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Shalewa S. Nyanza

Shalewa is a native of Las Vegas, New Mexico who is a supportive and heavily involved mother of 2 children; a son and a daughter. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a BS in Mathematics and minor in Physics.  She is currently pursing Executive Business Certifications to gain expertise in running a nonprofit organization. In her professional career she has over 25 years working in technology where she has worn many hats as a Computer Programmer, Business Analyst, Project Lead, Data Analyst and Automated Engineer. Currently she is a Senior Software Engineer at an investment Firm. She is a member on many diversity committees at her firm that promote and encourage young women of color to not only get into to professional fields of STEM but how to have tenure in that industry. Shalewa is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization "Five Star Women of Color", Inc. She is also the owner of another business called STEMly Bold that encourages women of color to get and stay in STEM. Shalewa is a member of the NAACP, Women in Cybersecurity Mid-Atlantic and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Etosha M. Bakari

Etosha is a native of Waldorf, Maryland, who transplanted to the Windsor Mill area over twenty years ago. Her greatest accomplishment in life is becoming a mother. Her son is definitely her sun shine. She graduated from Saint Augustine’s (College) University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She is currently the owner and founding director of Community of Academic Scholars, a private school servicing Pre Kindergarten to 8th grade scholars. In her professional career she has worked for public and private school systems as a teacher, a paralegal and legal analyst for the Department of   Justice and a track and field track coach. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated, a few community organizations and boards that promote and encourage the uplifting of the community, the environment, and the high academic achievement of our youth and people of color.

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Deanna Ikhinmwin

Deanna is a native of Wilmington, Delaware who is a mother of 2 daughters and a loving wife with over 35 years of marriage. She has her BA in Political Science and a MA in African Cultural and Research. After receiving her Master's degree and before starting her career Deanna had the pleasure of traveling to Africa and the Caribbean to interact and obtain additional knowledge concerning people of African decent. Deanna has an extensive work history where she has worked as an administrator at many different universities that spread from the east coast to the west coast. Before retiring after 33 years as the Director of Community Service at Morgan State University, Deanna created well over 16 tutoring and mentoring programs for youth in the metropolitan Baltimore area. She currently sits on the board of "The League of Women Voters",  she is a member of the HBCU Advocates, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  

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Talaya McKinney

Talaya is a native of Washington, DC who is a mother of 2 daughters and a loving wife with 24 years of marriage. She received her BA in Communication from Howard University where she received experience in Television, Radio and Film. Talaya has over 25 years of work experience in many areas such as Executive Administration, Event Planning and Project Management. She is an entrepreneur, a business owner and also a fashion designer. Talaya is an owner and head event executive for "Paint the Town Red LLC", owner and designer for "Red Couture Fashion Accessories" and founder of the Unstoppable Awards aka "The MS. Unstoppable Awards".

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Fametta Jackson

Fametta is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who is a loving wife, mother of 2 college-age daughters and owner of a dog. She attended Coppin State University and received her BS in General Science and a MA in Teaching. She has been an educator in the Baltimore and DMV communities for over a quarter of a century. She has served as a teacher, mentor, instructional coach, curriculum writer and a school principal. Her passion to improve the lives of the youth she encounters still drives every decision she ponders and makes.


While she has transitioned through her many roles within the K - 12 school communities, Fametta has also evolved as an educator in other educational arenas as an entrepreneur. 

  • Serves communities with wealth building knowledge and strategies as a realtor.

  • An author of children’s books.

  • Mentor to teachers in Ghana, West Africa where she provides professional development opportunities, teaching of various cultures while facilitating fundraisers for children charitable organizations across the world. 

  • Owner of "H.E.R. Alabaster Care" which is a home health agency that provides nursing services for Maryland’s elderly and disabled populations.


As a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, Fametta finds balance between her professional and personal lives through the strengthening of her spiritual life.

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