My name is Desange Kuenihira, I am a refugee from DRC, a journey as a refugee has not been an easy one. But I have enjoyed it, it has been an interesting journey. It has been hard to find my way, and I didn’t always feel capable. While growing up, I was called a “meaningless girl”. They told me that I would never achieve anything or do anything with my life. At one point I believed it and stopped valuing myself. Now, I realize that no one has a say in my life but me. I came into this world with a purpose, and I am capable of finding it. I am capable of finding my way in this world, and pursuing what I am passionate about. I have proven them wrong. I have passed all the places that I was told I will never get. No one has control over your story, you are the only one who has control over that pen, keep writing your story. I’m asking everyone to join in this undefeated movement. Together we will defeat all the negativity that tries to hold us down.
You don’t stay undefeated without being a little stubborn. Faith is why I’m here today. So it’s faith that will get me through. Neglected but Undefeated I stand today living the life I was told I would never live all because my faith grew.
Kristin Andrus is a mother of six wild and crazy kiddos and an avid exerciser, traveler, cook, and memory maker. She’s obsessed with her husband Jeremy and giving back to her community and world. Kristin’s faith and family are at the heart of her “hands dirty and hearts a little broken” mentality as she serves and loves those around her.
I’m a student, advocate, and researcher and a first-generation South Sudanese-American, who attends Westminster College. Majoring in Sociology (Social Work) and a minor in Public Health, hoping to be a social worker or instructor in international countries working with women and children. I’m truly excited to be part of unDEfeated and be part of the change.
My purpose is to learn as much as I can from other people so that I can be more knowledgeable about the world. People are unique in their own ways, and learning from other people helps me to see a different world that I don’t see on my own.
Maxwell Ayeliya is a university of Utah alumni, he earned his Associate education from SLCC and his master’s in accounting at the David Eccles School of Business at U. He is currently working at PwC as well as serving the African community at various nonprofit organizations such as United Africans of Utah, Future scholars of Utah and Sabu help international. Maxwell loves soccer, reading, and social networking.
Annabel Sheinberg is the VP for External Affairs for PPAC Utah and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. She supports the public affairs, education, and marketing teams at the Utah Planned Parenthood affiliate following a decade of developing and expanding PPAU’s education programs and impact. In her current role she works with Utah legislative leaders, State and local school boards, and the State Department of Health to push for policy and practice that expands, rather than restricts, access to sexual and reproductive health information and care. She has been engaged in community and youth development work for her entire career beginning in large urban settings and for the last 25 years in the Mountain West. She is deeply committed to developing the next generation of diverse, insightful, and impactful movement leaders.
Jackie Biskupski is a well-known equality activist, climate champion, and political figure in the State of Utah. Her political career spanned the city, county, and state levels of government for over 20 years. She was first elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1998 and at the same time earned a second title as Utah’s first openly gay elected official. She served in the Utah Legislature for 13 years. Jackie was a policy advisor and project manager in Salt Lake County government for 8 years, and then in 2015, became the 35th Mayor of Salt Lake City. She is the second female to serve in this role and the first lesbian elected to run a Capitol City in our country. Jackie is a founding member of several organizations including the Minority Caucus – made up of elected state leaders from various groups experiencing discrimination and the Women’s Caucus in the Utah Legislature. She also co-founded Real Women Run a nonpartisan initiative to empower women to participate in civic leadership and Utah Women in Law Enforcement – a local non-profit that recruits, mentors and educates women in law enforcement. Jackie started the Global Leaders Scholarship Fund in 2020, a legacy of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference she hosted as Mayor in Salt Lake City. She served as co-chair of Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of more than 470 U.S. mayors, and as Chair of the Alliance for a Sustainable Future, a partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and C2ES. She currently serves on the Rethink Racism Women Leaders Forum, the Utah Clean Infrastructure Committee, Path to Positive Communities Leadership Circle Executive Committee, and Chairs the Global Leaders Scholarship Fund committee. Jackie and Betty were legally married in 2016 uniting their multi-racial family of four.
A 28 year educator currently serving as the Dean of Students for Itineris Early College High School, Jeff holds a Masters of Education from the University of Utah and a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He started his first business at age 24 and has been awarded national recognition for his excellence in teaching of Financial Literacy. He currently serves as a Town Councilman for the Town of Brighton, Utah and previously ran a land development corporation. He has travelled to over 43 countries, lived overseas while working for the Armed Forces Recreational Centers and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He is married with 2 adult children.
Angie Holzer is the CEO and Founder of WikiCharities, a new online platform to help improve transparency and trust in the nonprofit sector. She received her doctorate in leadership and learning and she received the 2021 Dissertation of the Year award with her research on human trafficking and nonprofit collaboration. She’s lived and worked throughout Africa and currently lives in Utah where she attends the Eccles School of Business for Entrepreneurs.
Mbe received his Undergraduate Degrees in Marketing and Management from the University of Utah. He went on to earn his MBA while playing his final year of Football for the University. Mbe spent his career in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry where he worked for Unilever and RB (Reckitt Benckiser). He held strategic Marketing and Sales positions on Brands such as Dove, Lipton, Suave, Slim-Fast, Bertolli, and Airwick. After working and living all over the country for nearly 13 years, he moved back to Utah to be closer to family. He now owns and operates Sosega Nigeria FZE (a cashew processing factory in Nigeria). He is also a real estate investor.
We are happy to meet you any where or do zoom, phone call and facetime, if you have more questions about unDEfeated or how you can get involved.
Ways to contribute is to make a donation to a youth education program that will enhance their knowledge and prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Also donating to entrepreneurship that allows youth to create and own businesses of their own. But also advancing Uganda’s economy regarding employment.
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