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Miami Associate TerryAnn Howell Initiates and Chairs Young Professionals Board for Local Nonprofit The Circle of Brotherhood

MIAMIThe Circle of Brotherhood (COB) Board of Directors recently approved Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough associate TerryAnn Howell's concept to create the first Young Professionals Board for the nonprofit. Howell will Chair the Board. When Howell was seeking out individuals to join the Young Professionals Board, three other Nelson Mullins Miami employees stepped up immediately to join the inaugural Board: associate Kayla Keller will serve as Vice Chair; partner Erin Kolmansberger will serve as Fundraising Director; and Yusimy Bordes, Howell's administrative assistant, will serve as the Board's Events Coordinator. They will serve a one-year term.

The COB has evolved into Miami Dade County's largest network of Black men from various walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds dedicated to community service, mentoring, self-improvement training, crime reduction, and economic development. Howell was introduced to the nonprofit during her time with Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami Program. She was impressed with the work the organization was doing and promised to return in some capacity.

"This is important to me because giving back is my legacy and this organization is giving back in so many ways," said Howell.

The Young Professional Board exists to assist the COB’s Board of Directors secure and promote the financial, legal, and ethical wellbeing of the organization and to ensure that it fulfills its mission.

The COB’s Young Professionals Board (YPB) will provide a platform for young philanthropists to learn more about the mission of the Circle of Brotherhood and to become ambassadors for the COB. It will raise awareness of the Circle of Brotherhood’s mission and introduce the COB to a new group of supporters in every way possible. Specifically, members of the YPB will create and manage some fundraising events for the Circle of Brotherhood, donations, and volunteer their time to the organization.

About Circle of Brotherhood

The COB's ultimate goal is to provide world class training to all those who play a vital role in the lives of young males, establish mentorship opportunities, create lifelong partnerships capable of stemming the tide of the failing support systems for young men; and to eradicate the absence of positive role models while closing the gap in the current void of optimal career development. This includes training Miami-Dade Public Defenders and City of Miami Police through their Brotherhood Civil Servant Training to help each group understand the other’s reality and to strengthen their relationships.

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