Tenikki Sesley is the executive director of Apple Seeds, Inc. Tenikki has relentlessly worked in the social services sector as an advocate for families in crisis and with the most vulnerability for over 10 years. Her purpose and passion for strengthening families took her to the TN Department of Children’s Services where she advocated and assisted many families to overcome adversities and challenges. Tenikki received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Kent State University (2005) and later a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management (2010). Her added affection for educating and supporting mothers before, during, and after pregnancy led to exploring Postpartum Depression (PPD) in the urban, low-income, and African American communities, which compelled her to become a CAPPA trained postpartum doula (2015).
Much of Tenikki’s success can be attributed to her positive attitude, patience, and dedication. Tenikki is a proud mother of two wonderfully, grounded children; Ashera (a college graduate) and Caleb (an athletic, high school student). Tenikki wholeheartedly believes the quote, “It takes a Village…” which is still factual and relevant and will be for generations to come.