NICOLE & ELLEN
Nicole has a long tenure as a grant writer, having served multiple Fort Wayne nonprofits. She is the owner of a professional writing service, Open Minded Development, and the newly-elected president of the Fort Wayne chapter of IDAAC - the Indiana Democrat African American Caucus.
Nicole holds dear the underserved in our community. It is her personal mission to bring awareness to their true needs given that she has been in that category at various times in her life.
Ellen started life as an occupational therapist, seeing firsthand the effects of disconnection and prejudice that her home health clients had to endure. Now she is an artist and writer who has been drawn to explore and highlight how we as a community and humanity have forgotten how intricately we are all connected to each other – and how remembering and embracing that connection heals all of us.
The Human Library Fort Wayne very organically brings this core belief into practice, as does CREWW - A Collective of Radical Engaged White Witnesses - a community group Ellen creates and facilitates to help folks see and unwind the internalized, embedded tenets of white supremacy.
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Aaron is an entrepreneur focused on helping other new and aspiring entrepreneurs find success on their journey of owning a business. He started Founders Spark as a way to help others build successful companies here in Fort Wayne. Aaron is a book in HLFW as well as the creator and curator of our website.
Alexandra is a Fort Wayne native, recently returning to the city after a 13-year hiatus traveling the world. Of all the places she's visited and lived, Fort Wayne remains the home in her heart. She currently works in community relations and events for a local non-profit with a passion for social media marketing. Alexandra manages HLFW’s social media presence.
Monty is a fifth grader at Weisser Park Elementary. She holds an orange belt in judo and has competed nationally. A big personality, Monty is not afraid to challenge social norms and is already an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. She has ‘checked out’ every one of the Books in HLFW. Monty serves as consultant for all things related to our junior readers as well as future school-based programming.
Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Wayne and specializes in working with children, adolescents and families impacted by trauma. She is driven to help those faced with adversity and a broken spirit discover their personal healing. Nicole has raised two beautiful biological children as a single parent and has been blessed to care for more than 60 foster children. She loves travel, fun in the sun and spending time with those she loves. Nicole manages the evaluation surveys for HLFW as well as assists with marketing.
Ketu traces his journey into consciousness back to his 1966 imprisonment on Massachusetts’ death row. A journalist and former managing editor at Frost Illustrated, in 1999 Oladuwa co-founded the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, and in 2007 the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture, both of which he managed and directed through 2015. In 2010 he launched the Acoustic SpokenWord Cafe as a vehicle for poets and singer/songwriters. In 2017, he co-founded A Big Apple Jazz Club Series to revive jazz as a vehicle for intimate community engagement in River City. The same year he started the 5th Sunday Public Square Poetry, taking up where the Acoustic SpokenWord Café left off in 2015. Ketu is a book in HLFW as well as instrumental in initiating Book Circles for fellow human books.