Our Heroes

We transform lives through education, income generation and various projects capable of promoting local development and inclusion.
The right people can change our world for the better.


Dauntè Paschal


“Making a Dash” was born as a manifest of gratitude to Portland for the opportunities that Dauntè Paschal, the founder of the project, obtained in the community during his life trajectory.

Always active in the community, in 2019, Paschal created  “Making A Dash”, a scholarship fund to give young people in Portland the opportunity to attend barbershop college and, thus, allow them to also make their dreams come true.

Joe McFerrin II


Joe McFerrin II serves as the President & CEO of Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center and Rosemary Anderson High School (POIC+RAHS). He began with the organization in 1995 as a student counselor, responsible for class scheduling, discipline and summer jobs.

Joe has been the top executive since 2003, under his leadership the organization has grown by more than 800 percent in revenue, workforce and students served. Joe currently serves on Oregon’s African American Student Success Plan Advisory Board, the Multnomah County’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, is a member of the Worksystems, Inc. Board, and the Chair of the Accreditation Commission for the State of Oregon.

Nico Harrison


Nico Tyrone Harrison  is an American professional basketball executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA), who is currently the president of basketball operations and general manager of the Dallas Mavericks. Prior to that, Harrison was an executive at Nike, Inc., where he worked for 19 years. Harrison also had a five-year professional basketball playing career spanning stints in Belgium, Japan, the Continental Basketball Association, and Lebanon. Harrison played college basketball for the United States Army Black Knights at West Point as well as for the Montana State Bobcats.

Reiko Mia Williams

Director of Regional Equity Initiatives and Partnerships at Multnomah Education Service District (MESD)

Experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. Skilled in Community Organizing, Organizational Development, Recruiting, and Training. Strong business development professional working on an Ed.D. focused family engagement, school partnerships and the African American community.

Ricky Allen


Ricky’s education career dates to 1980, when he served as a health/PE and math
teacher and coach at Jefferson and Whitaker Middle School. He then served
as a founding member of Self Enhancement Inc. and as an executive at the
Jim Parsley Center before returning to a campus setting, first as a leader in the
Vancouver School District, then as assistant principal at Reynolds High School.
Ricky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the College of Idaho,
and a Master of Education and Principal Certification from City University.

Dondrae Fair


His given name is Dondrae Lamont Fair Sr. But anyone who knows him also knows not to use it. Instead, they call him Choo, or Choo Fair, to be exact. It stands for “caring and helping out others.” 

And that’s because everyone who knows Choo also knows something else: It’s a perfectly suited nickname for the 47-year-old husband, father and grandfather who’s beloved in his Northeast Portland community for his mentorship and counseling, and who’s well-known for his muscle car, ever-ready smile and strong stature.  

“I’m not just a father to my kids,” Fair said. ‘I’m a father to the kids in my community. I volunteer my time and help coaches with football. You have to be a ‘role model’ for the youth. When I played football growing up, I didn’t have a father to push me and my mom did what she could.”

Jamaal Lane


Self motivated, dedicated, and highly experienced in the art of barbering and business development. My skills and trustworthiness are a sought after combination by a widely diverse clientele. As a business owner and barber school founder I’m dedicated to creating opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and Professional Barbers. Be ONE!! and Be Great!!

Kiosha Ford, CIPP-US, CIPM


A Portland native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political
Science from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina and her Juris Doctor from St. John’s
University School of Law in New York. She is a healthcare compliance consultant at Legacy
Health where she reviews policies and processes to ensure that the organization complies with
state and federal guidelines.

Tony Hopson, Jr.

Director of Fidelity AT SEI LEADERSHIP

Tony Hopson, Jr. Fidelity Director.  For 40 years, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) has functioned as a bridge, offering opportunities for young people and families unite to carry out
its full potential. At SEI you see light, hope, and success. The kind of success that not only uplifts the children and families we serve, but creates a secure platform for growth and understanding between all races

Fabiano M. Santos


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