Strategist and Consultant
Tawanya grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Columbia, SC in a very close-knit family unit. Her father, a decorated Vietnam Veteran, and her mother, a faithful caregiver, and later an ordained minister, both encouraged her to pursue her varied interests. After graduating from Columbia High School (SC), with the love and support of her parents and her two younger brothers, she attended Iowa State University on a full basketball scholarship. Tawanya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Community Health Education.
Once she obtained her degree, Tawanya dedicated her time to serving others. She became an advocate for at-risk youth and low-income families, with her work as a YMCA Family Program Director & Wellness/Physical Education Director. Her goal was to aid in building strong families and strong communities.
Over the years, Tawanya earned licensure and certifications in the insurance industry and began advocating for senior citizens and the disabled. Her primary goal was to provide education and consulting regarding insurance options ranging from Medicare and Medicaid to life insurance and asset protection.
After becoming aware of the many racial disparities and challenges her clients faced in the healthcare system, Tawanya decided to do more. She dedicated her time and developed expertise in the field of Occupational Therapy. She obtained an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy and national certification along with multi-state licensure. Consequently, Tawanya’s career path has afforded her the advantage of a rare perspective on topics including healthcare disparities, and the unique challenges facing healthcare professionals and caregivers.
In addition to her advocacy and education efforts, Tawanya has also been a long-time community volunteer. She has been outspoken and unrelenting in demanding racial and social equity for Blacks and other minority groups. Being an integral part of a Presidential Campaign, local government races, and Senate campaigns, she has planted the seeds to grow into an individual with impactful political influence.
Tawanya’s faith is the guiding force in how she conducts her life. She believes that faith without works is dead, and it is imperative that we treat others with dignity and respect. In so doing, we may be the light that someone needs to illuminate their pathway to success. Consequently, integrity and good character are paramount to her.