ZeNai Brooks, is a CPA, author, pastor’s wife and millennial leader with extensive business and civic experience. She has combined her passion for community advocacy and her professional career as the Finance Director of the Corporate Responsibility function of Cummins, a Fortune 200 company and Treasurer of the related Foundation, which provides funding to grassroots initiatives and strategic programs around the world. ZeNai also serves as the Central Region President & National Director with the NABA, Inc (formerly National Association of Black Accountants), and a Board Member with the Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS), Leadership Indianapolis, Indy Chambers BOI, Rise Indy and Evolve. She is also the First Lady of New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, where she oversees church operations, leadership workshops, teaching and budgeting. In 2022, ZeNai dipped her foot in politics, becoming a leader in the state party and running to be the Indiana State Auditor. She believes that as we engage in community by giving back, empowering others and "Lifting As We Climb", everyone can make a difference. In 2021, ZeNai was identified as a 40 under 40 Black CPA Award winner. She's also been awarded the INCPAS' Building Bridges to the Profession, NABA's Frank Ross Outstanding Member, NABA's Dynamic Leadership and Junior Achievement of Indy's Best and Brightest. ZeNai is the author of FINISH! Leveraging career, sport, faith and failure and blogger at ladyzspeaks.com (http://ladyzspeaks.com/)
Rev. Anita Anglade
Rev. Anita Anglade currently resides in Long Island, New York and is working as a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in both Indiana and New York. She is a native of Florida but has deep roots in Indiana. In addition to her private practice, she is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and enjoys contributing to the spiritual and professional development of therapists working toward licensure. Anita’s pastoral ministry focuses on caring for the caregivers. Anita met Denell through Family & Community Partners LLC and was inspired by the vision and mission of EVOLVE. Anita has assisted Denell in writing grants and developing a sustainable fundraising plan. Anita is currently a PHD candidate at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Anita’s research is focused on decolonizing benevolence assistance by examining the history of the “white savior complex” and how practitioners can build more equitable helping relationships. Anita’s husband is a police officer and retired marine, and she is also passionate about providing care to front-line service workers. Anita is a mother to four young adult children, and she enjoys Cross-fit exercise and traveling for self-care.
Keisha McGill Howard
EVOLVE's Vice Chair
Keisha McGill Howard was born in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1976 and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was an athlete in her early days, participating in basketball, track, and the ROTC drill team at Broad Ripple High School. Keisha graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1994, transitioning to Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
At the age of 17, Keisha enrolled in Mississippi Valley State University, where she studied Architecture. She downsized and enrolled herself into Coahoma Community College to continue working on her degree in Architecture. However, she was not able to finish her degree due to expecting her first child. Becoming a mom at 22 put a delay on her education, but she had a magnificent comeback when she enrolled into Ivy Tech community College in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2014. After completing her Associate’s degree in 2017, she re-enrolled in Mississippi Valley State University, where she completed her bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership.
In the midst of Mrs. Howard’s transitions in life, she received multiple awards and made various accomplishments. She earned her cosmetology license and opened her own beauty salon at the age of 23. She received certifications in entrepreneurship and proceeded to teach entrepreneurship principles to urban youth. Keisha became a self-published author after publishing her debut book “The Mom-U-Script” in 2021. Additionally she owns her personal brand, Keisha Howard, Inc. and serves as the vice president of Evolve International, Inc. Furthermore, she is the CEO of H&M International, LLC; a co-owner of MWAH Holistic Skin Care Company; assistant to the owner of clothing brand DZOL; and owner of the childcare entity H&M Academy, which educates pre-school and pre-K aged children while providing before- and afterschool care for older children. Lastly, she mentors young ladies aged 9-18 via her G.I.T (Girls In Training) Foundation.
Mrs. Keisha is spiritually grounded as well. She has served as a First Lady for over 20 years, most recently at the Hovey Street Church of Christ. Early in her tenure as First Lady, she felt spiritually led to build a powerful and purposeful campaign about domestic and intimate partner violence. This became known as the “Breaking The Silence Against Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence” campaign. Through her work in this ongoing campaign, she has been able to change the lives of over 250 prople with focused training and information provided by conferences, workshops, and silent walks. Additionally, she has held private sessions with men and women who struggle with toxic and dangerous relationships. Through these various channels she has dealt with children who were molested, women who were raped, and men who were taken advantage of. “Breaking the Silence” is her passion and it is her calling. It is her desire that no one experiences violence masked with love. Her strength, her power, and her instructions come from God. Throughout her journey, she has carried along some encouraging words from Maya Angelou: “When you learn, TEACH; When you get, GIVE”.
Rev. Preston T. Adams, III
The Reverend Dr. Preston T. Adams, III, pastor, scholar, educator, mentor, community advocate, executive coach, and human development expert, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Adams has three earned university/seminary degrees which include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Computer Science from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (Practical Theology Degrees from Christian Theological Seminary. Dr. Adams completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree with a 3.9 GPA and in a record two-year timeframe!
Dr. Adams is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Amazing Grace Christian Church which launched in September 2010 on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Dr. Adams preaches transformational Gospel messages that reach a broad audience.
He is a Business Development Consultant and Executive Coach to Pastors, High-Level Leaders, and Business Owners around the country. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor with Indiana Weslevan University.
Dr. Adams is well known for his work in the community with marginalized populations, particularly youth. A mentor to mentors, Dr. Adams founded the High-5 Movement", a citywide initiative that positively impacted thousands of elementary, middle and high-school students in over 45 Marion County schools from 2016-2019. Dr. Adams is also the founder of THRIVE Mentoring, a program which operates inside Indianapolis Public School #88 and mentors over 100 3rd-6'h grade boys weekly.
Dr. Adams is the published author of six books and a highly sought preacher and leadership development conference and workshop organizer and facilitator. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of Sumner A.
Furniss Lodge #61.
Dr. Adams is the devoted husband of one wife, First Lady Greta E. Maul Adams, for over 38 years, and the father of three adult daughters, and two granddaughters.