[/dropcap]licia D. Ritchey
emerges as a product of entrepreneurial heritage – both her parents were successful business proprietors. She is an educator, entrepreneur, professional writer, public speaker, program developer, and publisher. A graduate of Florida International University (Miami, FL), Alicia received her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, English Education. Her ground-breaking research examined classroom culture as a ‘text’ composed by teachers’ use of Goma Curriculum, a character education paradigm. As a National Board Certified Educator, the highest commendation for educators throughout the US, she held numerous posts with Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Instructor of English, Reading, and Creative Writing, Writing Coach & Professional Development facilitator. An acclaimed international educator, she has done education consulting for the Bahamian government both in Nassau and Freeport, as well as Turks and Caicos government. Alicia continues to serve as a consultant for ICB Productions, Inc., an international education, research, and management firm. Given her long-time affiliations with ICB Productions, Alicia has been instrumental in developing programs and training material used in education, business, government, and faith-based sectors, making her a leading expert in inclusive community building affairs. A project management specialist, her major areas of concentration are community building and program and curriculum development, where her consulting services are in frequent demand. Alicia serves as President/CEO of “A Ritch Enterprise, LLC,” specializing in business and education consulting, editorial services, and event management. Alicia’s academic background in English, Public Relations, and Education provide her with multiple lenses from which to speak and write in communicating with her clients. Her business practices are steeped in The Ellison Model Mentoring & Management Plan, which stresses client care, employee mentoring, and relationship building. Alicia is involved in community services and often participates in community enrichment activities. Inspired by her husband, Kenneth Brown, business mentor, Dr. Deryl G. Hunt, and her sister, Audrey Clemons, Alicia is regarded as an accomplished writer. Recently, she launched indigoLife Magazine™, a publication that promotes inclusive community building through stories that highlight the lived and historical experiences of black peoples in Middle and South Georgia.