Exit Plan Symposium


Learn more about our Exit Plan Symposium speakers and how their experience may help you navigate your family’s situation.

Tuawana Braxton Pridgen

Owner, Pridgen Funeral Home

Tuawana Braxton Pridgen is the owner and managing mortician of Pridgen Funeral Home. She has been in the industry for 27 years and is licensed in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. Tuawana is a founding member of the Fembalmers charitable organization. Her dedication and commitment to serving families who have lost loved ones has earned her the utmost respect from her colleagues and the community.

Phone:  301-577-9455 
Email: pridgenfuneralservice@gmail.com
Website: www.pridgenfuneralservice.com

Ernest Burley Jr.

Founder, Burley Insurance and Financial Services

Ernest Burley Jr. founded the financial services firm Burley Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., in 1997. He manages millions of dollars for clients nationwide, creates comprehensive financial plans and provides various insurance products to help clients meet their needs. Ernest has published two books on money management – “Money Management: Easy as 1, 2, 3” and “Money Management: From Grade School to Grad School.”

Phone: 301-262-2600
Email: ernest@ernestburleyjr.com
Website: www.ernestburleyjr.com

Rhonda D. Green

Funeral Services Manager, First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Rhonda D. Green has been employed with FBCG since 1996. She serves as the funeral services manager, assisting families with celebrating the life of their loved ones. Rhonda also dedicates her time to guiding families through end-of-life decisions. Additionally, she is the CEO of My Exit Plan, a company that focuses on helping families prepare their final wishes. Rhonda is the author of a newly released book, “My Exit Plan.”

Phone: 301-773-3600
Email: funerals@fbcglenarden.org
Website: www.fbcglenarden.org

Dimitra Johnson

Superintendent, Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

Dimitra Johnson works diligently for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, serving veterans and their families at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery. With more than 20 years of customer service experience, Dimitra understands that small acts of kindness and details matter. She wants the cemetery to remain a hallowed ground for veterans and a place of solace for their loved ones.

Phone: 301-372-6398
Veteran Benefits: 1-844-698-2311
Website: www.veterans.maryland.gov

The Honorable Cereta A. Lee

Prince George’s County Register of Wills

The Honorable Cereta A. Lee, a longtime resident of Prince George’s County, was elected as the register of wills on Nov. 7, 2006. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. Making history in Prince George’s County, Mrs. Lee became the first African-American to hold the position of register of wills. Her objective is to reach out to the community to make residents aware of the services offered by the Register of Wills Office.

Phone: 301- 952-3250
Website: www.registers.maryland.gov

Shakisha Morgan

Esq., The Griffin Firm, PLLC

Shakisha Morgan, Esq., is an activist, educator and attorney at The Griffin Firm, PLLC. She empowers communities by helping individuals, families and business owners create, protect and transfer wealth through estate  planning. She also facilitates workshops to educate others on topics such as: legacy creation through estate planning; multi-generational wealth and millennial wealth building,; and the benefits of investment in Black communities, businesses and social ventures. Shakisha is a board member of the Prince George’s County Women’s Bar Association.

Phone: 1-855-574-8481
Website: www.thegriffinfirm-pllc.com 

James “AL” Reeves

CEO, Federal Benefits Experts

James ” AL” Reeves joined the federal government as a senior benefits specialist in the Retirement Benefits Service Department over 25 years ago. He retired in 1995 as retirement claims benefits supervisor and branch manager for the Social Security Administration. He later established his own business, Federal Benefits Experts. Since that time, he has provided services to several federal agencies.

Phone: 301-627-2725
Email: aljoy2005@aol.com
Website: www.fedbenexperts.com

Lisa D. Sloane

Market Director for MD/DC, Dignity Memorials (Harmony Cemetery)

Lisa D. Sloane is a family and community service director at National Harmony Memorial Park in Hyattsville, Md., servicing families for over 17 years. Her service includes facilitating arrangements for families who have experienced a death and providing peace of mind for families who saw the benefits of securing pre-need arrangements. Lisa also participates in community events where she educates families on a topic that most shy away from.

Phone: 301-772-0900
Email: lisa.sloane@dignitymemorial.com
Website: www.nationalharmonymemorialpark.com

Diana Varela

Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Diana Varela began her career in 1995 with the Social Security Administration as a bilingual service representative in New Orleans, La. She was promoted to a Title II claims representative in August 1999; transferred to the Wheaton, Md., Social Security field office in May 2000; and finally, became a field representative in 2012.

Phone: 800-772-1213
Website: www.SSA.gov