Lorna Little, MSW serves as the President and CEO of St. Anne’s Family Services where she has developed innovative programs for children and families since 2018. With a focus on underserved communities that often live in the shadows, she has a successful history of leading and developing exceptional programming that addresses the physical, behavioral, and emotional components that lead to an optimal life trajectory.
KISH: Tell us about you.
I’m the President and CEO of St. Anne’s Family Services, where I’ve been developing innovative programs for children and families since 2018. I have a long history of leading and developing exceptional programming that addresses the physical, behavioral, and emotional components that lead to an optimal life trajectory. I hold a Master’s degree in social work, licensure as a clinical social worker, and a Post Masters Certificate in Foster and Adoption studies.
I’m the author of Mums the Word! I’m a media producer and television personality. I previously hosted my own local television show with notable celebrities. Another thing some people don’t know about me is that I do photography. I do a variety of things that I think are helpful to people who are trying to have the best life possible.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Lorna: My dream is to have all the young people who’ve experienced challenges and trauma, to really be equipped with the skills and resources to be able to work through those issues. I want them to be able to thrive in their lifetime. This goes for women, men, teens, and kids because I want them to get to the next level. I want to use my life experiences and my personal story to show others that overcoming obstacles is possible.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Lorna: I’ve always wanted to fight for anyone who didn’t have a voice, who are usually the underserved people. People tend to count them out as not making it or being able to make it and be successful. I’ve always wanted to advocate for people in that space. I feel like the challenges I faced as a young mother led me to want to break those barriers for any underserved community. I want to make sure children who are in underserved communities, many children of color especially, that they have the opportunity to learn and can join free early learning centers and head starts. I want them to have a place they can call home. I want people in the community to have somewhere to live that’s safe, nice, and affordable. Making that happen is what inspires me to pursue this dream.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Lorna: The challenges that I faced is when barriers come up and making sure I don’t allow those barriers to stop me. Not having a lot of resources when I went to college and not having childcare at the time was a barrier of mine. Being a mother while trying to be a full-time college student was difficult, but I didn’t let that stop me from pursuing my dream. The challenges that I faced were all a part of the process.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Lorna: My faith and my family kept me pushing ahead regardless of encountering the challenges that I faced and knowing my goal is a part of my purpose. My husband has been a big support, and he has helped me move forward with many of our creative endeavors by being an active spouse and motivator. God has been ever-present, and I know my path was prepared for me before I was even born.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Lorna: I feel like you need to dream while doing. It’s one thing to dream, but you have to take action and put in the work. Our dream lines up with our purpose here on Earth. Is what you’re going to do, going to empower and inspire others around you? It’s always better to be a has-been than a never-been.
I’ve been blessed to be a therapist, author, tv anchor, and I’m blessed to be the CEO of St. Anne’s Family Services. I want people to know that you can have more than one dream and sometimes more than one goal. You need to be prepared and you need to have the skillset and never give up. When people are around you and don’t see your vision or may not understand your vision, remember it was given to you to carry out, it wasn’t given to someone else to carry out. You need to continue with your dream, especially when your dream is aligned with your purpose.
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