Director of Operations


Eddie Ross holds 2DEF Initiative mission of serving the domestic violence population dear to his heart. He earned his Bachelor  in Business Management and Marketing from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama; where he also pledged Kappa Alpha Psi. Mr. Ross has over 20 years in Business Management and Organizational Development in corporate, non-profits and other small businesses.


Program Director


Brandee Jelks has over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate industry. She has Bachelors of Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.  She is passionate about women with children having a safe and stable living environment. She goes over and beyond to insure the clients have a place to call home.


Office Manager


Shantasha Love brings over 25 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources, and Accounting. She currently hold a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandbaby, graphic design and traveling. She brings to the foundation her personal and professional philosophy that every person has a life story which should be treated with integrity and respect.


Executive Director


Keshee Dent is a St. Louis native, living in St. Louis City area, just north of Delmar for the majority of her childhood.  She has witness firsthand, the devastating and drastic decline happening throughout the city over the years and at a young age wanted to be a part of the solution. She graduated high school as a member of the National Honors Society, has completed a wide range of training programs to include, Bank Teller and Book Keeping certifications, Pharmacy Technician Certification and over 50 credit hours at Fontbonne University majoring in Business Administration.


Executive Administrator


Raven Brown played a pivotal role in the program development of Pathways to Brightness. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2016 and is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in both Social Work and Public Health. Her concentration is mental health, specializing in social entrepreneurship. With these degrees, Raven hopes to reduce the stigma of mental health in the black community. She believes mental health should be regarded as a basic right and therefore hopes to break down barriers such as accessibility & affordability.


Licensed Professional Counselor


Stacie Gorden is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, who received her Master of Arts in School and Professional Counseling at Lindenwood University in 2014. She provides mental health counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Currently, she is working with the St. Louis Public School communities to provide counseling to adolescents and teens, as well as tending to the need of her clients in her private practice. Stacie believes she has a gift to work with and encourage others on how to be their personal best.