Board of Directors

Angela C. Green, Chaplin


Founder and CEO of D.R.E.A.M House productions, Angela Collins is committed to healing the mind, body and soul. Currently residing in Atlanta, Ga she has dedicated her life to understanding the psychology of the “broken hearted.” As a self published author and avid scholar, Angela is most passionate about changing the mindset. As a practicing psychologist she offers various trainings, online workshops and individual counseling. As a survivor of both domestic violence and narcissistic abuse; she is dedicated to the transformation of the broken mind and healing it; for good! 

Carol Broadman-Scruse


Carol is a mother, grandmother, wife and friend to many. She holds an associates degree in substance abuse counseling, a Bachelors in Human Services and M.Ed. Carol has dedicated her life’s purpose to working in the mental health field by working with the state of CT.

Carol works with individuals living with disabilities and overcoming substance abuse. She has joyfully served her community for over 25 years! She has experience working as a case manager for families, youth and those that are incarcerated. When she’s not serving her community, you can find Carol encouraging others to be their best healthy self. 

Diamond Maybin

Vice President

Diamond has compassion for those in need. Growing up in the DMV, she has worked with multiple youth programs and saw the call for help within her communities. After pursuing her career in real estate she found a greater need to continue to give back and has volunteered with Empowerment Essence since the first day we opened our doors. 

Temika Wagoner


I’m a wife and a mother of 4 beautiful girls. 6th year SPEDuCATOR, Just Say No Educator. Current Technology Teacher,Children’s Advocate, Studying ABA Professional, Successful Business Owner

Senior Advisors

1. Lisa Hurka Covington
2. Betty Schmedes
3. Cyntrice Bellamy-Mills

SPEAK www.speakforthem.org




Maryland Crisis Hotline – Suicide


Prevention www.help4mdyouth.org 

DMHM – Behavioral Health Administration

Meet the Founder

Shenetta Malkia is widely known throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area, Maryland and nationally. She is a spokesperson and advocate for suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs.  Malkia sat on the MD-SPIN advisory board and MD Governor’s Commission for Suicide Prevention from 2014 through 2019. Shenetta is the founder and executive director of Empowerment Essence. Empowerment Essence is dedicated to eradicating bullying and suicide beginning in Maryland & DC communities. Malkia is also a leading clinician and workshop facilitator for community organizations and government agencies.

She continues to seek and create innovative ways to grapple a growing problem within communities. As a sought-after speaker, Malkia’s voice continues to sound the trumpet for systematic change within schools and social service systems, which often ignores the signs of bullying and suicide. Malkia has been featured on radio, TV, and at community events. She was the key note Speaker for Maryland’s 26th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference and multiple conferences nationally and internationally. 

To date, Malkia has touched and empowered thousands of lives. As a survivor of bullying and suicide her passion and purpose in life is a direct result of life experiences, which lead many support systems turning a deaf ear to her cries for help. Unfortunately there were no programs to assist when she reached out. Instead, she was told by school officials to ignore the bullying by classmates. This took her down a dark path that almost resulted in death. While she survived her personal suicide attempt, her good friend, reality show actress Gia Allemand of the Bachelor didn’t. Malkia was devastated by Gia’s  suicide in 2013. While grieving and hurting she was empowered to speak out on the importance of life. Her vision for Empowerment Essence is a direct result of resilience and regained strength. “One Life Saved Is One Life Given.”

A native of Queens, N.Y., she attended AIU in Atlanta where she studied T.V & film production. She later matriculated to Bowie State University majoring in Business Administration. Malkia has developed I Matter – Life Matters Film Productions which is dedicated to helping others tell their story and bring stories to life to further public awareness in the area of suicide and bullying.

Malkia is also the CEO of The PMs of the City. When it’s not mental health it’s everything real estate. She also was an award-winning Managing Director with the American Income Life.

Today, Malkia remains active in the field of cultural arts and television production where she works as a model and actress. One of her crowning achievements came in 2013-2014, when she was named Ms. Baltimore United States 2014, Ms. Maryland United States 2014 and Ms. Congeniality United States 2014. These honorable titles are just a small reflection on Malkia’s love for others and the purity of her heart. She lives a life of equality, resilience, and strength.

Everything with Love ~Malkia  

In the News

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