Sharon M. Blacknall is the Founder of Military Veterans Against Child Abuse, Author, Business Management Advisor, VP of Administration for Bertram Village in Eleuthera, Bahamas, Certified Life Coach, Regional Co-Director for the American Basketball Association (ABA) South Central Region, Managing Partner of the Tri-City All-Stars ABA Professional Basketball team, VP of Youth Safety Education for Hip Hop Motorsports, Honorary Board Member for the Humanity Coalition and Motivational Speaker.
She is a USAF Veteran who has more than 25 years of experience hiring, managing and training employees, mentoring entrepreneurs, handling multi-million dollar budgets from initial bidding to the award and procurement phase. She also has previous experience as a Certified Residential and FHA Appraiser and owned a successful appraisal company that was one of the top three appraisal companies used by a national home builder in Southern Nevada for many years.
Sharon was part of the management teams responsible for opening two multi-billion dollar casino properties in Las Vegas, NV (Treasure Island and Bellagio) and one in Biloxi, MS (Beau Rivage). Her duties included everything from interviewing hundreds of applicants, designing office space, hiring a staff, developing training and operating manuals, bidding and awarding multi-million dollar corporate contracts for services and materials to ensuring the company’s records management program’s compliance with state, gaming and federal laws and regulations.
Sharon has written two preschool safety books, which were awarded the Family Review Center’s Best of 2014 Award. The books are currently in use in many child development centers and Head Start classrooms. She also developed two innovative safety and anti-bullying programs for three to ten-year-olds and a new child abuse prevention educational program for adults, Safe and Unafraid – Child Abuse Prevention Training and Certification, which is distributed through her nonprofit Military Veterans Against child abuse. Her latest book, Growing Up Safe and Unafraid - Child Safety Tips for Parents and Grandparents is available for sale on Amazon.