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The BIOP Board of Directors is comprised of elected officers responsible for defining policies, managing growth, and advancing the mission, vision and goals of BIOP. By serving on the BIOP Board, directors exercise a major impact on the strategic direction of the organization. 

2022 - 2023 POSITIONS


The Chair oversees the work of the board. Maintains the integrity of Blacks in I/O (e.g., ensuring no conflicts of interest), leads the development of the annual budget (in coordination with the treasurer), keeps members informed about Blacks in I/O’s operations and initiatives, calls for votes on decisions to be made by board members.

  • Special Projects & Task Forces committee reports to the Chair
  • 2-year term

Shyriah Marshall (Detroit, MI) is a dedicated student, consultant, and volunteer amongst various organizations. Currently, she serves as an AAR & Battery Program Specialist for AAA - The Auto Club Group. She also serves on the leadership team of The ACG Emerging Professionals Team where she assists with supporting events, fundraising, and career advancement.

Shyriah is currently a PhD Student at Walden University where her focus is I/O Psychology - Leadership & Coaching. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in IO Psychology from Walden University. She previously studied at Peru State College in Peru, NE where she obtained a Master of Science in Organizational Management (Economic and Entrepreneurial Development) and a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Systems Management.

In addition to her corporate role, Shyriah is the founder & chief consultant of Marshall Career Consulting, LLC. where she assists clients with securing their ideal careers, small business development, and project management. Her hope is to complete her PhD and begin teaching at the collegiate level to help others advance.

    Vice Chair

    The Vice Chair is also a vital part of the leadership team. The vice chair carries out special assignments as requested by the chair and fills in for the Chair if necessary. Produces, coordinates, or delegates coordination of a monthly program or event on behalf of Blacks in I/O. 

    • Programming Committee Lead reports to Vice Chair
    • 2-year term

    Sertrice Grice

    Sertrice Grice, MS, is Co-Owner & Chief Consulting Officer of Mattingly Solutions, a woman-owned diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm. Co-Author of Inclusalytics, How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders Use Data to Drive Their Work, Sertrice is passionate about helping organizations use metrics to create data-driven DEI strategies that drive meaningful change. Some of her clients include, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Baltimore Tracks, and the  National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Sertrice serves clients though DEI executive advising, DEI measurement consulting, and building/delivering inclusive behavioral change solutions. She is also a DEI thought leader, a sought after public speaker, and a leader in national organizations including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Blacks in I/O.

    Sertrice received her B.S. in Psychology from Emporia State University and her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Radford University. She is currently located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    The Secretary is also tasked with monitoring compliance with the organization's bylaws. Additional responsibilities include: producing an annual membership directory, overseeing membership requests and responding to membership inquiries, and coordinating mass mailings (i.e., monthly newsletter, quarterly newsletter). 

    • Membership Services and Engagement Lead reports to Secretary
    • 2-year term

    Janiece Smith

    Janiece is a Miami native who loves God, loves people, and is called to serve them. In 2009, she heard a message preached by Dr. Alvin D. Stewart, Jr. in Tallahassee, Florida, that encouraged her and others to be an answer in every room and situation. She took that to heart, and it became the foundation upon which The Answer Group Consulting, LLC—affectionately known as TAG Consulting—was built. She has worked in various industries for over 20 years as an administrator, customer service representative, financial analyst, dispatcher, regional manager, and executive director. She extracted transferable skills from each of these experiences that have made her a trusted name and an expert in organizational improvement. Because of that experience and education below, Janiece is an Industrial-Organizational Psychology Practitioner.

    Janiece's educational background includes a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Science (Industrial-Organizational Psychology) from Florida International University. She is also a licensed insurance agent in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia. Janiece is a consummate professional who believes in partnering with others to help them achieve their wildest dreams. She knows having a solid foundation and support system is the key to success. If you were to ask her who she is, she would tell you, "I am an answer!"


    The Treasurer keeps track of the organization's financial condition and works with the Chair to lead the development of the annual budget. He or she must understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations and ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis. The treasurer also reviews the annual audit, and answers board member questions about the audit, and provides regular updates to the board about the annual audit and budget.

    • Business Development & Partnerships Lead reports to Treasurer
    • 2-year term



    The Communications Chair attends all board meetings and is responsible for maintaining complete and accurate meeting minutes. The communications chair will be responsible for fielding emails that come into the BIOP gmail account box.

      • Social Media Marketing & Communications Lead reports to Communications Chair
      • 2-year term

      Alexis Graham

      Biography: Alexis Graham is an HR & Talent Operations manager for an Education Technology company. She is from the DMV area and has resided locally for all her life. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and is currently an I/O Psychology Ph.D. student with a concentration in Coaching. Working with corporations to assist in mitigating burnout and hiring biases is Alexis’ passion. Not only is she focusing her research on these topics, but she puts them in practice daily, volunteering for a Diversity Inclusion steering committee to ensure that interdepartmental policies remain equitable and fair for all. As a certified coach, Alexis recently started a growth coaching business and enjoys continuing to move the needle in the IO Psych space forward by helping clients see their full potential in the workspace.

      Personal: In her free time, Alexis enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants. Whether throwing the ball with her pup Marley or enjoying an espresso martini on an international beach, Alexis truly takes pride in embodying work/life balance in everything she does.

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