Eric Bird

Professional Soccer Player

TWS Alumni

  • Eric was named Virginia High School Player of the year in 2011. He attended Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach and helped lead his high school team to win state fitles in 2009 and 2010.
  • Bird played four years of soccer at the University of Virginia where he was the captain of the team that won the 2014 NCAA Championship. He was named as an NSCAA All-American in 2013 and 2014.
  • Eric has played in the MLS and is currently a center midfielder for FC Tulsa in the USL Championship league.
  • Eric is a big fan of “Coach G.”
Eric Bird
Bev-freda L. Jackson, Ph.D

Bev-Freda L. Jackson, Ph.D

Governor Appointee to the Virginia Board of Counseling

TWS Alumni

  • Dr. Jackson received her doctorate in Political Science from Howard University with concentrations in Black Politics, American Government and Public Administration.
  • She is a professor at American University in the School of Public Affairs, teaching courses on race, justice and public policy in America.
  • She is a Program Manager for the District of Columbia Government’s Child and Family Service’s Agency in the Office of Planning, Policy and Program Support.
  • Dr. Jackson was appointed to the Human Services Advisory Board for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia for the 2016 — 2021 term.
  • Dr. Jackson was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Board of Counseling for the 2020 – 2024 term.

Zack Close

Executive Chef, Glass Light Hotel & Gallery

TWS Alumnus ’01

  • Graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Political Science in 2009.
  • Attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City, now called the International Culinary Center.
  • Received a Ment’or Grant which allowed him to spend two months in Copenhagen, Denmark on an internship at Amass Restaurant.
  • Served as sous chef at DB Bistro and Cafe Boulud in New York City for 9 years.
  • Trained under Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud.
Zack Close
Jacqueline Tynes

Jacqueline Tynes

Editor & Content Strategist

TWS Alumna ’06

  • Graduated from Ole Miss and landed an editorial internship at Vow Bride.
  • Worked for fast-paced digital company, WeddingWire in DC, where she covered the latest bridal fashion trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week.
  • Freelances for several pop culture outlets and reports on the latest celebrity news and reality TV, including The Bachelor & Selling Sunset.
  • Bylines include, Screen Rant, Washingtonian, WeddingWire, Nicki Swift, Celeb Magazine and more.
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