OUR TEAM

De'Vonte' Parson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mentorship & Restorative Engagement

"I do this because I want young people to reach their full potential in life without having to make the same mistakes I did to reach mine."

De’Vonte’ Parson is the Executive Director of Pro Se Potential. De’Vonte’ has proven his passion for creating change within the community by developing an engaging and grassroot organization. As a boy De’Vonte’ experienced financial instability, gang-involvement and incarceration heavily impacted on his family for most of his childhood leading to his actions in adulthood. In 2015, while in jail fighting a life sentence, his perspective changed. By 2020 he was released from prison where he worked with young men coming through the system on creating five-year visions and building advocacy skills upon release. By 2021 continuing the work, partnering with Northwest Credible Messenger, and doing collaborative work with community organizations led to formalizing a nonprofit organization. Since then, he has been providing direct services to youth in the community.

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Kechi Amaefule

CHIEF OF OPERATIONS

PROGRAMMING & SYSTEMS OPERATIONS

"I chose this line of work because it is something i wish I had as an adolescent. Providing a safe space for youth and helping them realize their greatness is the key to making a much needed shift in our world."

Kechi Amaefule is radiant and relatable speaker, author and certified life coach who inspires others to continue striving for greatness despite life’s obstacles. Born in Seattle, WA and raised by her Nigerian mother, she was exposed to the idea that anything you want in this life is achievable with dedication, strategy, and resilience. This ideation kick started her mission to assist others in shifting their mindset to progress positively and remains at the center of all that she does. In 2013, Kechi found herself pregnant in college, without stable support, and severely depressed. She went from being an honor roll student with a promising future, to living off government assistance and feeling hopeless with limited options and opportunities. With the birth of her first child in 2014 also came a burning desire to defeat her obstacles, tap into greatness within and overcome the version of herself that believed her struggles defined her future. Today, Kechi lives in her purpose and exemplifies what can be accomplished when you make the decision to change your mind and take ownership of your life. Through speaking engagements, events, and workshop curation/ facilitation, she assists others in breaking down barriers and beginning their journey of self-improvement and personal development. Her message to all she encounters is to understand that although you may run into detours, you can still make it to your destination

Adriane Karg

Resource Navigator

"Perspective is power"

Adriane Karg is the Resource Navigator. She is a mother who spent most of her life in Las Vegas. After fleeing domestic violence in 2017 while pregnant, she moved to Seattle in hopes of a fresh start. While living in a confidential shelter and eventually transitioning to permanent housing- she saw the flaws in the system and was tired of contributing to the cycle. With the realization that perspective is power, she reframed the way she looked at her situation. She had gone through many trials, but had been blessed with knowledge, resources, and connections to amazing people. Wanting to empower other young people, she applied to start at a local nonprofit. Since then, she has been passionate about connecting with and learning from others in the community. Her approach is often to meet young people where they’re at and respecting the process. Instead of expecting certain progress because empowering them is much more than just pushing them, she strives to help young people recognize the strengths they already possess and build on those. Her main motivation is wanting to connect with young people and show them that although resiliency is a strength, they deserve a break from it and are capable of changing their reality.

Shapora Lewis

Peer Partner

"In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” – Maya Angelou

Shapora Lewis is a creative writer and author from seattle, has always had a passion for helping others and education. As a youth she encountered problems with the law and decided immediately she would change things around. She then decided to put more effort into helping the community around her. She has written and self published five self help books and written many articles teaching others how to navigate through life.

Raishad Woodiest

Administrative Assistant

Raishad Woodiest is the administrative assistant. After seeing how people's choices and circumstances took them down a certain path she realized she needed to find ways to occupy her free time. She started working at 14 through different youth programs in Seattle, got deeper involved in dancing and focused on school. Now Raishad is a graduate from eastern washington university with a Bachelor's in business administration. Her goal is to be a part of something that will help make a change in the community and to learn as much as she can while working with Pro Se Potential.