T. Barnes, CEO T. Barnes Beauty, LLC/ Executive Director T. Barnes Global Summer Camp
Travel is the heartbeat of the T. Barnes brand. T. Barnes began her career in beauty, fashion and entertainment as a college student at New York University. Having made her first trip to study abroad in Russia in high school much of her college years and initial work life would exist abroad. With a background in the music and production industry she soon transitioned to fashion, when she moved to Italy, the fashion capital of the world. She worked with designer Ghissu in her design studio and boutique in Florence. When she returned to New York she began assisting for fashion guru Harriette Cole, working behind the scene for magazines like Essence, Savoy and Honey. Her first major fashion shoot was with model Iman. She began building a small consulting firm called echoes of ebony where she represented designers in the market, producing trunks shows and retail opportunities.
In 2003 T. Barnes began to move from behind the scenes to the front as a licensed esthetician and make up artist herself. With the purchase of her first salon and spa SOLACE, a Connecticut Esthetics Certification from the American Cosmetology Academy in Connecticut and a License from Tarry Town School of Esthetics in New York, she began producing a brand of organic beauty products under her name, T. Barnes. T. Barnes Beauty, LLC is the parent brand to three businesses; T. Barnes Skincare and Cosmetic, T. Barnes Global Travel and Solace boutiques. Her brand consist of skincare, cosmetics and bath and body. Once she established the beauty brand, in 2016 she began designing to expand the brand into fashion. Traveling all over the world to countries like Ghana, Morocco and Bali, experimenting with fabrications and international manufacturing she produced her first line of clothing, T. Barnes Global Travel Apparel. Clothing designed for global women with busy travel schedules like herself. The line consist of high quality wearable fabrics, that are easy to wash and easy to wear while exploring the world. Her clients took an interest in her travels so she started A lifestyle of Beauty Retreats where she plans domestic and international trips every January. She opened SOLACE Anguilla boutique in 2015 as an outlet for her own brand and designs and to feature other small designers. The boutiques have expanded to 2 on the island of Anguilla, Bethel, Connecticut and SOLACE online. As the T. Barnes brand grows, travel remains the main inspiration for all of the T. Barnes Beauty brand endeavors.
MEET THE TEAM
Montresa S. Bellfield is originally from Forest Hill, TX, but currently resides in Bethel, CT. Montresa received a Bachelor‘s of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a Minor in Mathematics from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. Montresa has mastered the art of watching people, situations and business structures. She has combined her skill of observation with her natural understanding of math and numbers. She has built a career auditing and restructuring businesses and organizations. In her role as internal housing specialist for Money Management International, she sat on the committee responsible for organizing the (HAMP) Making Homes Affordable program during the Obama administration. Having worked in the Finance Industry since 2005, Montresa took the risk of offering her operations and corporate auditing and restructuring services as a consultant for businesses ready to reach the next level. In her role as a consultant, she assesses the current business model, determines the gaps and builds systems that help the business flow and achieve their growth goals. Her latest contract with T. Barnes Beauty, LLC she functions as the Operations Manager for the parent company and subsidiaries. She has taken a small business on a growth trend from disorganization to a model that is transitioning into the larger retail market with Hedge Fund investment. She is also in the final stages of development for an Application that serves as an organizational system that allows loved ones to prepare their estate and assets to be distributed properly in the event of their demise.
MONICA MARIE JONES is a national Trainer and Field Consultant for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. She is also the Lead Trainer and Quality Coach for The Youth Development Resource Center in Detroit. Her experience includes creating youth development training content as well as work as a teacher and afterschool program director. She works as a quality coach with the Youth Driven Spaces Immersion Program as well as an Out of School Time Intermediary Coach for the Wallace Foundation’s Partnership for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. Monica received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. In addition to her Youth Development Work, she is an author, speaker and entrepreneur. Her published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-help), Taste My Soul (Poetry), Floss (Urban Fiction), Swag (Fiction), Sweet Soliloquy (Poetry), Monday Morning Motivation (Inspiration) and Momentum (Financial Inspiration). She has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th and Souls of My Young Sisters. She is a resident of Detroit, Michigan where she operates her motivational speaking, training and consulting company, Inspiration Incorporated.
Shakira O’Kane is a former attorney and current Nonprofit professional with a passion for educating and assisting in the success of young people from under-resourced and underserved backgrounds. Shakira O’Kane, was born and raised in The Bronx, NY. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton in 2005 with a B.A. in Sociology, Africana Studies and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in June 2008 and Inducted into the Order of the Barristers National Appellate Advocacy Honor Society upon graduation. Shakira was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2008. She also received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in June 2010. Shakira chose to the leave the practice of law to combine her passion for education and utilize the skills she gained throughout her education and law career to support nonprofit organizations. Shakira has extensive experience with program creation and management as well as most days walking around with one of those “bright idea” light bulbs over her head. This has lead her to working with organizations like the YMCA of Greater NY as well as the Clinton Foundation. She is a self proclaimed, data junky, and believes that organizations are successful when there is collection and synthesis of data and a constant feedback loop of communication with staff and all stakeholders. She also believes that most integral parts of being successful are not simply tied to the college you attend or the people you may know. It is perseverance and the basic ability to stay motivated when obstacles or the fear of uncertainty blocks your path, and this idea is infused in any of the work she does.