Rhonda ThomasRhonda's commitment towards a healthy lifestyle began after her father and two brothers died of massive heart attacks and several members of her immediate family were diagnosed with various illnesses. She began researching alternative healthy eating habits that we as African Americans can make to prevent diseases that plague our cultural food choices.She started Rhon’sWay, Inc. in 1999 to motivate, inspire and enlighten women and young girls through various innovative methods to build self-esteem. Rhonda has hosted informational sessions at the African American Images Bookstore and has spoken at the African American Women’s Black Expo held at McCormick Place in Chicago. She has also had the opportunity to speak on panels with other nationally known Health Professionals.Rhonda holds a B.A. Degree with a minor in Social Work and a M.A. in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University and has spoken throughout the United States for organizations such as “Making It Count” a program that encourages High School students to prepare for college.She has had the pleasure of transforming lives through her workshops and presentations at the “Women’s Treatment Center” of Illinois.Rhonda has also invested her time and energy into helping to change women and young girl’s lives through coaching and mentoring in various programs as well as speaking and training while working for an Internationally known Cosmetic Company for over 7 years. Her presentations are always done with enthusiasm and fun and she attributes that to her love of sharing and giving information that has helped her to transform her own life.Rhonda wants to be known as a person that people can count on to help them to reach their personal goals and to advance their dreams.
lori2Lorie is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with 20+ years of process improvement and Organizational Development under that "black belt". She believes that looking at any return on investment, even an investment in your health, you must understand your value and be willing to do whatever is necessary to meet your needs for self-actualization. You are your most valuable asset.
 maat.std2Ma’at is a University of Illinois Alumni. She graduated with her BA in Psychology in 2001. She began her Graduate degree at Texas Southern University. Ma’at has gained experience in creating workshops geared toward parents becoming more professionally successful and being the best parent possible so they can produce and support academically-socially empowered children. She has worked with inner city families as a Substance Abuse Counselor providing workable recovery plans to all her clients at the time.Ma’at spent years working with Chicago Public Schools as substitute teacher, an attendance officer, and a parent advocate for 7 years, collectively. She has a strong desire to see families progress in life as functional as possible. Her personal experience growing up with foster siblings has given her hands on expertise in working with behaviorally and academically challenged children. She knows that most people who share her culture and ethnicity connect to music in a strong way, so through her musical messages she hopes to open the minds of parents as well as children worldwide to be enlightened and empowered.This culturally conscious woman has one child and another on the way which is her motivation to create a better existence within the inner city. All that Rhon’sWay offers is what she aspires to live daily and because of that she has a personal shared commitment to the vision and mission of Rhon’sWay.
shellShell has a BFA degree from Julliard and her professional credits include tours of Indonesia, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Sweden and Dubai. She has created dance and theater programs for National Louis Center for the Gifted, taught at the Taipei International Dance Festival, danced with the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, worked with Joffrey Ballet in New York, Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and has performed in Broadway and off Broadway Productions.For the past six years she has been sculpting bodies at Columbia College Dance Department, created curriculum for Praise and Worship Dance Companies, Co-Director of the Alvin Ailey Chicago Dance Camp and has founded “Dancing 2 Live” a program used in the Chicago Public School System to introduce children to movement in order to combat childhood obesity.
veronica austinVeronica is currently a Technology Integration Specialist/Lead Teacher with Chicago Public Schools. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Technology Education and Educational Leadership. During her 18 years as an educator, Veronica has always been motivated to use technology in the classroom. She has experienced many wonderful years as a classroom teacher and district-wide technology trainer for teachers and staff.While with CPS, Veronica has become proficient in many CPS district-wide technology initiatives in addition to certification on products and programs such as SMART & INTEL. Veronica has presented on technology integration at both state and national conferences including ISTE and ICE. She specializes in customizing training for schools to integrate multiple technologies within the curriculum.Through her continuous efforts as a SMART Certified Trainer and SMART Exemplary Educator, Veronica’s school has been spotlighted for technology by becoming the first SMART Showcase School in CPS.
akua2Akua holds a BA in Psycholgy and MA in Education-Inner City Sudies. She is currently a Program Manager for South Side Schools. She is involved in guidance projects for college preparation and risk reduction strategies for youth and adults. She works from a global perspective and has led several workshops: Teachers and Principals, Certified Life Coach, Facilitator for Project Butterfly and is the founder and president of Serenity Circle, a mentoring sisterhood organization. Her mission is to empower others with responsibility and accountability so that they can reach high and strive for their goals.
 

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