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About Our Team

At Circle Of Excellence, LLC we are passionate about what we do, which translates into rewarding results and positive customer experiences. Our experience, fresh creativity, and unwavering dedication sets us apart from the competition. 


Donnequa Elaine Grantham, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer:

Donnequa was born and raised in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  She was raised in a large, but close-knit family and was taught early to value education, entrepreneurship and excellence.  She attended Brooklyn Technical High School and went on to graduate from St. Lawrence University.  After working as a Litigation Paralegal in New York, Donnequa attended Seattle University School of Law to achieve her life-long dream of becoming an Attorney.
Donnequa has a strong passion for public service, civil rights and the betterment of under-served communities. She believes that building our communities starts with individuals uniting to create new resources, new businesses and new connections. Donnequa lives in the DMV area where she serves as a Civil Rights Attorney for the Federal government.


Phaedra McIntosh, Esq.

Chief Operation Officer:

Phaedra McIntosh believes that good work is accompanied by a strong work ethic. Her mantra is: do your best and mentor your peers to do the same. In her circle, drive, ambition, and encouragement are stepping stones to an ever rising summit of greatness. Phaedra's happy grows from within; watered and fed with persistence, attention to detail, and high standards which are established benchmarks of getting the job done. She attended Bentley University in Waltham, Ma where she learned the art of multitasking and developed lasting friendships. She also attended New York Law School where she realized that sleep is a necessity and lack of sleep is inspiring.  Phaedra strives to be true to herself, both in friendships and the world at large.


Cheryl Boria

Chief Financial Officer:

Cheryl Boria attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY New Paltz College of Liberal Arts and Science, with a major in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. While at SUNY New Paltz, Cheryl was a part of the Black Student Union, and various student run organizations. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz, Cheryl began her legal career as a legal temporary paralegal and was eventually hired to work full-time as a Paralegal at a well-known Plaintiffs’ law firm in New York City. Cheryl has over 20 years of legal experience as a Senior Litigation Paralegal. As a Senior Settlement Litigation Paralegal, she assists in every aspect of a Class Action litigation, including invoicing and analyzing. She is a liaison between the claimants and the Claims Administrator. During her time as a Senior Settlement Paralegal, she was a member of the pro-bono immigration team who won asylum for a Ugandan man who was persecuted in his home country of Uganda. She is the Chief Financial Officer of Circle of Excellence, LLC and will assist in every financial aspect of the LLC. Cheryl is indeed a valuable financial asset to COE LLC as a whole.


Helen Torres Ramos, Esq.

Chief Administrative Officer:

Helen Torres Ramos was born in the heart of uptown Manhattan. She attended New York University, where she got her bachelor’s degree in Politics and Journalism, and then graduated with her JD from Albany Law School. While attending NYU she joined the Phi Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc, a Latina based sorority she is proud to still be a part of today.
Helen has a passion for helping her community. Helen believes that success can be achieved through hard work, vision and passion. She lives on the West Side of Binghamton, NY with her Husband and two kitties Gunther and Penelope.


Zakia Goldstone

Chief Communication Officer:

Zakia was born and raised in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, NY. She attended SUNY Stony Brook University as well as Empire State College, where she completed a dual degree in Marketing and Communications. Zakia has a passion  for people and all things fashion and beauty. She is a huge advocate for the upward movement of society through optimal communication and poise. She is a budding serial entrepreneur who owns a skin care and wellness company in the City of New York. She loves spending time with her family and friends, as they are the core in the foundation in who she has become.


Nadia McIntosh

Chief Innovation Officer:

Nadia McIntosh is driven, brilliant, and a goal setter. She studied at Hofstra and earned a degree in Television Production. She honed her skills in creating and executing new ideas. As the Chief Innovator, she is looking for avenues to guide the company towards fresh and exciting new goals.

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