Fearless Independence began as a startup lifestyle brand in 2017 to promote inclusivity and body confidence for those of all abilities. In 2018, a limited line of Fearless Independence apparel was launched with customers all over the world sharing their passions for inclusive adventure. After receiving overwhelming support for our mission from Florida and New York communities, Fearless Independence incorporated in 2019, with an expanding role of branding opportunities and even more empowerment for those with unique abilities. We welcome you to learn more about each member of our team below!
Delaina Parrish – Co-Founder
Diversity Influencer/Social Media/Branding
Ms. Parrish is a Marketing senior at the University of Florida (Top 8 “publics” program, US News and World Report) with double minors in retail and entrepreneurship. While at UF, she helped redefine the culture of inclusion through personal advocacy and leadership for thousands of students with unique abilities. For that role, she is a much sought-after spokesperson on campus
and within Florida, utilizing high tech augmentation communication. Delaina’s voice engages audiences with topics ranging from transitioning to college, adaptive fashion, life inspiration, and disability inclusion. Ms. Parrish has formed relationships with international brands such as Vera Bradley, Tommy Hilfiger and Zappos Adaptive, and is a brand ambassador for NuMotion Mobility, Tobii Dynavox, and Runway of Dreams, for whom she has modeled Tommy Hilfiger adaptive fashion on the runway of New York. Through these unique experiences and mentorships, Delaina has expanded “Fearless Independence, LLC” into a collaborative branding and entrepreneurial business.
Patricia Parrish (Tricia) – Co-Founder
Marketing & Communications
Ms. Parrish holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida, with 30+ years of experience in the fields of corporate communications, public relations, special event planning, and advertising for numerous entities in the Southeastern United States. An entrepreneur and visionary, Ms. Parrish is also the founder of Eco-Trek, Inc., a non-profit environmental education organization, as well as eSpecially4You, which serves the disability community in Brevard County. She was honored for her life-long volunteerism as a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International, and by Brevard County Commissioners. Ms. Parrish speaks extensively on disability and family dynamics, as well as special needs parenting.
Dr. Ali Parrish, DPT, Co-Founder
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ms. Parrish performs extensive evaluations and treatment at a major Children’s Hospital in Orlando (outpatient), and has a broad range of neuro, cardio, orthopedic, trauma and NICU experience. She is uniquely qualified to serve as an Adaptive Innovator and Consultant for Fearless Independence with her extensive knowledge of the body — its limitations and achievements. In addition, Ali possesses expertise in various durable medical equipment. Parrish brings collaborations with other key disciplines, such as physicians, occupational and speech therapists, and adaptive practitioners. Ms. Parrish received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida as well as her Bachelors of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She was named the 2018 “Outstanding Young Alumna” in Physical Therapy from UF for her ascending career in pediatric physical therapy.