DAYLANA SAUNDERS

Daylana is an 11th-grade high school English teacher. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in business communications and organizational leadership from Purdue Fort Wayne. After relocating to Miami, FL, she worked with Americorp’s program, Teach For America. There she obtained her educators’ license and taught inner-city students in the historic Overtown neighborhood. Her work experience includes teaching and mentoring inner-city youth for more than 10 years. She is proud to serve on the executive committee of the Fort Wayne NAACP as the chair for the Young Professionals and graduate of a national leadership training program NextGen. The program encourages, supports, and trains the next generation of young adults to serve as leaders in the NAACP. Daylana is also Fort Wayne’s community liaison for Ichor strategies, an organization committed to building community-based partnerships between the private sector and community organizations. Daylana was born into a large family. She is 1 of 7 siblings. She deeply values family and community. She is a community activist and organizer who has the passion and zeal to continue working to positively impact marginalized communities.


ALISHA RAUCH

Alisha is a Fort Wayne native, community activist, member of the NAACP, and founder of ChangeMakers. She comes from a long line of dysfunction and addiction and so she has made it my mission to learn, grow, and become what my family was not. She has always been in the fight for justice and equality but decided in 2020 that she should take it a step further because her four boys deserve it. So she began by starting the SHOP Fort Wayne Black-Owned Businesses Facebook group which is like marketplace on Facebook but for Black businesses. This was her first big step for change. She then started organizing protests, more notably the protest over the summer for George Floyd here in the city. Little did she know, that protest would be a solidifying moment in her life leading her towards organizing for change on a bigger scale with ChangeMakers.

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