Jarlens Princilis, Esq.
Jarlens Princilis, originally from Haiti and raised in Miami, FL graduated from Florida Memorial University in December of 2013 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration. After graduation, Jarlens took a gap year from study to work for the Florida Democratic Party as a campaign organizer. In August of 2015, Jarlens joined the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law, pursuing his Juris Doctorate degree.
While in law school, Jarlens was actively involved outside the classroom, holding memberships and offices in many student organizations, including the UDC Black Law Students Association, and the Student Bar Association in which he served as a first and third year Senator. After his first year in law school, he became an Equal Justice America Fellow working in the UDC Housing and Consumer Law Clinic where he had the opportunity to help protect tenants against unlawful and deceptive practices. In June of 2017, Jarlens worked as a student attorney for the UDC Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Along with his law school clinic partner and under the supervision of two UDC law professors, he won his first asylum case for a Honduran mother with two minor children.
Jarlens finished law school early in December of 2017 and passed the Florida Bar Exam as a first-time taker. He is currently working on a Certificate of Economics for Lawyers from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School and planning to start his own law practice in Miami, FL, focusing in immigration and criminal law–with a mission to provide zealous advocacy for those who are on the right side of the law. In the near future, Jarlens has aspirations to run for public office and serve his community to best of his abilities. He is a firm believer in Colin Powell’s famous eloquence: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Jarlens is a proud member of the Florida Memorial University Alumni family.
Meet Brittany the Culture Changer. She breaks barriers and has a desire, and a passion for serving. In a society that is fixated on narcissism and “all about me”agenda. The Culture Changer is concerned about the agenda of the family, community, and society.What is a Culture Changer?Culture changer– is one who is willing to put self-last in order to empower and/or invest in the advancement of society/people.1. Give your background/ tell us about yourself-Living in the DC area for over 8 years, I was born and raised in Florida I am a graduate of Florida Memorial University and currently obtaining my Masters of Science in Administration at Trinity Washington University. I currently work as a contractor as a program analyst, but my heart and passion are serving others. Once a quarter, I solicit donations from family and friends to distribute personal hygiene care packages and lunches to those who are less fortunate in the Washington, DC area. I started this initiative a little over 2 years and within that span, we have distributed over 450 care packages and lunches.
2. What or who inspired you to serve?
My mother has inspired me to serve, she has always instilled in myself and my sister the old proverb “If I can help someone as I travel along the way, then my living shall not be in vain”. I try my best to live by that motto every day of my life.
3. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people what would your message be?
That they are loved, I know it may sound cliche considering the recent world-wide events, but I am a firm believer that everyone wants to know that they are loved. So, through my giving back initiative, I want every person that receive a package and/or meal to know that it came from a place of love and if I never see them again, to know that someone loves them. That’s what this world needs for people to show love to their fellow mankind.
4. How important is the family in our community?
Family is HUGE in our community; I believe the family helps shape you into being the person that you are. To me, a family does not include those who are biologically connected to you, but it could be a neighbor or close friend(s). I was blessed to grow up with a close-knit family(biological and nonbiological)and friends who are my family. A strong and loving support system from family is contagious in what has been instilled in you, you would naturally want to spread it to others.
5.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Wow, in 5 years…. I see myself with a Master’s Degree and with a non-profit organization continuing to serve the less fortunate men and women in the DC area.
6. How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as someone who believed in spreading love to everyone no matter their background. I am a firm believer that at the end of the day everyone wants to feel and be loved. So I want to be a light that spreads love to anyone that I come in contact with.
7. Anything else you would like to share?
It’s never too late to live in life’s purpose.
Reverend Khalia J. Williams
Reverend Khalia J. Williams is the ecstatic and supportive wife of Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams, Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. She is an ordained minister and liturgical artist, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Graduate Theological Union in the area of Liturgical Studies with a focus on theology and worship. Prior to her matriculation at Graduate Theological Union, Rev. Williams earned the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary, and the Master of International Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University.Rev. Williams is a native of Los Angeles, California and is a professionally trained classical ballet and modern dancer. Following God’s call, Rev. Williams founded Trinity Praise Dance Company in 2006, a Miami-based Christian dance company that is focused on spreading the gospel and empowering the nations through the arts. Her work as a liturgist and liturgical dance artist has been called upon by churches and conferences throughout the country and abroad. She is sought after for her ability to train dancers, and to teach ministries in the areas of worship planning, leadership, and the integration of worship and the arts. Rev. Williams greatly impacts the Christian dance community with her desire for technical integrity, passion and Christ-centered ministry. In addition, she has spent several years in the corporate sector as a consultant in human resources management, executive recruiting, and new business start-ups.In ministry, Rev. Williams most recently served as the Dance Ministry Director at Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Berkeley, California. In this capacity, she was solely responsible for directing the dance ministry and incorporating worship arts into the weekly services. Prior to this role, Rev. Williams served as a member of the Daughters of Destiny Women’s Ministry Council at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, and as a dance ministry leader at New Birth Baptist Church in Miami (Florida). In addition to her ministry work, Rev. Williams serves on the board of trustees for the Disciples Seminary Foundation, and the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Williams also continues to mentor young women across the country. In all her endeavors, Rev. Williams is driven by her passion to empower the people of God to reach their full potential in Christ.