Current Residence: Newport News, VA
Occupation: Physical Therapist/Professor
Education: Hampton University, Doctor of Physical Therapy, B.S. Health and Physical Education
Tribe Designation: Healers
Bio: Originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, Desi currently lives in Newport News, Virginia where she works as Interim Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She also works as a Physical Therapist at Riverside Health and is a licensed Yoga Instructor. A published author, co-writing the book Love Affair with my Hair: Why Black Women Cheat on Health, Desi often holds public speaking seminars around the country.
Desi is also a former Miss Virginia 2013 and competed in 2014’s Miss America competition. Her pageant success continued in October 2015 when she was awarded the title of Miss Virginia USA 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education and her DPT from Hampton University, where she also served as Miss Hampton University from 2010-2011.