Bell-Jewell 2023

Program Goals

  •  In an effort to overcome the barriers that Black and African American entrepreneurs face, the main goals of Opportunity Corps: Bell-Jewell are: 

    • To provide Black and African American entrepreneurs access to mentors and program presenters who are experts in their fields.
    • To create awareness of existing Black and African American entrepreneurs and leaders.
    • To help forge a path to leadership and entrepreneurship for Black and African American entrepreneurs, whether to become leaders within an existing organization or to start their own venture.
    • To benefit Nebraska by helping Black and African American entrepreneurs address and overcome barriers to leadership and entrepreneurship, allowing for a more confident sharing of ideas and leadership abilities.

Meet the Leadership Team

Meet the Bell Jewell leadership team Katherine MacHolmes, and Jamel Hamilton

Meet the Mentors

Angel Starks

Angel is a proud native Omahan. She is an Omaha Central graduate, who studied Elementary Education and Nonprofit Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She earned her Nebraska Real Estate License in 2011. She is a member of the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS (OABR), the Nebraska REALTORS Association, and the National Association of REALTORS. She serves on the OABR’s Diversity and Education Committees and is a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) and Young Professionals Network (YPN). She served as the 2018 President of the Women’s Council-Omaha Network, the 2019 State Governor, and the 2020 Regional Vice President. She also completed the Nebraska REALTORS® Association Leadership Academy and is serving her second term as a Director on the Omaha Area REALTORS® Board.

As the President and CEO of Locale Real Estate Services, Angel leads Team Locale w/ Nebraska Realty, a Team of nine in providing exceptional service to buyer and seller clients in the Greater Omaha area. She enjoys working with individuals, especially first-time homebuyers/sellers, and walking them through purchasing or selling their homes. She loves sharing the excitement of life events, and buying a home is usually on a person’s bucket list. “Omaha is on the move, and I love showing people that it’s a great place to live, work and play.” Angel was honored as the 2013 DEEB Realty Rookie of the Year and has received several industry awards and honors every year since. 

Angel is a real estate agent by profession and an educator by passion. She believes her purpose in life is to fight for children’s rights, especially their educational and social-emotional needs. She feels financial literacy is very important to everyone, and such skills should be established in our youth. Angel has served for many years as a Lead Educational Advocate with Heart2Heart Educational Services/Growing Hearts Collaborative and has served on several community boards, including on the boards for the American Diabetes Association, the Maple/Butler-Gast YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity Omaha. She believes everyone is a teacher in their own right.

Kerron Stark

Kerron Stark is an Omaha native, musician, author, actor and visionary. He is the creator and host of Omaha’s only live-action, educational, preschool television series, “Mister K’s Clubhouse”, “Rarity of Nature Podcast”, and the founder of Dreams V Reality, a 501c3 nonprofit whose focus is education through quality live-action content and providing opportunities for youth to thrive and be successful. Kerron believes that through the power of imagination, human interaction, following your dreams, and genuine love, you will achieve the greatest formula children need to succeed.

Keith Station

Keith Station serves as Deputy Chief of Staff in Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s office. His role is to advise the Mayor on issues related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and develop and execute a strategic plan for Diversity & Inclusion for the City of Omaha. Before joining the Mayor’s team, he spent 5 years as Director of Business Relations at Heartland Workforce Solutions. He helped lead the strategic business engagement efforts for the local workforce investment board that serves Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties. Before joining HWS, he was an Executive Director within the YMCA of Greater Omaha Association. Keith holds a Master’s Degree from Indiana University, and Bachelors’s. in Business Administration/ Marketing from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Keith is a North Omaha native and a self-proclaimed “Girl-Dad.”  An avid golfer, he loves his Central Eagles, Cornhuskers, and Dallas Cowboys!  Keith is a member of the Board of Directors at Charles Drew Health Center, the Business Ethics Alliance, Omaha Community Playhouse, Front Porch Investments, Omaha Public Schools Foundation, Merrymakers Association, and Heartland Workforce Solutions. He is the current Chair of the Heartland 2050 Regional Planning Advisory Committee. 

Winsley Durand III

Winsley Durand III is the Vice President of Member Services for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. The following programs report to him: REACH, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Small Business, and Membership.  is an education-based capacity-building program for small and emerging businesses. Prior Chamber responsibilities encompassed engagement in and supervision of the Chamber’s domestic and international business attraction efforts, including the Chamber’s International, Minority Economic Development, and Military Affairs efforts.  He is recognized as a certified Economic Development Master Practitioner.

Winsley has served on the following boards: ACE Mentoring program, International Council of Shopping Centers, Nebraska Enterprise Fund, Urban League of Nebraska, Habitat for Humanity – Omaha, and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) Procurement & Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Board. 

Winsley has been an instructor for the past thirteen years at the Illinois Basic Economic Development Course, a program of the International Economic Development Council that provides economic development–based education to EDOs.

Recognitions include Martin Luther King “Living the Dream Award” – City of Omaha (2022); Gold Award for Equity & Inclusion Programs for Communities over 500,000 – International Economic Development Council (2020); Men of Courage Award – Black Men United (2019); African-American Leadership Award in Business – Urban League of Nebraska (2019); Mentoring Program of the Year – Mentor Nebraska (2019); Omaha’s 40 Under 40 (2008); and Advocate of the Year – Great Plains Minority Supplier Development Council – 2007.

Shonna Dorsey

Shonna Dorsey is an Omaha native who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, an Aksarben Workforce Initiative. and an active volunteer board/advisory member for a number of nonprofit organizations focused on workforce development and tech career advancement. Her journey in tech includes roles as a startup co-founder, nonprofit VP, business analyst, project manager, consultant, help desk representative, and IT intern. Shonna has earned awards including: Excellence in Community Service (National Daughters of the American Revolution), Changemaker (Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals), Women in Technology (InformationWeek), Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (Omaha Jaycees), Tech Community Builder of the Year (AIM Institute) and 40 Under 40 (Midlands Business Journal).

Meet the Fellows

Alicia Amedee
Alisa Moore
Ami Polite
Brittany Hyde
Constance Jones
Danitalynn (Ms. Dee) Almonte
Darrin Suttles
Doriette L Jordan
Gladys Harrison
Joy Kathurima
Justin Powell
Justin Tyree
Khe’Yana Overstreet
Mynesha Spencer
Nature Medicine Song Villegas
Rebecca Wilshusen, Ph.D.
Shontavia Brown
Tiffany Sessions