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Meet the Team

Who We Are

Melvin J. Gravely

Chief Executive Officer/Lead Trainer

Mel Gravely currently provides specialized training for various state and county Head Start agencies providing board, staff, and policy council training. He has had the privilege of training parents, staff and board members at several National Head Start Association Annual conferences.

Mel Gravely, a professional trainer and speaker is a native of Canton, Ohio, his interest in family and children advocacy started forty years ago as a mentor, football/basketball coach and a foster parent.

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Katie Person

Marketing Consultant

Katie Browder-Person has 10 years of hands on Marketing and Community Relations experience.  She attended College at Ohio Dominican University where she studied both Communications Studies and Public Relations.


Christy L. Williams


Christy Williams founded VividPoint Interactive in the summer of 2010 after a diverse career in the sales and marketing field. She has assisted The Gravely Group with their digital marketing strategy since 2011.


Lisa B. Stafford

Training Consultant

Lisa serves serves as an integral part in The Gravely Group's work, assisting with presentations, social media, branding, and client recognition initiatives.



Jennifer Reed

CLASS Consultant

Jennifer 11 years of experience conducting Head Start/Early Head Start Reviews in CLASS and Early Childhood Development along with 10 years of Professional Grant Reading for the Office of Head Start and other governmental agencies.

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Jerome Thompson

Fatherhood/Male Involvement Specialist

Jerome has been a fatherhood and male involvement specialist for over 25 years. Currently, he works as a Fatherhood Resource Specialist with the SC Head Start Association Fatherhood Coalition.

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Tasha McMullan

Program Management Consultant

Tasha McMullan is a dedicated professional with over nine years of experience managing Head Start programs. Her extensive experience and understanding of Head Start principles and childhood development have driven positive change within the organizations she has served through developing customized plans to optimize program quality.


Tell Me and I Forget,
Teach Me and I Remember,
Involve Me and I Will Understand

– Benjamin Franklin

Why Choose The Gravely Group?

Experience is Key

Our mission is to provide excellent training to ensure excellent Head Start programs.

  • Experience. Experience. Experience.

    CEO Mel Gravely brings a lot of experience to the table in understanding people and what we really must do to keep Head Start moving forward.

  • Customized Trainings

    We tailor each training to fit your specific Head Start agency or Board of Directors' prerequisites.

  • Head Start Governing Body Certified

    Acknowledges our understanding about Head Start Governing Body and Tribal Council. View certificate »