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Teajai (pronounced “TJ”) Kimsey, 44, hadn’t set out to rebrand herself when she changed her name from Tammy Lynn Jones, but it worked out that way. Kimsey made the switch to leave behind an unhappy childhood. “When I hear the name Tammy, all the horrible stuff I went through comes up, but when I hear Teajai Kimsey, I think fresh, bright, hopeful, intelligent – all the things I didn’t think I was when I was younger. Changing my name was like getting an eraser and starting over as this new person.”