SHAREEN BAPTISTE, PRESIDENT/SECRETARY & COFOUNDER
Shareen Baptiste lives to send ripples. She is a 13-year Gainesville inhabitant with more than 10 years of Marketing and Communications experience in the non-profit, business and governmental sector with a specific focus on increasing brand visibility, building strategic relationships with the media and serving the business community.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with minors in Leadership, Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits and Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She has a proclivity for strategic planning, project management and creative graphic/web design and photography. She also has educational knowledge of grant research and writing.
Previously, Shareen served as the Director of Public Relations for Joshua Joel SMA Life, a non-profit dedicated to advancing Spinal Muscular Atrophy research, promoting events and programs and increasing brand awareness, monetary support and organizational resources. She served in multiple leadership roles with Alachua County Emerging Leaders and is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville Class 39, former member of Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Florida Public Relations Association and AdFed.
Today, Shareen serves as the Board Secretary for LYFEhouse, a non-profit organization committed to building community by providing exceptional and affordable personal, professional development programs to youth and families and the agencies that serve them. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. belonging to the Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter in Gainesville, FL. She previously served as the Chapter’s Public Relations Committee Chair and currently serves as the Zeta Youth Auxiliary Committee Chair.
When Shareen is not working to fulfill the mission of Dream on Purpose, she serves as a Proposal Coordinator with Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc., a local engineering firm, and as a Senior Vice President with Xposure Consulting Firm, Inc., a consulting firm specialized in marketing, event planning and business management.
Her passion involves helping others and volunteering. “The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it,” according to William James; therefore she dedicates her life to helping others.
JOANNE KARAGNARA, VICE-PRESIDENT/TREASURER & COFOUNDER
JoAnne Karagnara is licensed as a practical nurse in the states of Florida and Ohio. She is passionate about her career and works in the field of clinical research. She is also passionate about giving back to the community and has donated countless hours to political campaigns, food banks, churches and schools. JoAnne sits on the Make a Difference committee at ClinicalRM, her place of employment, and is Vice-President/Treasurer and CoFounder of Dream On Purpose, Inc.
In addition to volunteering and giving back, JoAnne loves cooking and singing in her spare time and hopes to record an album some day. She believes all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and the importance of following the golden rule. JoAnne believes, “If you must love thy neighbor as you love yourself, then you must learn how to love yourself, and I want to help these young ladies learn how to do just that. ”
PATRICE FLETCHER, EVENT PLANNING MANAGER & COFOUNDER
Patrice Fletcher has more that 15 years experience in service leadership and management with a focus on the activities of a retail operation showcasing her customer service, creative, innovative thinking, has the ability to work with professionals staff and managed over a hundred staff.
Patrice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism with concentration in Event Management from the University of Florida.
Patrice is also the President and CEO of Joshua Joel SMA Life, Inc. and a Senior Administrative Assistant at Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. As President and CEO of Joshua Joel SMA Life Inc., Patrice oversees the day-to-day operation of the non-profit and the Give6 video game console Christmas gift away. She also previously served as the Assistant Event Planner at Williams Event & Co., where she provided corporate event management that combines the creative with the professional. Patrice also planned, organized and managed events, negotiate contracts with vendors – all of which, she brings with her to Dream on Purpose, Jones Edmunds & Associates, and Xposure Consulting Firm, where she serves as a Senior Vice President.
LA’KENDRA GARRISON, MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
La’Kendra has worked more than 15 years in corporate America with several years of leadership experience, as well as over a decade of communications work in the religious and non-profit sector. The elements La’Kendra loves most about her work include employee development and internal and external communications. La’Kendra leads the Communications Team at Springhill Church which oversees all digital and print media for internal and external communications for the church.
La’Kendra is a Gainesville, FL native and received an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Santa Fe College and moved forward to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. In 2019, she graduated with honors and as Salutatorian with a master’s degree in public relations from Full Sail University.
The job La’Kendra enjoys the most is being the mother to her teenage son, Jai’Lyn.
KENDRIANA DRAYTON-MILLER, EVENT PLANNER
Born in Gainesville, Florida, Kendriana Drayton-Miller is a Florida native, with goals as golden as the sunshine state, she’s on a mission to empower youth and be an impactful resource to all. She serves the Dream on Purpose as a volunteer and works with the Alachua County School System- SBAC, as a Career & Technical (CTE) Test Administrator. Kendriana has over six years of educational career field experience ranging from working at Santa Fe College, as a lead tutor and mentor for the College Reach out Program – C.R.O.P. (program that assisted middle school and high school students after school – on homework assignments, and college readiness), a Behavioral Intervention Specialist- working with students grades 6th -12th, instructing group sessions on social, emotional and career development at A. Quinn Jones Center for student excellence, and has direct classroom experience as a full-time Language Arts: Cambridge and research instructor. Youth and community involvement projects include:
Future 4 Teens- Administrative intern- non profit providing free mental health and college prep services.
Beautiful You Project for young girls and Gentlemen of Distinction Project for young men- assistant program coordinator at the A. Quinn Jones Center from 2016-2018.
National Juniors Honor Society-NJHS Club, Westwood Middle school assistant coordinator for community service projects i.e. thanksgiving food drive, in partnership with G.R.A.C.E.D. Outreach, collected and boxed over 200 thanksgiving meals for the gainesville community. Still keeping active, she is now the assistant club sponsor for Canes for Sisterhood, a student club at Gainesville High School, that promotes positivity, self esteem, college/career planning, community service actions, and peer connections for young ladies.
Kendriana graduated from Santa Fe College with an Associate Arts -Sociology, (2014), and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in African American studies with a minor in Teaching: Education and Instruction from the University of Florida (2018). Kendriana has been recognized by the University of Florida’s- College of Libera Arts & Sciences as an extraordinary scholar and active Community member with the distinguished award of the CLAS Dean’s Medal of Excellence, awarded in 2018. She is the first African American studies major at the University of Florida to be awarded this honor. Kendriana likes to be active with yoga, crafting- scented wax melts (Gifting Light), singing, visiting museums and state parks with partner and toddler son-Kenzy.
When she’s not on campus or a classroom, you’ll find her in the community… doing what she loves most- being a positive interruption and bringing light to others!
VERLISA FRAZIER, EVENT PLANNER
Verlisa is an Academic Assistant with the Humanities and Foreign Languages Department at Santa Fe College.
Professionally her focus has been to supply quality professional administrative support and customer service to state universities in their efforts to recruit, assist, and retain students. Previously, she has worked at the University of Florida and University of South Florida.
Verlisa loves the Lord, and is the Church Clerk at Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist in Flemington, FL.
She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, traveling to new places, fishing, cooking, reading and going to the beach.
I believe, “if I can help somebody, as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain”.
BRANDEE JOHNSON, EVENT PLANNER
Brandeé Johnson is a fourth-year student-athlete at The University of Florida. Studying Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. She is also apart of the Women’s Track and Field team at UF as a hurdler. She is passionate about giving back to her community and sharing her experience, testimony, and stories. While serving several years mentoring through organizations on campus she yearns to make a bigger impact and stand with and create a bigger brand.
In addition to volunteering and giving back, Brandee loves dancing, artist outlets, self-care, public speaking and is a strong advocate for mental health as well as financial independence and literacy. “Doubt is expensive” is a motto Brandeé loves to share and motivate others in whatever area of life they are trying to overcome. “Winning is being unafraid to lose” is one of the strongest quotes she resonates with which fires up her need to be an impact in several individuals’ life so that everyone has the tools they need to take action in their purpose. Keep your Crown Up and Clean!