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From madam to legitimate business owner, Katina Powell's business past

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Tarsha Semakula (Source: WAVE 3 News) Tarsha Semakula (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From sexy images of Katina Powell, to a more studious one, the former madam at the center of a scandal involving the University of Louisville men’s basketball program was once serious about starting a legitimate business.

"She did have the drive," Tarsha Semakula told WAVE 3 News on Wednesday.

Semakula was Powell’s mentor at the Buttafly Center, a non-profit that helps women become entrepreneurs.

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Semakula said Powell wrote a powerful essay to get into the program. 

"We did an admission interview with her and we felt like she would be a good match. We thought," Semakula said.

In that essay Katina wrote about wanting to start a transportation service to help the community. In a poster for the program, she described herself as a “leader” who was “willing to step out on her own.”

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Once she completed the program in August 2014, she opened up Alegend Transportation, LLC. But only one year later it was dissolved by the state because she never filed her annual report, according to records kept by the Secretary of State.

Powell never graduated from Holy Cross High School, administrators at the school confirmed.

Semakula believed Powell had a shot and was stunned when her former student's name made headlines.

"You know things happen," Semakula said. "You can't control what people do."

The Buttafly Center is Christian based and is about empowering women. Semakula can't help but feel disappointed.

"Hopefully something positive will come out as far as building a more positive culture for women in the city of Louisville," she said.

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