I founded ElleLiveAction (Women Living in Action), Maui Media Maven and NW Media Maven to follow my passions, elevate others to their next level, and build bridges between communities.
Throughout my life I've always loved helping others. Growing up in a household with two teachers for parents, I was instilled with a passion for learning and a need to share that passion with the world. Recent, I was a graduate from Walden University getting my MBA in Leadership. My Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis on Clinical Psychology was from The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Evergreen Tacoma campus' motto “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” is something I take to heart and I want to do all I can to help others succeed. Being an eclectic individual, who wears several different hats...literally and metaphorically, there have been several different fields I have worked in leading me towards my ultimate goals.
In 2011, I published a multicultural children's book called We Are One at the Falling of the Sun. Since then I have traveled throughout Washington State doing book readings for elementary school youth and working with children and adults discussing the importance of knowing your roots, loving your culture and appreciating others for theirs. Coming from a multicultural background, it has been important for me to instill in people a proud sense of self.
My women's work is a passion. In 2012, I co-founded the Ladies First business; an in-school and after-school empowerment program for young women focused on self-esteem building, body image workshops, and self-defense trainings. In 2004, graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle in the field of Fashion, I wanted to support positive body image. After five years in that field, seeing that 99% of the women I worked with did not like the way they looked, she decided to return to school to study clinical psychology with a focus on multicultural and feminine studies. I've had fourteen years of self-defense experience and currently is contracted to teach for organizations and businesses that want their employees to have a safer work environment. Combining all of these facets, I created a curriculum surrounding body-image, self-esteem building, and self-defense. With the help and ideas from the her co-founder, they were able to implement this curriculum into their Ladies First Program.
Education is a huge focus in Tasha's career. 2010-2012, I was a member of OSPI's Dream Team, focused on closing the achievement gap in Washington State. From 2012-2014 was when I Directed the Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition. Growing the coalition from 20 to 40 organizations strong, advocating for youth of color and youth impacted by poverty so they were college-eligible and career-ready, was a joy. Hosting several events such as a Vibrant Schools=Vibrant Communities event, a school board candidates forum, multiple Undoing Institutionalized Racism Workshops with facilitators from The People's Institute Northwest, coalition meetings with statewide representatives, focus groups, and meetings with Tacoma Public Schools. 2013-2014. I served on the statewide coalition Excellent Schools Now as an online communications committee member. Helping youth, particularly youth who have been marginalized is important to me. Currently, I also work for Hawaii Behavioral Health as a Skill Trainer for special needs kids throughout Maui.
Outside of the work scope I love travel, cooking, music, art, dance, self-defense, bicycling, kayaking and canoeing, along with health, nutrition and wellness. I aspires to travel speaking on topics surrounding women's empowerment, cultural awareness and education. Follow me on my journey.