Chief Executive Officer & Founding Advocate
Joy serves as the CEO & Founding Advocate at AIA. Joy holds a BS in Labor and Employee Relations from Rutgers University along with a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University, Newark. Joy is currently enrolled at Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies, pursuing a Masters in Divinity and Social Justice.
Joy founded Advocates in Action in 2016, with the mission to Be the Voice to those who don’t have one. This mission has evolved into Advocacy work done throughout Innovative Learning Academy, and our premier course The Pink Marker Movement. Joy is missioned to bring the opportunity to raise your voice and tell your story to everyone.
Joy is a published author, her inaugural book I Am Joy was released in September 2019. I Am Joy is a peek into the life and the lessons that led Joy to the woman she is today. Her inspiring story of courage and perseverance is sure to inspire many!
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Joy is a dedicated mother of two young men, Owen & Nathaniel. Joy is led by her strong faith in God, and it is this faith that drives all Joy’s projects.
When she is not taking on the world, you can find Joy binging on reality tv and reading as many books as she can get her hands on.
Online Learning and Coaching Coordinator
Kellie serves as the Learning and Coaching Coordinator for our Pink Marker Program. Kellie studied Communication Studies at Stockton University and Human Services Counseling at Liberty University for her Master’s Degree.
Kellie is an outgoing, kind, and adventurous person who has a zeal for life but most importantly for God. She is excited to help develop courses for the Pink Marker Program, but even more excited to impact and champion women into their true identity.
Her faith has led her to where she is now and she wholeheartedly believes that this program will change lives. Kellie knows what God has done within her life, and is fully persuaded He will do incredible things for countless others in ways only He can. She is eager to meet all of the amazing women who will participate in the Pink Marker Program.
Outside of work Kellie can be found enjoying coffee, being active, exploring nature, traveling, hanging out with her loved ones, spoiling her dog named Ebby, and spending time with God.
We are advocates first. Empowering people to engage their
voice, through a person-centered approach. AIA is the bridge builder between peoples’ needs, wants and dreams. We are defenders with the understanding that advocating for others begins with empathy. We strive to take positive action to support others in their pursuit of excellence.
We promote a culture of respect and recognize that words and actions matter.We believe in equity, dignity and inclusion for each and every person. We represent and value diverse identities, recognizing that our differences make us strongerー all while learning from each other.
We are visionaries and boundary-pushers. We innovate to challenge assumptions and create sustainable change. We are tenacious in our efforts to address employment inequality and injustices. We are determined to influence a positive impact on individuals, organizations, and systems.
We encourage growth and curiosity. We are lifelong learners who explore bold ideas that inspire a culture of trust. Passion is at the forefront of who we are and the work that we do. Being passionate requires vulnerability and courage to push outside our comfort zones. We believe that effective leaders are agents of change, that lead by example and promote success for each individual they lead. Leadership is an act of intention, integrity and commitment. AIA believes firmly in these characteristics of the leaders we are and are becoming.