ABOUT US

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Love can change the world.

Hi! Thank you for caring. Thank you for loving.

 

My name is Kseniya and this beautiful movement started out as an unprecedented and unified community effort. 

My background as a Finance Director for congressional and senatorial campaigns as well as the Director of Development for AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, Utah's umbrella organization for the state's civil legal aid nonprofits, has prepared me to create and lead this nonprofit, while also arming me with the skills that it takes to fund such an endeavor. A Masters in Economics bolsters my ability to manage the day to day operations and the financial paperwork of running an organization. 

But most importantly, this movement is very dear to my heart. Having spent time as a child homeless, couch-surfing, and also living in a domestic violence shelter coupled with a recent bout of Covid-driven homelessness in which I spent living in a motor home for most of 2020, makes this effort an endemic desire to prevent such sorrow from continuing. 

 

We can do better. We must. It takes a village. Thank you for joining us.  

Love can change the world. It already is.

Kseniya Kniazeva

Founder & President

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has.

Kate is a trial attorney and partner at Conyers Nix P.C.  Prior to that she worked as a public defender at Salt Lake Legal Defenders (LDA), representing hundreds of indigent defendants in plea negotiations and trial. In addition to her legal work, Kate provides extensive pro bono work, including extensive volunteer work at Clean Slate Utah and the VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center and for other efforts on behalf of people experiencing homelessness.

As an attorney she cares and believes in the responsibility to help those in our community. "I feel like I have the unique ability to help people clear warrants and give them information on criminal court cases, and many unsheltered people have criminal cases because of how the state prosecutes what we define as "homeless crimes." including trespassing, camping, public urination, public intox, drug posession, etc. And when unsheltered people have warrants, it prevents them from taking advantage of community resources and services, including housing assistance, job opportunities, Medicaid, and other services. It hurts our entire community."

Kate has been recognized with many national and state awards including the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service by the American Inns of Court, Utah State Bar Young Lawyer of the Year Award, and the Utah State Bar Pro Bono Publico Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Most recently in 2018, the University or Utah awarded Kate with their Distinguished Alumna award.

She sits on the boards of the Salt Lake County Bar Association, Clean Slate Utah, and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.

Kate Conyers

Treasurer of the Board

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Working together in this loving community effort, we will be able to promote positive changes in the lives of many.

My name is Kelly Michelle. I lead a busy life as a single mom of two teenagers, and a spoiled dog named Spaz. Since I became aware of the homeless epidemic it has been a cause I've always felt drawn to help with in some way.

 

At first it was easier to turn a blind eye to, because it seemed like it only happened in other places. But over the past few years it's becoming apparent that homelessness really is an epidemic that is ever-increasing, and it isn't just affecting people in California and 3rd world countries. It is a global epidemic, and it is time to do whatever I can to help.

 

This world is becoming more and more a world of HAVES and HAVE NOTS, as the middle-class dwindles and becomes increasingly more difficult to survive in.

 

With my chronic immune disorder, multiple near death experiences, and various other circumstances I was raised with and survived through in my own life, I am so blessed to have had the little family support that I've had, because without it, I myself, would have ended up as a nomad on the streets. Giving to this effort is my way of doing what I can to help those who haven't been as fortunate.

 

Working together in this loving community effort, I believe we will be able to promote positive changes in the lives of many. I've already seen great things happening!

Kelly Michelle

Secretary of the Board

We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change we seek.

I didn’t understand homelessness and I wasn’t kind about it. I was blind. I had been hardened by experiencing extreme amounts of death in my life by drugs and trauma by the toll of addiction. I have lost too many loved ones to count. I started going out with Nomad Alliance as a hearts mission to understand more. I saw a friends post on Social Media about Utahs homeless crisis, joined but I couldn’t stop coming out. My eyes were opened.

With a prior background in volunteering for non-profit seeking assistance for people in third world countries with Reach the Children, I had traveled afar but had been avoiding the actual poverty happening on our streets here in the states because I thought I understood. But I didn’t.

Hello I’m Kendra Thompson. I’m a mom of two incredible young boys and married to my best friend. Landscape design, real-estate renovating and natural beekeeping is my background.

As I see it the unity in community is needed now more than ever. We didn’t have much growing up, we lived in a trailer court but I had the most incredible family and people in my life. I’ve been blessed regardless of all I’ve been through and I know there’s others that haven’t been that lucky. I look forward to finding ways to pass it forward. I want to show my children through action that we all deserve to be loved!

Kendra Fox Thompson

Vice President of the Board

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A Perfectionist on Every Detail 

My name is Angela Kerns. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend. I am proud to be born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the most beautiful places to live with the red rock deserts to the cool green mountains...not to mention the beautiful winter snow! 

I love my family, animals and camping. I'm a music and movie buff. 

I work as an assistant meat manager, board member for Nomad Alliance and volunteer animal transporter with many paws animal transport as well as others! 

I've always tried to help others but felt the pull to do more after I watched my beautiful daughter struggle with heroin addiction and homelessness. I watched the internal struggle within her and the hopelessness she felt. The shame and stigma that comes with it! I saw people treating her so poorly with disgust and judgment! It broke my heart! "THIS IS MY DAUGHTER" I wanted to scram at them! She's beautiful, intelligent, so kind hearted and all around amazing! She just needs help!! 

There are so many forgotten people whom have been treated so horrible and disregarded and I want to help change that..to let them know we are here..we see you..we care about you and we will help you!!

I've had my struggles and had my fair share of hurt too but I am blessed and humbled and wish to bless others!

Remy Sellers

Co-Founder & Creative Director

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We are here. We see you. We care about you. And we will help you.

My name is Angela Kerns. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend. I am proud to be born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the most beautiful places to live with the red rock deserts to the cool green mountains...not to mention the beautiful winter snow! 

I love my family, animals and camping. I'm a music and movie buff. 

I work as an assistant meat manager, board member for Nomad Alliance and volunteer animal transporter with many paws animal transport as well as others! 

I've always tried to help others but felt the pull to do more after I watched my beautiful daughter struggle with heroin addiction and homelessness. I watched the internal struggle within her and the hopelessness she felt. The shame and stigma that comes with it! I saw people treating her so poorly with disgust and judgment! It broke my heart! "THIS IS MY DAUGHTER" I wanted to scream at them! She's beautiful, intelligent, so kind hearted and all around amazing! She just needs help!! 

There are so many forgotten people whom have been treated so horrible and disregarded and I want to help change that..to let them know we are here..we see you..we care about you and we will help you!!

I've had my struggles and had my fair share of hurt too but I am blessed and humbled and wish to bless others!

Angela Kerns-Miller

Supply Drive Coordinator

Giving back is a part of our social responsibility. 

Helping our nomads and assisting others get out of homelessness, is a social responsibility. As a volunteer & board member with the Nomad Alliance, we choose to invest our efforts into a struggling community and the people who live on the streets. Regardless if it’s because of mental illness, drugs or a lack of skills, I can sleep at night knowing we are providing an invaluable, loving service to our community and giving back is a part of our social responsibility.

 

If only everyone did something selfless! Imagine collecting $1 from every human on earth, we could end world hunger!! It’s always in the power of ONE!

 

Beyond that, I’m Christian meaning “Christ-like” therefore, how can you ignore and pass by a cold body, hungry tummy or thirsty tongue? You can’t if you are truly connected to humanity and our heart chakra. A huge heart to serve is a part of my empathetic soul. 

 

I teach self love courses & personality, gender & ethnicity science in order to increase ones influence & awareness in business and their personal life alike. I help CEO’s, entrepreneurs, professionals, & even hopeless romantics alike, receive clarity on their value proposition and track delivery to their exact target market. I help people fall in love with who they are and execute their true potential! I help turn excuses into actions with a precise step by step daily process.

 

It’s easy to spend our time talking about what we must do, but in learning from others, I take what we know and break it down into bite-sized tangible and actionable steps based on ones personality and skill set. I’m your co-pilot who brings awareness to better communication in every relationship we encounter.

Michelle Macievic Turteltaub

Consultant

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Huge thank you to the other team-members who we will also recognize here.

It takes a village!