When Althea completed business school, she thought like most B-school grads… she should get a job with a good salary, benefits and the opportunity for growth. Working as an executive for GE Capital in a number of financial services and human resource capacities fulfilled that endeavor, until a layoff in 1996 gave her the opportunity to do what she was truly passionate about – fitness.
Althea earned several certifications in personal training, aquatic fitness, group exercise, indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates. She became a faculty member for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a continuing education provider for the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA), and a 200HR registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In 2001, she produced and released the first of six exercise videos in the Altheatized™ series and began presenting on the fitness convention circuit. She was highlighted in magazines including Best Body, Essence, Parenting, Upscale and Oxygen. With a strong background in prenatal and youth wellness, Althea created programs for Sinai Hospital’s obstetric department and Johns Hopkins pediatric clinic in Baltimore. During her time in Baltimore, she produced and hosted a daily cable fitness show, was the weekly wellness expert on an NPR radio show, and was the weekend fitness reporter for WBAL Channel 11 news before relocating to Atlanta where she opened Aerobics, Yoga & More™ Studios (AYM) in 2008. After opening the studio, Althea was voted One of Atlanta’s Best Yoga Teachers by Best Self Magazine.
In 2012, AYM’s general manager and Althea’s longtime friend, Yvonne, passed after a two-year battle with leukemia, and Althea decided to close the doors to the studio they’d run together. AYM transitioned into a corporate wellness company outsourcing instructors and wellness professionals to companies including Kaiser Permanente, United Way, Heidelberg USA, Oglethorpe Power, and Cintas.
During the years that Althea cared for Yvonne, she decided to step outside of her comfort zone and begin sharing her unique spiritual gifts. She began leading group retreats to destinations like the Grand Canyon, the Puerto Rican rainforest and the approach to the Appalachian Trail. She became a monthly contributing author to a local magazine, and began working with clients on spiritual energy balancing and life coaching. Specializing in essential oils and chakra energy awareness, Althea uses her clairsentient gifts to guide individuals and groups in yoga and meditation for improved holistic wellness.
In 2015, Althea took the plunge and published a novel she wrote ten years prior, when she was a young mother launching her fitness career. The book entitled Losing Control has been a book club favorite and is moving up in the fiction rankings with a 4.8/5.0 review rating on Amazon. Her second book, Twenty, will be released in 2017.
Althea has been married to her college sweetheart, Maurice, for twenty-one years and they are the proud parents of two sons. Having lived in several different cities, they currently call Atlanta home.
“I love exploring every thing that excites me and sharing it with others. I don’t have a limit on what I can do, where I can go, what I can create, who I can touch. I truly believe in living my life limitlessly. Sometimes I fail at the things I attempt, but the real excitement is in doing it regardless of the outcome. That’s what life is all about to me.”