Tynetta Brown, President and CEO
Tynetta Brown, most recently served as the Director of Development and Marketing/Communications for the WRK Group (The Warehouse, REACH Riverside Development Corporation and Kingswood Community Center) She was responsible for implementation and collaborative oversight of fundraising efforts and managed the marketing and communications efforts for all three entities.
Prior to the WRK Group, she was with the United Way of Delaware for a little over 6 years and served as the Director of Community Impact and the Associate Director of Health and served as staff liaison and an Ally to the United Way of Delaware’s PRIDE Council Affinity Group that focuses on LGBTQ youth, health equity and workplace issues as well as the Public Policy committee and represented the United Way of Delaware on various city and statewide committees, task forces and conference planning teams related to youth, education, policy and health.
Miss Brown has over 23 years of experience in the public health care and pharmaceutical and sectors in the areas of strategic sponsorship development, corporate relationship management, social marketing, management of non-profit and government community and public health programs. Additionally, she has expertise in public policy, health disparities and patient advocacy.
Her past career also includes serving as Vice-President, Social Marketing with Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, DC; Director, Corporate Relations for the American College of Cardiology in Washington, DC; Senior Alliance Development Manager in the cardiovascular franchise at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Executive Director of the Tri-State Stroke Network for the North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services and the CDC; Program Manager for both the American Heart Association and Operation Health 27610 in North Carolina.
Tynetta is not a stranger to volunteerism and service. She has served on and currently serves on numerous national, regional and local health, youth and arts related boards and committees. Currently she is on the Board of Trustees for Christiana Care Health System and is a member of their Women and Children’s Leadership Council, Kids Chance of America, and Kids Chance of Delaware.
Previously she served 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, was a volunteer for AARP Delaware, the national board of directors for WomenHeart:The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease; Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, a member and VP of Fund Development for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Delaware Chapter, and the US-DHHS Heart Attack Expert Panel.
Awards include recognition in 2017 with a Board Leadership Award from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Delaware Today magazine’s Women in Business Award and previously recognized by the Association of Black Cardiologists with a Commitment to Diversity and the Elimination of Health Care Disparities Award.
She is also an Interior Design/Lifestyle contributor for Women of MORE magazine, a recent contributor to the upcoming November release of Love Letters to My Girls: 100 Black Women Speak to the Hearts of Black Women & Girls anthology project. Miss Brown has been a contributor to a few blogs and other health related publications and a co-author in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.
Her personal passions include interior design, custom jewelry and home accessory design. She also was Principal Consultant for Thumbprint Strategies offering tailored solutions in strategic planning, marketing, project management, partnership engagement, marketing, and design for community environments.
Melissa Micek, Director of Engagement
In April 2019, Melissa joined Philanthropy Delaware as the Director of Engagement. In this role, she oversees membership engagement, strategic communications, and programmatic affairs. She serves as the project manager for the SHARE Delaware, a collaborative enterprise of Philanthropy Delaware and Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), which aims to transform the Delaware nonprofit and philanthropy community through universally accessible and useful information. As a Delaware native, she is committed to serving her local community as a servant-style leader.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Lynchburg. During her tenure, she led the Ethics Bowl Team, a debate team focused on contemporary ethical issues. She also graduated cum laude from the Westover Honors Program. Her liberal arts background significantly shaped her creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Melissa graduated from the University of Delaware, where she received her Master of Public Administration. As a graduate research assistant, she co-authored a policy brief, "Wilmington Community Asset and Resource Mapping: An Analysis of the Resources Available to Residents of the City of Wilmington, Delaware." Upon graduation, she served as a Pathways Student Trainee and was converted to a Loan Specialist with the U.S. Department of Agricultural, Rural Development. She served rural small businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits in the Business & Cooperative Programs. Melissa is passionate about empowering and connecting others with available resources to enhance their wellbeing.
As a Delaware native, she frequently volunteers with local organizations in Newark and Wilmington. With her persistent curiosity, you can find Melissa either at trivia night or reading a library book at a coffee shop.
Lauren Christie, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
In February 2020, Lauren joined Philanthropy Delaware as the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator. In this role, she enhances organizational capabilities. She supports projects and Philanthropy Delaware to deepen and broaden its impact, while leveraging existing partnerships, and ultimately ensure that Philanthropy Delaware can best serve its members. Lauren will support programs and projects that reinforce the organizations’ vision and short- and long-term plans. As a Delaware native, she is committed to serving her local community as a servant-style leader.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Media Studies. In her years of experience, she worn many hats. From teaching to banking one thing remained true; the interpersonal and mass communication skills she gained during college have carried her through and evolved into so much more than she could have imagined. She as honed those skills into tools that have helped her meet sales goals, network in environments that tested her courage, and help build small businesses in her community. Her experience has helped her become a "Jack of All Trades." She has trained herself to take something from each different industry experience to become an efficient, proficient, and well-rounded professional in any position.