Michele Lee Evans is a native of Washington, D.C., but currently resides in Houston, TX. Michele married her best friend, Jeffrey Evans, on November 10, 2001—the 20-year anniversary of her husband’s service with the United States Marine Corps. Michele currently holds her M.B.A with a double minor in Human Resource Management and Computer Information Systems from Strayer University in Washington, D.C.
In 1998, Michele started her first business, J & M Designs, designing custom gift baskets. In 2005, she turned to her real passion of creating one-of-a-kind, eccentric, handcrafted jewelry. The business went through many transformations, including name changes, but finally she settled on Mileeva Designs, a combination of her full name.
After battling with her own struggles with past abuse, bullying and domestic violence, Michele started the F.A.A.B Foundation (Fighting Against Abuse & Bullying) in December 2015. Michele speaks to youth around the country to tell her stories of abuse and share affirmations of self-worth through her book R.O.A.R: Rude Opinions Aren’t Reality.
Michele is currently working on a collaboration book for abuse survivors entitled I Am A Survivor: Stories of Tragedy and Triumph. She is also currently the host of her own podcast, Mileeva Speaks. Michele uses this platform to speak about important issues affecting African-American communities and to network with entrepreneurs and business owners locally and across the country.
Michele’s favorite quote is from motivational speaker Les Brown and the inspiration behind the title of her book R.O.A.R: “Never let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.”