Trainee Highlight

Maggie Steele

MSW Student
maggie@youthcoachinginstitute.com

Maggie is our head of programs for Portland, OR. She is a student success coach and life coach for teens and young adults. She is also the author of "How I Got My S!*t Together" and contributes articles to various magazines in print and online. A native New Yorker, Maggie lived in Paris, France for three years and now resides in Portland, Oregon. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Maggie firmly believes that each and every one of us is entitled to a clean slate and a fresh start. As a certified Adolescent Life Coach, Career Coach, Mentor, and Youth Speaker she works with adolescents and young adults, guiding them as they reach for the stars and supporting them along the way. She has taught and coached adolescents and young adults from various backgrounds and believes that everyone is capable of realizing their dreams and finding fulfillment no matter what their past experiences may be.

"My dream is to instill the youth of today with the understanding that no matter what their background or past experiences may be, they can have a career they are passionate about, a fulfilling and healthy relationship with another individual, and live the life they want to live."

Maggie specializes in helping young adults help themselves so that they can build confidence, overcome limiting beliefs and make decisions that resonate with their own, personal values.

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Maggie Steele

Maggie Steele

MSW Student

Trudi Lebron

MS, PhD Social Psychology Student
trudi@scriptflip.org

Trudi is a PhD Social Psychology student with a MS in Psychology and BA in Theater. She has over 15 years of experience in youth services working at all levels including direct care, program coordination, and program management. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Services and Founder/Executive Director of ScriptFlip! a organization dedicated to transforming social narratives (scripts) about urban youth and urban communities. Her research interests surround youth development, student engagement, student success, and high-risk prevention.

As a young person she struggled with social pressures, didn’t do well in school, and ended up dropping out as a result of an unplanned pregnancy. Trudi says, "I do the work that I do in order to increase the chances of success for youth who are struggling with the pressures of adolescence. My goal in life is to help youth and young find their path, their mission, and their own success."

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Trudi Lebron

Trudi Lebron

MS, PhD Social Psychology Student

Davida I. Arnold

MS, BCC
davida@diarnold.com

Davida is a life coach for young adults, women, men, and couples. Her coaching specializations include personal development, relationship, and parenting. Davida has a Master of Science degree in pastoral counseling, and professional experience coaching and counseling children, youth, adults, and couples in private practice, organizational, and educational settings. She believes in coaching from a holistic perspective, tailors her coaching to meet her client’s individual needs, and incorporates spirituality into a client’s coaching if desired.

Why She Cares: Life doesn’t come with an instruction book! That’s why I coach. My passion is to help people learn to live by design, rather than live by default. Have you ever thought, “There’s got to be more to life for me than this,” “I wish things were different for me,” or “I wish I had a better relationship?” Having those thoughts doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong, that you don’t have a great life already, or that you can’t get the relationship you want. It just means that deep down inside you want more for your life, and you know you’re capable of achieving it. I believe it as well! I believe that everyone was created to live an abundant life, but sometimes we let the challenges of life block us from achieving our potential. I believe that life is not just about what happens to us but how we choose to respond to it.

Whether you want to improve your personal relationships, discover your purpose in life, excel professionally, or have peace and balance in your life, coaching is beneficial for achieving all of your life goals. I love helping and supporting my clients to achieve greater clarity on what it is they want for their lives, break barriers that hold them back, and create the lives they really want to achieve.

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Davida I. Arnold

Davida I. Arnold

MS, BCC

Willie Epting, Jr.

MBA

Willie Epting, Jr. is a youth trainer and coach committed to positively impacting the community with the core values of changing lives, strengthening families, and mentoring youth. He has a heart to help mentor youth through the healing process and provides empowerment tools to evoke positive change and encouragement. He extends to each client an individualized approach with an openness and truthfulness that best meets the needs of where you are in your struggle.

Willie appreciates and values the opportunity to mentor with youth and families at all stages of change, faiths, and backgrounds. Let him guide you in the journey to discovering your hope. “The power of change is within YOU to heal your mind, body and spirit.” Willie Epting, Jr.

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Willie Epting, Jr.

Willie Epting, Jr.

MBA

Keegan Kraemer

MS, PhD Organizational Psychology Student
keegan@youthcoachinginstitute.com

Keegan is head of programs in Fond du Lac, WI. She's currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Psychology, and holds a Master's in Organizational Psychology, and Bachelor's in Psychology. Her primary study focus is the role of stereotyping, prejudice, and stigma in motivation, performance, and treatment in the workplace. Keegan's primary career interests surround helping people to discover their true calling to realize their potential, and to understand how all areas of their life influence the other.  She is a member of the Psi Chi Honors Society, a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association, and Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.

Although considered a “good kid” until the age of 15, Keegan experienced at-risk behaviors first hand. As a teen she was involved with drug use, drinking, and a peer group that perpetuated the behavior. Once a young, single mother, Keegan can relate to the struggles of having to turn her life around and care for a child. Although she grew up in a middle-class family with supportive parents, she engaged in many high risk activities in which her parents were largely unaware. Her current mission is to support young people in their search for themselves and helping them realize that life is good, both in, and beyond the teen years.

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Keegan Kraemer

Keegan Kraemer

MS, PhD Organizational Psychology Student

Raina Patton

MS Counseling Student

Raina Patton received her Bachelors of Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas in Interdisciplinary Studies and Teaching Certification (4-8). She graduated Magma Cum Laud and was the recipient of the Northwood’s Women Club scholarship for women returning to higher education. Currently, Raina is working on a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling at Texas A & M University- Commerce and pursuing her LPC.

Raina works for Plano ISD at a Title I and bilingual elementary school. She holds an ESL Certification and extensive training for Gifted and Talented students. Her dedication to the emotional and academic education of youth is realized through her contributions to the education industry for over 15 years. Raina has also served as the director of Montessori and private preschools.

Raina’s personal family struggles growing up and the loss of her sister to drugs and alcohol spurred her desire to help youth understand their value and worth. Additionally, family dynamics and the environmental factors that contribute to unhealthy self-beliefs, dysfunction, and addiction are of special interest to Raina.

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Raina Patton

Raina Patton

MS Counseling Student

Olga G. Korobovskaya

MD

Olga holds a degree as a Medical Doctor with certifications in psychotherapy from Krasnoyarsk Medical University in Russia where she is originally from. She has continuing education in crisis prevention and intervention, handling chronic misbehavior, and successffuly managing strong willed and definant children. She has 15 years of experience in education since moving to the U.S.

Olga shared the following: "As a child I was alone. That was not just because I was the only child but because my family was quite different from others. Both of my parents were medical doctors and they worked for Unite Nation Health Organization far away from my home in the snowy Siberia. I was raised with the pressure of being “worthy” of my highly respected and advanced parents. I had no right for a mistake or weakness from the time I was eight. I learned to keep it to myself, to do the best in anything I was doing; and make lemon cake out of the lemons life tossed my way.

Striving for perfection, I graduated summa cum laude from the medical university; and have authored several published scientific papers. I was offered 3 positions as an assistant professor at my university immediately upon my graduation where I continued my medical career along with teaching generations of future medical doctors. During a time of great change in my former country, I continued to succeed and obtained valuable experience working for the Red Cross and with Fortune 500 companies. Coming to America, I adjusted fast to the new country’s requirements and established the “American dream” life in less than a decade while raising two children alone.

My unique experiences educationally, professionally and personally have created a determined person with a drive to succeed and a desire to share my experience and help those who come in touch with me. I am an expert in areas of human psychology and physiology and how to protect your personality and identity on the roads of life."

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Olga G. Korobovskaya

Olga G. Korobovskaya

MD

Bakali Mukasa

MS, PhD. Health Services Candidate
bmukasa@fhi-usa.org

The Founder and President of Face of Hope International in USA and Uganda, Bakali Mukasa is a social entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a community activist, a public speaker, a life coach, a proud winner of the 2013 prestigious Scholar of Change Award, and an ambassador of hope with an inclusive passion for serving underprivileged populations. Bakali’s works and life story has touched and helped many people to begin new and rewarding chapters in their lives.

Born to uneducated and impoverished family in Katosi a remote village in central Uganda, Bakali lived and endured what he called a “miserable childhood” but he was never distracted by the circumstances that surrounded him from dreaming big about the future. His parents being so poor to pay for his education was not an excuse for Bakali to drop out of school, instead he resorted to child labor at age nine, doing odd jobs (collect water on his head for sale, worked on farms around his village, washed dishes at local restaurants and as a minibus fare collection assistant) to raise tuition for his elementary and high school education. With a B.A in social sciences, a master’s of science MS in procurement and supply chain management, and about to finish his PhD. in Health Services, Bakali has no regrets for all the sacrifices he made to stay in school. He believes that, education is a “magic bullet” which mixes with the right attitude and mind to make the impossible possible.

His goals are to advocate and build hope for the underprivileged children, youth, families and all those who struggle to figure out their purpose of life, either directly through his leadership and social change projects his organization implements, or indirectly through sharing his life journey (to which many can relate) – the challenges he overcame, the milestones he registered and his motivation to face tomorrow.

<em>“I believe in helping others to realize their purpose of life because change won’t occur as long as the big percentage of our population remain trapped in self-denial, illiteracy, poverty, and other behavioral challenges (i.e. drug use, alcoholism, laziness of mind, extra) that limit their engagement in constructive work; to me helping others to achieve their full potential and purpose of life is synonymous with believing in and supporting a future illuminated in hope.” – Bakali Mukasa</em>

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Bakali Mukasa

Bakali Mukasa

MS, PhD. Health Services Candidate

Sylvia White

Mrs. White holds to her credit over 29 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Having taught in both the public and private school systems, she holds an Associate’s Degree in Theology. She was the Director of New Life Christian Academy for five years. A major player within her community, Sylvia served four years as the School Improvement Council Chairperson, the Community Representative at one of the cities High School Improvement Council, and the Co-Chair person of the cities Unity Day Board. And to further support her community she is also a qualified trainer at ‘The Center for Child Care Career Development’. She has appeared locally on WLCN TV All About the Kingdom with Stephanie Green, WJNI Radio 106.3 with Bryan Seabrook and was the producing All About the Kingdom-Kidz, and has done several teleseminars on woman and children topics, blog-talk radio shows with Linda Hillman, Dinana Washington-Flagg out of New Jersey, and Jamie Roadoax out of North Carolina.

Accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in 1977 was just the beginning of this author’s lifetime of commitment, loyalty, and faithfulness.
With her ministry focus on the future leaders of this world, Mrs. White and her husband Jerry (under the direction of their mentors and Pastors Dr. Dexter and Lady Leisa Easley) were ordained as ministers on July 6, 2012. They served as the directors of “Extreme Children’s Ministry”; an electrifying ministry for children ages 5-12.

Author of “The First Year Teacher” and “The Heart of Faithfulness”, Sylvia also adds to her repertoire numerous short stories and is presently the CEO and Owner of Sylvia White Enterprises. In August of 2012 Mrs. White left her job and founded Vizion Kidz Network that empowers young girls and their families to find, pursue, and live their purpose.

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Sylvia White

Sylvia White

Carrie E. Hooker

MS Clinical Psychology Student
MsCarrieInc@gmail.com

Carrie E. Hooker is a native from West Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from Conard High School and chose Winston Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC to pursue her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation. At age 22 in her junior year, she became pregnant with her first child her daughter Kristina. Dealing with the stresses of pregnancy and school she found herself even more committed to changing the view of young parenthood. She graduated in 2007 pregnant again with her second child ;a son who she decided to give up for adoption after birth knowing that she was not in a position to raise two children and wanting the best life possible for him.

After graduating from college in 2007 and returning to Connecticut with her young daughter, Carrie made the decision to follow her passion in youth development and has spent the last 10 years within the City of Hartford at various non-profit youth organizations where she began having small group discussions with teens about topics ranging from youth violence to understanding and knowing your purpose. Annually Carrie presents at a local week long Woman’s Youth Conference where young teens are motivated to be the change agent they want for their lives. At age 29 she is the mother to an amazing 8 year old daughter; is currently pursuing her Master's in Clinical Psychology and works full time for the Hartford Job Corps Academy. She is also the founder of Carrie, Inc. a small business she is developing designed to provide training, workshops and consultations in the areas of youth, community and professional development. She has also taken on the role of Director of Youth Programs for ScriptFlip a social entrepreneurship venture run by Executive Director Trudi Lebron.

Her high energy message takes the students through her own personal journey of being a college student out of state, in an unhealthy relationship, pregnancies, life’s decisions and determination to constantly pursue greatness. Ms. Carrie believes that change does not happen overnight but is a constant process that involves knowing who you are and eliminating people who don’t. Throughout her years as a motivational speaker she has been describes as a special gift who relates to teens with stories that inspire, and make them think.

Phone: 860.913.6213

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Carrie E. Hooker

Carrie E. Hooker

MS Clinical Psychology Student

Mike Donnell

MS Counseling Psychology, LPC-I

Michael is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who was raised in Forney, TX, graduated UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Counseling, and obtained his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University. His areas of experience in therapeutic settings include helping individuals with Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder. Anger Management, Divorce Recovery, Grief, Eating Disorders, Marital Therapy, Issues with Self Esteem and Body Image, Stress Management, and Impulsivity Control. Michael is always looking for opportunities to expand his knowledge of various interventions and found a good fit in the CYLC program. His naturally supportive approach to help his clients reach their goals is an ideal fit for coaching.

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Mike Donnell

Mike Donnell

MS Counseling Psychology, LPC-I

Teresa Nieves

teresa.nieves32@gmail.com

Teresa has worked with at risk youth and adolescents and their families for over 10 years in the Hartford, CT area. She's worked in multiple levels including direct care, program coordination, and program management. She is currently working with the Village for Families &amp;amp; Children, Inc. as the Supervisor of the Truancy Court Prevention Project. She is also the Director of Training and Professional Development for ScriptFlip! an organization dedicated to transforming social narratives (scripts) about urban youth and urban communities and a trainer in Motivational Interviewing.

Teresa says, "I have always believed in advocating and empowering those that feel like they don't have a voice. I have a strong passion for working toward changing the systems that continue to keep down our youth and I am determined to work with our youths to speak their truth and be successful. I am married to my wonderful husband and partner, Jose, and a mother to two beautiful little girls. To learn more about ScriptFlip please visit www.scriptflip.org.

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Teresa Nieves

Teresa Nieves

Tori Dismuke Eudy

MA Professional Counseling, LPC, CI

Since she can remember, Tori's lifelong dream is to help people and lead them to Christ. Her ministry and purpose in life is to empower and encourage others through showing them God’s love and acceptance by offering herself for support to those in need. Through her experiences, Tori found that no problem is too small for God’s attention and care. She hopes that the time you spend together will deliver the healing and encouragement you desire.

She has a background that has helped people who feel powerless and confused, such as individuals who struggle with addictions, anxiety, depression, parenting struggles, women’s concerns, child and teen troubles or relationship obstacles. She has had great success working with adolescents and adults who have a criminal background and want to change their lives for the better. She truly is an advocate for change. Her methods used are evidenced-based and supported by research. She holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern, and Sandplay Practitioner Candidate.

To say that Tori is a people-person is an understatement. Her clients describe her as warm, easy to talk to, humorous, genuine, caring, and encouraging. She loves the challenge and excitement of participating in public speaking events. Recently, she facilitated life-changing forums for overcoming parenting struggles, developing realistic consequences and expectations for your child, practicing effective communication skills in your relationship, and facilitating positive decision-making skills in teens and young children.

Appointments for counseling, coaching or public speaking events are available upon request. Call today, if you have questions or would like to schedule your appointment 214-642-9695.

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Tori Dismuke Eudy

Tori Dismuke Eudy

MA Professional Counseling, LPC, CI

Reko Holland

Bachelor of Risk Management & Insurance
reko@rekoholland.com

Using creative thought, speaking and writing skills Reko Holland has become known for moving people towards their goals. Early on in life he knew that there was something different about his life’s purpose. Growing up in challenging environments there were many paths he could have taken. However, with proper guidance he chose the path of serving others with his gift of motivation.

Whether it’s mentoring and coaching young people or inspiring adults Reko has crafted a message for today’s world. His “in your face” approach has earned him recognition by people and leaders around the world. His “more is earned than given” philosophy is the driving force behind rekoholland.com which is your one stop source of inspiration.

Let Reko assist you in discovering your own path of purpose by design. To connect with Reko fill free to send him an email or visit his personal site.

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Reko Holland

Reko Holland

Bachelor of Risk Management & Insurance

Wendi Johnson

Bachelor of Social Work
wendi@youthcoachinginstitute.com

Wendi is a current student at University Texas at Arlington. Upon completion of her current internship, she will receive her first Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In studying social work, Wendi became aware of the social issues which plague the world. During her education, she thought back to her own childhood and communities she grew up in and realized that most people do not experience these issues separately, but in an intersectional way. Our youth is generally known as a time for development and growth, but as these social issues merge and fall onto the shoulders of the youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds they are usually also struggling with the typical physical, mental, and emotional development as well.  Wendi believes that these youth are often at a greater disadvantage because the common mindset is that this occurrence is the norm and if they do not overcome these struggles on their own, it is somehow their own fault. In this situation it is common for some youth to refrain from seeking help or resources because they are not aware of everything available to them. Worst of all, as these youth are faced with the stigma that their problems are their own fault, they in-turn internalize this mentality and frequently become stuck, unable to outgrow their situations.  This is Wendi’s own personal story as well.

Wendi’s story is one of working to overcome poverty as the youngest daughter of disabled single mother. Wendi has also grappled with homelessness, Katrina, PTSD, disability, self-esteem, and underachievement among issues. Wendi’s life experiences have guided her to be aware of the voids left for those in need, and dedicated to spending her life working towards filling these voids for others.

Wendi’s passion for coaching is a natural part of her personality.  It has always been her belief that anyone can overcome anything, and she is committed to empowering them to do so. As a youth coach Wendi seeks to inspire, encourage, and empower young women and men into finding and achieving their own brand of greatness.  She is confident she has found her purpose in helping young people find their own sense of peace and purpose as they work towards a brighter future. Her personal motto is that ‘we all deserve to flourish and she believes through coaching she can empower others to plant their own “seeds” to do so.

Wendi plans to pursue a Masters in Educational Leadership and Social Work Administration as well as pursuing additional certifications that aid her in empowering those in low socioeconomic areas/status in their pursuit of personal, professional, and relational wellness. She hopes ultimately to create programs that serve this population and her personal motto by outreaching and educating the community, as well as creating rehabilitating and supportive programs for at risk youth.

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Wendi Johnson

Wendi Johnson

Bachelor of Social Work

Melissa Johnson

MS/PhD Social Psychology Student

Melissa is a current PhD Social Psychology student with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration. The past five years of her academic journey have focused on studies in juvenile delinquency and positive interventions. She came to the CYLC program after recognizing a need for positive adolescent support services in her Pennsylvania community. In recent years, she has seen a steady incline of adolescent suicide, drug use, bullying, and delinquency in her area. She believes local youth lack the proper education and guidance to help them succeed. She's working to obtain her CYLC credential to help meet this need. Her primary interests are promoting growing mindsets, offering positive feedback, mentoring, and recognizing achievements in the youth she serves.

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Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

MS/PhD Social Psychology Student

Melanie Loper

BS Psychology
loper_melanie@yahoo.com

Melanie grew up the youngest of three to a single mother in Dallas, Texas. Although being the youngest may have a stigma, Melanie wasn’t your typical younger sibling. She was always the person her family and friends could turn to for help and a listening ear. Although Melanie grew up in at-risk circumstances, she managed to stay on track herself. She understands very well the effects our behavior can have on us and those nearest to us. She knew from a young age that she was meant to help others.

Melanie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. While in school she worked with inner city students of Atlanta at a YMCA Head Start. She is a member of Psi Chi Honor Society and the Undergraduate Psychology Association. After college Melanie began working with the Georgia Crisis Line. This was her first taste of doing what she loved and helping to make a difference in the lives of others.

She has since moved back to Dallas to raise her son near family and friends and found coaching offers her the opportunity to get back to doing what she loves. Melanie looks forward to helping your child overcome life's challenges and achieve their goals.

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Melanie Loper

Melanie Loper

BS Psychology

Foxye Jackson

Registered Nurse

Foxye holds a degree in Nursing and licensure as a Registered Nurse. She also holds a degree in Psychology. She has led youth groups of various ages in many settings such as schools, outreach programs, and private organizations. Foxye was part of the at-risk youth family and avoided becoming a vital statistic only because of youth mentors throughout her high school years.

Foxye is passionate about helping people live well and experience optimum health. She enables others to live well by helping them navigate through their personal challenges and facilitating the process of them finding their own solutions and motivation for change. When requested, Foxye incorporates her medical knowledge to enhance her holistic approach to coaching.

Foxye believes that external change is fleeting, while internal change is enduring; one’s perspective is one’s reality; and life’s challenges unveil one’s undiscovered potential.

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Foxye Jackson

Foxye Jackson

Registered Nurse

Jessica Dy

MBA, PhD I/O Psychology Student

Jessica was born and raised in a military family. This led to having the family move every 2 to 3 years, sometimes in the middle of the school year. Growing up, she encountered bullies while attending elementary and middle school. It was her belief in God along with the support of her caring family and teachers who got her through those tough times. Her experience allowed her to give back to the community and today serves as a mentor/coach for organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club, Tyme 2 Empower, and Business Careers High School in San Antonio, TX.

Jessica holds the following degrees: Associates in Marketing, Bachelors in Business Management, and a Masters in Business Administration. She is currently working on her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She has also worked as a corporate trainer in the tourism industry focusing on college interns and line level staff to get them to the next level in their careers.

Jessica's goal for her clients is to help them find their purpose in life. Together, she and the client will dig through what matters the most and create a plan focusing on the client's strengths. "If you have a dream or you feel there is something more for you out there, let us work together to achieve those results!"

Contact Jessica for more information on how to work with her at:

Ms.Jessica.Dy@gmail.com
702-845-5877

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Jessica Dy

Jessica Dy

MBA, PhD I/O Psychology Student

Tremaine France

HardWorkGrind.LLC@gmail.com

Tremaine France is the Founder of HardWorkGrind, LLC and Co-Founder of Driven2Inspire, LLC. Tremaine is considered a public figure that is passionate about inspiring people to activate their greatness. Over the years Tremaine's ability to put action to his dreams earned his nickname "Mr. HardWorkGrind."

Tremaine's knack for establishing a rapport among diverse educational, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds has created a motivational movement that is changing lives across the nation. His mission is to speak life and share love to individuals by helping them increase their self-worth through motivational speeches, trainings, and seminars. Tremaine's motivational services focus on high performance in three realms of development: personal, educational, and professional.

Tremaine's passion for life is contagious and his work ethic is second to none. You will find that "Mr. HardWorkGrind” brings a humble spirit and a fire that ignites the greatness within anyone he unites with.

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Tremaine France

Tremaine France

Angela Terry

Master of Education

Angela is licensed teacher for the State of Texas.  She currently teaches Kindergarten for the Irving Independent School District.  She has six years of teaching experience including tenure with Life Charter Schools. She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in marketing.

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Angela Terry

Angela Terry

Master of Education

Mark Barrientos

BS Criminology/Criminal Justice

Mark is a teacher of 7 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. He is currently a middle school teacher in Dallas. Prior to his career as an educator, Mark served as an investigator with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, working with at-risk youth and their families. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. His ultimate goal is to complete his Master’s Degree in Counseling and become a full time counselor.

Throughout his years as an educator, Mark has exclusively worked with high-risk youth, from low socioeconomic areas. He is passionate about serving this community and helping young people overcome their misbeliefs and fulfill their destiny. For Mark, coaching is a natural extension of his desire to help others and challenge the minds of today’s youth to achieve a brighter future.

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Mark Barrientos

Mark Barrientos

BS Criminology/Criminal Justice

Stephanie Adorno

relentlessambition1@gmail.com

Stephanie Adorno is an insurance professional committed to empowering women. She is also a motivational speaker, author, fitness guru, certified youth coach, and mentor.

Stephanie had her share of hardship growing up. She was raised in low income inner city communities in Hartford and Middletown, CT where she experienced poverty and the added reality of a father addicted to drugs. Despite these hardships, she enjoyed the loving support of her mother and father. She found a relationship with God shortly after her mother's death and believes God has a plan for people regardless of past mistakes or where they come from.

Stephanie's entry into the business world provided her the education and personal development she needed to find her self, recognize her self-worth and come to a point where settling was no longer an option.

Today, she is free from abuses and hardships she once experienced because she fought to overcome. She demonstrates her heart to embrace and encourage other women through coaching and speaking. Her mission is to teach them the importance of education, self confidence, financial planning, and belief in themselves.

She has spoken on the Jessie Show, Keisha’s World, for woman’s empowerment luncheons, dinners, and women's panels. She also volunteers and participates in walks for cancer, lupus, and other illnesses. She has two beautiful daughters, and thrives in the love and support of her family, friends, and future husband.

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Stephanie Adorno

Stephanie Adorno

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