Day: June 5, 2021
Going From The Darkness To The Light Through Positivity
Going From The Darkness To The Light Through Positivity
Early 2017, two years after the launch of Positive Presence, our Founder made a somewhat compulsive decision to switch from one-on-one in-person coaching to completely
Whether it is conscious, subconscious, intentional or unintentional, humans make roughly 773,180 decisions within a lifetime. And of those 773,180 we regret 143,262 of them.
Originally from Kansas City, Jack Blake spent his early 20’s learning how to captain sailboats and yachts. One of his most noted accomplishments is becoming a sailboat captain for the annual Yacht Week, exploring exotic locations. Jack aspires to help others create the lifestyle of their dreams just as he did by choosing to embark on a path less traveled. Getting outside in nature, exercising and nutrition are some of the most important things day to day for this adventurous mentor. Being able to pause, relax and enjoy moments while challenging himself and never becoming complacent is something he prides himself on. Jack has always noticed a spark when he is helping people reach their goals. There has always been a passion inside him to influence and inspire those younger than him to make mindful choices.
The youngest of three children, Thomas was involved in everything under the sun from travel basketball and baseball to track and field. After years of high-intense sports and summer months with a math and reading tutor, Thomas realized he had lost his sense of self. After starting at the University of Kansas and joining a fraternity, he got caught up in college life. Thomas started to develop and show signs of anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD, and insomnia. As his grades began to decline, self-isolation, drugs and alcohol became a coping mechanism. Recognizing the peril of his decisions, he made a decision to shift his life in a more positive direction. Sophomore year Thomas sought a new major in Unified Early Childhood Education and began to celebrate 6 straight semesters on honor roll, graduated with a 3.5 GPA, met the love of his life, and landed a job teaching first grade. Focusing on his sobriety and future with his fiancé, Thomas is continuing to work on himself every day as a happier, stronger version of who he once was.
Angela is a Speaker, Master NLP Practitioner and Life Coach from Orange County, California. When Angela was 7 years old, she suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a fall. She underwent an 8 hour brain surgery followed by a 2 week coma. When she woke up, she lost her ability to speak and was completely paralyzed on the right side of her body. Angela had to go through thousands of hours of rehab to learn how to talk, walk, and find ways to live with just one arm. Doctors had told her that her life looks dim and that she will not be able to go to college, drive, nor live independently for the rest of her life. She felt despair, hopelessness, and shame from such a young age. She struggled with anxiety, depression, and ADHD ever since she can remember. However, her physical disability and mental health challenges did not stop her. With an incredible amount of resilience and grit, she decided to go after her dreams and graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in Psychology, learned how to drive and cook with just her left arm. Angela went to grad school for Speech Pathology but soon realized that her life had a different calling. Angela went on a deep personal development journey and found her passion and purpose in coaching to help others overcome their challenges. She finds life’s truest joys and fulfillment in working with teens and young adults helping them to discover their unique strengths and inner power by taking them on a self-reflective and transformative journey and helping guide them to a life of confidence, fulfillment, and purpose.
Dustin, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is one of our college aged coaches who is currently obtaining a degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Indiana. Dustin serves as the Associate Director of Community Service for his Business Fraternity and also sits on the Board of Directors for our non-profit, Positive Presence Foundation. He loves to spend his down time hiking, hammocking with friends, and drawing. Dustin is passionate about helping teenagers because there were many times in his life that he didn’t know what he would have done without the support of people that reached out to help him. He believes asking for help should never make one feel like a burden. Dustin is an introvert who is finding his voice through mentor coaching, and is able to relate with his students by putting himself in their shoes. His sense of humor and generous personality is what makes him stand out as a coach. Dustin is an easy-going mentor who always tries to find the light even in dark times and stays positive by reminding himself of all that he is grateful for in life.
Cheyanne Peters, a first generation college student born and raised in Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Applied Behavioral Science. Her passion for helping teenagers feel confident, successful and prepared for their next chapter in life stems from multiple years of working with at-risk youth.
Cheyanne has experience working in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility rehabilitating children who have endured severe trauma, abuse and neglect and as a result developed behavioral/mood disorders. A former Mentor Program Facilitator at a Juvenile Detention Center, Cheyanne became an expert at aiding youth in their positive transition into society and adulthood. An empathetic and enthusiastic mentor, Cheyanne believes everyone deserves to live a joyful and fulfilling life – a profound passion that drives her in her coaching career.
Jamal was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to the United States at the age of 12. His experience in the mental health industry the past six years has made him an expert in supporting and guiding young men and women living with autism and intellectual disability. He is also the co-founder of a small construction company based in New York. Jamal’s passionate approach to personal development, calming charisma and innovative techniques to understanding emotional awareness make him an excellent mentor to our Positive Presence coaching team. He stays positive by constantly reflecting on his own journey while creating a safe and positive space for others to do the same. Jamal travels to Guyana on a yearly basis promoting the importance of wellness care and healthy living habits in underserved communities.
Currently a student at UNC-Pembroke, Jamal is in pursuit of his Master’s in Business Administration and Finance. He plans to use his degrees to bolster his current skill set and promote the importance of entrepreneurship in underserved communities in the United States and Guyana.
Elysa Swenson, a charismatic Kansas native and certified CNA, is currently in pursuit of her BSN in Nursing at the University of Kansas. As a former student of the Positive Presence Mentor Coaching program, Elysa found an insatiable amount of purpose and self-acceptance, something she attributes her new-found sense of peace and positivity to. Elysa’s awakening was in understanding that living a life of light and love comes when you decide to simply CHOOSE that life.
Since graduating from Positive Presence as a student, Elysa felt a deep responsibility and higher calling to help her generation find the same. Her passion for person-centered care coupled with her determination to help her generation find THEIR purpose makes her an excellent Mentor Coach for Positive Presence Global!
Tonica Johnson, a first-generation college student from Cleveland, has a Master’s of Education from the University of Dayton. She is a former high school teacher of 7 years and now lives in Colorado, where she owns her own college planning business. Believing that the traditional education system doesn’t always teach the skills that are necessary for life, she has felt called to help do so herself, and her students have always looked to her as a mentor and role model. Tonica has had to face her fair share of adversity within her family, from alcoholism to divorce, and credits her positive mindset to practicing gratitude and the support of others in her life. Her own journey to self-love and self-worth has been full of ups and downs, but she truly believes that everyone is able to have a successful, positive, fulfilling life, and is passionate about helping others discover that for themselves. Tonica is always ready to listen without judgment and provides a safe, supportive space for healing and growth. She inspires others to become confident, driven people excited about going out and making our world better, one day at a time.
Lyndsey is a laid-back, passionate and open-minded mentor from Ohio. As a former college athlete, high school coach, first-generation college graduate and CrossFit competitor; Lyndsey is passionate about and runs her own fitness and nutrition business. Previously a teacher of 10 years, Lyndsey believes we can fill in the gaps in our education system by educating and preparing the next generation for LIFE, lessons she wished she would have learned in high school and beyond. Having 7 siblings in her very-blended family, Lyndsey has experienced first-hand many struggles within the family dynamic including divorce, the foster care system, alcoholism, and mental health. She credits her positive outlook to always trying to find the positive in every situation. Her own journey of self-discovery and self-love has been full of ups and downs and attributes her tenacity to the importance she’s placed on growth and awareness at every turn. She wants to create a safe space where others can show up authentically, without judgement but also challenged to grow.
Gisella Howe is a multi-lingual mother of four. She is a passionate young entrepreneur, born in Brazil to a police officer in the military father and a housekeeper mother. She helped raise her two brothers, until she was nineteen years old. She has overcome immense darkness from Cancer, divorce and Postpartum Depression to PTSD, homelessness, PMDD and Narcolepsy. Her diagnosis and labels don’t define her but rather feed her passion of helping other parents overcome their traumas and tribulations. She is fierce and in between loving her husband and children she has found a way to love herself! She is continuously on a journey of self-empowerment and education and is enrolled as a student to pursue a degree in liberal arts and philosophy. After ten years in the medical field as a surgical nurse and medical director, she decided to change careers and pursue her passion as a life mentor coach and motivational speaker. Gisella and her husband are actively working on their first book about relationships and how to raise adults in a social media invaded society. Her life’s mission is to leave a legacy of self-love, self-mastery and accountability to the future generation. In her eight years coaching and educating herself in the art of mentorship, she has developed tremendous amounts of insight. She incorporates her life experiences and empathetic nature to provide other parents with tangible tools for a life changing experience – an incredible gift she now brings to our team.
As a first-generation college graduate, a minority, and a woman, Don’Taisha Greene, has a true appreciation for uniqueness. Practicing authenticity and appreciating others’ uniqueness has allowed her to establish herself as a connected, dynamic leader and resource in her professional and educational career. Her crucial encounters in the education, healthcare, and social services realm have enhanced her cultural competencies and gifted her the observational acumen required to be a change maker.
Don’Taisha has learned to navigate the world of youth mentorship firsthand through trial and error. She is passionate about the next generation because she understands first-hand the litany of challenges that they face. She specializes in connecting students to the tools that will take them to the next level and has emerged from her previous roles as an educator, trained facilitator, and program coordinator. It is now Don’Taisha’s goal as a mentor to help others define life strategies and map out the path to their success.
Wafeeq has spent multiple years working with today’s youth. In addition to his Mentor Coaching Certification with Positive Presence, he is certified as a youth, parent, and family coach. A natural born leader, Wafeeq has overcome extreme obstacles and adversity in his lifetime. Because of his own experiences he appreciates and recognizes the value of having someone beside you on the journey of life. A true believer in the importance of life skills and personal awareness, Wafeeq is fully committed to helping the next generation make a healthy and positive transition into adulthood. A true visionary, Wafeeq has learned to lean on his own positive psychology toolbox to help those he works with. Coupled with his strong connection to self and unwavering connection to his faith, he remains a positive role model to all those he works with. His passion and purpose filled lifestyle resonates with everyone he has the pleasure of engaging with.
Katlyn is a passionate, strong-willed mentor, born & raised in Kansas. Striving to make a positive impact, she has a fierce pursuit for social justice and equality. Katlyn has experience working with the Kansas Department of Corrections and has been promoted multiple times, currently assuming the role of Restorative Justice Specialist. Her ability to advocate, validate, and empathize is what makes her a memorable mentor. Katlyn finds it important to find bits of light within the darkness, focusing on those blessings in disguise, and helps those she works with to do the same. Katlyn believes teenagers and young adults are an untapped population of individuals who are needing more resources and support than currently available to them. She has seen first-hand how systems and society fail this population and how imperative it is to their success and well-being to have someone who can be a light and witness in their life.
Chelsea Bennett received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and has been praised for her communications skills and ability to act as a caring, compassionate leader – qualities that have helped forge connections with her mentees and students nationwide. Growing up, Chelsea struggled with her divorced family, depression and anxiety, and discovering her path in life. She enjoys helping prepare young adults for what comes next by helping them set goals that match their desires instead of setting goals based on financial outcome, societal, or parental pressure. She wants to help others find their purpose and channel positive energy in everything they do. As a Coloradoan, she practices self-care by exploring hiking, camping, and skiing in the mountains and enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen with her husband. Chelsea practices the belief that everyone deserves to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
A student at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Emily is motivated to become a successful Transformational Life Coach. Best known for her uplifting energy, this incredibly gifted professional uses active listening to provide a safe place for her students to express themselves and be seen, heard & acknowledged without judgement. Emily stays positive by writing & saying affirmations, practicing gratitude and meditation, and journaling about her journey – techniques she encourages all of her students to elicit positive change. She prides herself on meeting her students where they’re at and sets intention to be present in every moment. Her passion for being a mentor coach with Positive Presence is deeply seeded by the lack of judgement-free support and guidance she had when she was younger. Emily strives to be a positive role model and encourage the next generation to be the most unapologetically authentic versions of themselves.
Michelle Marie King is the premier Confidence Coach for teenagers, young adults and young entrepreneurs across the globe. She founded Positive Presence Global – the largest confidence coaching company in North America – and has helped people worldwide find their confidence in all aspects of their life. Michelle’s engaging and energetic personality coupled with her ability to motivate has distinguished her as a personal development trailblazer.
In her career as a model, philanthropist, emcee, entrepreneur, spokesperson and public speaker, Michelle has appeared on radio, television, billboards and print in over 15 different states for her community efforts and her ongoing business ventures.