Team Lauren Simone Pubs


Advisory Board 


author james black James Black is an Entrepreneur, Writer, Artist, Musician, Editor, and Motivational Speaker. Originally from Jamaica, James Black moved to Connecticut in 2015. He is the CEO of 3rd Eye Studios LLC. His goals are to create a space and platform for creatives that’ll allow artists and authors to create comfortably and learn how to market themselves efficiently. He is also a sport enthusiast, semi-pro soccer coach, and semi-pro soccer player. He launched 3rd Eye FC LLC to combine his love of sports, fashion, and entrepreneurship. He serves on LSP advisory board for strategy and partnered with LSP in 2022 in publishing.



 Tanesha Bramwell-Mcken has extensive experience as an educator teaching children and adults. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has international experience having lived in Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, U.S and Jamaica. She is a mother of two daughters, wife of a small business owner, currently a Spanish elementary teacher and translator, who is dedicated to linguistics and literacy. ​​She translates Lauren Simone Pubs' books. 


Faith Clarke  Faith Clarke is formally trained in Computer Science, Adult Education, and Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Performance Psychology, where she focuses on stress management and well-being. In addition, she is homeschooling her three children, one of whom was diagnosed with autism. She is the author of Parenting like a Ninja: An autistic mom's guide to professional productivity and the CEO and founder of Melody of Autism, which is a program to support families caring for loved ones with autism by connecting them with trained care specialists with nuanced insights into their family's needs. Designed and implemented a comprehensive curriculum for autism care specialist training and autism sensitivity training that reflects cutting edge perspectives on autism and approaches to building deep connections and facilitating learning and development in people with autism. 
 Naomie Gorham  

Naomie Gorham, born in 2009, is a high level reader and lover of books. She is honest and direct concerning what she loves and hates about the characters, story content, and illustrations. She is one of the first board members to see our books before they are published and provide feedback. 


Cheryl Gorham is a mother of three who enjoys reading to her children. She is an avid reader, completed her undergraduate degree in Biology, and currently works in the legal department at an Engineering company. Combining her diverse skill set, she serves as a tremendous asset to Lauren Simone Publishing House.


matthew john Matthew John is the father of Alyssa Simone and Olivia Lauren. He is a graduate of Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, a school which specializes in visual arts and performing arts. As a child he enjoyed drawing, sketching, and painting. It is evident where the John sisters inherited their talent. He also studied at LaGuardia Community College and Charter Oak State College. He advises Lauren Simone Publishing House on the visual aspects of the books. When he is not advising LSP, he is with patients fitting glasses at Heights Vision Center or working on his landscape designs.
Dalton L. Richards is the Founder of The Evo Project, a Philanthropic Program, the curator and editor of The Evolution Project: Stranger Alien Foreigner Nomad, consults on publications for ‘Sufficient For Today’, a self-help Christian resource by Sharon Haughton and has edited works such as ‘Was Jesus Really Poor’ and ‘Destined for Greatness’ (Devotional) both by author and
Bishop, Dr. Dominic N. Allotey. Dalton has also worked as Editor-in-Chief and contributing author for ‘We Are Urban Legends W.A.U.L from 2013-2016. 
His education includes a BA in Psychology from Mercy College in New York; and he is currently completing his Masters in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness at New York University. Next to Psychology, Literature also satisfies his desired vantage point in the mind and behavior of people. In his
upcoming debut novel series, ‘Corinthians of New’ he gets the chance to explore the human psyche, his Christian faith as well as express his passion for Fictional Drama and Anthropology. He advises Lauren Simone Publishing House on prose and style.



Rose-Anne Uwague is a Life Strategist, Business Coach, Outsourced Operations Director, and Author. She is a published author of two books, 7lbs 13ounces and Plug In. She advises Lauren Simone Pubs on content and design. She is the founder of Light A Fire LLC, personal growth and professional development organization that provides life-enhancing resources and tools for women who seek to live healthier, freer, happier, and more purposeful lifestyles. She also serves small business owners who need outsourced operations, project management, and assistance streamlining their processes. Passionate about igniting purpose to help clients identify and achieve their goals, Rose-Anne has been nicknamed “The Igniter”. She challenges her clients through accountability and introspection to set milestones, tackles their vices, and operates in their power to accomplish their mission. As a Life Strategist, she distinguishes her productivity coaching by helping her clients pursue harmony, employ grace and strategy rather than hustling, grinding, and struggling. She was featured in Forbes weighing in on a conversation about whether or not we "should" be productive, setting expectations for ourselves and others, and overcoming common challenges during the pandemic.  


 Business Advisors

Karen Hinds Karen Hinds is the founder and CEO of Workplace Success Group. She is a highly regarded leadership and diversity and inclusion expert who has partnered with organizations to build talent pipelines, facilitate leadership programs, and develop more inclusive cultures across the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. Originally from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Karen left the island at age 15 with her parents and siblings to pursue educational opportunities in the United States. The transition to a new country, culture, and school made it imperative for Karen to learn how to quickly adapt to change, thrive as an outsider, and build strategic relationships. A graduate of Bowdoin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish, Karen was chosen as one of 65 recipients for the national Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship, a grant that enables recipients to pursue a yearlong independent study outside of the United States. The Fellowship was established by the children of Thomas J. Watson, a former Chairman and CEO of IBM. Karen has authored five books and hundreds of business columns for international publications. For three years, Karen hosted a global women and girls leadership conference to develop female Caribbean leaders. She is known as a beach snob who loves the water. She also enjoys running obstacle races and recently rekindled her passion for weight lifting as a hobby.
Mary Cait McManamon is a Communications Manager at StartingBlock Madison. She also owns MCMktg, LLC – a social media marketing agency for entrepreneurs. Mary Cait enjoys volunteering and serves on the board for Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota as their Social Media Director. 
Denise Whitford Business Advisor  Denise Whitford has earned a reputation as a seasoned Business Advisor, where she brings nearly 35 years of professional economic development and financial services experience. Denise works with entrepreneurs and small business owners primarily in the Hartford region and at the US Department of Commerce in Middletown. With more than two decades of experience in bank operations, lending, sales, and service management, Denise shares her knowledge and extensive business acumen to help her clients build the best chance of enduring growth and profitability. A creative force of positive, focused energy, Denise provides her clients with competitive insight, technical skills, and strategic guidance to drive their success in both domestic and international markets. This often includes honing business plans, adjusting working capital position, expanding workforce capacity and refining marketing goals. Denise earned her Bachelors Degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, and then continued her professional education through the American Bankers Association, earning diplomas in banking and consumer lending. After working through numerous mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry, Denise earned an MBA from UConn with concentrations in Management and Human Resources and recently received Certified Global Business Professional accreditation from NASBITE (National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators).




Editorial Board

Sharika headshot Sharika K. Forde is a mother, grandmother and a student of life who has a passion for creative expression. She started jotting down notes of poetry many years ago. Inspired by her grandson, in 2019 she published her first children’s book in the Grandma’s Lil’ King Collection. Now a top selling author of several children's books filled with colorful images and rhythmic sentences to engage little ones in learning about African heritage, being fearless and the importance of teamwork. She is a content editor for Lauren Simone Publishing House. 
 Tamira Butler-Likely, Ph.D. is the owner and operator of Likely Write Editing. She has been editing and proofreading documents for over 15 years. Her educational background in the biological sciences has given her a keen eye for detail. She especially enjoys editing books and essays, to ensure the authors present their best selves in their writing. ​​


Digital Strategists

Emmanuel Digital Website Emmanuel Akojede is a Website Developer, who specializes in platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Wordpress. He engages in creating professional, highly-converting, yet eye-catching websites with mobile-responsiveness and easy navigation for users in mind for businesses across the globe to enhance their progress. He is also a Digital Marketing Expert concerned about giving out the best proven marketing strategies targeted at yielding sales and in turn consistent monthly revenue for several kinds of businesses.
Paula Pierce Paula Pierce is the owner and operator of Hosting Connecticut, LLC, where she provide everything online support including site design and development, hosting, e-commerce and digital marketing. A native of the town of Windsor, Connecticut, she now lives in the heart of its downtown with my husband, Michael, and enjoy being part of an energetic and diverse small town. She is ardent supporter of Windsor and its business community, and have been recognized for those efforts by the Small Business Administration and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.
michael wilson digital strategist  Michael Wilson enjoys helping business leaders to not only learn the technology, but to use it to empower themselves and their organizations.


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