Leaning on the shield – Celebrating ‘women supporting women’ S3E6 (Entry Two)
Special guest spotlight:
Ms. Ardelia Aldridge is a 17-year K-12 Educator, unionist, and public school critic/advocate. Currently, she teaches middle school language arts and English language development, and she serves as a member of her site’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team. She is a recent graduate of Brandman University’s Masters in Educational leadership and Administration program and is a certified Google Educator. Her union activism has allowed her to hold various leadership positions at the local, regional, and state levels. She presently serves on her unit’s Bargaining Team and,
the California Teachers Association – Southeastern Service Center Council on Racial Equity Affairs Committee and State Council of
Ms. Tosha Bright is a marketing professional from Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and most recently has completed the Professional Program in Producing at UCLA. For the last 13 years Tosha has worked in the entertainment industry, and is currently the Associate Director in Retail Marketing at The Walt Disney Company. Tosha is passionate about her faith, family, and friends and these days enjoys approved outdoor activities.
Ms. Adriane Hughes is a Los Angeles based licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in administration, training and direct client care in mental health.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Loma Linda.
She has experience working with children, families and young adults and uses an eclectic approach to meet the unique needs of each client.
Adriane currently works in the Los Angeles Superior Court system advocating for individuals to receive mental health treatment, in lieu of jail or prison.
Throughout her career, she has found creative ways to integrate her favorite interests, entrepreneurial endeavors and clinical skills with social work and recently birthed her own private practice, New Moon Wellness, Inc.
She has strong desire to become an entrepreneur with the freedom to create a company that embodied her commitment to high quality mental health and wellness services. She chose the name New Moon because of its symbolic meaning of setting new intentions, new beginnings and rebirth.
Adriane believes that change happens when people are given the guidance needed to draw on their individual strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.
A recognized leader in business and higher education, Dr. Natalie V. Nagthall currently serves as the Los Angeles/Orange County Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator for the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC). Natalie’s specialties include professional development, curriculum design and workshop development. The Brooklyn, New York native earned a BS in Marketing and Logistics/Transportation from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Natalie received her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation explores the use of culturally relevant instructional practices in STEM under the title, “(Re)Imagining STEM Instruction: An Examination of Culturally Relevant Andragogical Practices to Eliminate STEM Inequities Among Historically Minoritized Students in Community Colleges.”