Anya's greatest example of a leader was her grandmother, Sarah H. Johnson, the first African-American city councilwoman to be elected in Greenville, MS.
As a graduate of Northside High School, Anya holds children's access to quality education to a high esteem. She believes that quality education should be achieved through programs and resources that will properly prepare the youth for the workforce as well as other impending educational opportunities.
Anya is an advocate for community. Through her interactions as a hairstylist, Anya heard about the many faults of the system within the community and took action. Anya hosted a number of drives, workshops, and other communal events to combat homelessnes and bring awareness for the less fortunate.
In 2018, a legislation was proposed that would have dismantled 55,000 professional beauty careers. Anya felt it was her duty to galvanize beauty professionals to fight deregulation. Her efforts were successful and she was able to prevent the termination of several hard working individuals.
Anya continues to express admiration for her community through serving Women of Brown (WOB), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving women and children in need.