Meet the Team
Leanna Calvin, LCSW
Founder and Executive Director
Leanna is a creative and free spirited individual. She obtained her BSW from Tuskegee University and MSW from Fordham University. Leanna has a background in the field of mental health and youth development. Some may attribute her success to obtaining her MSW, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and serving in several leadership roles. She identifies her success as the impact she has had on each individual encountered throughout her life. Leanna was given the vision to develop a creative youth program many years ago and has worked hard to make the vision become a reality. She has worked with many youth in several states including California, Alabama, New York and Charlotte. Through her work she noticed a theme of youth having a lack of knowledge on various careers and struggling to understand their uniqueness, hence the birth of Exposure Project. Leanna founded Exposure Project with the hope and belief that the program will have an impact on the world like no other!
Jermile’ Batten Hayes, CFP
Jermile’ Batten is a native of Richmond, VA. She studied Finance at Elon University while also playing on the women’s basketball team at the Division 1 level. Jermile’ currently serves as Vice President, Managing Director for Fidelity Investments in Charlotte, NC. Prior to Fidelity, Jermile’ spent most of her career at Vanguard as a high-net-worth Certified Financial Planner™. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Jermile’ loves to give back to the community. She is passionate about educating and empowering the youth and underprivileged communities
Motunrayo Badru, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C
Motunrayo is a Project Executive in Gresham Smith’s Charlotte, North Carolina Healthcare studio. As a healthcare architect, she currently lends her experience using evidence-based design strategies to create thoughtful spaces that promote hope and healing. With over 17 years in the sector, her experience spans Healthcare, K-12, Civic, Workplace, and Residential projects. She has served on the boards of the Houston and DFW chapter of NOMA. Motunrayo is licensed in Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Motunrayo serves on the American Institute of Architects National Ethics Committee, mentors through the National Organization for Minority Architects and volunteers with the American College of Healthcare Architects. She is also an active member of the Charlotte chapter of Women in Healthcare. She earned her
B. Arch and M. Arch from University of Houston and University of Michigan respectively.
Chantel Grier resides as a Charlotte, NC native. She is a Senior Contract Analyst at Duke Energy Corporation, a top performing company in the Energy and Utilities industry. During her time with Duke Energy, Chantel has served as an HR Associate and has served as Chair/Co-Chair for their Employee Resource Group, African American Network Scholarship Committee.
While her talent doesn’t stop short of the Corporate world, Chantel has created many businesses, serving as an Etiquette Consultant, Event Planner, and now bringing those skills to her non-profit, A Princess’s Closet, where teenage girls are empowered through leadership, mentorship, and most importantly, provided opportunity to shop for event attire free of charge. Helping young ladies to realize that beauty isn’t something you buy, it’s something you believe.
When Chantel isn’t working, she is busy running behind her ever so busy teenage daughter, spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and indulging in Latin and African dance.
Jordan Thompson, Esq.
Jordan serves as a Monetization Counsel at TikTok. Jordan is originally from Hickory, NC, and credits his career path to his parents exposing him to the sports and entertainment industry at an early age.
A former Division I football player, Jordan graduated from Elon University. He also earned his Juris Doctor from the Elon University School of Law. Jordan’s professional experience includes working for multiple NFL teams and serving as an Agent and Assistant General Counsel for one of Forbes' most valuable sports agencies. Jordan also practiced law at a top international law firm as an associate attorney in their sports law and global litigation groups.
He currently resides in New York. He serves the Exposure Project because he hopes to inspire the next generation!
Kaela Green is a digital marketing leader specialized in Paid Social Media strategy. Kaela has delivered business results for Fortune 500 brands to mid-size businesses in retail, sports, CPG, non-profit, higher ed and more. In recent years, Kaela has emerged as an outspoken champion for marginalized communities, devoting much of her time to ERG work and elevating communities of color. Kaela attended Penn State University, studying Marketing and International Business, and recently relocated from her home of NYC to Charlotte, North Carolina where she enjoys being out on the lake and exploring new restaurants.
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