Meet the DOLs
Charlene D. Winley - Daughters of Life co-founder and president. An educator, staff developer, and trainer, Charlene is the mother of three gifted and talented sons. Her journey to founder of Daughters of Life began back in early childhood. As the product of Christian parents, she was given the opportunity to witness “helping hands” in action. Before it became politically correct, her father, the late Bishop Jesse H. Winley, General Overseer of Soul Saving Station of Every Nation located in Harlem, New York, had an addict program that fed hundreds of addicts on a daily basis. The basement of the church was a shelter that assisted women who wanted to get off the streets and begin a new life. Charlene recalls the experience as a child of seeing people strung out on drugs and young men and women selling their bodies on 125th Street: “I just wanted to let them know that someone cares.” Growing up 15th in a family of 16 children, it was common for the Winleys to have additional people in their home. Many times, it was pregnant teens, abused women, or single mothers with nowhere else to turn. Having these experiences reinforced Charlene’s responsibility to reach out and help others.
In 1999, she made her way to Virginia with three children, a 9-year-old, a 6-year-old, and a 1-year-old. Although she was a teacher at the time, within 2 years, she found herself knocking on the doors of Samaritan House looking for a place to stay. She was fortunate to enter the shelter for 45 days and then to be placed in an apartment complex in which she stayed until 2005. This opportunity enabled her to get out of debt and save enough money to purchase her first home.
Currently, she serves an educator in an urban school system in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. As an educator, she has mentored students, adopted families, and used her talents and abilities to enrich the lives of students and colleagues. Additionally, she serves a trainer and facilitates classes online through a national educational system. She volunteers for various community organizations and is actively involved in Kingdom First Ministries’ outreach programs in Virginia Beach.
Ms. Winley has a Master’s Degree in Human Development, Cognition, and Learning from Columbia University and recently fulfilled the requirements of a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.Dr. Winley is an influential speaker and presenter in both the marketplace and religious settings. She encourages and uplifts those who are broken hearted, down casted, and others who lack vision and purpose. She is president and co-founder of the Daughters of Life, a non-profit organization of positive women extending themselves to bring hope, encouragement, and stability into the lives of others.
She lives in Virginia with her three sons; Omari, Malik, and Akhiry-Izayah.
Janice Dildy - Daughters of Life co-founder and vice president. Janice is a Virginia native, a wife and mother of three. She has been a Cosmetologist for eighteen years. The last fifteen years she has been employed by Hair Fantasy in Virginia Beach Virginia. In her years in the hair care industry, she has provided services to many residents of the local nursing home facilities. In 2001, Janice collaborated with other salons in the community to provide donations for families of 911 victims by participating in a cut-a-thon. Over the years she also had the privilege of participating in several fund raising projects including providing aid for Hurricane Katrina victims and serving at risk young ladies for back to school, as well as connecting with other stylist to provide scholarships for several college students in the local area.
Through volunteering in her local church, she has provided donations for a home for pregnant teens as well as going into inner cities with ministry projects. One of Janice's favorite outreach projects was to partner with the Samaritan House for abused women and children in their effort to stop domestic violence. She has attended workshops and educational programs through this organization, counseled many women, and planned several fundraising events to help support women and children affected by this unfortunate epidemic.
One of her goals has been to encourage and up lift the spirits of women by making them feel just as beautiful on the inside as she makes them look on the outside. Her greatest goal is to use all of her gifts, talents and abilities to build the lives of others.
Denise Britt - Daughters of Life co-founder. Wife, mother, Realtor, and the owner of “Hair Fantasy” for over 23 years, Mrs. Britt’s motto is “It only takes one, to reach one, and change many.” She has worked with the Virginia Beach Public Schools as an Adopt-A-School partner, and has facilitated on Site Workshops for developmentally challenged students. Mrs. Britt has also trained and provided services to clients through the American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Good” program. In addition, she has a strong relationship with the Samaritan House; sponsored several fundraising events, volunteered for their emergency hotline and distribution center. Mrs. Britt created a campaign in which she teamed up with other salon owners to raise funds to assist the Samaritan House with the purchase of homes. She, along with her staff, has helped many victims (women and children) of domestic violence. Denise states, “Helping victims of domestic violence is very close to my heart. Having grown up in a home which I witness abuse on several occasions, I became very much aware of how domestic abuse affects, not only a household but society as well.
Over the course of 21 years, Denise, and the awesome staff at Hair Fantasy has prepared underprivileged children for their return back to school. They have supported and celebrated women who have overcome alcohol and drug addition by supplying free makeovers to build self-confidence. Hair Fantasy also joined forces with clients to raise funds benefiting Hurricane Katrina victims. She served as a mentor to young girls through the Ladies with a Mission Ministry at Calvary Revival Church. Currently Mrs. Britt is involved in prison ministry.
Charlene D. Winley - Co-Founder/President
Janice Dildy - Co-Founder/Vice President
Denise Britt - Co-Founder
Honoarable Tanya Bullock, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
Honorable Eileen Olds, Chesapeake Family Court
Deidre McBride, Director of Chesapeake Conference Center
Tammie Mullins-Rice, Fund Development
Angela Spruill, Communication Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
Charlene Winley - President
Janice Dildy - Vice President
Denise Britt - Co-Founder
Yvette Harrison - Treasurer
Roberta Marable - Secretary
Tracy Griffin - Member
Maggie Turner - Member
Linda 'Cookie' Caldwell - Member
Sherese Leeward - Member
Cindy Markovich - Member
Gena Norman - Member
Ordinary Women doing EXTRAordinary Things!