Believes in the core values of HCE, is driven by the mission and has a passion for
breaking new ground to lead social change. Her background includes experience in
scaling a multi-site organization, and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team always following conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies. She has a results-proven track record of exceeding goals, the
ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment, the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness. Zakeeyaw is a native of Chicago with a duo residence in Las Vegas,
NV. She has been a professional Registered Nurse for 22 years, American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) Certified Fitness Instructor for 27 years, and a Chicago
Style Steppin Instructor for 9 years. Education that started in Chicago continued throughout the U.S. has built an accumulated, diverse educational background and work experiences including being a Veteran of the United States Air Force. She has worked in numerous areas of the health care profession including Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Home Health, Cardiac Rehab, Administration, and most recently Labor and Delivery. When Not working in the hospital setting, Ms. Z maintains close contact with Health and Fitness by working out regularly and keeping Instructor credentials current from AFAA and pursuing ACSM. A passionate Dancer and Instructor, with a special love for Steppin, Zakeeyaw has pursued Chicago Style Steppin with the same tenacious enthusiasm displayed when studying classical dance training through Sammy Dyer School of the Theater and later with Muntu Dance Theater.