Baranda is an accomplished higher education professional and nonprofit leader with experience in program design operations, training, community development, and research. She has a gift for seeing long-range patterns and developing visions, yet her first love is writing. She has numerous published articles including those in Social Forces, College & University, Better Homes & Gardens, and her book of prayers and prose published in 2017, For Our Boys: A Mother's Prayers. She makes life beautiful by using words to share the stories in our lives, as a writer and preacher. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University; a master’s in Human Development from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Oklahoma. Her favorite things on earth are yoga, tacos and her son, Montgomery James.