Kewanna D. Riley, is a young woman with a heart to serve her community and empower the youth. In 2011, she was a featured member of the Harrison County HIV Coalition Billboard Campaign.  In addition to spreading awareness for HIV, she coordinated an overnight retreat for young ladies ages 10-18 at the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of the Gulf Coast Forest Heights Center for nine years.  Kewanna also served as a co-founder of the Community Empowerment Coalition. Her servant leadership continued as the Youth Council Advisor for the National Council of Negro Women. She previously served on the board of the MS Tobacco Free Coalition of Harrison County and is currently the National Advisor for the Pink Lotus Project Leadership Academy.

Kewanna has been awarded the MS BGC Full-Time Employee of the Year, Bel-Aire Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, and Harrison County School District’s Teacher of the Year. In addition to those honors, she was named the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Elementary Teacher of the Year, a 2015 Pacesetter for the Gulfport Chapter of NAACP and featured in a video for the United Way of South MS, promoting the importance of youth programs.

Kewanna is a graduate of Tougaloo College and humbled to serve as an administrator with Moss Point School District. This servant-leader is the proud wife of Adrianyon Riley, Sr. and loving mother of Adrianyon, Jr. and Isaiah.  She is thankful for their love and support of her aspirations to have a positive impact on youth in her community.



"Initially, I was angry at my father for smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol for so many decades. Surely, they had caused his cancer. Then I became angrier at the doctor’s demeanor when he shared the news. He showed no compassion for the life-altering message he delivered. I was fearful because I had already lost my mother to heart disease four years earlier."


"I began to think of the life adjustments we would have to make once returning home. If he has an emergency, we can’t perform the common method of CPR. Instead, he would need resuscitation over his stoma, not his mouth. Constantly worrying about his ability to breathe properly made me anxious for months. I would always be on edge, waiting for the call to clear his airway so he wouldn’t choke."