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Business leader and community advocate, Anika Robbins has over 20 years of business ownership and community service under her belt. A native of Minneapolis, she was raised in Lagos, Nigeria where her parents owned a salon chain and distributorship. She graduated with honors from Wesley Girls' Secondary School in Yaba, Lagos. An Aveda Institute graduate, she is a licensed cosmetology educator and producer who has taught in schools and conducted workshops nationwide. Through her company, ANIKA & Friends, she has consulted with a cache of clients that include leading industrial giant Proctor & Gamble, the WNBA, Paisley Park Studios, Target Corporation and clients in the non-profit and education sectors. She has designed and executed innovative marketing campaigns and events locally and nationwide, including trade shows, multi-lingual voter outreach campaigns, restorative retreats and health & beauty initiatives. Her cosmetics brand, ANIKA International Cosmetics, is sold worldwide empowering women of all races for over 10 years. Robbins has been profiled in various national and international publications as a beauty and business expert. She was named Outstanding Business of the Year 2012 by the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce.
She launched the ANIKA Foundation as a means of equipping the next generation of women and youth with empowering, enterprising tools to ensure their long-term equitable engagement and success as individuals and citizens of their community...who THRIVE.
MARY MERRILL ANDERSON
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Mary Merrill Anderson believes in ‘Playing for Life’ and has lived this mantra with over 30 years of committed service to the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB), serving as Superintendent and eventually serving as Commissioner-at-Large as an elected official following her retirement. Growing up in South Minneapolis, she graduated from Minneapolis Central High School with Honors. She went on to earn her BA from the University of Minnesota and attended Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and Indiana University’s Executive Development Program.
She is responsible for creating many of the youth, family and community programs still currently in use today. As founding Chairperson for the ANIKA Foundation, she is passionate about working with the next generation of youth, families and emerging leaders to ensure equitable engagement leading to a quality life for all.
Eileen Banks has served with the ANIKA Foundation from the very beginning. With over 30 years of service with Hennepin County HS/PHD, Children's Mental Health Case Management, she is passionate about providing restorative resources to families and youth. She has served with the Minnesota Social Service Association Board of Directors (1994 to 2011), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Data Processor Association (1979 to Present). She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,Nu Eta Chapter.
Eileen was instrumental in helping shape the scope of programs and services offered and continues to serve loyally in the execution of the organization's mission.
Terrance Roberts is the Dean of Students at Minneapolis' South High School. He is also the Program Assistant for the School Success/Anti-Bullying Program. He coordinates an annual college tour for high school students and has served with many civic and social campaigns around education and economic empowerment.
He's dedicated his life to youth empowerment and brings innovative hands-on expertise understanding the nuances and complexities of schools and youth. He is a doting father who coaches his son's little league baseball team.