Advisory Team.

AANEE NICHOLS, communications

Aanee Nichols joined Be a Rose in February 2017, bringing with her a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Michigan University, a background in editing, and a passion for written communication.  In addition to her work with Be a Rose, Aanee maintains a personal blog sharing her own journey and discussing wellness, running, and mental health.  Aanee looks forward to lending her voice to issues of women's health and empowerment as a member of the Be a Rose team.


Abbie Patenaude joined Be a Rose in February 2017 as the Public Relations Manager.  Abbie is a senior at Grand Valley State University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  

Abbie's interest and experience in health, creativity, writing, and event coordination suits her role well with Be A Rose.  As a full-time student, Abbie is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.  Abbie is thrilled to join Be a Rose and contribute to the mission of serving and supporting women. 

karen brogno, editing

Karen Brogno is a freelance business editor with print and digital experience. Her specialties are copyediting, copywriting, reporting, fact-checking, web-editing and deeply researched industry reports. Her interests include business technology and management and marketing communications. She works with local and global clients and, in between, provides pro bono editorial and communications assistance to worthwhile nonprofits. She is delighted to apply her skills in support of Be a Rose, Inc., and its social services mission of making health and wellness education a reality for underserved young women.


Abbey Ekong received a degree in both Interdisciplinary Health Services, and a degree in Spanish with a focus on premed coursework from Western Michigan University in 2016. Abbey joined the Roosevelt University in Chicago as a graduate student studying Biomedical Sciences. She is an aspiring OB/GYN who has a great passion for women's health and health education. Abbey joined the Be a Rose Team in December 2016 and she currently serves as a Research Content Provider for the Be a Rose blog, Roots.  

precious dandridge, photography

Precious Dandridge of Emmon Photography is a  freelance photographer, working primarily with artist of all kinds, models, and small businesses. Precious turned her passion of photography into a platform to help those who in need of having their own vision captured. She has found great enjoy working with be a Rose as it challenges her to work outside of the areas she is presently grounded in professionally and personally as an individual.  Precious hopes to see social issues that Be a Rose is working to address in the community with a different lens as a photographer in hopes of bringing a more abstract and creative touch to her visual imagery work. Precious contributes imagery to the Rose News Blog.

Titilope lucas, Marketing

Titilope Lucas earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manchester in French and East Asian studies; she is proficient in French and Mandarin. Her experience in creative marketing was developed at university where she promoted various student committees and societies.

She has spent the last year developing her Christian faith at Bible school. Titi joined BE A ROSE because she is passionate about finding practical ways to apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ong'uti (Glenn) Mang'are, legal affairs

Ong'uti Mang'are is a Kenyan who is passionate about his country and his continent. His vision is to assist fellow Kenyans in developing a minimum standard of life that enhances human dignity. He holds Bachelor of Science and Art degrees in Software Engineering and Law. He currently serves as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Ong’uti believes in the equalizing force of education and looks forward to a day when Africa's conversation will move from one of despair to one of optimism. Before starting his law practice, he worked with a Kenyan NGO that offers free legal aid to Kenya's poor and marginalized. Ong’uti joined BE A ROSE in 2015.

Ben Schweitzer, user experience research

Ben Schweitzer is a User Experience Expert with a focus on online shopping. After completing his Master of Science degree in Interaction Design and Information Architecture at the University of Baltimore, he began his career with TrueAction. Since 2011, he has helped numerous clients refine and innovate their websites, apps, emails and other customer touch points. 

His expertise spans a broad range of user research and design. In addition to commercial work, Ben has also taught courses in interaction design and research methods at the University of Baltimore, and co-founded a NYC-based UX Researcher Meetup to foster learning, sharing, and collaboration across industries. Ben is excited to apply his skills to areas outside of eCommerce, and to help BE A ROSE make a positive impact.

SYmon Victor Thuo, Ground Ops & Media MGMT.

Symon Victor Thuo is a proud Kenyan, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Upon completing his degree in 2013, he founded IDECK, an IT firm based in Kenya, and later, the IDECK Foundation, a non-profit that helps underprivileged communities in Kenya. Simon joined BE A ROSE in 2015 to give back to the less fortunate.