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.