Nicole Campbell, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty

Nicole Campbell

Teaching Faculty
Nicole Campbell, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Nicole Campbell

Teaching Faculty

Nicole Campbell boasts a fiercely flourishing career as an entrepreneur, educator, and professional speaker. To this list she has now added ‘author’. Driven by a passion for empowerment, she represented Jamaica at MIT’s Junior Summit and was selected to address then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at just 13 years old. She was subsequently featured in local and international media, including CNN and Nickelodeon and was chosen as one of “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” by Teen People Magazine.

She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls, and completed her high school studies at Phillips Academy ‘Andover’ in Massachusetts, before going on to earn an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2006. Nicole also studied at Stanford University’s Summer Institute and the University of London, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Globalization and Development.

Nicole returned to Jamaica immediately to join the Ministry of Education where she served as Senior Policy Analyst to the then Minister of Education, now Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. At 25, Nicole resigned from the Ministry to start AIM Educational Services – with just two students. Nicole sites her decision to tap into her passion for human development in education as one of the best she’s made. Today, AIM sees hundreds of students and delivers an average return of over 5000% to parents – results Nicole attributes to a strong, motivated team whose focus remains on possibilities, not problems.


How Do You Streamline Your Goals?
Pursuing too many goals at once will lead to diminishing returns ... so the great ones say! Nicole breaks it down.

Beki Crowell, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty

Beki Crowell

Teaching Faculty
Beki Crowell, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Beki Crowell

Teaching Faculty

Beki Crowell has lived in the US, Canada and the Bahamas and since 1986 has made her home Charleston, SC where she owns and showcases her artwork in Utopia, Boutique and Gallery in the historic downtown district. She has exhibited her artwork internationally and has loved collaborating with other artists to create multi-sensory shows. Her bold, colorful paintings are a reflection of her own spiritual journey as well as the organic connection between nature and the nature of humanity as sensual beings embodying the Divine. She has been divinely guided to paint/channel 'Soul Portraits' along with other forms of Energy Healing, as a way to support others in their own journeys of spiritual expansion and Awakening to their True Divine Self. Her latest masterpiece she has yet to publish but looks forward to sharing her book, a spiritual memoir about her personal journey of Awakening.

Joanna Crowell, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty

Joanna Crowell

Teaching Faculty
Joanna Crowell, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Joanna Crowell

Teaching Faculty

Joanna Crowell is the founder of Ascension Theatre and the Women Writing from Experience workshop series, where she facilitated creative writing workshops for women and teens and created a platform for them to perform/share their stories. She was a professional actress for over 20 years, having been the member of numerous theatre companies, including Living the Dream Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, The African American Performance Troupe, The New American Stage Company, and The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina. She has performed her own poetry across Canada and the US. At age 34, with a 9-month old baby at home, she returned to University and to her native country, Canada, in quest of incorporating more effectively women’s issues and social justice and peace issues into her performance art. She earned a BA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, as well as Social Justice and Peace Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She is the author of a book of poems called I Ate a Rainbow for Breakfast and the play AWOL: A Soldier’s Journey produced by PURE Theatre in 2011. Currently, Joanna is a hardcore-single-tennis-mom, and manager of wonderful internal medicine & wellness center in Charleston, called Remedy. Joanna's remedy is the law of attraction and deep connections through art. She is all about affirming well-being in herself and in others. She does this through her art, her food consultations, her poetry, her photography and her performances.

Patricia Williams LessaneAnn LeClaire, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty

Patricia Williams Lessane

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams LessaneAnn LeClaire, The Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams Lessane

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Patricia Williams Lessane is the Executive Director of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Since her arrival to Charleston in 2010, Dr. Lessane has emerged as a progressive and trusted voice in discussing race relations in the city. She has been featured on NPR, BBC, and in the New York Times, giving scholarly context to some of our most pressing issues. She is also currently co-executive producing a Julie Dash film on native South Carolinian Vertamae Grosvenor and her contributions to several key literary, cultural, and culinary movements of the twentieth century. Additionally, Dr. Lessane is writing a young adult novel that touches on race and class.


Patricia Lessane Named Director of Avery Research Center

Sarah Scott Putnam, Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty

Sarah Scott Putnam

Teaching Faculty
Sarah Scott Putnam, Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Sarah Scott Putnam

Teaching Faculty

Scotti Holloway is the founder/owner of SP Divine Explorations in Charleston SC and an International tutor for Accolade Academy, South Wales, UK. She is a spiritual teacher, visionary and intuitive with a worldwide client base. She enjoys guiding and empowering others along their spiritual path by offering private sessions, personal mentoring and workshops. She is a certified Six Sensory Practitioner and has studied at Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, UK.

Over the years, Scotti has developed a personal intuitive coaching modality and teaching style of her own. She helps her students to recognize the powerful guidance system within through connection to the higher self. This awareness brings clear recognition of our spirituality and link to Divine Spirit. Her intention is to help raise the vibration of the collective whole through guidance, love and joy. Scotti has researched and studied metaphysics and Spirituality for much of her adult life. She enjoys the role that Divine Spirit plays in our everyday life. She has studied with some of the most renowned speakers in the Mind, Body, Spirit World including Sonia Choquette, Dr. Doreen Virtue and medium John Holland.

Elayna Shakur, Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty

Elayna Shakur

Teaching Faculty
Elayna Shakur, Sophia Institute Teaching Faculty
Elayna Shakur

Teaching Faculty

Elayna Shakur has been an artist all her life - it’s a way of life. Her choice to become an art teacher is her way of sharing the joy and wonder of the art spirit she loves so much. From painting workshops in her home, to pastel portrait drawings done in public venues, to private portrait sessions in her studio, Elayna sees you and your inner being and is able to capture it on paper or canvas. She created her own process she calls Portrait Therapy, which offers the client a powerful experience of connecting to and healing the layered aspects of the self as they are revealed on the canvas.

Most recently she developed a body of work that are portraits of the 12 apostles from the bible, using models who were mostly homeless. They are showcased in the sanctuary of St. Johns Chapel in the heart of the downtown Charleston's inner city, the East side. Her current passion is painting “Outer Space” and weaving it into portrait art. As a portrait artist, her work is seen mostly in the homes and felt in the hearts of people all over the country and beyond. Originally from Columbus, Ohio she has lived many places including Canada and the Bahamas making Charleston, SC her home since 1990.


The Connection Show - Conversations in Race
Elayna Shakur, Henry Darby, and Armand Derner tell their stories of race relations and veteran civil rights laywers talk about dealing with racial turmoil. (Part 2)

Simran-Singh, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty

Simran Singh

Teaching Faculty
Simran-Singh, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty
Simran Singh

Teaching Faculty

Simran Singh, #1 rated, syndicated host of Voice America’s 11:11 Talk Radio and publisher of award-winning 11:11 Magazine is The New Thought Channel Host of 11:11 InnerViews TV. SIMRAN is also the author of IPPY Gold Award winning Conversations With The Universe, Your Journey to Enlightenment and Your Journey to Love.

Speaking nationally and internationally, she is a recognized speaker and catalyst for love, compassion, and humanity, Simran is an ‘Example’ for a New World Experience of Aliveness that integrates the Visionary and Mystic embodied within each person on the planet.


Conversations with the Universe: Simran Singh at TEDxCharleston

Carolyn Rivers

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Carolyn Rivers

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Carolyn Rivers is Founder and Director of The Sophia Institute. As a teacher, visionary, and spiritual mentor, her work centers on personal, interpersonal and societal transformation that fosters the emergence of Feminine, cultivating wisdom and mindfulness, for a more just, sustainable, flourishing world. Carolyn has worked professionally with many of the transpersonal leaders of our time, who are now on the faculty and National Advisory Board of the Sophia Institute. Carolyn is taking a stand for educating women to be change agents in creating a more conscious and compassionate world.


Carolyn Rivers' remarks at the 2017 annual luncheon

Kelly Tomblin, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty

Kelly Tomblin

Teaching Faculty
Kelly Tomblin, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty
Kelly Tomblin

Teaching Faculty

Kelly Tomblin has worked for more than twenty-five years in the energy industry in various leadership roles throughout the United States, the U.K., Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout that time, Kelly has studied leadership and power and its impact on people, economic equality, and social consciousness.

She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Intren in 2017 after serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) since 2012 as an employee of Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese Trading Company. Prior to JPS, she served as Vice President for GDF SUEZ and International Power (now Engie), two of the world’s largest global energy companies and President of Pennsylvania Electric Company, a part of FirstEnergy, one of the largest utilities in the US.

In December 2016 Kelly was awarded the Platts Global 2016 CEO of the Year and she was selected twice among “The Top 10 most powerful women in Jamaica.” Under her leadership, JPS received numerous awards and accolades, both locally and globally. Kelly is known for her ability to transform companies while “Doing Power Differently” and she is a frequent speaker on gender issues in the work place and the potential of corporations to serve as a catalyst and leader of social change.


"How do I personally do power differently?" - Kelly Tomblin

Cookie Washington, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty

Cookie Washington

Teaching Faculty
Cookie Washington, The Sophia Institute Teach Faculty
Cookie Washington

Teaching Faculty