Our Founder

   

Syndi Sills, affectionately known as   “Momma Butterfly” was born and raised    in West Palm Beach Florida. She spent  her  childhood and teenage years  modeling  and competing in local, state,  and national pageants, including the  preliminary for Miss America, where she  placed first runner up. The only thing she  loved more than competing in pageants  was her family, especially her late brother  Paul Jr. (P.J.) who had Down syndrome.  Two of her fondest memories were  teaching P.J. to play “Go Fish” and dancing in various competitions with  him.

Technology and computers became her next love in life, which led her to  a career as the Systems Administrator for a St. Louis law firm and the sole IT support for both office locations in Missouri and Illinois.

After being inspired by other pageants for disabilities, Syndi realized that starting an organization for children and adults who are “Differently-abled”, like her brother, to experience various opportunities, would be the best way to honor and remember him. Combining two of her greatest loves in life pageantry and special needs was beyond any of her hopes and dreams. Syndi dedicates all Butterfly Dreams pageants and events to her brother and hero, Paul “P.J.”.

On top of the tech job and executive directing, Syndi is also married to her long time love, Ken Sills. Meeting in Disney World (the happiest place on earth) was nothing but fate for these two. Ken shares Syndi’s love and compassion for those with special needs. Ken is the owner of Ohana Martial Arts, a school for both typically developing and students with varying disabilities of all ages. Sharing this bond made them a perfect match and long before there was ever “Bennifer” or any other cute couple name, they became known to friends and family as “Kendi” (Ken + Syndi).

Syndi is extremely thrilled to offer Butterfly Dreams to the various states and communities. She sends a HUGE THANK YOU to her board of directors, state directors, committees, volunteers, and sponsors. Without each of them, the pageants and all associated events, would not be possible.

To each talented, beautiful girl and handsome guy, Syndi sends lots of hugs. To her beloved P.J., she blows butterfly kisses heavenward, and to her husband, her sweet Baboo, she sends an unlimited amount of love and gratitude for supporting her dreams, helping in all ways with the pageant, but most of all for enduring the moments without her while she orchestrated the evolution of this uplifting organization.