Our advisory team so farWe're a brand-new start-up and are looking for Board of Directors, mentors, advisors, grant writers, fundraising geniuses, sponsors, strategic partners, and PR who are interested in helping our cause.
Daughter of late Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer and Allman Brother’s Band co-founder Butch Trucks, Elise is committed to furthering the life’s work of her Father. Butch, who was raised in a very strict Southern Baptist denomination, fought in his adulthood to preserve Enlightenment values. He worked to prevent organized religion from encroaching on the educational opportunities of children and common sense policies.
As an art historian and educator, Trucks has presented papers internationally on feminist performance and land art and received funding from the Getty Foundation for her work in digital art history. She believes that fostering empathy and building community is the highest end of the arts and education. Elise Trucks, Board of Directors Member
In the past, she managed partnerships with universities and United Nations nonprofits at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office; participated in event planning and execution of the National 16th Days of Activism on Gender Based Violence for the Network of Ethiopian Women Association; and served as the AmeriCorps mentoring program coordinator for their African Community Education initiative.
Leesha grew up in Ethiopia, emigrated to the United States as a teen, and speaks English as a second language. Her native tongue is Amharic and she also has an intermediate command of Spanish. Leesha Alemu, Board of Directors Member
Cheryl brings eight years of Human Resources experience to her clients and holds both SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) and SHRM-CP (SHRM – Certified Professional) certifications, as well as a BA in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In her human resources career, Cheryl has worked in a variety of industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, and education.
Originally from Ohio, she has lived in four states and two countries and has traveled extensively both domestically and overseas. This allows her to bring a broader worldview and more in-depth understanding of diversity and inclusion to her work.
Personally, Cheryl is passionate about survivors of sexual assault and trafficking, encouraging the development of local business, and adapting policy into user-friendly, streamlined forms. Cheryl Sherwin, Board of Directors Member