beach County State Attorney, Public Defender and other stakeholders that implemented a workaround enabling former felons (returning citizens) to register to vote. Nancy has written for a variety of publications and more recently has contributed Op-Ed columns and letters to the editor to both the Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel. Nancy also serves on the Delray Beach Green Implementation Advancement Board and is a board member of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and the Boca Raton Police Athletic League. The mother of three grown children, Nancy has lived in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach area for over 25 years.


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