Expert Consultants

Our expert consultants are SB³S partners who generously give of their time to assist our members in areas of each consultant’s expertise. You may set up an appointment with a consultant by accessing our Booking page. Our consultants can help you with your dissertation or thesis, graduate admissions, and career advising questions. Check out their profiles below to see which expert consultant is best suited to assist you.

Jennifer Belgarde

Jennifer Belgarde

Jennifer Belgarde is an expert in creating and developing non-profit organizations from inception. She is the co-Founder, and Vice President of The Belgarde Mission House, a non-profit community resource organization that helps Haitian residents re-build their communities from the ground up. Most recently, Jennifer led the Programs and Education Department for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Santa Ana, CA. Though challenging, this role helped her to define her own character in the midst of adversity and determine a clear vision for her life and career. It also helped to identify great tools in how to manage her own non-profit. In the last few years, she has served as the Director of Community Outreach at Season’s Hospice and Palliative Care, educating Baltimore City and Prince George’s County residents and legislators about quality care at the end of life. Jennifer has organized community outreach and social media efforts to educate consumers at churches, schools, and district-wide conferences about the Affordable Care Act in Washington, DC. She was also the Assistant Director and Account Manager at The Study Institute, a large inner-city youth nonprofit in southern California for several years. At The Study Institute, she implemented educational and recreational activities to prepare students for life-long study skills and improve standardized test scores. In addition to her professional experience, Jennifer has also provided supportive guidance to earthquake victims in Haiti during several mission trips and led a fundraiser and toy drive for Haitian children. She has an innate ability to mentor and train young adults in finding their passions, and developing long term goals and plans that will lead to success. Her life experience and sincere desire to help people will ensure that those she mentors will gain much in their life’s path. Jennifer currently resides in Palm Bay, FL.

Georgia L. Hampton

Georgia Hampton

Dr. Georgia L. Hampton is the Director of Compliance and Investigations in the Jefferson County Public Schools.  She has previously served as a school principal in Kentucky as well as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Moreno Valley, California. As a principal in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Dr. Hampton taught 4th and 5th grade students the violin after school.  The students would then perform at neighboring assisted living facilities. Prior to entering into the public school sector, Dr. Hampton served in the U.S. Air Force in Aircrew Life Support.  In this role, she was an instructor for Chemical Biological Warfare and Survival Training.  Dr. Hampton obtained her doctorate from Spalding University and her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside, in Liberal Studies with a major concentration in music and a minor in chemistry. As a classically trained violinist, Dr. Hampton has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra (California), has been featured on 3 music CDs, and continues to serve at her church, Southeast Christian Church, as well as other surrounding churches in Kentucky.  In addition, Dr. Hampton works with doctoral students at both Spalding University and the University of Louisville as an adjunct professor and serves as a dissertation chair as well as a dissertation committee member on various dissertation committees.  Dr. Hampton published her dissertation as a work of heart in 2013, which is entitled, A Voice for the Voiceless:  A Narrative Study on the Life of Senator Georgia Davis Powers.  This study examined the life work of her aunt and namesake, Senator Georgia Davis Powers, who was the first African-American and first female state Senator of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dr. Hampton can be reached at ghampto2@gmail.com.

 

Deja Knight

Deja Knight

Deja Knight was born and raised in Baltimore by two loving mothers. Following her graduation from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, she was awarded a full merit-based scholarship to Wesleyan University in Connecticut as a Questbridge Scholar. She graduated from Wesleyan with a Bachelors of Arts, double majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior & African American Studies. During her time at Wesleyan, she took many service learning courses that fueled her passion in mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and factors that influence overall learning and memory. Deja’s time studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, coupled with her own experiences living in Baltimore, informed her senior thesis on food insecurity in two historically Black housing projects in Baltimore and the impact it has on the community. Now, she is a graduate student at the University of Iowa in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences studying behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on category learning in the rat brain. Her upbringing, experiences as an undergraduate, and now a graduate student living on her own has challenged the ways she thinks about money and pushed Deja to become financially literate. She is currently the homeowner of a two-bedroom condo in Iowa and is spreading her journey to financial literacy with the community under her brand “Balling While Making Pennies”. Please feel free to follow Deja on YouTube at “Deja Knight” or by searching “Balling While Making Pennies” to get updates and personal lessons about budgeting, saving, and financing.