Speakers

Olyvia Green
The first black educator to integrate Pease Elementary School in Austin, Texas during the civil rights movement.
Sheila Sturgis Craig, MA
The first black educator to integrate Pease Elementary School in Austin, Texas during the civil rights movement.

Olyvia Brown was born in Magnolia, Arkansas on October 2,1939 to the proud parents Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Brown, Sr. The happy couple also gave birth to Mordell Brown, Mae Cathryn Brown (sisters) and Elijah Brown, Jr. (brother).

After graduating from Columbia High School in Magnolia, Arkansas in 1957, Ms. Brown attended the Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1961 she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, committing to a teaching career. As a result of her commitment, Ms. Brown taught two years in Magnolia.

On May 7, 1962, Ms. Olyvia Brown became Mrs. Olyvia Green when she wedded Sergeant Eddie Green. This union produced two sons, Bernard and Jeffery. Sergeant Green was enlisted as a Drill Sergeant in the United States Army. While in the military the Green family had the opportunity to travel abroad.

In 1967, Ms. Green moved to Austin as a widow and in 1969 she began teaching at Pease Elementary School. Unbeknownst to her, this was a pivotal turning point for the Austin Independent School District (AISD) as Ms. Green was the first black teacher to integrate Pease. Faced with blatant racism, adversity and unacceptance, Ms. Green did not allow this to manifest and interfere with her genuine passion for teaching. Ms. Green, affectionately known as the “hugging teacher”, dedicated 26 years of exceptional service to Pease and inspired generations of children and parents alike.

To date, Ms. Green is an active member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and diligently serves as Chairperson, Hannah Circle, Chairperson, Senior Exercise Program, Women’s Ministry, Senior Saints member and Golden Aces Rhythm and Blues Line Dancer. She also serves as Treasurer for the Cavalier Park Neighborhood Association.

Ms. Green was honored for her dedication, contributions and commitment by Pease Elementary School, recognized in Phase II, #I Am Black Austin Modern Black Portrait Exhibit, recipient of the Education Advocate Award, the Award of Black Excellence, “These are They” by St. John Regular Baptist District Association Senior Mission. Storyhouse preserved her words and photos in the form of a Portrait Video which can be visited on YouTube, acknowledged in the Achievement in Black Austin Historical Reference Guide, Volume I, received the Unsung Heroine Award, Keynote speaker for AISD Martin Luther King Celebration, City of Austin proclaimed August 4, 2016 as Olyvia Green Day, Ancestry.com interview; Pursuit of Teaching During the Civil Rights Movement and an acclaimed guest speak at numerous localities in and around the Austin area,

Her favorite pastimes are going to the movies, Austin Spurs basketball games, dancing, word search puzzles, attending noontime bible study and traveling, especially to Los Angles California to visit her three grandchildren.

“This is the day that The Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it”. (Psalm 118:24), is the scripture that is most loved by Ms. Olyvia Green a true pioneer and trailblazer.

Sheila Sturgis Craig, MA
International Speaker


Sheila Sturgis Craig, MA
International Speaker


Ms. Craig has twenty-eight years of experience in the fields of Health and Human Services, Social Services and Child Welfare, providing services to children, families, and communities in Louisiana and Texas. Sheila believes that the keys to successful leadership is integrity and accountability, requires creating a shared vision, and building nets that work affectively for everyone through strong, authentic, and sustainable partnerships. Sheila’s strengths are persuasive and influential communication with transparency, humility integrity.

Sheila received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a graduate of the Texas Governor’s Executive Development Program class XXXIII. She currently serves as an Advisory Board member with the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin; Commissioner on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families; member of the judicial workgroup for Judges Addressing Disproportionality; and committee member with the Strategic Health Alliance Program at the Texas Center for Disability Studies in the University of Texas at Austin.

Sheila is also a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, City of Austin’s Equity Action Team, American Counseling Association, and Executive Women in Texas Government. Sheila served with the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in planning the Beyond the Bench Summit and as Youth and Adult Protection Commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America. Sheila is an influential leader, a motivational speaker, and presenter at the local, state, national, and international level. She has received numerous honors for her work and dedication to children, families, and vulnerable populations.

Elizabeth Quintanilla
Marketing and Business Development Manager
AngelouEconomics

Elizabeth Quintanilla
Marketing and Business Development Manager
AngelouEconomics

As the Marketing and Business Development Manager, Elizabeth and her team dedicate themselves to the growth of AngelouEconomics through sales and marketing initiatives as well as bring opportunities via partnerships and programs to drive profitable revenue.

Elizabeth spearheads all efforts on lead generation, both inbound and outbound. Those would include email campaigns, media collaborations, public relations and webinars. She also coordinates content marketing, placement in media publications, exposure for the firm and its work, website and search engine optimization, as well as social media activity. Elizabeth is also responsible for researching and writing proposals that are tailored to the client’s needs and aspirations.

Prior to joining the AngelouEconomics team, Elizabeth worked in several industries as a consultant, including aerospace, franchise, real estate, small business, government contracting, and high tech. From these past experiences, she brings a robust understanding of the ever-changing economic impacts on industry.

During the week, Elizabeth enjoys applying her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. On the weekends, she enjoys spending time drinking coffee with her dog and going sailing as often as possible.