Professional Accountant who consistently served a range of clients acting in the capacity as Controller/Accounting Manager providing reliable, impeccable business support to not-for-profit organizations, associations, and small businesses with annual operating budgets up to $10M and program budgets up to $80M.
"Where art and consciousness meet is where you'll find me." As an artist, I am most inspired when art is esthetically pleasing and functional. Mediums: Stained Glass, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Interior Design, Watercolor, Photography, Industrial Art, Creative Writing
Community Activist, Accountant, Artist
Gina Maria Smallwood AKA Chenoa, graduate from the University of Maryland University College is an experienced not-for-profit accountant, visual artist and community activist, certified as a spiritual advisor from the Delphi University and professional coach from the Coach Training Academy.
As an Accountant, Gina consistently provides reliable business support to foundations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and individuals throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Her varied roster of clients have included, The National Association of Community Health Centers, College Bound, Inc., Americorp Alums, Inc., The Perry School Community Service Center, Delta Sigma Theta Research and Educational Foundation, Good Samaritans Foundation, Inc., The Association of Schools of Public Health, The Levine School of Music, Broadcast Capital Fund, and BlackStar Communications.
As an Artist and a complement to her activism and accounting, Gina’s artistic career progressively integrates her art into her professional life. Commissioned by individuals and local enterprises to produce thematic pieces, Gina works with the mediums of stained glass, photography, landscape architecture and interior design to bring harmony and balance to many settings. She shares her poetry and creative writing throughout her activism as a vehicle to connect directly with her audiences.
As an Activist, Gina works diligently to foster lasting change through community mobilization, youth development and peace building. As a professional facilitator, she honed her skills at acclaimed local and national programs designed to help build communities and develop youth. Having received training from Impact Silver Spring’s Leadership Program, the Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program, the National Coalition Building Institute, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), the White House Faith Based and Community Initiatives, Boy’s Town Common Sense Parenting, Listen Inc. Youth Development, among others. She continues to facilitate activities for families and organizations. Gina assisted in developing an effective, first-time collaboration between diverse residents representing 68 countries, law enforcement, social services, businesses and not-for-profits to restore and rebuild Long Branch community in Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition, she implemented strategies to help increase awareness of domestic violence, co-developed a job skills training program for neighborhood teens, designed a 12-week asset building program for adolescent female youth, coordinated and developed a youth speak out, developed the Beautiful You empowerment workshop for women, developed suicide awareness campaign for people of color and co-facilitated a graduate course on peace building in the classroom at Millersville College in Lancaster, PA. Gina is currently operating a healing space full of love and simplicity called “Sacred Moon Life Center” in Fairburn, GA, where she facilitates overnight professional coaching experiences. "Come Rest, Heal, Grow, Be and Know!"
Gina also chairs a national suicide awareness and prevention campaign in partnership with the National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide after her only child, Kelvin Mikhail Smallwood-Jones, sophomore at Morehouse College, transitioned from suicide in 2008. As part of her activism she facilitates workshops at high schools and colleges.