Iashea Lakenya Simmons is married to Thomas Dashiell. On August 15, 2019 she became a new and proud mom to Tommie Eli.
Iashea was born and raised in beautiful, sunny Charleston, SC. Shortly after graduating Wando High School she attended and graduated from Morris College in Sumter, SC majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Psychology. In the Fall of 2004 Iashea became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. at Morris College and served as President of the Pi Theta Chapter.
Iashea was elected by her peers to serve as Miss Morris College 2006-2007. During her reign, she worked diligently on and off campus with the following organizations and agencies to encourage adolescent and adult development and physical activity: The Greenhouse Runaway shelter; South Hope Resource Center after school program; Probation, Parole & Pardon Services.
Iashea’s personal journey since college, in her words, is described below:
“After graduation my mother and I packed my car along with a 16-passenger van with what little belongings I owned (a full size bed, a wooden bookshelf given to me by my grandparents… which I still have to this very day, a TV so small I couldn’t read the captions with a magnifying glass.. lol) and I moved to Charlotte, NC to begin working in my field of study. I worked for the Mecklenburg County Child Support Enforcement and Judiciary system for 11 years. Suddenly, I had the desire to learn more about the human anatomy and how it all worked together. I resigned my position and enrolled at Carolinas College of Health Science, where Iearned my Surgical Technology degree. After graduating I worked at Carolinas Medical Center on the Trauma Teams gaining level 1 experience working at the operative site scrubbing Neurology, General, Pediatrics, Orthopedic, and Urology cases.
After spending a year on the trauma team, I was ready to learn so much more and specialize in a specific service line. My cousin recommended applying with the VA under the recent graduate program. I wanted to make momentous changes, so I applied and within weeks I accepted a job with the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. I became the service line tech for the Vascular and Robotic surgical teams, scrubbing Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Robotic Prostatectomy and Robotic Nissen procedures. What an amazing adventure and life-changing experience that was!
I eventually decided that I was ready to return home, so during the past year I relocated back to Charleston to be closer to family.I am currently employed at the local VA Hospital, still helping others and doing the work I love.”
What do you do for fun?
Iashea is extremely adventurous! She has traveled to 48 of the 50 states, and 5 of the 7 continents. (“I’m willing to try anything once” she says.. #YOLO). She loves traveling, hiking, and learning about other cultures. Her favorite thing: Spending time with family and girlfriends for fun.
(Pictured below: Iashea visiting Robben Island Museum in South Africa)