AANEE NICHOLS, communications & blog manager
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 writing. In addition to her work with Be a Rose, Aanee maintains a blog sharing her personal journey and discussing topics of wellness, running, and mental health. Aanee deeply enjoys lending her voice to issues of women's health and empowerment as a member of the Be a Rose team.
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, RESEARCH
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 with artists, models, and small businesses. As a member of the team, Precious turned her passion of photography into a platform to address social issues and help those in need. She finds great joy working with Be a Rose, as it challenges and inspires her. Her work can be found on the Be a Rose blog, Roots.
Ong'uti (Glenn) Mang'are, legal affairs
Ong'uti Mang'are is a Kenyan, passionate about his country and continent. His vision is to assist fellow Kenyans in developing a standard of life that enhances human dignity. He holds Bachelor of Science and Art degrees in Software Engineering and Law, and currently serves as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Glenn 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 populations. He joined Be a Rose in 2015 to continue his efforts to promote social justice and human dignity.
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, Ben 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 establish its reputation and make a positive impact.
SYmon Victor Thuo, Ground Ops & Media MGMT.
Symon Victor Thuo is a proud Kenyan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Upon completing his degree in 2013, Symon founded the IT firm IDECK, and later, the IDECK Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged communities in Kenya. Symon joined Be a Rose in 2015 to give back to the less fortunate.