Mrs. Powers was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. She was educated at St. Francis De Sales Catholic School and the Public Schools of Robeson County. Afterwards, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in 1992 and a Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1996.
Prior to the practice of law, Mrs. Powers worked as a reporter at the Robesonian newspaper.
From 1996 until 1999, Mrs. Powers worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of Bowen and Berry in Lumberton, North Carolina. She tried numerous cases, including representing parents in Juvenile Court, criminal matters, personal injury, Family Law cases and Social Security. Thereafter, she became a partner with the law firm of Bowen, Berry, and Powers. She opened her own law firm in August of 2006, where she has a general trial practice, including capital murder. She is currently an attorney for the Robeson County Department of Social Services.
Mrs. Powers is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Inc., the Robeson County Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar. She sits on numerous Boards of Directors in Robeson County and is the Democratic Member of the Robeson County Board of Elections. Mrs. Powers previously served as the Seventh Congressional District Representative to the N.C. Democratic Party Council of Review and was elected Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions.
She and her husband, Kim, have two children, Raven and Geoffrey Saiid. The Powers' are members of the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Lumberton, where Mrs. Powers serves as an Eucharistic Minister, Lectern and on the Finance Council.
I support the Southeastern Family Violence Center, because of the important role the agency plays in our community. Families need a safe haven and resources to combat triggers for violence. Through aid, education and advocacy, the SFVC has improved the quality of life for thousands in the area. I believe that children should grow up in homes that nurture and not in homes of abusers. I am happy to do my part to improve the lives of my neighbors.