Meet the 2017 Augusta Fellows
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Lia Abney, Management Analyst, USAG Fort Gordon
Ms. Abney is a veteran and federally employed with over 20 years of government service. Her current position as a Management Analyst includes subject matter expert in demographics, business processes, strategic planning and customer management relationship. She is a 2008 graduate from University of Phoenix with a Masters in Management and Public Administration and is currently pursuing her doctorate with Walden University in Public Policy and Administration with emphasis in Leadership. Ms. Abney is also a business and career consultant, motivational speaker and published author. Ms. Abney’s passion is teaching and sharing knowledge, specifically to teens (7th – 12th Grade). She is the founder of Victory Leadership Group, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers workshops that prepare teens for success as they transition from high school into the workforce using a Character Life Skills curriculum as the foundation for learning. Ms. Abney also offer workshops designed and tailored for adults and small businesses through community collaborated efforts. Her desire as an NLC Augusta fellow is to be connected to the community to advocate change to social issues that affects the wellbeing of families and as an supporter of small businesses across the CSRA and nationally. She is the mother of three and resides in Hephzibah, GA.
Erik Adams, Hospital Operations Manager, US Army
Erik Adams is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and has resided in Augusta, GA for the last two and a half years. He holds a Bachelor in Health Care Administration from Ashford University and a Master in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). Erik was inducted by the UIW into the National Society of Leadership and Success due to his major accomplishments in the military and outstanding grade point average. Erik is currently serving the US Army as a Hospital Operations Manager with a career of 17-years of service. During his 17-year career, Erik has participated in several overseas tours that include Germany, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Poland, Greece, Belize, South Korea and two combat tours in Iraq. He has attended several military leadership courses, the most recent being the Senior Leaders Course. Erik has held numerous leadership roles in his career to include a special duty assignment as an Instructor at the Medical Education & Training Campus. Erik Adams is currently the Co-leader and volunteer coordinator for wear blue: run to Remember-Augusta, GA. A none profit organization that honors the service and sacrifice of our fallen service members by running in their memory. This running group supports the city of Augusta in several significant events throughout the year and the ongoing mission of keeping the local parks clean. Erik's goals include earning a Ph.D. in Law and Public Service, begin a career where he can strongly advocate for Veterans and continue to spread the mission of wear blue: run to remember nationwide.
Triyoko Boatwright, Patient Experience Coordinator, Augusta University Health System
Triyoko Boatwright is a native of Thomson, GA. She holds a Master of Business from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She is currently pursuing her Master of Practical Ministry at Erskine University in Due West, South Carolina. She is employed with Augusta University Medical Center where she serves as a Patient Experience Coordinator. In her current position at Augusta University she serves as a liaison between the health system and the patient satisfaction vendor Press Ganey Associates, Inc. to analyze process improvement. In addition to coordination of the patient satisfaction surveying process, she partners with leadership, front line staff, patients and families to implement best practices to enhance patient experiences. Triyoko is also a minster, teacher and motivational speaker. She is a member of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist church located in Augusta, Georgia where she serves as Associate Minster and Facilitator of Women of Royalty small group. Her passion and zeal for Christ and people has her on a mission to impact and transform the lives of men, women, boys and girls. Triyoko enjoys spending time with her family and close friends but also remains devoted to serving her community. She is married to Johnnie Boatwright; together they have a blended family of five children.
KaBria Broadwater, Personal Banker, Wells Fargo
KaBria D. Broadwater, Founder, Kapture Your Krown Inc. KaBria D. Broadwater is the daughter of Thomas and Angela Broadwater. She is the youngest of her siblings. KaBria is a native of Augusta, Georgia and an Augustus R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School Alumnus and a former Rosa T. Beard Debutante. KaBria Broadwater, a graduate of Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a concentration in Business currently works at Wells Fargo helping customers meet their financial goals and priorities and setting customers up for financial success. KaBria is also the founder of Kapture Your Krown. Kapture Your Krown is an organization that helps build self worth in young ladies through group mentoring and a social media platform. KaBria has taken all of her life lessons she has learned from past mistakes and turned it into a positive. KaBria makes it her job to help young ladies deal with depression, forming a relationship with God, relationships/friendships, peer pressure, education and many other things that happen in everyday life that young ladies deal with. KaBria wants to empower young ladies and help them find their voice and to become productive new leaders/citizens and help build up a new generation of leaders who will make change and make a big impact whether in the CSRA or any other area. KaBria one day plans to work her organization full time and be able to reach young ladies all over the world. KaBria has many plans for her organization and is excited to execute all of them. KaBria strives to be an active part of the solution for the CSRA. KaBria plans to use her economic background to help build community capacity, develop and enhance the local economy, infrastructure and services and work with the community members to build shared visions of the future and make the CSRA more appealing to young business professionals such as herself.
Elizabeth Brown, Social Worker, Augusta University
Elizabeth Hope Brown is a Social Worker at The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Department of Psychiatry & Health Behavior. Brown works with women and men with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders who are at-risk or living with HIV. As a treatment navigator, she helps individuals navigate medical and social services environments, remove related barriers to care, and provide practical and emotional support. Elizabeth is the founder of Lyzee’s Hope, a non-profit platform dedicated to inspiring women and building healthy families. Brown is an Entrepreneur, and Self-published Author of “And On The 7th Day, She Rests…” Elizabeth is an Empowerment Speaker with over 20 years of community development experience serving in faith based organizations, social services, communities, and schools. Brown started in grass roots organizations she grew up in as a child and immediately took on leadership roles as a trainer, teacher, mentor, and coach. Elizabeth loves to read and travel. Her life goals include visiting each of the United States, stamping all of the pages of her passport, and sprinting 400 meters with her daughter. Elizabeth is a graduate of Sacramento City College with an Associate of Arts in Social Services Community Development, Sacramento, CA, and Augusta State University, Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology minor, Augusta, GA. Elizabeth is a and Member of the Ryan White Consortium, World AIDS Day Committee Augusta Chapter, and Beulah Grove Baptist Church where she has served as conference workshop facilitator, Sunday School teacher, and participated in the Women’s Demonstration worship choir.
Lisa Coleman, Sr. Computer Support Analyst, Project Services Group
Lisa Coleman is a Chicago native and has lived in Augusta for over 20 years. As a government contractor, she has worked as a Senior Computer Support Analyst at Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC as well as an Instructor for Augusta Technical College. Coleman has a MS in Computer Information Systems and has used her wealth of knowledge to help in the community. Coleman has worked with national and local organizations to build programs that increase computer literacy. One of her biggest passions is exposing youth to career fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Coleman also lends her time and talent to increasing the number of leaders within the community. As an active member of Toastmasters, she works to build new clubs in the area and teaches leadership courses to local companies. In Toastmasters, she has served as a Club Officer, Club Sponsor and Area Director. At Augusta Technical College she teaches the Leadership for New and Emerging Leaders Series. Additionally, Coleman works with small business owners helping them identify their strategic advantage and brand. She has the ability to work with very diverse clients and staff. Overall, she can be described as very strategic and solution focused when resolving issues. Coleman is married with children and serves as Secretary on the Board of Faith Outreach Church in Augusta GA.
Deborah Collier, Implementation Specialist, ADP (Automatic Data Processing)
Deborah Collier is a results-oriented, highly motivated Implementation Specialist for Automatic Data Processing (ADP), a Human Capital Management Company located in the city of Augusta, GA. With a 9- year progressive record in customer relations, she adds value to her company by developing electronic connections between ADP’s flagship HR information system, Workforce Now and their third party insurance vendors. Deborah’s service as the first President for the company’s Augusta Toastmasters club gained public recognition for both the organization and the community. This club is aligned with the international organization which permitted her to move beyond ADP as the Area Director supporting five clubs within Augusta, North Augusta, and Waynesboro. Her experience was shared and mentorship skills enhanced through the responsibility in assisting Area Clubs in their effective communication and leadership skills development. In this role, she was asked to Chair the District’s annual fall conference held at the Augusta Marriott. This was one of her most noted leadership development roles. Through this conference, she was recognized as an Augusta Champion for generating quick revenue for the visitor’s bureau. She was also invited to be keynote Speaker for the Augusta Chamber of Commerce Women in Business 2011 December luncheon. Equally beneficial to her professional growth, Deborah was employed with the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) as a Community Resources Specialist. Her primary responsibility was to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other agencies and community organizations along with a comprehensive public relations program promoting DFCS programs and customer needs. While serving as the New Member Orientation Facilitator for her church, Faith Outreach Church Augusta, Deborah realized her passion for counseling and training. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management at Brenau University, Augusta Campus and plans to work on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Her greatest desire is to become a motivational speaker and start a substance and alcohol treatment center for women in Augusta.
Brittany Dixon, Counselor/Tutorial Coordinator, Paine College TRIO Upward Bound
Brittany N. Dixon, a passionate young professional, believes that everyone deserves to dream and the opportunity to pursue it! An advocate of seeing people win in life, Brittany enjoys motivating and coaching others to success, especially young adults and women. She believes that faith, vision, hard work, and service are the keys to greatness! Her life mission is “To use the powerful tool of education to empower others, increase equality and equity, and capitalize on entrepreneurial opportunities to improve other’s well-being”. A proud native of Augusta, Georgia, Brittany is an enthusiastic alumnae of Lucy C. Laney Comprehensive High School and the Paine College TRIO Upward Bound Program. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in human resources from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Public Administration from Augusta State University (now Augusta University). Brittany began her career in education as a Grants Coordinator and Compliance Specialist at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA. In these positions, Brittany strengthened her administration skills through managing the organization’s human resources and many federal, state, and foundation grants. In June 2013, Brittany began her dream job as the Counselor for the Paine College TRIO Upward Bound Program. TRIO Upward Bound is designed to motivate first-generation students to pursue their dreams through the achievement of post-secondary education. It is this very same Program that Brittany credits for not only making a way for her to achieve her higher education goals, but most importantly for planting the seed of desire to help students from similar backgrounds access the same goals. She believes that TRIO is truly a calling and is humbly grateful to mentor, influence, serve, and inspire the future generation. Brittany is a Christian and is overwhelmingly excited about growing in her purpose to serve others. She is an active member of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church and enjoys volunteering in her local community. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP) and the Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel (GASPP) where she serves as a committee member and is the State Secretary-Elect for the 2017-2019 term. Brittany’s interest include learning, traveling, reading, shopping, and watching sports. She is steadily creating a legacy of growth and greatness as a humble “bricklayer” for the foundation of the future one spirit at a time.
Carisa Freeman, Human Resources, Professional Augusta University
Carisa Freeman is a native of McCormick, SC. She currently resides in North Augusta, SC and is a Human Resources Professional for Augusta University. She holds a Master of Human Resources Development from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She also obtained a Bachelors of Organizational Leadership from Anderson University in Anderson, SC. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Carisa is very passionate about serving others and giving back to her community. A future goal for Carisa is to help others reach their full potential by starting a mentoring program for young women, particularly single mothers. This program would help women enhance their professional development skills for personal and professional growth. She also plans on pursing a Doctorate of Education with a Major in Adult and Career Education degree at Valdosta State University this upcoming August. She is a member of Bethany Baptist Church of Clarks Hill, SC where she serves as an officer of the Women’s Ministry. Her interests are watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends
Ebony Hicks, Human Resource Manager Global Personnel Solutions, Inc. & Business Solutions Consultant, PBI
Ebony Brown Hicks has served in the Human Resource Management industry for over ten years. She founded PBI to provide business consulting to small businesses that need assistance through strategic planning and technological enhancements. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she currently serves as a National Committee Member of the National Technology Committee and Chair for the Augusta Alumnae Chapter Technology, Information and Communications Committee. She is also a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, a graduate of the United Way of the CSRA Loaned Professional Training Program, and has served on the Glenn Hills High School Business & Computer Science Department Advisory Committee Board. Hicks was born in Augusta, GA and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing/ Sales Management from Georgia Southern University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix.
Tonjanika Jackson, Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Educator, Jacksons Counseling Services and Department of Juvenile Justice
Tonjanika Jackson initially started her early education in Gary, Indiana however; she contributes most of her former education to the great state of Alabama. Tonjanika Jackson has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both Psychology and Sociology from The University of West Alabama, and also a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of West Alabama. She later completed her Doctorate Degree in General Psychology from Capella University. Additionally, possesses an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership from Liberty University, and is certified to teach both General and Special Education in various grade levels and subject areas. Dr. Jackson has over 17 years of experience in counseling and in providing therapeutic services within inpatient and outpatient facilities, while using various empirically validated therapeutic approaches with both children and adults. She is currently a Licensed Practicing Counselor via the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors and is also an Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomat via the Alcohol and Drug abuse Certification Board of Georgia. Dr. Jackson’s current mission is to promote and implement programs to serve any population of individuals, whether they are youth or adults, who are in need or who are considered “at risk”. Dr. Jackson specifically views her philosophy of life as it relates to helping others, as a way of thinking about life's choices, problems, and their resolution. Subsequently, this translates into highlighting the importance of helping others to understand that they do not have to be a negative product of their environmental or societal situations.
Jordan Johnson, Youth Development Professional, Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA
Jordan Johnson is a Youth Development Professional for the Boys and Girls Club of the CSRA and currently serves as president of the Young Democrats of Augusta and Political Director of the Young Democrats of Georgia. Since the age of 12, Jordan has dedicated himself to serving his Augusta community through ministry, youth advocacy, community organizing, and political action. Johnson currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Richmond County Democratic Party, East Georgia State College Ambassador, Citizens Advisory Board Member (Richmond County Sheriffs Office), School Council Chairman for Goshen Elementary School, Executive Director of the CSRA artin Luther King Jr. Observance Committee, and Youth Pastor at Faith International Transformation Center. Johnson has received public honors for his service, most recently, the 2016 WNRR Gospel "Community Together as One" Award. In his spare time, Johnson enjoys playing basketball, jogging, golfing with friends, and watching WWE. Johnson was born in East Augusta, Georgia as the youngest son of Wesley Tibbs, a warehousing and distribution lead-man, and Monica Johnson, a nursing student at Augusta State University. He is the “middle child” with one brother and two sisters. Johnson is a proud graduate of Cross Creek High School.
Stephanie Nichols, Owner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist SBN Counseling Services, LLC
Stephanie Nichols is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia. As a Clinical Social Worker, Stephanie provides mental health therapy to individuals with a variety of concerns ranging from anxiety and depression to dealing with life changes and everyday stressors. She has been working in the mental health sector since 2009 and has held a variety of positions since then. Her experience is vast and includes working in an inpatient hospital, juvenile detention center, and for an employee assistant program agency (EAP). After recognizing a great need for therapists in the Augusta area, Stephanie formed SBN Counseling Services, LLC in 2015. Since its inception, SBN Counseling Services has provided top notch mental health therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Stephanie also uses her business as a platform to raise awareness of prevalent mental health concerns. Stephanie earned a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville Campus) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (BSFCS) from The University of Georgia. She goes to Athens whenever she gets a chance! Outside of providing therapy, you can find Stephanie outdoors, at a yoga class, or even studying French. Stephanie is married and makes her home in Evans.
Qiana Thomas,SaaS Implementation Consultant, ADP
Georgia born native, Qiana Thomas received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems from Georgia Southern University and her Masters of Business Administration degree from Keller DeVry University. Qiana has over 10 years of experience in Technology to include travel to train end-users on the use of technology as well as the implementation of client database systems. She currently operates as an Implementation Consultant for ADP where she has lead the team in multiple project pilots, process revisions, and team trainings. In addition to her professional endeavors, Qiana is passionate about our youth in the community and in 2004 created a youth mentoring program for young girls ages 9-17 called Soul Inspirations; the purpose of Soul Inspirations is to inspire and empower our young girls to become leaders. Qiana also volunteers in the youth ministry at her church. Qiana hopes that her passion for youth and education will lead her to establish additional businesses that will incorporate fun learning activities for our youth in the realm of Science and Technology. Qiana is a devout wife and mother to two young children; she enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with family and friends. She is self-motivated, but empowered by those that have made a great impact in the world.
Constance Wallace, Military & Family Life Counselor, MHN
Constance Wallace was born in Savannah, Ga and was raised in Effingham County. Constance received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She immediately attended graduate school and obtained a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Ms. Wallace is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Ms. Wallace began focusing on Domestic Violence during her practicum and internship at Haven House. Ms. Wallace worked with both children and adults dealing with violence. Ms. Wallace continued her career in counseling by working with families dealing with substance abuse. Ms. Wallace transitioned to specifically working with trauma as a Psychotherapist/Forensic Interviewer/Forensic Evaluator at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Ms. Wallace conducted hundreds of forensic interviews and testified as an expert witness for several counties in the state of Georgia. While working with survivors of child sex trafficking, Ms. Wallace attended training at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In addition to working intensely with sexual trauma survivors, Ms. Wallace has worked with military service members and their families for almost 10 years. Ms. Wallace is also dedicated to serving her community. She currently serves as Vice President of the Augusta Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC). She is President-elect for the 2017-2018 year for NAASC Augusta Chapter. She also serves as the Chair of Communications, Press & Publicity for the Georgia NAACP. Ms. Wallace's leadership and commitment to her clients and community is beyond reproach. Her involvement with the community has increased throughout the years, and she will continue to be a source of leadership to organizations with the additional knowledge she will acquire from NLC.