Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide tools of self-discovery to youth and those working with youth that re-awaken their innate Hero-Self. We are a Corp of dedicated staff, interns, volunteers, and community partners committed to transforming Trauma Stories into Hero Journeys.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to help prevent and eradicate violence, abuse, discrimination, criminal justice involvement and over diagnosis of mental illness among youth in our communities.

Meet the Team

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

Danielle Paez

Founder

Danielle is the Founder of Blank Cape Project. With over 17 years of experience, Ms. Paez has tirelessly advocated for Social Justice, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, and against Juvenile Recidivism in various capacities in both public and private sectors. Danielle holds a B.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis.

Maia Heggie, M.Ed

Executive Director

Maia joined BCP in 2019 as Executive Director. Prior to joining BCP, she worked as an Adolescent Clinician and Special Education classroom teacher. Maia has a B.A in Sociology from Boston College and her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Emmanuel College. She has a second M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a dual focus on Inclusive Education and Reading from Concordia University Portland.  

Jenelle Cadogan

Chief Strategy and Operating Officer (CSOO)

Jenelle has held various positions throughout her seventeen-year tenure in finance. She brings to us a wealth of knowledge and financial discipline. Jenelle has a B.S. in Economics from Northeastern University.

Wynter “Nav” Brown

Community Engagement Liaison

A prior service military veteran with over 20 years of serving the Inner-city Community of Boston through Technology, Arts, Mentorship & HIV Prevention Facilitation. Wynter Brown unites his vast interpersonal skillset and cultural awareness with his decades of corporate and social event planning and Human Resource experience. Rising from the same challenges many of the youth we service, he represents the fabric and tenacity we hope to instill in each success story.

Meet the Board

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, its always about the goal.” -Unknown

Jonathan Castillo

Board President

Jonathan holds a BS in Psychology from Boston College and a MS in Taxation from Northeastern University. He has a diverse background in banking, accounting, mutual funds/ Partnership taxation and auditing.

Jonathan’s personal interest includes volunteering his services in finance to underserved communities.

Laura Hill

Board Treasurer

Laura, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a dual Bachelors in Finance and English Literature, is originally from Louisville, KY and now resides in Chicago, IL. With a strong focus in operational risk, she has spent the last 20 years building a diverse financial industry portfolio in small business and consumer banking.

Laura has also been very active in her community, sitting on several boards, including the chamber of commerce. 

Dennise Williams

Board Secretary

Dennise Williams serves as the Sr. Human Resource Generalist at Helen of Troy in Olive Branch, MS. With over 10 years of Human Resource experience, she brings a background in talent acquisition, employee relations, community development, training and development, health & wellness programming, and new hire on-boarding practices.

Jessica Stegar

Board Director

Earning a Bachelors in Business Administration from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, Jessica Steger pursued a career in Aesthetics and Massage Therapy before moving on to her most important role as a mother. An advocate of the foster care system, she has fostered a total of 16 children, all of whom had endured trauma. She’s worked with YMCA of the greater Seattle area and currently resides in San Diego, CA, where she continues her foster work through Walden Family Services.