Our Team

Meet the passionate individuals and Board Members of The Troubled Movement, Inc.

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The Troubled Movement Team

From left to right: Maranda Evans, Founder and President | Christian Simmons, Vice President | Jalika Mercer, Executive Assistant | Kamaria Swan, Mentor Coordinator

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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!

DAvid McmAhon - honorary founder

David “Dave” McMahon has been the #1 investor, visionary, and supporter of The Troubled Movement, Inc. since it was only an idea written on a sheet of paper. As Chief Executive Officer of Royal Management Group, Mainstream Establishments, and Air Smoothie, Inc., the biggest Smoothie King Franchisee in the U.S., and mentor to Maranda Evans, McMahon holds an exemplary level of knowledge and wisdom in the entrepreneurial segment. He met Maranda when she was 16-years-old working at one of his many Smoothie King stores. It was then that he recognized her ambition, determination, and heart for service. Besides playing golf and hanging with his Akita & Huskie Mix, Lacey; McMahon loves to support the community and our millennial generation. The Troubled Movement will always show great appreciation to the man who believed in our vision, mission, and purpose.

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, 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.

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

Jalika Mercer, 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.   

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Stephanie Davis, M.ed, Lpc - Secretary

Stephanie Davis, Native Houstonian, who grew up in the South Park and Third Ward area. The need to impact and reciprocate the love and support that was given to her within her community is a calling. Ms. Davis received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Houston (Main), and her Masters in Counseling from Houston Baptist University. Before becoming a counselor, she was an English and Journalism teacher in Channelview ISD, and Fort Bend ISD. She is a former High School Counselor in Lamar Consolidated ISD, and owner of Heartwork Trending Counseling and Consulting Services, which strives to bridge the gap between schools, families, and communities, bring awareness to mental health issues that tweens, teens, and young adults face daily. Her goal is to change the stigma of those who seek mental health. 

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Kamaria Swan - Mentor Coordinator

Kamaria Swan was an educator for 5 years teaching elementary reading after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, from Howard University. While teaching, she realized that her true passion lies in the social development of youth. She is currently back in school pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. At the same time, she is working on growing our mentor-ship program. 


Shariese Martin - Education Program Leader & 2016-2018 Board Member

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.

William Roberton, cpa - advisory treasurer

William "Bill" Roberton has been a supporter of The Troubled Movement since its origin. Bill is a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer of Royal Management Group, Mainstream Establishments, and Air Smoothie, Inc.; the biggest franchisee companies of Smoothie King. Bill is a mentor, devoted father of two beautiful girls, and loving husband. He's also really funny and anyone who talks to him will always have a smile.

Anamechia Joseph - 2016-2018 Board Member

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 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. She is currently studying to become certified in teaching English as a Second Language. She also enjoys being a yoga club teacher.

SAde Altson - 2016-2018 Board MEMBER

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.



Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.  - Coretta Scott King

Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul. - Coretta Scott King