Traveler. Lifelong learner. Mom. Equally at home on a farm or big-city streets. Always ready for the next adventure.
I look for opportunities to slow down and listen to stories in circle, in small groups, and one-on-one. I am constantly amazed at the transformation and growth in myself and others when we listen to understand other perspectives and experiences.
Fashion and world travel enthusiast. Documentary, biography and podcast binger. Avid health seeker, 5 am gym goer and calorie counter.
I’m passionate about the development of communities and people and believe that to truly show up for others and community, you must be WHOLE and your BEST self first. I try to be upbeat, humorous and have a sense of style while tackling some of society’s toughest issues.
Kasley Killam, MPH, is the founder of Social Health Labs, a nonprofit whose programs support local weavers with monthly microgrants and inspire community change across the globe through events and publications. Kasley studied solutions for loneliness at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has fostered intergenerational friendships in San Francisco as a board member for the Community Living Campaign and strengthened community ties across Massachusetts as the public engagement lead for the Taskforce to End Loneliness & Build Community.
Melvette Hill is a civic leader and social justice warrior with over 25 years of experience engaging families through various roles in corporate, government and non-profit organizations. She is director of Parent Leadership and Family Civic Engagement at the Connecticut General Assembly’s Commission on Women, Children Seniors, Equity and Opportunity. She also serves as a consultant on family economic mobility and well-being and is a pastor of a small but mighty church. Melvette was born and raised in Harlem, NY.
Michael Cooper finds community in the foothills of western North Carolina where his family owned a used book shop for 36 years. After college and law school, he returned home to practice, and now works in governmental affairs. He served as President of the Wilkes Community Foundation and was a 2020 Civic Saturday Fellow and a 2020 Presidential Leadership Scholar. He’s inspired by people who are rebuilding the country from the bottom up starting with their neighborhood.
Peter Anderson (he/him) is a community peacebuilder, organizer, and trainer with Peace Catalyst International in Minneapolis, MN, Nationally, he teaches workshops on conflict transformation, community organizing, and nonviolence. In the Twin Cities, he collaborates on racial justice and healing projects, both facilitating healing circles and organizing folx to show up and take action for racial justice and community safety. He has a background in community development, interfaith dialogue, and pastoral ministry.
Jamilah Ducar is the executive director of The Engaged Campus at the University of Pittsburgh, where she ensures the school is a visible, engaged, and responsive collaborator within its local communities. She leads the university’s community affairs functions and is an advocate for community engaged teaching & learning, research, practice, and volunteerism. Jamilah also supports emerging nonprofit professionals.
Dyah Miller has a background in community organizing and international development and was a Rotary World Peace Fellow. She has worked with refugees, immigrants, youth, and neurodivergent adults. Dyah is a board member for Norwood Together, a resident-led community development organization, and has been deeply immersed in her Norwood, Ohio community for the past nine years. She serves as a storyteller and the digital media manager for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Corinne Cannon is founder and president of the Greater DC Diaper Bank, which helps families by offering essentials like diapers, period products, and formula with proven poverty interventions in partnership with 100 social service agencies in the region. She was honored as a 2019 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine and a 2015 CNN Hero. Before founding her organization, Corinne worked in education, low-income housing, and health communications. She has a master’s in Teaching (MAT) and an MSc in Cognitive Anthropology.
Haneef Hardy is the founder of Unlimited Potential Mentoring Inc., a nonprofit that inspires and creates opportunities for youth in Baltimore City, Maryland. Haneef lives by the motto “Be who you needed when you were young.” His group’s programs focus on the arts, public safety, education, and financial literacy. Haneef made his way to Baltimore through a track and field scholarship to Morgan State University, which led to getting a master’s degree in Sociology. Haneef is now a community college professor.
Jess Blackshaw is the Executive Director of YCore, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that partners young professionals with local nonprofits for strategic volunteer projects. Jess is a facilitator who creates opportunities for people to explore their relationships to each other, to their communities, and to themselves. Previously, she ran sustainability and social impact design programming with Net Impact. When she’s not micromanaging gatherings, you might catch her running the East Bay hills or singing with her chorus.
Jeudy Mom’s family landed in Southern California after fleeing Cambodia in 1980. Much of his career has been about mobilizing people to support their neighbors. He has worked for Open Doors USA and the Orange County Rescue Mission, though he has invested most in his own community of Compton, California, known by outsiders for both its music scene and its crime. For eight years, he led the Compton Initiative, inspiring thousands of neighbors to support each other in reducing homeless, increasing safety, fighting racism, and more.
After 19 years in prison, Charles Perry returned to his neighborhood to be a positive force for change. He serves as a violence interrupter and a leader with the Kindness Campaign. He has worked with gangs, people living on the streets, and those leaving prison. He helps distribute food and clothing because it gives him an excuse to talk to people who are hurting. Perry has worked with the Chicago police, city and state officials, and for the Westside Health Authority. He has received awards from the Safer Foundation and the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Vidya Ayyr, MPH, CHW is the Director of Community Social Impact for the Parkland Health public hospital system in Dallas, Texas, which includes community-based clinics. She works to improve the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged, at risk, and vulnerable populations. Vidya created the role of community health workers (known as healthcare Weavers!) to cement trust and partnership between the health system and its communities. She also founded and runs the nonprofit BrainCharge, which supports the unpaid family members caring for loved ones with brain-related trauma, injury or illness.