How It All Began
we should never underestimate the power of a dream
Everyone has a story to own
Ignite Nation was the brainchild of a simple but enlightening realization that everyone has a story of their own. Ours began when a diverse couple from different cultures united their unique talents to achieve a shared dream that resonated with them long before they even met.
Ashoke & Kris felt a calling to inspire hope, provide self confidence, and help lead people to live a life of purpose. This couple found strength in each other's weaknesses and forged a path to help school communities do the same.
The distinct memories we experience
Since childhood, Kris lived with fears and insecurities because of the discrimination she faced about her shyness, excessive weight, and ADHD. School was not easy for her. The bullying and ridicule influenced her greatly. While attending Gonzaga University she had a mentor that helped her see her life differently. Kris's journey of self discovery is her passion behind helping students reach their potential and love themselves just the way they are. Kris is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 3, she learns from her family everyday.
It's Vividly remembering the experiences
that shaped his character that gave him the heart for his work. Battling a speech impairment throughout childhood, Ashoke struggled with stuttering and was often ridiculed and taunted by those around him. Despite their best efforts to try and help, his parents decided to send him to Dale Carnegie for speech training. When it came time to leave India and attend college in the US, his father shared a moment with him that would shape who he is today. The money used for Ashoke's one-way ticket was the family's entire life savings. They didn't have money to bring him back. His grit for life, knowing there is always a way, came from this burning desire to succeed. Ashoke is the father of 5 and grandfather of 3 boys. You will find him chilling with family or on the tennis court, if he is not coaching and supporting a team at a school.