NASHVILLE --- Long before Kevin and KaSheena (Powe) Hollis were making their mark in the medical field, they were making their mark on the playing field and on the court at Tennessee State University.
Kevin “Hollywood” Hollis, who was a wide receiver on TSU’s football team, met KaSheena Powe, a guard on the women’s basketball team, during their time on campus in the early 2000s. Since they started dating in the fall of 2004, the two have spent time in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin pursuing their dreams of working as medical professionals.
Married on June 27, 2009, the Hollis family has a new place to call home after recently relocating to Greensboro, N.C. where Kevin works as an anesthesiologist. The move was made possible after he finished his residency in the spring. KaSheena, who worked as a dentist in Wisconsin prior to the move, will look into joining a local practice or starting one of her own.
Both Kevin and KaSheena majored in biology and minored in chemistry at TSU. They looked back at their time at Tennessee State as something that motivated both of them.
“No matter where you went, no matter who you talked to, somebody wanted to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or a dentist,” Kevin said. “To be honest, being an African American who was looking to do something positive, it meant a lot to me. It motivated me to try to push for my dreams.”
“I think TSU really builds you,” KaSheena said. “It’s not something you always appreciate at the time, but when you get outside of your TSU bubble, you can really see where it plays a pivotal role in how well you can adjust and just be successful.”
After completing dental school at the University of Louisville in 2010, KaSheena worked in private practice in Columbus, Ohio for three years. Kevin began his residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus before three years at the University of Wisconsin for medical school. At the same time, KaSheena worked as a site director for a non-profit, federally qualified health center in Wisconsin where she practiced dentistry and handled administrative duties.
The couple has two sons, Kevin Jr., who is four years old, and Kaden, who is a year and a half old. While college may be years down the line for the young Hollis children, the family is already starting to think about the future.
“As a TSU alum, if my kids decide they wanted to go to TSU, I would pay every cent I could because I believe it was a great experience for me,” Kevin said. “It’s hopefully a tradition we can start in our family.”