Slade & Associates, LLC - organizational consulting and training

Slade&Associates, LLC is a full service educational, research, and organizational consulting business. We offer solutions to improve work life in community organizations, higher education institutions and businesses by assisting groups in achieving long and short-term goals.

Specializing in program and project design and management, Phyllis Slade Martin and associates have over 30 years experience and bring a wealth of skills as historians, trainers, educators, and program managers. We help you research, write, and tell your story to preserve your legacy. Through our customized training and consulting services we help your business or organization achieve excellence. We Bring Your Vision to Life.

Phyllis Slade Martin established Slade&Associates, LLC, an organizational consulting and training company. With over 25 years of experience working in higher education. Slade Martin brings a wealth of skills as a trainer, administrator, and program manager. Known for her strong organizational skills and creativity, Slade Martin has developed numerous programs from conception to completion.

For ten years she served as the first director of the African American Studies Research and Resource Center, and the associate director of African American Studies at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia. She continues to serve as the director of the Advanced Placement Summer Institute sponsored at George Mason University and the College Board. While at George Mason University Slade Martin was a mentor in the Dream Catcher's program, which was a partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools. She received the GMU Spirit of King Award in 2003 and the TCE "Push Up" Award in 2013.

Slade Martin co-wrote a brief biography and research guide titled, "William Sheppard: Virginian and Congo Crusader," with the support of a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). She co-curated an exhibit based on oral history research titled, "Separate and Unequal in Buckingham County: Segregation and Desegregation in Virginia." Funded in part by the VFH, the exhibit is now permanently housed in Buckingham County, Virginia.

Slade Martin holds masters degrees in History and College Student Personnel Administration, and a PhD in History from George Mason University.


  • Program Management and Development

  • Training Sessions and Seminars

  • Community-based Educational Initiatives

  • Oral History


Jody Allen

Jody L. Allen, a native of Hampton, VA, earned her doctorate in U.S. history at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 2007. African American history is her area of specialization including Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, school desegregation, and women and gender. Her dissertation considers the consequences of the 1902 Virginia constitution revisions that led to the disfranchisement of most African Americans and many poor whites. She is also currently working with a colleague to produce "The Green Light," a documentary on the school desegregation case, Charles C. Green v. the School Board of New Kent County, VA. This little-known 1968 Supreme Court decision led to the integration of public schools throughout the South. She has co-authored "Recovering a 'Lost' Story Using Oral History: The United States Supreme Court's Historic Green v. New Kent County, Virginia, Decision" which appeared in The Oral History Review. Currently, Allen is a visiting assistant professor at William & Mary and Director of the Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. Through her work on The Lemon Project she is exploring the history of the College's role as slaveholder and proponent of Jim Crow.


  • Oral History

  • Research Methods

  • Personnel

Wanda Bamberg Tia

Wanda Bamberg Tia, well known as "WandaWoman", is a dancer, choreographer, fitness expert, and creator of the “Wanda Woman Dance Workout” (a fusion of African, hip-hop, and jazz) with over 30 years of experience. Recognized as one of the “Great Women of Washington DC” for her dedication to community fitness, Wanda’s motto is, “It’s never too late to get into shape and lead a healthier lifestyle.” Her teaching techniques are infused with an infectious spirit and energy to keep bodies moving, hearts happy, and lifestyles healthy.

Traditionally promoting her classes to include all ages and races, she now teaches the young (Howard University students, young professionals, and middle and high school students) and the young-at-heart (individuals recovering from mental illness, cancer and looking for relief from, or prevention of obesity, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease).

Wanda was the first African-American woman to create and run her own dance/group fitness studio in the metropolitan D.C. area. Since 1980, she has taught and managed dance and group fitness classes and programs for health clubs, dance studios, corporations, government agencies, churches, and public and private middle/high schools in Washington, D.C.

She is well known for her high-energy, dance-inspired master classes that have taken her as far as Botswana, Southern Africa. She was featured on NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo for 17 years. She appeared on FIT TV, Good Morning America, Home Team Sports, and NBC4's “Your Olympic Workout” series with Anchorwoman Barbara Harrison. She has been featured in several magazines including Essence, Heart and Soul, and numerous other major publications. Ms. Bamberg Tia holds certifications in personal training and group fitness instruction, pilates mat/reformer, nutrition specialist, and herbal and aromatherapy.


  • Healthy Living and Wellness

  • Fitness Instruction

  • Nutrition

Christina Parent

Christina Parent has over thirteen years of experience working with diverse populations in educational settings. She is currently a school counselor with ten years of teaching experience in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the nations most ethnically, racially, and economically diverse areas. For the past ten years, Ms. Parent has taught with the George B. Thomas Learning Academy's Saturday School program and previously taught with theCommonweal Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting educational programs such as literacy clubs geared towards struggling students.

Travel abroad experiences have prompted Ms. Parent to work extensively with English as a Second Language learners. She has also had opportunities to work with special education groups in a variety of settings.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Studies from St. Mary's College of Maryland. In 2005, she completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Science in Counseling in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University.


  • Education Specialist

  • Training

  • Customer Service

Izetta Slade

Izetta Slade has been with the University of Tennessee since July 1999.
She is the Training Administrator for the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service, overseeing training programs and certifications for Tennessee municipal employees. Prior to working with MTAS she was the Assistant Director for UT Employee and Organizational Development with primary responsibility for office operations, mediation, strategic planning, and development and presentation of training programs.

Having worked in both the public and the private sectors, she has 10 years of strategic planning facilitation experience, 23 years of management and supervisory experience, and 30 years of training experience. She has over 15 years of experience with higher education institutions; Howard University in Washington, D.C., University of Maryland in College Park, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Texas A&M University in College Station, and The University of Tennessee. Immediately preceding her move to Knoxville, she worked at Texas A&M University for 5 years where she was the Assistant Director for Human Resources.

Izetta received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and her M.S. in Education at Texas A&M University. During her stay in Texas she also received formal training in mediation. She is currently pursuing a PhD. in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee.

She has guest lectured on topics such as conflict management, performance evaluation, challenges of dual career couples, building supportive work environments, diversity, and strategic planning and has served as an instructor in the UT College of Communication and Information Sciences. She has helped in the strategic planning efforts of a number of Colleges, departments, and teams. She has also worked closely with administrators, supervisors, department heads, and Deans in resolving employee conflicts, including actual mediation.

Izetta has experience working with businesses and local government agencies in providing strategic planning, facilitation, event planning, consulting, and training services. She has been a presenter at national, regional, and state conferences for professional associations among them; the Colleges and Universities Professional Association-Human Resources and the Tennessee Association of Municipal Clerks and Recorders.


  • Training Sessions and Seminars

  • Strategic Planning Facilitation

  • Workplace Relationships

  • Leadership and Supervisory Coaching, Consulting, and Training


Marian V. Wilson, PhD, is the Assistant to the President for Institutional Equity and Compliance at Middle Tennessee State University. Her primary role is providing oversight for the implementation of MTSU’s equal opportunity and Title IX programs. Additionally, she provides leadership for university decision-making related to institutional culture, the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff, equity and fairness and works to influence the campus community for inclusive excellence.

Dr. Wilson came to MTSU after serving five years as the Senior Advisor to the President of Howard University. Her primary role there was managing, advancing and implementing the President’s strategic vision. She was also the President’s liaison to academic, athletics and student affairs. While at Howard, Dr. Wilson managed university priorities to implementation and advised on matters that were mission critical, sensitive and often confidential.

Prior to Howard University, Dr. Wilson served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). At UMMS, Dr. Wilson’s focus was on institutional culture and compliance. Prior to UMMS, Dr. Wilson served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and was then promoted to the Director of Organizational Development and Institutional Equity. She was again promoted there to the Acting Dean of the Workforce Development division. Dr. Wilson also worked at several other academic instructions in student affairs.

Dr. Wilson earned her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University in Educational Administration Policy Studies. Her professional training is in communications with an emphasis on conflict resolution and mediation.