Meet the voices behind Triad voice magazine.
Chelsie is a Virginia transplant who spent much of her childhood visiting close family in Winston-Salem. A proud VCU Ram, Chelsie decided to make Winston her home after making a love connection with her now-husband during an internship. Chelsie is a highly creative spirit who sees potential everywhere. In her spare time, she is a lifestyle content creator who shares her love of motherhood, gardening, and ideas on shaping a house into a cozy home. Her jam is intentional memory making, home DIYs, and building community around women and motherhood. Chelsie is a proud military spouse and mother to daughters Alexandria, Carsyn, and son Bryce. She loves spending time with family, gardening, living out her creative ideas & cooking. Three of her favs: Spring rain, Brunch, and Fresh-cut homegrown zinnias.
A thespian and a great lover of words, she has been following her passion for the arts for the majority of her existence. This journey has led her to a variety of platforms, from the stage to the screen, and on many adventures behind the scenes. She finds purpose in creation, whether it be an online mini-series, live children’s programming, new cocktails, or even her own brand to promote a career in the performing arts. Extraordinarily personable and energetic, she takes great joy in bringing positivity to other people’s lives. She’s a dedicated team player and will push beyond her limits to ensure the success of herself and the people around her. She has worked a plethora of “jobs” categorized by limitless interaction with strangers, from retail, food service, and bartending to house management and maintenance, that have lent invaluable perspective and the experience to know when to take direction or take control to do what is necessary to succeed. All this while raising two precocious children and spearheading the PTA. “My entire life, I have just wanted to facilitate. If I can make things easier for someone else than wherever it may lead me, I feel like I’m in the right place.”
Darlene M. Steele (she/her/hers) is a passionate and driven leader with 13+ years of experience motivating, encouraging, and inspiring teams through problem-solving and strategic planning for growth. She is an active member of the Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., located in Winston Salem, NC. Darlene holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource from Southern New Hampshire University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Development & Change with a concentration in Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice at Fielding Graduate University. Outside of leadership, she and her husband are committed to their family and believe in work/life balance. Darlene loves finding creative ways to spend time, uplift, inspire, and support her four beautiful daughters. She approaches every situation with the following quote in mind, “Give to the world the best you have.“ -Founder Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. .
Joy N. Thomas
Joy Nelson Thomas is the founder and executive director of LEAD Girls of North Carolina, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering girls to become the next generation of women leaders. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Salem College and is a certified life coach. Prior to launching LEAD, Joy spent her early career growing and managing a multimillion-dollar professional services corporation. Joy’s commitment and passion for women in business led her to start New Journey Management, a project management company that provides for-profit and nonprofit enterprises with tactical support and accountability to accelerate their growth. She is active in the community and serves on the boards and leadership committees of the African American Leadership Society; the Clinical Translational Science Institution at WFU School of Medicine; Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods; and Winston-Salem Fashion Week. Joy has received numerous honors recognizing her accomplishments as a nonprofit and business leader. Most recently she is the proud recipient of the 2022 Black Business Ink 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans in the Triad.
Jen Oleniczak Brown is the Founder of The Engaging Educator (EE), a women-owned and operated company dedicated to helping people find their unapologetic, authentic and best voice, communication style, and self through improv-based education and Fearless Winston Salem, a collaborative collective for and by women. Jen’s work can be found in publications like Bustle, Fast Company, Forbes and Moneyish, as well as her first self-published book Improv(e): Using Improv to Find Your Voice, Style and Self (Balboa Press, 2018) and the upcoming Think on Your Feet: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job (McGraw Hill Education, November 2019) and Care and Keeping of Museum Professionals (May, 2019). A firm believer in the idea that Yes, And can change the world – so firm it’s tattooed on her arm, Jen’s personal mission is to empower as many women as possible to stop playing small and know their incredible supernova powers. She currently lives in Winston Salem, NC with her husband Alex, dog Drumstick, and about two-dozen houseplants.
Sheridan C. Watkins
Sheridan C. Watkins is the founder and crafter of Perennial Peaces (formerly Shairpins), a jewelry brand that encourages uniqueness and transformation with fun, lightweight accessories. As a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and native of Charlotte, NC she has found a profound love for both her hometown and Winston-Salem, NC where she currently resides. Her mission is to help women heal and grow in God by simply expressing themselves.
Sharlie is a multi-genre photographer based in Winston-Salem, NC. Driven by her love of storytelling, as encouraged and nurtured by her mother, what once was a hobby has now bloomed into a business. Her work has been featured in The Melanin Lens magazine as well as local art shows. Her favorite creative muses are her children Devin, Imari, and Zaria. When she isn’t in her photography studio, Sharlie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running with her local run club, loving on her two dogs Shadow and Sophie, and listening to podcasts.
Toni Shaw is a Photographer and Fine Art painter from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is determined to document the lives of families that cross her path. She is the principal photographer and owner of Shaw Photography Group. Toni has been engrossed in art ever since she was a young child. Her resume includes work published on the national stage in the photographic, advertising, and graphic design industries. She has always had a strong passion for taking photographs and specializes in dance portraits, weddings, as well as many other genres of photography.
Ja’Net Adams is an international speaker, author, and the CEO of EMACK Consulting, but when she was in college she let money rule her life. A short time after graduation she found herself in $50,000 of debt! She dug out of the debt in two years by following the principles that she now speaks about to audiences all around
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Sonjy Bambi Davis Daniels
Sonjy Bambi Davis Daniels is a food and lifestyle content creator and an award-winning published celebrated home chef and food photographer who received the honor of being recognized by the South Carolina General Assembly on the SC State Capital floor for her accomplishments, her family’s development and her volunteer service as a food insecurity advocate. Sonjy Bambi’s passion for cooking and celebrating her family’s love language of food landed her the opportunity to compete in the first season PBS series, The Great American Recipe. A NC A&T State University “Aggie” with studies in Audio & Visual productions is the creator and host of a weekly IG LIVE “In The Kitchen” show. A 30 minute uplifting and inspirational show that features great guests sharing life lessons, laughter, wisdom, and food, the universal love language that brings people together. Not just limited to sharing cooking tips, the former first Ms. Black Chester County enjoys showing and sharing the message that you can live fabulously within your means through budget savvy tips and finds. Sonjy Bambi strives to inspire others to choose to live in joy and walk in their greatness through her encouraging social media “morning walk” videos and her “Southerners Be Like” comedy videos.
This mother of two adult children, Jayla and John Jr. Allen resides with her husband, visual artist and photographer Owens Daniels in Winston Salem, NC.
You can follow her on social media Instagram @fabfoodiebambi Facebook @sonjybambidavisdaniels @fabfoodieclub and her blog Fabfoodieclub.com
Sonjy Bambi’s reminder to everyone is to SHINE for no one can ever outshine you being YOU!
Alexis Overstreet is the Founder and President of Metaspace Counseling & Metaspace Wellness where she offers individual therapy sessions, coaching groups, corporate wellness, and retreats. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion to gift others the power to heal their own bodies through brain-body approaches. She does this by encouraging daily practices of self-maintenance and care – especially for post-pandemic wellness. She lives in Winston-Salem, NC is a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation, and hosts half-day silent retreats for the community. She is a wife, daughter, sister, and friend to mutually loving humans; and she enjoys aerial arts, salsa dancing, and green smoothies.
An artist by nature, Crystal has been creating things for as long as she can remember, from homemade bags to paintings. That creativity has allowed her to wear many hats throughout her career. She’s been a writer, actor, stage manager, photographer and teacher. She is currently producing and starring in a podcast with her best friend about what it’s like to be in your 30s and still trying to figure it out.
She holds a BA in Theater and is the mother of an amazing 7 year old.
“I’m not sure what the future has in store but as long as there’s food and the people I love, I’m sure it’ll be one hell of a ride.”
“Coach T” is a certified Nutritional
Coach/Personal Trainer and owner of Back to the Basics Nutrition and Fitness, LLC. Coach T is also part-owner of Trifecta Fitness Studio is a private training facility serving the community. Coach has run races of various distances and trained several women in the Winston-Salem run community through the national organization, Black Girls Run where she served as an Ambassador and a Run Coordinator. In addition, she enjoys motivating others to live longer healthier
lives. Coach T has a passion for helping women overcome weight-
loss struggles by helping them create a healthier relationship with food! She believes that with God, anything is possible and often tells her clients, “We are aiming for
progress, not perfection!” She is a mother, works full time, and is an entrepreneur but makes time to help others meet their goals. Coach T has been the speaker at conferences and workshops sharing with others her passion for a healthy active lifestyle.
Willetta “Will” Alford is a certified nutrition coach, personal trainer, owner of Willpower Health and Fitness, and co-owner of Trifecta Fitness Studio. She graduated from Winston Salem State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She furthered her education at the University of Saint Joseph Connecticut, receiving a Master’s of Biology. Throughout the years, She developed a true passion for fitness and helping those around her achieve their health and fitness goals. She specializes in customized fitness and nutrition plans that help women create sustainable lifestyle changes and build confidence inside and outside of the gym. Creating Willpower Health and Fitness has given Will the opportunity to inspire and influence many individuals to reach their health and fitness goals. During the pandemic, she has extended her online fitness and nutrition services to help assist women all over the world. Will believes that anything is possible with a little willpower and she emphasizes this mindset in her coaching. If you train the mind, the body can do anything. As she always says, “Where there’s a WILL, there’s away.”
A Greensboro native & the founder of No Sage Required, a virtual sanctuary for black and brown women, the hilarious Chynna Donnell is all about being her authentic self. Through her mental health advocacy and passion for empowering women, Chynna is refreshing, candid, and what every community of women needs. She creates a space that embodies the freedom to be you and heal unapologetically. When she isn’t showing up as a powerhouse for women She is a mom of 3, content creator, and small business owner.
Jaime Sharpe is a native of New Jersey and has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for 9 years. She is a wife, mom, and soon-to-be foster mom. She has been in healthcare management for 15 years and is currently the Care Coordination Manager for a startup healthcare company based in Minnesota. She enjoys traveling, baking, spending time with family, and home improvement projects.
Helen Hargrove is a thirty-something mental health advocate, lover of her three tiny humans, wife, sister, friend, AND life coach! Helen is the owner and founder of The Light Way Coaching & Consulting, as well as a graduate of the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with her B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature with a concentration in Spanish. She also holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. She received her certification in professional life coaching through the Tony Gaskins Academy. Throughout all of her schooling and life’s journey, one thing has remained true; helping people navigate this crazy life is what she’s been called to do. Her mission is to help empower people to be who they already are, by showing them
how to step into their infinite potential.
Leta Hyche Is a REALTOR and real estate agent coach who has been serving buyers, sellers, and investors for over 10 years. She is currently serving both the Atlanta Georgia & Greensboro North Carolina markets. In addition to Real Estate, she is a woman, wife, and mommy who enjoys family, friendships, food, fitness & travel. Instagram: @LiveLoveList
Shamika is a Belizean-American native of Brooklyn, NY. She moved to North Carolina to attend college at Wake Forest University, where she obtained her BA in Psychology. She later received her MA in Human Services from Liberty University before entering the non-profit workspace. Now, an emerging leader in philanthropy, Shamika is committed to using what power and privilege she holds in her current role to understand and challenge systems that keep marginalized people and communities from thriving.
Shamika is also a local portrait and lifestyle photographer. She has a deep love for artistic expression – telling stories and capturing emotion through her photography and writing. Recognizing the transient value in life, love, and the construct of time, she believes part of her purpose is to create art that sparks love and emotion, inspires growth in others, and highlights the connectedness we all share as human and spirit beings. Instagram: shamikasoniaphotography
Tessa is a serial entrepreneur currently residing in Summerfield NC with her kiddos and husband. She is the host of the podcast Blended In Business where she discusses all things including life, business, and relationships. She is the founder/CEO of Love Ava Boutique which came about due to her passion to help women feel great in their bodies. She is also the owner of Clemencia Cleaning Crew, an eco-friendly residential and commercial cleaning company serving the triad. Follow her on Instagram @TessaClemencia where you’ll catch her sharing a cool vegan recipe, fitness, and her love for travel!
Brianna Laren is a writer, filmmaker, and mom of two. Born in Maryland and raised in Washington D.C., Brianna has been writing poems, plays, and stories since childhood. Her most recent book, Edge Control for the Soul was number one on Essence Magazine’s 21 books We Can’t Wait To Read in 2021. Brianna’s books have been described as love letters to black women serving as a reminder that we are more than enough. She is living out her purpose of creating stories, characters, & content that positively impact the lives of others.
My family migrated from Nicaragua to Brownsville, Texas where I was born and grew up in Miami, Fl. I moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 2008 with my parents to be able to live in a quieter and more affordable city. I attended Forsyth Tech late due to the high cost of out-of-state tuition. I transferred to Salem College and received my BA in Criminal Studies and minor in English. For a long while, I worked as a School Social Worker serving teen parents. From this moment, seeing a reflection of my own life and the consequences of poverty on children, I wanted to do more. I sought to become an activist and an organizer in Latino communities. I trained with immigrant rights organizations like Siembra NC and MiJente and now working in Carolina Federation, my passion and hope is to bring black and brown unity to Winston-Salem.