Tanya Sherise Odums, LCSW-R, M.S.Ed.
Venus Knight, M.S.Ed.
Venus is the Co-Founder of HYPE: Helping Young People Excel, Inc. and the Educational Consultant for Tanya Sherise Social Solutions. She has over 20 years experience working in the field of early childhood education. Venus has a Master’s Degree in early childhood education and a BA in Social Science. She is an educator who has worked with the NYC Department of Education as a special education teacher. She is a universal Pre-K Teacher, for special needs children at Down State Medical Center Early Childhood Education Program. Venus has worked with various day care centers to develop quality head start and after school programs. Venus is an aspiring writer who uses her innate writing talents and love for education to develop tutoring programs for youth. She has also worked with mental health professionals to design and facilitate creative writing healing workshops for traumatized youth in residential treatment centers. Currently she is employed full time as the Educational Director for the Salvation Army Brownsville Day Care Center in Brooklyn.
Tanya S. Odums, LCSW-R, M.S.Ed.
Mental Health Therapist &
Behavioral Health Consultant
Tanya is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, from East New York Brooklyn, with over 20 years’ experience working with NYC’s most vulnerable populations in a variety of private and city institutions; including foster care group homes, residential treatment, juvenile detention centers, ACS prevention programs, outpatient mental health programs and academic settings. She is the founder of KhepeRa Counseling and Consulting Licensed Clinical Social Work Services, a mental health consulting firm that provides individual, group and family therapy to the Brooklyn community and support to community based organizations in developing their staff and social-emotional programs for clients. Tanya’s passion is utilizing her skills and experience to design therapeutic programs and facilitate personal and professional development trainings. Tanya is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and an EDIT Certified Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist, who specializes in the treatment of trauma and depression. To expand her clinical skills she is studying Psychodrama, CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Core Energetics and EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. A former Professor of Psychology and Human Services at Touro College and the City University of New York; she is currently an Adjunct Lecturer for New York University’ s Silver School of Social Work Advanced Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice Program. She is also a School Building Leader with 11 years of direct experience working in NYC public high schools. She is currently employed with the NYC Department of education as a District Administrator responsible for the coordination of restorative justice programs in public schools. Tanya is a life coach and a mentor to many and a vital force in the community; whose life’s purpose is to create opportunities for self-cultivation, healing and transformation that impact the world