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The members who reside on our board bring a distinct perspective to the table, are effective communicators with people of varied backgrounds, and collaborate well for the sake of the organization. Every member has gone through some form of adversity, whether it was a result of firsthand encounters with brokenness, social work, personal growth, or lending a hand to those facing comparable struggles. Each of them offers our wounded warriors a variety of experiences, specific knowledge, and diversity. Being at the forefront of our operations is a pleasure because they voluntarily donate their services.

CEO / FOUNDER
Nina Norstrom

Nina Norstrom, a distinguished author, holds the position of CEO and Founder at Transformational Living Wellness Lifestyle – TLWL, Inc. The core values of TLWL, Inc. are centered around the concepts of upliftment, empowerment, and purpose, which are rooted in Nina’s personal values and past experiences. She demonstrates these values daily by uplifting individuals and empowering communities to discover their purpose while living authentically. Nina has a deep understanding of the impact of brokenness, having worked with individuals who have faced trauma or brokenness for many years, helping them to cope, overcome, and improve their overall well-being. Her platform at Clayton Country Transitional Center is a testament to her commitment to empowering others to make positive changes in their lives.

Nina Norstrom is a graduate of Concordia University (River Forest, IL) and has over three decades of professional experience in education, journaling, leadership, speaking, storytelling, teaching, wellness coaching, and writing. Her journey towards writing therapy began as a result of her tragedies and losses.

Nina has experienced the challenges of broken family dynamics and has learned to embrace her family as a whole, loving them from a distance. After going through a marital divorce, battling complicated grief, suffering from a major depressive disorder, attempting suicide, being diagnosed with PTSD, and witnessing the negative effects of COVID-19, Nina founded TLWL, Inc. out of a passion to help others and as a response to the detrimental effects of brokenness that many individuals face.

Nina’s journey through unhealthy and healthy lifestyles has allowed her to piece together the fragments of her life. Since her return from a dark space, she has dedicated her energy to giving back to others, finding it to be the most rewarding experience. This is the reason why she created TLWL, Inc. Nina Norstrom believes that support and resource sharing are key factors in finding solutions to the challenges of brokenness. Nina Norstrom is a wellness coach, speaker, and award-winning author.  She is a strong advocate for well-being and good health. Since her journey, Nina has relocated to Georgia.

Education / Training:

Human Trafficking / Certificate of Completion (Sept. 2023); Professional Counseling Grief & Bereavement Diploma (Sept. 2023); Grief and Bereavement Counseling (June 2023); Certified REBT Mindset Life Coach (September 2021); Certified Cognitive Behavioral Life Coach (August 2021); Certificate of Completion Mental Health—Facts and Treatments (May 2021); Certified Transformation Life Coach (February 2020); Certificate of Completion Addiction & Mental Health-Chemically Speaking (January 2020); Bachelor of Arts (BA) Concordia University (May 2002);

Literacy Creations: 

Memoir = Not a Blueprint It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter

Self-help = Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall . . .Where Does My Self-Love Fall?

A Message from the CEO / FOUNDER

Nina Norstrom, a distinguished author, holds the position of CEO and Founder at Transformational Living Wellness Lifestyle – TLWL, Inc. The core values of TLWL, Inc. are centered around the concepts of upliftment, empowerment, and purpose, which are rooted in Nina’s personal values and past experiences. She demonstrates these values daily by uplifting individuals and empowering communities to discover their purpose while living authentically. Nina has a deep understanding of the impact of brokenness, having worked with individuals who have faced trauma or brokenness for many years, helping them to cope, overcome, and improve their overall well-being. Her platform at Clayton Country Transitional Center is a testament to her commitment to empowering others to make positive changes in their lives.

Nina Norstrom is a graduate of Concordia University (River Forest, IL) and has over three decades of professional experience in education, journaling, leadership, speaking, storytelling, teaching, wellness coaching, and writing. Her journey towards writing therapy began as a result of her tragedies and losses.
Nina has experienced the challenges of broken family dynamics and has learned to embrace her family as a whole, loving them from a distance. After going through a marital divorce, battling complicated grief, suffering from a major depressive disorder, attempting suicide, being diagnosed with PTSD, and witnessing the negative effects of COVID-19, Nina founded TLWL, Inc. out of a passion to help others and as a response to the detrimental effects of brokenness that many individuals face.

Nina’s journey through unhealthy and healthy lifestyles has allowed her to piece together the fragments of her life. Since her return from a dark space, she has dedicated her energy to giving back to others, finding it to be the most rewarding experience. This is the reason why she created TLWL, Inc. Nina Norstrom believes that support and resource sharing are key factors in finding solutions to the challenges of brokenness. Nina Norstrom is a wellness coach, speaker, and award-winning author. She is a strong advocate for well-being and good health. Since her journey, Nina has relocated to Georgia.

CFO / CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Darius Leon Norfleet, Sr.

Dr. Darius L. Norfleet, Sr. (Th.D., Th.M.) brings a wealth of spiritual guidance to the organization. Dr. Norfleet has a strong background in business operations and is the sole proprietor of Norfleet’s Multiple Businesses.

With over 45 years of service to the faith, Dr. Darius Norfleet began his journey as a born-again Christian on August 26, 1978, at Greater Christ Temple Church in Tacoma, Washington. He has served as an Associate Pastor at Evangel Apostolic Assembly Church and currently holds the position of Ordained Associate Elder at the Greater Christ Temple Church. Additionally, he has been blessed with an Outreach Ministry called God’s Revealed Ordained Outreach Ministry, also known as GROOM.

Dr. Darius Norfleet is a proud father of a daughter and a son-in-law. He and his wife, Dr. Dianne Norfleet, have been happily married for over 35 years and reside in Lakewood, Washington. Together, they conduct ministry sessions for the Outreach Prison Program at Washington Correction Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA. Dr. Norfleet has personally experienced the challenges of recovery as a 2nd and 3rd degree burn victim, which has shaped his understanding of brokenness.

Education:

Master of Theology Degree (2018)

Doctor of Theology Degree (2021)

Ordination Credentials (2001)

Certified Facilitator for Strong African American Families Teen – SAAFT (2020)

Current and Past Affiliations:

President of the Altar Worker’s, Laborer’s and Outreach Ministry

Assistant President of the WCCW Prison Ministry (Gig Harbor, WA);

President of the Senior Bible Society Ministry

Secretary of the Pacific Northwest 17th District Council Men’s Ministry (2007-2010)

Literary Creations:

Poetic Inspirations of Love

Backsliding: A Preventative Guide for the Christian Believer

The Importance of Keeping the Right Relationship with God

Board Secretary
Vanessa Fortenberry

Vanessa Fortenberry is a retired educator (27 years as a music specialist and teacher-librarian). In addition, she is an award-winning author and inspirational speaker, who fulfills her mission of using her writing as a tool to inspire children and adults. An entrepreneur, Vanessa is the sole proprietor of Power of Words: Connecting Readers and Writers, which provides a variety of literacy services that enrich, educate, and empower all ages. In addition to managing her new business, Vanessa holds board positions in several organizations.

A passionate singer, Vanessa enjoys worshiping in her church choir in Stone Mountain, Georgia and singing with the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus. In addition, she savors the moments she spends with her family and friends, as well as baking delicious desserts for others. To learn more, visit her website www.powerofwords.net.

Education:

Clark Atlanta University (B.A. Music Education)
University of West Georgia (M.Ed. & Ed.S. Media)
University of Georgia (Reading Endorsement)

Literary Creations:      

Mama, I Want to See God                                   
Daddy, I Want to Know God
Grandma, Granddad, We Want to Praise God

Assistant Secretary
Vacant Position

The Board Members

Chaplain
Dr. Dianne Norfleet

Dr. Dianne Norfleet (Th.D., Th.M.) is a retired employee of Boeing Airplane Company in the State of Washington and hails from Wadley, Georgia. She currently holds the position of Officer and Minister at the Ministry of The Pacific North-West District Council. Dr. Norfleet brings with her a wealth of prior teaching experience and caregiving skills to her role at Transformational Living Wellness Lifestyle — TLWL, Inc.

For the past four decades, Dr. Norfleet has proudly served Greater Christ Temple in Tacoma, WA. As an Altar worker, she is well-versed in taking on multiple responsibilities and dedicating her time to helping others. This is evident in the various positions she has held within the church. Additionally, she has accepted a board seat at Transformational Living Wellness Lifestyle – TLWL, Inc., adding yet another role to her already extensive repertoire. Dr. Norfleet has personally experienced the different stages of grief due to family losses, and she served as the sole caregiver for her husband during his severe burn injuries.

Dr. Dianne Norfleet and her husband, Dr. Darius Norfleet, Sr., have enjoyed a harmonious marital union for well-over three decades while residing in Lakewood, Washington. Together, they play a crucial role in conducting ministry sessions for the Outreach Prison Program at the Washington Correction Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA.

Education:

Associate Degree in Biblical Studies
Master of Theology Degree (2021)
Doctor of Theology Degree (2022)

Current and Past Affiliations:

Baptismal Team Leader
Bible Society Treasure Officer
Member of Women’s Auxiliary, Bible Class, and Leadership Training
Sunday School Teacher
Women’s Auxiliary Captain of the Lydia Women’s Team
Former Morning Glory Treasurer

Public Relations Specialist
Janaetta Jones
(Bio coming soon)

Dr. Amy Holland

Dr. Amy Holland, a certified and licensed psychiatrist, brings a wealth of medical education to the board. Her credentials extend throughout the states of California, Georgia, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and by year-end 2023, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. With over three decades of experience and knowledge, her expertise is an asset to those we serve who are experiencing brokenness. Dr. Holland understands the importance of educating others on the most effective ways to nurture the self.

 

She is fully committed and dedicated to her profession, as evidenced by her work in prioritizing healing needs. Her gift for transforming depression and anxiety into love and joy, with the goal of whole wellness in mind, is a quality that is much needed in the wellness arena. We are fortunate to have Dr. Amy Holland join us on our journey at Transformational Living Wellness Lifestyle −TLWL, Inc.

 

Dr. Holland is the founder and medical director of Christian Psychiatric Services, where she provides psychiatry services for treating depression, anxiety, mental health disorders, and other ancillary services for Whole Health Offerings (e.g., weight loss and issues with mental challenges). Her practice is located in the state of Georgia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she also provides telepsychiatry services to those who are unable to attend in person. Dr. Holland has also broadened her skills and can evaluate and provide certifications for ESA pets (after qualification status).

 

Dr. Amy Holland and her husband, Dana, have been happily married for over 33 years. They currently reside in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Holland takes great pride in being the mother of three sons and a daughter-in-law. Additionally, she cherishes the time spent with her beloved pets, which include cats, a dog, and two miniature horses.

 

In her leisure time, Dr. Holland engages in various activities such as participating in miniature horse shows, cat shows, and traveling with her family. She particularly enjoys destinations that offer a beach setting. These activities serve as a source of enjoyment and relaxation for a dedicated and hard-working doctor like herself. For further information, please visit her website at www.christianpsychiatricservices.com.

Additional Education:

Emotional Support Animal Certification

Denise Ashley

Denise Ashley, a native of Buffalo, New York and a retiree, currently resides in Georgia. Throughout her professional career, which spans over 25 years, she has gained extensive experience in the medical and customer service industries. During her tenure in these fields, she has encountered numerous individuals who were struggling with their brokenness and required nurturing and support.

Denise’s personal journey has been marked by several challenges, including her battle with a depressive disorder. Stemming from family brokenness, she stays in her space and loves them from afar. Her guiding principle is “each one teaches one.”

In her leisure time, Denise enjoys reading and participating in both indoor and outdoor activities. She also volunteers her time to assist those in need, which is a cause that she is deeply passionate about.

Education:

Certificate for Medical Administration — Bryant and Stratton College (Amherst, New York)
Certified Nursing Aide — Medical Training Program (Williamsville, New York)

Anita Lynette Hagans

Anita Lynette Hagans endeavors to inspire individuals to cultivate self-love, embrace life transitions, and fulfill their sole purpose by removing obstacles, building confidence, setting intentional goals, and promoting overall wellness. She empowers individuals to recognize codependency behaviors and educates them on ways to achieve their highest potential and divine path as they navigate through life.

As an entrepreneur, Anita is the proprietor of Inspired 2 Change Life. As a Reiki Master and Teacher, she provides customized solutions to guide clients towards their divine purpose while offering personalized support.

With over ten years of experience in mental, behavioral health, and human services, Anita aims to empower individuals to grow from within. She has worked with individuals, groups, and families, and is particularly passionate about uplifting women and men through Traditional Usui Reiki Healing and intuitive wellness support and coaching.

Having completed her studies and obtained master’s degrees with a focus on herbal medicine and aromatherapy, Anita believes that holistic and complementary therapies play a significant role in personal, mental, emotional, and physical healing and wellbeing. Also she is practices therapy.  For more information, please visit her website at www.i2ccoaching.com.

Education:

American College of Healthcare Sciences (Portland, OR)
Master of Science in Integrative Health Science (MSIHS)
Master of Social Work (Our Lady of the Lake University)
Usui Reiki Master Teacher — RTM (One Light Center)
Life Coach Institute of Orange County — Certified Professional Life Coach (California)

LCSWA — Licensed Clincial Social Worker Associated

Melissa King Jones

Melissa is a graduate of Columbus State University. In 2010, she began her public service career with the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer. Within the year, she was promoted to a counselor position, where she worked to meet the treatment needs of incarcerated women. Thereafter, she advanced as a Social Services Program Consultant (SSPC) and served in the role for seven years. In March 2023, Melissa was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Clayton Transitional Center, where she currently serves to help rehabilitate incarcerated men.

After experiencing a series of traumas during her life, Melissa King Jones is a survivor of brokenness. As a six-year-old, she was sexually assaulted at the hands of multiple abusers. This abuse continued until she moved away from home at the age of 18—to nurture her education. In addition to the sexual encounters, Melissa experienced religious trauma, which affected her core identity.

Her experiences with trauma have left a number of mental health challenges to cope with (i.e., anxiety, insomnia, major depressive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder). Although she receives therapy and takes medication, she endures dissociative episodes and flashbacks. Melissa has been able to find new parts to fill those gaps left by brokenness through the resiliency and unwavering support of family and friends. In this new space, she has transformed into the version she always wanted to be. Living with the levels of brokenness, she brings a wealth of knowledge.

Melissa is a social justice advocate and a mother to three fur babies. Her life mantra is a quote by professor and author Angela Davis: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” Melissa refuses to accept the cycle of generational trauma, brokenness, substance use, and mental illness that plague society. She strives daily to fight for equal and affordable access to education, medical care, substance use and mental health treatment, and resources in all communities.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2010)
Master of Public Administration in Government Administration (2015)
International Credentials as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II) — (2016)
International Credentials as Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
Medication-Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS)

Extension Position:

Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line

Sabrina Shalaby

Sabrina’s dedication to providing peer support and resources for those facing similar challenges in the metro Atlanta area stems from her own experiences with grief, mental health, and substance abuse. Her journey of healing through music and art has inspired her to prioritize unity, family, camaraderie, and mutual support in her work, recognizing the significance of community in the healing process.

Sabrina’s commitment to empathy and understanding shines through in her efforts to help others navigate difficult times. Whether through a listening ear or practical resources, she is always ready to offer support.

Outside of her work, Sabrina immerses herself in the culture of art, music, gardening, and cooking, finding solace and inspiration in these creative outlets. It is through these passions that she continues to find strength and purpose, which she shares with others in her community.

Education:

Peer Support Specialist
CARES Certificate

Paula K. Shalaby

Paula grew up in a structured family setting in Helsinki, Finland, with her mother and stepfather.  Also, she lived in Egypt before immirating to the United States in 1980. Paula spent the majority of her professional career in the restaurant industry, serving as co-owner of her family’s restaurant and was a restaurant manager, where she trained and supervised employees. Despite the stable upbringing, Paula observed numerous friends and family members’ battle with alcoholism.

Her heartbreaking story illustrates the devastating impact of addiction on families. Paula’s experiences with witnessing loved ones succumb to alcoholism and her own child’s battle with drug addiction highlight the pain, fear, and desperation that accompany such struggles. The emotional toll of watching a child self-destruct and potentially facing life-threatening situations can be overwhelming, leading to feelings of helplessness, grief, and shattered faith. Paula’s story sheds light on the harsh realities faced by those dealing with addiction in their families and serves as a reminder of awareness and compassion in these situations.

Her journey, watching the family navigate addiction, and experiencing a binge-eating disorder, embraces the importance and impact of support groups. She learned about Al-Anon’s benefits while attending Over-Eaters Anonymous. Paula has been a member of the support groups since 2009 and attributes her recovery to it. She aims to dismantle stigmas surrounding addiction and promotes the idea that recovery and success are possible for everyone, no matter their challenges.

Paula and Mack Shalaby have been married for 44 years. They are the parents of one daughter. Her passion for staying connected with family and friends demonstrates her appreciation for relationships and community. Reading books and exploring different cuisines shows curiosity and openness to new experiences and cultures. Watching instructional and inspirational videos on YouTube indicates her continuous quest for learning and growth. She enjoys giving reviews on Yelp as a way to spread positivity and support local businesses and services.

Education:

Helsinki Secretarial College, Finland  — Business Associate Degree
American University of Cairo, Egypt — Airlines Customer Service Classes
Javelin Technical School, Marietta, GA — Medical Billing and Coding Certificate