ABOUT EUGENE & ANDREA
Eugene (Lungelo) Mason III, MBA and Andrea (Khwezi) Little Mason, Ed.D. have been married for almost 30 years and are the co-founders of Harmonic Connections PLUS, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with focus on relationship sustainability within families, professional contexts and broader communities. They have traveled internationally to speak and collaborate on various topics surrounding Indigenous Knowledge Studies. They promote the Head/Heart/Hands Principle which reminds people that as a community we have the ability to "feed ourselves, clothes ourselves, shelter ourselves, heal ourselves and protect ourselves... to SAVE OURSELVES!"
As his name suggests, Eugene is a builder and has 25+ years of experience as a construction project superintendent, with a focus on sustainable practices. He is recognized as a lead field representative in his profession. Eugene utilizes his understanding of relationships to navigate interactions between owner representatives, design teams, city officials and subcontractors. He also mentors youth in their introduction to the construction trades by promoting the"Head/Heart/Hands Principle" and working to"restore the dignity of labor". Eugene has been a Tai Chi Martial Arts Practitioner for almost 15 years and is a Naturopathic Reiki Master committed to encouraging others to embrace a disciplined lifestyle by his own example.
In his personal and family life, his aptitude toward relationships translate into success and satisfaction in his personal relationship and partnership with Andrea as well as the lives of their four sons who they homeschooled for almost 15 years. They are Energy Workers and work together as Indigenous Knowledge Practitioners highlighting the need to combine indigenous and modern practices as a foundationtoward building legacy.
Andrea has been an educator by profession for more than 25 years. In recent years, she has committed her life to birthwork and supports WOMBmen and families to help them"reclaim our birth RITES and restore our family practices" during the childbearing year. She is also a speaker and the author of Soul Soil: The Good, the Bad, and the Dirt that Makes up Relationships. Her book was the catalyst for her doctoral research, Non-Conventional Gender Roles in Relationship Education Curricula for African Americans. Her research supported the relationship curricula she and Eugene were developing and showed the need for relationship education that helps couples navigate the lifestyle changes and challenges of modern societies.
THE LITTLE MASON CLAN
Eugene and Andrea were college sweethearts at Tuskegee University. Eugene was studying Architecture, while Andrea was studying Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. After their graduations, they married and began expanding their family. They encountered many challenges around their roles as a couple that they had to work through. In many instances, the roles were not traditional, which required that Eugene and Andrea be creative about how they constructed their roles during various seasons of their marriage. Through relationship workshops and enrichment opportunities, they gained the skills and additional perspective to help them overcome relationship challenges of the 21st century.
For the last 15 years of their marriage, Eugene and Andrea have committed themselves to couples' research and have worked with hundreds of individuals, couples and families to develop relationship education curricula - Maximizing the Connection, Legacy Builders and Power Couple Mentoring. Their relationship education has been converted into an online course designed to allow couples to empower themselves through transformative principles that have been shown to be the foundation of satisfying relationships. They are also the creators of a music project titled Lovers Rendezvous: The Pleasures, the Heartaches and the Triumph of Married Love; and they have extensive expertise and experience with navigating gender roles in relationships.
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