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Charnika Elliott is an educator, entrepreneur and pillar of her local community. She was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and is married to Byron Elliott also of Roanoke. She is the proud mother of two children, Promyss and Joshua and became a legal guardian and mother to a former student, Devante. She is a licensed and ordained Elder of New Life Christian Fellowship where she actively serves and holds leadership positions as the church administrator, a member of the praise and worship team, director of the youth choir and praise dance team as well as co-teaches Sunday school. Charnika has two Associate of Arts degrees from Virginia Western Community College in General Studies and Education. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Roanoke College in Psychology with a minor in Education and has a Master of Education degree from Regent University specializing in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Christian School. She is also a certified Christian Life Coach, HIScoach and an International Author.

After enduring the significant loss of burying two baby boys a year apart, Charnika became more engulfed in her mission to encourage, motivate and empower youth. Since March 2005, Charnika has worked diligently to build the foundation of the Noah-Christian Community Center Inc., in memory of her two deceased children. The non-profit organization has offered free educational services to the youth of the Roanoke Valley and beyond such as: Youth and Parent Workshops, Tutorials, Outdoors Experiences (camps), College Tours, Career Expos, a Mentoring Program and more. She also founded the H.E.A.L. (Heartache Endured after Loss) Support Group where she serves as a Life Coach to women and their families who’ve suffered a loss due to fetal and infant deaths. In the fall of 2011, Charnika celebrated the start of her childhood dream, Noah-Christian Academy, a Christian School designed to Build Hope, Build Dreams and Build Community.

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