Who We Are

Evita Ellis, Founder


Evita Ellis has called Minneapolis home for most of her life. Here she has followed her dreams and helped many others follow theirs by improving their lives. Helping young women heal has been a passion of hers. "By helping young women heal they will be able to help themselves and future generations," says Evita. 

She has more than thirty years of experience serving the community, resolving conflicts, providing guidance to those in need along with planning and implementing community programs.

Evita is passionate in the fields of education, racial justice, trauma informed care, family systems, adolescent and children's holistic health, drug and alcohol counseling, women’s rights, and mental health initiatives.

She received her BA in journalism and mass communications from Clark Atlantic University in Atlanta, GA, and her Master’s Degree in public and nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. She has since been pursuing a PhD in human services at Capella University. She also holds a license and graduate certificates in various subjects.


In addition to being a dreamer with a plan Evita is a mother of one adult child, Educator, Writer, Researcher, Volunteer enthusiast, Activist, Event Planner, Business owner, News junkie, and follower of the MN Lynx.

The Board

Brian Balk

Jane Elias

Evita Ellis

Rosemary Holman

Kristine Waggener

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