Meet Our Team
Olivia Peterson is a creative director, performer, and teaching artist who uses various art forms to develop and encourage youth & adults throughout the city of Chicago. Olivia’s passion is to see others grow and develop as people and leaders by providing them with a platform to share their personal stories of pain and joy. Olivia has worked with youth for the past five years in the city of Chicago in many different capacities. Throughout her college career, she interned with The Miracle Center as a teaching artists, set/costume designer, and vocal coach.
She started her work with youth at GRIP outreach by mentoring high school students. During her time with GRIP, Olivia spent time as a teacher’s assistant within various classrooms, a teaching artist alongside the American Theater Company, and a life coach who focused on academic, emotional, and spiritual growth. She also spent a summer interning with GRIP in writing, producing, and directing a full length multimedia performance.
Outside of teaching, she is a singer/songwriter and violinist. She has worked with a number of reputable artists throughout the city of Chicago. Olivia has spent time traveling nationally and internationally performing original music and working alongside the "Dream Baby Collective".
Olivia has directed productions for Legacy Leaders International that focused on telling the powerful and impactful stories of what it’s like to be a young leader working through challenges and adversity in the city of Chicago, highlighting real experiences from the lives of students. Olivia is committed to seeing students use the arts as a mean to process and grow through their experiences; thus developing into leaders who can impact and change the communities around them.
Jen has over 20 years of experience in Learning and Development. She and her teams have the honor of serving others who seek to grow, personally and professionally. This passion for servant leadership is at the heart of everything she does, whether working 1:1 with someone or speaking to hundreds at a time. She is inspired by the courage and humility of others who aspire to lead authentically because they are the change makers. Jen has been Director of Talent Development with KeHE Distributors since 2017. She heads leadership development initiatives directed at building head and heart centered leaders through content like RARE Leadership, Leading at the Speed of Trust, Relate, and others. Hundreds of leaders at KeHE have been impacted by this work, and this feels like just the beginning!
Social Media Lead
Yaritza Flecha is a Chicago Native and graduate of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout the course of her career she has been involved with The Miracle Center, a performing arts organization dedicated to fostering the lives of both youth and young adults through the arts. At The Miracle Center, Yaritza has played an integral part in content creation for several social campaigns concerning the health and livelihood of young adults in the inner city of Chicago. In her most recent works, she has been a Social Media Manager for Ivivva and iLoveKickboxing and continually functions as a free-lance multimedia content creator for local shows, small concerts and events for various companies and artists. She is currently teaching dance classes part-time and working with Legacy Leaders as their Social Media Lead. Yaritza is passionate about dance, content creation, and elevating the lives of others through creative outlets. She wishes to capture the essence and evolution of rising success among young adults in Chicago