• 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, a 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 this year. 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 recently passed the Alabama Bar Exam and is excited to begin a 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.

    Samantha "Sami" Pline

    Corporate Relations and Sponsorship Director

    ​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.

    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.

    Jasmine Blair

    PR and Social Media Marketing Director

    ​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.

    Paige Reynolds

    AL Schools Program Development and Outreach Director

    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.