About Us

“Give a person a fish and they eat for one meal, teach them to fish and they eat for a lifetime!"

The Onward & Upward organization is a private and nonprofit Community Online Work Center (COWC) that has taken the lead in providing instruction and facilitation for people who are experiencing homelessness and joblessness in our community and are finding it extremely difficult to get hired. The COWC is located at 2030 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53713. The main objective is to help homeless and jobless citizens to get hired to work for an online employer and work their online job at one of our work stations for up to 8 hours per day inside the Onward & Upward Community Online Work Center. After 6 months (or less), they can take their computer that we have provided to their home and continue working for their online employer from the comfort of their home. 

Our Mission

Onward & Upward offers a viable alternative to the homeless and unemployed by establishing a Community Online Work Center to teach, coach, empower and encourage program participants to be employed online which will then allow them to earn income and establish sufficient and safe housing. 

Meet Our Team

AnnaMaria Bliven

The CEO and Founder

AnnaMaria Bliven, MBA, MA, GCDF. Her credentials include: Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Arizona State University, Master’s degree in Communication from West Virginia University and Master in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University Online. She recently completed the training to be professionally certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) which expires 2022. She has recently been accepted as a Doctoral Candidate for the Doctorate in Business Administration from the UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies DBA Program.

She served in the Army for a total of 26 years; 10 of those years she served as a Career Counselor and 5 of those years she also served as an Education Services Specialist. After leaving the service in 2008, having achieved to the rank of Master Sergeant (MSG), she used her leadership and project management experience and worked to start several non-profit organizations (Fowler Memorial Free Dental Clinic, Monroe, WI; Hometown Wellness Care, New Glarus, WI; Wisconsin Christian Recovery Network, Madison, WI; A Pathway Home, McFarland, WI; Christian Community Action Coalition, Middleton, WI, Father’s Heart Ministries, Madison, WI., Church of Acts Ministries, Intl., Sun Prairie, WI) and started a couple businesses: Tammy’s Timeless Treasures, Verona, WI, Prosperity Princess, New Glarus, WI. 

She also self-published 2 of her 3 books selling on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books and Apple I-Store worldwide. The third book was professionally published by Ingram Spark Publishing. In 2015, she graduated from an intensive entrepreneur training program: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) and owns her own for-profit Prosperity Princess since 2015, and has built an impressive track record of helping unemployed people (including military veterans) get hired to work online. See the testimonies: 


AnnaMaria has a passion to reduce poverty and increase prosperity, especially for her fellow military veterans. 

AnnaMaria has worked online earning a living working at home since 2002. Presently, she works for an online university full time (early morning, late at night).

Augustine Tatus

Executive Director


2007– 2009, Dr. Tatus was appointed by Mayor David J. Cieslewicz and served as Co-Chair for the City of Madison Affirmative Action Commission.  Dr. Tatus also served as a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Committee from 2007 – 2009. Most recently, he was appointed by Dane County Supervisor Paul Rusk to serve on the Dane County Public Protection and Judiciary Committee – Mental Health, Solitary Confinement and Incarceration Workgroup. Dr. Tatus is currently a member of WREN (Wisconsin Research and Education Network) Work Group. He is also a member of the Greater Plains Collaboration Work Group serving as a representative of the Patient and Family Advisory Council of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Tatus received a World Bank Graduate Scholarship to study at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1993.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Accounting and Economic from the University of Liberia, West Africa, a Master’s of Arts degree in Development Policy and Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Health Care Administration from Northcentral University. He is a member of the following professional institutions: American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Healthcare Administrators, Public Health Professional Group, Healthcare Executive Network Group, Foreign Policy Association, and the Ancient Free & Accepted Mason.

Marrah Slotty

Public Relations & Marketing Assistant

Marrah has a background in administrative and customer service . She currently is working as Onward & Upward's intern and hopes to continue helping people within the community.