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 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
Founder , Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Danielle, is the Founder of Blank Cape Project. With over 15 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
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.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
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.
Clinical Outreach Manager
Carol joined BCP in 2020 as our Clinical Manager. She brings with her a wealth of clinical experience, having over 15 years’ experience in wellness and mindfulness management. A certified Family Therapist, Ms. Roldán has a Bachelors in Communication Art from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and Counseling Psychology Master’s from Universidad del Turabo, PR.
John Sims began his involvement with Blank Cape Project as one of the first participants in the Karma Yoga Corp of volunteers. He has held various positions in social services, with a strong commitment on Youth programming in the LGBTQ community. Josh has a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of South Florida and currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration.
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 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, 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 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.
Earning a Bachelors in Business Administration from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Jessica Steger pursued a career in Aesthetics and Message Therapy before moving onto 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 the YMCA of greater Seattle area and currently resides in San Diego where she continues her foster work through Walden Family Services.