TheRese was born in Tulsa and is a third generation survivor of the 1921 Black Wall Street Riot. In Chicago, she created Women of the Village to give opportunity for women of color to develop and start their own business. Also in Chicago, TheRhese joined the production staff of ETA Performing Arts Foundation where she co-wrote and directed “The Story of Billie Holiday and Lester Young” for ETA’s Main Stage encore production. After moving to Atlanta, TheRese joined the staff at Jomandi Productions as the assistant to the Artistic Directors and later served as Data/Information Systems Manager and in Group Marketing and Audience Development.
Women of the Village has morphed into a virtual executive assistance company specializing in internet research, webpage design, excel data design, and transcription. TheRese is also a certified life coach, specializing in college freshmen during their first year away from home and family, aiding them in discovering their life skills for entrepreneurship. Currently, she is traveling the country with her documentary “Rebuilding Black Wall Street”, moving pictures taken by her father of the men and women who rebuilt the Tulsa Black Wall Street area after the 1921 Massacre. She is advocating for the documentary and accompanying study guide to be included in public, private, and charter school curriculum in economics and social studies.