Tinika Y. Roland is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Apparel Design. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from Upper Iowa University with an emphasis in Quality Management & Human Resource Management. Tinika is currently working in higher education while running her consulting company. As a former board member of YWCA, Tinika believes community involvement is essential to being a change agent for the betterment of families. In 2016, Tinika worked closely with Ms. Jacquie Easley at Mercy on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Insurance Access Grant. She served in the role of Community Outreach Coordinator to help educate and bring awareness to community members about the Affordable Care Act and bring access to Medicaid to those in need. She has served as the Investing in My Future (IIMF) High School Committee Chair since August 2015. She enjoys assisting students with preparing for college, applying for college and graduating from college. IIMF mission is directly aligned with her professional career in higher education. Tinika helped start a mentoring program and book scholarship at Iowa State University to assist African American students attending the university. Providing life skills and educational tools to prepare the next generation is important to her.
Bringing much-needed education to those in need is important to Tinika, especially to those in lower-income communities; so when Jacquie Easley shared the Count The Kicks campaign opportunity for outreach into the African American communities to educate families, Tinika did not hesitate to answer the call. Investing in other’s future, educating, saving lives and bringing hope through multiple pathways is essential.