Board of Directors
Victoria Varela is a publicist and owner of Varela Media. Her various clients have included Jordin Sparks, Real Housewives, Barry Manilow, Gloria Estefan, Frankie Valli, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and more…
She has been an advocate for The M.A.D. Girls from the beginning. www.varelamedia.com
Celia Schauble is the mother of two amazing and beautiful little boys and a lover of all that is beautiful in the world. For her, giving and sharing is a fundamental way of life. She is a Go Red Ambassador for the American Heart Association, an advocate for Save The Family and a M.A.D Girl!
She is the owner of In The Pursuit of WOW! Design Studio. It is where she creates beautiful fabric patterns and amazing interiors. She is an international, award-winning interior designer that resides in Arizona. While Arizona is her home, she works around the country transforming homes and leaving clients breathless. She works with each client to discover, capture and curate their essence. Together, they create a home that embraces and enhances their lifestyle. Her many life experiences propel her abilities and desires in the pursuit of her own personal WOW! and how she make a difference in the world. www.inthepursuitofwow.com
Heather Washington has a combined 25 years of professional experience in program management and non-profit development and management. She has substantive experience living, teaching and working in various African countries. She is highly skilled in organization development activities and operations oversight, including financial management, human resources and executive administration.
Dr. Linval Crosdale is The M.A.D. Girls treasurer. He received his undergraduate education at the University of the District of Columbia where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting, and shortly succeeded in earning the professional designation as Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia, where he is currently licensed to practice.
In 1999, he earned his M.B.A degree at Howard University while he worked as an Accounting Manager at Edison Electric Institute. After working at the United States Chamber of Commerce as a Budget Director, Dr. Crosdale returned to Howard University to pursue doctoral studies in Economics.
In 2004, he accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation while he completed classroom requirements for his PhD. Dr. Crosdale received a PhD in Economics in 2007 with a concentration in Monetary Policy and Banking. His Dissertation is available at the Library of Congress, entitled “The New Basel Accord and Risk Exposure: A Case Study of a Commercial Bank in Jamaica.”
Born and raised in Jamaica, he has an inside perspective on developing countries and our projects and has been a great asset to the team in more ways than one!
Jennifer Beichner is a new board member! Bio coming soon!
Past Board Members
Melissa Mastrolia grew up in NJ and attended Rutgers University. She received her B.A. in English and Dance with a minor in Communications. Shortly after graduation Melissa married and moved to Charleston, SC. There she earned a Masters in Elementary Education. On the side, Melissa began making jewelry with her sister. Allison and Melissa, both designers and co-creators of the Lexi Lu brand, started their journey together in 2002. Allison was a new mother and educated in the fashion industry. Melissa was a brand new mother to two adopted beautiful girls, a newborn and a 4 year old. The two ladies started small, by selling wholesale to local boutiques.
With a few ideas, some ingenuity and great deal of hard work, the Lexi Lu brand can be found in Henri Bendel and other fine boutiques around the country. Lexi Lu, nickname for Allison’s daughter, was born from a true passion and love for being both feminine and beautiful. Inspired by vintage clothing, gems of all colors, shapes and sizes and the beauty that is naturally held in every unique woman.
Motivation, perseverance, good old fashioned hard work, and the willingness to take risks, fall down, get back up, and do it again have made Jaylen D. Bledsoe an amazing entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and technical prodigy at the young age of 17 years.
His journey and success actually began at 12 years of age when he started his own Information Technology Consulting business called Bledsoe Technologies, LLC. With a dream and $100, he began marketing his technology services, and within two years he had 150 contractors working for him. The scope of services his company provides is vast and includes brand development consulting. The clients he works with include Jordin Sparks and Steve Harvey.
Knowing the importance of building a solid brand, Jaylen Bledsoe began re-branding his company just a few months ago, and took it from Bledsoe Technologies, LLC located in Saint Louis, Missouri to The Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group. His expertise and success is multifaceted and includes start-up businesses, brand & business development, Venture Capital Funding, direct marketing platform development and implementation, entrepreneurship, and increasing revenue streams.
Outside of his daily business practices, Jaylen D. Bledsoe is also a motivational speaker for various groups around the globe. He brings enlightenment, wit, comedic humor, and moving stories to his audiences young and old. He has been featured keynote speaker for Disney Dreamers Academy, NSBE, Junior Achievement, Steve Harvey Mentoring Program, Stanford, Google, and Facebook just to name a few. Jaylen has spoken to over 25,000 people around the world from youth to senior citizens – sharing his inspiration, award winning attitude, and down to earth stories about how to be successful in this journey of navigating life.
When asked about his success, Jaylen will honestly tell you that it hasn’t always been easy. His parents were only 16 years old when he was born, and his upbringing was filled with struggles. Knowing that he wanted to do more and be more than what he was born into, he continued to look forward to the big picture and to the blessings he had been given, and truly made an effort to strive toward excellence in everything he chose to do. His positive thinking, great determination, and willingness to never give up has led to his amazing and inspiring success.
In 2009, Jaylen was awarded for his exemplary accomplishments when he was given the “Presidential Academic Excellence Award” from President Barack Obama. He has also received the “Gateway Young Achiever of the Year Award.” His skills as Producer and Writer were awarded 2nd place in the “Diversity” category for a short video he made for the Missouri Parent Teachers Association. Recognized by Ebony Magazine as a “Power 100” in 2014, he was noted as one of the top 100 Most Influential African Americans of 2014 alongside President Barack Obama, Oprah, and Bishop TD Jakes.
Jaylen Bledsoe currently serves in many community and advocacy capacities including being Board President of the National Youth Rights Association, as well as Jr. Board Member of Independent Youth, Inc., and board member at Multitasking Hearts Corp. In 2014, Bledsoe joined Jordin Sparks’ Charity, The M.A.D. Girls, to serve as the Director of Business Development.
As a Junior, Jaylen currently attends Hazelwood West Senior High, in Saint Louis, MO. He looks forward to majoring in International Business and Psychology at an Ivy League school such as Stanford or Harvard in the coming years.
In the great words of Jaylen D. Bledsoe, “Don’t let your setback cause you to sit back, prepare for your comeback!”
Steve has been an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor in the technology space for 10 years. As an entrepreneur, Steve has launched and led successful organizations – ranging from a platinum-selling music production company to the World’s leading customer loyalty platform, serving 200M users. As investor and adviser, Steve contributes capital and expertise to the most promising entrepreneurs in finance, real estate, travel, and beyond.
Lou has been in the charity, branding, and event busimess for 30 years and is owner of http://www.forcemultiply.net