Lydiah Nyakundi, Founder


Lydiah Nyakundi established Duchess and Duchess as a way to create community and encourage other mothers as they raise daughters who will be the world changers of tomorrow. Her desire to start the ministry was born out of her personal experiences and the difference that learning and growing as a mother has brought to her relationship with her own daughter.


With Duchess and Duchess, Lydiah desires to connect with other mothers as they continue to learn on the motherhood journey. She is passionate about creating opportunities for girls to receive vital learning and information that will help them grow into capable women able to fulfill their greatest potential.

Lydiah is a recipient of the 2017 Golden Rule International World Peace Ambassadors Award by iChange Nations and appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Golden Rule. She is also a recipient of the 2017 Women Add Value Leadership and Recognition Award and 2017 Dear Awards for best community organizer.


A Christian, originally from Kenya, Lydiah now lives with her husband, Herbert, and three kids in McKinney, Texas. She is a Registered Nurse and a member of Adorned Women of Value, a non-profit organization for women empowerment.

Esmeralda Montiel

Esmeralda has a heart to uplift women who have endured toxic relationships. Her desire is to see the little girl in all of us healed and restored.


She was an active member of The Potters House Mass Choir and had the opportunity to be part of the 2001 recording of “The Storm is Over Now” project. Esmeralda has served in various ministries in her local church such as children’s, youth and praise team. She also traveled with T.D.Jakes Ministries and served in translation during a “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” conference. She is originally from Brownsville Texas and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a single mother of three gorgeous girls and resides in Dallas.

She is a member of The Potters House of North Dallas, an active writer for Adorned Woman of Value Ministries. Esmeralda enjoys reading, writing and singing, spending time with her children and traveling. Her favorite quote is “You are fine china; stop letting people treat you like a paper plate”- Real Talk Kim.  Her favorite scripture is Psalms 139.

Alice Ogbonna

Alice works a loss mitigation specialist at a major American financial institution. She is a member of the United African Presbyterian Church women organization. She also serves as a volunteer for Umoja Group, an African organization through which she has worked with girl’s scout groups across the DFW metroplex.


She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of women and children. When she’s not working or volunteering, Alice enjoys spending time with her family.  


Alice is married with 3 kids and lives in Dallas TX.