SAVED HANDS FOUNDATION
PROUD AWARD RECIPIENT
2013 TOYOTA TRIBUTE TO WORKING WOMEN
NOMINATED FOR THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN AWARD WITH RECOGNITION BY THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Saved Hands Foundation a nonprofit career development service was founded by Ms. Pamela Wright in 1989 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Ms. Wright a native New Yorker, enrolled in a South Bronx Youth Outreach Program in the 1970's to learn entry level administrative skills. Through that valuable basic office training she obtained employment with the New York City Police Department where she remained for 10 years.
As technology evolved Ms. Wright continued her education and training with information systems technology. Her administrative support expertise allowed her to be employed with the Department of Defense in a professional Executive capacity for 30 years.
The desire to "give back" is a constant motivation for Ms. Wright. Saved Hands Foundation is a direct result of her dedicated interaction with her community and commitment to do the will of God.
When Welfare Reform was introduced into society, Ms. Wright grasped the opportunity to assist parents on public assistance to learn a skill and become self sufficient. She developed The Administrative Assistance Career Development Program in Washington, DC in which half of the enrolled clients went on to further their education and become employed.
Saved Hands Foundation will not only offer career counseling, and employment search, we also offer interview preparedness, budget and financial planning.
Just as the Youth Outreach Program provided Ms. Wright her first opportunity to become self sufficient, she is dedicated to give others that same opportunity by providing these services at an affordable cost.
To contact Ms. Wright please email:
COLONEL LESLIE M. DILLARD
Growing up as a daughter of an Army Chief Warrant Officer Five, COL Dillard began her career as a PFC receiving her Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC in February 1983 and was subsequently stationed at Fort Ord, CA. She has lived in a number of locations throughout the world, but considers Huntsville, AL home. She received her commission through ROTC as a Chemical Lieutenant from Alabama A&M University in 1989.
Colonel Leslie M. Dillard assumed duties as the Force protection Branch Chief on 2 February 2014 after serving 4 months as the CBRN SSO, after serving as the commander of the 773rd Civil Support Team in Kaiserslautern Germany. Prior to command, COL Dillard's previous duty station was Denton, TX where she served as the Deputy Defense Coordinating Officer for the Defense Coordinating Element, FEMA Region VI, from April 2010 - July 2011. As the Interim Defense Coordinating Officer for FEMA Region VI, COL Dillard served as the DCO for the BP Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill from April to August 2010, the winter storm of 2010, Hurricane Alex and Super Bowl 45.
In 2002, COL Dillard was selected for the AGR Program and assigned as the Training and Plans officer for the 3 Brigade, 85 Division. She was responsible for establishing Camp Atterbury, IN as a training and mobilization platform for Operation Iraqi Freedom and KFOR Rotations.
In 2005, she was selected as the US Army Reserves first ground safety officer and assigned to USARC Headquarters at Fort McPherson, GA. In 2007, selected as the Chief of Homeland Defense for the 335 Signal Command (Theater), COL Dillard was responsible for 80% of the US Army Reserves CBRN Forces. COL Dillard helped shape the CBRN community with respect to the CBRN Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF) and developed the USAR CBRN Force CCMRF rotation. She is consistently sought after for her expertise in Consequence Management operations.
COL Dillard contributes her executive management skills to the Board of Directors and as the Advisor to the staff of Saved Hands Foundation.
Gwendolyn D. Robinson
Director, Human Resources
Earned an associate from Miller-Hawkins Business College, Memphis, Tennessee (1974); earned certifications in the field of Program Management (1999) and Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management from the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir, VA. Certified as a Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty (CDFM-A) and is also a licensed and ordained “nondenominational” Minister of the Gospel.
Mrs. Robinson worked at several Department of Defense Agencies: the United States Army, Defense Information Systems Agency (formerly Defense Communications Agency), Missile Defense Agency, and Offices of the Secretary of Defense.
Mrs. Robinson, who is often called “Minister Gwen” or “Elder Dee” is very passionate about helping people to improve their lives. She contributes her many years of expertise to the Saved Hands Foundation in the area of human and financial resource.
Mrs. Robinson is a wife, mother to adult twins and grandmother to two teenage boys. She is also a published Poet who works include “My American Tapestry”, the “Facets of Love” and many others. She received the International Poetry Society’s Editor’s Choice Award and is recognized as “One of the Best Poets” of the 20 Century.
Mr. Charles R. Scott – Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Mr. Charles Scott is President and CEO of CScott Strategies, a consulting firm that provides staffing services to major contracts supporting Headquarters, Department of the Army. Mr. Scott served over 26 years in the US Army in various command and staff assignments both overseas and in the continental United States, culminating his military career with a promotion to the rank of Colonel and assignment as Chief Of staff, US Army review Boards Agency. Mr. Scott is the Military to Civilian Hiring consultant with Saved Hands Foundation.
A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Mr. Scott is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina where he earned a BA in Political Science. He also holds an MBA degree from Webster University, St Louis, Missouri and he is a graduate of the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Virginia (Ginny) Dempsey
Ginny Dempsey earned her B.A. in 1975 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has since lived in Virginia for over 40 years. She is an Account Executive (sales and marketing) with Harper Engraving and Printing and works out of her house.
Ginny has been with them for 20 years and services accounts from Washington, DC to Richmond, VA. She enjoys working with the public and is well respected by her peers and customers. She is able to contribute her knowledge in marketing and fundraising to Saved Hands Foundation. Her passion like the founder of Saved Hands Foundation, Pamela Wright is servicing others in need.
Ginny volunteers her time with two other charities. She is Treasurer of ROKPA, USA an international nonprofit organization which helps improve the lives of people in need in Tibet, Nepal, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Also, she is the past President of Soroptimist International of Woodbridge, a nonprofit organization which helps community-based and international projects that improve the lives of women and girls. It is in this organization that Ginny and Pam met, and realized that they have common goals – to help others rise up from tough circumstances, and teach them job skills so they may work and live a dignified life.
Fay Le Sane
President and CEO of Agape Mental Health and Consulting Services
Fay holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Howard
University, Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from
Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia.
In her more than 25 year
tenure as a clinical social worker, she has held multiple positions, including
that of a college professor, the director of a crisis intervention program, a
clinical field instructor for social work students at various colleges and
universities, and a clinical supervisor for clinicians who are working towards
licensure in the state of Virginia.
Fay is President and CEO of Agape Mental Health and Consulting
Services. She is licensed by the State
of Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2010, Restoration One Ninety-Nine (R1:99)
awarded Fay the Hope Award for her work with sex trafficking survivors.
her employment at a local residential treatment facility, she started to
encounter adolescents who had been trafficked and created The Girls on a
Journey Program to address their complex needs.
A much sought-after speaker,
Ms. Le Sane has provided training and workshops to local and national
organizations on the subject of domestic human trafficking. Ms. Le Sane is a member of the Woodbridge Chapter of Soroptomist
International and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Ms. Le Sane offers her professional counseling services to Saved Hands
Foundation as needed.