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Meet The Team

Since our founding in 2009, Poetry for Personal Power has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our board and staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success.

Find out more about some of our team members below.


Since our founding in 2009, Poetry for Personal Power has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our board and staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success.


 
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MEET THE TEAM
Sheri Hall - CEO | Julianna - Director of Programming | Mildred Rand - Director of Peer Services / Finance | Aja Owens - Program ManagerTiara Patterson - Program Manager | Kisha Robinson - Peer Support and Reporting | Monty Rand - IT and Peer Support | Jazmyne Jones - AmeriCorps VISTA Engagement Coordinator | De'Juana Brown - AmeriCorps VISTA Donor Development Coordinator | John Lewis - AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

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AJA OWENS - PROGRAM MANAGER

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Aja Owens is an author, councilwoman, peer specialist, trauma educator, poet, hip hop artist, community organizer & regional coordinator from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

 

Aja has dedicated her life to serving underprivileged youth and minorities by implementing empowering programs and events throughout the community. 

 

She is the founder of IAMHIPHOPSTL and the WHAT ABOUT US FOUNDATION.  She has traveled throughout the country sharing her gift, appeared on BET several times and has opened for artists such as Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Da Brat, and 50 Cent.  In addition to publishing nine poetry books, she has helped more than 30 authors publish their own books. as well.  She has been performing spoken word poetry for more than 20 years.

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TIARA PATTERSON - PROGRAM MANAGER

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Tiara Patterson is a literary and performing artist with a heart for youth development. She founded an arts company called Project 1311 and has dedicated her art and life to serving those that often go voiceless.  

Tiara was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, is a high school graduate of Kansas City Public Schools. A busy mom, and a spoken word artist, she competes in local slams and is a part of the host team for Arsyn Spit Fire Open Mic Nights.

 

She has led many youth groups and dance teams helping them to learn how to connect their spirit and body, helping them to find their voice through the empowerment of knowledge and poetry, and teaching them how words translate to body movement and back again. 

While she is undeniably talented, she has a passion for behind the scenes work and has managed countless events, stage plays, and productions.

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MONTY RAND - IT/PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

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Monty Rand - Coming Soon

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KISHA ROBINSON - GRANT FULFILLMENT/PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

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KISHA ROBINSON - Coming Soon

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SHERI HALL CPS -
CEO

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Sheri Hall is a goal-oriented manager, a certified peer specialist in Kansas and Missouri, and an artistic creative with over ten years of experience in non-profit operations, arts administration, advocacy, community organizing, and team development.  She has extensive experience with Fortune 500 and international companies in user acceptance testing (UAT), vendor management, and business analytics. 

She is the CEO of Poetry for Personal Power.  Sheri started with P3 as a Sponsored Artist in 2012. During her time with the agency, she has worked to solidify relationships with community partners, developed a peer support program for the organization with agency certification curriculum; developed agency processes; written and assisted in writing grants that have yielded over One-Million dollars in agency funds.

 

Artistically, Sheri Purpose Hall is a highly decorated writer and performance artist and founder of East of Red ArtHouse. She has four books: “Mélange du Femme Noir” (2019), "Black Girl Shattered" (2017); “Chosen for Both” (2015); and a workbook "Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal" (2016) which won an award from Bike for the Brain. She is the 2020 National Spoken Word Awards Female Artist of the Year,  2019 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awardee and previous 2-year Studios Resident, and an Arts KC Inspiration Grant recipient (2017/2019). She has also represented Kansas City at the Women of the World Poetry slam (2017/18), at the National Poetry Slam (2015/16/17/18), and most recently at Rustbelt Poetry slam (2019).

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MILDRED RAND CPS - 
DIRECTOR OR PEER SERVICES/FINANCE

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Mildred Rand spent fifteen years as an Accounting Specialist, before starting at Poetry for Personal Power as a Peer Support Specialist. After her successful career in the finance industry, she is now a vital part of the organization as bookkeeper and program director for our peer support program.

 

She has Peer Support certifications in both Missouri and Kansas, is trained in WRAP level 1, and is certified as a Writing Wrong Writing to Heal trainer and a CCAR Peer Coach Recovery trainer.

 

In 2010, Mildred founded Daughters of Christ Ministry, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support women from all walks of life through spiritual friendships, peer support, networking, educating and encouraging one another to reach their full potential and fulfill purpose. After years of Christian counseling experience, in June 2016, she accepted her higher calling and was officially and legally ordained as a licensed Minister. She is a devoted wife, mother, and friend.

Sheri Hall
Mildred Rand
Aja Owens
Tiara Patterson
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Kisha Robinso
Jazmyne Jones
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Jazmyne Jones AMERICORPS VISTA
ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

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Jazmyne Jones info coming soon

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JOHN LEWIS - 
AMERICORPS VISTA
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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 John Hypocrace Lewis info coming soon

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De'Juana Brown
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DE'JUANA BROWN - 
AMERICORPS VISTA
DONOR ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

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De'Juana Brown info coming soon

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