Devon Lewis-Buchanan, MSW
Founder & Chief Executive Officer/Board Vice-Chair

Once a collegiate athlete and NFL-prospect Devon was raised in West Palm Beach, FL. Having received a scholarship to play football and attend The University of Louisiana-Lafayette and upon graduating with a degree in Behavioral Science, he was granted an opportunity to try-out for the Oakland Raiders, pursuing a life-long dream of playing in the National Football League. When that plan was cut short, he was forced to ask himself “What’s next”?

 

Transitioning away from sports and no longer identifying as an athlete was a struggle that Devon credits to guiding his path to social work. After working with youth in the foster care system Devon’s passion led him to begin a non-profit organization, Inspire Youths Services, Inc. addresses access to mental health in underserved communities. Realizing the need for more black male clinicians Devon would obtain his master’s degree from Barry University School of Social Work.

 

Devon is a loving father to his son Samson Marley who is a member of the Autism Spectrum community. Devon serves on several boards, Bright Futures Academy, Healthier Neighbors Steering Committee, and the BeWell Palm Beach County Stewardship Council.

Tessie Watts, M.S
Board Chair

Tessie Watts is a Transformational Leader and Speaker who believes in the power of “Whole Vision” Leadership. Since 2011, she has been on a Divine Journey to elevate the quality of Leadership by empowering Leaders to remove the restraints placed on their Leadership Potential.

Tessie is a native Floridian; and the mother of one beautiful adult daughter, Maiya Adrianna. She is a graduate of Bethune Cookman University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice; and Palm Beach Atlantic University where she earned her Masters in Organizational Leadership.

She is the CEO and Principal Leadership Strategist of The Leadership Haven Resource Center, LLC; an innovative training and development organization that is committed to turning leaders into the Positive “Change Agents” they are called to be. Tessie is relentless in her efforts to reach and empower as many Leaders as possible; believing there is no Leader alive that can’t benefit from her “No-Holds” Barred training style that promotes Transparency, Truth and Self-Awareness.

 

Tessie’s personal mantra is “There’s no need for human co-signers on what was divinely given”. 

Chris Seville, CGC
Board Treasurer

Raised in West Palm Beach, FL, Chris is currently a project manager at Suffolk construction. Chris began his construction career in 2012 as a construction manager for Cilas Concrete Construction, managing residential concrete jobs from pre-construction to completion of the project. Chris is considered to be a solution-oriented project manager and proven to be an effective leader and team member.

 

In his spare time, Chris enjoys working out, volunteering in the inner city, and most importantly spending time with family. Chris is also apart of Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization with the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. 

Sheena Lewis
Board Secretary

Originally born in Atlanta, GA, Sheena is a long-term resident of Gainesville where she moved after aging out of the Florida foster care system. Through her experiences, she discovered a passion for helping others and for the last nine years, has provided a voice to our most vulnerable youth, as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. Along with being a mother, she maintains a positive presence in the schools and community through volunteering and mentoring. Sheena is also a board member for the Guardian Foundation, an ambassador for Gainesville Black Professionals, a local artist, and works as a case manager for at-risk youth. 

Sheena holds a BS from Florida International University and is currently pursuing her MSW. With a strong desire to aid others in their personal and professional growth, Sheena recently founded 3i Speaks, LLC —a company dedicated to igniting passion, inspiring creativity and instilling purpose through consulting, speaking and youth mentoring. She is an empowerment and life-skills coach who believes in the power of the human connection. Through her journey, she attributes her faith in God and a personal quote as the guiding forces in her success.

 

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain