Vastenia has worked for over a decade in various jobs dedicated to serving others. For several years she was an Administrative Secretary with Benton Harbor Schools. In 2010, she was the winner of the “Principal’s Award” at Benton Harbor High School for her dedication and passion for the students. She is currently working at the Indiana Parenting Institute where she manages the programs under IPI and the 21st Century Afterschool Program, which involves South Bend Riley and Washington’s students. Vastenia received her Associate Degree in Accounting, graduating with a 3.139 GPA and Honors distinction. She is very excited and optimistic about the new challenge of serving on the board of directors of Rise Above Academy.