CEO / Founder
Shonda Anthony is the Founder of Single Mothers Matter, established in 2016. Shonda is responsible for the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts of Single Mothers Matter. She attended Norfolk State
University where she studied Business Administration. She also completed both the University of
Georgia Small Business Development and Women’s Economic Development Agency programs that
assists women and minorities with business development, management, and technical assistance, and was voted graduation class speaker for the latter. She honed her diverse leadership skills in the for-profit sector with a successful career in Retail Management from 1998 to 2016. Shonda currently
resides in Decatur, GA where she has lived since her divorce in 2004 and became a single mother of two wonderful children. “Single Mothers Matter is my way of helping mothers and their families receive the help that I did and did not receive.”
Maria Baker is a Senior Human Resources Professional with over 25 years experience in the industry. She has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management, a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associates Degree in Business Management. Maria is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a member of the Georgia Diversity Council. She is also a Certified Career Coach, where she enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering with adults and teens on career coaching. Maria’s most recent projects include studying for her SHRM-SCP certification and co-authoring her first book, titled Imagination @Work. Maria is also a wife and has two beautiful children that she enjoys spending time with.
Women Support Group Facilitator
Aisha Thomas is a United States Air Force member who has served for over 14 years. She has supported organizations during the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a migrant from Freetown, Sierra Leone she dealt with many transitional challenges to include bullying, sexual and domestic violence and PTSD. Her personal story motivated her to raise awareness and empower her community. Those organizations include, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), SAPR (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response), Green Dot and the Department of Defense (DOD). As a single mother, she has learned how to navigate her career while being a parent of a daugther and a son with special needs. She currently advocates, as a Speaker and Mentor, for young women, through her SELFies principle which promotes, self esteem, self worth, self love and self value.
Lakisha S. Gatewood is an inspiring and motivating Employment Job Coach
with the Goodwill of North Georgia Career Services Department in Gwinnett County. Lakisha takes pride in advocating for individuals with barriers and helping her clients find confidence at work and in life. She has an AOS in Medical Assisting and BA in Sociology. One of her favorite quotes is “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary “by (Vince Lombardi) Believing that, she is determined to help individuals become better versions of themselves by providing that additional piece of optimism and encouragement. Lakisha enjoys family time when she is not working or volunteering in the community. She is a native of Buffalo, New York enjoying the inviting warmth of the South.
Cristine Wick has spent 24 years as a Corporate Business Development person in the security industry, selling high level software to fortune 500 companies. She holds a Bachelor degree in Broadcast News Journalism and a Minor in Psychology. As a Certified NLP Practitioner and Certified Coach she knows the importance of self talk and believes a change in circumstance is preceded by a change in mindset. Cristine knows that raising a family is challenging enough but even more difficult for a single parent who must play both roles simultaneously holding down a job. Over the years she has gained a lot of experience with overcoming both professional and personal challenges while simultaneously raising a Daughter who suffered with late stage Lyme Disease. It is a struggle to be all things to everyone. And that is why Cristine wants to contribute to Single Mothers Matter and help ease the burden where possible.
Debbie Rumbo has been helping people in the field of holistic natural medicine for over two decades. Growing up in an abusive alcoholic household, Debbie learned early on how to bury her emotions and paint a smile on her face. Years later, she recognized the importance of healing herself before she could truly work on healing others. She graduated from The School Of Healing Arts as a Holistic Health Practitioner. She studied NLP -Nurolinguistic programing, Homeopathy, Reiki, and a number of healing techniques. Always searching for more ways to help her clients, Debbie studied at Life Force Connection a one year Intuitive Life Coaching program with a second year mentor program. She taught Intuitive Business Coaching at The International School Of Holistic Studies and is currently finishing a one year Law of Attraction coaching program at the Quantum Success Coaching Academy. Her passion and drive continues as she supports women in building the life of their dreams.
Ballet Dance Instructor
Olivia McDavid was born and raised in the Atlanta area. Since childhood, Olivia's interests have centered around art and dance. She attended Kennesaw State University where she acquired a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Drawing and Painting, and a minor in Dance. Olivia is involved with organizations that focus on furthering art and art education, such as Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Olivia believes that instruction in the arts is a complement to traditional education and can aid in shaping self esteem and problem solving skills.
Michelle Fisher has spent over 20 years as a talent acquisition leader with experience in corporate, startup and agency recruiting environments. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. Throughout her career, she’s been successful in helping women navigate the employment landscape. Her focus is to help women discover their strengths, goals, and passions and then create a plan that will align with their calling in life. Michelle is passionate about helping women find career success and personal satisfaction to live a purposeful and abundant life. Raised by an immigrant, non-English speaking mother, she understands the challenges faced by those not native to this country. Currently, Michelle is balancing a full-time job, raising 2 teenagers and volunteering as a career coach.
Shanee Harris-May is a social worker who has worked for and with the community for over 10 years. She possess a Bachelors of Art from Michigan State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her experience includes working for both the public and private
sectors of human services departments providing clinical services. She has experience working with all walks of life including those impacted by substance abuse, domestic violence, the child welfare system, as well as immigrant families, and the LGBTQ community to name a few.
Personally, she has volunteered within many capacities aimed at giving back to her community, including volunteering at local food drives, fundraising for medical research purposes, as well as assisting those displaced due to natural disasters. This wife and mother of two believes
that the time, commitment and effort that she puts into helping others is rewarding work and the duty of mankind.
A native New Yorker, Stephannie Bermudez found her calling of helping others when she was
only a teenager. Moving from place to place from a young age, she quickly developed a deep
compassion for others having a difficult time calling a place home. This resolve stuck with her
through college, leading her to pursue a career in life and career coaching as she believes that
both go hand in hand.Years later, Stephannie provides support to our communities by coaching individuals across the world finding their life purpose and helping them pursue meaningful careers. She alsovolunteers with various organizations providing guidance in the college and career decision-making process. Others include empowering young women interested in seeking a career inScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). When she is not coaching or
speaking in high schools and colleges bringing awareness to the importance of coaching, you
will find Stephannie reading in the park or spending time with family and friends.
Financial Literacy Instructor
Dionne is a third-year doctoral student in English - Literary Studies from Birmingham, AL. She received her B.A. in English from Miles College in Birmingham, AL and her M.A. in African and African-American Studies from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Dionne spent ten years in secondary and post-secondary education in English language and literature, history, and
cultural studies. Currently, Dionne teaches first-year composition at Georgia State University and serves as Conference Manager for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA). Outside of academia, Dionne is a busy mom to her daughter Nia and cocker spaniel Lady. She has served as a basic literacy and ESL tutor for adults, developed intergenerational literacy programs
for families, and provided one-on-one mentorship to young ladies transitioning from college to higher education. Dionne believes that her success as a single mother can be greatly attributed to one-on-one support from other women and an awareness and access to educational, financial, and wellness resources.