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Our History

Our History

Turning Interest Into Action

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. ORISHA WHOLENESS emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.


Established in 2021, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.

Founding Members

Meet the Founding Members

Pascale Pierre

As a founding member, Pascale has been involved in community work for a number of years. She teaches several fitness classes a week, helping the community to live a better and fruitful life.

Shelly Wilson
Vice-President/Board Chair/Treasurer

Shelly has over 30 years of experience working with and managing community - based organizations throughout NYC. She uses her journey  to help others to lead a healthy lifestyle regardless of age.

Martine Ortiz

Martine holds advanced degrees in Banking, Finance and Trust Management.  She also possesses experience with corporate, academic and governmental charitable management and oversight.

Tina Lundy

Tina has been enjoying line dancing for over 7 years and recently began teaching beginner line dance classes.  The smiles from her students is what motivates her to return every week.

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Steven Dillard

Steven Dillard joined Orisha Wholeness with the vision and drive to improve upon our non-profit organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.


Traci 'Stilettozz' Smith

Traci 'Stilettozz' Smith is a global R&B/Soul line dance coach. choreographer & performer. 

She embodies the perfect combination of charisma and irrefutable energy!

Meet the Instructors

Rasheem Perry

I've been on the salsa scene for over 10 years participating in salsa congresses in PA and CT. I have also performed with a number of salsa artists locally at Lehman college for Tito Rojas, Angel Lopez w/ Tony succor and Tito Nieves to name a few.

Ashley Thompson

Hello! I'm Ashley Thompson, and I live in Bronx, NY. I've been dancing since I was 2 years old.  I've been a Certified Zumba Instructor since May 2019 and I absolutely love it. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me, I guarantee you will have a blast!

Pascale Pierre

Hi, I'm Pascale! I’ve been teaching dance fitness and other body conditioning classes for over ten years. My goal is to give you a great workout while having fun, at the same time, helping the community to live a better and more fruitful life.

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Eta Isiorho

Howdy, I’m Eta. I’ve been intentionally practicing yoga for 4 years and completed my 200-hr certification in Auburn, AL in early spring of 2020. My goal is to show that yoga is for every one and every body. So come as you are and discover what yoga can do for you.

Tina Lundy

Hello! My name is Tina and I've been enjoying line dancing for over 7 years, and recently began teaching beginner line dance classes. The smiles from my students is what motivate me to return every week.

Shelly Wilson

I am a certified group fitness instructor who loves teaching group fitness classes. I've taught for the past 7 years and my classes are fun, energetic and easy to follow. You will have a blast and get a great workout!

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Pamela Wilkerson

Hello! My name is Pamela. I am a Registered nurse and have been  for over 25 years, specializing in Asthma, other Respiratory Diseases, Home care and Disease Case Management


Paulette Jones

Hello! My name is PJ! I have been line dancing since 2008 and instructing since 2015. In 2015, joining with a group of ladies, we created our first dance called Passion, and shortly thereafter, we formed I.F.E. and our motto "We dance from our souls to our soles", keep me moving, and sharing my love of dancing with others

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Tyrone Welch

Earl Miller

Hi! My name is Tye and I am the founder of Hiking While Black. I have been hiking for over 10 years for mental wellness and being active. Join me on this journey to hike the trails of NY!

My name is Earl, I was nominated for Choreography Of The Year in 2019 for Earl’s 4 Steps, Winner of Turbo Man Award in 2019 & I'm the creator of line dances to various kinds of music.

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