Mission: The Universal Womanhood Collective, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing an educational ministry that fosters a holistic approach to total well-being through cultural experiences, professional development, and personal wellness, to a diverse community of women across the globe.
The UWC mission is accomplished through Retreats and gatherings throughout the year. The organization's first Retreat will be held in beautiful St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Attendees will be led through several workshops and activities to rejuvenate and renew their overall beginnings.
UWC is led by an outstanding board of women committed to the organization's mission of total well-being through holistic approach. Meet them below:
Dorna F. Werdelin, President of UWC, Inc., was raised on St. Croix and is an advocate for women's rights, providing experiences that seek to erase relational trauma and reclaim power. With over 20 years' experience in public relations, communications and adult learning, she creates unforgettable events for non-profit, public & private sector companies. Dorna is also a well-being and spirituality columnist at Bold Favor Magazine, and a publicist for artists spanning numerous genres.
Naeemah Charles, a St. Croix native and USVI Ambassador, moved to Georgia in 1995 and has worked as a Women’s Health nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital for 16 years and was also presented the Golden Globe Award for 2013 at the Academy of Nursing for her exceptional patient care and compassion. Naeemah is the owner of Beyond Nuptials, an event planning business where her services go beyond your expectations. She also serves as the Public Relations chair of the Virgin Islands Association of GA.
Patreece DeChabert excels in the art of storytelling and connecting people to become fans of the brand. She is an Integrated Project Manager with BBDO, the world’s most awarded advertising agency, and freelance producer with TNT. Patreece started her career as a cast member of Graffiti Street, a teen talk show in the US Virgin Islands and moved into studio camera operation, casting, and later producing for the same PBS station, WTJX channel 12, that started her career.
Alyssa Fredericks, a St. Croix native currently residing in St. Croix, works at the Department of Property and Procurement as an Evaluation Supervisor, and has worked with the VI government for over 16 years as a labor relations officer and historic preservation planner. For the past five years, Alyssa has planned and executed numerous destination weddings on St. Croix and coordinated weddings on the US mainland. She also serves as an ordained wedding officiant and spearheads a travel club.
Lizette Llanos Popo Lizette Llanos Popo is an educator, mentor, activist, marketing specialist, financial strategist, wife, and mom of three young children. Her passion is working with youth as they journey to uncover who they are and how they will leave their mark. For the past 15 years, her work has become an extension of her core desire: to help enrich the lives of her community in general, and the youth in particular.
Theshia Nieves, a St. Croix native, has worked for Accenture Federal Services for the past four years, most recently as the Resource Management Specialist for Accenture Federal Services. As the Resource Management Specialist she provides support to program management teams on multiple projects by coordinating their human resource needs in a fast paced environment.
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, Esq., CPA, CCLC, is a Leadership Champion! As the CEO of the Leading Through Living Community, LLC Lynita helps people become Certified 3PA's: people of purpose, passion, and power ready to take BOLD and decisive action! LTLC publishes the acclaimed publication BOLD Favor Magazine and its four affiliate magazines, several Amazon bestselling inspirational and motivational authors; and represents elite professionals and entertainers.
Evelyn L. Richards serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Liaison for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). As the Liaison, she works closely with the Executive Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) to ensure that all decisions, activities, programs, and services are equitable and do not adversely impact current or potential employees, customers, communities, businesses or other stakeholders.
Marquida Webster is a creative producer with advertising, experiential and broadcast experience. A native Virgin Islander and a proud Hoya, she holds a Master in Corporate Communications & Public Relations from Georgetown University and has worked with some of today's biggest brands. Marquida works as a producer with BET Networks and Urbanworld Foundation. A passionate storyteller, she provides a platform for emerging, multi-cultural content creators through the Urbanworld Film Festival.