The foundation of The Diamond Project is composed of educationally-qualified, professional individuals who each possess a genuine concern for others and strong faith in God.
Board of Directors
Andrea S. Lee
Founder and President
Andrea is a native of Grenada, MS and is the President and Founder of The Diamond Project, Inc. She attended undergraduate school at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from UMUC. Andrea works on Capitol Hill for the United States House of Representatives as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02).
Andrea is the owner of Talented Touches by Andrea, where she does event planning/design, cake decorating, fruit displays, gift wrapping, stationary/invitations, and customized gift baskets. With over 15 years of event planning experience, Talented Touches by Andrea has provided services for numerous clients, including The Recording Academy (Grammys) and Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Through her position on Capitol Hill, she has been able to gain invaluable experiences, such as serving as a volunteer at the 57th Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama and working on the event teams at the 2012 National Democratic Convention and the 2016 Democratic Presidential Debate.
Andrea realized her passion for public service in 2012 after starting an annual holiday tradition of adopting families and/or nursing homes in her hometown of Grenada along with the women in her family, The LoveLee Ladies. In 2014, she became the co-coordinator of a group of female volunteers on Capitol Hill who plan, prepare, and serve monthly dinner at a local women’s shelter in Washington, DC. Andrea is a firm believer that “God blesses us so that we can bless others.” Therefore, she uses her leadership skills and creative abilities to give back to the community. Andrea is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on the Community Service Committee and the Arts and Letters Committee within her local chapter in Virginia.
Aside from event planning and designing, Andrea enjoys bowling, writing poetry, traveling, interior decorating, and swimming.
“Take the risk and follow your dreams. The worst that can happen is you end up back where you are right now, and you already know that you can handle that.” Iyanla Vanzant
Adryan V. Markham
Adryan is a native of Grenada, MS, where she currently resides and works as an Assistant Branch Manager at Quick Cash Financial Services. Prior to this position, Adryan worked as the Administrative Office Manager for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health in a group home located in Montgomery county. Working closely with nurses sparked an unexpected interest in the medical field for Adryan, which has led to her current pursuit of a career in nursing.
As a young adult, Adryan has a background of over 20 years working with youth. As a young girl, Adryan began helping at a local Grenada childcare center, Kids Kastle, where her mother worked as the Director. Every day after school, she assisted with caring for babies and toddlers, tutoring school-aged children, and eventually helping with the overall operations of the childcare center.
When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with friends, family and her daughter Faith, finding and trying new low carb recipes, mediating with God and reading the Bible. She also has a passion for technology (hardware and software) and loves any opportunity to assist with technical issues.
Kirby L. Harrell
Kirby LaTonya Harrell is a Charleston, MS native and daughter of Frank D. Reed II and Barbara Jean Brooks. She is a graduate of Grenada High School, class of 2003. Kirby attended The University of Southern Mississippi where she obtained her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Emphasis in the field of Construction Management and Architectural Engineering. In 2011, she obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Kirby has worked as a realtor for 11 years and has 18 years of customer service experience including a background in banking and finance. She has completed over 15 years of ongoing BAI Learning Development Courses, and has taught financing/banking seminars as well as home buyers seminars.
Kirby is the mother of 4-year-old twin boys and has been happily married for 8 years. She loves to sing, workout, pray and help others.
Jamelia S. Martin
Jamelia is a native of Natchez, MS and co-founder/CEO of Life Support Cares, a 501(C)(3) organization that is designed to provide basic physical needs such as nonperishable foods, clothing, hygiene items, and household products to low income families and individuals in the counties of Forest, Lamar, and Perry. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology in the fall of 2007. Jamelia is also a graduate of the University of Phoenix where she obtained a Master's of Science in Psychology. Jamelia currently resides in Hattiesburg, MS with her daughters Gabryn and Jayci Jones.
Dorissa S. Smith
Dorissa S. Smith is a native of Lexington, MS. She currently practices law as an Associate Attorney at Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC, where she handles both state and federal cases in the district courts of Mississippi.
Dorissa attended undergraduate school at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where she majored in English and minored in Political Science. After receiving her Bachelors of Art in English, Dorissa attended The University of Mississippi School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree in May of 2013. During her time at The University of Mississippi, Dorissa completed internships with Barrett Law Firm in Lexington and the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson. As an intern at the Mississippi Supreme Court, she worked in the areas of family law, criminal law, and wrongful death claims. As a law school student, Dorissa was an active member of the Copeland Cook Moot Court where she sat on the Board and was a competition semi-finalist in 2011. Her other recognitions include her membership on the Trial Advisory Board, Dean’s Leadership Counsel, Dean’s List honors, and she was the Financial Chair of the Black Law Students Association.
After earning her JD, Dorissa completed an externship with the Mississippi Secretary of State before accepting a position as a Law Clerk with the 21st District Circuit Court in Lexington, MS. In July of 2014, she moved on to work for the Mississippi Court of Appeals where she worked in the areas of civil and criminal law.
In 2017 and 2018, Dorissa was honored by being named as a Rising Super Lawyer by her current law firm, Wells Marble & Hurst. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, exercising, cooking new dishes, cleaning, and listening to music. Dorissa is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.