Dr. Shellie Hipsky

President/Executive Director


Dr. Shellie Hipsky is the CEO of Inspiring Lives International an “Inc. Verified” motivational media company. The American Chronicle called her “A top entrepreneur in the U.S.,” and The Huffington Post categorizes her as a “Fierce Woman.” She is the president of the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) The Global Sisterhood, a charity that guides and supports women and girls toward their dreams and goals. Dr. Shellie is very proud of the impact of the Global Sisterhood through #PopUpGiving, events, volunteering, our media platform, and our Charity Partnerships.

Dr. Shellie has earned the titles of “Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment,” the “Women of Achievement Award,” “Best Woman in Business,” and “VIP Woman of the Year.” Three of her 13 published books, the Common Threads trilogy focused on Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balance based on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio show, earned international bestseller status. The former tenured professor of Ph.D. students and host of Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie on NBC has keynoted internationally from Passion to Profits in Hollywood to The University of Oxford in England and now teaches her signature EmpowerU Master Class, making the world her classroom. This powerful entrepreneur and influencer is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Global Sisterhood’s Inspiring Lives Magazine: The Magazine for Empowering Women.

She has been featured on over 23 magazine covers and on all the major TV networks, and she is delighted to bring the world Ball Gowns to Yoga Pants: Entrepreneurial Secrets to Create Your Dream Business and Brand through Morgan James Publishing. This mother of two has dedicated her life to inspiring and empowering the women of the world.

Valerie Sickles Lerch

Vice President


Valerie is a founding member of the Global Sisterhood and has been a board member since its inception. She is deeply driven by her aspiration to promote the importance of mental health treatment, and after working in the field for over 20 years, she has opened her own mental health outpatient clinic in her hometown. She also has a passion for event planning and design and has organized all of the Global Sisterhood events as well as other local fundraising events.  Being on this board has allowed her to fulfill her goal of joining a philanthropic organization and giving back to her community. Valerie completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Business Administration and Marketing at Kaplan University. She lives outside of Pittsburgh with her loving husband and 3 children, and she enjoys helping at her church and spending time with her family and friends.

Nigeria Sheppard



Nigeria Sheppard is a virtual assistant and owner of Nigeria Simone: Business Solutions. Nigeria received her B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University in 2015. As a virtual assistant, Nigeria’s mission is to help female entrepreneurs grow and scale their business by taking care of backend business tasks and allowing them to focus on the tasks that will actually allow them to scale.

Nigeria is the wife of Brandon Sheppard and homeschooling mom of two young boys. As a family, they enjoy spending time in nature and incorporating learning in all aspects of their lives.

Kara Peters

Assistant Secretary


Kara Peters is an intern with Inspiring Lives Magazine whose ambition is to soar in her writing career. Kara earned her Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. She is a best-selling author of the book Silent Grief, Healing, and Hope. It is her desire to impact others through implementing her strengths as a writer.

Kara is a wife to Joshua, and they have five children together. They spend their free time doing activities together as a family and tackling life as a team. Kara and Josh hope to one day become foster parents to be a light for children who could really use loving influence in their lives.

Stacey Palmer

Acting Treasurer


Stacey is a skilled attorney with nearly two decades of professional experience.

Stacey was awarded a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1997 and then joined Reed Smith LLP, where she was a member of the Financial Industry Group and practiced in the area of investment management for 10 years. Her legal experience also includes the acquisition, development, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate along with counseling small businesses and startups in various corporate matters.

In addition to her law degree, Stacey holds a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management from Truman State University in Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, and can often be found on the sidelines watching her boys play football, basketball, and baseball.

Dr. April Torrence

Director of Fundraising and Grants


Dr. April Torrence is an innovative leader, researcher, grant writer, and transformational speaker who is often sought out to mentor, consult, facilitate, analyze, and empower others to excel beyond their unlimited potential!

Dr. Torrence is the CEO of Zion Education Center, a non-profit academy for disadvantaged youth and young children in Farrell, PA.  She is also the CFO of Torrence-Avery, LLC, a logistics and beverage company in Hermitage, PA. Additionally, Dr. Torrence teaches Business Management at Westminster College. 

She is the wife of Kelvin Torrence and mother of 3 children: Brandyn, Temarah, and Cynthia. Most importantly, Dr. Torrence is a Woman of God, who enjoys spending time with family, including a bonus daughter, Charene, and every Zion Scholar who has attended her academy.

Rev. Nettie Bullitt

Global Ambassador


Rev. Nettie Jorinda Bullitt, a United Methodist Elder in full connection, is semi-retired on staff at Calvary United Methodist Church, on Pittsburgh’s Northshore. Rev. Bullitt is a 1963 graduate of Langley High School. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Vietnam Era in Montgomery, Alabama, and Wiesbaden, Germany, Rev. Bullitt earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1992. She earned her Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Iliff School of Theology, in 1996, and is currently a Ph.D. student with Northcentral University. She is a former Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker/Owner of Phoenix Real Estate on the Northside of Pittsburgh, a GRI (Graduate of the Realtors Institute), and the first president of the Pittsburgh chapter of NAREB (National Association of Real Estate Brokers). She is also the Founder/CEO of Daughters of Deborah Leadership Ministries, LLC.

The vision of the Daughters of Deborah Leadership Ministries is “to raise up armies of women and girls to recover God’s plans for their lives.” The mission is to “empower communities of women and children to achieve abundant living.”  Rev. Bullitt earned the certification of a professional life coach (CPC) from the Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching. Rev. Bullitt currently serves on the Board of Directors of The United Methodist Church Union (of the Southwestern Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church) and the Global Sisterhood 501(c)3 as the Global Ambassador.

Alice Beckett-Rumberger

Director of Governance


Alice Beckett-Rumberger is the owner of TheraFusion. She is a licensed PT with over 25 years of experience. She has worked with professional athletes, individuals with disabilities, and everyday folks wanting to improve their fitness, rehabilitate from an injury, or simply get the most from their bodies! She also co-owns Turning Leaf Rentals with her husband.

Alice is the active mother of seven kids and a wonderful wife who is always working to achieve a balance between being a professional and touching the lives of those she loves and her community.

She dedicates 10% of the profits of her company to philanthropic and charitable giving and serves on multiple nonprofit boards.

Dominique Murray

Director of Social Media


Dominique Murray is the principle photographer of Dominique Murray Photography and the CEO of Social Secrets Revealed. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts with a concentration in photography from Robert Morris University as well as a certification in Advanced Social Marketing. Dominique feels incredibly blessed to have interned under Inspiring Lives Magazine and Terry Clark Photography as well as working at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, knowing how much they have helped shape her career path today. Dominique uses her combined photography skills and social media success to help individuals and businesses of all sizes. You can find her photographic publications in Inspiring Lives Magazine, Motivated Mompreneurs, and The Platform Magazine. Dominique also published a social media book, Secrets to Your Socials, that will teach you how to maximize your content and gain a following. Dominique is so excited to be a part of The Global Sisterhood knowing the impact the team is making globally for women and children.

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