- International Speaker & Author -
Entrepreneur I Researcher I Nurse I Real estate broker
• Growing up impoverished from humble beginnings in rural Newport, Arkansas, Quiana has dealt with many challenges, including experiencing homelessness as a 16-year-old teen.
• Determined that she would not be a “statistic,” she went on to become a 1st-generation college student & graduated in the top 1% of her university class. At her graduation ceremony, the 1st African-American former First Lady Michelle Obama singled Quiana out for her ability to overcome great adversity and still achieve high academic success.
• As a serial social entrepreneur, it was Quiana’s challenges as a woman, teen, and young adult that sparked her interest in working with these population groups. Upon learning that couples who suffer from infertility had trouble accessing nursing care for at-home medication injections, she founded a private nursing company, Childress Nursing Services (CNS).
• After establishing CNS, the motivation from Michelle Obama in helping to share her own story with the world through speaking and writing, receiving numerous messages from people thanking & sharing their personal stories with her, Quiana recently founded Https Media. Experiencing first-hand how stories go untold or unrecognized along with her motto of "Helping people heals us” & dedication to “No story left behind,” HTTPS was established for Helping Through Telling People’s Stories via different media outlets. In fact, it was former First Lady Michelle Obama’s commencement speech that singled Quiana out at her college graduation that helped her truly start the healing process from her past and gave her the courage to author and publish 3 books. The first two being her TLC (Teen Life Cheeseburger) self-improvement workbooks in which she motivates and educates minority, socioeconomically-disadvantaged youth to play a more active role in their health, personal growth and development. Her most recent poetry self-help workbook, Powetry-Reclaim Your Power Thru Poetry and its world-renowned poem, “Ain’t I a Woman, Too?” resulted in her company being chosen to attend the Inaugural 2016 United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House for its work in furthering gender equality.
Quiana has been interviewed on various news channel, such as CNN and ABC, and featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including St. Louis American and Carolina Woman Magazine. She is a member of the Delta Upsilon Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and Women’s University Club of Seattle. Recipient of several research grants from institutions, such as NASA, Yale, and NIEHS/NIH, Quiana is also a published scientific author in the American Journal of Physiology in lung transplant rejection. She is a high honors nursing graduate from the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College. She is a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient and summa cum laude graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences from Meharry Medical College.
Quiana currently resides in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington.
She enjoys teaching, travelling, real estate investing, and line dancing.