Evans has continued to stay involved with MBU since graduation, a decision she says is thanks to Cornett-Scott.
“When students graduate, she has a way of staying connected and remembering the things that drove them,” said Evans. “She knew that I had an amazing experience at Mary Baldwin, and that I like to talk about it. I know what Mary Baldwin has meant to me, and I like to give perspective to current students about what it can mean for their lives.”
Evans has since served as a guest director for the Kuumba Players and even made a cameo in one of the plays. While living in Charlottesville, she returned to help Cornett-Scott organize Kwanzaa celebrations over the years. Evans currently works as the head of people operations for an advertising and technology company, and she uses her HR experience to lead workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and branding for MBU students.
Evans has three biological children, and she and her husband (whom she met through an MBU alumna) recently adopted a daughter they’ve fostered since birth. In addition to being a mom and an HR executive, Evans is also a birth doula. She had a doula during her own delivery who helped create such a positive birth experience that Evans wanted to be able to create that for other women. Her interactions with new moms led to the creation of her company, Prende Pants, a clothing option to aid in women’s health after they’ve given birth. The high-waisted, post-pregnancy leggings have a built-in belly wrap made out of recycled water bottles that supports abdominal muscles (which have been separated for nine months) and helps the uterus shrink and heal back into shape.
While doctors first told Evans that the average person with her type of diagnosis has about six months to live, her outlook now seems brighter. In her last scan, they found cancer in just one small spot — and it was shrinking. Evans continues to hold on to the positive outlooks she’s had since last June.
“My life is actually more enriched with cancer,” Evans said. “I’m a better mom. I’m a better wife. My parents call me all the time. It’s improved every relationship with every single person in my entire life and made them beautiful and wonderful.”
Evans wasn’t able to come to this year’s Kwanzaa celebration, as she had just completed chemotherapy, but Cornett-Scott sent her a video.
“I was humbly surprised,” said Evans. “I shed tears the entire time. Knowing these students and alumnae are thinking of me and praying for me, I don’t even have words. It just felt like love.”
Learn more about Prende Pants, or contribute to help Evans with medical expenses.