Welcome Kenya Gradnigo to Project Sleep’s Board of Directors!

In January 2022, Kenya Gradnigo joined the Board of Directors of Project Sleep, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of sleep health and sleep conditions. She is a native of Opelousas, LA, and currently resides in Lafayette, LA. 

Kenya Gradnigo was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy at age 9. In 2015, Kenya was awarded a Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship as she began her college education. She completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and is now earning her Master’s in Social Work at Louisiana Christian University.

Receiving the scholarship marked the beginning of Kenya’s journey with Project Sleep. Since then, she has been an active member of the Project Sleep community. In 2020, Kenya was featured in Project Sleep’s “Health Care Providers with Narcolepsy” video series. In 2021, she shared her experience navigating school with narcolepsy as a guest on a “Narcolepsy Nerd Alert” broadcast. She has been a guest speaker for various other webinars focusing on sleep disorders, including a recent education program alongside Dr. Emmanuel Mignot.

Kenya has always known she was unique in her own special way. The quote she lives by simply states, “It’s okay to be delayed, just not denied.” 

“It is deeply meaningful to welcome Kenya onto Project Sleep’s Board of Directors,” said Julie Flygare, J.D., President & CEO of Project Sleep. “It is a surreal moment to have a past scholarship recipient join our leadership team and Kenya’s education, career path, lived experience, and strong commitment to this community all make her a fantastic fit for our Board of Directors.”

Please join us in welcoming Kenya to our leadership team and learn more about our Board of Directors here!

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