KESHIA DICKASON’S passion for health and wellness, especially when it comes to the lives of women and girls, permeates every corner of her life. A woman of many talents and roles, Keshia uses every ounce of her influence to enrich the lives of those around her. Her work at Western Michigan University, with the Seita Scholars Program, offers her the opportunity to support and advocate for college students. Her second career as Regional Fund Development Specialist for the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan allows her to assist girls on their path to become tomorrow’s leaders.
For most women, juggling two careers while raising three children would be more than enough to handle, but Keshia’s energy and commitment to excellence inspired her to take on a few more leadership roles here in Kalamazoo. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (Iota Sigma Omega Chapter) and serves on its Fundraising, Technology, and Pink Goes Red committees. She is also the Chair for the sorority’s Women’s Health and Wellness initiative.
Keshia is happily married to Aaron Dickason and is the proud mother of Omar (25), Arianna (20) and Aaron II (16). Her family is the bedrock of her life and daily motivates her to do her part in making this world a better place. In fact, when Arianna decided that she wanted to run a 5K in 2009, it opened another chapter in Keshia’s life that would soon have her writing a children’s book, becoming a coach for Girls on the Run and starting a scholarship fund. The process of helping Arianna to train for (and succeed in running) her race inspired Keshia to look for ways to encourage other young people to get healthy and establish healthy habits early in life.
A huge proponent of reading, Keshia knows that stories can capture the imaginations of children and influence their ideas and values. She wrote her children’s book “Arianna’s First 5K” with the dream of inspiring children to be active and healthy. She uses the book as a platform for holding fitness workshops, motivational speaking, coaching Girls on The Run and promoting literacy. She is also a Board member for Kalamazoo Read and Write and a member of the Kids Moving and Thriving program. In addition, she established the Big Red Heart Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that sponsors an annual 5K Run and provide scholarships for high school students who desire to pursue an education in medicine.
Never fear that all that hard work and dedication means that Keshia doesn’t have time to enjoy life to the fullest. She freely admits that she works hard…but she also plays hard. She loves spending time with her family and cheering on her children in their endeavors. No matter how busy she is, Keshia’s family is her first priority. She notes, “My husband and three children are my greatest accomplishments and they mean the world to me. I am who I am because of them.”