About Us 

Values 

                                                                    

The Rose of Sharon Women’s Empowerment ​Center focuses on single-female headed families, implementing interim housing and unique comprehensive empowerment programs. The Center provides community resources and educational classes, all-inclusive with the program. After completion, families will possess key life skills to become successful. The center will make a significant impact on the Tampa Bay area, in both short-term relief, long-term growth, and stability.
 


Equality for all


Motivate individuals to strive for success


Promote healthy relationships


Opportunity to achieve greatness


Work within our community to create positive 

change


Eager to serve the homeless, broken, and destitute


Restoring lives to full potential  

                                                                                                 


Dorothy Spann, MBA 

Founder & President 

Dorothy Spann is the driving force behind the Rose of Sharon Women’s Empowerment Center, Inc and currently fills the President's role. Dorothy’s vision for the center is to empower women to become the pursuers of their destiny and be the catalyst that brings about a positive change in today's world. And stands by her motto empowering women to be their best self operating in the spirit of excellence. Dorothy has been happily married to her husband Robert Spann Sr. for over fourteen years. 


Dorothy earned her master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management in 2012 from the University of Phoenix with a 3.64 GPA and is a current member of the Alumni. Throughout her 18 plus years working in the healthcare industry; Dorothy gained 9 years of in-depth knowledge of complex case management and community-based services. Dorothy loves volunteering in her community with Ronald Mc Donald House, CASA, Love Our City, and a host of other events. 


She has served as a member of her former church Women’s Ministry Leadership Team for 7 years and eventually had the privilege to serve as the church Women’s Ministry Director for 3 years, developing a proactive empowerment program which has become the foundation for the Rose Center’s collaborative approach to empowerment. 


During and since her tenure as a Women’s Ministry Leader, Dorothy has developed a comprehensive network of personal and professional contacts with key community leaders. This will be instrumental in raising the profile of the Rose Center within the community as well as having a significant impact on fundraising activities.

Nichole Brewer, BS, JD

Board Member

Originally from WI, and a former collegiate athlete, Nichole graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelors in Biological Sciences. Shortly after she was accepted into Law School at Thomas M. Cooley located in Riverview, FL she relocated to sunny Florida. After earning a Juris Doctorate, Nichole found many different paths interesting in life, but nothing more fulfilling than helping others overcome mental obstacles in life. After completing several personal development courses, she decided to become certified as a Life Coach. Shortly after that, she earned her certificate as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. Here, she attended IPEC in Miami, FL earning a certified professional coach certificate in 2019. This launched a coaching program that focused on building client’s confidence. Working in schools with over eighty 8th grade girls to men and women of all ages, Nichole was able to see that this work is what truly brings her joy. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University and is passionate about helping teens and young women find their true confidence baseline so they can achieve all their goals in life. 

Andrea Jones

Board Member

Andrea Jones is a mother of three wonderful children. She is also a two-time cancer survivor. Andrea has worked as a Medical Behavior Assistant at Nina Harris ESE Center for 22 years with students who have a variety of disabilities. Andrea is currently working as a Medical Behavior Assistant at an art studio called Creative Clay, which is a transitional program within the Pinellas County School System for students with special needs that have graduated from high school and are upcoming artists. As a staff member, she helps prepare each student with job training, producing, and selling their artwork. She also has her certificate as a Registered Behavioral Technician. In Her spare time, she loves to draw, and her passion is to assist others in need.  

Cathy Payton

Board Member

Cathy Payton has been happily married for over 30 years. She is a devoted mother of two grown children. Cathy has always made it a mission in her life to help anyone she can. She currently works fulltime as an Account Executive at a major Insurance Company. She is also involved in her Church, and  regularly volunteers thru her job for different fundraising activities. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer and serve the community.

Natasha Goodley, JD

Board Advisor 

CEO of Black and White Business Consulting

Natasha Goodley, JD is currently working on political campaigns within the State of Florida and managing over 300 businesses as a consultant. Most recently, she worked to help Mayor Rick Kriseman solidify another four years in St. Petersburg, Florida, helped County Commissioner Mariella Smith won her seat on the Hillsborough County Commissioners and helped City Councilman Orlando Gudes get elected to Tampa City Council. Previously, Natasha served as the Florida African American Coalition Director for Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign. Prior to that, Natasha worked locally, within the State of Florida, on several political campaigns; Ed Narain, Frank Peterman, Darryl Rouson. 


While gaining political experience, Natasha also served as the Assistant Director for Barry University – Tampa. At Barry, she provided primary supervision of the operations and implementations of the Tampa location. Natasha worked closely with the Regional, Assistant Dean to establish and maintain the physical facilities, hired, oriented and evaluated all adjunct faculty and ensured business processes and operational procedures were being followed at the campus. Natasha received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. While at USC, she was recognized as being the number one Political Science major within the School of Arts and Sciences. 


She went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. Natasha transitioned from law into education in 2007 and served as the acting director of the Tampa campus of Barry University. Natasha was hired to create the Tampa site and after the creation, was promoted to operating the location and taught several college courses at the University. Natasha is a member of several community and professional organizations, including, but not limited to, the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Pi Sigma Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, National Association of Professional Women, the City of Tampa's Mayor's African American Advisory Council and the East Tampa Relay for Life. Natasha is the past immediate chair for the East Tampa CRA’s Community Advisory Committee and has done so since 2018.