"A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality."

-John Lennon
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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TEGEST KEBEDE
Founder
Growing up I had dreams of being a world-famous gymnast. Unfortunately, my family was unable to financially support those dreams. I was given the practical advice to become a doctor, or a lawyer, like most kids. So I went to law school, only to discover that it is not for me. It did not make my spirit smile the way gymnastics did. I decided that when I have children, I would allow them to pursue their dreams, whatever they are.

When my boys were old enough, I asked them to close their eyes and dream. I asked, “What do you see?” One said an illustrator/artist, the other said the world’s best entertainer. As we have worked on their crafts for the past few years, I have met so many parents striving to follow their children’s dreams too. Through these parents, I have found that the most common reason the efforts of dedicated and hardworking kids fail is due to the lack of finances.

Money should not be the reason why a girl who dances, and trains five hours a day, doesn’t become a professional ballerina or a boy who draws and sketches for hours at a time doesn’t become a graphic illustrator. Inspired by a desire to help children who dream, work hard and are passionate, Gifting Dreamers was born. I am passionate about service, education, enrichments and living your LIFE’S PURPOSE!
THE GIFTING DREAMERS BOARD
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FRED HATCHER, JR.
Board Treasurer
Fred D. Hatcher Jr. is a visionary businessman as General Manager and Director of Joe Dumars Fieldhouse with exceptional proficiency in business and financial account management. Fred has optimized product and program management functions for Joe Dumars Fieldhouse and United Parcel Service for the last 27 years. His accomplishments include growing revenues through business development, e-commerce and marketing.

Fred has an entrepreneurial and financial mindset as founder and CEO of his company Sports Jersey City. Fred is a Graduate of Western Michigan University, E-Commerce University, a financial businessman and lifelong resident of Detroit MI.Fred D. Hatcher Jr. is a visionary businessman as General Manager and Director of Joe Dumars Fieldhouse with exceptional proficiency in business and financial account management. Fred has optimized product and program management functions for Joe Dumars Fieldhouse and United Parcel Service for the last 27 years. His accomplishments include growing revenues through business development, e-commerce and marketing.

Fred has an entrepreneurial and financial mindset as founder and CEO of his company Sports Jersey City. Fred is a Graduate of Western Michigan University, E-Commerce University, a financial businessman and lifelong resident of Detroit MI.
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APRIL BROWN
Board Secretary & Marketing Director
April Brown fell in love with helping people when she was only a child and vowed to become a doctor to assist those unable to afford proper healthcare. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to obtain a double major Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

After a 17 year career in Advertising and Marketing, it was April’s passion for helping others that led her to pursue and earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oakland University. Dedicated to serving others, April provides support to the community as a professional counselor and behavioral health clinician.

Using her gift of writing that she sharpened during her years in the marketing industry, April also serves as a freelance writer and editor. She provides support to Gifting Dreamers in this capacity as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
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TED HOU
Financial Analyst
Ted Hou, CPA is an accomplished accounting professional with a solid background in financial operations, analysis, controlling, forecasting/budgeting, and internal controls. 30+ years of experience with large global companies, joint ventures, and CPA firm.
With a BS Accounting degree from Ball State University, Muncie, IN
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DELEAH SHARPE
Board Advisor
At the age of 17 her brother was murdered and she faced the inability to process the grief, but discovered dance as her outlet. It was her dream of dance that ignited the healing process, so she proceeded to Michigan State University and then into a career in Clinical Laboratory Science at Henry Ford Hospital.

In honor of her brother Dean J Samuel, Deleah founded this organization to raise awareness of the devastation violence has on the generation of motherless and fatherless children. Her brother had a son, and her nephew struggled to find normalcy in his reality. It is her mission to empower these youth to do more than just SURVIVE their tragic experience but THRIVE beyond their wildest dreams.

Identify Your Dream (IDYD) Foundation provides grief support for youth facing the violent death of their parent(s). To these youth, their reality has become a nightmare, but IDYD empowers them to continue dreaming and pressing until they will find the strength to hope and power to heal.
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DR. SAMUEL M. RAMSEY III
Board Advisor

Dr. Samuel M. Ramsey III is currently President of his own Enterprise, SMRIII Inc. as an Executive Engineering Management Consultant with over 20 years of outstanding experience in the automotive industry. This is well supported by a continuing education program over his career including dual Bachelors of Science in Industrial & Safety Engineering, and a Masters in Business Management & Finance (MS), both from State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering Management from Kennedy Western University and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and PMP (Program / Project Management) Certifications, both from Lawrence Technological University.

Dr. Ramsey has a cross-functional background that has developed through experience that carries increased levels of responsibility in Testing, Calibration, Product Development, Program Management, Supplier Relations, Dealer Relations, Customer Relations, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Black Belt and Commodity Business Leadership.  These experiences allowed him to develop a diverse cross-functional skill set; First and foremost, technical skills and Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt training to develop Lean Six Sigma Standards and Value Stream Analysis software tools for Supplier Optimization.  

WE WELCOME YOUR INPUT AS WE FURTHER DEVELOP
We are constantly looking for assistance with program funding and organizational formatting.  It is our goal to expand our current programming with new and innovative approaches.  Feel free to contact us if you would like to assist in this regard.
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