Dr. Smith is originally from Harlem, NY and moved to West Virginia nineteen years ago to escape the impacts of systemic oppression that was engulfed in her community during the crack epidemic. Her life experiences and education has positioned her to become a Restorative Practitioner, with a focus on creating healing and learning opportunities for marginalized people. She has a Master’s in School Counseling from Marshall Graduate College and a PhD in Human and Community Development from West Virginia University. Dr. Smith uses transformative techniques to assist in creating liberation within individuals who experienced sociohistorical traumas, generated from systematic oppressions. These transformative techniques are embedded in relational and listening practices that redistribute power back within the people. Dr. Smith also enacts collaborative initiatives to reinforce the strength of community villages.