The Faces Behind GRACED, Inc.
Our Founding Board of Directors consists of powerful, impactful individuals who bring key skills and talents that are essential to sustain our mission to break cycles of trauma in the youth of our community. Our organization is eternally grateful for our generous Board of Directors who deeply endow GRACED, Inc. with bountiful knowledge and support.
Founding Chair and CEO
Ms. Tiffany Swoope is the Founder and CEO of Greater Ascension Community and Economic Development, Inc. (“GRACED, Inc.”), a community-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth and young adults in the Durham, NC area by providing peer recovery support, case management, and life-enhancing programs that support self-reliance while breaking the cycle of trauma. Tiffany is a career affordable housing professional and single mother who understands the plight of those she is on a mission to assist via GRACED, Inc.
Tiffany was born and raised in a small southern town in northern Alabama. Raised by a single and under-educated mother, Tiffany grew up in a household with an older sibling who struggles with a thirty-seven plus (37+) year crack cocaine addiction, which began when she was aged seven. She knows the struggles of living in high-poverty areas, traumatic environments, and the lack of resources afforded to those within that community. Tiffany, too, became a single, teenaged mother at the age of fifteen (15), directly attributed to her mother being so consumed with her sibling’s addiction crisis coupled with the absence of early intervention programs and effective outside support to focus on her well-being. She vowed to give her child a better life than what she had. With family support, Tiffany graduated high school and went on to college. Juggling family, work, and a college course load was challenging at times, but Tiffany persevered. Tiffany initially earned a dual Associates degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL. She went on to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville, locally known as NASA University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics. Educated as a rocket scientist, she was entertaining opportunities to work for NASA when she was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, GA. Tiffany’s tenure at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (King Center) sparked her servitude spirit and afforded her the opportunity to work for the world-renowned Atlanta-based nonprofit founded by the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King. At the King Center, Tiffany was exposed to the realization and profound impact of reaching the most marginalized through education and community programs. Relocating to Atlanta, GA, most importantly, afforded her the freedom to expose her young daughter to life-changing opportunities available in larger cities to help break the shackles of limitations that dominated their hometown. Tiffany was able to overcome the cycle of trauma and worked to break the cycle in her daughter. Her daughter is now a college graduate, phenomenal wife, outstanding mother, and successful entrepreneur. Because of Tiffany’s life experiences, it has been her passion to help other young people create a better life for themselves by breaking the cycle of trauma in their lives and reassuring them that someone cares about their well-being. She wholeheartedly understands the domino effect of both addiction and recovery on individuals, family units (but especially siblings), and in the community-at-large.
Tiffany has committed the past thirteen (13) years of her career towards working in the multi-family affordable housing industry. Tiffany’s affordable housing career began with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in the Multi-Family Construction and Development Division during the time of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. As a result, Tiffany was solely honored by the Governor’s office for her overall contributions to the division’s nationally-acknowledged success; especially for successfully and seamlessly administering the release of over $300 Million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding while hundreds of affordable and sustainable residential units were being built and placed into service for low-income Georgia residents. Her career continued in a consultant capacity as a liaison for an Atlanta-based developer, owner and property management company with the Atlanta Housing Authority on their Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) redevelopment portfolio. Operating in the capacity of a Project Manager, she maintained the responsibility of meeting procurement deadlines, managing capital improvement projects, as well as completing mandatory Housing and Urban Development (HUD) monthly reporting for up to four (4) senior high-rise living communities until they were decommissioned for redevelopment.
After years of contemplation and many delays, Tiffany followed her passion and founded GRACED, Inc. in 2021 with the goal of launching a non-profit organization to benefit the community. GRACED, Inc. is finally creating its footprint and changing the trajectory of others who have similar personal encounters but need sound direction, support, and strategy to overcome life’s obstacles and live their lives intentionally. By shining light in dark places and uplifting young people, GRACED, Inc. is affording its constituents a firm foundation to build from, one generation at a time. Tiffany is a certified Recovery Coach through Center for Addition Recovery Training.
Stephanie Daffin is a retired Associate Director of Logistics for Robotics for Department of Defense. Upon retirement, she turned her love for community and families into a service ministry. Since retirement in 2016, she has served as an instructor and mentor for the Downtown Rescue Mission located in Huntsville, AL. The Downtown Rescue Mission's biblically-based 12-month Residential Recovery Program is designed to help men and women achieve life-long change and freedom from problems, such as alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as emotional, mental, and physical abuse.
Stephanie also serves on Mary Magdalene Ministry as a prayer partner and mentor. Mary Magdalene Ministries reaches out to women in the Adult Entertainment Industry with the unconditional love of Christ, offering educational training and life skills to provide a pathway to self-reliance. She also serves as a member of St. Bartley Student Ministry, which seeks to influence self-awareness in both their social and spiritual life, hence shaping lives for future success and stronger community through intentional service and educational programs.
Stephanie’s skill sets in organizational planning and behavior management will be invaluable to GRACED, Inc. with her knowledge and understanding of management controls, resource allocation, and policies and planning. She has traveled internationally and across most of the United States, and has enjoyed meeting and acquiring first-hand experiences of multi-cultural customs and norms. Stephanie was also a caregiver for her amity and extended family. She provided assistance in raising 10 nieces and nephews, 4 great nieces and nephews, and is currently a full-time grandparent to three grandchildren. Stephanie has also cared for family members with cancer, dementia, and bipolar disorder, which fueled her love for family and community, instilling self-belief one relationship at a time.
Stephanie currently holds Bachelor degrees in Business and Organizational Management from Oakwood University and Electrical Electronic Engineering from Alabama A&M University. Stephanie furthered her studies at Florida Institute of Technology in Logistics Management.
Barbara has a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for the most marginalized, one program, one individual at a time. Barbara developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as it gratifies her joy and fulfillment – GRACED Inc.’s success – that comes from empowering others. Serving as GRACED Inc’s Treasurer, Barbara oversees the organization’s fiduciary responsibilities, serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of our Executive Committee.
As Vice President of Finance for a leader in the multi-family low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) industry, Barbara is responsible for advising senior management on financial planning, cash flow and financial policy matters for all of the Columbia Residential’s managed and related entities. Barbara also oversees property management and development accounting for Columbia Residential.
Barbara has more than 25 years of property management accounting and financial experience in affordable, conventional, and mixed-income housing. Barbara has held Controller positions at Cortland Partners and CF Lane involving work with highly- leveraged corporations in the LIHTC industry.
With such a rich career, Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge in operational turnarounds, refinancing, divestures, and working capital management. She skillfully untangles and brings order to immensely complex, multifaceted, and tumultuous situations, all while creating transparency, setting priorities, restoring fragmented management groups, and facilitating consensus amongst stakeholders.
Barbara is an avid world traveler and in her personal time, she enjoys seeking out new adventures. She is originally from Florida and holds dual degrees in Finance and Accounting from Florida State University.
Danah Royster serves as a Human Resources professional in the technology industry with significant experience dealing with complex investigative issues including multiple and/or anonymous complainants and respondents, sensitive matters, and workplace reviews.
Danah is a visionary strategist and passionate advocate for justice and opportunity for all. In her capacity as GRACED, Inc.’s Secretary, her skill set will be best utilized to sharpen the organization’s foundational structure and the effectiveness of promising youth-serving activities and events.
Danah’s charitable interests center primarily on humanitarian efforts that benefit impoverished people in the most marginalized communities, particularly those who seek to better the lives and education of youth and improve quality of life for the elderly. Before serving on GRACED, Inc’s Board of Directors, she previously volunteered her time and energy with 4-H, Junior Achievement, and Meals on Wheels. Danah is an active and engaged member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Danah is an avid traveler, and in her personal time she cherishes making memories with her family and close friends, and crafting. She is a graduate of Hampton University and Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law.
Bobby Kingsberry is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer for Lucidworks. He leads the company’s workplace technology operations and company-wide information security efforts. Prior to joining Lucidworks Bobby was Director of Network Operations for Tierpoint where he focused on managing the network operations throughout Tierpoint’s 40 data centers across the US. Bobby has an exceptional record of guiding organizations to unprecedented results by shaping informational security, policies and procedures that support compliance, seamless operations, and growth. He has been in the technology field for 30+ years and has led many dynamic domestic and international technology teams for the last 22 years.
Bobby is a transformational leader, innovative tactician, and enthusiastic mentor who has a profound appreciation for how not-for-profits work on the selfless satisfaction of improving the quality of life for the most disadvantaged. He cares about helping nonprofits deliver on their missions, especially, missions geared towards enhancing the existences of children. Bobby currently serves on the advisory Board of Directors for the Southeast Raleigh YMCA.
Bobby holds several technology certifications and is a member of several technology associations. Bobby graduated from American Intercontinental University with a BS in Information Technology and also holds an AAS degree in Computer Science from Monroe College.