CATONYA LESTER - President & Executive Director

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), 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’s additional roles include Publicist and Events Manager by which she collaborates with a variety of organizations, business owners, designers, stylists, photographers and individuals who truly have a heart and passion to serve empower the youth.  Catonya enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and exploring a variety of eating venues.  


Crystal is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is the owner of Crystal's Bridal And Tuxedo, Inc. in Historic Fells Point, a family owned and operated business that began its history in 1990. Crystal is well known in the wedding industry and has performed over the years what some call “miracles” to ensure that every client has a memorable experience. Crystal understands the time constraints of creating a special occasion and great customer service, and with this knowledge, has developed unique techniques in getting measurements, ordering items, providing alterations and timely deliveries. Crystal’s Bridal And Tuxedo, Inc. also specializes in tuxedo rental and purchases and has grown to offer a full range of services and merchandise for men and women from proms to weddings and other special occasions. Crystal enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, traveling and her favorite color is pink  

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KATRINA BROOKS - Volunteer Director

With a reputation of putting her whole heart into her work and passion as a community organizer, youth advocate and human service professional, Katrina lives her vision and belief that every child in Baltimore City should have a caring adult in their lives. Katrina is a Baltimore native with more than twenty years of service to children and families of Baltimore City. As Community Relations Director, she represents the Johns Hopkins University Center for Adolescent Health locally in Baltimore City and nationally among Prevention Research Centers throughout the United States. Katrina was attracted to Priceless Gown Project (PGP) because of its alignment with her core beliefs around youth advocacy and ensuring that young people in Baltimore are surrounded by caring adults. Katrina has served with Priceless Gown Project since 2012, serving as Volunteer Director. Her responsibilities include broadening the volunteer reach of PGP, educating volunteers about the benefits of service and partnership with PGP and advocating the PGP brand among youth organizations. Katrina holds a Master in Human Service (MHS) from Lincoln University and certification and licensing in counseling for children, marriage and families (LCPC). Katrina is an avid community volunteer, book reader and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

CHINYRA BROOKS- Inventory Specialist

Chinyra is a native Baltimorean. Chinyra has a passion for environmental education and activism. As a former teacher, she enjoys helping young people learn about how to be responsible and thoughtful citizens of the earth. In high school, she was a recipient of the Baltimore Henry Hall award for future scientist through the Baltimore National Aquarium where she worked for many years and received her certifications. Chinyra majored in Environmental Science in college. Chinyra works full-time at the Horseshoe Casino as a Total Rewards accounts specialist. She enjoys working with the public and helping customers navigate the benefits of their membership. Chinyra spends her free time reading, enjoying video games with global friends, traveling and volunteering at community events. As a desire to help girls in Baltimore, she has served as Inventory Specialist for the Priceless Gown Project since 2014, incorporating her expertise in setting up and managing inventory databases. She manages the intake and output of all Priceless Gown Project garment inventory and serves as part of the event day crew to ensure that proper record keeping is practiced.


Becky is a native of Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor in Psychology, a Master 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.