Deena Hayes Greene .png
Deena Hayes-Greene
Co-Founder

View Bio

Deena Hayes-Greene - Co-Founder

Deena A. Hayes-Greene is a racial equity consultant, trainer, and community/institutional organizer whose work focuses on the impacts of race and racism on systems, institutions, organizations and individuals. In her training and consulting she brings examination of the impact of race in systemic outcomes to include the broader environmental and social determinants of well-being and opportunity. She also brings a power analysis that guides institutions and organizations in a change process designed to dismantle racism. Ms. Hayes-Greene is the co-founder and managing director of the Racial Equity Institute LLC, a minority-owned business that brings racial equity training and consultation to communities, organizations and institutions across the United States. She is frequently requested as a speaker and commentator on issues related to structural racism and its impacts. Ms. Hayes-Greene is also a leader in her community of Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been elected repeatedly to the Guilford County Board of Education since 2002 and has served as its chair since 2018. As a school board member her advocacy has challenged the district to investigate the structural causes of the disparate outcomes of African American and other students of color. She has chaired the Achievement Gap Committee, the Historically Underutilized Business Advisory (HUB) Committee and the School Safety/Gang Education Committee. As chair of the HUB Advisory Committee, she has illuminated the disparities in school construction and goods and services data and initiated efforts to examine institutional practices and systemic barriers. Ms. Hayes-Greene is also the chair of the board of directors for the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and a judge for the Roddenbury Foundation. She is a member of the NC State DMC-RED Subcommittee (Disproportionate Minority Contact – Racial and Ethnic Disparities), Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance, and the Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood Association. She has also served on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Greensboro and the Guilford Gang Commission. Ms. Hayes-Greene has received numerous awards and citations for her leadership.

ABSuzannePlihcikhead_02-03.jpg
Suzanne Plihcik
Co-Founder

View Bio

Suzanne Plihcik - Co-Founder

Suzanne Plihcik is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. She is also REI’s co-founder and Associate Director. She works locally and across the nation to assist communities and organizations working to strengthen grassroot and institutional relationships through an increased understanding of systemic racism. In Greensboro, she and her colleagues organize to address social justice issues. Suzanne has a long history as an anti-racism trainer, having worked with Dismantling Racism and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She was executive director of the National Alliance for Non-Violent Programming, a coalition of national organizations seeking to reduce violence in entertainment through media-literacy. Her community experience includes extensive work organizing for changes in public schools and city government, as well as service on the Commission on the Needs of Children. She is a founding member of the Greensboro Public School Fund, rewarding innovation in teaching and Dance on Tour, a professional dance experience for children. She has served on the national boards of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations and the Association of Junior Leagues International, where she served as President. Locally, she has served as a member of many boards of directors, including the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Greensboro Children’s Museum, the Greensboro Community Initiative, the YWCA, the Greensboro Civic Entrepreneur Initiative, and Uplift Inc. Suzanne is the recipient of the Kathleen Price Bryan Award for community service, the YWCA Women of Color Committee Community Service Award, and was the Greensboro Woman of the Year in 1994. She is the co-recipient of the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for race relations and received the Mary Harriman Award for Community Leadership from Association of Junior Leagues International.

Amy Burtaine headshot.png
Amy Burtaine
View Bio

Amy Burtaine

Amy Burtaine is a trainer and organizer with over 20 years of experience leading training, workshops and facilitated dialogues on equity, inclusion and social justice. She works with trainers, organizers and community and institutional leaders across the U.S. to educate, activate, and promote organizational change. As a white person in racial equity work, Amy is committed to exploring whiteness and the ways that racial divisions have kept whites from organizing for racial justice and engaging in the work of collective liberation. Amy is trained in the work of the Theatre of the Oppressed and uses interactive engagement techniques when facilitating with groups. In addition to training with the Racial Equity Institute, Amy has an equity consulting practice in the Pacific Northwest.

bio_626_picture_dpgCK_01.png
Barbara Cheives
View Bio

Barbara Cheives

Barbara Cheives is an organizer and a trainer in training with the Racial Equity Institute. She also serves as CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting with a training niche in Cultural Competency, Implicit Bias, Respectful Communication in the Workplace and Workplace Bullying and Harassment. Prior to that, she was the first Executive Director of Toward a More Perfect Union – an organization committed to creating equity among the myriad races and ethnicities that make up Palm Beach County. Barbara has led community dialogue projects with marginalized communities for the YWCA, Children’s Home Society, Community Partners of Palm Beach County and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Barbara is a trained mediator, a certified ethics trainer, a national trainer for NeighborWorks America and a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy in Hartford, CN. Barbara’s community appointments include Past Chair of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and is current Co-Chair of their Police & Community Engagement Task Force. She was appointed as a Commissioner to the statewide 2007 Blueprint Commission for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She served as co-chair of West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel’s Diversity Advisory Council (2003 – 2006) and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio’s Transition Team (2011), where she chaired Neighborhood Improvement and Community Outreach. She serves on the National Board of the Institute of Community Peace in Washington, DC. and on the board of The Lord’s Place in Palm Beach County, an agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness. She is a member and Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter and the Co-Chair of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry. Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County (2002).

Bay-Headshot_02.jpg
 
Bay Love
View Bio

Bay Love

Bayard “Bay” Love is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. He is based in Portland, Maine and focuses much of his REI work in his home region of New England. He holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University. Professionally, Bay is a management consultant whose work is dedicated to ending structural racism by building successful campaigns, strong organizations, and empowered leaders. Bay has worked with diverse clients, including large private sector law firms, city and state level legal advocacy organizations, grassroots community organizations, universities, and others. Bay’s consulting work is primarily concerned with helping leaders leverage their institutional resources, analyze modern-day inequity, and hone their strategy to maximize impact against entrenched structures of power. He has a secondary focus on “internal work” and works with leaders and communities to develop capacity for bearing witness and the personal transformation necessary for sustainable change.


 
Blaise-Amendolce.headshot_01.png
Dr. Blaise Amendolace
View Bio

Dr. Blaise Amendolace

Dr. Blaise Amendolace is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist, and is currently the Associate Director / Clinical Director at Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling & Psychological Services. Blaise’s passion is connecting with others on a deeper, more meaningful level, and using that connection to foster desired change in one’s life. His areas of specialty include trauma/abuse survivors, therapeutic personality assessment, relationship difficulties, and group counseling. In addition, Blaise currently provides trainings to local youth sports organizations on child abuse prevention. As a counselor and educator, Blaise strives to integrate social justice and equity issues into his work to aid individuals in becoming more compassionate and supportive of one another. Blaise has devoted much of his life to working with marginalized populations. During his time as an undergraduate student at Florida State University, he worked at Capital City Youth Services’s Someplace Else shelter program which provided short-term housing and guidance for at-risk youth. Blaise then joined Dr. John C. Brigham's research lab, and completed an undergraduate thesis exploring the Own-Race Bias. As a graduate student at Florida Institute of Technology, Blaise worked for three years at The Family Learning Program, one of 14 state funded sexual abuse treatment programs in Florida. As both a student, and now faculty advisor, Blaise has attended several Alternative Spring Break volunteer mission trips, focusing on issues such as homelessness, poverty, food insecurities, and veteran’s services. Blaise is excited to be a member of the REI team and looks forward to continued learning and growth in the area of racial equity and social justice issues.

CatherineNetter-headshot_02.jpg
Catherine Netter
View Bio

Catherine Netter

Catherine Netter is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. She is also an Adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor at Randolph Community College, a Substitute Teacher with Guilford County Schools, and a General Instructor specializing in Criminal Justice certified by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training & Standards Division. She has over twenty years of law enforcement experience as an Adult Probation & Parole Officer in Mecklenburg County and in Guilford County at the Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Sergeant, Background Investigator & Recruiter, and the Executive Administrative Director. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MS in Adult Education from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Her passion is developing political and social strategies aimed at improving public safety and reducing recidivism. In 2009, she founded and directed LEMM (Law Enforcement Male Mentors), a community organization matching law enforcement officers with school children to offer mentorship activities in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont.

Craig-Pete-Davis-headshot.jpeg_02.jpg
Capt. Craig “Pete” Davis
View Bio

Craig “Pete” Davis

Craig S. “Pete” Davis is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. He attended his first REI workshop in 2012. Pete joined REI in 2015, after a 26-year career with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). He retired from the CMPD in 2014, at the rank of captain. Pete represented the CMPD on the Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) leadership team. RMJJ is a collaborative leadership group that endeavors to address disproportionality and disparities in the Juvenile Justice System. Pete obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pfeiffer University, and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Theological Studies from Liberty University.

DominickHandheadshot_02.jpg
Dominick Hand
View Bio

Dominick Hand

Dominick is an entrepreneur, educator, and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute (REI). Dominick served as a former Administrative Support Assistant for the Middle College at UNCG where he taught college courses and assisted other teachers with curriculum instruction. Additionally, Dominick has served as a youth representative for Melanin L.L.C, an organization in Genesis Baptist Church that hosts summer camps, mentorship programs, and other community reach organizations that service youth living in low income neighborhoods. Dominick’s passionate for assisting marginalized youth encouraged him to start a program called “Brotherhood Breakfast;” which gathers young black men together to share and navigate challenges they face in a race-conscious society. Dominick attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Education and African American Africa Diaspora Studies. He also received a Master’s Degree in Sociology with a focus in race, criminal law, media, and entrepreneurship at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During the plight of his academic journey, Dominick was exposed to the anti-racist work of REI in 2015 and joined REI in 2018 with a commitment to raise awareness toward the impact of systematic discriminiation and racial equity.

DeborahStroman.headshot.jpeg_02.jpg
 
Dr. Deborah Stroman
View Bio

Dr. Deborah Stroman

Dr. Deborah Stroman is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. Serving on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2007, she has taught, mentored, and counseled thousands of undergraduates and graduate students. Her background and doctoral studies are in Leadership/Organizational Behavior and its application in the sport business industry and racial equity education. She was introduced to the REI Phase 1 workshop in January 2013 and immediately began a racial analysis journey through the exploration of racism, labor, and religion. In addition to her advocacy work as a faculty member, Deborah is a chairperson emeritus of the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus at the university where she was instrumental in creating awareness, understanding, and organizing strategies to address inequities across campus and beyond. She is the co-designer and instructor for the Gillings School of Global Public Health graduate course, “Leading for Racial Equity: Examining Structural Issues of Race and Class.” Deborah has also fostered the implementation of the REI curriculum across various academic departments, schools, and units and is a guest lecturer on issues of race and racism at UNC and other colleges and organizations across the country. A recipient of numerous awards for community service and engagement, Deborah is a member of the NAACP, the board of directors for NC Correctional Education and NBA Math Hoops, and the chairperson of the Orange County (NC) Human Relations Commission.


 
GWC-Headshot.jpg
George Clopton
View Bio

George Clopton

George Clopton is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. He is also the founder and CEO of Clopton & Associates LLC and has spent 40 plus years in industry using leadership and interpersonal skills to blend competing interests, while gaining the support of diverse groups. Throughout his business career with companies including Nike and Johnson & Johnson, George continually progressed in leadership positions. He retired recently from Ralph Lauren Inc. as the Corporate Vice President of Distribution and Supply Chain Operations. George is also active as a leader in the community. He served on The Board of Visitors for North Carolina A&T and High Point University, and is a Past Chair and Board Member for the International Civil Right Center and Museum. George was the 2012 Chairman of the High Point Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the 2013 Change Agent Award by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the High Point Chamber of Commerce. He also received the 2015 McDonald's Rhythms of Triumph Unsung Hero Award. George is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

Jamall Kinard.jpg
Jamall Kinard
View Bio

Jamall Kinard

Jamall Kinard is a community organizer/consultant in Charlotte, NC, and a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. He attended his first REI workshop in 2016, where his life was changed forever! After 10 years of service as an Educator and Coach in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Kinard eagerly joined REI in August of 2019. As a community organizer/consultant, he devotes much of his time as the Executive Director of the Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance (LNA), where he is leading the charge on revitalization efforts in his community by focusing on family stability and civic awareness. His ultimate goal is to create a “community organizing” blueprint of principles for all communities, organizations, and institutions to follow, creating an environment where strong families are cultivated and racism is dismantled. Kinard obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science from Gardner-Webb University, Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University, and Nonprofit Business Management Certifications from both Wake Forest University and Duke University.

Jean-Willoughby-Photo---Bio_02.jpg
Jean Willoughby
View Bio

Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. Drawing on a decade of interdisciplinary experience in public health, food systems, economic development, and farmland conservation, Jean joined the team in early 2018. She currently serves as a Director at Agrarian Trust, a national land trust that supports land access for the next generation of farmers and develops models for community-owned land using innovative partnerships and legal tools. Jean has expertise in research, strategic planning, and institutional organizing gained from developing and managing programs. She is dedicated to racial equity training, analysis, and strategies as tools to transform organizational cultures and systems. Her articles and essays have been published in YES! Magazine, Food Tank, The New Farmer’s Almanac, and MAKE: Magazine. Jean grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and Los Angeles, California and has lived in North Carolina since 2011. She earned a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University.

KirstenColemaheadshot_02.jpg
Kirsten Coleman
View Bio

Kirsten Coleman

Kirsten Coleman is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. REI Kirsten joined REI in 2017 during the last year of her undergrad studies in Sociology and the African Diaspora at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her career in understanding institutionalized racism branches back a decade, attending her first REI training as a participant at the age of 13. Kirsten’s work includes developing antiracist analysis, strategy and network among young people, as well as studying the psychological impacts of racism. Most recently she has begun to organize with the Marian Cheek Jackson Center- a community collaborative organization with a focus on preserving historically black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill and working against encroaching gentrification. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

Jennifer-Schaal.headshot_02.jpg
Dr. Jennifer Schaal
View Bio

Jennifer Schaal

Jennifer Schaal, M.D. is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. She retired in 2006 from practicing gynecology at Greensboro Women’s Healthcare in Greensboro, N.C. While in practice, Dr. Schaal was a clinical investigator for several national studies, was on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative, and was an active participant in multiple hospital and community-based committees. Dr. Schaal is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), a community-based participatory research (CBPR) group based on anti-racism principles that was organized in 2002. She is a member of the board of directors for The Partnership Project, an anti-racism organization and partner of the GHDC. As a medical-community member of the GHDC, she has actively participated in multiple research projects in various capacities, including the NCI-funded CCARES (Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study) and Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE), the “Respectful Prescribing” study, a pilot study for the Community Translational Science Award Grant Application by the UNC Center for Community and Clinical Research. She was an active participant in the development and implementation of the GHDC’s Health Equity Training. With academic and community partners she has served on multiple advisory boards, delivered keynote addresses and scientific presentations and co-authored peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an active member of the Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance and has been a trainer for the Racial Equity Institute since the fall of 2016.

 

 
Lizzie-Biddle-headshot_02.jpg
Lizzie Biddle
View Bio

Lizzie Biddle

Lizzie joined the Racial Equity Institute team as an organizer and trainer in August of 2018. She attended her first racial equity workshop in 2005, as a student at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, dramatically altering the way she viewed issues of poverty, racism, and equity. Since 2012, Lizzie has been involved in local organizing in Greensboro, as a member of both the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), a community-based participatory research (CBPR) group based on antiracism principles and the Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance, an anti-racist, information-sharing, collaborative, discussion-and-action group. For close to ten years, Lizzie has worked extensively with immigrants and refugees in Guilford County at UNC Greensboro’s Center for New North Carolinians. She is passionate about applying a racial analysis to the U.S. immigration system including the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. Lizzie has traveled abroad extensively and is an active member of the General Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest based in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies from Guilford College, and a Master of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

MatthewBell-headshot_01.jpg
Matt Bell
View Bio

Matt Bell

Matt Bell is an organizer and trainer with REI. He is a resident of Greensboro, NC and began attending and coordinating racial equity trainings as a middle school student. Over the past few years he has worked with other younger anti-racist advocates to raise awareness of the role of young people in a movement for systems transformation and social justice. His experience working and volunteering locally gave Matthew experience in challenging young adults to examine how racism impacts their lives, personally and systemically. Matt joined REI in 2012 as a trainer and is helping to coordinate youth organizing efforts that can empower young adults to create lasting change through racial equity and collective redress. He is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and attended the Young Adult Leadership Training through the Children’s Defense Fund and Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) with Center for Third World Organizing.

MeganHayesBell_02.png
Megan Hayes-Bell
View Bio

Megan Hayes-Bell

Megan Hayes-Bell is an organizer and logistics manager with the Racial Equity Institute. Trained as a health equity researcher, she has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina, and Community Connections, a nonprofit mental health agency in DC. She currently resides in Washington, DC where she also works as a mental health clinician and wellness expert, focusing on racial and social justice. Megan brings over 10 years of experience working with youth, young adults and community leaders around racial justice issues. She served as one of the youngest members on the NC Governor’s Crime Commission on Disproportionate Minority Contact, which examines the impact of race and juvenile contact with the criminal justice system. Megan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in African & African-American studies and biomedical sciences. She is now enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and will soon complete her joint MS/MD program in integrative health. Her commitment and work to bring about meaningful change in health and justice extends beyond the United States. For over five years, Megan has been involved with the Cuban solidarity movement as a member of the Venceremos Brigade. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she served as the local Social Action chair for her chapter and is a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Monica-Walker_01-02.png
Monica F. Walker
View Bio

Monica F. Walker

Monica F. Walker is a veteran organizer, artist, trainer, speaker and social activist who has spent the better part of her career addressing issues of race, equity, and inclusion while organizing for social justice on every front. She currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she recently retired from her position of Executive Director of the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Guilford County Schools. She led the district’s efforts to eliminate racially disparate outcomes and all other forms of bias and discrimination for Guilford County Schools, which is the third largest school district in the state of North Carolina and serves approximately 72,000 students and families. In this capacity, she led a small staff of equity directors, specialists and coaches who provided professional development and equity coaching to the district's 11,000 employees. Monica is a highly regarded trainer who leads and facilitates Racial Equity and Undoing Racism trainings across the United States. Retirement now allows Monica to fully invest in the work of racial justice. She is particularly interested in helping to support systems and institutions to interrogate the root causes of racial inequity and seek effective means for addressing and eliminating systemic and institutionalized racism. She is actively involved as an organizer in her community and serves on several boards, advisories and organizational committees.

RaúlQuiñonesRosadoHeadshot.jpeg_01.jpg
Dr. Raúl Quiñones-Rosado
View Bio

Dr. Raúl Quiñones-Rosado

Dr. Raúl Quiñones-Rosado is an organizer and trainer with REI. He is a social justice educator, racial equity organizer and trainer, and integral change consultant. A social psychologist, he is author of Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation. Raúl is founder of c-Integral through which he teaches the consciousness-in-action approach. He established the Institute for Latino Empowerment (ILE) in Northampton, MA, and was a founding member of Ilé: Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action in Puerto Rico. He has developed and conducted numerous Latino empowerment, leadership development and organizational transformation efforts with low-income community members, college students and educators, government workers and administrators, as well as in corporate settings. For close to twenty-five years, Raúl has designed and organized anti-oppression strategies, and provided Latino leadership development opportunities in the US and in Puerto Rico. During this time, he has been part of a large network of anti-oppression educators and organizers in struggles against racism, sexism, colonialism, militarism and other forms of oppression. As someone deeply committed to social justice, racial equity and cultural transformation, Raúl is also a part of liberation spirituality, transpersonal psychology and integral development movements, seeking to create greater awareness and effective praxis that integrates self-development and contemplative practice with social, economic, political and cultural transformation. Raúl is currently working to organize Latinos and people working within Latino communities around the country through leading REI workshops including Latino Challenges in Racial Equity workshops.

 

 
Reiney_Lin_Headshot_02.jpg
Reiney Lin
View Bio

Reiney Lin

Reiney Lin is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. Based in Los Angeles, California, she works with all types of organizations to deepen a collective understanding of historical and institutional racism to achieve equity and justice in our systems through training, analysis, and strategy. Reiney joined REI in early 2016 during her graduate studies in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the state of Florida. She also brings institutional organizing experience in higher education gained during her role as the Assistant Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education at Elon University. Reiney currently trains with REI across the nation, develops Asian American specific content, and serves as an organizer for the Los Angeles area, California, and the West Coast.

Rob-Stephens.Headshot_02.jpg
Rev. Rob Stephens
View Bio

Rob Stephens

The Rev. Rob Stephens is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He is the National Political Director for Repairers of the Breach and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington June 20, 2020 for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He is the former Minister for Congregational Life at Middle Collegiate Church, a multicultural, multiracial, progressive church in New York City's Lower East Side. He continues to serve Middle Church as Consulting Minister for Organizing with a focus on national justice campaigns. Rob joined the pastoral team at Middle in the spring of 2016 after graduating from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Masters of Divinity. Before coming to New York City for seminary, Rob served for three years as a Field Secretary for the North Carolina NAACP under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and was one of the organizers of North Carolina’s Forward Together-Moral Monday Movement. Rob serves on the Advisory Board for the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History in Chapel Hill, NC, an organization he helped co-found in 2008 that focuses on combating gentrification through oral history, community organizing and housing justice.

StephanieBaker_01-02.jpg
Dr. Stephanie Baker
View Bio

Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Studies at Elon University where she has been a faculty member since 2015. She is the Coordinator for Public Health Practicum and Internship Director for Elon University for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. Stephanie is a scholar activist and her work utilizes a racial equity and anti-racism lens, combined with Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches, to understand and address racial health inequities. Her recent work, in collaboration with community partners, has focused on maternal and child health outcomes for black women, racial inequities in cancer care, and community-academic partnership development and capacity building to address health inequities. Stephanie completed her PhD in the Health Behavior Department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in physical therapy both from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an active member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, a partnership made up of community members, academic researchers, and medical professionals, that was established based on the principles of antiracism and CBPR. She works with SpiritHouse Inc. in Durham, NC to address community healing and wellbeing, transformative justice, and the effects of mass incarceration on communities. She is also a founding member of a developing health equity collaborative in Alamance County and is a Resource Trainer with the Racial Equity Institute.

Terrence-Young-headhsot_02.jpg
Dr. Terrence Young
View Bio

Dr. Terrence Young

Dr. Terrence Young is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. His career has been devoted to education, especially to reducing racial gaps that exist between students of color and their white peers. Originally from Jamaica Queens, NY, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the City College of New York. He completed doctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the area of Educational Leadership. Since that time he has served in multiple administrative positions including principal and associate superintendent in North Carolina Schools. Most recently he was the Chief Information Officer for the Guilford County Schools and also the Co-Interim Superintendent during a nationwide search for a new superintendent. As Chief Information Officer, he elevated the use of data to inform decision-making processes, removing the subjectivity that is prone to implicit bias, and structural racism observed in school climate, discipline disproportionality and the achievement gap.

Tom-Spaulding.jpeg
Thomas Spaulding
View Bio

Thomas Spaulding

Thomas Spaulding is an REI apprentice trainer. Thomas is inspired by farms as dynamic places for social, cultural, ecological, and economic renewal, and the potential for regenerative and biodynamic agriculture to heal our bodies, our communities and the land. In 2018, Thomas founded Holy Cow! Advisors to assist farmers and communities to advance regenerative agriculture, address systemic racism, and reverse global warming. In 2019, Thomas is a co-facilitator of the 3-day thematic session Culture Shift 2050: Latinx Farm-workers to Farm-owners as well as Biodynamics and Drawdown: Reversing Global Warming at the national Biodynamic farming conference. Among other projects, Thomas is facilitating a farm succession project that aims to transfer a successful Midwestern organic farm from an aging white farmer to a team of mostly younger Latinx farmers. Since 2013, Thomas is president of Angelic Organics Association (AOA), an Illinois community land trust that protects land in perpetuity for organic-biodynamic agriculture, farming education, and land regeneration. From 1998 to 2018, Thomas served as the founding executive director of Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC), an organization dedicated to organizing urban and rural people -– across race, class and gender -- to build local sustainable food and farm systems. AOLC’s organizing is built on 4 interdependent pillars: equity, economy, ecology, and expression. AOLC built alliances across racial, rural and urban, and class lines to transform the local food system in the greater Chicago area. As an operating principle, AOLC partnered with organizations led by POC and co-founded multiple initiatives that addressed food and racial inequities, including launch of a youth-led organic chili pepper business for the Latinx Pilsen neighborhood (Chicago), launch of a resident-led organic farm business inside the Rockford Housing Authority, and creation of a farm incubator led by POC farmers in Englewood (Chicago). Raised in California, Illinois, New York, and North Carolina, Thomas is married with Venezuelan eco-theologian Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo (www.greenfaith.org) and they reside in Tampa, Florida.

 

 
WandaHunterheadshot-(1)_03.png
 
Wanda Hunter
View Bio

Wanda Hunter

Wanda Hunter is a trainer and the lead organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. Her 30-year career at the University of North Carolina (Department of Social Medicine) was in public health research with a focus on vulnerable families, racial disparities in health and community-based participatory research. She has presented at multiple scientific meetings in the United States and around the world, including an expert panel for the World Wealth Organization in Geneva. She has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed research articles. Wanda retired as the Deputy Director for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2010. Since that time she has organized with the Racial Equity Institute. In her community of Chapel Hill, NC she was a founder of the Organizing Against Racism network that has expanded across the state sponsoring more than 50 racial equity workshops per year. She also helped found and continues to lead the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools. The Campaign published a report in 2015, Excellence With Equity: The Schools Our Children Deserve. She is also a co-chair for her local NAACP Education Committee. She was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2010 for service to the State of North Carolina and received the NAACP President's Award for Community Service in 2013.