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Sensible Living for a Lifetime . . .



Dr. Lovely A. Thornton


Sensible Women Initiative, Inc.

Dr. Thornton is the winner of the Walden University – 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award. “This honor is given each year to one alum who exemplifies Walden’s mission to effect positive social change through contributions to his or her profession, discipline, or community.” The award was presented on August 9, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center at 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Congratulations to:

Shamya Kerr
Goddaughter of Maureen Campbell, SWI COO

Hello!  My name is Shamya Kerr. I am a “Violet” within a youth chapter of the Sensible Women Initiative. I am very happy to announce that I have graduated from middle school and will be attending high school in August. I graduated from John S. Martinez School; and for high school, I will be attending Hill Regional Career High School. I will begin high school on the 26th of August. I have accomplished my goals and I am very proud.

For both 7th and 8th grade, I was in the honor society. I was also in the student council. I received awards in language arts, the honor society, and also for being a part of the student council. I am very thrilled to say that I have graduated with all A’s, and I also had a graduation ranking of a #4. I graduated with a 3.95 GPA. The highest GPA was a 4.0. I’m happy that I was able to graduate in the top 5 of my class.  During my time in middle school, I’ve tried to maintain a high GPA and to be an honor roll student and, gladly, I have achieved that goal.

The career I will be pursuing in high school is health science. My major subjects that I will be taking are language arts, geometry, science, and Spanish. I am interested in being a pediatrician because I love working with younger children. When I graduate from high school, I will be pursuing education in the health field. I am happy to take a higher step in my education by attending high school. I have achieved my goals.

While attending middle school, I have been attending a program named Pathfinder. Pathfinder is a program that is for students who get good grades every marking period, and it’s a program to help students to be ahead. I have been a part of Pathfinder for 4 years. It has helped me to improve academically.

I would like to thank God for making it possible for me to graduate. I would also like to thank my parents and godparents for pushing and motivating me.




Elsie Ikpot
Daughter of Nseabasi Ikpot
SWI Director of Health & Wellness

Elsie has recently been accepted into Ohio University Heritage College’s (Medical) Graduate Program. She is expected to be among their 2022 graduating class. Prior to this placement: Elsie was a Public Health Fellow at the Gannett Health Services Skorton Center for Health Initiatives.

She graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology & Society and double minors in Global Health and Nutrition & Health. During her time as an undergraduate student, she lived in Becker House (Ithaca, New York) for three years where she served as an active citizen for two consecutive years.

Elsie then went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies under Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences in May of 2016. Through this program she learned and mastered transferable clinical, academic, social, and professional skills.

Elsie has travelled to Ibadan, Nigeria as a Fulbright Scholar through the Yoruba Group Projects Abroad; to Moshi, Tanzania through the Cornell Global Health Summer Program; and to Petersfield, Jamaica three times through the Carl Becker House Jamaica Spring Break course.

These experiences helped to deepen and broaden her cultural competency, critical thinking, empathy, and knowledge of global contexts. As a Public Health Fellow she will be involved in public health and research initiatives surrounding sexual assault, alcohol awareness, hazing, and mental health. She plans to earn an MD/MPH focusing on global public health for women, children, and teenagers.