• The Board of Directors

    Neena Speer

    Founder/Executive Dir.

    As a purpose-driven, inspiring and dedicated professional, Neena Speer is a lawyer, a published writer, the CEO of her own non-profit & speaker. Also, she is the founder and executive director of the Step 1-2-3 Mentor for Life Initiative which is a non-profit geared towards developing lifelong mentors for students K-12 and college levels. Currently, Neena has written three published articles and has been asked to speak on various topics ranging from diversity and leadership, to the importance of integrity at the 2016 National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Fair, at The University of Alabama School of Law as a presenter in 2017, a panelist in 2018, and at a recent 2018 Sisterhood Summit held in Brooklyn, NY. She has also recently published her first book entitled Dear Future Law: An Intimate Survival Guide for the Female Minority Law Student in 2018. Her passion since she was in eighth grade was to be a criminal defense attorney in her hometown where she grew up: Birmingham, AL. She is living out that dream and speaking for countless organizations including the University of Alabama School of Law, the YMCA, the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit, and her upcoming TedxYouth Davenport Talk entitled "Diversity Redefined" March 2021 about her experiences as a law student, a black minority in the law field, and her journey past failing her first bar exam. Neena has a BA (in French), a BS (in Psychology) from Howard University, and a JD from The University of Alabama School of Law. Speer passed the Alabama Bar Exam in 2018 and is almost 3 years into her career dedicated to helping impact her community one person, one step at a time.

    Tsipporah Christopher

    Vice President

    Tsipporah Christopher is an educator, and aspiring medical student. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelors in Science in Biology in 2015. As a student Tsipporah participated in a neurology research program at the Perelman School of Medicine, and traveled to Ethiopia to research renewable energy through microbiological techniques. She also served as the President of the Howard’s Health Professions Society. Currently, she is working in Japan as an English teacher at a high school for science and global studies. Tsipporah’s passion for mentorship comes from her experience forging her own path. Without inspiration and motivation from her own mentors, she would not be pursuing the passions she does today.

    Rajesh Speer

    Management Consulting and Advising Director

    Rajesh over twenty-five years of experience in the healthcare industry. During this time, Rajesh has become passionate about training, mentoring, and coaching staff to achieve their best in every aspect of life. She believes that the key to success is good communication. We must embrace the many facets of communication infrastructure between all parties. Mentoring is powerful way to teach young leaders that all things evolve continuously and success is often defined by our ability to adapt as new opportunities are presented in life. She is excited to serve with Step 1-2- 3 as a future mentor, adviser, and leader.

    Sandrieka Moore

    Corporate Relations and Sponsorship Director

    Sandrieka Moore has received her Masters of Business Administration, concentration in Accounting from, Troy University Montgomery. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree, concentration in Accounting. Her courses of study, as well as on-site job training, have given her extensive experience in communicating, planning, and conducting research. She has developed teaching skills while tutoring students at Troy University Montgomery and working with Veteran’s Administration contracts. As a budget analyst and contracting officer with the federal government, she has enhanced her knowledge in FAR and JAR, and she is able to apply the simplified acquisition procedures when purchasing on behalf of the federal government. While working for the State of Alabama, she has expanded her knowledge in working with various grants and contracts and performing compliance site- visits to ensure sub-grantees are complying with grant provisions and the OMB Circular regulations. In the short-term loan servicing industry, her professional skills have been enhanced in treasury management and the financial profiting aspect of the financial industry. Performing accounting duties at Civil Air Patrol (an auxiliary of the United States Air Force) strengthened her accounting proficiencies in governmental, non-profit organizations, and for-profit organizations. Sandrieka is excited to serve with Step 1-2-3 Mentor and expand our outreach opportunities with sponsors to empower the students we serve

    Marcus Cotton

    College Schools Director of Outreach and Program Development

    ​Marcus has worked in youth outreach and student services for over 20 years. His mentoring focus is helping students gain the skills to move to the next level of college and career. Marcus was a Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps Team Leader, a Career Transition Specialist for Job Corps, a University of Alabama Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships Recruiter, and now he serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions for the University of Alabama School of Law. Marcus is a proud member of the Step1-2-3 Mentor for Life Initiative. He serves in the College Program as the Director of Outreach and Program Development. He looks forward to working with the program, the mentees, and seeing the program continue to grow into a national service agency.

    Kimberley Osias

    Head Intern for Step 1-2-3 Virtual STEM Summer Camp

    Kimberley Osias is a senior attending Bethune-Cookman University studying Psychology. Upon graduating she plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate Degree specializing in Family and Immigration law. Having to always translate and explain documentation to family members has driven her to pursue a profession to advocate for people who cannot help themselves due to circumstances. She is an active member of her college and the local community served as the President of is the Pre-Law Club for two consecutive years. Kimberley is thrilled to be a part of the team and ready to work with the program.

    Jasmine Blair

    Board of Directors Consultant on Program Development

    ​Jasmine LaShaye Blair is a senior at The University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa, where she is majoring in biology on the pre-medicine track, maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Her community and civic involvement include, Al’s Pals Mentorship Program, Women of Excellence, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, and many other service-based organizations. After receiving her bachelor of science degree, Jasmine plans to attend medical school. Her professional ambition is to become a physician. She is excited to be a part of Step 1-2-3 Mentor for Life Initiative because she believes that people are blessed to be a blessing, so it is important that we reach back into our communities and enrich those who will travel on this same journey.

    Samantha "Sami" Pline

    Board of Directors Consultant on Program Development

    ​Samantha Pline is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama School of Law. She has served as an editor on the Alabama Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for two years. Prior to attending law school, Samantha was a full-time lecturer in American History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. She also worked as a tutor with Varsity Tutors for three years, mainly tutoring SAT and ACT preparation, but also tutored for the GRE and, on one occasion the LSAT. She believes strongly in the ability of one person to make a difference, and feels that her time with Step-1-2-3 Mentor for Life will help her, and the mentors she oversees, achieve that goal.

    Paige Reynolds

    Board of Directors Consultant on Program Development

    Paige Reynolds was raised in Birmingham, Al where she was very active in community service work for the community. After attending Homewood high school, she went on to Oakwood University where she majored in Psychological Sciences and where her love of mentorship was born. After College Paige graduated from Andrews University with a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Paige loves her work and is passionate about empowering people to help themselves. Since college, Paige has been involved in mentorship as both a mentee and a mentor, it was during this time that she developed an understanding of the importance of lifelong mentorship and a continual desire to serve as a mentor and agent of change in people’s lives. Paige is excited to serve with Step 1-2-3 Mentor and to empower the next generation.