CLS has recently instituted an exciting new program that promises to catapult the organization even further into the national arena – the Executive Advocate program! Executive Advocates are phenomenal women who are specially appointed to become representatives of Classy Living Society in cities across the United States. They create success by making connections with women who have a passion for volunteering, nonprofit organizations and businesses in their communities. They also supervise events, teams and volunteers.
Executive Advocates promote volunteerism, provide leadership and connections for events and initiatives that contribute to the advancement of CLS. They support the organization’s mission to become innovators in volunteerism. In return, each advocate has the potential for unlimited income potential, discounts, CLS branded wear, tickets to special events, and more. Among other things, they will promote CLS events, news and information in their respective areas, attend conferences, promote and inspire sisterhood bonding and of course, volunteer alongside their membership teams! It is quite an exciting position – and CLS is excited to introduce a few of our first advocates:
California: Edi Kristopher
Ms. Kristopher is a trial attorney and a founding partner at Harrison | Kristopher, LLP. She graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s College of California and received her juris doctorate degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.
Representing injured clients in personal injury and medical malpractice actions, she is passionate about obtaining justice on behalf of those who have been victimized by another’s negligence or recklessness and has obtained millions of dollars for her clients. Prior to founding Harrison | Kristopher, Ms. Kristopher spent several years working with insurance defense firms and insurance companies and thus is a great asset when it comes to determining how insurance companies operates and values claims.
Ms. Kristopher gives back to the community every chance she gets. She is a Panel Attorney for AIDS Law Referral Program and has volunteered on numerous occasions for the San Francisco and Contra Costa Bar Associations pro bono programs.
Ms. Kristopher is member of Contra Costa and Alameda Bars Association. She is also a member San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association. She was recently voted one of the 10 Best Lawyers in Personal Injury in the State of California for 2017 by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
When she is not working, Ms. Kristopher spends her time travelling. Ms. Kristopher lives in the Bay Area with her son.
Texas: Joli Blount
Ms. Blount is an accomplished businesswoman, thought-provoking writer, motivational speaker, mentor, philanthropist and minister. She matriculated with a bachelor degree in Psychology from Southern University A&M College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from the University of Phoenix School of Business. She began her career in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for more than a decade in finance and accounting. She has since graduated with honors from the God’s Leading Lady program of The Potter’s House of Dallas where she will be a licensed minister.
Joli is most passionate about her Faith Based Initiative Program at mirroringimage.com where she curates extensive resources and community benefits to disadvantaged youth while motivating and inspiring adults alike. Her program motivates, inspires and empowers disenfranchised youth to produce the best version of themselves by providing them with a higher level of learning as well as many other rich life opportunities and connections. As the first of her siblings to attend college and graduate, her passion waxed strong in her desire to cultivate a community that would reflect her dream. This preempted her interest in education, economic empowerment, and leadership. She is a staunch believer that aptitude is universal, however opportunity is not.
When she is not pursuing her career endeavors in business management, Joli enjoys cooking, spending time with her son, hiking, working out, reading, listening to music, fashion, movies, and actively volunteering in the community and at her church.
Florida: Rhonda Crutchfield
Ms. Crutchfield is originally from Arkansas, but currently lives in Tampa, Florida. She has been a Zumba Instructor since 2011 and she truly enjoy every class. She considers it an honor each time someone chooses to attend her class and to be a part of their fitness journey! It makes her happy to be able to help people and be an unexpected angel/blessing in the lives of others. She has a wide range of interests, and especially loves her beach life! Keeping a positive attitude is a priority for her and she enjoys encouraging people and live each day to the fullest.
Georgia: Terri Carithers
Ms. Carithers grew up in a small rural Northeast Georgia town. Growing up, she was accustomed to a supportive family and community relationships. Her parents instilled traditional values of love, honesty, loyalty, faith, and charity in her and she is proud to say that these values have been the very foundation of her everyday living.
She is delighted to have given birth to her only child, Ashton, who is now 27. He is the joy of her life and she thanks God every day for bestowing upon her the honor of being his mother.
Terri currently resides in Savannah, Georgia also known as the “Hostess City of the South” which was one of the reasons she relocated there 12 years ago. Terri loves being a “Hostess” to family and friends and appreciates the time they spend together. She enjoys entertaining, travelling, reading, and giving back to the community through volunteering.
As an Executive Advocate for Classy Living Society, she strives to make a great impact in her community as she knows that volunteering provides her with a greater sense of purpose for life.
CLS is delighted to have these ladies aboard to further the cause of Classy Living Society! We will continue to keep you up to date on our Executive Advocates!