MEET THE TEAM
Zoe's Story Director
Tekeisha Zimmerman is the co-founder and Director of Zoe’s Story, a non-profit organization that provides access to journaling as a way to cope with rare disease. After her daughter’s diagnosis in 2016, she wanted to support the rare disease community in a way that would help raise awareness while supporting the emotional well-being of children and caregivers affected by the disease. Her own love of writing has led to publications in journals and textbooks, and most importantly, the recent launch of Zoe’s Story. When not supporting Zoe’s Story, Tekeisha works as the Learning & Performance Manager for a large global organization.
Ceresia joined the board in September 2018 as Treasurer. Her background in finance, taxes and bookkeeping made her the perfect addition to Zoe’s Story. Ceresia is the owner and operator of C&B Financial Services where the main focus is on supporting the financial needs of small businesses. She is passionate about the community and supports several causes that benefit the welfare of children.
Dioan joined the board in September 2018 as Secretary. She became a supporter of Zoe’s Story after meeting and forming a personal bond with Zoe almost 4 years ago through a community service organization of which she is a member. Dioan is a long-time employee at the University of South Florida, where she helps college students better understand fiscal responsibility. She is active in the community and volunteers at several events that support children annually.
Brenda Hudson is a teacher, editor, and writer. Her passion is helping others express themselves through writing.
Brenda holds an MS in journalism from Boston University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. She is also a credentialed journal facilitator through the Center for Journal Therapy. She has worked at NBC News and the BBC, and as a health sciences writer and editor. Currently, she teaches expressive writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis (where she has received its Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in two consecutive years), the Madeline Island School of the Arts, and through her business Voiced Life.
She believes in the power of words and is honored to be a part of Zoe’s Story. “Throughout my life, writing has helped me figure things out. As a child, I would write letters to myself in my journal, expressing thoughts and asking questions I could not in any other way. Writing is a central part of my adult life too, as a teacher, editor, and creative writer. I’m excited to offer a fun and supportive environment, where Warriors are encouraged to explore who they are and what they think and feel.”
LaToya has over a decade of project management and consulting expertise. She is the owner of Frazier Business Solutions, a boutique project management agency. She manages the planning and implementation of strategic business initiatives, social strategy and awareness, and program launches for Zoe’s Story. She is active in her community and volunteers for many causes that support children.
Zoe is the reason that Zoe’s Story exists today. In 2016, she was diagnosed with CRMO at the age of 12. She immediately decided that she would not let this illness rule her existence, and she looked for ways to connect with and help others. Her love of reading and writing led to the idea of working with children and helping them to express their feelings through writing. Zoe is currently in high school where she keeps her love of writing alive as a member of the journalism team.
Are you interested in helping serve the rare illness community as a Board Member? If so, we have an opportunity for you! Zoe’s Story is currently seeking to add 2 more members to their existing Board of Directors. Board member terms are a 2 year commitment. For more information, please review full details by clicking on the button below.