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Board Members

Anthony Mijares

Founder/ Director

Anthony Mijares, devoted father to two children, disabled veteran, entrepreneur, and community advocate, was born in Houston, TX and raised in Fort Walton Beach, FL. An Army Combat Medic Veteran, Anthony served at Fort Stewart, GA in the 3rd Infantry Division where he was deployed overseas to several different countries, including Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, for which he received an Army Commendation Medal and three Army Achievement Medals in addition to many other awards earned during his military career. After completing his journey with the military in Fort Lee, VA at Kenner Army Hospital, Anthony ventured into the world of entrepreneurism and never looked back. Anthony has been successful in many different areas of business and currently owns and operates BluePrint Sign and Design, a one-stop shop for marketing, branding, website and logo designs, and signage. Making a difference in the community is Anthony’s passion, so in 2015 he satisfied a life-long dream of his by starting his own non-profit, Lightbulb Organization, specializing in mentoring kids, young adults, and disabled veterans into becoming entrepreneurs and leaders of today. Through his businesses and organizations, Anthony has donated to several organizations, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Anthony is a member of the Rotarian Club in Hopewell, VA and the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Information Technology. Anthony is certified in project management and holds a Green Belt Six Sigma certificate and Business Analyst Certificate.  Anthony is also recipient of 2016 Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Impacto Award.

Irvin Jennings

Co-Founder/ Director of Programs

Anthony Mijares, devoted father to two children, disabled veteran, entrepreneur, and community advocate, was born in Houston, TX and raised in Fort Walton Beach, FL. An Army Combat Medic Veteran, Anthony served at Fort Stewart, GA in the 3rd Infantry Division where he was deployed overseas to several different countries, including Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, for which he received an Army Commendation Medal and three Army Achievement Medals in addition to many other awards earned during his military career. After completing his journey with the military in Fort Lee, VA at Kenner Army Hospital, Anthony ventured into the world of entrepreneurism and never looked back. Anthony has been successful in many different areas of business and currently owns and operates BluePrint Sign and Design, a one-stop shop for marketing, branding, website and logo designs, and signage. Making a difference in the community is Anthony’s passion, so in 2015 he satisfied a life-long dream of his by starting his own non-profit, Lightbulb Organization, specializing in mentoring kids, young adults, and disabled veterans into becoming entrepreneurs and leaders of today. Through his businesses and organizations, Anthony has donated to several organizations, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Anthony is a member of the Rotarian Club in Hopewell, VA and the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Information Technology. Anthony is certified in project management and holds a Green Belt Six Sigma certificate and Business Analyst Certificate. 

Shirley Richardson

Co-Founder/ Director of Public Affairs

Shirley P. Richardson, Co-Founder and Director of Public Affairs is also Executive Director &; Visionary of BTFW graduated from Virginia Union University and is pursuing her Master in Christian Counseling from Newburg Theological Seminary in Newburg, Indiana. Mrs. Richardson was employed for thirty years as a law enforcement officer on the Richmond Police Department. While employed at the Richmond Police Department, she facilitated the Homicide Support Group for families of murdered victims. for the Richmond Police Department and began a support group called Cops of Christ. Shirley served on the Governor’s advisory board for Child Abuse and Neglect and on the Board of Directors for the Y.M.C.A. She mentored middle school females in the Mirror Me program. Mrs. Richardson is an ordained Minister and served on the James Cleveland Gospel Ministry Workshop of America Evangelist Board. Since 1995, Minister Richardson served as a Spiritual Leader in the Kairos Prison Ministry and was involved in the Faith Based Re-entry Program at V.C.C.W. She is a facilitator for the Hope of Positive Energy Ministry is cancer care ministry at Second Baptist Church in South Richmond. Shirley is a “TYRO” leader. She has a passion for prison ministry and sincere determination to empower the formerly incarcerated for successful re-entry back into society.