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).
Fabrice J. Guerrier serves as President of the Board. He currently works at the U.S. Department of State. Fabrice is a writer, poet and activist. He brings years of experience in organizational governance, program design and advocacy. He was named the 2016 PEN Haiti Fellow at the PEN American Center and is currently a Diversity & Diplomacy Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action. Fabrice holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Fabrice has worked at the United Nations, the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, the PEN Haiti Center and on issues of justice and reconciliation in post-war-communities in Sierra Leone. He holds a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University and. Fabrice was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of 14. He is fluent in French, Haitian Creole and English. Visit his blog to find out more
Jodie Geddes serves as Vice 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 Secretary 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.
Kathy Smith serves as Treasurer for the Board. Kathy works for Eastern Mennonite University as a Program Administrator for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), the initial sponsor of Coming to the Table. Kathy provides administrative and financial oversight for grant-funded projects at CJP and has served in this role for Coming to the Table since its inception. She is committed to supporting the mission and values of Coming to the Table and believes it will actively contribute to healing the wounds of racial injustice.
Lorenzo Dickerson is a filmmaker, digital marketing professional, and storyteller. Through genealogy research, he has connected both the slave and slave owner sides of his family, and has become great friends with a descendant of his African-American family’s owners, who is also a distant cousin. He has an MBA in Marketing, and 8 years of experience managing social media and digital marketing for various organizations including large corporations, the federal government, web start-ups, and non-profits. He directed and produced The Coachman, a documentary film about the life of his 2nd Great-Grandfather, a bi-racial grandchild of slaves, whom lived an interesting life from 1887-1946. He manages web content and social media for Albemarle County Public Schools, and is currently working on 3 historical documentary film projects. Lorenzo is an avid traveler and enjoys learning about, and sharing little-known stories of historical value that people have either not heard of, or forgotten about. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and two young sons.
Felicia Furman is a filmmaker, historic preservationist, amateur historian, researcher and genealogist, poet and art collector—and a descendant of slave owners from South Carolina on both sides of her family. She grew up in Greenville, SC but has lived in Boulder, CO now for thirty years. As a result of a 10 year research project about her family and the descendants of African American families her ancestors enslaved, she produced and directed the PBS documentary film, Shared History. She currently serves on the board of the Boulder Arts Commission and writes a blog called Just Like Family, about African American women who raised white children in mid- to late-century—giving voice to a history and experience not often acknowledged in this country. Felicia works with Coming to the Table to grieve her family’s role in devastating lives—devastation that continues today—and little by little face her responsibility to acknowledge her past and take action with others to address the wrongs.
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.
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.
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 National Gathering. As a co-facilitator with Lynda Davis (met at 2014 National Gathering), Rusty is helping to create groups based on CTTT principals in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis area. Rusty is very interested in genealogy and in creating a process to help people open to understanding of the relationship slavery has to 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 today, 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)