Ifi Heritage Center, Inc.

Who We Are

Irvin Shell-Director, Ifi Heritage Center Inc

Retired from General Services Administration (GSA) Project Manager FAC-PPM Level-II, FAC-COR Level-II, Veteran Health Administration (VHA) General Engineer and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Contract Specialist FAC-C Level-I.

Irvin is an Alumni of Purdue University and the Chicago Community Colleges. Irvin earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Civil Engineering Technology.

He is a Viet Nam era honorable discharged disable Army Veteran who serviced with the 2nd 505 82nd Airborne Infantry Division as a Medic.

Irvin has had a passion for Africa American history and the African American village since elementary school. He understands that financial literacy and entrepreneurship is the pathway to generational wealth and individual stability.

Irvin is an advocate for better affordable housing. He has a background in improvement of Public Housing, from his project management experience with Tampa Housing Authority early stages of Belmont Heights Development Phase III project and as a Coordinator with Chicago Housing Authority vacancy reduction initiative. As a former Mortgage Loan Originator, he helped seniors access their equity, pay-off debt and eliminate their mortgage payment.

Rev. Dr. Doris Barron-Shell, Program Director

Born in Pensacola, FL and raised by her grandparents in Atmore, AL, Rev. Dr. Doris Barron-Shell received her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership and Hermeneutics from Andover Newton Theological School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and a minor in Egyptology.

Rev. Dr. Shell is the first African American ordained female pastor to ever preach from the pulpit of the historic First Baptist Church of America in Providence, RI and the historic First Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Wimauma, FL.

Doctor Shell has a deep passion for authentic cultural history, research and community development. She is accredited for initiating several non-profit programs and organizations. Among them are: The Minority Health Advocate Program, an advocate program for providing healthcare information and connecting emergency care providers, to all who do not have access to proper healthcare. “Jesus Set the Captives Free,” a prison ministry that focuses on placing former incarcerated men and women back into the local job market and reintegrating them with their families. Dr. Shell is the originator of WBRU’s 360 Degree Sunday Morning Gospel Hour, the RI Annual State Legislative Prayer Breakfast, and organized the first Heroes of the Faith Awards for outstanding community service.

Irvin Shell, Exec. Director
Rev. Dr. Doris Shell, Exec. Grant Admin.
Sophia Walker, Data Specialist
Tena Alvarez
Social Media Specialist
Angel Shackleford
Community Outreach Specialist
Tonya Gay-Jackson
Computer Technologist
Ralph Smith
Business Advisor
Shawn Ferguson

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