Meet the Founders

Meet Eboni Presswood

Eboni Presswood 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 Presswood, 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

Rheba Misters-Johnson


Rheba Misters-Johnson has led an impressive career as a Mentor and Community leader in her 17 years working in the non-profit and mentorship industry. In 2016, she was named President Award recipient by UCAN for Outstanding Contribution and Leadership. Rheba has also been featured in several well-known publications, including 6301, North Lawndale Community News, and Austin Weekly. Serving as a board member at Purpose and Passion, Rheba plays a major role in program development, fundraising, and event planning. Through her commitment to this role, she has helped Purpose and Passion Foundation improve community relationships, program structure, and development efforts. Prior to her current role at Purpose and Passion Foundation, Rheba worked as a Program Specialist at UCAN. In this role, she taught underserved young women how to love themselves and increase their self-worth.

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.


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.


  • 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 [email protected]