Red Pump ambassadors are official representatives of The Red Pump Project and are charged with doing great work that represents our mission and organization. They’re instrumental in the success of our organization and are overall awesome people.
Team Red Pump (Ambassadors)
District of Columbia
Brittani Menina, a native of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, currently resides in Washington, DC and is a professional event planner working in both the corporate and entertainment industries with a passion and talent for giving back to the larger community.
Brittani’s eagerness for sharing knowledge with others led her to join the fight against HIV/AIDS and ultimately to her role as Ambassador Coordinator with The Red Pump Project. Rather than be reactive, Brittani chooses to be proactive with a purpose—to encourage and empower women with knowledge of their self-worth through her work with Red Pump.
Brittani received her Bachelor’s degree in Event Management from Johnson and Wales University – Charlotte Campus. From Brittani’s experience with several events, she has realized not only is event planning her job it is also her passion. Brittani can be found creating events full of details and inspiration. She believes that service is true success. 1 Peter 4:8. You can follow her on twitter at: @BMeninaEvents. She can also be reached at BrittaniM at redpump dot org.
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ~ Diane Mariechild.
This mantra is one that Georgia’s Red Pump Ambassador Skyy Banks embodies. She is a native of Arkansas, author and freelance writer. A staunch advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness for women and girls, Banks is driven to educate and empower others on positive life style behaviors.
She currently serves as the board chair for Aniz Inc. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending quality time with family. Using her writing as a platform, she encourages her readers to explore taboo subjects and engage in dialogue to find solutions.
On any given day, Skyy is sure to be somewhere impacting lives through mentoring and other civic engagement. You can follow her on Twitter: @SkyyBanks. She can also be reached at skyy at redpump dot org.
North Carolina (Charlotte)
Jameka served as the Co-Founder and former Executive Creative Director for SOTAC (State of the Arts & Culture) Magazine (now SOTACi) until her entrepreneurial flame was lit in 2007; and she decided to concentrate on nurturing her enterprise- JSW Media Group; a boutique public relations, marketing and brand management firm focused on the entertainment, fashion and publishing fields.
In addition to owning JSW Media Group and serving as CEO, Jameka played an integral role as a founding member and former Chief Operating Officer for Amped 4-A-Cure, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports cancer research through music. Her most important philanthropic project to date is serving as a Red Pump Ambassador for The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
When not juggling the demands of entrepreneurship, Jameka wears the hat of a seasoned speaker/spokesperson for various commercial, editorial, event hosting and television/video assignments. She holds a bachelor’s in Communication Studies with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.You can follow her on Twitter: @JamekaShamae. She can also be reached at Jameka at redpump dot org.
Shannon “Goody” Gooden-Howard is an intimacy consultant, sex educator, HIV advocate and proud mom! She is the creator of A Lady in the Sheets, a company (and online shopping experience) geared toward empowerment through sexual exploration, education and awareness.
As the Red Pump Ambassador in Dallas, “Goody” hosts several unique HIV/AIDS Awareness events that offer free, onsite testing; like The DIVA Swap and her annual Shoe Show. “My goal is to get as many people in one place as I can and test them all for HIV!”
Ms. Gooden-Howard is a newlywed (12/31/13) and is excited that her husband is her biggest supporter in her risk reduction efforts! She’s an active mom and enjoys being her son’s biggest fan as his “team mom”. In her spare time, she speaks to youth about healthy dating and self esteem and facilitates workshops focused on intimacy & empowerment across the country.
In 2012, “Goody” had the honor of representing The Red Pump Project and AIDS Healthcare Foundation in several Congressional meetings during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. “I became an advocate because the face of HIV/AIDS in the US looks just like me. Young, female and Black! My outreach is just an extension of my message of sexual responsibility”. Shannon is also the reigning Mrs. Dallas Plus America and hopes to obtain the state crown in March 2013! You can follow her on Twitter at: @g00dy2shuz.