Ignite Nation’s Mantra
Through partnering with thousands of schools, this intuitive leader weaves together experiential learning and social emotional leadership into every part of Ignite. She is widely regarded for her transformational student-led mentoring system and elementary character- SEL system supporting over 1/2 million students. Kris has an intuitive ability to see the big picture and experience of partnering with districts in 19 states to help strengthen their everyday people to be the solution.
Kris loves to have adventures with her adult kids and grandkids. She is a foodie who loves to travel internationally and spend time in the Pacific NW boating and hiking.
Brandon recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Film Studies. He looks forward to continuing to use his skills to improve the culture of your school.
This drive led him to co-found Ignite Consulting with his wife Kris in 1998. Ashoke spent the past 22 years partnering with districts across the country supporting staff through the Ignite Culture Advancement System. This creative process includes research practices from Smart & Good Schools. The character based solutions provide the foundational alignment for common language and step by step process of upgrading school culture.
He loved to play tennis, reading and hang out with his 5 kids, grandkids and wife Kris. Ashoke passed away in February 2020, but his vision and leadership lives on.
In 2019 Rejie graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Social Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education.
In the summer of 2020, Rejie transitioned into the role of an Ignite Coach and Lead Trainer. Where she worked with advisors to guide them through the steps of becoming an Ignite sustainable school. Rejie has helped to develop curriculum in spring transitions, mental health awareness and social justice.
Rejie has worked as a 9th -12th grade Special Education teacher in Tacoma Washington for 3 years , where she advocates for students with disabilities while also working towards her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Her love and passion has and will always be for the wellbeing of all students. Rejie continues her social justice work by serving on her school district's equity team to ensure that the voices of marginalized black and brown students and families are brought to the forefront.
Rejie has made another huge transition and accepted a full time position with Ignite as the Director of Strategic Partners and Ignite Coach.
Rejie brings an awesome energy, perspective and knowledge to the ignite team. She loves Home DIY projects, reading, and walks in the park with her husband and son.
Jeff’s commitment and impact has allowed him to see students become powerful world changers and global citizens across the midwestern and southwestern US. Jeff has dedicated his life to coach and see students discover who they are and how they can live with passion, purpose and meaning.
Jeff has partnered with the Ignite Team for over a decade and is currently serving as the Director of Training. While working with Ignite, Jeff has been able to thrive in his wheelhouse and share his inspirational story of growing up as “that Kid’ and how a mentor changed the course of his life.
Jeff, and his wife Jana, currently reside in Phoenix AZ. When not working with students you will find him outdoors on a backpacking hiking adventure or experiencing the thrill of adrenaline through motorsports. Occasionally, he can still be found creating a commissioned art piece for friends and family. Jeff’s “bucket list” adventures are to backpack to basecamp at Mt. Everest and the entire John Muir Trail.
Interestingly, he might be bit of a ‘unicorn’… he, enjoys doing home repairs and remodeling his house.
Nini was raised in Federal Way, WA & is a graduate of Federal Way High School, where she prides herself on being Eagle Alum. Being mentored in the program, her leadership skills grew not only in her school community but in her life journey. With ignite enhancing Federal Way’s community, Nini's 2014 graduating class earned 11.2 Million dollars in scholarships for higher education.
Being a part of that pot, Nini attended and graduated from the University of Washington where she Double-majored in Medical Anthropology and Global Health & American Ethnic Studies, all while being a Flight Attendant. If you meet her she’d probably tell you that the sky is not the limit and to aim for the stars.
Nini is now a part of our Marketing Team and loves being a Coach. She is passionate about equity in education and reaching underserved communities involved with the schools Ignite Partners with.
In Nini’s spare-time she loves to write, read, roller-skate and cook. If she could do it all with family she’d prefer it that way. (She’s the oldest of 11 and to say the least she’s very family oriented).
Myles graduated from the University of Washington; Double-Majoring in Fine Arts & American Ethnic Studies with a focus on Black Culture, all while being a Defensive Line-backer on the football team. He's no stranger to hard work & dedication.
Myles joined Ignite enhancing the work with his reverence and eye for visuals. He loves all avenues of art and creative expression. It is his passion to give back and pay it forward in our school communities, he aspires always to do so by doing it with love.
In his spare time he loves to play basketball, and when he gets the chance he loves to travel. (Probably with a basketball in his suitcase)
Ignite has had the honor to grow with Coco for 7 years, creating a family-tie. She has been amazing to watch grow into an amazing friend, coach, and teacher. She thrives in her role as a teacher and has a passion for equity in our education system alongside self-expression.
When she's not out wearing a cape, you can find her rollerskating with a paintbrush, because oh does she love painting. & When she’s not doing that she values spending time with her family and community, preferably while on a plane heading somewhere she's never been.
Aliyah graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies.
Over the last 8 years Aliyah has continuously partnered with Ignite working with students and faculty across the country. She brings depth, fun and so much joy to Ignites culture and team. One day she hopes to somehow unite her two passions and use fashion to uplift youth with her own Fashion Brand. Aliyah lives her life embodying the values of compassion, determination, and resilience. Values that Ignite are proud to watch Aliyah thrive with.
In her free time when she's not being a fashionista educator she enjoys boxing, singing, and traveling especially where it's warm & tropical.
At Thomas Jefferson, Ali was the captain of the girls basketball, track and cross country team. Leadership has always been a central part of her life through school and extracurriculars.
Ali currently attends Saint Martin’s University studying Secondary Education and Race & Ethnic Studies. She hopes to become a high school leadership advisor someday to give back the same life changing experiences and lessons she learned through Ignite & her leadership journey.
Ali is an Act Six Scholar and Track/Cross Country Athlete at Saint Martin's University. She's actively involved with communities on campus, driven by her love for community & value for inclusivity.
She's passionate about environmental studies, social justice and family, here at Ignite we look forward and are humbled to work with great leaders like Ali.
Tevin continues to write his story of overcoming adversity and work through the midst of his pain. He has spoken with over 250,000 people in the past 4 years and is currently writing a book and getting started on publishing his story.
His ability to connect with youth, and personal issues of dealing with diversity has made him the perfect partner for our Power Within event. Tevin is passionate about making an impact on the suicide epidemic and bringing awareness and help to the mental illness crisis. He started a nonprofit, ‘The Hope and Love’ in 2017. This movement has touched thousands of kids connecting them with resources, help and counselors.
Most famous for surviving 15 near death experiences, to include a diving accident that left him a blind quadriplegic before a miraculous healing, he is an inspirational and effervescent speaker that inspires other to live in courage and resilience.
Sven currently resides in Phoenix, AZ as a Professor at Grand Canyon University. He has been an Ignite consultant and trainer since 2004 and has inspired more than 200,000 students across the nation.
Over the years, Darmeny has trained and been a motivational speaker inspiring schools and youth audiences all around the world. Over the past few years,Darmeny has continued to support one of his passions, Washington Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Darmeny is a former State President of the organization and served as Board Chairman of the organization for 3 years. Darmeny is proud of the fact that he was the youngest Chairman of the Board of Directors in Washington FBLA history.
Darmeny has partnered with schools as a consultant for Ignite Nation helping to create a positive achievement culture in schools through student mentoring, empowerment and staff professional development.
More recently, Darmeny has worked with a staff of over 200 at ProjectFUN the K12 division of DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA where he helps train STEM instructors on how to not just teach content but connect education to life lessons through video games, engineering and art. Darmeny continues to inspire students around the country as a Power Within speaker and staff consultant for Ignite inspiring staff to upgrade their culture and strengthen thier equity and vision of coming together.
Lufkin ISD has been a part of the IGNITE Nation since 2009. IGNITE has trained over 2,000 mentors for Lufkin High School and Lufkin Middle School. More than 85,000 students have been impacted by IGNITE mentoring.
Married to Marty Schaffer, who is School Board President for CPSD, education partner for Franklin Covey and a mentor to hundreds of young men in the CPSD over the last 10 years. The Schaffers have 3 beautiful daughters and 5 grandchildren. They spend her free time boating, and traveling with their goldendoodle. The Shaffer's are known for their hospitality and life-giving way of uplifting all that are blessed to be part of their family and extended family.
Ignite has worked with Lakes ever since. Every year for 20 years, Ignite has trained 120 HS mentors and executive mentors supporting 600 incoming freshmen. Lakes continues to serve as one of Ignite's model schools.