Meet The Team

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Kavaca McElroy
CEO and FOUNDER

     I was born to teenage parents.  Mom was 15 and Dad was 16.  My mom passed away three years later at the tender age of 18 due to a horrific car accident.  By that happening, it caused me to grow up with a lot of anger, resentment, and misconceptions.  I literally fought my way all through grade school.  All it took to trigger me was for a cruel kid to say anything demeaning about my mother and the fight ensued.  I felt I was protecting my moms honor with every punch thrown!

     I was raised by my grandparents because my father was young and barely able to take care of himself, but I never was deprived of the necessary nurturing needed, because both my grandmothers instilled the best, they had in them, In Me!

     I officially lived with my maternal grandmother who gained custody of me when my mother transitioned.  Most of those years she raised me as a single parent, which instilled in me the strength I have today.

When I was 13 years old, my junior high school boyfriend was shot and killed.  I bared the weight of that as if we were married.  We were THAT CLOSE.  I was awakened at 3 a.m. from a phone call informing me of what happened.  I was transported to the hospital to see him hooked up to what seemed like every machine possible in the hospital.  The sight was so traumatic, that its engrained in my mind forever.  I spent the next few weeks after that in mourning, alongside his family.  I even traveled to Shreveport Louisiana with them to bury him!  This would make another of life’s major adversities I’ve had to endure!

     We moved around quite often. From the rough streets of  South Dallas (Dixon Circle), to Pleasant Grove, Southeast Dallas, and ended my teenage years back on Dixon, where it all started.  Between those transitions I went to 8 different schools, 4 elementary’ s, 2 Junior highs, and 2 High Schools.  The high school in which I graduated was Lincoln Humanities and Communications Magnet, Class Of 1997!

My daughter was born in 2004!  A year later, I became a single parent and have been raising her on my own ever since.  This was yet another adversity I had to overcome!

Fast forward to June 19, 2019.  The memorial of African American  people's emancipation, I was given a cancer diagnosis, which felt like a life/death sentence!  I decided against chemotherapy, as well as radiation, and any other cancer treatments or medications for that matter.  However, I decided to undergo a double mastectomy with reconstruction, even though the ductal carcinoma was only detected in my right breast.  

I'm adamant about Holistic Healing to maintain my health.  I believe if you don't take your health concerns into your own hands, you will ALWAYS depend on others for your well being!

Which has lead me down the path to THIS moment in time, in which I align myself with the purpose to INSPIRE and MOTIVATE survivors how to pick up the pieces of life and overcome the adversities that have been created by the awful, dreadful DIS-EASE known as cancer.

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Javaca Ross

Personal Assistant/Co Founder

Javaca Ross is a proud Board Member and Assistant to the Founder of PINK UP THE PIECES. She's excited to serve and plan, as well as volunteer whenever and wherever she's needed.

Education:

Highschool- David W. Carter

She will graduate high school with an Associates Degree in Information Technology from Cedar Valley Community College in May of 2022

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LaNinfa Franklin

Treasurer/Secretary

LaNinfa brings over 15 years of Administrative experience to the table with expertise in accounting, financial planning, and correspondence.

She holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

Her expertise in her field makes her an invaluable asset to PINK UP THE PIECES. 

When Kavaca was diagnosed with cancer, LaNinfa felt it imperative that she took this journey of healing and to inspire others to overcome such trauma alongside her!

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Tracy D. Johnson Sr.

Board Member

Tracy is a graduate from Wilmer Hutchins High School in 1991, in which he played Football and competed in Power Lifting.

He was a two time State Champion. One in Football and the other in Power Lifting.  He also went on to win a National Championship in Power Lifting.

Tracy is a Deputy Sherriff for Dallas County.  He has been serving the community and its citizens for 29 years. He enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones!

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Felicia Green

Board Member

A native Texan, Felicia fell in love with nonprofit work when she was only a teenager growing up in the city of Dallas.  Inspired at a summer camp called Upward Bound, Felicia quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work and educational growth.  This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2009 at Paul Quinn College, one of the oldest historically black colleges west of the Mississippi.

She received her Master of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2016 and joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., expanding on her love for community service.

Felicia's volunteer and nonprofit resume also include other organizations dear to her heart.

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Khafre Linwood

Board Member

Khafre has been a native of  Dallas, Texas for 45 years. Born and raised in the Southern Sector of the city. A 1995graduate of Lincoln High School, and a father of two sons, Khafre has dedicated his life to living out his purpose. An established artist, pot, future author, and advocate for bringing awareness to todays society of the life and legacy of Emmitt Till through his STILL TILL 1941-1955 Movement.

Khafre is very passionate about uplifting, and supporting his family and friends who have dedicated their lives to tp reconstructing the landscape and outlook of todays African American Culture