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About Us

Established in 2022, by our Executive Director DeMakus Staton, Reflection of Inspiration, Inc. (ROI) is a nonprofit organization created to support and provide educational programs to community groups and organizations in achieving their aspirations.

Reflection of Inspiration empowers individuals and organizations to be successful for their families and within their communities by encouraging positive development.

Value Statement

Reflection of Inspiration believes that courage is the foundation of our purpose.

Through hard work, we demonstrate integrity and compassion in all aspects, encouraging inclusion, providing equal access to opportunities, and resources to people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.

We support individuals and organizations by empowering them to be successful for their families and within their communities.

Board of Directors

DeMakus Staton

CGMS – Executive Director/President

DeMakus Staton Biography

DeMakus Staton CGMS, is the President/Executive Director of Reflection of Inspiration Inc. Reflection of Inspiration is a nonprofit organization that provides educational programs to support community groups and organizations in achieving their aspirations. Its’s Mission is to empowers individuals and organizations to be successful for their families and within their communities by encouraging positive development.

DeMakus also worked as the Grants/Contract Manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) for over a decade. He has over 12+ years of experience as a key cog in securing and managing EBCI’s external resources serving within the Treasury Division. DeMakus has worked with over 50 different federal, state, and private agencies. He has managed over $50 million of annual expenditures from external sources.

He served as the Chair of the Tribal Administration Committee for United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), also appointed representative for the Department of Interior Tribal Interior Budget Council and Self-Governance Advisory Committee (Eastern Region). Currently serving as a Board Member, of the National Grants Management Associations (NGMA). Mr. Staton holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and Entrepreneurship (Western Carolina University) He has been a contributing advisor and presenter for several Federal and local agencies and has obtain the Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) credential and also the Native American Finance Officers association (NAFOA)- Tribal Financial Manger Certificate.

He is a believer in higher education, and continuous training. Organization and communication skills are very important to him. He believes that accuracy and accountability are two qualities that should be held at the upmost standard by any individual that shepherds any financial information.

Marsha Jackson

Vice President

Marsha Jackson Biography

Marsha Jackson is the Manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (EBCI-DVSA) program. Marsha is also the Vice President of Reflection of Inspiration Inc., non-profit organization (domestic violence coalition).

Marsha has been the Manager for the DVSA program for over six (6) years and has served in EBCI tribal government for over 15 years. Marsha has vast experience in five (5) divisions of the EBCI including Operations-Office Administrator, Finance-Budget Analyst, Human Resources-Secretary, and Public Health & Human Services-DVSA Manager.

Marsha has also served as a co-chair school board member for the EBCI-Kituwah Elementary Cherokee Immersion Program. Marsha has organized and/or presented trainings or presentations on Trauma Informed Care, Teen Dating Violence, Human Trafficking, and Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) awareness. Marsha holds two Associate Degrees from Southwestern Community College in Office System Technologies and Computer Information Systems.

Marsha believes that engaging in a community is key in promoting positive change within a community. She trusts that connecting with the community on matters that effect the safety of their citizens is key to addressing the matters effectively and helps to promote prevention verses intervention.

Renissa Mclaughlin

Member-at-Large

Renissa Mclaughlin Biography

Renissa is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She and her family reside in the Birdtown Community. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters Jursprudence in Indian Law. Ms. McLaughlin has worked with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in various capacities for over 28 years. Currently, she is the Director of Youth and Adult Education with programs that serve all ages. She oversees and leads six distinct programs for the EBCI. Serves as a spokesperson with outside agencies and higher educational institutions. Serve as a leader for new programs offering and program improvements. She also has an active role with children attending the language immersion school. Ms. McLaughlin also serves on the Certification Commission for Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise as the Vice Chairman.

She enjoys working in an environment that is challenging and allows her the opportunity to serve the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as well the community.

Kayla Smathers

Secretary

Kayla Smathers Biography

Kayla Smathers is Secretary of the Board for Reflection of Inspiration, INC.

Kayla graduated Cum Laude in May of 2023 with an AAS in Human Services Technology, an AAS in Addiction and Recovery Studies, and an AAS in General Education. Kayla is also on the Human Services Technology Board at Southwestern Community College (SCC).

During her time at SCC, she interned at the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program (EBCI-DVSA). There, she discovered a newfound passion for Advocacy. She assisted the program’s Advocates with supporting victims in finding their voice and generating positive change in the course of their lives. An extensive amount of Kayla’s time at the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program was spent within the community and local schools spreading awareness and prevention about teen dating violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault.

Kayla is passionate about her chosen career path. The values of Human Services align with her own personal values. Kayla believes that by showing compassion and empathy, we can inspire hope and teach others the positive coping skills necessary to overcome life’s challenges and generate healing within our communities.

​Michael Quillen

Treasurer

Michael Quillen's Biography

Michael Quillen is Treasurer of Reflection of Inspiration Inc. Michael is also Director of Health Care Administration for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Public Health and Human Services Division. He has served in this position for 7 years and worked in the EBCI Treasury Division for 3 years as an Accounting Coordinator.

Michael serves on the Public Health and Human Services Regulatory and Compliance Steering Committee and the Tribal In-home Care Services Policy Committee for the EBCI.

Michael and his family moved from Florida to North Carolina in 2005 to build an environmentally friendly and sustainable home. Michael and his family built their home from scratch on raw land and learned a lot about perseverance and integrity in the face of adversity.

Michael also worked as the Business Manager for 8 years for Aging with Dignity, Inc in Florida and was a licensed CPA in FL at the time. Aging with Dignity is a non-profit organization that promotes dignity at the end of life. Aging with Dignity developed and distributes the Five Wishes Living Will which is now recognized and used in more than 36 states across the country and is in multiple languages.

Michael has a BS in Accounting and a BS in Business Management from Florida State University.

Staff

Brittany Hampton

Membership and Outreach Manager

Brittany Hampton Biography

Brittany Hampton is the Membership and Outreach Manager for Reflection of Inspiration, Inc. Brittany is a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and resides on the Qualla Boundary with her family. She has 10+ years of experience in advocating for children and for her community. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business Management with specializations in Business Law and Human Resources from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

She is an avid volunteer in her community. Serving as the special needs parent representative on the Parent Advisory Committee for Cherokee Central Schools, as well as on the School Improvement Team and the Title I Committee for her daughters’ school, pushing for positive growth and development of education programs is a top priority for Brittany. Brittany has a history in healthcare, on both the patient and organizational sides. During her time at Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, she underwent the Right Path Training Program to highlight culturally significant hurdles, honing in on appropriate communicative skills to best meet the needs of the Tribal community. She leads with her passion for community outreach and advocacy.

As a prospective Juris Doctorate, Brittany is an honorary member of the National Native American Law Students Association and is looking forward to furthering her education and ability to serve the often-marginalized minority and special needs populations.

Vacant

Operations Manager