“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to
recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
— Audre Lorde
Evangeline is a social change designer with over 20 years of community building and organizational development experience. From Tech companies to food justice coalitions, co-housing communities and universities, she has worked with numerous forward-thinking clients to create systems that are healthier and more just. Evangeline got her start at the New York City Department of Health training social workers and emergency responders to give HIV pre and post-test counseling. She has worked in human resources and spent 5 years as the Director of Diversity & Equity for Duke University’s Office for Institutional Equity. Evangeline served as the leadership program director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Working internationally, she has a great deal of experience collaborating with interpreters and is also fluent in Spanish and French. Whether she’s facilitating a year-long change process or a 1-day workshop, Evangeline’s enthusiasm and passion for her work are evident. “I love sustaining leaders on a path towards purpose and impact.” She turned her television off in 1984 and occupies her time cooking, walking, making art.
Victoria Kim (she, her, hers) is a proud (thanks to continuing to unlearn years of internalized racism) queer Korean from an immigrant family. Also a proud Jersey girl, she left the shore for the nation’s capital to earn her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at American University. During her years as an undergraduate, she got her first experience in LGBTQ+ activism as a board member of the student-led LGBTQ+ group on campus and has continued this advocacy in her life and career both locally and nationally. Most recently as a field organizer with the National LGBTQ Task Force, Victoria worked to restore the right to vote to formerly incarcerated people in Florida by training volunteers and educated LGBTQ+ folks across the country on the impact of the Census by facilitating workshops. Believing in collective liberation, Victoria is passionate about all forms of justice and building community.
A native of South Carolina, Greg graduated from The Citadel in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. After working 5 years as a Police Officer and Firefighter, he began working in the trade business at FedEx. Greg has been a member of Tau Kappa Phi Inc, a non-profit LGBT Greek lettered organization since 2004. During this time, he helped to maintain a space within Tau Kappa Phi for transgender men, Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc. serving as the first president of the organization. Greg served as a moderator for a transgender support group at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ. He has been on the board of South Carolina Equality as the chairman of the Trans Action Task Force, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harriet Hancock Center. Greg has spoken in Washington DC with the U.S. Department of Justice; Federal Bureau of Prisons, Dorn VA Hospital, Federal Correction Institution; Edgefield, SC, Federation of Families Summer Summit, The International Conference on Stigma, and various other engagements.
Nicole Thomas is a dynamic trainer, coach, speaker and facilitator centering racial and gender equity in her work. In 2013, Nicole pursued her interest in LGBTQ political organizing and legislative advocacy as Northeast Coordinator with Equality Ohio. In 2015, she entered the philanthropic sector, managing the General Operating Support portfolio at Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Nicole was honored to be a 2015 White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Fellow, a founding member of HackCleveland and was a 2017-18 Leadership Now Ohio fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She has worked with re:power (formerly Wellstone Action), Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood’s Black Organizing Program, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. She currently serves as an independent consultant with nonprofit and justice movement leaders on equity-centered strategic planning and embodied organizational growth.
Bevelyn Afor Ukah
Bevelyn Afor Ukah works as a consultant to train youth and adults in building skills that encourage equity, organizational efficiency, cultural connection, and collaboration. She has traveled around the world and has lived in three countries.
Bevelyn received her Bachelors in International Studies, Sociology and Anthropology from Guilford College where she was a Bonner Scholar and Multicultural Leadership Scholar. She completed her Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management (with a concentration on facilitation and social justice).
Bevelyn is the founding consultant of AFI Oak Consulting, co-founding consultant of the NC Climate Justice Training Cooperative and co-founding consultant of the Auralite Collective. She coordinates the Food Youth Initiative Program (FYI), a program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), which engages youth that lead food justice work across North Carolina. She also co-coordinates the Racial Equity in Food Systems initiative at CEFS, which develops a shared understanding of language, history and race.