Chaaze' P. Roberts,
Chaaze’ P. Roberts, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Adjusting to new environments was a normal part of his life. Growing up, he lived in places such as Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Detroit; New Orleans (where he began high school); and finally Clarendon Hills, Illinois. He is a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School where he participated in band, football, and track. After high school, Roberts attended the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana). By 1989, he had earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Psychology, as well as a Master’s of Art degree in Labor and Industrial Relations emphasizing in Human Resources.
Upon graduation from college, Roberts began a corporate career as a Human Resources Specialist for Amoco Corporation in Chicago. In the summer of 1991, he left Amoco to search for other career and life options. The following year, Roberts worked for various companies using his Human Resources expertise in a consulting capacity. It was during this time period that he decided he was going to travel the world.
In the summer of 1992, Roberts accepted a full-time Human Resources position with Norrell Services Corporation in Chicago with the intent to save money and travel abroad. In addition to his “9 to 5” duties, he was a volunteer at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History working with the Africa exhibit and the Maori Meeting House, and a chaperone for the Evanston YMCA’s sixth grade community parties.
From September 1994 to November 1997, Roberts accomplished his goal of traveling abroad with Logan. The journey took him throughout the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and West Africa including the countries of the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, India, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Mali. In addition he has traveled to Jamaica, Bahamas, and througout more than 15 states in America.
Since his return to the States, Roberts has become a certified physical fitness leader for youth. He has worked as co-director for a recreational summer camp in Evanston where he was in charge of 80 first through eighth grade children. He also served as the West African drumming instructor and artistic director for a leadership summer camp on Chicago’s west side. Roberts was also employed at Evanston Township High School as a tutor/counselor in the Caribbean Academic Program. In addition he was teacher's aid in African studies and a co-instructor of Asian Studies in their evening high school. He is also a K-12 certified substitute teacher. Currently, the primary focus of Robert’s life is serving the community through the work of S.O.U.L. Creations, of which he is General Manager.