Our Team



Growing up in a small rural town, there were limited resources for Shawntia when she was ready to enroll in college. Being the first to have the aspiration to attend college in her family, support with the logistics involved in enrolling in college was very limited, which made the experience daunting and scary. Shawntia has always been a solutions-oriented person, therefore needless to say, her determination prevailed, and she graduated with honors.

Through her own experience, she realized that there were others that carried the same feelings and emotions, especially with minorities and low-income families. Her mission became quite clear, advocating for deserving academic minorities and low-income scholars with the dream to attend the college of their choice birthed College Thriver




Ashley J. Warren is Chief Glam Officer (CGO) of GlamTech Empire. She has over 18 years of Accounting and Finance experience in a variety of industries. She is now a Six Sigma Project Management Consultant, assisting minority women in Corporate America in glamorizing their careers by adding value to their organization. She achieves this Glamova Effect by combining the proven methods of Six Sigma with Project Management to implement automation and improve overall operations.

The genius combo provides GlamPros with the proper tools needed to increase overall profit margin by eliminating frustrating processes. This in turn provides freedom and the opportunity to Secure the STEM Bag and enjoy a glam life personally and professionally!




Melody Henderson-Davis is a Public Relations Consultant and Business & Career Development Training Facilitator. Melody studied Mass Communication at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and holds a Bachelor’s degree. She is also a certified Career Development Trainer.

Currently, she is completing her graduate studies in Public Relations from Southern New Hampshire University. She has an extensive background in the entertainment industry, which includes TV, with roles in editing, production, and leads research; radio, with roles in promotion, production, and reporting; magazine and newspaper, as a staff writer and managing editor; and promotions at a major film casting company, where Melody planned casting calls and scouting events for projects including, The Great Debaters, Fast & Furious, Men of Honor, and Seven Pounds.




Founder, Financially Independent Teachers Assistant Principal, Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy Provocateur of radical change in education and the personal finances of teachers, describes this millennial. Erica Lyles currently serves as Assistant Principal of Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles, CA.

The theoretical view is that teaching imparts knowledge, skills, and information. However, for Erica’s students, it provides access to opportunities their last name, parents, and/or community cannot provide. She is passionate about doing the work needed to actually create equitable outcomes for students in the most underserved communities.




Energetic, vibrant and animated, Cindy loves meeting new individuals, connecting with others and fostering mentorship with the youth. Passionate about public health and mental health, she enjoys speaking to teens and young adults about the importance of mindfulness, mindset and movement. She is not ashamed to share her story of how she has overcome and learned to adapt with her depression, anxiety and PTSD.

When she speaks to groups you can expect her to make you laugh, cry, discover, and dance! Whatever dream you have, she believes in you! During her free time, you can find her volunteering in the community, reading mystery books, singing and dancing in public, playing the piano, going to comedy shows, watching Disney movies, eating at all the nearby restaurants, and spending time with her parents and sister.

Community Impact!

College Thriver provides students with access to affordable solutions for college admissions, student housing, transportation, counseling, and scholarships. These solutions give low income students a hand up to becoming more successful in life.