Board of Directors
Tara Jo West
Construction Project Management
As Board Members of the She Dreams In Color Foundation, this group leads the organization's work to increase access to mental health therapy for marginalized women in Charlotte. These women are leaders in our community and they represent a variety of lived experiences that influence their impactful decision making.
Our Board is comprised of women who take mental health care seriously, who openly share their own mental health journey to remove stigma, and who are up for the challenge of achieving our goal of 10,000 hours of therapy donated. We are currently accepting inquires for one vacant board positions and committee members. Email SheDreamsInColor@SunshineMediaNetwork.com for an application.
Advisory Board members helped launch our Foundation from the ground up and have been pivotal in the first two years of success.
Because She Dreams In Color Foundation intentionally seeks to serve, uplift, include, and represent the experiences of women in our community, our Advisory Board is vital to ongoing cultural sensitivity and awareness.
In addition, our Advisory Board lends valuable expertise that ensures our organization is transparent, healthy, sustainable, and respected in the community we serve.
Founder & Executive Director
While Jennifer is known for her work as an entrepreneur, she has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world. For three years, she was Executive Director of the United Way of Stanly County, responsible for a $500,000 annual campaign. She was Vice-Chair and Founding Member of the HUD Continuum of Care to secure Federal funding to combat homelessness in the Piedmont. She was a Founding Board Member and served as Secretary for Homes of Hope transitional housing in Stanly County. Her entire career, she's served on boards and has donated or volunteered with countless organizations in the region. In 2022, she held her 6th Annual #GiftBackBirthday which raised $9,787 for the She Dreams In Color Foundation and which previously benefited five other Charlotte nonprofits.
Her vision of launching She Dreams In Color Foundation started in 2016 but took until 2022 to formalize as a 501(c)3. After spending $8,000 out of pocket in 2021 for weekly therapy sessions which healed a lifetime of trauma that began in childhood, Jennifer knew she had to prioritize her mission to help other women receive care.
For three years, her company Sunshine Media Network, fully funded administration staffing and the production of the interview series to give the Foundation a solid start. The hope is that funds for therapy services will be distributed in 2024, once $50,000 is raised through donations.
Our Mental Health Partners
How it works
The She Dreams In Color Foundation is in the process of developing an application process for Charlotte private practice owners to apply for funding. It's estimated 75% of therapists are women and 25% self-identify as minorities, therefore our funds will also benefit women-owned businesses in our community. Therapists will be reimburse at $100 an hour. Our board requires the practice have a variety of credentialed providers to ensure women being served have a choice and stability in care.
The Board of Directors voted to define marginalized as a Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or other woman of color, living below the Federal Poverty level.
She Dreams In Color Foundation provides free and significantly reduced-cost mental health therapy services to marginalized women in Charlotte, NC who may not have access to such services due to financial constraints. Our Foundation also works to destigmatize mental health needs and seeking help.