Meet the Founders

Meet Eboni Montsho

Eboni Montsho is committed to guiding others to overcome their past, discover their purpose and unleash their personal power. She provides ready-to-use principles that drive action on how to put yourself first and dream big again realizing that ALL things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Eboni understands how it feels to be alone, scared, worried, frustrated, depressed and sad. Being a teenage mother of 3, a survivor of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and growing up father-less, she identifies with what it means to struggle, be insecure, or put on a facade. She understands what it means to be the strong friend that everyone looks up to and expects to have it altogether, yet you are crumbling inside. Because she experienced many trials, upsets, stops-and-starts, it ignited a fire inside. At times when she thought life was over, her FAITH became the fuel to the fire that kept her going. Equipped with the word of God and an undying love for His people, Eboni is on a mission to interrupt thoughts of self-doubt, low self-esteem, fear, and unworthiness. Eboni shares her life testimony as a tale of aspiration to help motivate and encourage everyone she encounters by telling them “YOU HAVE THE POWER TO WIN.”

Eboni Montsho, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is an Empowerment Speaker, Accountability Coach, Author, and Business Success Strategist. Eboni has been featured in Rolling Out Magazine and interviewed by other media personalities. Eboni is dedicated to helping women to live more purpose-filled, prosperous and fulfilling lives. Eboni has unleashed a movement, using her powerful message to motivate women to grasp all that life has to offer! Eboni’s compelling and fascinating message of unleashing your personal power to excel has inspired listeners from all walks of life.

Meet Shelonda Hassell-Adegbaye

Shelonda Hassell-Adegbaye is a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur, owner of Little Blessed Ones Academy/Fun In Motion Before & after school Program, author, and co-owner of Da’Nae Décor Events & Treats. Shelonda’s brand “The S.H.A. Experience” is devoted to Inspire, motivate, and push you to Dream Again! She is the founder of “Who Is She” Ministries and Chicago’s Black Mom’s Rock Organization. These two both fall under the umbrella of The S.H.A. Experience Brand.

Shelonda is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is a wife to Minister Jimson J. Adegbaye, with one beautiful daughter, Dasmine. She is the third child of eight to Mr. Edgar & Mrs. Diane Hassell. She has always been destined to help others. She lives by the motto: It’s a mandate from Christ to help and give to others. She is currently chairperson of the Women’s Ministry at Jackson Boulevard Christian Church located on Chicago’s west side. Her passion is working with broken women and she loves what she does. Her purpose is to support and help other women complete tasks and learn steps to believing again.

After being in a domestic violence marriage for over 17 years she decided to take her experience and turn them into testimonies to help break others free. In the past, she led women to victory and deliverance through The Women of Divine Deliverance Ministry. Also in the past she was co- owner of Essential Piece Women’s Networking Company where women came together for different events to teach and help support each other.

Board of Directors

Melvin Blackmon

Director of Programming

Melvin Blackmon, Jr. is a native of Chicago’s Southside. He attended Burnside Academy elementary school where he won the Young Authors’ contest for his region. He went on to place at the statewide competition on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. When the judges questioned whether or not Melvin could really write the book he titled “The Shy Little Kitten”, his fourth grade teacher proudly confirmed, “Yes, I can tell you, Melvin wrote that all by himself”. Melvin overcame great obstacles by relying on God and his academic abilities. He began to focus on motivating the youth of his generation. Being thoroughly disgusted and disappointed in what young people of his age were experiencing in terms of educational opportunities, resources in the community, violence in the media and on the streets, high-school drop- out rates , abortion, etc., and just the state of today’s society, Melvin knew he had to try to make a difference in the lives of young people. Melvin is a self-published author and founder and CEO of Poetic Praize, Inc., his own non-for-profit organization that mentors youth through artistic expression, particularly through the written and spoken word. Melvin relied on his strong faith in God, and stories from his family about the “good ole days”, when he took his pen and used it as a sword…. His study of the Bible, history, science and technology teaches us how we can win our young people back.

Ebony Walker

Event Coordinator

If you ever wanted to know what resilience looks like, the name and the person of Ebony M. Walker would be exemplary. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Entrepreneur. Pastor. Author. Mentor. Friend. These are just a few of the many hats that she wears. Born and raised in Moore County, North Carolina, this Eastwood (Pinehurst) native has defeated many odds and has survived things that are unspeakable. From molestation to abandonment, from drug infested environments to depression - she should have been another negative statistic. But God had another plan for her. Earning a degree in Criminal Justice, she worked in the Legal System as a Paralegal and a Background Screener for a short time. Music, writing, and motivational speaking have always been passions for her. She's the Owner of Walk UpWrite, which provides copywriting, ghostwriting, marketing content, and more! Her clientele list is vast, as she has served an array of people through various writing projects. From Politicans to Clergymen, from Activists to Multi-Million Dollar Entertainers, from Teachers to Mothers and Fathers, from CEOs to College Students - she shares her gift with people from all walks of life. She was ordained as a Pastor in 2015, selected as a "Think Smart 40 Under 40" Honoree, and has served as the North Carolina Chapter Leader for JNG (Jus' Networking Girlz) for over 5 years. This is an international female entrepreneur networking group that helps women across the globe to build their audience and their bank accounts, providing support and resources to one another. Featured on ABC, Fox News, CBS, Boston Herald, Telemundo, Majority Greek Magazine, Kueez Entertainment, Atlanta Live, and many other platforms, she's focused on reaching the masses via marketplace ministry. A motivational speaker and a woman of prayer, Ebony whole heartedly relies on the grace of God to function and complete any assignment given to her. And she knows without a shadow of doubt that her assignment includes her ability to convey any message through written and spoken words. She currently resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Apostle John Walker. Collectively, they have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 special God-daughter.

Lenell Brown

Director of Community Partnerships and Initiatives

Lenell M Brown is an up-and-coming author writing in satire and realism genres and a business professional whose primary focus is education and development. As an inducted member of the Alpha Beta Kappa (ABK) National Honor Society and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, writing and education is his weapon of choice when battling against societal norms. He denounces stereotypes that others continuously attempt to categorize African Americans as inferior sub-humans who are mentally incapable of rising to greater things outside of sports and other entertainment forms. Blacks are more than capable of being successful in areas of business and academia. These are the driving forces that compel him to strive for ambitious goals, such as completing his Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership (EdD) and publishing his first book.

WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Purpose and Passion Foundation is looking for leaders who are committed to endorsing the mission, embracing the vision, and exemplifying the core values of the organization.

Typical Responsibilities of Board Membership: 

Commitment to Diversity

Purpose and Passion Foundation believes that accomplishing the organization’s mission requires diverse views, talents, and experiences. All board members are expected to demonstrate a nonjudgmental attitude toward any national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, economic status, gender identity, and all other identities that may be represented within our organization.

Fundraising

  • Make Purpose and Passion Foundation a philanthropic priority while serving on the board.
  • Contribute to the annual board fundraising goal.
  • Connect Purpose and Passion Foundation to professional and personal networks.
  • Support fundraising events.

Board Participation Expectations

  • Serve on a board committee.
  • Regularly attend board meetings with a collaborative attitude. 
  • Ask questions and be willing to learn.
  • Engage in effective decision making.
  • Maintain knowledge of current programs.
  • Contribute at least six (6) hours per month on board related activities.

Board meets six (6) times a year. Board meetings will occur monthly in the 2021 calendar year, as Purpose and Passion Foundation is a newly formed organization.  

It is recommended that committees meet twelve (12) times a year. 

Board terms are two (2) years and may be renewed three times (for a total of 8 consecutive years of service).

Desired Skills and Expertise:

We are currently recruiting for committed and diversified leaders with expertise in the following areas:

  • Marketing and Branding
  • Legal
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Information Technology
  • Photography and Videography
  • Programming and Event Planning
  • Sourcing and Recruiting
  • Public Relations

How to Apply:

Click here to complete the application and upload your resume. A representative from our team will contact you within 48 hours of submission.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@pandpfoundation.org