D. Fredrica Brooks – Davis, M.A., M.A., Psy.D
Co – Founder and Board President
Dr. D. Fredrica Brooks – Davis, a native of Florence, South Carolina, has always been passionate about serving the community and helping others. She developed her first community – based program while serving as a volunteer with the Florence Boys and Girls Club during her senior year in high school. Following the success of that program Dr. Brooks – Davis developed a mentoring program for an elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia during her sophomore year at Clark Atlanta University. These experiences and countless others have influenced both her educational and professional pursuits. Presently, Dr. Brooks – Davis serves as the Executive Director of the Reid Temple Restoration Center, Inc. a church – based counseling center, which she developed at the direction of her Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington. She also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Destiny Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC (DECS, LLC). Most recently, Dr. Brooks – Davis and her husband, Teddy, founded the Brooks – Davis Institute for Brain Cancer Awareness. This organization is birthed from their personal experience with facing her husband’s brain tumor diagnosis, which they agreed to face together after three months of marriage.
Dr. Brooks – Davis earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation she moved to Michigan and earned a Masters of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Immediately following graduation Dr. Brooks – Davis moved to Maryland and worked in the mental health field as a Family Therapist in Leonardtown, Maryland and a Clinical Therapist in Baltimore, Maryland.
After spending several years in the mental health field Dr. Brooks – Davis chose to pursue a career in academia. She was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the first and only Honors Mentor for the Honors Program at Bowie State University. Within one year of serving in this capacity she was appointed by the Office of the Provost to develop a university-wide mentoring program. In addition to serving as the Coordinator of the university-wide mentoring program, she served as the Principal Investigator for a GEAR-UP Challenge Grant which afforded Bowie State University with the opportunity to develop a mentoring program for a high school in Prince George’s County Public Schools.
In 2003, Dr. Brooks – Davis moved from Maryland to attend Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology specializing in program development and consultation. While there she received a grant from the American Psychological Association to charter a student chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists and continued her clinical work as an in-home therapist servicing the Hampton Roads area.
Dr. Brooks – Davis has published articles, presented at numerous professional conferences, and facilitates workshops and trainings in both the public and private sector. In addition to serving the community via DECS, LLC. and the RTRC, Inc., Dr. Brooks – Davis is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Bowie State University.
Dr. Brooks – Davis was happily married to Teddy E. Davis until he made is transition on July 11, 2014.
Co – Founder
Teddy Eugene Davis, also known as “The Bear”, was an accomplished mix engineer, musician, and studio manager. During his career he worked in numerous studios including but not limited to Future Sound & Recording, New Horizon Recording Studios, Night Flight Recording Studios, and Reid Temple A.M.E. Church’s Recording Studio. Teddy spent numerous hours in studios across the United States including his hometown of Washington, DC, Maryland, New York and California. He recorded and/or served as a mix engineer for artists which include the Seven Sons of Soul, The Choir Boyz, Jessica Greene, Amos Saint Jean, Ginuwine, Raheem DeVaughn, 112, Dru Hill, Sisqo, Lil Mo, Total, and countless others.
Teddy’s musical performance career as a keyboardist began at the age of fourteen. During his career he performed all over the United States and internationally completing tours in China, Japan, England, Ireland, South Africa, Philippines, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands. Teddy performed with many notable groups and individuals, which include Heatwave, Miki Howard, and Calvin Richardson. For more than twelve years Teddy performed with The Stylistics as a dedicated member of “The Style Orchestra”.
Teddy knew as a teenager that God blessed him with the ability to hear music from a unique perspective, which enabled him to have a long-standing career in the music industry. After traveling the world and working countless hours in recording studios Teddy decided to use his expertise as a musician and mix engineer, working in both live and studio settings, where he served as the Audio Manager of Reid Temple A.M.E. Church.
On January 24, 2014, Teddy and his wife, Fredrica, founded the Brooks – Davis Institute for Brain Cancer Awareness. This organization was birthed from their personal experience of facing his brain tumor diagnosis, which they agreed to face together, after three months of marriage.
On Friday, July 11, 2014, Teddy made his transition after fighting a courageous battle against brain cancer. Teddy leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife D. Fredrica Brooks – Davis and his two children, Theo Davis and Aliyah Baker. In addition to his two children, Teddy played an instrumental role in his stepdaughter’s life.
Kenya K. Davis, Esq.
Kenya received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in 1999, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia Law School in 2002. In law school, Kenya won the National Championship of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, earning her the Archie Dawson Prize for Oral Advocacy and a brief internship with the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She also traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa as a foreign exchange student to attend the University of Witwatersrand Law School and serve in the Family Law Clinic. Upon graduation, Kenya began her formal legal career at Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP, in New York, where she represented both Fortune 500 companies in civil and criminal matters, as well as women prisoners who had been sexually assaulted by correctional officers. In March 2009, Kenya joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as an Assistant United States Attorney. She has served with distinction in the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor, Felony Trial, Felony Major Crimes, and Domestic Violence Felony Sections of the Superior Court Division, and in the Appellate Division. Currently, she serves as a Felony I Senior Sex Offense prosecutor. During her career Kenya has spent countless hours working with victims of physical and sexual abuse perpetuated by their loved ones and those in positions of power over them. A tenacious trial lawyer, she is a formidable advocate for the cause in court, strategizing and delivering compelling arguments to persuade fact finders to render just verdicts.
An active member of the community outside of the Office, Kenya provides support to the youth ministry at the First United Church of Christ, Washington D.C. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the national advisory board of the Glenn Pelham Foundation for Urban Debate. Having hailed from Atlanta, Georgia, she now lives in the Nation’s Capital with her young family.
Starvel Drake, M.S.
Drake is an Information Technology Specialist for the Department of Treasury by day, and she pursues her passion for event planning every free chance she gets. She received her B.S. from Bowie State University, and her M.S. and certificate in Event Management from George Washington University. Seven years into her federal career, she had the opportunity to serve as a committee chair for a conference her employer was hosting. It was then that she discovered how much she loved planning events. Since then, she has continued to increase her knowledge of the industry and gain experience. As the CEO of Five Star Events, Starvel does more than event planning—she creates memorable moments through partying with a purpose. Whether she’s convincing top-level executives to perform karaoke or planning an annual conference, she’s cognizant to add a service component. From donating restaurant gift cards to honor roll students to collecting canned goods for a food pantry, Starvel makes sure that your event not only leaves a lasting impression on your guests—but the community in and around it.
Natasha E. Rose, M.D.
Dr. Rose is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician (PM&R). She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance. She also completed fellowship training in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Rose has been active in participating in all levels of neurologic and general rehabilitation including acute care consultations (Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital – The Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital Katy), acute inpatient brain injury rehabilitation at Memorial Hermann TIRR Hospital, and is the current medical director of Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation which is a residential, post-acute brain injury rehabilitation facility in Houston, TX. She owns and practices in a private outpatient practice where she specializes in the management of chronically injured patients as well as in treating spasticity with botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen among other therapies. She also serves as medical director of the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.
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