The Team

The Board:

Amanda A. Ebokosia, The Gem Project, Inc., – Founder


Dr. Chris T. Pernell, John Hopkins Hospital – Preventative Medicine Program  


Brittany S. Hale, Bloomberg Law – Legal Analyst


General Active Members:

General Inbox:

Brittany S. Hale- [Media,  Research , Contributing Writers' Division]:

Brittany S. Hale is a graduate of Rutgers University-Newark where she earned her bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in History. She is now a student of Boston University School of Law where she researches Intellectual Property and Critical Race Theory issues. She currently works as a contributing writer as well as in the Media and Research Division of The Gem Project. You can find her at or on Twitter (@all_about_bri).

She resides in Boston.



Capri Lewis- [Youth Programs Division]

Sacha Matthews- [ Media Division, Contributing Writers]

Parul Punjani – [ Event Planning Division / Finance & Accounting Division

Parul Punjani is a Staff Accountant with a Masters in Financial Accounting from Rutgers Business School. She has been a part of The Gem Project, Inc., since 2008. She is currently a member of the Event planning and Finance & Accounting Division.



Contributing Writers:

*Brittany S. Hale & Sacha Matthews, also belong in this division but are also listed as general members, above.

Alnissa Craig- [Contributing Writers' Division]:


-Healthy Eats: Cooking with Besos

Alnissa Craig is a wife, mother of two, enthusiastic home cook, baker and food blogger. You can find her recipes and musing on her blog and on twitter @cookingwbesos.



Brittany S. Hale- [Contributing Writers' Division]:


-A Day In the Life


Brittany S. Hale Brittany S. Hale is a third year law student at Boston University School of Law. You can find her or on Twitter at @all_about_bri.



Latishia James- [Contributing Writers' Division]:


-General Health/ Sexual Health
-Teen/ Youth Adult “Healthy” Dating Tips
-Body Issues
-Healthy Relationships for Young Adults & Children

Latishia James  is a sexual health educator and advocate for women and girl’s health and reproductive rights. She currently coordinates programming for sexual health for youth in Washington, D.C. Latishia is passionate about empowering the lives of young women and girls and uses writing, dance and performance as a platform for advocacy and activism. If you would like to book Latishia for a writing, poetry, performance engagement or to teach a Zumba class please feel free to contact her through


Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather

Lead. Be Resilent–

  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

Lead. Be Strong–

  • “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut