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Thea is an aspiring actress making the jump from her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Los Angeles, California. She has been working in the TV and film industry for 7 years. In order to further pursue her acting career, Thea graduated High School early with honors and an above 4.0 GPA. Growing up, she participated in Competitive Taekwondo and Cheerleading. This empathetic, welcoming mentor continues to have a positive mindset by addressing her negative thoughts and always finding the good in every situation. Although she is young, she is not afraid to shed light on difficult topics within today’s society. She views herself as an old soul born within the iGeneration. Watching as those around her are negatively impacted by the world today, she wants to be able to use this asset to help others. Thea strongly believes in people making a name for themselves and, as a mentor, will not allow social media or other resources to define who her students are. Rather, she will encourage them to come from a place of authenticity and develop into the person they aspire to become.
Elysa Swenson, a charismatic Kansas native and certified CNA, is currently in pursuit of her BSN in Nursing at the University of Kansas. As a former student of the Positive Presence Mentor Coaching program, Elysa found an insatiable amount of purpose and self-acceptance, something she attributes her new-found sense of peace and positivity to. Elysa’s awakening was in understanding that living a life of light and love comes when you decide to simply CHOOSE that life.
Since graduating from Positive Presence as a student, Elysa felt a deep responsibility and higher calling to help her generation find the same. Her passion for person-centered care coupled with her determination to help her generation find THEIR purpose makes her an excellent Mentor Coach for Positive Presence Global!
Jamal was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to the United States at the age of 12. His experience in the mental health industry the past six years has made him an expert in supporting and guiding young men and women living with autism and intellectual disability. He is also the co-founder of a small construction company based in New York. Jamal’s passionate approach to personal development, calming charisma and innovative techniques to understanding emotional awareness make him an excellent mentor to our Positive Presence coaching team. He stays positive by constantly reflecting on his own journey while creating a safe and positive space for others to do the same. Jamal travels to Guyana on a yearly basis promoting the importance of wellness care and healthy living habits in underserved communities.
Currently a student at UNC-Pembroke, Jamal is in pursuit of his Master’s in Business Administration and Finance. He plans to use his degrees to bolster his current skill set and promote the importance of entrepreneurship in underserved communities in the United States and Guyana.
Cheyanne Peters, a first generation college student born and raised in Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Applied Behavioral Science. Her passion for helping teenagers feel confident, successful and prepared for their next chapter in life stems from multiple years of working with at-risk youth.
Cheyanne has experience working in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility rehabilitating children who have endured severe trauma, abuse and neglect and as a result developed behavioral/mood disorders. A former Mentor Program Facilitator at a Juvenile Detention Center, Cheyanne became an expert at aiding youth in their positive transition into society and adulthood. An empathetic and enthusiastic mentor, Cheyanne believes everyone deserves to live a joyful and fulfilling life – a profound passion that drives her in her coaching career.
Since she was a teenager, Rachael has believed that young adults are our world’s greatest untapped resource of energy, talent, ingenuity, brilliance, and humor, and she decided then that her life’s purpose would be to help young adults achieve their full potential. After earning her Master of Education, Rachael spent six years teaching, learning, and laughing with high school students in the first project-based learning school in South Dakota. There she coached hundreds of students needing help with time management, goal setting, leadership skills, self-confidence, and growth mindset. She supported a neurodiverse, neurotypical, and sexually diverse student population who named her Teacher of the Year. She has also presented to hundreds of educators on topics such as using mindfulness in the classroom and encouraging students’ social awareness and activism across the curriculum.
Led by her passion to nurture authenticity and resilience in young adults, Rachael loves spending her days mentoring youth using her friendly and empathetic approach to personal development. Remembering for herself and reminding others that everything works out exactly as it should, Rachael has a wellspring of education, empathy, and personal experience to share with her students.
Dina Gilmore is an award-winning director, filmmaker, 4-time bestselling author, a screenwriter, international photographer, podcaster, empowering leader and mentor. Growing up in Dallas, Texas and raised by her single mom, Dina’s experience as a part of a blended family has made her resilient and understanding to all family dynamics. Currently living in Denver, CO as a proud member of the LGBTQ community – Dina’s gift to the next generation is her empowering and inspiring attitude and charisma. Gilmore recently returned back to school to graduate with honors as a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society with a degree in Digital Media Journalism.
Upon graduation, Dina formed her own production company and immediately started her first production in January 2020 on a short film which has since won numerous awards including a Best First-Time Director. Through the art of storytelling in multiple genres, primarily drama with strong female leads, she strives to create a loving impact on the world and become a role model to the underdogs.
Riley James Warr is an optimistic mentor who stays positive by making the best of every situation. Riley graduated from Grand Canyon University, a Private Christian College, in Phoenix, Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Design. During his college years he found his love for expressing oneself through one’s own creativity – a trait he carries into his coaching career. Originally from a military family and the oldest of three children, Riley has become an expert in resilience and adaptability during unprecedented circumstances. Healing from his own struggles with social anxiety and depression, Riley has become a passionate, positive and resourceful mentor coach striving to help young men find their voice and purpose driven life.
Karen is currently studying Psychology and Criminology at the University of Arizona, with hopes of making positive contributions to the lives of others in her future career. She is extremely involved at her University, holding board positions in SPURS Honorary and Circle K International, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Karen is passionate about nature, travel, and her Christian faith, and has the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Karen is an empathetic and inspiring mentor who believes practicing gratitude is an integral aspect of remaining positive. Her past experiences with mental illness, lack of self-esteem, and toxic environments have given her knowledge in just how dark life can get. Karen believes that coming out the other side of this adversity and finding her most authentic self was one of the most invigorating feelings she has ever experienced. It is now Karen’s goal as a mentor to help others reach their fullest potential.
Blake Petersen is a determined first generation college student living in Kansas City. She works with a local non-profit, Support Kansas City, who provide new and upcoming non-profits the tools and resources essential for growth. Blake prides herself on her compassionate mentorship style with talents in actively listening and responding to others. Blake loves being outdoors and reading books in her spare time. Her family and fur babies are two of the most important things in her life. She maintains a positive mindset by reflecting on her accomplishments, her strengths, and the adversities she has overcome. Blake strives to be that non-judgmental, listening ear that she wishes she could’ve had during her teenage years. She is extremely resilient and hopes to teach others the power of resiliency. Blake is passionate about providing support during the uncertainties of life, sharing her experiences, and ensuring her students see all that life has to offer.
Growing up, Jason A. Dixon was a D student: Doubtful, Discouraged, and Depressed. His struggles to fit in and fight through adversity nearly forced him to fold under pressure. But things changed in high school when he discovered a gift that unlocked his potential, ignited his passion, and revealed his purpose. Today, Coach Jason uses his gift and passion for inspiring and motivating teens and young adults as an Executive Mentor Coach with Positive Presence Global. He is committed to helping teens, and young adults win the game of life because he knows what it’s like to feel defeated. As someone who believes all teens and young adults have unique talents and abilities, Coach Jason aims to inspire belief, infuse hope, and instill confidence.
It doesn’t take a long time to see that Coach Jason is an authentic communicator with a unique ability to engage, empower, and equip teens and young adults. He does not just talk the talk. He speaks a language that educates, resonates, and elevates. From his heart to theirs, Coach Jason encourages teens and young adults to rise above life’s obstacles, refuse to quit, and remember that they have greatness in them. Coach Jason is a Bowling Green (OH) State University graduate, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism. His previous professional experiences include working as a sportswriter, educator, high school and college basketball coach, and qualified mental health specialist. In addition to his role at Positive Presence, Coach Jason is also a Motivational Speaker and the Founding CEO for Inspire 2 Reach Higher LLC.
Michelle Marie King is the premier Confidence Coach for teenagers, young adults and young entrepreneurs across the globe. She founded Positive Presence Global – the largest confidence coaching company in North America – and has helped people worldwide find their confidence in all aspects of their life. Michelle’s engaging and energetic personality coupled with her ability to motivate has distinguished her as a personal development trailblazer.
In her career as a model, philanthropist, emcee, entrepreneur, spokesperson and public speaker, Michelle has appeared on radio, television, billboards and print in over 15 different states for her community efforts and her ongoing business ventures.