Leadership

TOPPS is a 501c3 that is governed by a Board of Directors who meet monthly to set policy and provide strategic guidance for the organization’s fiscal health and longevity. TOPPS is operated by an executive team headed by Annette Dove, who founded the organization in 2002 and serves as its president and CEO. Alumni Advisors are DREAMS graduates who help plan community volunteer projects and engaging trips, activities and experiences for all TOPPS students.

Executive Team

Annette Dove

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Annette Dove is Founder of TOPPS and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit organization. Her academic background consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education K-12, a Master of Science Degree in Education, an Elementary Education Administration Certification, an Arkansas Teacher’s Certificate, and a Training Arkansas Profession Pathways (TAPP) Certificate as a State Trainer. Annette also has more than 30 years of experience working directly with youth. She has taught in the Pine Bluff school district for 11 years, served as the director of the federally funded program “Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters” (HIPPY) for 11 years, served as the church youth director for 12 years, and also served multiple years on the Early Childhood Commission.

Mike Dove

Director of Programs

Mike Dove has been working for TOPPS since 2005. He earned two bachelor degrees from the University of Arkansas, in Criminal Justice and Sociology, with a focus in Child Sociology. Mike earned his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, with emphasis in Juvenile Justice. He is one of the co-founders of the Marcus C. Harris II: Moving Forward Program and one of the leading brains behind the development of the DREAMS program. Mike has mentored more than 100 young men and women throughout Arkansas and Texas.

Kasee Dove

Program Coordinator

Kasee Dove has worked for TOPPS Inc. since the founding days and serves a multitude of roles. The most prominent role Kasee holds is the Program Coordinator for the TOPPS Graphics shop. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Kasee achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. This education has assisted her with developing the success of the TOPPS Graphics shop, where she’s responsible for training the TOPPS student workers in the designing of products. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Changing Steps girls mentoring program.

Raychelle Grant

Program Coordinator

Raychelle is the project director of our BEAT (Breast health, Education, Access & Treatment) program. She is also the coordinator for the DREAMS (Dreams Require Educating and Motivating Students) program. Grant holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Business Management from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Grant has been volunteering with the TOPPS organization since its opening days, but it was in 2012 when Grant played a vital role in the success of the DREAMS program. Grant also serves as a mentor for both girls mentoring programs.

Paulette Barnes

Food & Nutrition Coordinator

Paulette is a native of Altheimer, Arkansas. She graduated from Altheimer-Sherill High School and attended University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the field of Early Childhood. Paulette has 20 years experience as a store manger and ten years as a substitute teacher in the local school district. Paulette has volunteered with TOPPS for over five years. Paulette’s duties include training of staff and sites, menu preparation, organization of food distributions, meeting all USDA Health departments requirements and data collection.

Board of Directors

Warren G. Smith

Chairman

Warren G. Smith was born and raised in Pine Bluff and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in Early Childhood Education. He received a Master’s degree in Education Counseling from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a Guidance Counselor at a junior high school in Pine Bluff. Warren lives in Pine Bluff with his lovely wife and seven beautiful daughters and is also a Pastor of a local church. His desire is to see our youth growing and maximizing their potential to have a better quality of life.

Patricia Minor

Secretary

Patricia Minor is a native of Pine Bluff. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She has worked more than 32 years in various public school systems, including Helena School District, Texarkana School District, Grady School District and currently the Star City School District. She enjoys teaching and helping others, and has the opportunity to not only share her gifts in her professional circle, but also in her church and community circles. She is a very active member and leader in her church in the youth and choir departments.

Beverly Devine House

Board Member

Beverly Devine House is an Arkansas native, having lived in McGehee, Arkadelphia, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and England. Beverly graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and from the University of Central Arkansas with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Technology. She has taught in both public and private sectors and continues to tutor students individually. Beverly and her husband are active members of Calvary Baptist Church in Little Rock where she volunteers in the Children’s ministry and with the hospitality committee. At home, you’ll often find Beverly watching The Golf Channel with her husband, reading a novel on her Kindle (you can follow her on Goodreads), or playing with her 13-year-old toy poodle, Barkley.

Dana Arnette

Board Member

Dana Arnette is committed to the pursuit of excellence. Her professional background includes over 24 years of service in the social service industry. Dana is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock, Arkansas D/B/A Metropolitan Housing Alliance. She is on a passionate mission to positively impact, inspire and motivate families to not only obtain but maintain self-sufficiency. Dana has served as a member on the board of the Lakewest YMCA in Dallas, TX and also as a volunteer. Dana has a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Sociology from Dallas Baptist University and has also completed many certifications relative to public housing throughout her housing career to keep her apprised of the constant changes in the housing industry. She enjoys reading, traveling, and playing golf. She is also the proud mother of a daughter, who is a graduate of Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Whitnee Boyd

Board Member

Dr. Whitnee Boyd is a native of Humphrey, AR and graduated from Pine Bluff High School. She now resides in Fort Worth, TX and serves as the Coordinator of Special Projects for the Office of the Chancellor at Texas Christian University (TCU). She received her Doctorate of Education in the Higher Education Leadership from TCU. She graduated from the University of Arkansas where she received her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She went on to earn a M.A. in Higher Education from Louisiana State University. Whitnee is a former Albert Schweitzer Fellow serving in the Fort Worth community through building college readiness programs in the Morningside area and currently serves on the Board for the DFW Chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She is a member of the Center for First-Generation Student Success Advocacy Group. Whitnee is a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth where she serves as a youth leader. She is a Leadership ISD Fellow, member of the Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and she is active in her community through volunteerism and civic engagement. Whitnee is committed to creating and promoting change by challenging systems and creating a collective impact.

Maurice L. Taggart

Board Member

Maurice L. Taggart, a fourth generation of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), Arkansas and a proud graduate of Pine Bluff High School class of 1998. He received a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Juris Doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law. Mr. Taggart has also served as both Sergeant at Arms and Disability Coordinator for the Arkansas 86th General Assembly. He was formerly the trial coordinator at the Pine Bluff City Attorney’s Office and Adjunct Professor at both SEARK and UAPB where he teaches Business Law, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Constitutional Law and Law as a Career and Constitutional Law. Currently, he serves a Executive Director for the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency where he has be charged with implementing the Central City Urban Renewal Plan. He also serves as chairman of the advisory Home Health Governing Board at Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas and as Board Member for T.O.P.P.S. Taggart is also involved in the community and with his church. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Taggart is an active member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he serves in the security ministry and as Sunday School Teacher. Maurice is a proud father and has been married for nearly two decades to Mrs. Shawndra L. Taggart.

Gina Alley

Board Member

Gina Alley, Director of Community Outreach and Client Relations, specializes in fostering relationships with the clients and the community to ensure open communication before, during, and even after services are performed. Gina departed from Con-Real about four years ago to complete her Masters in Public Administration at the University of North Texas. Upon her completion of the graduate program, Gina served as the Senior Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Grand Prairie, Texas. A majority of Gina’s position at the City of Grand Prairie encompassed community outreach and special projects with a focus on mentoring children. Gina’s plans to serve as the Con-Real representative in fostering relationships with clients and identifying potential opportunities for Con-Real.

Alumni Advisors

Najallah Johnson

Mathematics major at UAPB

LaTaylor Rembert

Agriculture Business major at UAPB

Jordan Sims

Industrial Technology Management with Applied Engineering major at UAPB

Rodney Tinzie Jr.

Biology Pre-Med major at UAPB

Crystal Barnes

Biology Pre-Med Major, Chemistry minor at UAPB

Devontae Brown

Industrial Technology major at UAPB

Riana Robinson

Biology Pre-Med major at UAPB