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Founder

Melissa Fanning

Melissa Fanning is the founder of Birthing Purposes LLC. Birthing Purposes' mission is to equip and inspire youth to fulfill their destiny. Looking forward to your child reading her first book (featured below). Hoping it sparks great conversations about your experiences too that will help them thrive. She is currently a Training Coordinator following in her father’s footsteps who was an Instructor in the Navy, helping people grow. Training and growing people is her goal for all ages but particularly with youth. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Public Administration and currently working on a Master's degree in Criminal Justice. She has helped develop a curriculum for children as well as adults. The ways in which she has conducted training is through personal development workshops, retreats, and gatherings both in-person and virtual. Ms. Fanning is the founder of Birthing Purposes LLC.

 
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Sherdal Lewis

Sherdal Lewis has been active in the adult corrections field for 16 years, dedicated to reducing recidivism with the Virginia Department of Corrections. She is a Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult registered through the Virginia Board of Counseling. Sherdal is experienced with cognitive behavior modification programs and facilitating individual and group psychoeducational sessions congruent with principles of cognitive behavior therapy. Sherdal enjoys spending time mentoring youth, specifically pre-teen and teenage girls. She engages in youth programs that create positive and inspiring healing environments for the teens. By serving as a mentor and role model, it is her hope that the youth she encounters leave her presence with enhanced self-worth, confidence, and motivation to achieve and surpass their goals.