"We proudly stand on the rock of rich history, resilience and strength of our unique and sustainable culture. We envision a future for Black and other women of color where we use our innate beauty, intelligence and economic power to pursue and attain health for our own lives, our families, our communities and the planet" ~Willette Monk
The Women Behind the GreenSistah™ Movement
Founder and Formulator
Born and raised in Washington, D.C. I had no exposure to growing food or herbs and terms like botanicals, essential oils, and organic. Some of my fondest memories as a child was taking my allowance to the “five and dime” and buy lotions and soaps. I would so enjoy smelling the various fragrances and touching the beautiful glass bottles they were packaged in. I would have my mother try all the newest products that I had bought. She would delight in the fragrances and silkiness of the lotions just as much as I did. Little did I know that my love for body care products as a child were the humble beginnings for a much bigger calling in the world of cosmetics. As fate would have it, I would later formulate and manufacture products under the brand name “Pretty Natural” that were sold in Whole Foods, the largest natural products retailer in North America as well as many independent health food stores. Sheajoba®, my signature product, was one of the first natural, petroleum-free hair pomades created for ethnic hair.
For more than 25 years I have been a relentless advocate for healthy and safe cosmetics, donating time, energy, and money to the cause. I have written numerous articles, and booklets, including my most recent book “The Cosmetic Label Snob" available now.
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, CEO....Vernell wears many hats. With a Masters in HR and a background in coordination, planning and logisitcs, Vernell is able to bring her experience in Corporate America to the GreenSistah™ Project as CEO. She has a love for hair and body care and a passion to empower black women...she is committed to providing black women with clean, effective hair and body care products ...unapologetically!
Social Media Manager & Future CEO
Maya is just a girl building her empire!!! She is an honor roll high school student with dreams of being an entrepreneur. She loves hair, body care and fashion. And is a social media junkie...who has taken that past time and used it build the GreenSistah™ presence on social media. She works hard for her legacy, the GreenSistah™ Brand!