A woman destined for greatness through her eyes and through the eyes of all she encounters,
affectionately known as “Reese”
was born and raised on the mean streets of the Bedford Stuyvesant section in Brooklyn, NY. Although Oresa’s childhood years were predominately influenced by her Christian background, there were still obstacles she faced in her adolescent years. These obstacles caused an unbalance in Oresa’s life and she ventured out into the streets. As God would have it, that time in Oresa’s life was for a season. The reason being that she would know the needs of people incarcerated and be able to save and minister to those not living in their fullest potential.
Oresa was one of the first twelve individuals who formed the double Grammy Award-winning, Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, in 1985 under the leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker. She now serves as an in-house Pastor at Love Fellowship Tabernacle, The Kingdom Church in which she is a founding member of. Her passion to meet the needs of the community began through personal experience as a struggling single parent. This gave her an expressed burden for the needs of the community at large. She established two entities to provide social resources through LFT: a Single Parents Resource & Support Group and the National Business Training Institute of NY, NJ and PA.
Oresa is the Founder and Visionary of Not Another Child Inc. (N.A.C.), an organization that serves and advocates for families and communities effected by gun violence. The organization also creates a safe haven and provides outreach and support to families of gun violence. N.A.C., which has been featured on BET’s My Two Cents, was established in memory of Oresa’s son, Andrell Napper, who was innocently gunned down on August 7, 2006. When asked how this incident has changed her life, she stated, “It has made me more aware of the travesties and situations that our youth face on a daily basis and the need to help them attain a successful future. I have also become aware of the hurt that a mother feels after the loss of a child and the injustices a family faces after the loose a loved one; and how their life never the same.” Under the umbrella of N.A.C, she implemented and organized the first Value Life Peace March in 2009, and continues to oversee both the Annual King Ron Playing for Change Tournament in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Change Makers Benefit Gala which continue to be successful in furthering the mission of N.A.C. N.A.C. serves as a therapeutic provider to families and communities who experience violence at high levels. This program is a part of New York City’s crisis Management System.
Oresa’s book, “And Then I Awoke, Releasing Your Potential and “Purpose in Life” is dedicated to the memory of her son, Andrell Daron Napper. She is currently working on her 2nd book, Black Girl Lost, Woman Found! Yet, with all She has accomplished, she deems her greatest accomplishment as being Justin’s mother and biggest fan.
Her makeup is one of a kind, she is small in stature and mighty in power, yet her presence is delightful. Known for her encouraging words, ladylike mannerisms and straight forward demeanor, she has become a mentor to many and advocates for those who are treated unfairly in any area. She influences children by showing them that no matter what mistakes they have made, they can always get back on track.
Accomplishments / Resume
- Organizer (2016): Press Conference & Activities for National Day of Remembrance of Murder Victims
- Speaker (2016): NYS Crime Victims Memorial Walkway Ceremony – Albany, NY
- Speaker (2016): On the floor of Congress representing NYC
- Facilitator (2015 – Present): Man UP, Inc. – Career Goals Workshops & PD’s
- Organizer (2015): Standing Up for Peace & Justice Rally – Washington, DC
- Organizer (2015): Congress National Day of Recognition of Homicide Victims – City Hall, New York, NY
- Moderator & Voice of Pain (2014- Present): City Representative for shooters of gangs and crews; Ceasefire Initiative with NYPD, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, FBI and Anti-Task Force – Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY
- Campaign Organizer (2012) – Vote for Me Until I Can Youth Campaign
- Speaker (2010): Benjamin Banneker High School: youth advocate regarding a safe summer in conjunction with Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.S.
- Motivational Speaker (2009 to 2011): Young Scholars Academy – Brooklyn, NY
- Speaker (2009 to 2011): EBC High School for Public Service and Health Awareness Day & Career Day – Brooklyn, NY
- Speaker (2012): Mothers Luncheon/Career Day/Monthly Reader for youth – Young Scholars Academy
- Panelist (2011): Urban Health Conference Panelist – “Our Youth vs. Our Youth” – New York, NY
- Facilitator (2010): Convent Avenue Family Living Center (Motivational Speaker for people in transition) – New York, NY
- Facilitator (2009 & 2010): Professional Development Workshops for Departmental Executive Directors and Directors of Faith Based Org – Bkyn, NY
- Facilitator (2009 & 2008): “90 Days to Becoming the Woman I Want to Be”- Bklyn, NY
- Organizer (2009 to Present): Value Life Peace March, Bedford-Stuyvesant -Bklyn, NY
- Organizer (2007-Present): Playing for Change Memorial Basketball Tournament – Bklyn, NY
- Organizer (2006 to Present): “Supplies for Success; Equipping our Youth for a Successful School Year” – Brooklyn, NY
- Organizer (2004 to Present): National Business Training Institute of NY, NJ & PA – various states
- Organizer (2001): Single Parents Resource Center – Brooklyn, NY
- Organizer (1999): Kingdom Care After-School Program – Brooklyn, NY
- Founder, Visionary & Executive Director of Not Another Child, Inc. – Brooklyn, NY
- Owner & CEO of R & R Enterprise – dba AIC Printing
- Chapter President of Mother’s in Charge – Brooklyn, NY
- 2016 Recipient of W.A.R.R.I.O.R.S. Award- King of Kings Foundation
- Young Brooklyn Heroes Initiative Selection Board & Mentor (2011- Present), Kings County District Attorney’s Office – Brooklyn, NY
- 2011 Vision 21 Initiative, NYS Office of Victim Services
- 2009 Brooklyn’s Extraordinary Women – Kings County District Attorney’s Office – Brooklyn, NY