Meet The Creators
CEO of G.O.A.L.S Oriented Training LLC, Club Elevation, and Circulate Spin Studio. A renowned personal trainer and health enthusiast, Clay is truly passionate about educating others. He thrives from knowledge he is able to share and to experience the fruits of his labor through others gives him an overall feeling of satisfaction that is immeasurable. As many fall victim to negative generational patterns and lack of execution, he is adamant in his efforts to help people shift their mindset to tap into their purpose.
Keiha R. Drummond, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, serves as Internship Manager at City Charter High School. She’s responsible for providing career guidance as part of the Post-High School Planning team and is part of the school-wide leadership team. Mrs. Drummond obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Passionate about helping others, Keiha has been working and assisting various groups in a variety of capacities for many years. From serving as a panelist at various national conferences within her field to facilitating a variety of programs serving underrepresented populations, Mrs. Drummond is a leader in her own right. She has a vision that is unmatched and is excited to expand her reach to not only share her own gifts and talents with a larger pool of individuals, but to also provide educational resources and networking opportunities to help others maximize their full potential and purpose.
Meet The Team
Real Estate Agent, Keller WIlliams Realty
Marrae Hill was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She Graduated from Point Park University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communication Advertising and Public relations. Marrae worked at a title company and later at a bank where she handled loan modifications, short sales and foreclosures. Having a real estate background and growing up with a mom who is a real estate agent and investor Marrae decided to further her career and become a real estate agent herself and has been for the last 8 years. She loves helping people accomplish their homeownership goals. Seeing people smile at the closing table makes it all worth wild. Marrae is also a Property Manager and a notary loan signing agent. She is also now in the process of becoming an investor herself. As much as she loves to help an educate her clients she sometimes takes a back seat and learns from her clients.
Real Estate Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
MiIsha Reid wears various hats on a day to day basis, but no matter what she is engaged in she works to produce equitable opportunities within those spaces for groups typically underrepresented or excluded. MiIsha is a proud native of Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Applied Developmental Psychology and then shortly after obtained her Master of Education in Instruction and Learning. Upon receiving her Master in Education, MiIsha taught as an elementary school teacher within the city of Pittsburgh for a few years. As an elementary school teacher, MiIsha saw first hand the disparities that existed within and across schools. To be an agent of change, MiIsha decided to return back to the University of Pittsburgh to pursue her Ph.D. She earned a competitive award to be an Urban Special Education Scholar, as a third-year student she currently studies disparities and educational inequities for students with disabilities. With her research, MiIsha hopes to enhance pre-service teaching education and K-12 school practices. As an educator and researcher, MiIsha serves as a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the American Education Research Association.
Within the past year, MiIsha has also pursued her growing passion for real estate. MiIsha works as a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services The Preferred Realty. She assists sellers and buyers with their real estate needs. As a realtor, MiIsha serves as a member of the following: the National Association of Realtors, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, and the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. The path to homeownership has and continues to be filled with many barriers to access. Therefore, as a realtor, MiIsha works to assist and provide the necessary resources or information to help people better navigate the road to homeownership.
CONNIE THORNHILL BETTIS
Financial Professional, Paradise Wealth Advisors
The global financial crisis of 2008 affected Connie Thornhill Bettis’ life in unexpected ways. Like millions of Americans at the time, Connie was laid off from her job and required the advice of a financial advisor. Unfortunately for Connie and many others, she wasn’t receiving the level of attention from advisors that she needed. If others couldn’t help her, Connie surmised, she would help herself.
Connie became a financial professional in 2009 and began using her knowledge to educate people. This included friends and former coworkers who, like her, had lost their jobs abruptly. “I had value that others didn’t have, and I wanted to provide it,” says Connie.
Over the past 10 years, Connie has continued to help guide clients through their life changes, striving to be a resource for them when they need it most.
VP of Community Development, The Huntington National Bank
Barāta, a native of Pittsburgh, is Vice President and Community Development Officer for Huntington National Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from DeVry University, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management. Barāta covers Western PA, the Ohio Valley, and Mahoning Valley in Ohio. He works in the space of Small Business Development, Affordable Housing, Homeownership, Workforce Development, Economic Revitalization, and Corporate Volunteerism.
CEO Quinerly Financial Group
Simone Quinerly is a Pittsburgh native who received her M.S. in Accounting at Chatham University and B.S.in Financial Services at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Simone started her career in the finance and banking industry where she worked in the audit and accounting sector for twelve years. Simone left the corporate world to open her own business venture as CEO of Quinerly Financial Group. Quinerly Financial Group provides financial management and solutions to small businesses, non-profits and individuals along with tax preparation. Simone's passion to help others gain financial freedom has pushed her to sit for her CPA exam, which she plans to have completed by the end of the year. While digging deep into accounting Simone did not want to close the door on the investing world and took a position as the CFO at a Tech Investment company Troutwood. Outside of crunching numbers Simone has won multiple awards and has had the pleasure to sit on various boards in the City of Pittsburgh.
DR. ARMANI DAVIS
Educator/Faculty Lead Coro Pittsburgh
Dr. Armani A. Davis is a proud graduate of Steel Valley High School. After Steel Valley, he attended Duquesne University, where he played football and received a Bachelors of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications. Upon graduation, he took a job with a major grocery store provider as a district manager. Armani left the work to further explore his passions and returned to school at Edinboro University where he received a Master’s of Arts in Managerial and Intercultural Communications and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution.
Shortly after graduation, he began working for Robert Morris University as a Retention Specialist, working with marginalized and conditionally accepted students. During this time, he helped create the first African American orientation program at Robert Morris, contributing to the highest first year persistence rate for conditionally accepted students. In dedication to his service to the Robert Morris Community, he was awarded Diversity and Inclusion Faculty/Staff member of the year. As a result of his leadership, he was later encouraged by leadership at the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education to apply for a State-Wide Fellowship opportunity to become faculty at one of the State Universities in Pennsylvania. He was accepted and joined Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in May 2018 to teach and lecture as a Frederick Douglass Scholar in the School of Developmental Studies and the newly established Master of Strategic Communication Program. He currently works with IUP’s School of Education; Departments of Communications Media and Developmental Studies; and the newly established University College. In August 2020, Armani became the Faculty Lead for Coro Pittsburgh’s Fellows in Public Affairs Program to help in the developmental process of effective and ethical leadership for future public servants.
Armani’s life goal is to work to better ensure education efforts at underserved and impoverished communities, so the pool of the leaders of tomorrow will be substantially larger. Armani has been featured as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator across Pennsylvania and Ohio on topics such as social justice, mindset, branding, strategic planning, educational and self-awareness and more.
Armani continues to be active in his community with leadership positions in various organizations. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, The 100 Black Men of America, a men’s civic organization whose stated goal is to educate and empower African-American children and teens, and member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In 2017, Armani was chosen as a Fellow of the New Leaders’ Council, which is dedicated to providing a new generation of leaders with the tools they need to exceed and drive progressive change for the region. Armani is a Distinguished Alumni of Steel Valley High School, a Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40 awardee, a 2020 Western PA Rising Star Awardee, a Rho Boule Scholar, and a recipient of Duquesne University’s Mind Heart and Spirit Award. In May 2019, Armani received his Ph.D. from Robert Morris University.
Founder/CEO Soleil Branding Essentials
Soleil Meade is the founder and CEO of Soleil Branding Essentials, a branding and design agency that assists individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities – large and small, define and enhance their brand identity through graphic and web design, strategic planning and development, executive tools and marketing services. She is also the founder of “I Am Handpicked,” a non-proﬁt organization that focuses on exposing and evicting issues and elevating purpose in girls and women through mentoring, ministry, and meet-ups. The Beloved project which provides complimentary care packages for those with COVID-19, is also a shining initiative of her non profit. She is also a consultant for Mentoring Partnership of Pittsburgh, Lead Organizer for Take Action Mon Valley, and Board Member of Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens.
Most importantly, Soleil is a woman who doesn't want to see another unfulﬁlled dream, inactive talent, or railroaded vision, so her life is dedicated to encouraging people to embrace the vision and purpose God placed within them
Executive Director, Catapult Greater Pittsburgh.
Very rarely does someone get an opportunity to turn their tragedies into triumphs. During Tammy Thompson’s life she has experienced homelessness, loss, and countless setbacks, but she has used her background to grow, educate, and inspire others. Through her journey, it became clear to her that “Poverty is not just about not having money.”
Tammy is an internationally recognized Poverty Expert. Through her company, T3 Media, a Social Justice Media company, she executive produced, We Wear the Mask, a documentary released in 2017, highlighting the stigma associated with women in poverty. She is also the owner of T3 Consulting. Through T3 Consulting, Inc., she facilitates and develops homeownership programs for local non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. She is a certified Housing Counselor and has been teaching and speaking about financial literacy and educating families for 20 years. Currently, Tammy is the Executive Director of Circles Greater Pittsburgh, where she has developed multiple wealth building initiatives including, Catapult: Startup to Storefront and the Gallery on Penn, retail incubator program.
As a highly sought after speaker, Tammy shares stories of her life to illuminate her journey through poverty toward prosperity. Her story, “One Can of Carrots,” has become one of her signature talks and has resulted in the creation of workshops and a curriculum rooted in her expertise of “The Psychology of Poverty.” “The Psychology of Poverty” training gives participants an opportunity to shift their perspective and recreate how they’ve been impacted by the psychological implications of poverty—it provides an avenue to re-route their relationship with money.
Her life’s work has been featured in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other publications.
Tammy is a mother of five and grandmother of 19. She resides in Pittsburgh and is raising her granddaughter.
DE'NETTA BENJAMIN-MILLER, LCSW
Mental Health Series
Executive Director Sojourner House
De’netta Benjamin-Miller, LCSW is a Behavioral Health therapist for 20 years and has over 11 years of program management experience. She is currently the Executive Director for Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS and is the owner of Focus on Life Counseling Center LLC. Mrs. Benjamin-Miller served as the Director of Behavioral Health for Familylinks, Chief Program Officer for the Hill House Association, Clinical Director for Adaptive Behavioral Servicers, and Bethlehem Haven. During the recent COVID-19 crisis, Mrs. Benjamin-Miller offered free mental health care for non-insured individuals. Her passion is to assist the community with mental wellness restoration and to heal from past traumas. Her undergraduate degree is from Central State University, and her Masters of Social Work degree is from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the mother of a 19-year-old son, grandmother of a 3-year old handsome boy, and wife to Marvin Miller. She is also a survivor of sexual assault and in recovery from Depression. Her motto-your past does not define you; the past traumas are experiences that can lead to healing.