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Superwoman Project New Jersey presents a panel discussion with local professionals about the status and importance of reproductive justice in the New Jersey area.
Workshop on preventing maternal, infant mortality and the benefits of doula support.
Interactive fitness workout for mothers to stay in shape and healthy
A workshop on the important relationship between breastfeeding, nutrition
Helping moms in understanding and overcoming postpartum depression.
Helping moms in understanding and overcoming postpartum depression.
Brooklyn based Doula, Childbirth Educator, Minister, Officiant and youth worker, Patricia Thomas is a mom who currently serves families in the 5 boroughs. She brings 15 years of Education and Human Development experience to her practice. Patricia firmly believes that building meaningful connections with her clients has greatly contributed to her success.
Crystal D. Charley-Sibley, MBA, proud wife, and mother began her journey of service with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a teenager. Throughout her volunteerism and professional career, strengthening her community through outreach, activism and advocacy have always been deeply embedded in her life’s work. Serving as the 2nd Vice-President and Annual Convention Chair of the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, Immediate Past President of the Southern Burlington County Branch of the NAACP, she continues to serve the Branch as the Women in NAACP Committee Chair. Also, the Director of Black Health Equity, for Salvation and Social Justice, Ms. Charley-Sibley is a well-respected, community activist, and organizer. Crystal, also a patient-advocate for Black maternal health and healthcare equity, is the Founder and CEO of Melanin and Motherhood. Through this platform, Crystal advocates for policies and legislation that will eliminate the disparities in Black maternal health, that result in high Black maternal morbidity, mortality, preterm birth, and Black infant mortality. Crystal is also a prenatal and postpartum doula. Ms. Charley-Sibley is a board member for the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, and serves as the Maternal Justice Subcommittee Co-chair for Thrive New Jersey. Her dedication and advocacy have also led to print, online, and television features in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Burlington County Times, the Grio, The Moorestown Sun, Front Runner New Jersey, The Trentonian, Fox29, and 6ABC, in addition to several awards. Crystal is also a proud legacy, and mother member of the Burlington County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, and member of the National Council of Negro Women
Bio - Erica has been working as a NASM certified trainer for over 3 years. Her passion for fitness was birthed from a place of hurt and rejection. After fighting her way through one of the toughest seasons in her life, Erica realized that she had a responsibility to help women live unapologetically. She believes that if women begin to put themselves first, everything and everyone will fall in place. Her mission is to inspire, motivate, and encourage those seeking to live life to the fullest. It does require time and hard-work, but who said hard-work can't be fun!
Montrella Cowan is the CEO of Affinity Health Affairs, a private therapy and life coaching practice that teaches women, men, and youth practical tools to overcome adversity and “step into their greatness!” She is the creator of online courses, including Healthy Love Formula: Black Women Transforming Their Relationship Destiny. She is also the author of several publications, including the international bestseller The Purse: An Essential Guide to Healthy Relationships. She lives and works in Washington, DC with her son Satcher. A licensed Psychotherapist and Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Transformational Life Coach, Montrella earned a Masters in Social Work from Howard University and holds a Bachelors in Social Work and Interdisciplinary Studies from Catholic University of America. Montrella is a renowned thought leader whose relationship expertise has been featured in Inspired Living TV, Essence Magazine, Radio One, NPR, NBC, ABC, and dozens of other local, regional, and national media outlets. If you’re ready to smash the past and co-create your future, Montrella can show you how. Visit her at Affinity411.com.
Valerie Clary Muronda, PhD, RNC-OB, is an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Nursing. She currently teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She received a diploma in nursing from Albert Einstein School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from La Salle University, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Nursing Science from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Clary-Muronda is passionate about educating young people about careers in the health professions and advocating for underserved populations. She currently serves as a Liaison at the United Nations, representing Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. In this role, she uses her position to advocate for people around the globe who lack access to healthcare and basic necessities. Passionate about educating the next generation of nurses, Dr. Clary-Muronda is the program coordinator for the Jefferson College of Nursing STEP-UP Program, a program that mentors high school students with an interest in the nursing profession. Dr. Clary-Muronda has authored publications covering topics such as neonatal resuscitation, cultural diversity, and Sigma at the United Nations, in addition to numerous presentations around the world. Dr. Clary-Muronda works tirelessly to connect nurses and other socially conscious healthcare professionals on a global level for the purpose of improving lives.
Show Jump Menu , shortcut⌘+JSkip to main content HQ Home Pings Hey!Notification inboxunread Activity My Stuff Find OFF Me Get help quick navQuick navBGH TECHNICAL OPERATIONS › Docs & Files › Superwoman NJ › Pre Show File… Last updated by Brittany A. on May 18 Dr. La'Tesha Sampson Dr. La’Tesha is the epitome of academic, philanthropic and social service excellence. This Roselle, New Jersey native has proven to possess the wisdom of the ages and the heart of a self-effacing leader. Dr. La’Tesha has been serving disenfranchised individuals and communities for over two decades and believes in helping others transform their thinking to change their lives. Dr. La’Tesha is the President and Founder of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services where she and her team of therapists provide innovative, therapeutic psychotherapy & life coaching services to thousands of individuals, couples, families, and groups each year. She is also the Chief Executive Officer at Erase the Divide, a NJ based nonprofit, aimed at eradicating the digital divide in communities of color.Dr. La'Tesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, author, grant -writer corporate and non profit trainer, and program facilitator. She loves to teach students and train them to be change agents in their communities. As a professor who has served in the Master of Social Work departments at the University of New England and Rutgers University, she is currently a professor at both the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the Kean University Department of Social Work. Dr. La’Tesha is a philanthropist and has partnered, sponsored, and assisted numerous nonprofit initiatives globally including programs in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Ghana, Mexico and Egypt. Each year she sponsors three NJ high school students with college or trade school scholarships. In the consultation portion of her business, Dr. La'Tesha has provided notable training and facilitator services to 55 nonprofit and for profit organizations. Dr. La'Tesha's community service includes a board membership position at Women of NJPAC. A Board Chair position at Rz the Flags, a Global Outreach Initiative focused on HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, human trafficking, and a Director of Business Development position at Women Operating in Opulence, a nonprofit financial literacy organization for women of color. Dr. La’Tesha Sampson has earned a Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Metropolitan College of New York, a Master's of Social Work from Kean University, and a Ph.D in Christian Counseling and Psychology from Northwestern Theological Seminary.
Latoya Pearson is a Regional Sales Manager for Nestlé Purina Petcare, where she is responsible for driving business, people and organizational development across the Eastern US region. A native of Gainesville, Florida, she attended Gainesville High School and is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Human Resource Management. Latoya authored “The 7 Step Transition From Student to Professional”. This Amazon-rated best-seller is a self-help guide for high school and college students seeking to enter the corporate world. She conducts seminars on leadership development and interview skills throughout the country and has consulted for several colleges and organizations. The Queen City Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. recently elected Latoya Pearson as Chapter President. Inducted as a member of the Queen City Metropolitan Chapter in 2010, Latoya has served in many leadership roles within the organization. She has most recently served as Third Vice President of Membership and Chapter Development, where she devoted herself to growing, recruiting and retaining prominent members of the organization. She has also served as Nominating Committee Chair, Communications Chair and Chair of My Sister’s Keeper Luncheon, a signature fundraising event which awards over $4,000 in college scholarships and honors six women for their outstanding service to the community annually. Latoya is a benevolent servant with the goal of helping others. She has served as a foster parent and continues to be a resource for the foster children. She has also served with several organizations, including West Mecklenburg High School Advisory Board, Management Education Alliances, FAMU Alumni-Charlotte Chapter, Urban League of Central Carolinas, Network of Executive Women-Carolina Chapter, and National Sales Network-Charlotte Chapter.
Kayla Lloyd has gained a passion for birth work after having her daughter back in 2019. After her birthing experience, she truly understood how important it was to having that additional support of a doula. Kayla started the pursuit through much research while she was pregnant and finally took the leap to become trained through Children & Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) as a Labor Doula, (HERBAL) as a Postpartum Doula, and Lactation Consultant (CLC). Kayla has an educational background in Psychology receiving her BA at Rowan University. Kayla is an aspiring doctoral student in the study of Clinical Psychology looking to focus her specific area of study on postpartum depression for women and men in urban communities. Upon completion, Kayla desires to open a Wellness Center to service her community and uplift and encourage all women especially women of color providing therapy and continuing to service the community with the services you have seen. Ms. Sims is the founder and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Ashakti Wellness & Yoga LLC as well as the Clinical Director. As a leading clinician in the field of mental health, she supervises budding wellness practitioners with a keen understanding of the total person. In addition, as a certified Hypnotherapist along with other specializations, Ms. Sims is skilled in assisting with resolving trauma and PTSD. Other areas of her work include smoking cessation, weight loss, stress/anxiety, women & sexual health, and past life regressions. Asha W. Sims' background in Chakra Therapy allows her to provide a grounded approach. The focus is the integration and balancing of core energy centers that affects development, growth, and mental health.
Fatima Heyward is the Reproductive Justice and Community Partnerships Manager at Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey and Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey. She believes in fighting for access to high-quality, affordable health care because everyone should have quality care regardless of race, income, status, or zip code. In her role, she formulates and implements expansion projects to deepen Planned Parenthood’s impact in communities with high sexual and reproductive health disparities through a reproductive justice lens. She leads proactive community engagement, key stakeholder cultivation, and supports programs to protect and expand access to reproductive health care and sexual health information in New Jersey. She is also the Thrive NJ Maternal Justice Subcommittee Co-chair, where she leads initiatives to raise awareness about maternal health, educate health care providers on factors that contribute to maternal deaths and encourage women, families, and providers to recognize and discuss maternal and child health outcomes. Fatima graduated Cum Laude in Communications from Rider University in 2015. During her time at Rider, she was selected for Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, and Rider Star Scholar. She is a proud sister of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and served as the Tau Kappa Chapter’s President for two years. In 2019, she was a recipient of the NAACP Visionary Leader Award, SJ Magazine’s Woman to Watch Award and SNJ Millennials 30 Under 30 Trendsetters Award. Additionally, Fatima was named in Insider NJ’s 2019 Top 100 Millennials. In 2020, Fatima was named in the South Jersey Journal’s African American Women Leaders in New Jersey, Insider NJ’s 2020 Top 100 Millennials, and Insider NJ’s 2020 African American Power List. This year, Fatima was named in Insider NJ’s African American Power List and was selected as a recipient for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Southern NJ Chapter 16th Annual Candace Women of Achievement Award.
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