Born in Waterloo, IA, Octavius studied at the Suzuki School of Music while attending high school. He moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, to attend Kirkwood Community College for Liberal Arts and continued traveling and directing music for both gospel artists and choirs.
His musical gifts include playing the piano, organ, and singing. He has a passion for music ministry and for seeing kids learn how to use their musical gifts to be a blessing to the community.
Born and raised in Dubuque, Affrica attended elementary school, middle school, high school, and college — entirely in Dubuque. She graduated from Emmaus Bible College in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology and Biblical Studies.
Affrica has been involved volunteering at the Dream Center since the very beginning. As her passion for serving youth grew, she was hired on as a staff member and has been working to impact youth at the Dream Center for several years.
Born and raised in Dubuque, Nakiah Kimble graduated from Emmaus Bible College in May 2019, earning her Bachelors in Biblical Studies and Associates in K-12 Education.
She began playing basketball in first grade and continued to play at a collegiate level. She has been involved at the Dream Center since 2015 and looks forward to seeing the growth of this organization and watching the continuous impact the Dream Center will have in our community.
ROBERT (JJ) KIMBLE
A resident of Dubuque Iowa since 1989, Robert graduated from Emmaus Bible College with a Degree in Biblical Studies (1999). Following graduation, he joined AmeriCorps Vista and served as Youth Coordinator in East Dubuque, IL, from 2000-2002.
Robert held various positions at the Dubuque Community Y from 2002 through 2013 and also served the Dubuque community as girls' high school varsity basketball coach at Dubuque Senior High School from 2005-2013.
Robert is currently the Pastor of Radius Church and Executive Director of the Dubuque Dream Center. He is married to Nellie Kimble and together they have five daughters.
Born in Chicago, IL, Latoya moved to Dubuque in 2004 to give her children more opportunity. She has worked in the healthcare field for the past 15 years and is the owner of Ms. Latoya Beauty Supply Store.
With a passion for youth development, she began volunteering in the community and later was hired full-time as a School Connector and Dance Coach. She's looking forward to upcoming competitions and to continue mentoring the youth in the community.
Born in Cleveland, OH, William moved to California in 2004 where he studied Fire Tech at Riverside Community College while working for a construction company. He relocated to Dubuque in 2012.
Will has a passion for youth and looks forward to seeing them grow as we continue in our mission of impacting youth in our community.
Blake grew up in Washington, IA, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Platteville (May 2019) with a Criminal Justice Major and Forensics Minor.
Blake has a passion for working with youth and loves being a part of our mission in serving youth in our community.
Jason was raised in Waverly, IA, where he graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock Senior High School. After high school, Jason attended the University of Northern Iowa and received a degree in Earth Science with a minor in Geology.
While attending college, he began coaching football and continued for many years. During his college years, he also worked in the service industry. After college, he managed a number of Applebee's locations in Iowa and Illinois. After 14 years of management, he redirected his career path to impact youth … at the Dream Center. Jason and his wife Amanda have three children.