The candidates below are incumbents seeking another term and nominees from the chamber membership. Please read and get to know each candidate, as well as their LinkedIn profiles. Click the "Ballot" button to securely vote for the 2022-2023 Board of Directors.
Tiffany "Tip Jones" Keaton - she/her (Incumbent)
Tiffany is an entrepreneur, culture worker and creative engine that engages innovative solutions of centering minority and women owned business (MWBEs) as a natural and integral part of organizations.
As Program Manager of Supplier Diversity at TIAA in Charlotte, NC, Tiffany identifies, develops and connects viable business enterprises to the company’s procurement and sourcing process, as well as serves as internal consultant to advocate for MWBE utilization throughout the organization. Since 2017, Tiffany has been responsible for working alongside leadership teams to draft new programs and resources, lead outreach efforts to various organizations, and collaborate across teams and departments to promote diversity within the supply chain.
Joining a Fortune 100 financial services company in 2015, Tiffany has served on numerous business inclusion, industry boards and associations such as National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, National Minority Supplier Development Council and USPAACC.
With over 25 years of entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership at the helm, Tiffany is the founder of Tip Jones Global, a marketing and consulting firm that offers support, resources, and education to women-owned businesses, providing tailored solutions that reinstate vision and automate performance management towards profit and growth success. A native of Bronx, NY, Tiffany is married and resides in North Carolina with her husband, Eliah, and is a mom to two birth sons and three bonus babies.
Jessica Milicevic - she/her (Incumbent)
Jessy Milicevic is a mother of four, wife to Ranko and owner of JHM Creative Co., a social media management agency. She is a contributor to Business Insider and co-hosts the podcast Mother Effer, covering all things raw and relatable in motherhood. She is a fierce advocate for the LGBT+ community and for maternal mental health awareness.
Becky Knight - she/her (Incumbent)
Becky grew up in Wisconsin, lived in Minneapolis for 10 years, and moved to the Charlotte area in 2003. Her educational background is in psychology, religion, and public health. She has worked at Novant Health for 12 years, including eight years in the patient advocacy department, and most recently as BRG Coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. In her three years working with business resource groups (BRGs), Novant Health has received numerous awards including ten Impact Awards which celebrate the top 25 BRGs in the nation. During her tenure, the number of Novant Health BRGs increased to a total of 14 and the number of memberships more than doubled.
Previous board experience includes her homeowner’s association and Say Their Names Memorial. She joined the CLGBTCC in 2020 and has served as a Director of Education and Programs, helping to plan and execute the lunch and learn series and diversity in business expo.
Becky is the mother of 3 kids (aged 15, 18 and 21) and her interests include tiny houses, thai food, houseplants, and Frida Kahlo.
Xzaviar Boston - he/they (Incumbent)
Xzaviar Boston currently serves as the inaugural Director of IT & Logistics for the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. They are the founder of Del Monsoon Interactive Technologies, LLP, a boutique concierge technology integrations firm. With a wealth of experience with non-profit organizations, including coordinating marketing and volunteer efforts of hiTechMODA for New York Fashion Week, Xzaviar is dedicated to giving back to the community. Along with their passion for technology and event management, Xzaviar enjoys sharing their viewpoint through the lens of a camera.
They're excited to be running for re-election as Director of IT & Logistics for the Chamber. They plan to serve its continued growth, leveraging gains made in virtual programming and experiences to expand membership and opportunities. A graduate of Francis Marion University, Xzaviar lives with their fiancé in Charlotte.
Erin Barbee - she/her (Incumbent)
A native Charlottean, Erin Barbee is an executive operations professional with over 13 years of experience in the management of varying levels of senior housing. Throughout her career, Erin excelled in revenue growth and management, talent recruitment and retention and the creation of operational efficiencies. Recently, Erin joined the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership as their Senior Vice President of Programs and Services for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Project. She is responsible for overseeing the programs that impact economic mobility for the clients served. This includes the financial literacy program, digital literacy program, home buyer education and management of the House Charlotte program for the City of Charlotte. Deeply embedded in the community, Erin has been challenged with making large community concerns tangible and easily understood to the everyday community member. These community concerns include but, are not limited to affordable housing, food insecurity, lack of upward mobility and building trust across lines of difference. Through the creation of innovative programs and partnerships, Erin most notably leads in the efforts to create the Urban Farm at Aldersgate, Camino Community Center site 2 and the Eastside Rising organization. Outside of work, Erin has been a dedicated community member that focuses on building equity in the City of Charlotte through her volunteer services on various boards and commissions. Erin believes that every person should have access to opportunities and programs that lead to economic mobility, a voice at the table and enjoy a fulfilled life in the place they reside. In her free time Erin enjoys traveling with her wife, deep sea fishing and DIY projects. Erin Barbee, a native of Charlotte, received her degree in Sociology and Gerontology from UNC Charlotte in 2006. For eleven years, she served as Executive Director of several different entities within the senior living field that ranged from free standing memory care communities to independent living facilities. In September 2017, she returned to Charlotte after living in Atlanta for five years, to serve as the Director of Mission Advancement with Aldersgate Retirement Community, her most rewarding position yet. In this capacity, she works with community partners to bring programs to the Aldersgate campus and the city tackling community issues through the lens of aging including transportation, education, economic mobility, food deserts, political connectivity, social justice, diversity, inclusion and equity. Outside of work, She is extremely involved in the community, serving on various board and leadership roles including the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board; Charlotte East Board; Eastside Rising Council Community Liaison; Simmons YMCA Board Member; Co-Chair of Charlotte LGBT Elders Group; Charlotte Mecklenburg Age Friendly Cities Steering Committee; Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Revitalization Committee; NC Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition Leadership Team Member. As a woman of color, her perspective as a Charlottean who advocates for the elderly, East Charlotte and the LGBTQ community, along with her desire to help build intergenerational community bridges, brings an important community perspective to the work of Leading on Opportunity. In her spare time, she enjoys being an amateur food photographer, kayaking and spending time with her family and friends.
Jason Morton - he/him (Incumbent)
Hello, Chamber Members! My name is Jason Morton and I am currently serving in my second term as a board member with the Carolinas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and as chair of the Education and Programs Committee. I am happy to be running again for re-election to a third term with the Board of Directors and would love to have your vote! Throughout my tenure as a Board of Director, I have been known for creating and implementing The Morning Mix networking event in 2018-2019 during my first term as chair of the Membership Committee and planning our annual Lunch and Learn series events during my second term for 2020-2021. I look forward to continuing my service as a board member and growing the work we do for the Charlotte LGBT community as a chamber with your vote of confidence.
I am a native North Carolinian, having spent most of my life living in Jacksonville, NC, before moving to the Charlotte area in the summer of 2014. I am a 2010 graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. My careers and life can be summed up in one word: service. For five years, I helped middle and high school students reach their highest potential on their instrument of choice in the marching and concert band setting. Since 2015, I have had the pleasure of helping members of the Charlotte, Lake Norman, and South Carolina community navigate the home buying and home selling process with success as a REALTOR® with Premier South Real Estate.
I am a certified LGBT Business Enterprise and have been recognized with numerous awards throughout my real estate career, including the Keller Williams Realty - Lake Norman - Cornelius "2016 Rookie of the Year,” the Five Star Professional 2017 Rising Star Award for the Charlotte area, 2019 Carolinas LGBT Chamber of Commerce Fierce 5 Award Recipient, 2021 Five Star Professional Award Recipient for Charlotte, and the 2021 LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Top Producer.
Outside of my career, I am member of the Canopy Realtor Association’s Communications Advisory Group, Canopy Housing Foundation Committee, Realtors Care Day Core Committee, and the national LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. I currently live in Charlotte with my husband, Matt, and enjoy traveling, spending time with friends, and eating all the delicious food our city has to offer.
Nate Turner - he/him (Incumbent)
Nattiel Turner is a native of Maryland but moved to Charlotte three days after his high school graduation to pursue his degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. During his tenure at Johnson & Wales he managed various restaurants and completed internships with the Nutrition & Diet Department at Carolina’s Medical Center focusing on meal plans and nutrition regimens. In addition to his academics and work schedule, Nattiel was also involved in the planning and opening of Georges Brassier in South Park. Nattiel had the distinct honor to study under Chef Fred Teiss and Chef Shane Pearson while at JWU. Although his passion for cooking began at an early age with his mother, Chef Rebecca Padgett guiding him, he began career development under Chef Tony Hilligoss at Parkside High School.
He received his Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in 2008. Upon graduation, he continued to manage restaurants and hospitality along with offering private chef services in the Charlotte metro area. In 2012, he opened Your Custom Catering & Events, a full-service catering and events firm. The company is considered a preferred and exclusive caterer for more than fifteen venues in and around the Queen City. He has been named one of “Charlotte’s Best Caterers” for four years consecutively. His company has consistently received the Spectrum Customer Service Award for three years as well. Nattiel prides himself in a client centered approach to catering and event management. Nate also manages a community food pantry that feeds more than one hundred fifty families each week.
In addition to his culinary prowess, he is also very involved in his community. Nattiel is an active member of the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. He has served on the boards of Charlotte Black Gay Pride and the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. His memberships have included the LGBT Chamber and Charlotte Chamber. He has been invited by faculty as a guest speaker at Johnson & Wales University, offering guidance and insight to future culinary and business students who want to open their own company. His philanthropic endeavors include the Charlotte Men’s Shelter, Time Out Youth, Urban Ministry, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Hearts Beat as One Foundation and the Relatives. In 2017, Nate was honored as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s 30 Under 30 for his entrepreneurial success and what he has given to the Charlotte community through his business, activism and volunteerism.
Most recently, he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University with honors. He is also a high school Culinary Arts & Hospitality instructor for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
Kelly Posey - she/her (Nominee)
Kelly Durden Posey is an attorney and the Owner/Founder of Inspired Inclusivity Consulting, LLC. Through her work, she breaks legal and social concepts down to accessible bites to amplify the experiences of underrepresented groups. She often says her passion and goal is to demystify the art and language of inclusion.
Kelly has taken every opportunity to speak her truth, while inspiring and educating others. She has spent over 15 years finding inspiration in the tremendous resilience of her clients and community partners. Previously, Kelly practiced public interest law with a focus on representing LGBTQ+ individuals in the areas of domestic violence, family law and employment law. In 2013, she was the founding attorney of the region's first LGBTQ Law Center in Charlotte, NC. While at the Law Center, she co-presented Know-Your-Rights workshops for LGBTQ+ and Transgender community members, helped organize events to prepare advanced directives for same-sex couples and educated the legal community on the most effective ways to work with LGBTQ+ clients. After the Law Center closed, Kelly continued providing community education for the LGBTQ+ community and worked to teach businesses how to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community through training opportunities. Kelly later worked with both public and private corporations in the areas of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), notably developing a procedure for a fortune 500 company to support transgender employees who seek to transition while at work. Throughout her career, she has always strived to help open the minds of others to inclusive ways of seeing the world. Kelly founded Inspired Inclusivity Consulting to continue educating and supporting businesses in fostering inclusive spaces, with a particular emphasis on including LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled individuals.
Preston Richardson - he/him (Nominee)
Preston is a licensed real estate agent and graduate of the Agents Choice School of Real Estate. He is a licensed AHA instructor and teaches BLS, CPR, HeartSaver, First-Aid, AED use throughout the region. In addition to real estate and teaching, he is also volunteers for the Stanley Civil Defense Rescue. Preston is an active chamber member and works tirelessly to connect our community with resources that can assist them in being successful. He resides in Stanley, NC with his husband, Brett.
Edward McCray - he/him (Nominee)
Edward D. McCray, Jr is a native Charlottean born and raised, and is currently working on his MBA in Human Resources at Columbia Southern University. He joined Vanguard in February 2020 after spending nearly 10 years in fundraising and special events within the non-profit sector. At Vanguard he currently serves in Foundational Services, has excelled by leading Problem-Solving days on his team, and leading the Standard Work discussions, that helped to provide a better understand of each one to his crewmates each Friday with a special focus on the new crew. Recently he has taken on the responsibility of providing coaching assistance to the new hire classes, which has helped to increase his exposure to more leadership opportunities. Outside of work, Edward dables in the culinary arts, tries to be a better gym guy and is part-time gamer. In addition, Edward has served one previously on the CLGBTCC board of directors.
Matthew Humphrey - he/him (Nominee)
Matthew is a graduation of the University of Indianapolis, where he received his Master of Business Administration. He is an Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Manager with Fifth Third Bank. In addition to his volunteer work, he has served on the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Bloomington Lemon Council, Fifth Third Bank Retail Council, Fifth Third Bank Inclusion Council as Co-Chair, and the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA Advisory Board.
M. Stephen Maddox - he/him (Nominee)
Stephen Maddox-owner and operator of Elite Cleaning SC. He has been in hospitality and tourism for 22 years. He prides himself on his work ethic and his company's treatment of employees. On his free time, he enjoys boating and hanging with his friends. He loves to travel and enjoys trying new things. Always up for new challenges no matter what it is he believes with a good attitude anything is possible. Graduate of Culinary Institute of Charleston and future food truck owner. Resident of Charleston, SC since 1995.
Tijua Robinson - she/her (Nominee)
Robinson is director of the Grier Heights Community Center and program director for youth programs at CrossRoads Corporation. She studied at Johnson C. Smith University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology. She earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she focused on the causation and prevention of juvenile delinquency. During her time as a student, she developed a passion for assisting families and youths who faced financial, educational and socio-economic barriers within the Grier Heights community. She has served the Grier Heights community since 2008, and believes her greatest accomplishments are witnessing the success and improvement of individuals she has assisted.
Elizabeth Schob - she/her (Nominee)
Liz Schob (she/her) is a community health educator at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in Charlotte, NC and has worked in education for over a decade. She also serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Wedgewood Community Church and is a member of the Leadership Council. From teaching English as a second language and working with teens and college students to co-managing the community food pantry sponsored by the Hearts Beat As One Foundation and Wedgewood Community Church, Liz has dedicated her life and career to serving others. She earned her Master of Science in Public Health at UNC Charlotte where she specialized in health education, promotion, and policy and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist®. Liz is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and has been a Chamber member for over a year. She is thrilled about this opportunity to continue to serve the LGBTQ+ community here in Charlotte and beyond.
Bert Davis, Jr. - he/him (Nominee)
A native of Greensboro, Bert has 20 years of experience in various financial roles in the public and private sectors. He has worked with clients on cases both large and small. His experience includes:
Special Master in the North Carolina Business Court
Examiner, Trustee and Chief Restructuring Officer in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Consulting and testifying expert in shareholder disputes, criminal cases and other civil litigation
Internal auditor for a large District of Columbia government agency
Lead investigator for a $200 million Medicare and Medicaid fraud
Licenses & Certifications
CFE: Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
CPA: Certified Public Accountant licensed in North Carolina, New York and the District of Columbia
CFF: Certified in Financial Forensics specialty issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Wake Forest University
Master of Business Administration
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master of Accounting
James Donté Prayer - he/him (Nominee)
Hailing from Greenville NC but currently residing in Charlotte NC, J. Donté Prayer prides himself as a healthcare, human rights, equality and social justice advocate.
Donté is the HIV Program Manager for The Center for Black Health & Equity, NC AIDS Action Network’s Health Access Coordinator and the founder of R.O.L.E Models.
He is currently pursuing a Masters and Doctorate of Public Health in a dual graduate program at Morehouse College.
His community engagement includes volunteering with The Power of U as a Board Member, on the executive leadership for Elizabeth City State Greater Charlotte Alumni Association, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Carolinas, 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, 100 Black Men of Eastern North Carolina, Charlotte’s Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee, Wedgwood Church and Heartbeats as One Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region, Democracy NC to name a few. Donte’ served as the Chair of the Collaborative Council for Statusboiz and Statusgurlz, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte research study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Minority AIDS Research Initiative. This $1.1 million project focused on HIV prevention for young African American gay/bisexual men and transgender women through culturally based social networking and currently affiliated with a HIV Prevention Trials Network vaccine study.
Also, he was selected as one of Governor Cooper’s Medicaid Expansion Ambassadors. Additionally, Donté is the 2018 Charlotte Pride’s Champions of Pride Harvey Milk Award recipient, Thera Technologies’ July 2021 Community Champion and the 2021 Community Catalyst’s Speak Up for Better Health Award honoree.
Donté continues to serve on community councils, boards and planning bodies to eradicate the HIV disparity such as the Black Treatment Advocates Network and the Ryan White Planning Body. Aside from his advocacy passion, Donté has a passion for fashion and entertainment. He loves to travel, enjoys music, theater or anything that is performance based.