Corvias Foundation Sends Six Student Scholars, Young Professionals to Lead365 National Conference in Orlando

East Greenwich, RI (November 12, 2019 - Corvias Foundation, a private charity founded by John Picerne, who is also CEO of Corvias, a company that partners with the military, municipalities and colleges and universities and recently invested $325 million to solving military housing challenges, today shared news of its scholars who attended the 2019 Lead365 National Conference in Orlando. The Foundation, which supports educational opportunities for military families, covered attendance and travel costs for six student scholars and young professionals, as it has done since 2015.

Corvias Foundation is devoted to helping military dependents achieve their higher education goals, which includes financial and beyond-the-dollar support,” said Maria Montalvo, executive director of Corvias Foundation. “Sending these young professionals to leadership and professional development conferences, such as Lead365, gives them the opportunity to identify career goals and steps they must take to get there.”

The annual Lead365 National Conference provides college students and young professionals with experiences that focus on developing skills - leadership knowledge, workforce preparedness, new professional understandings and individual competency and aptitude growth. The event, founded by Nancy Hunter Denney, author and executive director of Lead365, is committed to developing the leadership capacity of attendees so they can better serve all of humanity.

During the application process, candidates for the conference opportunity were asked to describe how the mission of the conference aligns with their goals. Melody Lopez, one of this year’s participants, expressed her desire to further her leadership skills for the greater benefit of her colleagues and work as a lead nurse manager.

“Coming together with experts and peers in order to improve my leadership skills will help me in my new role as a lead nurse manager at my mid-size health organization,” said Lopez. “If I can get the tools and skills together to encourage my team to further their own educational and professional development, that would ultimately benefit the patients and strengthen the team.”

Corvias Foundation has had a partnership with Denney since 2009. Each year Corvias Foundation hosts an annual orientation for its scholars in which Denney participates as a mentor the scholars and also helps prepare them for college life. Since the inaugural Lead365 National Conference in 2015, Denney has provided Corvias Foundation with reduced ticket rates, including one free ticket.

In the days following the conference, Marcus Jones, one of the six Corvias scholar participants, reflected on his overall experience and what he gained from attending the event.

“I ultimately learned skills that will help me to mentor and advise people to make a positive impact on their lives,” Jones said. “I honestly believe anyone can attend the conference and find it beneficial.”

2019 Corvias Scholar Attendees:

Marcus Jones is a technology savvy graduate who recently achieved his associate’s degree in Information Technology from Fayetteville Tech Community College. He has four years of technology-based experience, from customer service to vendor relations to repair. He has recently advanced his career in technology as a Google Vendor and is looking forward to becoming a mentor to someone with similar interests and goals.

Kavon Darrick Sims is a sophomore Psychology student from Chicago, Illinois, and plans to work as a mental health counselor and traveling speaker. Through his matriculation at North Carolina A&T State University he is actively involved in the Men on the Move Organization (serving as Mister MOTM), while also serving as an Aggie Success Leader and HBHS Peer Educator for the Health Center. He lives by the quote “feel the fear and do it anyway”.

Melody Lopez BSN, RN is a registered nurse in Baltimore, Maryland and specializes in HIV and infectious disease in the primary care setting. She currently works at Chase Brexton Health Services, Mount Vernon Center, as one of two lead nurse care managers. She manages a team of four registered nurses and over 20 medical assistants. In her free time, she works on a blog called Morrigan’s Organized Mind that focuses on organization and productivity in the context of executive dysfunction disorders and mental illness. In the future she plans on returning to school to get a masters in a specialty that will allow for further leadership development and skill acquisition in her nursing role.

Amayah Edwards is a sophomore at Howard University, pursuing community health. Amayah is a part of the NAACP, the Good Girl Movement, CASCADE, HU PEERS, and the Alabama Club. When not in school, Amayah has a paid internship with the Center for Army Analysis on Ft. Belvoir Army Base. In the future, Amayah hopes to work in the field of epidemiology.

Dasia McCrommon is a junior Sports Science and Fitness Management student on a Pre-Physical Therapy track. She is actively involved in the National Council of Negro Women, Couture Productions, and Metro Aggies. After completing her undergrad, Dasia plans to continue her education and complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. She hopes to one day have her own practice that offers speech, occupational, and physical therapy for children.

Jeyani James is a senior at the University of Oregon (UO), where she is studying Accounting, with a minor in Korean. She is currently involved in the Korean Student Association, UO’s honor fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, and International Business and Economics. After graduation, Jeyani will pursue a master's in Tax Accounting. Her ultimate career goal is to become a CFO.

About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, and military families to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as “Our Family for Families First Foundation,” our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service to their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. To learn more, please visit:


Maria Montalvo, Corvias Foundation