Posted on January 21st, 2015 by Skye-Lynn Ferch Categories Blog
We would like to welcome Kelechi to the Refuge Group as another one of our spring interns! Kelechi Ejekam, first generation Nigerian-American was born and raised in southwest Houston to Rachel & Emmy Ejekam. As the middle child, he soon realized the true meaning of the word responsibility. Due to the value of “family first” that Kelechi’s parents stressed early, his younger brother and older sister were his best friends and still are today. To ensure a great education, Kelechi’s parents placed him in the Vanguard programs of his elementary and middle schools. Later on, Kelechi would go on to Lamar High School where he found a passion for sports, especially basketball and football. While at Lamar, Kelechi earned his first varsity letter award in basketball his sophomore year. He would then go on to letter in football his junior and senior year. Upon graduating, he faced his most difficult decision; choosing the right university.
Kelechi spent his freshman fall semester at Sam Houston State University, transferred to Lamar University for a year and has finally found a home at the University of Houston. Through these transitions, he still managed to keep God first, his grades up and participate on each of his university’s respective football teams.
Kelechi has declared a Digital Media major in the School of Technology, with an emphasis on video production. He hopes to learn more about this field and everything it has to offer by approaching each opportunity with an open mind and enthusiasm. In his spare time, Kelechi loves to watch ESPN, relax with his family, and work out. When he’s not doing those things, he’s doubling as the team’s unofficial barber and racking up to save for next semester’s school fees.
Thank you for joining our family at The REFUGE Group and we look forward to working with you!
Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Skye-Lynn Ferch Categories Blog
Refuge Group would like to introduce our intern – Ann Nguyen. Ann’s childhood included periodically living like gypsies because of her parent’s jobs, which required them to move around. Dallas was her birthplace, but she has lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia and Montana. Ann mostly grew up on the island of Galveston, TX. Now settled into Houston after six years, her life continues with career goals, college, interning and working two jobs.
The moving experiences has incorporated itself into her adulthood life now -having almost 22 years of traveling under her belt – it is a part of Ann’s past and current life. Ann is a travel enthusiast and enjoys photography, playing the guitar and piano, cooking, hanging out with friends, practicing meditation at home and collecting chakras (mind and body healing crystals) to use them to mediate. Ann believes that the energy keeps her positive and helps keep a peaceful mind. Ann also enjoys blogging! Her first blog was published when she was thirteen-years-old during Xanga and Live journal days. What did she blog about at thirteen? Bands, music, school and small trips with the family.
Ann is a Mass Communications major because she feels that there are very broad opportunities in communications and people are not limited to only one career, but multiple! Ann believes that a person must work hard and that being passionate with the right personality can work in favor for anybody.
Ann continues to pursue her goals academically, as she feels there is not a specific title or job that she wants to be. There is still an unclear, but greater vision that she hoping to work for in the long term – whether she ends up being a public relations manager, interior consultant, human rights advocator or work in the corporate world. Welcome to the team Ann!