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Meet the Team

Meet the faces behind the Women Lift Project — a savvy group of entrepreneurs turning wisdom into action and support into success for Black women in business. They're all about mentorship, opportunity, and real, lasting growth.



Saudia Major, Ph.D.

is a Clinical Psychologist at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. She works in the Home Based Primary Care program, providing behavioral care to elderly, chronically ill Veterans with complex disease and psychosocial burdens in their homes. She is also a Clinical Instructor with the University of Michigan School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry, and in this role, she helps train future psychologists and doctoral students completing their internships. Dr. Major earned her bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) and doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed her internship and residency at Florida State Hospital, a forensic psychiatric hospital in Chattahoochee, FL.



Michelle Buggs

is currently working on a Master’s Degree in dietetics at Eastern Michigan University to become a Registered Dietitian. Her career as a former fitness center owner and retired Professional National Figure Competitor led her to study food and nutrition to fuel the mind and body. Michelle has a solid background in Communications, Marketing, Advertising, and Networking through her first bachelor’s degree and work for Cumulus and Clear Channel Radio Stations. As a Black LGBTQ+ woman starting a second career, she has developed the strength, wisdom, comfortability, and passion to help others move through their journey. You only have one life…How are you living it?


Vice President

Candye Hinton

of Hinton Real Estate Group, Inc., brings extensive knowledge and experience in the Real Estate market, honesty, integrity, and commitment. Those three main characteristics have helped Candye build a business of repeat clients and referrals. Hinton Real Estate Group is an original Women Lift recipient prior to joining the Advisory Board.



Kimberly Thornton

also known as Kimmie, is the proud owner of Salon Kimistry located in Belleville, MI. She has been a dedicated entrepreneur in the beauty industry for over 22 years, which has been so satisfying! Her passion for hair and helping people has allowed her to walk in her purpose as an artist and a mentor. Kim cherishes and welcomes the opportunity to help others. “WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS,” by Robert Ingersoll, is a favorite quote. In her spare time, she loves dancing, taking naps, and eating Key Lime Pie.

Let’s Lift Together

Your involvement can change lives—let’s lift together!

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