Lavone Roberson, Founder

Jacquelyn “Lavone” Roberson founded Now I Am Nia, LLC in January of 2019.

The Cancer:

In October of 2015, Lavone was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. She went to the hospital complaining of stomach pains and a large tumor was found and removed. Weeks after surgery she began chemotherapy. She entered remission in 2016. In April of 2018, similar abdominal pains returned. Doctors discovered another rapidly progressing tumor on her remaining ovary and several small tumors in her liver. She had a hysterectomy to remove the tumor on her ovary and scans to monitor the liver tumors. After undergoing a second round of aggressive chemotherapy until October 2018, Lavone was diagnosed as recurrent and cancer as a chronic illness. Her illness has inspired her to better utilize her life and to pursue her purpose of service. This purpose is why she created Now I Am Nia, LLC.

The Purpose:

Now - I - Am is an acronym for the name Nia. When Lavone was younger, she dreamt about being a mother, and decided that when she birthed her first daughter she would name her Nia because Nia means purpose. Purpose is a word that has always navigated Lavone’s life. Becoming infertile at the age of 37, she decided to birth this company and to establish her legacy of philanthropy, educating, and learning. This brand, Now I Am NIA, was created with a mission to purposefully nurture, inspire, and advocate for communities in need by organizing community service, fundraising , and charity events. (Read the full story of Nia in the blog post “This Is 38!”)


Lavone graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and a minor in Spanish (2003); University of Bridgeport with a Masters in Elementary Education (2006); and has an ABD Doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix (2014).

She has been a third grade teacher for Norwalk Public Schools since 2006 and an academic coach for the Horizons Student Enrichment Program since 2003. She was one of six teachers who represent the Nation’s First Quad D Lab School and she won the district 2018 Excellence in Education Award. She has served on over fifteen education based committees, including the district curriculum committee where she designed assessments and wrote curriculum.


When she is not working on her “Now I Am Walking” 2019 Purpose Walk or her charity, The Polka Dot Blanket Project, she is writing her children’s books, and learning how to transition into her new life as a cancer survivor. She spends most of her free time with family, friends, and her six God-children Jacob, Chace, Cynai, Braylynn, Nova, and Cannon. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.