Other Team Members

Heather Gee

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Heather Gee, Azalea Blossom’s Director of Development,  has served in leadership positions at a variety of organizations focusing on fundraising, gift planning, donor relations and philanthropic advising. She is a dynamic, inspirational and visionary leader capable of creating unique, impactful and meaningful programs designed to increase assets and engage people in furthering the missions of worthy causes. She has created and implemented a comprehensive education and engagement program for donors, nonprofit and professional advisers who work with clients with charitable interests. Ms. Gee is the founder of GPS Philanthropy, a solo practice providing philanthropic services for individuals and families, nonprofits, foundations and corporations. She is committed to helping individuals and organizations make a difference in the world through intentional giving strategies including inspirational story-telling.

Tameeka Weekes

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Tameeka Weekes is a dedicated high school educator, consulter and advocate with nearly seven years of experience providing positive direction to her students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. Her demonstrated passion for supporting success for diverse populations lead her to serving on the Azalea Blossom Board of Directors in 2018. She currently works at the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School as a Special Education co-teacher and a Transition Coordinator. Previously, Ms. Weekes was employed as an advisor at the High School for Excellence and Innovation in Washington Heights for  the East Side House Settlement in Bronx, New York. In addition, she has worked as a counselor with the Graham Windham Agency in New York City and as a Child Care Counselor with the Long Island Adolescent and Family Services in Stony Brook, New York. Ms. Weekes holds a Bachelors Degree in Africana Studies from Stony Brook University and Masters of Education degrees in Special Education and School Counseling respectively from Brooklyn College and Alfred University.

Desiree Pecore

Desiree Pecore is an Anthropology/ English/ Political Science triple major senior at Hartwick College in Oneonta with a passion for helping to make the world a better place. She is currently volunteering as a grant writer with Azalea Blossom, Inc. and is enthusiastic about helping to support the need for bullying prevention education.
“ Going through high school, I know I sat through multiple anti- bullying programs that never caught most people’s attention. All of the programs always seemed to be talking at us and offered very little chance to be interactive. Azalea Blossom’s SAFE through the arts program is not only informative but is also fun for children to participate in. The people I have worked with through the organization have been very passionate about the work they are doing.”