Denise Deen is the Executive Director of Miya’s Foundation. In her role, Denise handles the day to day operations of the organization, including fundraising, inventory, and event planning for the Africa and Veterans outreach programs. Denise has a passion for helping people! With this passion, in December 2015, Denise assisted her daughter, Miya to purchased toys and brought used clothing items from what they had at home to take to Sierra Leone to give to underprivileged children for Christmas. Miya was able to distribute gifts to over fifty children and their families. With this success, Miya’s Foundation was born!
Prior to founding Miya’s Foundation, Denise worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services for 8 years as a Family Case Manager. Denise received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and a Masters Degree in Philanthropy from Indiana University in Indianapolis. Denise has 5 children and lives with her husband Indiana. When not working, Denise enjoys cooking, decorating, shopping, scrap-booking, and spending time with her family.
Miya’s Foundation was inspired by Miyata (Miya). Miya is 13 years old, and is currently in the 7th grade. She is a great helper at school and home. Miya has a warm heart and is eager to learn new things. In her spare time, she enjoys watching TV, playing games, reading, sorting and packing items for Miya’s Foundation.
Veterans Outreach Coordinator:
Abdul Deen is the Co-Founder of Miya’s Foundation. In his role, Abdul handles the daily operations of the Veterans and Africa outreach programs. This includes inventory, event planning and meetings. A retired Army Veteran, Abdul can relate to fellow Veterans. He served in the U.S. Army for six years and was deployed to Iraq in 2006. Unfortunately, during his deployment to Iraq, he was injured and as a result, underwent several back surgeries. With pain management and living with the trauma of Iraq, Abdul wants to give back to his fellow Veterans by providing homeless Veterans with hygiene care bags.
Prior to co-founding Miya’s Foundation, Abdul received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University Purdue University of Indiana. Born in Sierra Leone, Abdul has 5 children and lives with his wife, Denise in Indiana. When not working, Abdul enjoys flying drones, fishing, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with his family.
Hello! Kusheo! My name is Tom Morgan and excited about being a board member for Miya’s Foundation. It is a fascinating story how all the pieces continue to come together from the concept of the foundation to its establishment and to the present growing pains and expansion. I am a Family Medicine Board Certified Physician, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Sierra Leone, W. Africa), a missionary, a minister, husband, father and a Papa (2 grandchildren). I believe in the mission of Miya’s Foundation and encourage you to learn more and join us!