406 Fulton St
Troy, Rensselaer County 12180



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I was born November 23,1980 in Charleston, SC. I was raised in Cross, SC by mother Viola Gourdine,  and my Great-Grandmother Jaine B. Smalls. I graduated high school from Cross High School in  Cross, SC on June 1999. I graduated from Morris College in Sumter, SC in May of 2003 with a BA in Sociology. I have obtained my Culinary Arts Certificate in 2015 from ACAP. 


I moved to Troy, New York in June of 2003 to pursue my career in my degree. I entered into the work force as produce clerk and cashier to start my journey.  In 2004, I was bless with a job at the Center For Disability Services.  I served as a Residential Counselor and a Assistant Manager for four years. I have served many different companies over the years. I then found out that I have three different conditions  that set limits to my work journey.  I have Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Polycystic Kidney Disease, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 


Now I have entered on a new journey.  I am the Author of "The Mask Behind The Mask".  I am a motivational  speaker, as well as the  CEO of Shana Unmasking Motivation, and owner of G &G Jewelry.  I am apart of PWG HTM Organization, and an advocate for domestic violence victims.