Our Board of Directors…

Collaborating strategically to create a better tomorrow.

Founder |Board Chair

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In September 2000, during Taryn’s college years at DePaul University, she began Divine Living Word (DLW) Campus Ministry. Aside from DLW, other services and extracurricular activities included being a member of the PreMed and Uniting Sisters Club, DePaul Gospel Choir Musician, Teacher’s Assistant for the Chairman of Psychology, volunteering at the local grammar school, serving as a Peer Minister for the Residence Halls, and the continued services as Musical Director, Songwriter and weekly traveling musician as both a lead drummer & keyboardist in the Midwest.  Upon graduation, Taryn received the Outstanding Senior Leader’s Award, one of the highest honors given to a graduate at DePaul University.​ By June 2003, Taryn received her college diploma, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts in PreMed Psychology with a concentration in Human Development & minor in Biology.

Today, along with serving as Board Chair & President for both D.G.E. & W.I.N.G.S Domestic Violence Agency, Taryn LaRae owns and operates T.L. Consulting & Marketing Co.; a strategy consulting & marketing firm that assists small to mid-size businesses with growth strategies both offline & online. She holds additional investments in real estate, as well as, with her music catalog.

Exec. Board Member| Vice President| Consultant

Since its inception, Larry Gordon has been a strong adviser, leading consultant, and key player for both D.G.E. and W.I.N.G.S. His persistence and tireless efforts, not only to strategically bring ideas to the table, but to actively engage in the responsibilities to oversee various task and initiatives completed has served as a tremendous driving force to the growth and sustainability of the organizations.

In addition, Mr. Gordon underwent additional training through the U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development (H.U.D.) to become certified in assisting with the continued expansion of both non-profits. Mr. Gordon has extensive knowledge with many areas of real estate and is the current co-owner of Gordon’s Property Investments Group.

Exec. Board Member|Real Estate Expert

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Victor Osaque has been working with small to mid size companies handling all aspects of accounting, auditing, and financial management. With over 20 years of experience, his expertise and skills are directly tied to financial consulting and venture capitalism, as well as, working as a business broker, consulting, marketing and funding for small and midsize businesses, project funding for startups, expansion, real estate funding, non for profit management and consulting, and bookkeeping.

He currently owns and operates River Consulting & Marketing Corporation. Mr. Osaque has played an instrumental role in securing many of the real estate transactions and contracts for D.G.E. With one vision in mind, his efforts combined with those who work in the inner circles of D.G.E. has served as an invaluable staple to pushing the organization’s business model forward.

Exec. Board Member| Licensed Minister

Zeolia Gordon has been a dedicated Board of Directors member since its initial inception in 2004. She brings to the table over 30 years of community service, volunteerism, and activism. In an effort to advance her knowledge for providing activism & change within the community, Mrs. Gordon holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration & Counseling. She currently presides as Case Manager for Target Area Development’s Prison Re-Entry Program, where she helps men currently out of incarceration re-adapt to societal living. She has been active in lobbying for social justice through meetings and events in Springfield, Illinois, as well as, social coalitions through the Cease Fire Organization.

Mrs. Gordon has participated in fundraisers, given contributions both in-kind and cash donations, as well as, her knowledge & the benefit of her expertise in helping to bring programs into full operation for both D.G.E. & W.I.N.G.S. Moreover, in an effort to continue to support the organizations, Mrs. Gordon will serve as an Executive Counselor through WINGS’ organization.