LaShaun Wright founder & executive director
LaShaun is a mentor and a mother, a poet and a playwright, an author and an advocate. Originally from Long Island, New York, LaShaun moved to Atlanta in 1992 and eventually fell in love with the “A”. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice, both from Georgia State University. Her love and passion for people is evident in her work with youth, young adults and women. She currently serves as the Chair of the Policy Council for Sheltering Arms, a non-profit education institution for early learning. As LaShaun continues to walk in her purpose, her prayer is that her words and her life experiences have the ability to evoke and awaken the inner person and cause us, to honestly examine and positively influence the world around us.
Kenya Parmes communications & marketing director
Kenya is a mother of 4, energetic entrepreneur, and resident of Douglasville, GA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her passion has always been to work with teens and young adults in dealing with life matters. She is the former editor and graphic designer of online, Christian magazine, Vertical, and has organized 5 Women of Influence Conferences in her hometown of Chattanooga, TN.
D'Andrea Fanning strategic planning & compliance director
D’Andrea was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Georgia State University, and will continue her education by pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Christian Ministry. She is passionate about spending time with her family and friends, traveling, singing, and working with young adult women seeking to live an intentional life.
Yonna Daniel resource & program development director
Yonna Daniel is a life-long learner and sought out with a clear mission to understand how the mind works and the impact of society on such. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 1997. In advancing her education, Daniel completed a Master of Education (2001), a Specialist of Education (2009), and topped it off with a Doctorate of Education in 2017. Dr. Daniel is currently an educator within the Atlanta Public School System. She serves her local community through activism, and also volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on the Public Policy and Education teams. After battling her personal struggles with suicidal ideations and depression, Daniel is ready to embrace all of life’s opportunities. Her axiom on life is, “The week ahead is a week of victory.”