Staff

Shelley Halstead, Executive Director and Founder

Shelley Halstead

Shelley Halstead

Founder & Executive Director

Shelley has lived and worked all over the globe. She moved to Baltimore in 2015 after spending 20 years in Seattle where she was a union carpenter for 13 years. She also managed her own construction business, and has bought and sold several houses – renovating each and every one. After attending law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Shelley decided to put her skills as a carpenter and her passion for economic and reproductive justice together by using her degree and particular skill set to begin Black Women Build – Baltimore.
Tonika Garibaldi

Tonika Garibaldi

Tonika Garibaldi
Program Manager
Tonika grew up in Minneapolis, MN. and earned her Bachelors degree in Russian Language. Her desire to live simply and help others led her to Baltimore to participate in Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Since then, she has worked as a freelance photographer, and taught both GED and yoga classes. In 2014, Tonika completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India and returned to become a manager at Baltimore Yoga Village. In her free time, Tonika enjoys traveling, spending time with family and since Covid, apparently, baking!
Bryanna Vellines, Materials Assistant

Bryanna Vellines

Bryanna Vellines
Materials Assistant
Born into a large family in Baltimore county she developed a strong since of community. She enjoys using her new found skills of building with Black Women Build- Baltimore, and hopes to use this experience to uplift the black community to some day fulfill her goal of becoming a doula. Bryanna loves to travel, is an avid gardener, and enjoys being in nature.

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Shauna Brown BWBB Board President

Shauna Brown

Shauna Brown
Board President
Surrounded by a nurturing village, Shauna was raised by her hardworking single mother on the south side of Chicago. She matriculated through undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois while working part-time to finance her education, eventually earning a degree in Marketing. Shauna eagerly participated in several mentorship programs during undergrad, and recognizes the advantages she gained when her hard work met opportunity — advantages she would not have gained without exposure to such programs and the people involved with them. She then began her career in the pharmaceutical industry, where Shauna took on various roles from sales representative to her current role in oncology clinical development. Shauna sees Black Women Build – Baltimore as an opportunity to empower other women with the tools and life skills needed to gain independence and freedom.
Kathleen Mitchell

Kathleen Mitchell

Kathleen Mitchell
Board Secretary
Kathleen was born and raised in Baltimore. She is a proud graduate of the Baltimore City Public School system and current resident of Druid Heights. Homeownership and community advocacy is in her blood. Her great grandmother, Lillie May Carroll Jackson, was a real estate entrepreneur in West Baltimore and civil rights leader.  Kathleen has over 16 years of real estate experience. She has managed a $400 million real estate portfolio for Fannie Mae and renovated properties in Baltimore and Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University. She is an active real estate agent in Maryland. Kathleen enjoys cruising through West Baltimore neighborhoods and marveling in its astonishing history and architecture.
Charrise Lewis - BWBB Treasurer

Charrise Alexander

Charrise Alexander
Board Treasurer
Charrise grew up a military brat – born on a Navy base in Virginia. As a child, she always had big dreams and wanted to be a lawyer. She eventually obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, becoming the first person in her family to graduate college. After graduation, she remained in Baltimore for about 5 years, and began her professional career marketing and leasing commercial real estate in the Mid-Atlantic region. Then in 2010, she took a leap, and attended law school at the University of Miami School of Law on a Dean’s scholarship. Since then, Charrise has been practicing law as a civil litigator in Washington D.C. She enjoys traveling with her wife, loving on animals, and interior design.

Advisory Board

Danielle Ford

Danielle Ford
bio coming soon!
Quanshay Henderson

Quanshay Henderson

Quanshay Henderson
First BWBB Participant
Quanshay is a native Baltimorean and recent first-time homeowner through her involvement with Black Women Build Baltimore. She has a love for connection and actively engages in opportunities that celebrate the strength of her newfound community. Currently, Quanshay is pursuing an MSW. She hopes to use her clinical skills to address trauma in Black Communities and mobilize citizens for action.
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Molly McCullagh

Molly McCullagh
Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation
Molly McCullagh was raised by a mother who renovated their family’s home from top to bottom, after work and on the weekends. Since leaving Ann Arbor, Molly lived in Detroit and Boston before settling in Baltimore, where she is following her mother’s example and renovating her own home, with the support of great women contractors and Baltimore’s DIY community. Professionally, Molly manages neighborhood revitalization projects at the Southeast Community Development Corporation, overseeing the fundraising and implementation of nearly $1 million in public space improvements. Additionally, Molly is the park manager of the Sisson Street Community Park, a half-acre green space in Remington that she has worked with neighbors and volunteers to develop from a vacant lot. She holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Food Policy from Tufts University.

Building Partners

Jay Orr

Jay Orr

Jay Orr
AIA, LEED AP
An architect with ARQ Architects for the past 20 years, Jay has worked on numerous renovation and new construction projects for institutional, non-profit and private organizations throughout the United States. He has been director of the Baltimore office of ARQ for 16 years and is active in volunteer community organizations throughout the city, especially in the Old Goucher neighborhood.
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Mike Dominelli

Mike Dominelli
Steadfast Engineering
Mike brings more than 20 years of professional experience in engineering and planning to the table. In addition to technical expertise, Mike offers a strong balance of skills in communication and consensus building in the development of plans, as well as efficiency and organization in their execution.

 His area of technical expertise centers on restoration work, focused on buildings, and extending to bridges and site structures.

Design Partner

Joy Worthen

Joy Worthen

Joy Worthen
Visual Designer
Based in the Seattle area, Joy works with business owners and non-profit clients providing a full suite of design services. When not at her desk, she can be found in the garden hanging with the cats.
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