The RISE & SHINE Benefit Breakfast has a mission to raise funds for scholarships serving underprivileged students in Ghana, helping them to receive an education.
Mary Lynn & Warren Staley
Our Lady of Grace - sister parish to St. Joseph parish
in Ghana and sister school to OLG Senior High
School Ghana, Africa
Belinda obtained her AMS Seal of Approval for broadcast meteorology and has worked for the National Weather Service. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.
She has also done graduate work in secondary education through the University of Utah. She enjoys serving her community through involvement in the schools, trying to involve students, particularly girls, in science.
Kate is the Founder and CEO of House of Talents, established in 2009. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Kate taught herself how to read at the age of ten and dedicated her youth to achieving a sound educational foundation. With financial support, she was able to advance her education, finally earning a degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon. Kate’s integrity, energy, and persistence led her to build a successful early career in business consulting and luxury resort management in Ghana.
Kate met her future husband, Phil, an American working with the Peace Corps in Ghana, and ultimately moved to Minneapolis, MN. She and Phil became parents to their three wonderful sons.
Ever since departing Ghana, Kate has had the desire to provide opportunity to others in need, as others have for her. In fact, a growing ambition to help her peers gained focus through her pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas. There, with the help of her professors and classmates, she developed the concept for House of Talents.
After completing her MBA in 2009, she finally brought her dream to fruition, founding her new enterprise immediately after graduating. Kate hopes that through the House of Talents mission her journey will come full-circle as those with whom she partners will in turn lend a hand to others they encounter in life as well.
Table Host - $250
Mission Supporter Sponsor - $1,000
Mission Champion Sponsor - $5,000