Welcome to YANASISTERS, an intergenerational wisdom circle for women—like you. We’ve created this safe space, this spiritual space, to celebrate our womanhood. Here, with us, you will find healing. You will find happiness. You will find hope.

And most importantly, you will find a new you.

Connection is the essence of our community. Whether through our intimate online group, coaching programs, local meetups or one of our transformative destination retreats, we are here to support you in this season of your awakening. We share our stories, our pasts and our pain—lovingly and openly—to show one another that we are more alike than we are different.

We defy the notion that differences divide us. We are women who are all shapes, sizes, skin tones and swag. But our spirits—our souls—are every bit the same. And we only have one rule. Leave all judgment at the door.

You arrived here today, not by coincidence, but because you know existing isn’t enough. We believe that too, and we want to support you to manifest something meaningful in your life—whether that something is more joy, more freedom, more confidence and self-love, a more fulfilling profession or a better relationship. YANA is as much about recovery as it discovery. As you exhale your pain and inhale your passion and purpose, you will find you can do—and be—anything. But first, Superwoman, you must take off the cape.

When you need love, we’re here.

When you need an embrace for your body or your soul, we’re here.

When you need the freedom to explore those hidden, but treasured, parts of yourself, we’re here.

When you need to free yourself to be yourself, we’re here.

We, your sisters, welcome you with warm, open arms.

Because you are not alone.

By Imani

Mission

To create a community where every woman can feel supported in her unique one-of-a-kindness, reaffirm that we’re more alike than we are different, and remind each other that we are not alone.

Vision

A world where no woman has to suffer in isolation, and where the silent killers of our communities -- judgment, shame, self-hate, abuse, depression and anxiety are no more.



The Family

IMANI MONICA MCCULLOUGH, Founder, Life Engagement Coach, and Big Sister of Atlanta Meetup.

IMANI MONICA MCCULLOUGH, Founder, Life Engagement Coach, and Big Sister of Atlanta Meetup.

Life Engagement Coach, Speaker and Author Imani Monica McCullough is a vibrant voice for women worldwide. Through her transformative platform, You Are Not Alone (YANA) Sisters, she teaches women to connect more deeply with God, themselves and each other.

Beyond born to lead women, Imani is called. Her entire life, from struggling with extreme shyness as a child, losing her father as a teen, surviving an emotionally turbulent divorce as a young woman, and ultimately, watching her mom lose a battle to Parkinson's Disease; gave her a distinctive, personal perspective on pain and on the power of connection to heal. Imani has always felt somehow different from the world around her but those feelings of exclusion, coupled with her life experiences, only fortified her and drew her closer to her life’s work. It was just a few weeks before her husband’s mental breakdown that God whispered in her ear that she had a story to share, which led to penning her award-winning book, When I Was Broken. Prior to publishing the inspirational novel, God nudged her to write more, this time an acclaimed self-help book, which she titled You Are Not Alone.

As therapeutic as writing was, Imani soon realized the process was about more than books. She had something to say—to share—with women whose faces she hadn’t seen, but whose souls she intuitively felt. Her story was theirs and so was her journey. She knew she wasn’t alone—that there were women somewhere, everywhere—who were just going through the motions and desperately needed more. These women were waiting for a safe space, a spiritual space, where they could connect on a deeper level, and be acknowledged and affirmed.

And so, in 2013, YANASISTERS was born.

What began as a vision has taken on a soul of its own. YANASISTERS held its first Journey to Purpose and Passion retreat in 2013 for an intimate group of 20 women. Today, YANA has become a powerful, intergenerational sister circle where thousands of women laugh, cry, live and love—together. From the mountains of Georgia to the sands of the Caribbean, YANA is a collective and conversation that has grown organically and lovingly. The movement is on course to increase to 100,000 sister members by 2020 with retreats, conferences and affiliate groups across the globe.

Through her books and her intimate coaching programs, Imani continues to obediently respond to her calling to serve women deeply. She has been featured in numerous national publications and digital platforms, including Ebony.com, the Atlanta Tribune, Rolling Out and the Wellness Blueprint. Imani is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Howard University School of Law, and holds coaching certificates from the CAPP Institute, the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence and Life Purpose Institute.

Her third book, Bittersweet, was released in mid 2016.

 

LASHANA WILLIAMS, Career Coach and Success Navigator.

Lashana N. Williams co-created the YANA1- 3 retreat journeys, where she and Imani partner to help women achieve more passion, purpose, and self-love.   As a certified career/life coach, and the Success Navigator and CEO of Women's Journey 2 Success LLC, her personal mission is to "motivate, inspire, and empower women to uncover their life's purpose and achieve their personal and professional best."  Lashana has held several leadership positions and successfully climbed the corporate ladder from temporary employee to finance executive.  Fueled by her personal mission, she is committed to helping women discover their "career fit" - the career that is aligned with passions and purpose.   For more information on her coaching and leadership offerings, go to www.lashanacoaches.com.

LASHANA WILLIAMS, Career Coach and Success Navigator.
TIFFANY KELLY, Mind, Body & Power Coach.

TIFFANY KELLY, Mind, Body & Power Coach.

The owner of Loose the Power Within! has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to conquer the weight-loss journey; having lost over 80 pounds, overcoming high blood pressure and many other challenges that women commonly face. As a coach with a spiritual foundation, Tiffany seeks to help women discover what’s keeping them from achieving their weight-loss goals by creating coaching programs that meet each woman’s personal needs. She is the author of Lady of Power: 31 Mind, Body & Power Inspirations for Your Weight-loss Journey and a valuable member of the team, as leader for the Inspirational Workout at many YANARETREATS. For more information on her coaching services and her book go to www.loosethepowerwithin.com.

DARIN "DEX" POINDEXTER, Massage Therapist & Holistic Practitioner.

Dex believes total-body balance is the key to feeling fantastic every day, and that the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of massage can help you achieve that balance. As a holistic practitioner and a former athlete, he promotes the healing power of touch as a remedy for the stresses of modern life and as an essential component of a complete fitness and wellness program.  Dex and his team provide the perfect pampering touch to many YANASISTERS' events.  For more information on his services, go to www.atlantamassageguy.com

DARIN
DARLEENE PATRICE COLE, Big sister of Chattanooga TN Meetup

DARLEENE PATRICE COLE, Big sister of Chattanooga TN Meetup

A native of Chattanooga, TN, Darleene Cole is an advocate of womankind; supporting and encouraging women to embrace their journeys and celebrating feminine intellect which brings life, health and wholeness to the female soul.  She is affectionately known as Lady D, the first lady of Greater St. Mary Baptist Church “The City of Faith.” But beyond her call to ministry, she is a writer, a mentor and an inspiration, distinguished by her heart for women, respected for her wisdom, and recognized by her loving disposition. She is devoted to pouring into women of all beliefs and backgrounds, believing that women have a responsibility to support, encourage, and uplift each other. Darleene serves alongside her husband to ensure that the vision of the ministry and his God-given assignment is carried out, and she has created a path for herself in social media with her inspirational brand AI aspireIIinspire. As a wife and mother of five, Darleene is an inspiration and example to women who are balancing responsibilities both inside and outside the home.  And as a Big Sister for YANA, she is excited to bring ladies together to have lively, spirited conversation about life issues, current events, and other topics that concern or affect women. 

DR. GLORIA MCDANIEL-HALL, Big Sister of Chicago Meetup.

Dr. Gloria McDaniel-Hall currently serves as a Director of School Quality with National Heritage Academies Charter Schools, overseeing five elementary schools in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio.   She also has extensive experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, district-level administrator, and as an adjunct professor. As co-organizer of the Chicago meetup, Gloria is excited to assist others in realizing the beauty we all possess, to share her experiences and learn from the experiences of other women, and to help build a network of support and love to strengthen each other. To join the Chicago meetup, please go to www.meetup.com/chicagoyaansisters.

DR. GLORIA MCDANIEL-HALL, Big Sister of Chicago Meetup.
CHE' MYERS, Big Sister of Dallas Meetup.

CHE' MYERS, Big Sister of Dallas Meetup.

Ché Myers is an educator, turned solopreneur, coach, and writer/editor whose passion is to transform lives by helping individuals move from places of hurt, unforgiveness, low self-esteem, poor self-image, and trauma to place of healing, empowerment, and strength. She promotes leadership within youth and through personal and organization development. She also donates Christian coaching services to her community.  When the opportunity became available to host the new Dallas meetup group, Ché was thoughtful and prayerful about stepping in to lead. After hearing more about the YANA mission, she affirmed that it was indeed in line with her own personal mission of helping individuals and businesses/organizations LIVE, GROW, and THRIVE. She is excited to share this same energy and passion with the ladies of YANA. For more information on her services, go to www.CheMyers.com.  To join the Dallas meet up, please go to www.meetup.com/dallasyanasisters.

FELICIA LEWIS, Big Sister of Houston Meetup.

When asked why she is excited to co-lead the Houston group, Felicia said “this is an opportunity of a lifetime because I know where I started, and according to statistics, I should not be here. Others invested in me and this is my opportunity to pay it forward and to continue to grow.”  The 45 year-old native Houstonian has been married for 16 years and has two kids. She is a registered nurse and trainer whose hobbies include photography, beading, writing, and scrapbooking.  She is also very passionate about helping others, and looks forward to meeting other sisters in Houston and beyond.  To join the Houston meetup, please go to www.meetup.com/houstonyanasisters.

FELICIA LEWIS, Big Sister of Houston Meetup.
JEANINE MECHELLE, Big Sister of Jacksonville, FL Meetup.

JEANINE MECHELLE, Big Sister of Jacksonville, FL Meetup.

FATIMHA LOVE and YESSENNIA AROCHO, Big Sisters of Central New Jersey Meetup

Sisterhood comes easy to “besties” Fatimha Love and Yessennia Arocho. The dynamic duo has been joined at the hip for many years, and have supported each other through many of life’s ups and downs. That’s why they were excited to see that same support and energy in the YANA sisterhood, and why they are excited to bring it to the women in Central New Jersey.

Inspired by her journey of childhood abuse and survival, Fatimha is sincerely passionate about people’s abilities to transition, transform, and transcend. As founder of T3gold Communications LLC,and as the “Motivational Diva,” Fatimha pushes others to press past the pain and never give up – to overcome obstacles and see beyond barriers to recognize their unlimited potential. A gratuate of the University of Maryland, University College (where she received a Master’s of Science in marketing), Fatimha serves as chair of the Human Resources certification program at Union County college and as an adjunct instructor, with future plans of completed her doctoral studies. . . . Yessennia (also known as Yesse) is most known for her energetic personality, caring heart, willingness to help those in need, and compassion for all people.  She holds a Master in Divinity in Leadership and Congregational Development & Master of Professional Studies in Pastoral Care from Alliance Theological Seminary.  As a Chaplain and Spiritual Counselor, she understands the benefit of a safe environment where women can positively deposit, encourage, and empower each other. She also is committed to inspiring women to pursue their inner beauty, and lives by the mantra “I am greater than what you see.” Professionally, she is an advocate of higher education, serving as a Financial Aid Administrator. Personally, she is a devoted mother of two.

FATIMHA LOVE and YESSENNIA AROCHO, Big Sisters of Central New Jersey Meetup
KUAN-YIN THERESE, Big Sister of New York Meetup.

KUAN-YIN THERESE, Big Sister of New York Meetup.

When asked to serve as co-organizer of the New York Meetup, Kuan-Yin’s response was an enthusiastic YES! Although she has held many prominent positions in the legal and financial fields, and has served her country in the U.S. Army (and now is a disabled VET); Kuan-Yin says nothing gives her as much pleasure as helping other women and girls see their potential. She is excited to stand together with other YANASISTERS and through shared experiences tell others that they are not alone.  To join the New York meetup, please go to www.meetup.com/nyyanasisters.

IMANI MONICA MCCULLOUGH, Big Sister of Washington DC Meetup

YANASISTERS founder Imani Monica McCullough launched the DC meetup in December 2016, without a local lead identified. Why? For the same reason that she started YS -- because she saw a need and stepped out on faith to fill it. And, with belief that in time, the right local lead will appear. Imani looks forward to sharing the same energy and enthusiasm with the ladies in DC, as in the Atlanta group that is now over 4,000 strong!

IMANI MONICA MCCULLOUGH, Big Sister of Washington DC Meetup