To pay the bills, practicing law is what Gadsden County native Felicia S.W. Thomas, Esq., does during the day. To feed her passion, writing is what keeps Author Felicia S.W. Thomas up at night.
Ms. Thomas is an attorney, author, editor, ghostwriter, and business woman.
Ms. Thomas graduated from James A. Shanks High School, Class of 1987. She received her B.S. degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University and her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University. She has been a licensed attorney for over 22 years and has practiced in many areas. She is currently the owner of the Law Office of Felicia S.W. Thomas, PLLC, which specializes in disability law (SSI, SSDI, and VA) and guardianship law.
Ms. Thomas is the author of several books. Her debut novel, 80 Proof Lives, is an award-winning, young adult novel set in Quincy, Florida. This coming-of-age tale chronicles the journey of a brilliant but disillusioned young girl who believes she has no future beyond high school. Through the help of a colorful cast of characters who frequent the home of the local madam and bootleg queen, the young girl discovers life-changing things about herself, including that she has a bright future ahead of her. 80 Proof Lives received the 2011 Publisher's Association Award in the young adult category, making Ms. Thomas the first African American to receive the award in that category. 80 Proof Lives was assigned reading for FAMU’s TRIO Talent Search program, Gadsden County schools, Crossroad Academy Charter School, Leon County schools, and PACE Center for Girls Leon. It was also a featured novel at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, during the Collegiate Sisters for Action Symposium. It graces the shelves of several local public libraries and was a summer reading selection.
She has also published several short stories, including Double D Death, Double D Death II, and the Kiss of Life. She co-wrote A-Z Basic Editing Tips. Under the business name, “Felicia’s Pen,” she edits the manuscripts of many aspiring authors and assists others in telling their stories through ghostwriting.
Ms. Thomas continues to write for herself and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Tallahassee Authors Network. All her books are available on www.Amazon.com in paperback and eBook format.
She currently lives in Tallahassee with her children – Adahlia, Anaya, and Aaron.
Name: Felicia S.W. Thomas
Address: 2712 Summer Meadow Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
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Kotrish Wright was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. As young as 12 years old she realized she wanted to establish a career in the helping field. Upon graduating from high school she set out to pursue her dream. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Leadership Studies and Non-profit. Thereafter, she spent time working in the Child Welfare field which led to her pursing her Master of Social Work degree. While attending the Florida State University for 2 years to earn her Graduate degree she served as an Ambassador for the College of Social Work, the Vice President for the Association of Social Work, she was a recipient of the Minority Fellowship Youth Program, a Summer Counselor for the FSU Arts & Athletic Summer Camp, and the Student Speaker for Convocation.
Upon graduating from Florida State University, she worked for the City of Tallahassee’s Youth Development Program as an Enrichment Counselor. Ms. Wright simultaneously, worked as an Interventionist for the Florida Center for Reading Research, and as a PRN Case Manager for Encompass Health. Working in the PRN Case Management position afforded Ms. Wright the experiential opportunity to work for other site locations; such as Newnan, Georgia and Panama City, Florida. Her greatest learning memory was working with a patient who was discharged to Encompass Health from the Cancer Treatment Center of America. Ms. Wright found herself working tirelessly to put resources in place for the patient to help make his transition from rehab to chemotherapy seamless. When the patient was discharged from Encompass Health, the patient was successfully placed in a paid in full hotel near the Cancer for Treatment of America center allowing his upcoming chemotherapy to be accessible.
To date, Ms. Wright continues to reside in Tallahassee, Florida working within the city limits and surrounding counties with a determination to make a difference in the lives of others. During the week, Ms. Wright works as a Health and Wellness Prevention Specialist addressing an array of adolescents’ concerns. On the weekends, she can be found working at Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital admitting patients to Case Management, listening and addressing patients’ concerns, and ensuring discharges are completed.
She enjoys traveling, volunteering, and empowering others. Kotrish believes faith, support and resilience are key factors to get you through any storm.
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Mrs. Patterson obtained her first Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Florida State University in Criminology, a second Bachelor’s in Political Science from FSU in 2007 and later a Masters' of Business Administration and Masters of Criminal Justice Management and Executive Leadership from Walden University. She developed her love for helping others and uplifting our communities as a child, starting with the Girl Scouts of America.
Mrs. Patterson currently works as a Management Analyst with Disability Determination Services for federal Social Security disability benefits. She previously co-owned and operated Each 1 Teach 1 Rehabilitation Services, Inc., operating as the Executive Director and connecting individuals in the Big Bend area with criminal backgrounds with educational and job placement resources to re-establish themselves within the community. She also specializes in business analysis plans, start up business plans, market consultations and public speaking engagements.
She is a chartering member of the North Florida Professional Chapter of SISTUHS, Inc., and currently sits as the Assistant Directress of Administration for the SISTUHS, Inc. National Board of Directors; joining SISTUHS as an undergraduate student at FSU in 2002. Mrs. Patterson continues to assist individuals with criminal backgrounds through her work as the President of the Rescue Me Project Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors. Rescue Me Project Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to providing computer training and job skills to ex-offenders and veterans of the Tallahassee Community. She also holds membership in the Order of the Eastern Star, the Golden Circle and Heroines of Jericho, Prince Hall Affiliated.
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C.N. Tucker likes to say that she was born in church! With several ministers in her family and a worship leading mom the church became her second home while growing up. This nurtured her love for Christ and created a desire to serve God at an early age. After a rebellious young adulthood and ultimately reconciliation with God she began to see a need to bridge the gap for young Christians in the transitional period of life between the teenage years and adulthood and the writer in her was born. More than a hobby C.N. writes stories to inspire the next generation to live unashamed of sharing the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16). She hopes that her stories reveal God's unconditional transforming love!
C.N. lives in Florida with her husband and six children
Wife. Visual Artist. Singer. Songwriter. Dancer. Actress. Author. Editor.Teacher. Publisher. Vlogger. Entreprenuer. Blogger. Promoter of the Gospel. Mental Abolitionist.
Shantae A. Charles is an Education Entrepreneur, Activist and Kingdom Influencer. Shantae has spent the last 19 years teaching various subjects to youth and young adults as a public, private, and alternative school educator for before her transition into business, God Ideas.
Shantae earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Florida State University. She is the Principal of God Ideas, an education and arts consulting company, specializing in education training, arts commissions and private coaching, and editing. Shantae is the author of the popular novel series Church Love, and non-fiction works: Grief For Dummies and Church Love B.L.I.S.S. Her prophetic fiction books have been utilized in couples and engagement counseling, book clubs, and organizational talks centered around relationships.
Musically, Shantae has released her first full-length music project, Heart Beats and Hot Coals, anmix of jazz, country, and neo soul inspiration. Shantae is on a mission to impact culture through the Arts and minister the love of God through various artistic mediums. She serves as Executive and Worship Pastor of Life Nation, an assembly with a mobile and global mandate, co-founded alongside her husband, Robert Charles, Senior Pastor and professional Architect. Together, they serve as Bi-Vocational Pastors to marketplace leaders, governmental leaders, and artists.
You can find Shantae educating, empowering, and uplifting daily on her show, #DaringDialogues and Black Table Talk an unapologetically black media site, both on Facebook. Shantae is building a media brand that focuses on bringing education and inspiring activism through read-alouds, arts interaction, interviews, and daring dialogue. To contact Shantae for speaking, coaching, or group event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jasmin Richardson – Sutton, Zumba with Chocolate Waisted Fitness
“Transformation is not a future event, but a present activity.” I truly believe you can transform your life into whatever you want to be, but it takes an active, daily participation in achieving your goals.
Jasmin is originally from Tallahassee, Florida but has lived in Washington, Arizona, California, Georgia and has been back in Florida since 2002. Living in different types of environments has enabled her to learn how to interact with all individuals, which has cultivated her inviting and bubbly personality. Jasmin has been married to Anthony Sutton since March of 2002 and has a son and two daughters. She has worked for the State of Florida since 2002 as well; first with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and now with the Department of Financial Services. Jasmin has been a Certified Personal Trainer and also a Certified Zumba Instructor since March 2013. She began doing Zumba with another group and decided to pursue her own certification which has skyrocketed into large classes everywhere. Jasmin started using the term “Chocolate Waisted” and it has taken off. Now everyone wants to get Waisted! Her favorite exercise of choice is squats, the deeper the better. The best thing about what she does is showing people, mainly women, how to build on their self confidence through loving themselves for who they already are.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6-7 pm, Cheer Tech Dance, 2132 Lake Bradford Road
Chelse Collins is a millennial mogul, who has a cross-functional background spanning marketing, branding, sales, and broadcast media.
After graduating from Florida A&M University she served as a news producer for one of the top local stations in Northwest Florida, Where she demonstrated a track record of building winning strategies for maximizing market share and customer capture through skillful communication, planning and audience engagement.
Now Collins uses her skills to grow Novus Racks, Tallahassee’s first mobile boutique, which she co-founded with her business partner Manzura Ishanova in 2017.
Collins also uses her expertise to aid future and current entrepreneurs through their business journey. She coaches business owners on digital marketing, garnering press coverage and leveraging online tools to create brand awareness and drive demand generation.
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Barbara Joe Williams is a bestselling author, editor, proofreader, publisher, publishing consultant, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. She is the owner of Amani Publishing, LLC, and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN). Her Facebook group is titled: Barbara Joe Reads & Writes!
She has published over fifty authors and the following titles for herself: Romance after Marriage; A Night to Remember (novelette); Holiday Hotel 3; Love Never Felt So Good; A-Z Basic Editing Tips; A-Z Writing Tips; Holiday Hotel 2; A-Z Marketing Tips; A Cup of Barbara Joe; Holiday Hotel; Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition) featured in USA Today; First Class Love; You Don't Even Know My Name (novella); A Writer's Guide to Publishing & Marketing (Volume 2); Double Proposal; Losing My Soul; A Man of My Own; The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan (Anthology); Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh; How I Met My Sweetheart (Anthology); Courtney's Collage, Falling for Lies; Dancing with Temptation; and Forgive Us This Day.
Barbara has also published a four-book, Young Adult series titled, Bell Bottom High, under the pen name of B.J. Williams.
Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition) is a rewritten version of the original title. It was released and reviewed in 2014 by USA Today and labeled a “must read” romance story.
Barbara was also featured in the January/February 2016 edition of Tallahassee Magazine as one of the Top 5 graduates of Tallahassee Community College.
All of her books are available on Amazon, BN, Kindle, and Nook.
All books are available from her Amazon author’s page…
Waletta Mason Dunn is the author of four Christian novels, More Than Sister, Faithful Father, A Family Dilemma and Positions of Compromise. She is also the author of Tell Me Your Story-A family journal. Waletta was born in Bossier City, Louisiana, received her undergraduate degree from Texas College in Business Administration and earned a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Waletta gained years working in higher education while traveling with her husband before he retired from the Marine Corps after 20-years of service. The breadth of her personal and professional experiences have contributed enormously to her fascinatingly inspirational writings.
Waletta has been married for 34 years to retired Marine, Donald Michael Dunn. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Michael Stewart Dunn and daughter, Ashley Elaine Dunn.
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