Keshia is the co-founder and CEO of ManyMentors, a nonprofit science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentoring organization. ManyMentors provides minority and female middle and high school students with inspiring, encouraging, and supporting mentors and role models using a combination of mobile, online, and onsite mentoring. Under her leadership, the organization connects students with near-age mentors in the STEM fields so they can experience significant differences in accessing critical information, pursuing life-changing opportunities, developing professional skills, and building the confidence to succeed. Due to her work, she was recently awarded the Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award by Governor Malloy.
Keshia is also a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering student at the University of Connecticut at the Institute for Regenerative Engineering. Her research investigates the targeted delivery of small molecules for bone tissue engineering applications. The goal of bone tissue engineering is to provide alternatives strategies to restore function to injured, diseased, and otherwise damaged bone tissue. She is involved in experimental design and implementation, result analysis, and presentation to a wide variety of audiences. In her down time, Keshia teaches kickboxing and resistance training group fitness classes at LA Fitness.
Prior to co-founding ManyMentors, Keshia served as an international youth development trainer and speaker with Onsite Insights, LLC where she gained experience in youth engagement from program development, leadership & evaluation, to youth engagement & interaction. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Business from the University of Virginia.