Eustress, Inc. was born out of the desire to bring awareness to the importance of acknowledging, improving and preserving mental health, a topic often marked by stigma and denial, particularly in the black community.

The word, ‘Eustress,” (pronounced yoo-stress) is stress that is deemed healthful or giving one the feeling of fulfillment. At Eustress, Inc., we start conversations about mental health with members of the black community at large, paying special attention to students, young adults and athletes. In these conversations, we help people acknowledge negative stressors they may face and the impact they have on mental health. Additionally, we provide mental health management and coping mechanisms to empower people to take control of their mental health, and find sources of eustress. This work is done through educational content, interactive programming and strategic partnerships with other mission-driven organizations.

Eustress, Inc. exists because of the work and dedication of a great team of people, the contributions of donors and volunteers, and because of receptive people who want to break the stigma associated with mental health. With continued support and engagement, we will work tirelessly to fulfill our mission, which is:

To raise awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.





Rwenshaun is the Founder and Executive Director of Eustress Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising mental health awareness by creating an atmosphere where it is okay to talk about mental health challenges. Rwenshaun completed his Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at chapel Hill. Rwenshaun has worked in the mental health field for over a decade, understands the challenges faced by individuals with limited resources and looks to provide ways to address these needs. 




Kendel is a Community Affairs Representative supporting the Global Volunteerism for Wells Fargo Bank, NA.  She is a graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science.  Her passion is community service, and she serves as Vice Chair of the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Commission.  In addition, she serves on the Ebenezer Baptist Church, church-wide missions’ team.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, watching Dallas Cowboys football games and spending time with family and friends. 



Neils has worked with City Year since 2010, serving on the Programmatic, Development, and Human Resource departments.  He has helped to start 5 new school partnerships in City Year Washington DC and served as the Start Up Director for City Year Tulsa - launching the 25th site in the 25th year of City Year's history.  He now serves as the Managing Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the Mid-Atlantic Region.  

Neils  graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Management and Society and minors in African-American Studies and Social Entrepreneurship.  He also has a degree from Northeastern University with a M.S. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.



Nick is a team member at Novant Health where he currently fulfills the role of Sr. Director, Neurosciences for the Greater Charlotte Market.  He ensures that the Neurosciences team, made up of a group of highly talented nurses and physicians have all the resources they need to deliver care to the Charlotte community and beyond.

Nick uses this experience as fuel to help other individuals and families become aware of the common signs of mental health and what to do about them. Nick is the proud father of Paige Sullivan, author of Embrace Your Cape - a children's book aimed at helping children prepare and cope with the realities of major surgeries or medical diagnoses. Nick is a member of the Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Board and was recently recognized as one of Charlotte's "40 Under 40" by the Charlotte Business Journal's 2017 class of honorees. 



Phillip is a franchisee for Ben & Jerry’s in Atlanta, GA and Melbourne. Before transitioning to full-time to entrepreneurship, he pursued his passion for education coupled with Black and Latino male achievement as a researcher and most recently as the School Outreach Officer for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA). Here his work focused on increasing program awareness and developing community and school partnerships to leverage high achieving, low income students’ full potential while assisting in recruitment and admissions.

Phillip is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Sociology and African and Afro American studies with a minor in social and economic justice. He received his M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education. 

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Danielle is the owner of Zeal For Life Dance Company, yoga teacher and fitness model from Charlotte, NC.  She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Danielle believes that it is important to find balance in your life.  She found that health and fitness are an essential part of her life and self-care. Danielle pushes to be best version of herself and advocates for others to do the same. 



Lauren C. Peace is a High School Science Teacher for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. She is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Her passions are education and community service, and she serves as an advisor to students interested in the STEM field and Health Occupations. In her past time she enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.