Fayetteville Observer's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022: Ebone Williams

Ebone Williams
Ebone Williams

Name: Ebone Williams

Age: 39

Birthplace/where you were raised: Outside of Washington, D.C.

Where do you live now? Fayetteville

Employer: Affinity Therapy Services

Job title: Speech pathologist/ owner

Who are your immediate family members? Husband, Saul Williams; daughters, Zoe Dwight, Ava Williams and Kaitlyn Dwight; dad, William Hanna; and mom, Barbara Jones

Education: High school, Gwynn Park High School; undergraduate, South Carolina State University (speech pathology/audiology); graduate, Towson University (master's speech pathology)

What community and professional groups are you affiliated with? Jack and Jill of America; board member of Partnership for Children; and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

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What are your guiding principles? My guiding principle is the understanding that when God has given a vision and a passion, there is literally no need to feel competitive ... even against myself

How do you volunteer your time in the community? I volunteer as lead teen adviser for Jack and Jill of America, Fayetteville Chapter. I also serve on the board at Partnership for Children.

Who has helped you achieve success in your life and career? My husband and children have been the biggest motivators. No matter how hard the days are, they help me to remember my "why." They always remind me that my purpose is bigger than my frustrations and it's important to keep going.

What goal would you like to accomplish before turning 40?  There's only a few months left for me! I think that the only goal I have left is to reach 50 more at-risk children by my birthday

What's your favorite book? "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini

What are your hobbies? Photography, rehabbing furniture, shopping, going to open houses

What's your most prized possession? My dad bought me a silk baby blanket when stationed in Korea that I've preserved and will pass down to my children.

If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be?  "Rise Up" by Audra Day

This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: 40 Under 40: Ebone Williams of Affinity Therapy Services