Our Team

Meet the passionate individuals and Board Members of The Troubled Movement, Inc. We even have a little mascot named Zoë who keeps us on our toes.


Maranda surprises her Board members with personal awards of recognition at the First Annual "Marching Forward" Fundraising Gala - March 4, 2017

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Maranda and her "Power Team" on the blue carpet at the Second Annual "Spring Into The Future" Fundraising Gala - April 21, 2018


President and founder

Maranda Evans is an accomplished author filled with ambition and perseverance. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting in three and half years from Sam Houston State University c/o 2013 and her Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Southern University c/o 2016. Maranda holds a Certification in Non-Profit Accounting, multiple certificates in Suicide Prevention, and is an active service member of her community and church. Maranda plays multiple roles by being an entrepreneur, hard-working corporate executive, and the relaxed writer and mentor. She has one main goal in life she feels God has called her to accomplish. Change lives with her story. . .

To learn more about Maranda Evans, purchase her books, or enjoy her #ElementsofME blog, click the button to the left!

Honorary President

Nicki Ezeh was named the honorary president of The Troubled Movement, Inc. by its Founder Maranda Evans in 2016. Nicki has contributed in multiple ways since the birth and creation of The Troubled Movement. She is a third-grade teacher, holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and mother. We thank her for her continuous contribution and love she has given The Movement and its Founder.

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Christian Simmons - Vice President & Publicist/Event Coordinator

Christian Simmons, 27 born and reared in Houston, Texas has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Sam Houston State University.  Currently she is the owner of DEMPRelations, an event planning, public relations, and management firm.  Under her name she has worked with organizations such as the Houston Texans and various musicians nationwide.  She is the recipient of a “40 under 40” Small Business Owners award.  Very strong in her faith, she is a member of Second Jerusalem Christian Center under the stewardship of Doctors Edward and Mary Simmons.  As a faithful member of the church she is the choreographer of their praise dance ministry Eternity in Praise.  She works side by side with The Troubled Movement Inc. as well as her fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity Incorporated.  She is currently the Alumni Advisor to the Iota Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi at Sam Houston State University, her alma mater.  Other than working in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and making plans for the future.


Jalika Mercer - Executive Assistant & Head of Finance and Development Committee

Jalika Mercer, 26 currently residing in Houston, Texas by way of New York, New York is a freelance singer, songwriter, poet, and photographer.  Living in Houston has opened her eyes to many other artistic horizons.  Picking up her camera when she was only in third grade photography has become the outlet she chooses to share with the world.  Creating Joni Kruz Photography she is taking the Houston photography scene by storm.  While doing this she is also very involved with The Troubled Movement Inc.  Philanthropy seems to be her knack as she helps in every way she can.   


Education Program Leader

Shariese Martin was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She came to Houston, Texas in 2010 to attend Texas Southern University where she would receive her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting. Ms. Martin is currently working on obtaining her CPA license and will begin with Ernst and Young in January 2017. Outside of her current studies, Shariese is involved in The Troubled Movement along with having an active hand in her community through food outreach.

Young Women of Power Program Leader

Sade' Alston is a woman of God, Special Education Educator, and Mother. She contributes most of her time to trying to make a difference through creative writing and sharing her testimony with others, like the special posts of "Testimony Tuesday" on social media and beginning an online blog called, Church Girl Diaries.  Sade' is fully committed to making a change in the lives of today's youth.



Co-Leader of Programs Commitee

Anamechia (an-uh-me-she-uh) Joseph is a native Houstonian. She spent her early school years in Opelousas, Louisiana, but returned to Houston after a domestic violence tragedy struck her family. Anamechia knew early in life that she had a purpose. Her desire to help others outweighed all of the
negativity that was around her. All of her obstacles only made her stronger to serve people. She went on to graduate Cum Laude from Aldine High School. She was also featured in Houston's A+ Magazine for being a leader of The Dream Team and pushing her peers to go to college. She attended college at Sam Houston State University where she participated in numerous organizations including Women United,  Khaos Non Greek Step Team, and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Inc. It was then that she met Maranda and grew to love her. Anamechia is currently an Early Childhood Educator in Houston's Largest Urban District. She is currently studying to become certified in teaching English as a Second Language. She also enjoys being a yoga club teacher. Anamechia believes that with the right role models, our youth can unlock their gifts and make a huge impact on the world. Anamechia is looking forward to using all of her talents to bring positive, uplifting, and multi-dimensional programs to The Troubled Movement. 


 Founder Maranda Evans and Mentor of the Movement, Charlie Marcol, check the winning ticket at the 2018 annual "Spring Into The Future" Fundraising Gala.

Founder Maranda Evans and Mentor of the Movement, Charlie Marcol, check the winning ticket at the 2018 annual "Spring Into The Future" Fundraising Gala.