Leadership

The Content Creators of Color Project is a committee of Start Fort Wayne, led by two Co-Chairs and a “Head Committee” (leadership team). While our membership is open to all creators who identify as persons of color, our Head Committee positions are reserved for ciswomen, trans folx, and gender-nonconforming individuals. We recognize that issues of race and ethnicity are interwoven with those of gender and sexuality and we believe investing these voices with authority is a crucial step towards equity and representation in our industries.

Olivia Torres is a Videographer and Video Editor based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. By day, she directs, shoots, and edits video content at music retailer Sweetwater Sound, while working as a freelance Videographer, Photographer, and occasional Graphic Designer in the off hours. Her broadcasting and marketing experience has taken her from news radio to agency life, from education to retail, and has driven her to create inclusive, productive, and future-oriented spaces for the art and work that make her happy. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the best movie of her millennial lifetime – we dare you to change her mind.

RasAmen Oladuwa is a Web Marketer from Fort Wayne, Indiana but has worked all over the country. Her focus is on creating clean design and helping small businesses achieve a recognizable and successful brand. In her free time, besides dancing for her dog who just doesn’t understand rhythm and beat, she likes to write scifi stories and hopes one day she can be the next Octavia Butler. Her passion for representation and storytelling has driven her to create projects that focus on human stories and influences every aspect of her marketing. When it comes to dancing she expects you to join in…every time.

Cassey Suthers is a Digital Marketing and Communications professional based in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. In her free time, Cassey has designed websites, managed social media campaigns, and is an experienced Community Organizer. She is passionate about creating cohesive, relatable content that drives engagement through authenticity. For her, the goal of content creation is to build relationships that strengthen our communities and, when possible, create opportunities to expand access to resources and services. Team leader? Move-maker? Game-changer? How about all of the above. Say hi!

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Shanel Turner, also known by her close friends and family as Neli, is the Marketing and Development administrator at the Fort Wayne Center for Nonviolence. Outside of work, Shanel is an accomplished Graphic Designer, but her passion lies in storytelling and cinematic film photography. In December 2020, she also self-published a zine of her poems and prose titled Relatively Conscious Vol. 1. You can find RC on Instagram @relatively.conscious and her photography and various creative projects on her personal page @fameshanel. Catch her somewhere writing, taking pictures, volunteering in her community, traveling, or making a playlist. Nice to meet cha!

Lyndy Bazile is a mother and artist with a focus in animation and painting. Lyndy has worked as an animator on several web series, including Jonathan Katzs’ “Hey, We’re Back!” as well as “Explosion Bus”. She is currently focused on creating paintings depicting groups of female figures as they support, comfort and care for one another. She has also recently begun installing large scale, exterior murals around her hometown in Indiana.

Thein Aye is a Fort Wayne local currently traveling abroad throughout Spain! Before her travels, she was a Digital Associate at The Lab. She recently graduated from Indiana University Bloomington this past 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic (at least her graduation went down in literal history, right?). When she’s not flexing her storytelling skills during the 9-to-5 and traveling the world, you’ll likely find her at the gym. Thein is passionate about normalizing humanization in the branding and social media landscapes while crafting relatable content for her audiences. Her personal motto? “If something feels right, take the risk and follow your intuition.”