Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing

Staff

Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program

Staff

Program Team

Dr. Gail Christopher

Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Dr. Gail Christopher is an award-winning social change agent known for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Gail is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in integrative health and medicine, social determinants of health, health inequities, and public policy issues of concern to our nation’s future. She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade-long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative, designed and led by Dr. Christopher.
A prolific writer and presenter, Gail is the author or co-author of three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and more than 350 articles, presentations, and publications. Her national print and broadcast media credits include The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas, Times, National Journal, Essence, “Good Morning America,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” National Public Radio, and documentaries on PBS and CBS.
Gail holds a doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and completed advanced study in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in holistic health and clinical nutrition at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities at Union Graduate School of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Carla Gullatt

Deputy Director and Co-Founder, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Carla Gullatt is Deputy Director and co-founder of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. In this role, she oversees the National Collaborative’s budget, staff, and operations, and assists in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Ms. Gullatt is a 20-year veteran of non-profit development and project management. Her experience includes project design and implementation, organizational development, fundraising, events management, and budget development.
Ms. Gullatt received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University at Sacramento in 1986.

Luz B. Delgado

Deputy Director for Programs & Strategy, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Ms. Delgado is a national expert in organizational management, grassroots mobilization, and advocacy for social justice and equity.’ Ms. Delgado worked with Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, as well as in the philanthropic, and non-profit sectors. She worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was a Program Officer for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation and Deputy Director to the Vice for Racial Equity and Healing, Community Engagement & Leadership, Learning & Impact, and the priority places of New Mexico, Mississippi, and New Orleans.
Ms. Delgado holds a Masters in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding University, Santa Barbara; and a BA in Management at Universidad Interamericana, Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Jalisa Whitley

Director of Leadership Programs, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Jalisa Whitley is the Director of Leadership Programs at the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) where she develops leaders and catalyzes cross-sector partnerships to create a more equitable and just society. Recognizing that action, leadership, connection, and collaboration are the basis for driving policy decisions, Jalisa strives to connect people most impacted by social and racial injustices to transform systems and institutions built on the enduring legacy of racism.
Ms. Whitley has been active in the nonprofit sector as a professional, volunteer, and board member for over 10 years. Jalisa is passionate about connecting communities to opportunities to elevate their impact, co-create solutions, and implement sustainable change. The common thread throughout her work is a commitment to uplifting the imagination, possibility, and solutions that already exists in communities made vulnerable by divestment and systemic harm. Jalisa is committed to using her platform to resource, connect, and be in service of change agents working toward our collective liberation.
A native of Geneva, New York, Jalisa earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters of Public Policy in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel (when we’re not in a pandemic), and engaging with music, theater, and the arts.

Willene Hare

Program Associate, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Willene Hare a Program Associate with the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Willene supports the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing as well as some of NCHE’s other leadership programs. Willene was born in Monrovia, Liberia but has spent much of her life in Lexington, KY and the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
Prior to joining NCHE Willene worked at the National Minority AIDS Council, as a Program Evaluation Coordinator and at IQ Solutions as a Team Leader for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations Contact Center.
Willene received her degree in International Comparative Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Health Policy certificate from Duke 2007, Masters of Public Administration from University of the District of Columbia in 2011.

Kayon Montague

Virtual Community Manager

Kayon Montaque is a native of Jamaica, and fully understands the dynamics of being a person of color as well as an immigrant. Kayon is a research and data analyst and has consulted for both local and national organizations. Kayon’s experience working in communities of color informed her work as a member of the Community Foundation of a Greater Memphis, Grants and Initiatives Committee. She continues to support other grassroots initiatives as well as consult for organizations who are seeking to dismantle various systems of oppression. Kayon is a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certified, an Education Pioneer Fellow as well as a Memphis Business Journal “40 under 40”. She is a graduate of Pace University and St. John’s University in New York.

Facilitation Team

Jess Solomon, MSOD

CEO, Art in Praxis

Jess Solomon is an organization development practitioner, facilitator, and cultural steward, helping leaders develop more impactful, creative and equitable organizations to meet this moment. Described by client partners as highly creative, intuitive and collaborative, she uses a Black feminist lens to hold brave space to explore culture and its impact on how we relate in the world. As a facilitator, with over 10-years of experience, she centers experiential learning in the work of strengthening teams and partnerships.
Jess earned an MS in Organization Development from American University and BA’s in Communication Studies and African American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a former National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators Fellow, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow.

Dr. fari nzinga

Dr. fari nzinga is a writer, curator and also the teacher-scholar in residence at the bell hooks center at Berea College in Kentucky. She graduated with a BA from Oberlin College in 2005 and went on to earn both her MA and PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University. nzinga uses object-based learning to engage in conversations about contemporary culture and politics and to hone observation and critical analysis. Her research on Black cultural production, visual and expressive culture, and sexual politics relies on hooks’s analysis of power and forms of domination, hooks’s emphasis on love, care, and the construction of homeplaces are values that animate nzinga’s pedagogy, research, and curation.

Syon Davis

Project Manager

Syon (she/they) is a Black genderfluid operations strategist and facilitator who is deeply invested in the healing and transformation of colonized bodies. They are passionate about working with individuals and organizations to divest from exploitative systems and shift towards more expansive self-definitions and pleasure-centered ways of working. Syon has worked as an HR, events,and operations professional on People Operations teams in tech start-up and nonprofit environments, has collaborated with grassroots organizations, and is SHRM-CP certified from the Society of Human Resources Management. Syon is a multidisciplinary artist, experimenting with whatever medium is calling to her on any given day.

Curriculum Team

Susan Wilcox, EdD

Susan Wilcox collaborates with community, cultural and academic organizations in the United States and the African Diaspora to help them live into their liberation mission using a transdisciplinary, generative process that centers those most affected by injustice. She is a current Fulbright Specialist, a co-director of a Fulbright-Hays Project for educators, and was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana. Susan co-founded Free Minds Free People national conference, Benpaali Young Filmmakers Festival in Accra, and was a former co-executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (creating Sister Sol and its international and professional development programs). She has taught in various schools of education, presented widely at conferences, contributed to numerous publications, and wrote The Hand Book (a collection of photographic, cultural stories about hands). Both an artist and an educator, she draws on this synergy to inform and strengthen her practices. Susan has an EdD from Teachers College, an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BFA from Parsons School of Design.

Kayon Montague

Kayon Montaque is a native of Jamaica, and fully understands the dynamics of being a person of color as well as an immigrant. Kayon is a research and data analyst and has consulted for both local and national organizations. Kayon’s experience working in communities of color informed her work as a member of the Community Foundation of a Greater Memphis, Grants and Initiatives Committee. She continues to support other grassroots initiatives as well as consult for organizations who are seeking to dismantle various systems of oppression. Kayon is a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certified, an Education Pioneer Fellow as well as a Memphis Business Journal “40 under 40”. She is a graduate of Pace University and St. John’s University in New York.

National Advisory Committee

Mike Wenger

Senior Fellow, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of AmericanColleges & Universities

Rob Corcoran

Founder Emeritus, Hope in the Cities; Training Consultant, Trust Building Program, Initiatives of Change International

Terrence McKinley

Director of Racial Justice Mobilizing, Sojourners

Zinelle October

Executive Vice President, American Constitution Society

Tia Brown McNair

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Emil Hill

Senior Vice President/Management Supervisor at Powell Tate Weber Shandwick

Jerry Hawkins

Executive Director, Dallas TRHT

Monica Haslip

Founder and Executive Director, Little Black Pearl

Jose Rico

Director, TRHT Greater Chicago

Clotilde Dedecker

President and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo