Educating & Empowering Women & Youth
through Entrepreneurship for the Marketplace
Mrs. Constance Le’Von Manus was born in Winston-Salem North Carolina to William and Minnette Gwyn. Her mother passed away when she was three years old of breast cancer. She was raised by her father, along with three siblings. During her upbringing, she learned the art and the spirit of perseverance. She attended Shaw University and graduated in 1974 with a BS in Behavioral Science. In 1988, she received her Masters in Special Education from Edinboro University.
A fearless and compassionate educator, she retired after 26 years of teaching in the Erie School District. She also worked as a social worker in many other places, such as the El Paso Texas school district, Spokane public schools, family services of Erie Pennsylvania, and as the CHAMPS After School Program Coordinator in the Erie School District. She was a 2009 Dress for Success Dynamic 12 award recipient.
One of her greatest legacies was created when she worked for 20 years as the Ebony Fashion Fair Public Relations Chairperson for a local Erie organization called WHISPER (Women Helping Interested Students Pursue Educational Resources). In 2008, she was recognized as the highest ticket seller in the United States for the Ebony Fashion Fair Show, winning many prizes and accolades. Through this event, she was responsible for raising over $100,000 for minority student scholarships at Mercyhurst University. This money established an educational endowment, making it possible over the years for many minority students who dream of pursuing a college education to achieve their goal.
Mrs. Manus is the consummate philanthropist and volunteer. She has served on many boards such as the Erie Art Museum, Erie Historical Society, the Crime Victims Board, CASA of Erie, and Erie’s Miss Tawny Beauty Pageant. She is currently working with the Youth Leadership Institute of Erie as its Program Coordinator.
She is married to retired army Lt., Mr. Luther R. Manus, Jr., who is an auxiliary member of the original Buffalo Soldiers 92nd Division. Mr. and Mrs. Manus have enjoyed assisting his daughters in taking over and maintaining the family Sunoco Gas Station business. They also have a passion for traveling, visiting places all over the world, such as Vietnam, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Nova Scotia, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. Mrs. Manus has a beautiful, talented daughter named Alicia Le'Von Jean-Noel. Alicia works as the Assistant Program Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum. She is very proud that her daughter and son-in-law, Herman, are young entrepreneurs owning a bed & breakfast in Brooklyn, NY and a videography business.
Mrs. Manus is as savvy as she is dynamic when it comes to advancing the mission of any organization that she is championing. Her motto in life is "Always Volunteer".