meet the team
My name is Tempest Rankins the role I serve is, I am the Board President of Knowing Your Worth Inc. I work to assist the founder and CEO, Amber Lane to build Knowing Your Worth up to its fullest potential in reaching out to young and adolescent girls to help empower and uplift themselves. My occupation is that I am currently a Detachment Commander in the United States Army Reserve with the 327th Transportation Company Detachment in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Serving in a leadership role gives me great pleasure because I know that I have direct impact in helping others professionally develop and achieve their goals. I plan on continuing to bring that service to Knowing Your Worth Inc.
Janicqua is a vibrant millennial from Dayton Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Northern Kentucky University. Shortly after obtaining her Bachelor's, she took a big step and relocated to Atlanta, where she earned her Master’s of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Janicqua currently serves as a Health Educator at Recovery Consultants of Atlanta. Janicqua is currently working on a non-profit organization that caters to emerging young ladies and plans to launch in 2019-2020. Janicqua also is considering pursuing a PhD. Ultimately, she just wants to make a difference and be a light everywhere she goes.
La Shawn M. Paul
Aaron T. Terrell is a motivated, passionate professional with diverse experience in organizational development, problem solving and administration. Aaron, a native of Aurora, Illinois, and an Alumni of Kentucky State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration focusing in the area of Non-Profits and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Lewis University in Romeoville. Aaron has experience in a wide range of industries from non-profits, education and health insurance. Aaron’s background in administration at DeVry University, Career Education Corporation and United Health Group where he led many efforts in simplifying their administration.
La Toya Mason
La Shawn M. Paul, LCSW-R, ACSW is the founder and lead clinician of Social Work Diva. She is a New York State licensed clinical social worker and recognized by the National Association of Social Workers as an accredited social worker. Ms. Paul has a B.A. in Social Work and Political Science from Herbert H. Lehman College (City University of New York) and her M.S. from Columbia University in Social Work with a clinical specialization in School-Based, School-Linked Services. In her senior year of high school, La Shawn lost a friend to suicide. In that moment, she decided to pursue Social Work so that so that she could help women of all ages see their value and strength in times of turmoil and uncertainty. La Shawn is a mother of a toddler and a wife.
La Toya Mason is the Owner and Creative Director of LMason Wedding and Event Planning. LaToya had an extensive career with one of the top luxury retailers in the country before taking the leap of faith and turning a long time hobby into a full time business in February of 2015. LaToya’s biggest soft spot is for the bride on a dime that leaves her wedding feeling like her special day was just as amazing as if she had a million dollar budget. LaToya is a proud graduate of Langston University with a BA in Sociology and because all pretty girls wear 20 pearls, she is an active member of the Sigma Sigma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. When she is not planning events or volunteering in the community, you can catch LaToya blogging “Unapologetically” about the insanity that is her life with 4 kids ranging from 30 to 4 years old, 3 grandchildren, a business, a grumpy husband and a completely uncontrollable dog.
Dr. Marsha Dempsey Herron currently serves as Acting
Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral
Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
public administration from Shaw University and a Master
of Science degree in special education, with a
concentration in elementary education, from the City
University of New York - College of Staten Island. Dr.
Herron earned a Ph.D. in special education from the
University of Oklahoma concentrating her studies on
emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Herron’s
experiences include working as a special education
teacher in under-served communities in Brooklyn, New
York, where she filmed a documentary and implemented
the first portfolio evaluation process for students with exceptionalities in her school. She
has worked to support newly practicing teachers including those from, traditionally,
alternatively, and emergency certified pathways. She has held offices and presented
scholarly work on both the state and national levels. Dr. Herron was the first African
American elected as president for the Oklahoma Council for Exceptional Children. She
also served as the most recent chair of the Oklahoma State IDEA-B Advisory Panel. Dr.
Herron has worked with various school systems in Oklahoma and has received numerous
scholarships, fellowships, and awards. In 2016, Dr. Herron received the Langston
University Outstanding Teacher Award.
Dr. Marsha Demsey Herron
Tiffany Harris is currently the Clinical Lead Family Medicine Registered Nurse at Variety Care in Oklahoma City. Tiffany has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years. She has experience in areas such as the Emergency Department, Pre and Post operative care, Family Planning, School nursing and Home Health care. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Great Langston University in 2006. She is also an American Heart Association certified, Basic Life Saver CPR instructor. Tiffany lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Eric and two children, Eh'vyn and Jordyn. Tiffany plans to continue to educate her community, where there is a lack of health knowledge, and advocate for her patients when they feel like they have no voice.