Leadership

Meet The Founder & Executive Director

Jayco McCowan, DBA, LSSBB, SHRM-CP

With a passion to advocate for oppressed populations despaired from quality resources to overcome adversities, Dr. Jayco "Jay" McCowan knew that she had to be progressive and intentional in developing an innovative platform to make effective change and address challenges in the Black  and other minority communities.  As a survivor, Dr. McCowan  noticed  a scarcity in resources and tools that were relatable to communities of color. Dr. McCowan always paid it forward by inspiring individuals dealing with challenging circumstances to push forward in turning adversities into victories of regaining one's peace and perseverance.  Subsequently, from Dr. McCowan's vision, And I Stand was created as a hub to help bridge the gap in obtaining effective resources to include four major challenges that affect communities of color. 

Dr. McCowan has over 15+ years of professional experience from diverse industries holding various positions.  Dr. McCowan holds a doctorate in business administration, is a certified  HR scholar, and a lean six sigma black belt professional. Dr. McCowan was recognized as the 2020  Houston Area Zeta Phi Beta Centennial Scholarship Recipient,  acknowledged as a 2019 HYPE Impact Award  Business Leader Nominee, selected as a 2018 -2019 member of the FBISD Board of Trustee Academy Cohort, and was recognized by executive leaders as a 2017 University of Texas Medical Branch Emerging Leader. In addition, she leads and is a member of several service/professional organizations (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; NAACP, Houston Area Urban League, SHRM etc.),  and play a key role as a civic leader /mentor in the community she serves. 

 

The quote she lives by is as follows: 

"The sky is not the limit, there is no limit in what you can do. You have to believe and manifest in your destiny."- Dr. McCowan

Meet the Executive Team

Executive Financial Director

Kuntumie Holston, LSSGB, MHA, MBA

Executive Administration & Operations Director

 

Jessica Smith, MS

Director of Training & Education
 
Porcha Beasley, MOL

Meet the Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony Beaudoin, MD

Board Chair

UT Physicians

 

 

 

 

Ebony Baylor, PhD

Board Vice Chair

Memorial Hermann 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karina Anderson, BS

Board Secretary

Dream to Vision Education, Inc

Fort Bend ISD

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Tamikia Greene, EdD

Board Treasurer

Muscle Minds Educational Services

Houston ISD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natasha Dominguez, PhD

Board Member

Independent Mental Health Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Trent, BS

Board Member

Mind of KT Art

General Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Umeh, JD