Co-Founder | Wellness Coach
With a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology along with a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kellie “Imperator Kellina” Thornton has the research capabilities and instincts for helping our fellow brethren. Therefore, she focuses on the positive psychology of the family. From Stem, North Carolina, Kellie had a lot of fun growing up in a little country town, but always knew she wanted to experience more than the usual hanging out with friends on the porch and being updated on the latest gossip--nonetheless it always seemed like no one around her wanted to see her reaching for more. After graduating May of 2014, Kellie reflected on her college experience as tough and more difficult than anyone could have prepared her for. The love and support she received from family and friends are what kept her going, she says.
“Genuine love holds more power than you can believe and letting people love me has allowed me to show myself more of the love I deserve.”
After moving to California in January of 2015, she was able to begin her tumultuous journey of self-love which has allowed her to experience what it feels like to be happy within herself without the feeling judgment around her.
“Ịhunaanya is beautiful because we are sharing the power of love with our brothers and sisters to empower our community. Being able to be surrounded by a group of people that look like me, sound like me, and most importantly, love and support me without judgment is nothing less than amazing. We are reviving a sense of pride, love and blackness for our brethren just by reminding people the importance of love.”
East Coast Regional Manager
Team Leader and Wellness Coach
Zoya Yaseka is a Jamaican native, hailing from the countryside of Mocho, Clarendon. Coming to America to be with her mother, she grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and not long after arriving in the states, she fell in love with the sport of gymnastics, eventually becoming a nationally ranked competitor and earning a full ride to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
During her time at UNC, Zoya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science, and two individual and team conference titles. She also sustained two concussions that would cause her to ask “what now?” She began working in the university's athletic communications department as a writer while coaching gymnastics, both as a volunteer for the university and in the area.
While she was coming into her new self the mother of one of her best friends was battling breast cancer for the second time and in an effort to show support and love, THRIVE was created. Indirectly creating the brand and spreading the message that we all have the ability to do more than live or even survive inspired her to find new strength in so many ways and helped established a new affirming message for life. “By spreading the message that we should be aiming to truly live to the fullest and in purpose as a lifestyle not as a fleeting fad, we can all thrive.”
In the summer of 2013 she began working for the university as a volunteer assistant coach as well as in the area at a local gym. She was also offered her first modeling contract. Since that time Zoya has only continued to grow into new facets of herself, moving past fitness, onto the runway, and even the screen. Her biggest passion in life has always been to inspire mental, emotional, and spiritual strength as well cultivating minds concerned with legacy like the one she plans to leave for her loved ones and the world.