To understand where we go next, we must understand how we got here


Toussaint RomaineToussaint Romaine, J.D. serves as an Assistant Public Defender representing indigent clients charged as Habitual Felons.  He also teaches as an adjunct at UNC-Charlotte where he leads students in Constitutional Law and Mass Incarceration courses.  He is actively involved in his community by serving on numerous committees, to name a few, Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force, Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division for the NC Advocates for Justice, and Board of Trustee for Trinity Pawling – a private All-Boys high school in New York.  He hosts monthly leadership training programs at a federal prison, a local youth detention center and is creating a similar program at Turning Point Academy, CMS’ Alternative School.   Toussaint is married with three children and a beagle named Caicos.



Charles CollierBrigadier General Charles Collier, USAF, (Ret.) has over 39 years of national security experience in both the public and private sectors building business, creating enterprise-level change and developing and implementing national-level policy.  He served 38 years in the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard where he held multiple leadership roles.  He currently serves as Senior Consultant for The Spectrum Group supporting corporate, government and non-profit clients with the right tools and counsel for sustained success.  General Collier received his B.S. in Psychology from Memphis State University.




Session Facilitators

Gwen Garnett 

Gwendolyn Garnett

COO Women’s Intercultural Exchange
Owner Mamalu Travel
Nancy Litton 

Nancy Litton

Deputy Executive Director
Community Free Clinic Member
Chair, Concord-Afton Sunset Rotary Club