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CATONYA LESTER - President, Director, Publicist & Event Manager

Catonya services several community organizations where she greatly enjoys contributing her time and talents for the empowerment of others, particularly youth.  She is a graduate of Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Advertising and Media Sales. Catonya is currently employed full-time as a Business Services Representative with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in Baltimore City. She is also a freelance Public Relations Professional, Event Manager, Makeup Artist and CEO of her own company created in 2012. LESTER PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EVENTS (LPRE) is a company that focuses on assertively promoting and branding clients by managing the flow of information about them to the public audiences with Strategic Communications, Marketing, Branding, Promotions, and Business Services. Catonya began her journey with the Priceless Gown Project in 2010 as a Makeup Artist where she incorporated the Glam Gurus (a team of beauty specialists) to provide complimentary eye and lip demos and beauty tips for the young ladies as they waited to obtain the free gown of their choice. Catonya develops collaborations on behalf of the Priceless Gown Project with a variety of organizations, business owners, designers, stylists, photographers and individuals who truly have a heart and passion to serve and empower the youth.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and exploring a variety of eating venues.  

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KIMBERLY LESTER - Vice President

Kimberly has Volunteered with the Priceless Gown Project for several years in a variety of areas such as Assistant Event Coordinator, Personal Shopper and Registration/Hospitality.  Her passion for empowering the youth, along with her exuberant personality and smile, are great assets and in alignment with the mission and goals of the Priceless Gown Project.  In her professional career, Kimberly maintains the role of a Property Manager, where she is responsible for organizing community activities in addition to providing leasing services.  Her responsibilities as the Vice President include broadening the volunteer reach of the Priceless Gown Project, educating volunteers about the benefits of service and partnership with the organization and advocating the brand among organizations that service the youth. Kimberly is a graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical Institute, a native of Baltimore, Maryland and an avid Ravens football fan. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Becky is a native of Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor's in Psychology, a Master's in Social Work and her professional background combines program development, non-profit administration and resource cultivation.  In her previous role as an Executive Director, she enjoyed working within the field of youth education and after-school initiatives serving Baltimore families.  Becky currently is the Assistant Director for the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she teaches as an adjunct faculty and serves as a field instructor for students in organizational contexts.  Becky Co-Founded the Priceless Gown Project in 2004 and currently serves as a dedicated Volunteer.  “The most exciting aspect of the Priceless Gown Project has been watching the organization grow and develop each year.  In our first year, we distributed 30 gowns to students out of an abandoned office-space.  The program has grown so rapidly with each year and the number of volunteers and partners has been humbling.  The excitement this program has for serving our young people have never diminished since the first day we started and the energy at the Boutique is like nothing I’ve experienced before.” Becky enjoys riding bikes with her children, sitting on a warm and cozy beach somewhere warm and practicing amateur photography.

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