My most influential words of wisdom come from Proverbs 3:5-6: "Have confidence in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and shall direct thy path." Through my 27 years, I have encountered many obstacles, but through it all, I knew that His plan for me was a masterpiece and He would allow me to accomplish endless opportunities.
Born on October 31, 1984 to William Turner and Joyce Rivers, I am the youngest of four children. I was raised in Durham, NC, and left the nest in 2003 to attend college at Elon University in Elon, NC on a track scholarship. Exploring my passion for performing arts, I began Elon as a Music Performance major, but shortly changed it to Leisure & Sport Management, which is what I earned my B.S. in. As part of the Women's Track and Field Team, I marked history by becoming the first to represent Elon at the NCAA Regional Track & Field Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. I am still the current record holder of the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles, and I am proud to have the title of Most Valuable Player in 2004 and 2005.
After much soul searching, and many years of professional experience at Walt Disney World Resort working in Guest Relations and the Disney Institute, and Long Horn Steakhouse as a Restaurant Manager, I realized that my purpose in life had not yet been fulfilled. I began to research the Master of Public Administration program at NCCU, and found it to be the perfect fit. My first year in the program has been not only a blessing, but also a challenge. I am very active in the department contributing to: Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society (President), the inaugural chapter for NCCU's Society of Human Resource Management Student Chapter (Secretary), the Graduate Student Association (Member), and the Graduate Association for Public Administration (Member). Additionally, I am a Research Assistant for the MPA department, and an intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the Mediation Unit (following the Enforcement Team), and the American Heart Association in the Human Resources department. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.