Meet Our Coaches
Chandi Rae, Is a self-made entrepreneur, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, rape survivor that resulted in her becoming a teen mom at 15 years old. Chandi Rae grew up as a military brat in Tennessee, California and Germany which postured her as a well-rounded and grounded woman who’s able to navigate well in diverse cultures. Chandi Rae is an international speaker, image consultant, author and a board certified professional master life coach specializing in confidence, image transformation and helping other find their life purpose. Chandi Rae developed a strong love and passion for professional development after an extraordinary training/boot camp with world renown motivational speaker, Les Brown. This sent her on a healing journey and she wanted nothing more than to show other women how to go from pain to purpose.
Chandi Rae created a life transformational workshop and retreat called Vanish Board™, this workshop retreat has become international as it has impacted women all across the United States as well as other countries such as Canada, Port Antonio Jamaica and Africa. Chandi Rae has taken her conferences Tell Your Story, and Shero the run way internationally to Nairobi, Kenya. Though Chandi possesses many gifts and skill sets, she is very humble in character, compassionate, and giving. She accredits these accomplishments to the strength and core of who she is which lies in her strong spiritual beliefs. Chandi Rae’s ultimate mission is to spread hope and empower women globally to visualize and manifest the life of their dreams and to exemplify an authentic image from the inside out.
Dwain Wilkinson is above all, a father, and a highly driven, hardworking native from Miami, FL. Not only is he the owner and creative designer of his graphic design company (DGFX Miami, LLC), Dwain also is a full-time security director, and musician for his church. Dwain was raised in Nassau, Bahamas when his parents decided to move after college in 1984. Dwain returned to the united states at the age of 16, where he completed high school and joined the US Navy in 2001. After 5 years of service, Dwain was discharged in 2006 and returned to his hometown where he enrolled in college and obtained his BA in Business Administration in 2012.
In 2010, Dwain was introduced to a beginner course in photoshop and found his passion for graphic design. By 2011, became a freelance graphic designer and started DGFX Miami, LLC. He would go on to provide services internationally for clientele, contract celebrity projects, and take on the role of creative director for several organizations.
Dwain fell in love with music at an early age. Always excited to learn new things, he taught himself how to play the piano at the age of 16. Dwain was hired as the church musician in 2008 where he currently plays to date. He has held the title of deacon, youth director, and minister of music during his tenure.
Dwain has over 17 years of security experience working for both Homeland Security and private contracted security agencies. He is knowledgeable in the security field and prides himself for recognition as an asset to any company.
Dwain has now turned his efforts to mentoring young men and women; teaching those have a passion for graphic design and are interested in perfecting their craft. He passionately believes that “No one gets left behind.”
Janel Lanae is a multitalented, award winning Social Worker, who has allowed her passion and dedication for mental health to evolve the lives of others in everything that she does.
She was raised in an addiction torn environment, enduring years of physical and sexual abuse that pushed her to the brink of insanity. She’d faced incarceration, mental facility lock downs, and multiple suicide attempts before she was registered as a ward of the state. She became a teen mother in the foster care system at just 14 years old, and soon ydedicated herself to healing and cultivating herself to be a positive impact in her child’s life.
She refused to give up, and worked diligently to take advantage of every opportunity to advance herself and strengthen her influence. The tumultuous experiences that she faced throughout her life, sparked a desire to help others who were bound by trauma and negative perceptions. This pushed her into the Social Work field at The Ohio State University.
While in college, Janel Lanae started her first business, “Head to Toe Beauty & Co.”. Head to Toe is a full service beauty & branding business that blends therapeutic services with the administration of beauty services for a modern approach to mental wellness; a system she affectionately named “Hair Therapy”.
After operating this business for 9 years, and engaging with thousands of clients as a traveling stylist, Janel noticed how the environmental spaces that someone dwelled in had just as much of an influence on their lives as their mental space. She discovered a unique and intimate method for delivering mental health services that would allow her to influence audiences that were not connected to her through the beauty industry, “the art of interior design”.
In 2018, she began her interior designing business, “Soulace”, the harmonious blend of soul and solace, to address the imbalance within client environments. Soulace is an interior designing business that incorporates many therapeutic benefits for the energetic enhancement of a space through organization, color, plant life, art, and raw expression of self.
Janel Lanae was excited to not only introduce the world to a new way of curating their spaces, but to truly evolve the state of their mind, body, and soul through her unique approach. However, once inside of their homes and minds, she soon realized that her clients needed more than a new space to transform themselves on a spiritual and emotional level.
In 2019, she spent nearly two years to herself connecting with the world around her, regenerating her spirit, healing her heart, deeply exploring herself, her darkest traumas, and her sense of divinity. This helped her reach a greater understanding of who she was and how she needed to reach her audience for their greatest benefit. They needed something that would help them connect to their experiences and create a strategy to shift their perspectives and regain control over their lives
In 2021, Janel Lanae curated “P.O.W.E.R.” , a transformational healing program under The Detour Program. POWER is defined as the Preservation of self, Optimism for the future, Worship at all times, Enduring when it’s unbearable, and Reflecting, but never reversing. She integrated an interactive self healing system that helps clients navigate through each barrier of their healing journey. The “12 POINT POWER SYSTEM” creates an effective and manageable way to establish and complete goals. It stands as a merit to hold ourselves accountable for how we use our power as we navigate through life. It helps to reduce stress, transforms negative feelings towards self and others, and implements new healing habits that help regenerate and sustain us on our path to complete restoration.
In 2022, Janel is excited to share many of the tools from her experiences and research to connect with others, to continue to learn and grow as an individual as as a leader, and to enhance and empower the lives of many.
Rio & Micca
Rio and Micca Watkins are Power Strategists and Best Selling Authors who partner with CEOs, educational facilities, and organizations to empower their audience and teams to step into their greatness by teaching social-emotional learning strategies to increase wellness and mental clarity.
After spending over two decades working in Sales, Telecommunication and Corporate Training Rio and Micca know what effectively reduces stress, drives productivity and boosts employee and student morale—and it's not installing a gym or hiring an executive chef for your organization or facility. It's about how well you connect with the hearts and minds of your most valuable assets - your people and your students. You're trying to develop a relationship by fostering a transparent and open communication type of environment to help them feel included and counteract the effects of mental health issues that are so common today.
Rio and Micca have landed coverage in broadcast and social outlets around the world, including the CTV Your Morning, Tell Your Story, Sister Suite Talk, Lady Kay Chat and B-Against Bullying. Their articles have been featured in ByBlacks.com and Toronto Caribbean Newspaper. In addition to their extensive training and sales experience, Rio and Micca are trained, transformational coaches.
Micca also holds a degree in Accounting from Seneca College and Rio has studied Business at the University of North Texas.
Chicago Native Temecka Russell is an innovative, hardworking, entrepreneur who is the COO of ASRWIT Educational Consulting and CAR-G Squared LLC Educational and Literacy company. Temecka by trade is a Certified Apple Educator teaching Secondary English/Language Arts & Reading Educator, who has now added Certified Life Coaching. Temecka has a Master's in Education from Grand Canyon University.
She has also earned a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Secondary Reading. A former Reading Adjunct, Curriculum Coach and Educational Consultant, Temecka loves to read as well as teach others to read. Temecka has also had the privilege of creating core curriculum and virtual instruction due to the recent Covid-19 Pandemic.
Temecka is very passionate when it comes to being an active member in the community of shaping tomorrow's leaders. As a parent, one of Temecka's most proudest moments occurred in 2016 when she, along with her daughter, released their first Young Adult novel, Being a Boss Like Ari Ross. This YA novel is an empowering journey of a young Black Girl's journey to finding her voice. She is extremely pleased, proud, and excited to introduce her freshman novel and the beloved character of Ari Ross.
As the parent of a budding young Black Girl, empowering other young girls of color has become important for Temecka. It is also important to Temecka that she emulates to young ladies in each of her classroom experiences, someone who has successfully survived some of the same struggles in which they find themselves dealing in today's times. For this reason, she makes sure to build rapport which encourages, supports and champions their successes.
Tiera Clay is from Dayton, Ohio and had big dreams of becoming a
OBGYN and mentoring teenage girls in sexual health. While studying
biology at Bowling Green State University, she joined an organization that
created a space for young minority women at the PWI. She grew a huge
interest in the impact that the organization had on her that she began to
conduct her own research exploring mentorship at a PWI and how it is
needed. After graduating she moved back to her hometown and ended up
volunteering in various organizations in the Dayton community.
Although she dealt with anxiety and depression in college, without the
established community after college it seemed much worse. In recent
years, she felt a huge pull to create her own space that she could make an
impact on individuals and establish a community. Thankfully she joined The
Detour Program with huge plans on introducing establishing a media
presence and creating community while learning on the way. Stay tuned for
Spring of 2022.