Dr. LaTonya Branham is a native of Dayton, Ohio. She is the author and editor of CultureSeek: Connecting to African and African American History (1st edition, 2006 and 2nd edition, 2009), Spirit Seek (2007), and The Academic Prayer (2013). She is also a two-time contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul series: Devotional Stories for Women (2009) and Here Comes the Bride (2012). New releases are forthcoming in 2019. Dr. Branham is the founder and CEO of the Reader2Leader Foundation, and Branham Consulting. She is one of three co-founders of the Dayton Book Expo. In 2017, LaTonya received a Trailblazer Excellence in Arts Advocacy Award.

Dr. Branham currently serves as the University Registrar with the rank of Assistant Professor at DePauw University. During the span of her career in higher education, LaTonya has also worked at Sinclair Community College and Central State University. She is committed to advancing efforts that lead to optimum collegiate learning experiences, and faculty enrichment in higher education through scholarly research and professional engagement. Her educational achievements includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University, a Master of Arts in Management from Antioch University McGregor (now Midwest), a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She is married to Morton, and they support various literary and community outreach initiatives. Her motto is to “educate and elevate!”

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