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Tyee joined the SCAN Board in 2018 and has been an incredible part of SCAN since then. Her expertise, passion, and insight into issues such as policy and marketing have been invaluable to the success of SCAN.
How did you first get involved with SCAN?
In the spring of 2018, a high school classmate (Casey Bartok) reached out to me about being a member of the GRSCAN board. She was a board member and was relocating to another state. She loved the organization so much, that she set out to fill the vacancy she would leave on the board. I only had general awareness about GRSCAN up until that time but I became immediately interested in the organization once approached. I was drawn to the critical services GRSCAN and its partners provide the community. I just knew I wanted to be involved.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
As a political professional and community leader, I am privileged to work in a very unique space where government, policy, and politics intersect. I look at the work that GRSCAN does from a policy lens and how government and laws can make a difference in the lives of children and families. Child welfare and family support is such an important part of a community. It is my personal mission to support families (especially women and girls) in my professional and private work.
What inspires you to stay involved with SCAN?
With the pandemic, closed schools and the financial crisis, now more than ever, families need support and guidance. The work we do here at GRSCAN is vitally important to fill in the gaps when regular family structures fail. I want to provide guidance and perspective to the board, as well as fundraising support and exposure to the community.
Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
SCAN has an amazing portfolio of programs. SCAN’s programs provide the support, treatment, and education needed to help build safe, stable, nurturing homes for children and to lessen the negative impact family violence and trauma has on victims, families, and the community at large. The five programs include: The Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), The Family Support Program, Community Programs, Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Circle Preschool Program.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
My life has been forever changed and enlightened after I learned about the Adverse Childhood Experience screening (ACE SCORE). A part of the on-boarding and training process to be a SCAN board member, each member has to watch a documentary Resilience that explores adverse childhood experiences. I never knew about this before and I was fascinated by it and the screening itself. I hope more people will learn about the ACE screening and take it for themselves. You can find more information about ACES and the ACES screening on the SCAN website.
Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities?
I am a life-long Girl Scout starting in the first grade through adulthood. I’m currently a Girl Scout Troop Leader with my two young daughters in the troop. I am an active member of the Richmond Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Richmond Section of the National Council of Negro Women. I am an alum of Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2008. I love audio books (averaging 20 books a year) and HGTV!
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I was a high school marching band drum major!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
The importance of diversity and why women and people of color should volunteer and serve on boards of community organizations.
I want to encourage women and people of color to volunteer and serve with community organizations. We want to be present and in the room when decisions are being made about our communities. Due to our backgrounds, some of us may feel we don’t have the educational or professional experience to serve on a board. I believe that by showing up, sharing your experiences and being active in the decision-making process will bring a perspective to an organization that may not have ever been considered. Lived experience matters.