KC is a Florida A&M University Alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Newspaper Journalism. The Tallahassee, FL native brings opinionated pieces related to the workplace, as well as, a fresh out of college prospective on the professional realm. When she's not writing for The Professional Project Blog or running our many social media pages (like, follow and subscribe), she travels with family and spends time with her 4-year-old Labrador Retriever, Alucard. You can contact her at her Twitter page @K2C_TPPB or email her at
Communications Director | Managing Editor | Social Media Coordinator
Shantrella, most call Trella, is a native of Panama City, FL. A photographer who works with The Professional Project to provide captivating, unique photos/images. Although her bachelor’s degree and career are in Information Technology (IT), photography has always been a passion of hers. Happily married to Sam Jones and mother of two daughters ( Aleera and Alonni Jones), Shantrella still finds time to further educate herself by taking courses at the University of West Florida (UWF) as well as participate in community events. During Shantrella's free time she likes to travel, create jewelry for leisure and paint. Blogging has never been something Shantrella would see herself being a part of, but through conversation with Mrs. Khia Thomas (Founder & CEO of The Professional Project) Shantrella grasped the necessity and exceptional benefit The Professional Project can provide to business and individuals through conventional and unconventional methods. Shantrella looks forward to providing readers with eye catching images and technical articles as well. You can contact her on Twitter @CaptureMe_TPPB or by email at .
Photographer | Content Contributor | IT Director
Brandi Newkirk, our Financial Fanatic, received her B.S. degree in Business Administration and M.B.A. with focus in Business Management (concentration in finance) from Florida A&M University (FAMU). After college, Ms. Newkirk began her professional career as the Coordinator of Academic Support Services in the Office of University Assessment at FAMU from 2007-2018. During that time, she was able to develop a full working knowledge of what it takes for an institution to be in continuous improvement mode; articulate statements of expected outcomes and objectives, student competencies, and identify robust measures that promote program development and growth. She also has experience in planning and conducting professional development activities to enhance the assessment, evaluation, budget, and research competencies. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director in the Office of University Assessment. Where she continues to bring a mix of wealth and knowledge in conducting evaluation/research designed to support assessment and decision-making needs; including planning, data gathering, data analysis, and report dissemination. Outside of work, Ms. Newkirk is very involved in the community. As a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliated and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, she uses her talents to build capacity in those who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills related to finance, budgeting, and strategic planning. Whether in a group or on her own, she makes sure that strategic initiatives are pushed forward for the betterment of others and her community. You can contact her on twitter @BNew_TheProject or by email at BN.email@example.com.
Finance Director | Co-Director of Strategic Business
Aisha, affectionately called Esha by family has chosen to continue her education at the University of Phoenix pursuing a Bachelors of Business and Administration with a concentration in Operations Management. She was born in Fort Polk Louisiana and raise in Kingstree South Carolina to the late Leonard Ridgeway (Army veteran) and Rose Ridgeway. She has attended Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina and Florida A&M university in Tallahassee Fl . She has obtained her CDA from Palm Beach State College. Aisha has a combination of philosophy in mind always keep your hands clean and do unto others as you would have them do unto because Humble is the way. You can contact her at her Twitter page @AishaRidgeway or email her at .
Tiya , holds a B.S. in Business Administration that she started at the Florida A&M University but conferred from Lindenwood University, as well as a M.B.A. with a focus in Strategic Leadership and Finance from Amberton University. After working several years in finance and accounting in various industries, she decided to dedicate the last 6 years to her family as a stay-at-home mom. To keep her professional skills abreast, she offers consulting services to businesses in looking to improve their business strategy, progress financially, and streamline business operations. Through her consistent participation in various service roles, Tiya displays a commitment to service, a passion for youth, and a dedication to excellence. She is results driven and seeks opportunities to add value and efficiency in all her endeavors. Though she currently calls Austin, TX home she hails from St. Louis, MO. When not laughing and joking with her husband, Gerard, she spends time investing in their three children, Ashlyn, Gavin, and Karsyn. You can contact her on Twitter @Tiya_TPPB or by email at
Content Contributor | Co-Director of Strategic Business