Our Team



India 1 1 17 pic (1) copyIndia Rochelle Rice, Creator and Organizer

India Rochelle Rice is the owner of Rochelle Salon Suites, located at the Shoppes at University Place. She created Rochelle in recognition of the need for talented beauty professionals to become entrepreneurs in their art form; a successful entrepreneur herself she has been committed to helping others achieves success in business. She holds a BA degree in Communication and an MBA in Business Administration. Her career includes over 10 years in compensation management and project management for prominent Wall Street brokerage firms.

India is also a Zumba instructor and teaches classes for Fitness Connection and independently at the Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center. She has used her platform in the fitness industry to support community programs and promote wellness; annually, she organizes fundraisers for Barber Scotia College, has participated in events to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s and End Domestic Violence campaigns, and was instrumental in developing a wellness program for Steele Creek AME Zion Church. She also works with the Huntersville Park and Recreation summer youth programs teaching dance.

India was recognized for her entrepreneurship by Time Warner Cable as a recipient of the 2014 “Small Business, Big Impact Award” and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Empire Beauty School – Pineville/Matthews location.




patPatricia Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator and Stage Manager

Patricia Johnson was born in Wilmington, NC. She received her B.A. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2012, and her M.S. in Human Services/Leadership Development at Liberty University in 2014. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University.

She is a mother of 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls, and a proud grandmother of 7 wonderful grandkids. She loves God and his people. Her passion is helping others especially teens and adolescents. Her goal is to one day own and operate her own private practice counseling center specializing in teens and adolescents.

She currently serves and assist with the teens at her local church. She is an active member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and Toastmasters International Club.




HicksAlan Hicks, Audiovisual Manager

Native New Yorker, Alan Hicks has more than 40 years in media and communications. Despite many years in the business, his enthusiasm for the work he performs everyday remains undiminished. He has worked in theatre and television production, graphic design, community, public and media relations. For 10 years he worked as a professional corporate photographer, videographer, and audio, visual specialist for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey up until his recent retirement in 2016.

His photographs explored the New York/New Jersey region from the aerial view atop the tallest spire in the Western Hemisphere – the World Trade Center – to the towers of the George Washington Bridge.  He has delved beneath the Hudson River to reach the dark recesses of PATH rail tunnels and through his lens, he has witnessed first-hand hundreds of historic visits to the New York and New Jersey region – everyone from the royal couple to the Pope and President of the United States.  His early ambition was to be a graphic artist and work on comic books, but instead he chose a more journalistic direction.

Alan received a Bachelor’s degree from Parsons School of Design and earned a Master’s in Media Studies from the New School.  Alan is now a freelance photographer working in the New York/New Jersey area. He is also a part-time professor at the College of New Rochelle in New York.  In his spare time he keeps in shape by teaching Judo at Bronx Judo and Martial Arts in his hometown.

An affable and outgoing guy by nature, Alan sums up his creative vision this way:  “I like dynamic lines.”  He says, “I want to see my work explode off the page.  I always try to make my pictures magical!”