Get to Know Who We Are & What Our Mission Is
Our main areas of focus are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math), physical wellbeing, health, social and moral responsibility. We also focus on vocational and collegiate preparation.
We provide students the opportunity of academic achievement and exposure to diverse areas through hands-on, innovative programs with the hope of ultimately inspiring them to reach their maximum potential and become significant contributors to society.
The REECH Foundation was founded by Don & Lakeisha Carey to impact inner-city youth by expanding their horizons to new opportunities they may not have known existed. The Careys believe that the STEAM sector gives the next generation the best chance of attaining success.
Don CareyCo-Founder & Board Chairman
Don Carey believes true success isn’t defined by the number of goals we reach but the number of people we reach. A celebrated NFL player, author, speaker, CEO, philanthropist and activist, Don is on a mission to use his influence to help others find success.
Don has been a valuable player in the NFL for the past nine years, making an impact on and off the field. In 2016, he was nominated as Detroit Lions Walter Payton Man of the Year for his commitment to community service. The Detroit Lions Alumni Foundation awarded him again for his continued dedication to serving his community in 2017. In 2018 he was awarded Norfolk State University’s “Graduate of the last decade.”
Don spends much of his offseason time traveling to speak at various organizations, colleges and grade schools, where he teaches, challenges and inspires our next generation of leaders. His first book, It’s Not Because I’m Better Than You, in which Don shares his personal story and the principals he used to find success, was released in 2017 to rave reviews.
Currently studying to receive his Masters in Theological Studies with a focus in the Old Testament at Moody Theological Seminary, Don received his Bachelors Degree in Building Construction Technology from Norfolk State University shortly before he was drafted into the NFL. He founded Ascension Realty, a real estate company based out of Chesapeake, Virginia, in 2012, and he remains the Managing Partner.
Lakeisha CareyCo-Founder & Executive Director
LaKeisha Carey is an accomplished lawyer and author of a children’s book entitled “Cankeyo”You Can Keep Your Dreams Alive! She received her bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law/Criminal Justice from Northwestern State University in 2008 (Magna Cum Laude) and her Juris-Doctorate from Southern Law Center in 2011 (Graduated top 5%).
Lakeisha is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, is heavily involved in different community service projects and organizations, and travels the country speaking to various organizations and groups; urging them to keep their dreams alive and utilize vision boards to help them through the process.
Lakeisha currently sits on the boards of Communities in School Hampton Roads and Vision Academy.
Lakeisha married the love of her life Don Carey and have two beautiful children together.
Dee PoliteBoard Member
Dee Polite native of Chicago Ill. resident of Virginia Beach. Professionally Mrs. Polite serves as a Medical Liaison for DOD's Military Sealift Command. Formerly she dedicated 10 years of employment to Bank of America as a Unit Manager and Officer of the Bank. Mrs. Polite attributes over 25 years of singing to her unique sound, and has covered and paid homage to musical greats such as Chaka Kahn, Etta James and Billie Holiday to name a few. Dee has possessed a deep love for singing since the tender age of 5 years old. It invigorates her to touch people with her gift of song as the CEO of Phenomenal Sounds Band.
Aside from musical talent, Dee is a proven philanthropist. Her passion to serve and encourage others to serve is demoststed by way of her service and accomplishments. (2010) President of Bank of America's
Toastmaster International Speaking Network's Voices of Empowerment, (2012) Director of Social and Cultural Affairs with The Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals, (2012) CEO of Phenomenal Sounds Band (2012-Current), Member of Zonta International advocating against sexual and domestic violence, (2015) Member of Norfolk Councilman Paul Riddick's Joseph N. Green Lecture Series Committe, (2016)President of The Edward Myles Foundation (bringing awareness to Prostate Cancer, Lastly the CEO/Host of Talk is Cheap Radio Show on WKQA FREEDOM 1110 AM.
Dee Polite's motto is "If I can help somebody as they are traveling the road, then MY living shall not be in vain."
Terreon ConyersBoard Member
Terreon Conyers is sales manager and entrepreneur born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia
Terreon attended Booker T Washington High school and The College of William and Mary. Post college, Terreon has spent his career teaching and developing people for various corporations. His love for people and investing in their success has been the driving purpose behind the work that he does every day.
Terreon enjoys spending time with his family and managing his real estate/accounting small businesses.
Alexis MartinBoard Member
Alexis “Jay” Martin has been known for some of the best hosting and event planning. Currently, she serves as the Norfolk State University’s Event Planning Coordinator. Her role is dedicated to facilitating the university’s signature events that include commencement, galas, receptions and award ceremonies.
She has authored for notable websites that range from Hot 97 to NSU.edu. Her dedication to serving others lead her to be known as a excellence source for logistic solutions. Alexis has a passion for creating memorable experiences for her clients and their supporters.
A zealous member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Alexis is committed to public service for men, women and children. As a spartan alum and former host on Hot 91.1, she has handled logistics for celebrities like DL Hughley, Jacque Reid and more.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time her son, Sam Braden V.
Karen Robinson brings 10 plus years of Executive Leadership, Council and Administration experience.
Karen sits in the Board as Chaplain of the Professional Football Players Mother’s Association known as PFPMA (pronounced Piff’Ma), she is one of the Assistant Pastors of Cornerstone City of Refuge Min. Intl, and the Co-Chair of the Levitical Review Advisory Council. Karen is an Executive Life Coach (Paradigm 360) and a Motivational Speaker.
Karen spends her quality time with her husband William of 15 years, her children and grandchildren.
If you ask her to describe herself in a brief sentence, she would reply, “I’m a Wife, a Mother and Ya-Ya. Known as a social butterfly that sings like a humming bird. I love my family and I live, laugh and love hard!”
Ray Henderson, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP® has been in the financial services industry for over 18 years. He is the founder and leader of Henderson Financial Group, and is dedicated to growing personal client relationships as a Wealth Management & Financial Advisor. Ray attended the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Economics in 2001, and a Masters of Education, in 2002. UVA is also where Ray met his wife Crystal, and where the Henderson Family began!
Ray Henderson has been a qualifying member of The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), from 2012-2018. The Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is an international, independent association of more than 31,500 members, or less than 1 percent, of the world's financial services professionals from more than 450 companies in 79 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the financial services business.
The Hendersons are a homeschooling family, and are passionate about raising up godly children for the Lord. Ray & Crystal have four sons: Isaac, Jaden, Christopher and Benjamin.
Sharone BranchBoard Member
Sharone Owens Branch has worked for Conduent for over 20 years under her current position as a Senior QA Analyst. She currently overseas 4 Clients to ensure that their day to day operations, systems, and customer experience is achieved. One of those Clients is the U.S Courts division were she holds a top security clearance. In 2010 she was nominated by the Professional Association of Business for an award for her community activity and involvement. She served as Chief Correspondence Officer for the 2010 Hampton Roads Gala which was one of the first events to recognize and celebrate the region of Hampton Roads with record breaking support from over 50 companies and organizations. Sharone is also a Board Member of The Rosa M. Davis Fine Arts Foundation where she serves as a mentor to the COO and its founding members. Currently she serves as the CCO for the orchestra musical production of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” which will be performed in the fall of 2022.
Sharone also has and entrepreneur side of her by owning her own business Blaque Velvet Enterprises which is a full service entertainment company featuring a live band, gift baskets, money cakes, catering services, and community involvement events. While her musical roots are deeply embedded in the gospel genre of music, she is more of an inspirational song bird. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she began performing at an early age overseas where she spent most of her childhood life singing before crowds of thousands with the local Far East band, “Ultima”. Sharone has performed on stage with Chaka Khan, Atlantic Star, After 7, Freddy Jackson and many more great artists just to name a few. Since moving back to the United States where she attended North East Louisiana University, she realized that her first love was always Gospel music. While attending this great university, it was there were she studied classical music as well as the old Jazz Standards and became a member of the university choir. After graduating and moving to Virginia she soon became a member of a local Gospel recording group called “Unity” in the early 90’s where she remained a ministering angel for the Lord for nearly 8 years. She also is a well accomplished Trombones player and has graced the stage with several well-known bands.
Sharone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeast Louisiana University as well as a Bachelors of Administration degree in Adult Education, Training and Development from Southern Illinois University. She also holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music/Voice from Northeast Louisiana University.
Jamie CobbBoard Member
My name is Jamie Cobb and I have been in Virginia about 5 years. I am a very proud parent of 13 year old daughter, Micaela. She’s my best friend and quite the comedian. Prior to moving here I grew up in Southern Indiana and went to Vincennes University. After moving away from Indiana I lived in Charleston, SC and Saratoga Springs, NY. I’ve been very grateful of my experience as far as where i’ve lived because I have gotten to meet so many different people and experiences so many different
communities and what they have to offer.
I helped open the Chesapeake Academy in 2017 as a facilitator. I then ﬁlled the Academy Lead role and currently the Store Manager of the Hillcrest Parkway store. I get the pleasure of leading over 220 associates and supporting the Edinburg community. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with my boyfriend, and traveling.
Meet the Board
Discover the DNA that REECH is built upon and get to know out core foundation team.