About The Author

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Chanda Minor-Brigance


Chanda is a native Houstonian who was born, raised, and educated in Houston, Texas. Chanda pursued her higher education at Texas Southern University, in Houston,Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Business degree with concentration in Management studies. Chanda pursued this degree path to follow her youth to present-day dream of becoming a daycare center entrepreneur.


After graduating from university, Chanda nurtured her years of experiences and dreams of working with young children. This launched a teaching opportunity with the Archdiocese of the Houston Metropolitan area where Chanda embraced educating first graders. While being an educator, Chanda’s greatest accomplishment was witnessing the joy and excitement of her student’s rapid learning.


Chanda has been married to her husband, Orenthial James, for over two decades.

In year 2007, Orenthial was diagnosed with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.


A year later, in 2008, Chanda and her husband co-found the BRIGANCEBRIGADE.ORG foundation.

Chanda is the driving force and inspiration for the “Chanda’s Caregiver Corner”, which is a program within the Brigance Brigade Foundation. This program is designed to recognize and celebrate the special relationship between PALS (people living with ALS) and their CALS (caregivers for people living with ALS).


Since year 2007 to present day, Chanda is the primary caregiver to her husband.


Chanda’s firsthand caregiving experiences helped her gain valuable empathy, passion, and knowledge of caregiving. This insight gave Chanda the vision, inspiration, and encouragement for writing the “CHAN IS A CAREGIVER” children’s book collection.