GreyNickel Inc. was created as a supporter of Kinship Families. Our family members have been working on keeping families together for years. In the early 1950’s our Grandmother took in a friend’s son because she could no longer care for all her children, which is now considered Fictive Kin. Over the years our family have been Relative Placements, Foster Parents, Kinship Placements and Adoptive Parents. Our family has first-hand experience about the help that is needed to care for families that are going through a transition with other family members. Our Non-profit was formed to provide programs that give guidance and resources to help kinship families make the adjustment.

 

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Victoria Gray- Founder and Executive Director of GreyNickel Inc.

Victoria Gray has over 25 years in the kinship and foster care industry. Victoria became a Relative placement for a grandchild in 1993, a Foster Parent of 41 children and adopted 7 grandchildren. She serves on Duet’s Grandparent’s Dream and Advisory Team; Steering Committee Member with the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors; and a member of the Arizona Kinship Coalition. She worked as a Kinship Intake Specialist and helped kinship families get licensed through Foster Care to obtain benefits for the children in their care. She has advocated for many years at the Arizona Capitol with State Representatives and Senators to enact change.

Victoria has received the 2017 Generations United Grandfamilies Award; awarded Special Recognition for dedication to helping Kinship Families in March 2019 from Angela Ducey, First Lady of the State of Arizona and from the Casey Family Foundation the 2020 Casey Excellence for Children Award.

GreyNickel Inc. currently has two programs, KinshipHelp55 and Invisible Kinship Families, which gives families services and resources that are needed to help make kinship families successful.

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 Vincent Nicholes- Assistant Director

Vince Nicholes is a Regional Development Manager with over 20 years of experience in the communications industry.  He currently oversees the expansion and fortification of T-Mobile’s wireless capabilities for the western United States. Within the community, Vince has led many efforts to help improve the lives of Phoenix residents. He has organized fundraisers for Title 1 students as well as sat on the boards of the Young Professionals of the Phoenix Symphony, Gamma Mu Educational Services and the Sphinx Educational Fund. God is also a key part of Vince’s life.  Vince recently served as the Facilitator of one of the largest Children’s Church services in Phoenix.  He also directs a mentorship program for young men and serves as a teacher to both adults and children whenever called upon. Vince and his wife Ericka are active foster parents and the proud parents of Ayanna, TaMara, Jalen. Emmett and Moon.

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Vaughn Nicholes- Communications

Vaughn Nicholes is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Vaughn brings over 30 years of communications experience to GreyNickel Inc. His close ties to Kinship Families and their struggles inspires him to connect with different communities and organizations to help guide them to the help they need. 

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Berisha Black - Director of Programs 

Berisha Black is an alumnus of the foster care system where she spent 15 years in care and then aged out. Her last foster parent loved the mess out of her and became her Grandmother. Berisha is a prime example of resiliency; by overcoming her obstacles she has been a public speaker, trainer and role model for others. She graduated from CAL State University, Los Angeles with her bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is the Executive Director of AZ Foster Care Initiatives, which equips the church to serve the vulnerable and offers a variety of trainings on becoming foster/adoptive parents and trauma. She has been an advocate on foster care issues locally and nationally, sharing her ideas for change and the importance of permanency. Berisha has used her expertise to impact public policy, and helped create several key programs for youth in the system.

Advisory Team Members

Cecelia Crawley

Ursula Garza

Sherry Griffin

John Hicks

In Loving Memory of Lauri Devine