The name of the Dream Hope Believe Foundation captures three concepts that we believe are important for children faced with the loss of a parent to cancer. They must DREAM that one day things will be better and that their future will be bright. HOPE will give them the strength and endurance to move through this difficult time and begin to pick up the pieces. The Foundation’s efforts, coupled with the love and support of family and friends, will help the children that we support BELIEVE that they can get through the adversity that has been set in their paths. Our goal is to help these children who have experienced tragedy to dream, hope, and believe so that they can become their best.
Biographies of the Team
Andrea Jackson-Williams, cofounder, resides in New York City with her husband, Barry, and children, Briana and Jackson. Andrea graduated from Monroe College with her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition to working full-time as a personal assistant in the finance industry, she trains for marathons and triathlons to raise money for charities such as Fred’s Team MSKCC, Team in Training Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Team Malaria No More. Andrea is also a mentor for Step up Women’s Network Program which helps young woman feel empowered that no matter what challenges they encounter in life, they will succeed through belief and hard work. Andrea has overcome her own adversity to achieve personal and professional success and is determined to show others that by giving back – we can change the world a little bit at a time. She believes that the Dream Hope Believe Foundation is the beginning of something big, and she hopes that many will take this journey with her.
Shaheen Wirk, cofounder, graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Duke University and then completed the joint degree of M.D. / M.B.A. at the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He currently resides in Miami, FL and works as a healthcare investor. Prior experiences include work in various areas such as healthcare information technology, medical laboratory research, small business consulting, and education. In addition to the Dream Hope Believe Foundation, he is active in other programs such as the Miami Beach Health Advisory Committee, the Robertson Scholars Program, and Duke Undergraduate Admissions. It is his goal that the Dream Hope Believe Foundation helps children who have experienced tragedy while remembering and honoring his friend, Brant Walton.
Michael de Guzman graduated with a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College. After working in finance, investment banking and asset management, he then completed his M.B.A. degree at Columbia Business School. He currently lives in New York and works at the Pension Boards – UCC. The PBUCC manages and invests approximately $3.7bn on behalf of the clergy and lay people of the United Church of Christ as well as for the churches themselves. While at Columbia, Michael authored and co-authored several Case Studies and was a Guest Lecturer for the Core Corporate Finance class. Michael has previously served on the Executive Committee of Operation Smile and currently serves on the Leadership Council of The Resolution Project. It is his goal that the Dream Hope Believe Foundation will be able to alleviate some of the practical issues that come from losing a parent to cancer and thereby allow these children to refocus on continuing towards their own bright future.