Lori Okimura is serving a four-year term as chair of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. She is the second woman and first Asian-American to serve as chair. Okimura is the president/CEO of Creative Sports Strategies with extensive experience in sales, marketing and promotion of various major volleyball and beach volleyball organizations and events, including several USAV Junior National Qualifiers.
Okimura joined the USAV board in October of 2012 as the beach volleyball at-large director. She has a long and successful career in the sports industry, having amassed a unique portfolio of professional experience in business management, media relations, marketing and manufacturing.
Dawn has always been dedicated to giving back to the community. She currently serves on the finance committee for Charlotte Woman’s Club and the on the advisory board of Foundation For Girls. She has served on the board and various committees for Women Executives, the most recent being the 40th-anniversary celebration committee.
Dawn was honored in 2002 by the Charlotte Business Journal with a “Women in Business Achievement” Award and was named to the prestigious 2006 Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of young leaders of accomplishment in recognition of her business achievements and commitment to the community. Dawn was recognized by 107.9 The Link (WLNK-FM) and Cambria Estate Winery as a “2006 Link Leading Lady.” In 2007 she received a Vision Award from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and was selected as a “Business Impact Leader” by Charlotte Business Leader magazine. Dawn was also named to the “50 Most Influential Women” list by The Mecklenburg Times in 2009.
In addition to being featured in The Charlotte Observer and in television and radio interviews in the Charlotte area, Dawn has also written marketing communications-oriented articles that have been published in the Charlotte Business Journal, The Mecklenburg Times and The North Carolina Journal for Women.
Curtis Joe has made an impact on countless children, young adults, and families, as well as on child welfare, education, and family support systems and policy.
As a child, he was a runaway due to being abused in foster homes. In 1986, he ran away from a home 336 times before someone did anything about the abuse him and his sister encountered.
Under Curtis ‘dynamic leadership, The RelativesServices has evolved from a small provider of out-of-homecrisis care to one of Charlotte’s, most respected multi-service agencies. Today, the agency works with over 6,000 participants throughout its 7+ programs.
Curtis has successfully created a culture for the continuum of services for young adults by linking affordable housing while focusing on strategic community economic development, education and public safety initiatives. Curtis was a significant piece for the expansion of the Safe Place network program for The Relatives by increasing them to nearly 600 sites in the community.
Mr. Joe was appointed to the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness Board of Directors in January 2017, and is currently a National Safe Place Advisory Board member since April 2012.
Curtis’ passion for helping children and families is contagious. It is not only his true pleasure to advocate for children and young adults, it is his passion!