Tanishia A. Johnson

Tanishia Johnson is a passionate counselor, life coach and motivational speaker. She works professionally and privately as an advocate and social justice ambassador for youth and families. Tanishia is passionate about serving the youth and young adult population, specifically young parents, in urban settings. She is the Family and Community Engagement Manager for ROC The Future formally serving in the role of School Counselor in the Rochester City School District for 13 years. Previous to this, she served as Program Coordinator for Pathways to Success, a program under the Rochester City School District and the Federal Office of Adolescent Health, which serviced pregnant and parenting teen mothers and fathers. Under her leadership, she created the first Teen Parenting workshops and programs servicing young mothers and young fathers in the Rochester City School District. Mrs. Johnson is also Adjunct Professor in the Transitional Studies Department at Monroe Community College in Rochester,New York, teaching students in the first year experience program.

As contributing author for the book, The Journey of a Teenage Mother (2013), completing books signings in the United States and London, UK, she believes that the secret to truly reaching ones highest level of success is discovering your passion, working hard and staying committed to living a purpose-driven life. Tanishia Johnson holds a bachelors of science degree in psychology with a criminal justice minor from The College at Brockport. She also holds M.S.Ed Counseling, from The College at Brockport. She is an active member of several professional counseling organizations.


Mrs. Johnson is nationally certified as a Disaster Mental Health Counselor and is regionally certified as a Community Emergency Response Team member. A certified trained facilitator in Strengthening The Black Family, she has facilitated workshops for parents for the betterment of “The Village”. A believer in restorative practices; building community and resolving conflict, she has been trained in Peace Circles and Restorative Justice Community Conferences. She initiated Peace Circles as well as being instrumental in starting the Student and Family Support Center at Wilson High School in Rochester, New York.


Mrs. Johnson is a trained facilitator for African-centered Rites of Passage. She is a Facilitator for the NorthStar Rites of Passage program for students in the Rochester City School District. She is also a Volunteer Assistant Coordinator for the Step Up program which supports youth in step artistry while promoting academic success and personal development. Ms. Johnson is a member of The Black Women’s Leadership Forum, serving on the Leadership Council, as Chair of the Education Committee, focusing programs on healthy sisterhood relationships, organizing the 1st My Sister’s Keeper workshops for young women 13-21. An active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; a community service, action oriented international organization, Mrs. Johnson holds the position of President of the Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter. She serves on the Board for The Villa of Hope and Healthy Baby Network. As a graduate of the 2013 “Purpose Driven” class for the United Way African American Leadership Development Program, she has served as Recruitment and Selection Committee member as well as Steering Committee member. She also served on the Urban Suburban Interdistrict Program’s Parent Advisory Council. From 2011-2018 she served as Commissioner for the Greater Rochester Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission where she served in the role of Secretary and Vice-Chair of their Programs Committee.


In February of 2016 she was profiled in the Democrat and Chronicle as their selected “Woman to Watch”, a prestigious honor in the Rochester community. Tanishia Johnson was also profiled as part of the feature story for the April 2016 Spring edition of BreakThru Magazine’s: The Power

List: The Top 10 Women in Rochester making history and was honored at their Celebration Gala. In February 2018, she was featured on "Extraordinary People" on News 8 in Rochester, NY . In April 2018 she was honored by the Rochester Chapter of "Getting to 50/50", as the recipient of the 50/50 award for her work around advocating for women’s economic, political and social equality. In February 2018 she was awarded, by the Roc Awards Organization, the Community Pillar award, for service to the Greater Rochester community. In November 2018, she will be honored at the annual All Women Rock event, held in Rochester, New York, for inspiring, supporting and uplifting women.

As Co-Founder of LOVE Marriage Ministries, her and her husband develop programs and outreach efforts to fulfill their mission of: “strengthening the Greater Rochester community, one family at time.” They lead this ministry for married couples and couples seeking marriage. They are also the Founders of RocCity48, a mentoring program for young men in Rochester, NY. In June, 2015, they were award recipients of the Community Pillar Black Women/Black Men Roc Award. In 2017 she became one of 5 Co-Founders of the League Of Professional Women.


Her life coaching business, Beyond This Moment, was founded in 2013, focusing on assisting individuals with working on life goals, looking beyond this moment to reach those goals, and focusing on living their purpose driven lives. Her church home is Glory House International in Rochester, New York where her and her husband serve on the Marriage Ministry Leadership Team. Her greatest pride and joy is her 18 year marriage to her loving and supportive husband and mom to their 5 purpose-driven children.

"What I know for sure is that if you want success, you can’t make success your goal.  The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant, and the success will naturally follow.”~Oprah Winfrey

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