MEET THE TEAM
Zoe's Story Executive 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.
Improving the quality of care and quality of life of young individuals battling life-altering diseases, such as CRMO, has been a long-standing passion of Gwendolyn’s. Importantly, she adamantly believes in the power of peer-support. Gwendolyn has led a career focused on public health, public policy, and medicine within private and non-profit medical organizations. Her career has emphasized the importance of patient quality standards, especially among our communities’ more under-served populations.
Gwendolyn has experience with Texas state newborn screening panel regulation, political action and policy advocacy activities for unique populations, and is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians. She also actively participates in several committee and advocacy activities for improving the lives of women, children, and infants experiencing hardship. Lastly, Gwendolyn has a Masters Degree of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and is a Medical Doctoral Candidate at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
Grayson is a recent finance graduate from the University of North Texas. In his early teens, he struggled with anxiety and felt like he couldn’t easily interact with large audience. He decided that he wanted to make a change and started to pursue various organizations, activities and causes within his school and outside community.
While maintain a 3.5 GPA, Grayson was still able to complete internships at fortune 500 companies, hold seats in large student organizations and complete finance projects for nonprofit organizations through the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This type of activity improved Grayson’s public speaking abilities, networking skills and critical thinking potential. Once he graduated, he knew that the sky was the limit and wanted to help with issues on the national level. He brings with him his financial and strategic insight to further our organization’s goals. Outside of his work, Grayson likes to read nonfiction books, travel and attend music events.
Sabrina Griffith, SHRM-CP is the Director of Student Care and Advocacy at The University of Tampa. She has served as a higher education professional for over fifteen years in the areas of student affairs and operations and planning. In her current role, Sabrina encourages a community of support and resiliency through her various responsibilities.
With more than ten years as a diversity and inclusion educator, Sabrina is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional. Sabrina facilitates training and educational sessions on topics including ageism, gender, sexuality, allyship, bias, race, and classism to name a few. She is also the principal in Griffith Consulting LLC., and her motto is “Encouraging Inclusion is the Solution!” Sabrina serves her local community in various capacities including but not limited to a member of the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council and the Florida Diversity Council. Sabrina also proudly volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and Big Brother Big Sister with whom she shares a strong bond with her little of over five years.
Sabrina undoubtedly has a passion for people. With a history of child social services, victim advocacy and adult caregiving, Sabrina believes in the impact of personal and community support. Self-care and care for others positively influences everyday life and Sabrina is honored to be a part of the Zoe’s Story team supporting others as they care for themselves and those they love the most.
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.