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In addition to managing a private practice with active contracts with local teams and individuals, I also give back to the community.  As Volunteer Executive Director for the Grant D Knowledge Foundation (GDK), I continuously seek to foster new and existing relationships with various community partners. Developing and implementing community-based programs specific to the needs of youth, adolescents, and emerging adult populations are the core initiatives of GDK.  As ED, I have successfully secured 501c3 status for the organization to support attainment of financial support to effect change in the lives of targeted youth. The organization has awarded a number of financial scholarships to college-bound youth, funded community-based grants to support community partner initiatives, hosted community events for youth in several states, and provided motivational speaking services for schools and other host organizations.

I previously served on the Playmakers board to support the initiatives of Playworks Georgia chapter to empower children with play while improving school climate, reducing bullying, increasing social-emotional learning, and increasing time for learning. My role of ambassador of the organization was fulfilled through fundraising, events, networking, volunteering and general advocacy of the Playworks organizational mission.


I am a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology  (AASP) where I have served as a student delegate (Mentorship Match Program Chair; Performance Excellence Movement). Currently, I serve as Co-Chair for the Association's Nominations Leadership & Development Committee, as well as longstanding member of the Ethics Committee.  I participate in a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to include: Former Coordinator for the Race, Ethnicity & Sport, Adaptive Sport & Physical Activity, Anger & Violence in Sport and Women in Sport. I have also facilitated presentations and workshops covering a number of topics involving Women in Sport, Disability and Sport, and Racial/Ethnic Issues in the Culture of Sport Psychology.  I am one the Association's former recipients of the Student Travel Award in recognition of students seeking to present their many sport psychology-related works. 


I am also a current member of the American Psychological Association (Division 47 - Exercise & Sport Psychology; Division 45 - Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and former member of it's state-subsidiary the Georgia Psychological Association where I served on a number of committees (Early Career Psychologists, Public Education Committee and the Diversity Directorate).    



I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in African & African-American Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while subsequently earning my Master of Science Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Since then, I have earned my Doctorate in Psychology Degree with a concentration in Sport & Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies where I was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the University President's Diversity Scholarship Award where I successfully defended my dissertation entitled- "Minority, Student and Athlete: Understanding the Multiracial Division I Intercollegiate Athlete's Ascribed Meanings of the Experience of Stereotype Threat."


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors and the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for LPCs; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification; Board Certified TeleMental Health Counselor with the Center for Credentialing & Education; Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute; Level V Yoga Instructor with YogaFit Training Systems; Addiction Recovery Group Facilitator with SMART Recovery; and certified trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance to provide coach certification workshops nationally. 


I received supervision/Consultation with Dr. Kensa Gunter and completed requirements to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant as recognized by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. I am eligible to apply for the US Olympic Committee Registry of Sport Psychology Providers. I have co-authored chapters  in recent sport psychology books that contribute to the growth of our field.