OUR Team

We became friends over pad thai and dreamt together about changing our world.
This is how our story began. Together we’ve created Little Voices Are Loud and
believe in raising a generation of global minded voices -- they are so very powerful!

 
 
 
Deena Neimat, our Founder and fearless leader, carried around the concept for Little Voices Are Loud for more than two years before it was put into motion in the fall of 2015. When her daughter began asking questions about the podcasts from NPR she’d overheard, Deena knew it was finally time to bring her vision to life. “I’d held the idea close for so long, trying to put all the pieces together in my head. But I put it on the back burner, as we often do with whatever it is we deem too difficult.” It was a conversation with Co-Founder Suzanna Hendricks that really solidified Deena’s decision to move forward with Little Voices. Suzanna said pointedly, ‘We are all here to do something, and I truly believe this is your something.’” With that, Deena took the leap; her experience as a freelance designer helped her create the very platform she’d hoped to exist, and one her own children can hold onto and be empowered by. “I think the world needs Little Voices now more than ever. And as a parent, I think we have a great responsibility to raise thoughtful children, and to make them aware of what’s happening outside of what they see everyday.” Deena, along with her husband and their three kids, recently re-located to Louisville, Kentucky, after a decade spent in Nashville. She’s excited about the new perspective a new city offers, and is looking forward to more time to play Legos make and a mess in the kitchen with her littles.

Deena Neimat, our Founder and fearless leader, carried around the concept for Little Voices Are Loud for more than two years before it was put into motion in the fall of 2015. When her daughter began asking questions about the podcasts from NPR she’d overheard, Deena knew it was finally time to bring her vision to life. “I’d held the idea close for so long, trying to put all the pieces together in my head. But I put it on the back burner, as we often do with whatever it is we deem too difficult.”

It was a conversation with Co-Founder Suzanna Hendricks that really solidified Deena’s decision to move forward with Little Voices. Suzanna said pointedly, ‘We are all here to do something, and I truly believe this is your something.’” With that, Deena took the leap; her experience as a freelance designer helped her create the very platform she’d hoped to exist, and one her own children can hold onto and be empowered by. “I think the world needs Little Voices now more than ever. And as a parent, I think we have a great responsibility to raise thoughtful children, and to make them aware of what’s happening outside of what they see everyday.”

Deena, along with her husband and their three kids, recently re-located to Louisville, Kentucky, after a decade spent in Nashville. She’s excited about the new perspective a new city offers, and is looking forward to more time to play Legos make and a mess in the kitchen with her littles.

Deena Neimat, Founder

Suzanna Hendricks is  Co-Founder of Little Voices Are Loud, leading creative direction, brand vision and strategy, managing partnerships, and overall operational build-out. In addition to Little Voices, Suzanna also helped co-found KAIO in late 2013, an event production company built on seeing a generation living fully alive in their purpose. After meeting Deena and hearing her vision for Little Voices, Suzanna and the KAIO team quickly came alongside to help develop the idea. This partnership between KAIO and Little Voices has been an easy one, and an incredible example of the power of collaborative community. Suzanna is thrilled about joining in with Little Voices’ mission, as she has often wondered how the next generation will rise up. “In my previous work with the Invisible Children mobilization staff, I saw first-hand what happens when we not only pay attention to younger voices, but when we equip and empower them to make a difference. When you give children the resources and support to believe they can create change, the world truly becomes a kinder, safer, and more equal place.” A recent transplant to Austin, Texas, Suzanna spends her days as the Development Manger at the IF:Gathering, supporting the organization’s initiative to see women around the world step into and live out their true calling. She’s already fallen in love with Austin’s live music and food scene, and is excited for the opportunity to explore more of the local coffee shops and farmers’ markets.

Suzanna Hendricks is  Co-Founder of Little Voices Are Loud, leading creative direction, brand vision and strategy, managing partnerships, and overall operational build-out. In addition to Little Voices, Suzanna also helped co-found KAIO in late 2013, an event production company built on seeing a generation living fully alive in their purpose. After meeting Deena and hearing her vision for Little Voices, Suzanna and the KAIO team quickly came alongside to help develop the idea. This partnership between KAIO and Little Voices has been an easy one, and an incredible example of the power of collaborative community.

Suzanna is thrilled about joining in with Little Voices’ mission, as she has often wondered how the next generation will rise up. “In my previous work with the Invisible Children mobilization staff, I saw first-hand what happens when we not only pay attention to younger voices, but when we equip and empower them to make a difference. When you give children the resources and support to believe they can create change, the world truly becomes a kinder, safer, and more equal place.”

A recent transplant to Austin, Texas, Suzanna spends her days as the Development Manger at the IF:Gathering, supporting the organization’s initiative to see women around the world step into and live out their true calling. She’s already fallen in love with Austin’s live music and food scene, and is excited for the opportunity to explore more of the local coffee shops and farmers’ markets.

Suzanna Hendricks, Co-Founder

 
 
 
Meredith Kane is the Lead Copywriter for Little Voices Are Loud, thoughtfully crafting all of the content for our print materials and online platform. She has a background in journalism, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in this field from Belmont University. For the last five years, Meredith has worked as a freelance copywriter and editor, specializing in brand storytelling and development. She’s also the head writer for the KAIO team, having articulated the company’s mission and vision — and those of its clients — since the beginning. Meredith is delighted to come on board with Little Voices, as she recognizes the great need for this platform to exist. “Growing up, there were so many times I overheard a news story on TV, or came across a headline that left me feeling heavy and confused. I wish someone would’ve taken the time to walk through all of that with me, to explain while there’s a lot of hurt in the world, there’s also a lot of hope. I would’ve loved to know how I could help, and to be encouraged in doing small acts of kindness.”

Meredith Kane is the Lead Copywriter for Little Voices Are Loud, thoughtfully crafting all of the content for our print materials and online platform. She has a background in journalism, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in this field from Belmont University. For the last five years, Meredith has worked as a freelance copywriter and editor, specializing in brand storytelling and development. She’s also the head writer for the KAIO team, having articulated the company’s mission and vision — and those of its clients — since the beginning.

Meredith is delighted to come on board with Little Voices, as she recognizes the great need for this platform to exist. “Growing up, there were so many times I overheard a news story on TV, or came across a headline that left me feeling heavy and confused. I wish someone would’ve taken the time to walk through all of that with me, to explain while there’s a lot of hurt in the world, there’s also a lot of hope. I would’ve loved to know how I could help, and to be encouraged in doing small acts of kindness.”

Meredith Kane, Lead Copywriter

Lauren Ellis serves as our Operations Manager, handling background logistics and general day-to-day operations like database management, customer service, and financials. Prior to joining our team, Lauren worked with Camp Kesem National for five years, as both a Program Director and Alumni Relations Manager. Her time spent with this summer camp, in addition to her former role as a classroom teacher, has directly influenced Lauren’s excitement about Little Voices Are Loud and what the future holds for supporting and educating children about global activism. Lauren believes working with children is the most important work we can do, which is why she feels so aligned with our company’s mission and core values. In her words, “Because we live in an ever-changing world, our conversations with children about what it means to be a citizen must also develop and evolve. This only happens if adults are prepared to speak to children in a meaningful way, letting them know their voice is powerful and they can harness it for the common good.”

Lauren Ellis serves as our Operations Manager, handling background logistics and general day-to-day operations like database management, customer service, and financials. Prior to joining our team, Lauren worked with Camp Kesem National for five years, as both a Program Director and Alumni Relations Manager. Her time spent with this summer camp, in addition to her former role as a classroom teacher, has directly influenced Lauren’s excitement about Little Voices Are Loud and what the future holds for supporting and educating children about global activism.

Lauren believes working with children is the most important work we can do, which is why she feels so aligned with our company’s mission and core values. In her words, “Because we live in an ever-changing world, our conversations with children about what it means to be a citizen must also develop and evolve. This only happens if adults are prepared to speak to children in a meaningful way, letting them know their voice is powerful and they can harness it for the common good.”

Lauren Ellis, Operations Manager

Gabby Watson is our Social Media and PR Manager, operating all social media platforms, delivering digital media strategy, and coordinating our media outreach. Over the last year, Gabby has made incredible strides in growing her own freelance photography and digital marketing business. In doing so, she has gained a wealth of knowledge in time management and what it means to be dedicated to her craft. As a child, Gabby knew instinctively she wanted to help other people, but she was never quite sure how to go about doing so. “It wasn't until college I found ways to be an empowered global citizen. Little Voices Are Loud needs to exist so kids can grow up being aware of the world around them and how they can help.” The college experience Gabby is referring to is her time spent with the nonprofit organization, Invisible Children. She now considers that the best and hardest year of her life, and credits the internship with helping her gain the confidence and courage to speak out about what she believes in.

Gabby Watson is our Social Media and PR Manager, operating all social media platforms, delivering digital media strategy, and coordinating our media outreach. Over the last year, Gabby has made incredible strides in growing her own freelance photography and digital marketing business. In doing so, she has gained a wealth of knowledge in time management and what it means to be dedicated to her craft.

As a child, Gabby knew instinctively she wanted to help other people, but she was never quite sure how to go about doing so. “It wasn't until college I found ways to be an empowered global citizen. Little Voices Are Loud needs to exist so kids can grow up being aware of the world around them and how they can help.” The college experience Gabby is referring to is her time spent with the nonprofit organization, Invisible Children. She now considers that the best and hardest year of her life, and credits the internship with helping her gain the confidence and courage to speak out about what she believes in.

Gabby Watson, Social & PR Manager