Coming to the Table is led by an all-volunteer Board of Managers. As established in the Operating Agreement (bylaws), at least four board members are descended from people who were enslaved in the U.S. prior to emancipation in 1865, and at least four are descended from people who held, owned or traded enslaved people in the U.S. prior to emancipation in 1865. The powers and duties of the Board can be found in Article 3 of the Operating Agreement of CTTT (Click Here).
Jodie Geddes serves as President of the Board. Jodie was born in Jamaica, West Indies and migrated to the United States at the age of 6. Through her experiences as a Caribbean-American immigrant Jodie found herself pushing to have deeper and more intersectional conversations about race, justice, truth telling and healing. As a community organizer, writer, and restorative justice healer Jodie seeks to be a home where young people and elders can learn together and create collective community responses to the transformative healing of historical harms built in the legacy and history of slavery. Jodie has had numerous articles published on mass incarceration and racism. Click here to read more.
Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo serves as Vice President of the Board. Barbie-Danielle is a community educator and facilitator who draws on mindfulness practice and uses creative media to engage transformative change worldwide. Connecting communities for over two decades, her leadership is invigorated by diverse global life experiences and education, to include broadcast media, teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities to middle school youth, and providing equity justice education through the Arts. She is committed to truth and reconciliation as healing praxis and interested in genealogy activism. She attended the University of Washington and studied Geography, Women Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Passionate about social justice and radio, she co-produces Color Commentary on KSER public radio.
Jane Carrigan serves as Secretary of the Board. Jane is a retired lawyer, having spent thirty years at the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH). She held numerous positions culminating in the recruiting, training, and hiring of people of color to positions in the STEM sciences at the laboratories and research hospital of the NIH. Jane served on numerous commissions appointed by the NIH Director to address issues of diversity in the workforce and was an outspoken force for equality inclusion at all levels of the NIH. As a Cape Verdean descendant, Jane seeks to share the fullness of the diaspora of the slave trade on the economic and cultural effect of all Americans. In her personal quest to understand her history, Jane has discovered slaver sea captains who likely enslaved her own relatives, and she has yet to fully parse that out. Now retired, Jane is able to focus her energy on fully exercising her voice and energy on issues of racial equality, justice and achieving the beloved community.
Tamara Pittman serves as Treasurer of the Board. Tamara is an artist, curator and consultant to nonprofit healthcare providers and community organizations. During her eight years as co-creative director of the interdisciplinary art gallery, Proteus Gowanus, she curated and developed numerous exhibitions, projects and events organized around topics affecting the community. As a descendant of Maryland slave owners, she learned from her experience with CTTT and related work that true change arises not from guilt but from deep connection. Tamara began her working life as a journalist and family nurse practitioner, worked for many years for hospitals, clinics and in health care policy before entering the art sphere, first as artist and then as arts administrator and curator. She attends Quaker meeting in Brooklyn, NY where she lives with her husband and dog. She has two grown daughters.
Deanna F. Durham is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She brings 25 years of experience teaching courses focused on the complex intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality, privilege and power. When asked about her teaching pedagogy she says “locating ourselves, sharing our stories and listening deeply to one another is at the core of my teaching. I see the classroom as shared space, all of us teachers and learners, co-creating knowledge through sharing lived experiences.” Having lived in El Salvador following the civil war Deanna is especially interested in how civil society repairs harms and recognizes lives lost in named and unnamed wars. (Click here for Deanna’s EMU professional page)
Dan McBrayer is the founder and facilitator of the Northern Virginia Affiliate Chapter of CTTT, and has also attended Washington, DC, Chapter, Middle Atlantic, and National gatherings. He is descended from multiple enslavers from the Southeastern US (especially South Carolina), and likely also from enslaved peoples, according to DNA evidence. Having strong interests in racial healing and transformation since the 1990s, Dan has been coming to the table since 2011. He was born and raised in and near Tifton, Georgia, and currently resides in Vienna, Virginia, after stops along the way in Charlotte, North Carolina, Athens, Ohio, and Eurasian, Georgia. Dan is an international development and humanitarian relief practitioner, with a background in partnerships and outreach, global health, international education, conflict transformation, and public diplomacy. He works currently at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Gail Parrish’s career for most of the last 30 years has been as a director of race relations and racial justice organizations. Much of her work has involved organizing and conducting cross-racial dialogues and other programs between religious congregations, community organizations and businesses. Gail is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work focuses on racial justice and healing. Her stage play, Elevator, and her Emmy-nominated screenplay for the movie version of Elevator have been used to spur discussion of racial issues. While researching her family’s genealogy Gail learned the identities of both enslaved and enslaver ancestors. Making these discoveries and experiencing the strong emotions they engendered reminded Gail of the need for true reconciliation between the disparate parts of each of our histories. This is what led Gail to connect with Coming to the Table, which provides a means to safely explore these aspects of ourselves. Gail is a native of Chicago and lives in Oswego, Illinois with her husband , Maurice.
Phoebe Potter is a social justice activist and writer based in NYC. After completing her Masters in Public Policy in 2011, she worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and Council of State Governments Justice Center to reform criminal justice policies and develop effective reentry programs at the local, state, and federal levels. Disillusioned by the limitations of top-down policy reforms, she recently chose to work independently with several start-up grassroots organizations that are advancing social justice through healing, artistic, and activist initiatives. In addition to CTTT, Phoebe is an active volunteer with a number of organizations aiming to promote racial justice, including Showing Up for Racial Justice and JustLeadershipUSA. Phoebe attended the 2016 CTTT National Gathering and Leadership Training Institute, and co-facilitates a working group focused on increasing the intergenerational diversity of CTTT.
A sixth-generation descendant of enslavers in Glynn County, Georgia, Leslie Stainton has been a member of Coming to the Table since 2010. She lives with her husband in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches writing at the University of Michigan. She is the author of two nonfiction books, Lorca: A Dream of Life and Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts, and is working on a book about her slaveholding Scarlett ancestors.
Joshua C.L. Stepney was born in South Plainfield NJ, and has worked most his life to understand and utilize the power of music and the arts for peace and community. Joshua is a self-taught musician, vocalist, woodworker, artist and general creative. With hopes to give independent artists of all disciplines a platform to do more for their local communities, he developed a youth program called the Peace Culture Club in 2013 while launching a consulting company called “La’Sol Promotions”. His ambition to help underprivileged youth grow and learn about peacemaking techniques led him to create opportunities through the arts that may not have been otherwise possible for them. This same passion led him to connect with the local CTTT group based in Richmond VA. His experiences in the circles and at the 2016 National Gathering and Leadership Training Institute motivated him to become more involved. His prayer is to spread love throughout this great nation, promoting the arts, peace/racial healing, and conflict resolution wherever he goes.
Rusty Vaughan was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. He has lived in Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and now resides in Maryland. His first contact with CTTT was at the 2012 National Gathering at the request of Eric Anderson, a DNA cousin and the descendent of slaves in Hopkinsville, KY. Since then Rusty has attended several Mid-Atlantic Regional Group gatherings as well as the 2014 and 2016 National Gatherings. Rusty is active in racial justice work in the Mid-Atlantic states and is helping to create groups based on CTTT principals in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis metro as well as in further areas of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Rusty is interested in genealogy and in creating a process to help people open to understanding of the relationship slavery has in forming our lives today. Having experienced the sit-ins at Woolworth’s, the marches, the first day of school integration, legal segregation, the anger, and the biases of the 50’s that still linger, Rusty is motivated to contribute to change.
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Coming to the Table is grateful to all who have previously served on the Board:
- Prinny Anderson (Sep 2011 – Sep 2012)
- Tom DeWolf (Sep 2011 – Sep 2012)
- Susan Hutchison (Sep 2011 –Sept 2012)
- Pat Russell (Sep 2011 – Sep 2012)
- Lynn Roth (Sep 2011 – Jun 2013)
- Ken Collier (Sep 2011 – Sep 2013)
- Holly Fulton (Sep 2011 – Sep 2014)
- Shay Banks-Young (Sep 2011 – Sep 2015)
- Phoebe Kilby (Sep 2011 – Oct 2015)
- Devin Berry (Oct 2012 – Aug 2013)
- Shannon LaNier (Oct 2013 – Jul 2014)
- Dionne Ford Kurtti (Oct 2012 – Sep 2014)
- Racquelia Kilby (Oct 2012 – Sep 2014)
- Betty Kilby Baldwin (Sep 2011 – Sep 2016)
- Arthur Treherne Carter (Sep 2011 – Sep 2016)
- Andi Cumbo-Floyd (Oct 2015 – Sep 2016)
- LaKesha Kimbrough (Oct 2012 – Sep 2016
- Hausa Mann (Oct 2013 – Sep 2016)
- Patricia Moncure Thomas (Sep 2011 – Sep 2016)
- Lorenzo Dickerson (Oct 2015 – Sep 2017)
- Fabrice Guerrier (Oct 2014 – Sep 2017)
- Felicia Furman (Oct 2013 – Sep 2017)
- Kathy Smith (Oct 2013 – Sep 2017)