The root of Mireya’s life work is stemmed in people, purpose, and believing that at all people have a purpose. She is a proud daughter of an immigrant woman from Mexico, a proud single mother to a Haitian-Mexican son, and a proud woman on a mission who puts her faith to work. After finding herself in a season of homelessness while completing college in Los Angeles, Mireya moved back to Chicago and, at 27 years of age, launched the 501c3 organization, One Heart One Soul.
She’s had the honor of speaking at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Univision, DuSable Museum of African American History, Scene Chicago, ChangeMakers Podcast and Living with Sam Graham while receiving awards for her community work from the Illinois Department of Corrections, Dr. King Drum Major and a two-time Global Award Epoch Nominee. Some of her published writings can be found here.
Founder & Executive Director
David D. Robertson is Managing Partner for the Intention Group, LLC. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, David received his Master of Arts degree from the department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies. His research and expertise focuses on aligning curriculum to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and supporting organizations in creating and tailoring programs and services that impact communities with diverse needs.
As a corporate trainer and speaker he has consulted with a number of community, healthcare, and educational organizations at the local, national, and international level.David is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Hope Is Foundation–a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Hope Is Foundation envisions communities where individuals and organizations are inspired to commit their talents and resources toward innovative problem solving in their communities.
Verneccia “Shay” Etienne is CEO and Head Designer of Verneccia Etienne Apparel. She has been recognized for her work as a celebrity stylist, runway shows and being winner of the national TLC’s Hayley Ever After. Her business mindset and creativity brings great value to our youth and programs.
Verneccia “Shay” Etienne
Frederick Brown obtained his MBA from Washington University; his experience and strengths come through strategic planning, delivering solutions to increase operational efficiencies and is currently the Relationship Manager/Sales Solutions for LinkedIn.Mr. Brown is passionate about creating organization success, moving visions forward effectively while training for marathons and volunteering in One Heart One Soul art workshops. More can be found here