Board Of Directors

Ava Ross, Founder and Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director of Tabula Rasa Domestic Violence, Inc.


Ava Ross is an advocate for domestic and sexual violence, a motivational speaker and author.  Being an overcomer of domestic violence she has a warmth about her that draws people in and allow them to open up.  Humble and soft-spoken while listening, when she delivers it is with accuracy and facts.  She is a powerhouse and packed with knowledge that she is so freely ready to share with others in her mission to help transform the lives of survivors from surviving to living.   


Ava serves on the advisory board for several nonprofit organizations and with partnerships nationally and internationally her work is continually making an impact to help save lives. Having a great passion for the youth Ava also works with Juvenile Justice Diversion programs and mentors to inspire, encourage and empower the youth.


In addition, Ava joined Sisters4Sisters Network in 2016 and serves on the Domestic Violence Committee as Leadership member.

September 2016 she was interviewed by ESPN about domestic violence in the NFL and have been a guest speaker on several platforms. Ava continues her fight against domestic violence in helping to make legislative changes by providing live testimony at State level for Bills being introduced or voted upon for domestic and sexual violence.


Pawnee Davis, Attorney

Is the owner and attorney for Pawnee A. Davis Law Firm. She is not only an award-winning attorney but also a breadth of experience in law. The firms practice areas are Domestic Violence and Protection, Divorce and Family Law, Business Law, Personal Injury, and Employment Law for Businesses.  Her firm’s focus is on entrepreneurs and corporate professionals that need help in their personal and professional affairs, including starting up a business and avoiding the risk of being sued by clients, customers, and co-owners.  Handling legal compliance, LLC compliance, or consulting services.  Helping businesses plan for the future, identify inefficiencies and where they might be ineffective. Strategic planning, implications for hiring, retention, succession planning, budgeting, and other areas are significant to your business.

For 10 years I worked for GAO in Washington, DC.  GAO holds, the federal government and private companies that receive federal funding, accountable.  It also evaluates whether programs are running effectively and effectively and efficiently.  While at GAO I focused on issues of law and policy; evaluated how federal agencies complied with, implemented, and were affected by laws and policies; and made recommendations for improving systems, processes, and policies. 


Membership:  District of Columbia Bar, Maryland Bar, Women’s Bar Association, Bar Association of District of Columbia, Montgomery County Bar Association, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Association of Black Women Attorneys, Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC.

Deborah Howard, Program Development

Founder and Chief Learning Officer of CIMA Associates, located in Lanham, Maryland.  CIMA specializes in providing innovative training and management solutions to small businesses and higher education institutions. The word “CIMA” has special significance to the company’s mandate.  CIMA is taken from the Spanish word “peak” or “pinnacle”.  Peak service in the areas of criminal justice advocacy, human resources, organizational development, higher education, and change management is what CIMA’s clients have come to expect. Conversely, the letters of CIMA form the basis for the myriad of services provided - Coordination, Investigation, Management and Assessment.

Deborah brings extensive experience in criminal justice, human resources and higher education management to CIMA Associates.  For 22 years, she served in various investigative and command positions with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. For the last 10 years, she served as the Department Chair of the Criminal Justice Program and the Deputy Title IX Officer for Brightwood College in Beltsville, Maryland.

The tenets of servant leadership are woven through the mission and vision of CIMA.  As such, Deborah holds membership in and provides direct support to the Developing Dynamic Self-Worth (Domestic Violence) Ministry, First Baptist Church of Glenarden; Fair (Human Trafficking advocates); and the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also the President of the (non-profit) Zonta Foundation of Prince George’s County Area.  The Foundation is part of Zonta International, whose mission is empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Dr. Shawna Coston, Medical Director

Health Care Executive and Social Entrepreneur in Human Service l Elder Care & Elder LawI Psychology & Mental Health Counseling, Public Service Agent, Media Relations Officer, Professional Transcriptionist , Proofreader, National Victim Services Provider, Criminology & Justice Administration, Business Administration & Sociology, Public Health and Human Services Social Work & Public Dispatch, a and Behavior Psychology & Pastoral Counseling. The Human Services Professional performs a variety of critical services that makes individuals and organizations  operate at a more efficient, healthier and safer level.

Peggy Morris, Community Outreach

Peggy Morris is one of the founders of Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc. a Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc. (S4SN) is a 501c3 non-profit membership driven organization. The key to the organization’s success is creating an empowerment, motivational and informative environment developed in a Spirit of Sisterhood. S4SN is confident that its future will continue to make significant, positive and transformative impact on the women who make this powerful connection.

Kimisha James, Chief Financial Officer

Kimisha James, born and raised in the DMV. I spent the early part of my childhood growing up in Bladensburg, MD. I grew up with both of my parents present in the home along with my older brother and little sister. YES, I’m the middle child…shush I don’t want to hear it!!!! My parents showed me the importance of a strong family foundation. You know that saying “A family that prays together, stays together”. Well, you guessed it…that was us!


Mrs. James has an MBA in Business Management. In 2012 she founded RK3A, LLC where she provides bookkeeping and business consulting services to small businesses in the Washington Metropolitan area.  Mrs. James has an array of clients in various industries from churches to retail.  Providing services to her clients entail bookkeeping, creating budgets, manage grants, and maintain day to day business finances.


I am a firm believer that with ambitious and determination anything is possible and am on the road to creating generational wealth for my family!!!

Linda Pigue,

Linda J. Pigue is the founder of Children and Family Comprehensive Health Outreach (CFCHO), birth from a continual discovering of a growing need to help those not in the position to help themselves. Please visit to learn more.

Linda has more than five years of experience in non-profit management to disadvantaged populations in Chicago, Illinois. Her passion emanated from a personal desire that has led her to help individuals and families plagued by violence, substance abuse, mental health, criminal

in-justices and the challenges of homelessness.

Linda has been a community advocate for more than 10 years, mainly in the Chicagoland area. Always driven with a passion to help others since 2002, while attending Malcolm X College, preparing to qualify to become a Physician Assistant, which was redirected due to personal reasons. Nevertheless, her advocacy continues in a different path with the same fervor to help the underprivileged by being a mentor at several Chicago Public Schools; volunteered at numerous non-profit organizations to educate the underprivileged of the importance of credit-worth, becoming a homeowner, business development, financial stability, and training. She believes self-reliance is the ingredient to acquire some form of functionality in society; hence shaped by her passion and belief in social rights for all. To her credit, she has bestowed several certificates and recognition from Riis High-school, Phi Theta Kappa, and Whose whom Book to say the least.

Meet Our Staff 

Sabrina J, Brand Publicist

Sabrina J is an accomplished Brand PR phenomenal.  She is the CEO of Celebrity Style Entertainment (CSE) / FilmGirl Productions a premier firm that specializes in product placement, celebrity endorsements, film production, special events/red carpet, and gifting suites.


Ms. Jones with over 25 years of experience has built her company CSE/FGP into a prestigious, innovative and imaging-driven brand public relation firm that focuses on the entertainment, sports, corporate, television and fashion industries.


Sabrina J has managed and coordinated a variety of high profile awards which include: Golden Globes, World Music Awards, Billboard Awards, MTV, Screen Actors Guild, B.E.T. Awards, Daytime Emmy’s, American Music, NAAGP, BET, Blockbuster, Grammy’s, Latin Grammy’s Espy, Vibe, County Music, Soul Train Music Awards and many others.


One of Sabrina J’s key strengths is the ability to create, maintain consistency and develop an impactful business relationship with the media, talent, executives and corporate executives.  Sabrina J has been a top producer since the beginning of her career in Brand PR.


Her consistent loyalty and integrity are a comfort to her clientele’.  Sabrina J continually meets the needs of her clients in an attentive and efficient manner.  Her knowledge of the industry and passion to drive excellence rises above her client’s expectations.  She is truly a Brand PR Phenomenal!


Whether you are a Celebrity, Corporation, or an Individual developing a brand, her conceived vision and innovative concepts of marketing and branding are extremely effective, and brings powerful, impactful, and consistent results for every project.  Her dedication to ensure her clients satisfaction has set Sabrina J apart from the rest of the PR crowd and solidifies the CSE/FPG’s reputable reputation for delivering professional and comprehensive results. 

Angella Vassell, Substance Abuse Counselor

Angella Vassell is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over 10 years of experience in the field.  Her passion is to help change the lives of those that struggle with addictions by addressing the root issues.  Her mission is to empower her clients with the tools, information and resources to regain control over their lives and overcome addiction.

Angella's military background in support of information and outreach to those in the military who have or are experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence, and may also struggle with substance abuse. She understands the call to duty, it has been her decision to serve and she has once again answered the call. 

Montrella Cowan, LICSW

Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker

I am committed to inspiring you to step into your greatness! You and I will start with exploring your needs and then, together, come up with a plan for you to achieve wellness. I take an eclectic approach based on what you need. However, I focus on holistic mental health, believing that you have what it takes to overcome obstacles and accomplish your goals. My clients express their gratitude for my interactive, hands-on and practical approach.


I specialize in empowering people faced with challenges in domestic violence, romantic relationships, family conflict, financial, cross-cultural and race, work-life, retirement, legal, life transition, addiction, and caregiving.


As an author, speaker, life coach, and social worker, I am also known for public speaking, training, workshops and CEUs.


Montrella is a proud mother of her son and daughter. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Montrella earned her Bachelor degree of Social Work from Catholic University of American and her Master degree of Social Work from Howard University.

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