Marcus is the Founder and President of The Hardly Home Initiative. Recognizing the importance of travel he founded THHI’s Passport Scholarship Program to assist underrepresented High School and College students with Studying Abroad. Prior to starting Hardly Home, he graduated from Prairie View A&M University and worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Gulf Interstate Engineering. Marcus has been fortunate to travel extensively across the U.S. and abroad helping him to gain a worldly perspective and purpose working in the travel and international education communities.
Chinasa Nnamani is an Educator with 5 years’ experience teaching middle school students in a STEM & GT environment. Her area of expertise is Science and people management. Ms. Nnamani received a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies at Prairie View A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. Ms. Nnamani prides herself on loving God, being a role-model for the next generation, her passion for travel and her desire it to share this with Generation X & Y, today’s youth.
Tai Stewart is the founder of Saidia Financial Solutions, a full service accounting firm that helps entrepreneurs organize, strategize, and analyze their business finances so that they can focus on running the business of their dreams. As an accountant and business consultant, Tai helps business owners create systems and processes to grow their business wealth and to remain compliant with tax laws and regulations. As an educator and course creator, Tai is a Financial Literacy Educator at the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston and a leader for the Houston chapter of FinCon. She’s been featured in several financial blogs and business finance webinars.
A native of Southwestern Louisiana, Blake later moved to Missouri City, TX where he spent much of his youth and young adult years. He overcame life obstacles including abandonment, family death, and troubled adolescent years to become an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. After completing his undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University, he began a career in Higher Education as a Financial Aid Counselor working with college students and their families. After four years, Blake made the “Jump” and resigned to follow his passion for impacting others.
He founded the Rise Above Project (RAP), an educational non-profit corporation that provides resources for at-risk youth and Blake Simon & Associates (BSA), a speaking & consulting business. In August 2016, Blake released his first publication “The Transition Guide & Journal: A Simple Tool for Students to Help Maximize the College Experience”. He impacts youth and communities as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and as a board member of the Hardly Home Initiative he also encourages education through travel. Blake’s continued progression is a testament to his Faith in God, Family and Perseverance.
Auset Harrison graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors of Arts in Film and Digital Media. Her love for film and radio was no match however for her love for children, and she quickly realized that when she returned home. Now a sixth grade math teacher, she enjoys helping the youth and is a step team coach on the side as well. Hardly Home is not the only organization she is involved with, she is also a member of the Hive Society where they promote philanthropy through music and the arts.