Ida Mays hails straight from the world of high fashion! At the tender age of 14, she became a runway model. She went on to become the first African American promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the John Robert Powers modeling agency in Columbus. OH. With new innovative ideas, this young entrepreneur set out to launch her own agency. In 1995, she opened the doors of Star Image Model Talent Service Center with offices in Whitehall, Delaware, and a satellite in Cincinnati Ohio, where she established Star Image Pageant Systems and directed the Miss Star Image Scholarship Pageant for inner city teens.
Mrs. Mays realized success was not enough, and discovered mentoring young girls was her true passion. Upon this realization 5-Star Mentoring Program for Girls was birthed. The motto of the program is “Where Beauty Is Our Natural Habitat”, because many of these girls are relying on what society says is beautiful which causes these young girls to become insecure instead of realizing the beauty that is within them.
Mrs. Mays resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband of eighteen years Bishop Larry D. Mays and their two beautiful children Precious and Mariah.
Ms. James a Columbus, Ohio native is a graduate of Brookhaven High School. She furthered her education at The Ohio State School of Cosmetology graduating as a professional Nail Tech.
She is passionate about making an impact in the lives of young girls. Gretchen is dedicated and committed to seeing that our girls become confident, strong, powerful, and successful young adults.
Ms. Hike has been a hands-on youth advocate for many years. Working with the Westside Boys and Girls Club and as a leader in the youth ministry at her local church. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program.
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