Our wonderful community care team is made up of generous volunteers offering 1-1 care as well as sharing some of their expertise in facilitating many of our INTERACTIVE WEBINARS and PRACTICE GROUPS. We are so grateful for everyone who is offering their time to the community to support all of our healing and wellness in this moment.
If you are interested in volunteering as part of the community care team please fill out the VOLUNTEER FORM HERE and we will be back to you within a 24-48 hours. While many of our volunteers have background in the healing care fields we are a peer support network of care, meant to bridge the needs of people to connect and have a listening ear, and as such we invite volunteers with any background in peer-to-peer support as well as those with background in the healing fields.
Learn more about our amazing community care team below.
*TRACC CORE TEAM MEMBERS are folks heling with the COVID-19 COMMUNITY CARE NETWORK but are also a CORE TEAM MEMBER for the larger TRACC programming and training project.*
TRACC4MOVEMENT CO-FOUNDER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
Teresa is a graduate of NYU's School of Clinical Social Work where she graduated in 2007. She spent nearly 10 years working with combat veterans and survivors of military sexual trauma at the Vet Centers, a branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work there informed her knowledge and practice modalities for treating and healing trauma. Her work with combat and war trauma has extensively informed her understanding and response methodology for movement trauma - as she has seen a parallel between the symptoms and manifestation of both kinds of trauma and trauma response.
Teresa's work with trauma and crisis response for movements has included education and trainings for activists, healing care providers and spiritual care providers. She provided trauma response care at Standing Rock and in Charlottesville, VA following August 8th. She has also provided consultation and support for a variety of other movement, action and protest-oriented healing care response.
You can learn more about Teresa and her work at www.teresamateus.com.
CORE TRACC TEAM MEMBER:
Alissa is psychotherapist and yoga teacher who specializes in working with trauma survivors. Currently, Alissa works at the Howard Brown Health Counseling Center in Chicago and at Womencare Counseling Center in Evanston. She enjoys integrating art, literature, movement, and writing into her clinical work as a means of building relationships and exploring how life transitions and challenges lead us all towards rich, complex life journeys. Her clinical interests include working with people from diverse and marginalized communities and understands that identifying as a trauma survivor leads to additional marginalization in society. She believes that each person's path towards healing and wellness is unique and is prepared to offer a variety of interventions. She teaches trauma-sensitive yoga as well as contemplative practice to both her clients and to other clinicians. Alissa is most proud of bringing a multi-cultural, anti-racist perspective into the western-dominated fields of education, social work, and healthcare.
TRACC CORE TEAM MEMBER:
Alexis Francisco received a Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is engaged in community organizing that aims to improve the material conditions of Bronxites and shift the dynamics of power and oppression in New York City. Alexis has a variety of experience in organizing and grassroots community work in a variety of areas including alternative to incarceration programs, equitable economic and community development, health justice and police accountability.
Jean has a doctorate in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, a BA in Psychology from Smith College, and an MBA from Columbia University. She is a Buddhist, a writer, a mother, a human. In my 25 years in educational leadership and administration, she's conducted reflective supervision for education professionals as well as support and advocacy for children, teachers, and parents.
TRACC CORE TEAM MEMBER:
Rosey Puloka is a dance/movement therapist, counselor, and restorative yoga teacher currently working at Howard Brown Health in Chicago. She specializes in working with trauma from a relational and embodied place.
Rosey weaves breath, movement, music, literature, art, and spirit into her therapeutic work with young people and adults. Rosey is a queer, cis, biracial daughter, sister, and auntie. She loves orcas, comfy blankets, and humor.
TRACC CORE TEAM MEMBER:
Vahisha Hasan is a faith-rooted organizer working at the intersections of faith, social justice, and mental health. She is the Executive Director of Movement in Faith, facilitator, social justice trainer, minister, and writer with a deeply prophetic voice and imagination for how faith communities can be an active part of healing and collective liberation.
She is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Applied Psychology at MCUTS.
Vahisha holds a dual Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Mental Health Counseling with an Education Specialist Certification from Gardner-Webb University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Interpersonal Organization from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as an associate minister at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, under Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart, Senior Pastor, where she was licensed and ordained June 23, 2019.
She has offered emotional support in times of social justice responses in Asheville NC, Charlotte NC, Charlottesville VA, Ferguson MO, New Market TN, and St. Louis MO. In addition to penning book reviews, journal articles, and online publications, she has published three editions of Resipiscence: A Lenten Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy, 2018-2020.
Qiddist is a holistic health educator, full-cycle doula, community herbalist and facilitator of racial justice and liberation work. She believes deeply that it is our destiny to liberate and be liberated, and she pursues this through her work of sharing physical, emotional and spiritual healing practices with her Beloved communities, particularly to QTPOC. She believes that we all have the capacity to become our own healers, and is passionate about working in relationship with community to create rituals that elevate our collective healing.
Laura is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has a Masters Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Bachelors of Science from University of Central Oklahoma. She has 5 units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). Her wife and her have been legally married for 4.5 years. They exchanged vows 14.5 years ago and have been together for 16 years. They have an adopted son who is 26 and a tattoo artist, who works on Laura. They adopted him on his 16th birthday. They have 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a whole slew of nieces and nephews, 2 of who she cares for during the week while her sister works.
Monica Tzeng is currently at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in the Masters of Divinity Program with an emphasis in pastoral counseling. Outside of that, she has been part of the North Park Seminary program as a spiritual director and believes liberation through the form of engaging with God is necessary for community. Monica believes knowing the Universe/God is a time to be actively present in your joy, your grief, and life encounters. Monica uses those experiences to allow leaders and community to be heard and discern God. On the side, she is passionate in doing the work of anti-blackness through the lens of her Taiwanese ancestral roots and affirming queer, powerful, POC communities through alternative holistic practices or grounding coaching skills.
Katie Zimmerman is a table setter who specializes in creative problem solving, bridge building and facilitation of transformational experiences.
With a foundation in and regular practice of contemplative prayer and 12 Step Recovery, she is honored to walk with others in spiritual formation and/or recovery.
My name is Rachael (she, her, hers) and I am here to am here to support the individual and collective healing and justice processes that birth something new with infinite possibilities and full of hope; something that embodies love and innate connection to self, body, intuition and relationship. I am also a mother and my journey and process of mothering inspired my own personal healing journey and motivates my engagement in building toward a better world.
We are birthing a culture where we are firm and clear in our inherent “enoughness” that has evolved beyond the structures that constantly lie about what we lack and how we are flawed.
We are birthing an ability to recognize how our past socialization impacts us and to be keenly aware of the need to attend to those deep wounds of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, fatphobia and any other systems and ways of being that don’t honor everyone’s full and beautiful humanity. I am clear and committed in this work and trust this process, under the right conditions, to unfold toward healing, wholeness and transformation.
I support this transformation using a body-based, mindfulness-centered method I am trained and certified in, called Hakomi. For more: https://www.amidwifeforcollectiveliberation.com/whoiam
Lynette Davis is an author, writer, and content curator. Her works meet at the intersections of healing, mental health, contemplative spirituality, and the expressive arts. She is a mental health advocate and peer support specialist trained by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and in Mental Health First Aid. Lynette currently runs a small, home-based business, leads a local NJ NPO, and has written the Amazon top-selling book, “Success To Die For: Breaking Down Assumptions About Anxiety, Depression, & Suicide and Their Impact on Business Women”.
I am a body centered psychotherapist in private practice for 30 years. A former teacher of the Hakomi Method which uses mindfulness and body awareness to study, accept, and shift our automatic and limiting reactions.
I have specula training in working with trauma and anxiety, and draw upon
the methods offered by Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy,
the somatic exercises of Julie Henderson,
the experiential anatomy of Susan Aposhyan, the trauma resolution of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy,
and meditation and compassion practices of the wisdom traditions.
I teach a workshop called The Embodied Therapist which helps professionals learn simple and easy techniques to help ourselves and our clients find ease and comfort in their own bodies - how to practice well being no matter what the external circumstances are in the moment. This can easily be adapted for other groups.
Preeta Banerjee, Ph D is a spiritual companion who draws on a broad and deep range of experience, having spent 20 years in academia, coaching and consulting as an advocate, educator, researcher and author.
She is a strong voice for combining spirituality, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and social change. Her daily practice comes from yoga, Let Your Yoga Dance, meditation, as well as being an Ayurveda and a blackbelt Tae Kwon Do practitioner.
Co-founder and partner at Whiteleaf Advisors LLC, she previously led a team at Deloitte and was a business school professor at Brandeis and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has a Ph D in Strategic Management from the Wharton School and BS in Computational Biology and Business from Carnegie Mellon.
Diana Quinn Inlak’ech, ND (she/her/hers) is a queer xicana and a licensed naturopathic doctor with a specialty in integrative mental health and mind/body medicine. She is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon and has been in practice since 2005. In her consultative practice, Diana compassionately holds a space of empowerment and offers a wide range of modalities including decolonized/traditional healing and the use of ceremony and ritual, somatic bodywork, mind/body techniques, and nature-based therapy.
Her lineages of training include generative somatics, Craniosacral Therapy, Somatoemotional Release, Reiki, End of Life doula and hospice care. Her practice is trauma-informed with an anti-oppression, healing justice lens.
She holds brave space for those who have been marginalized by the medical industrial complex including the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, trauma survivors, differently abled folks, and people of size (as a HAES advocate). She is a core collaborator with HealingbyChoice!, a community of women of color healing practitioners who offer a range of healing modalities for self-care and the reduction of racial harm in mind, body, spirit, and institution.
Elandria Williams is the Executive Director at PeoplesHub. Elandria also provides development support to cooperatives, mostly in the Southern United States, and is a co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, a project that is gathering some of the most promising and contagious stories, solutions, strategies and big questions for building a more just, democratic, and resilient world. Beautiful Solutions has a web platform, trainings and a book soon to be released.
For the last eleven years Elandria worked at the Highlander Research and Education Center, first as the youth/intergenerational programs director and then helping co-coordinate Economics and Governance programs such as the Mapping Our Futures Curriculum and the Southern Grassroots Economies Project. They served on the board of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund (SRLF), the Democracy at Work Institute, the US Solidarity Economy Network, Appalachian Studies Association and the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table,. They are one of the Co-Moderators of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Yoojin Lee has been a trainer and companion for spiritual, mental, and emotional health for 15 years. As a POC, immigrant woman who loves community organizing, she delights in supporting the well-being of organizers and marginalized community members.
She has actively practiced Nonviolent Communication (NVC, aka "compassionate communication"), a modality that supports compassionate connection with self and others for 15 years. She also maintains an active spiritual practice centered on following the revolutionary, loving ways of Jesus.
A Licensed Certified Social Worker, Tara Deviki Venkatraman is a youth worker, organizer, political educator and therapist in Boston. Tara has worked in grassroots youth organizations focused on young people of color in the Boston area for the past decade; particularly at The City School, where she partnered with youth leaders and colleagues to support liberatory popular education, loving political home and radical grassroots organizing.
Tara is also committed to building out mental health and transformative justice practices within communities of color and organizing spaces. Currently, Tara works as a therapist with The Leggett Group in Boston, as well as doing leadership development with students through the Phillips Brooks House Association. As a counselor, Tara draws upon Liberation Health, relational and psychodynamic approaches. Committed to bringing in a racial and gender justice and Left analysis to support work, Tara’s style is also grounded in warmth, humor and support.
After being introduced to community organizing as a teenager, Yani (she/they) has committed her life to community-led social change. Through her work, she explores how might different communities work together to build power, particularly among folks of color and LGBTQ+ communities. Yani currently works Resist, a foundation that supports people's movements for justice and liberation.
As part of their commitment to building power, Yani is able to offer in-person and digital spiritual direction/accompaniment and short (1-3 card) tarot readings. Spiritual Direction is the process of contemplative listening carried out in the context of a one-to-one trusting and confidential relationship.
A trained spiritual director journeys with another person, listening to that person’s life story with an ear for the movement of the spirit or sacred, offering supportive responses as appropriate and encouraging reflection about new paths of growth.
In the day-to-day, Yani loves finding innovative ways to use a slow cooker, chanting on the beach at sunrise, and searching for the latest and greatest in sneaker fashion trends.
Karma's gift as a channel of ancestral spirits has informed her life since childhood and Karma Mayet is her birth name. Sharing messages from family ancestors and elemental beings for the last 25 years as a clear and accurate channel, she offers healing modalities grounded in Sacred Rootwork, including stone and water blessings, insight readings, and ethereal energy healing through the use of light and sound.
As mystic, artist, yogi, and teacher, Karma brings the same reverence for the Mystery to each modality. She is a Founding Member, along with Ife Kilimanjaro, Nana Korantema Pierce Williams, and Nana Fofie Amina Bashir, of The Wind & The Warrior, a healing and liberatory cultural arts collaborative.
Uma Venkatraman (she/hers) is a survivor support advocate who is committed to social justice education and working with QTBIPOC communities, particularly in the context of violence prevention and gender justice. She currently works as an Immigration Advocate at HarborCOV (Communities Overcoming Violence), an anti-violence agency located in Chelsea, MA.
Uma is also connected to the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), DeQH, a helpline by and for LGBQ/T South Asians, and the Boston Abortion Support Collective (BASC). She loves fantasy/sci-fi and visioning for a world free of all forms of violence. Looking forward to connecting!
TRACC4 MOVEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR:
Lydia Strand is a spiritual director, organizer, and co-founder of Contemplative Action, a small team investigating the intersections of social movement organizing, Christian contemplative spirituality, and models of intentional community living. She has worked on projects iterating at that intersection including: the Contemplative Action Circle project in Boston MA, which organized young people of faith into contemplative communities and leading to non-violent direct action; the Praxis Community, a network of clergy and organizers rooting in their stories and taking risks towards social justice in their leadership; and offering strategic planning coaching to nonprofits and movement organizations. She lives in intentional community in Boston, MA.
Olivia is a theologian, DJ and pastor. Her work in all of these realms is framed by her deep belief that we are beings that are deeply interconnected by a spirit who is most concerned with our collective liberation. Olivia uses the study of theology to uncover the divinity within herself and others, her DJ practice as a method for healing through movement and her pastoral/spiritual care work to walk alongside others in this pursuit for liberation.
As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and part-time Hospice Chaplain I am equipped to hold space in grief, fear, and questions without answers. Most of my spiritual training has been in interfaith contexts or spaces intentionally held for diverse (or no) spiritual orientations. I'm a parent of middle schoolers and wife to my scientist wife.
Kate has a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and has served as a chaplain at a level-one trauma center in Chicago. She is currently nearing ordination within the United Church of Christ and Kate possesses a sense of spirituality and connectedness well beyond any one specific religious box. Kate brings education, spirituality, and social activism together to build communities of compassion and care.
I'm a queer and gender non-binary person currently in grad school for ecology but identify more strongly as an organizer (longtime and ongoing support of environmental and immigration justice movements), a facilitator, and a listener. I did community-based mental health crisis work in New Orleans for several years, and have extensive experience working with young adults.
My own practices for self-care include working with herbs and plants more generally, yoga, somatics and breathwork, and various other modalities of moving meditation. I'm white and have class/formal education privilege. I have particular experience supporting folks dealing with trauma related to chronic illness and loss, as well as anxiety and depression.
Kaia Jackson (they/them) is a youth worker and community organizer committed to practicing trauma-informed and healing-centered methods of facilitation, yoga instruction and community-building. They are passionate about offering one-on-one support, workshops and dialogues on spiritual care, community care and embodied healing. Kaia draws inspiration from Healing Justice Podcast and the Movement Chaplaincy Training program through the School of Global Citizenry.
Kaia is also a long-time Leadership Team member with Survivor Theatre Project in Massachusetts, which uses theatre to amplify resiliency and healing in survivors and communities through an intersectional anti-oppression lens. You are welcome to contact Kaia with questions or accessibility needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgan Guyton is a United Methodist elder with ten years of pastoral experience. He has worked in campus ministry for the past 6 years. As an autistic, queer, non-binary person, he is particularly interested in supporting individuals who are queer and neurodiverse.
His theoretical orientation is attachment-based psychodynamic therapy that focuses on here and now metaprocessing in the therapeutic relationship as a primary means of healing. He also has training in emotionally focused therapy for use with couples. He also draws upon narrative and gestalt therapy as part of his approach.
Greg came into ministry as an evolution of his work in economic and environmental justice, and search and rescue training. He continues to do his own work, be aware of his privilege, and strives to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community as well as to people of all races, ethnicities, and social classes. He is a mental health advocate, a crafter, and a nerd of many kinds.
He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and he specializes in interim ministry and is trained in conflict resolution. He has experience worshiping with and working with people of different faiths, no faiths, or who are done with their old faiths.