The Single Parent Achievers of the Year Award is designed to honor the achievements of one Single Parent annually within our program. We will recognize their commitment to “Improving their Quality of Life” in creating balance and harmony in their parenting, health-wellness and financial stability.
Teanna Cunningham is a devoted mom to two amazing daughters, Taliyah
and Taylor. She was raised by a single parent who taught her how to be
resilient and respectful. She prides herself on striving to stay positive no
matter how hard life gets. One of her goals is to not only survive in her
single parent season but to thrive. She is currently working on a self-love
project called “Here’s to Her”. Her mission is to encourage broken hearted
women everywhere to start over without fear and re-learn how to love
In 2022 Teanna embarked on herself love journey by embracing solo
dating for the entire year. During her self-love season she implemented
new self-care techniques, and created daily affirmations and prayers that
she will share in her upcoming workbook. She also plans on adding her
social media creativity to SPA’s Instagram and Facebook. She is very
appreciative of feeling seen and heard during her SPA journey. She wants
everyone to know “If you ever want to love someone, love yourself
Sarah Auth is the proud, dedicated mother of 13-year-old daughter, Sabrina Auth. She was raised by a single mother herself, who showed her the true meaning of true love, which she instilled in her daughter. She resides in Prince George's County. She was the first in her family to go to college, to earn her Associate’s and Bachelor’s. For over 20 years, she has worked in the culinary field. She is a strong, loyal, caring person and looks for the positive in every situation. She enjoys swimming, spending time with her family and growing closer to God. She became an author and the creator of the SPA monthly newsletter. She has been in the program for 4 years and she believes this was her season to become the 6th Single Parent of the Year for her dedication, hard work and consistency in the program. She wants to pay it forward as she believes her life is not her own.
My name is Quentoria Leeks, but my friends call me Que. I was born and raised in Georgia. I am a mother to 3 amazing boys, and I love spending time with my family. Since becoming the single parent achiever of the year, I have become an author and a college graduate. I’m passionate about education specifically preschool aged children. I take pride in contributing to the development of the whole child. I love learning and going on many adventures.
My name is Christina Williams and I am the 5th single parent achiever of the year. I am a single parent of 1 teenage son. I migrated to the DMV area for graduate school and found a wonderful support system after joining SPA. The organization helped me conquer one of the most difficult chapters of my life while I was tackling some challenging milestones of motherhood and finishing my education to become a Nurse Practitioner. I became financially free through the workshops and learned new techniques for coping with stress. The organization helped me develop many techniques to heal and balance for a healthier lifestyle. I now stay connected as a benefactor and hope to flourish as a mentor for other sister mothers going through.
Jayna Matthews plays many roles; among them – daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, and founder. However, her most important role is – single mother. She is the 2018 Single Parent Achiever of the Year. Family and friends describe Jayna as kind-hearted, resilient, ambitious and honest. Despite this, her journey has been filled with depression, insecurity, and resilience. The second child of Joseph and Anita’s “Matthews Brats” she credits her family and friends with loving her through the “wilderness” of her life. She has come out on the other side healed by love, self-discipline, and purpose. Jayna has always been a unicorn in a field of horses. However, it wasn’t until recently that she could see the beauty in that difference. That journey has led Jayna to describe herself as “one of the Creator’s unique daughters”.
Verni James is an Event Technologist contractor for the government for over 16 years. She’s the mother of 2 amazing kids ages 10 and 18. She has been a part of both kids' spiritual journey. Her daughter's church-based activities such as “Princess of the Throne” and are dedicated to helping out where she can. Verni was the 2nd Single Parent Achiever of the Year. After graduating from the S.P.A. program, she no longer survives for less she continues to THRIVE to her destiny finding her purpose.
As Verni continues to thrive spiritually she has graduated in June 2021 Divine Disciples for Sister and will be graduating from Sister For Your Journey in June 2022. In addition, Verni started her thriving in her own LLC business as a Virtual Assistant to other fellow entrepreneurs.
My name is Cynthia Lynn Blackwell, better known as Sister C. I am the auntie/mommy to Ja-Air Blackwell and the Pastor of Givers of Life Ministries, located in Riverdale, Maryland. I and am currently employed with the state of Maryland—Department of Labor, Workforce Development for Adult Learners. I serve as the principal for incarcerated men and women at Jessup and Patuxent Correctional Institutions located in Jessup, Maryland.
I am immensely proud to say that I was the first recipient to receive the Single Parent Achiever awards. Since that time, I have started a Women’s ministry at my church called Victorious Women Walking in Victory. The mission for Victorious Women Walking in Victory is for every woman regardless of their age, ethnicity, or past sins/mistakes would seek and develop a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. With this commitment she would be able to achieve as well as fulfill God’s divine plan and purpose for her life. With God’s love, guidance, and instructions along with the lessons learned and/or taught she would strive to walk victoriously in every area of her life without any regrets.
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The Single Parent Achievers (SPA) is a non-profit organization founded by Rochelle McCallister, a former single parent whose experience as a single parent encouraged her to embrace the philosophy of “forward movement.” SPA is dedicated to educating and empowering single parents and their child (ren) through a series of workshops, community outreach, fundraising events, and support outreach initiatives. SPA seeks to empower single parents by providing the fundamental tools needed to prepare single parents for the journey of balancing health/wellness, work/personal life, family and finances.