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Our Team – Saving our Sisters

Our Team

Regina Coleman

Founder/President, Children’s Protective Services Supervisor

As a survivor of physical child abuse my heart has always been filled with the desire to help other. It has been my passion for as long as I can remember which is why I continued higher learning and obtained my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Alabama A&M University and in May 2019 I will be graduating with my Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I realized over the years that although I had experienced the traumatic effects from my childhood, there was nothing more difficult than trying to heal from it. My heart was wounded, my spirits were low and my self-esteem was diminished. For years I thought that there was no way out until one day, I decided to give it all to GOD and from that moment forward he transformed my life. I believe there is no better way to “Save a Sister” than to provide transparency about my own truth. To show them there is still BEAUTY in their BROKENESS. Helping other women mend what was once broke, restore what was once torn down and walk as a living witness that GOD can and GOD will bring me great joy. Saving Our Sisters by Knowing My Truth provides a platform for women to freely learn and experience what it means to have faith in GOD and themselves, heal from their past and gain hope for their future.

Nakedia Shelman

Vice President, Specialized Services Supervisor, Ed. S

Nakedia has been a special educator for 16 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Master’s Degree in Education, and an Ed Specialist Certificate. She is certified in elementary education K-8, learning disabilities K-12, and Autism Spectrum Disorder K-12. She is employed by a local school district as a Specialized Services Supervisor, overseeing specialized services for three of the schools in the district. Nakedia teaches and reinforce all special education school-wide expectations, systems, and routines. She implements and models district and statewide policies and procedures, provide strategies tailored to meet the needs of the special education students and support high academic achievement. Nakedia effectively confers with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop plans for students that are designed to promote students ‘academic, physical, and social development. Throughout her career, Nakedia has volunteered her time with her district, as a cheer coach, Coordinator of the Positive Behavior Support program, developing a mentoring program called Extraordinary Girls for girls in grades 4-8 and as a Coordinator of the Pretty Brown Girls Program. Both Extraordinary Girls and Pretty Brown Girls, educates girls of color and encourage confidence, self-love, self-acceptance by cultivating social, emotional and intellectual well-being and a passion to pursue their dreams. Helping people has always been a passion of Nakedia’s. She feels that Saving Our Sisters by Knowing My Truth provides her an opportunity to utilize her experiences to help women overcome their obstacles.

Angela Payne

Treasurer, Clinical Therapist, LLPC

I've been a clinical therapist for over 10 years providing therapeutic outpatient services to clients seeking treatment for crisis intervention, marriage & family, domestic violence, depression, anger management, addiction, anxiety, and grief/loss. My services include individual, family, and women specialty groups. I also provide direct treatment services in several schools, foster homes and detention centers etc. My purpose is to help give women the tools to recognize, accept, and cope with their endeavors. Develop healthy cognitive patterns, positive self-image, establish an inward sense of self-worth, confidence and strive to maintain knowledge of the events that diminish them as a woman. Saving Our Sisters by Knowing My Truth was a mission that I had to join because I'm a woman who faced hardship and pain and by the Grace of GOD, there was a Woman who helped me rebuild self-worth that was much needed. It is only right to give back and teach what was taught to sisters who feel conflicted and alone. So with Prayer and Saving Our Sisters non-profit organization we strive to dedicate all our time and positive energy on helping those who want to help themselves.

Shanti Bailey

Community Outreach Coordinator, Vocational Rehabilitation Manager, MSW

Shanti Bailey has worked in and around the metro-Detroit area in social work in various roles for the past 12 years. A proud Wolverine, Shanti graduated from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work. She has used her knowledge and experience to protect and serve at-risk families. As the Community Outreach Coordinator for Saving Our Sisters by Knowing My Truth, Shanti will use her networking skills to spread the word about the programming SOS offers to various community entities in the Detroit area. She hopes that not only will program participants heal from their traumatic experiences, but they come to know the perfect peace offered by Jesus.

Roshundra Simmons, Esq.

The majority of Roshundra’s career has been in the area of Child Welfare. She has worked in the following capacities, Psychiatric Social Work, Children’s Protective Services Specialist, Foster Care Specialist, Permanency Planning Facilitator, and Departmental Analyst. Presently, Roshundra is a Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem. Roshundra provides legal representation to children on child welfare cases and juvenile delinquents. Roshundra’s passion is advocating for children and encouraging higher education pursuits. Being a part of an organization that exemplifies women that are dedicated to empowering, educating and mentoring other women and the community on multiple levels is ground-breaking. Saving Our Sisters by Knowing My Truth provides an opportunity for me to advocate and educate women on a macro level

Courtney Collins

Photographer/Image Consultant, Biology Professor

Courtney Collins was educated in the Detroit Public School System, graduating from one of the city’s top High Schools of Choice. She went on to obtain both her Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees in Biology from Alabama A & M University. Currently, she is an Instructor of Biology at a local community college. Her tenure has not only allowed her to provide guidance in various sciences. It has also offered an opportunity to give counsel to those under her instruction in matters of life. Despite coming from a model middle-class two parent home, she faced many challenges. However, her persistence to overcome those challenges was greater than the struggle. She now hopes to share her story and mentor other women who may face similar struggles.

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