Raja Nelson, YSC Member


Raja Zakeeyah Nelson is a native of Baltimore Maryland, now residing in Hopewell, VA. She is the third oldest of nine and the oldest girl of her siblings. Being the oldest girl of nine siblings she grew up with a lot of responsibilities and expectations. She started attending leadership training programs as early as third grade; recognizing her leadership capabilities at a young age enabled her to develop her strengths and weaknesses. She enlisted into the Army at the age of 17 and served 5 years on active duty with two consecutive tours to Iraq; she continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve as a Logistics Officer. She is currently a Logistics Analyst for Combined Arms Support Command, Quartermaster Force Development Directorate (Fort Lee, VA) contracted through LMI where she has been employed for 8 years since relocating to Virginia. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Relations from Morgan State University and her Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from University of Maryland University College.

She is an active member of the National Society of Pershing Angels, Inc., a military Drill Sorority. She has
held the highest position as National Commander, 2010-2012 (President) and is currently serving on staff as the Expansion and Public Relations Officer. She mentors numerous ROTC cadets and military officers. Raja is also an active member of The ROCKS, Inc., a non-profit military officer’s mentorship organization; Soldier’s Angels, a non-profit military affiliated volunteer service group; Pershing Rifle Group, a non-profit military based service organization; and the Tri-City Continental Society, a non-profit
public service organization that promotes the development and welfare of underprivileged children and youth. Raja is also actively involved with her church, Village of Faith located in Sandston, VA, where she serves on the Hospitality Committee.

Upon moving to Hopewell City in 2011, she contacted her Councilwoman about youth programs in the city which triggered her interest in being involved with the Youth Services Committee. Her passion is to reveal God’s gift in young people and holistically educate them on their gifts and how to use them productively. One of her goals is to open a non-profit K-12 private school. While growing up in Baltimore
City, Raja worked with various summer camp programs to include; computer, math, vacation Bible schools, and adventure camps. She is the administrative assistant to Women on The Move (Baltimore, MD), an organization developed to help facilitate the holistic development of women and their children to give them better opportunities to live life.

Moss was educated in Henrico County Public Schools where she graduated from Hermitage High School. After which, she matriculated to the University of Richmond where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business. From graduate studies, Katina has a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science degree in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University.

Raja is the sole owner and caterer of Precious CreationZ, LLC, she caters to all food needs and uses her
profits to serve the homeless community and support youth activities. She is a divorced single parent of two teenage children Michael and Rachelle who currently attend Hopewell High School. Her mother, Marcia LB Barron co-creator of Women on the Move, is her biggest supporter and inspires her to just “BE”!

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