Chelsea Higgs Wise is a clinical social worker and experienced facilitator who specializes in connecting people from different walks of life to create equitable communication strategies. Chelsea offers facilitated dialogue services in the topics of race, politics, feminism and sex. As an organizer who helps evolve narratives and policies, Chelsea has been an instrumental voice in numerous campaigns and was recently brought on as Narrative Change Officer to the Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Enterprise granted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and implemented by Initiatives of Change, USA.
She was appointed to the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Board of Executive Directors and the Richmond City Social Service Advisory Board. Her past and present volunteer participation includes working with the Coalition for Justice and Reformation for Marcus David Peters, the NAACP Richmond Branch, Women in Audio Workshop with WRIR, Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats, Creative Mornings RVA, Planned Parenthood Young Professional Council, Dinwiddie County Teen Summit Diversity Presenter 2017, Community 50/50, and #VAratifyERA.
Andrew Frazier is the Founder of The Second Chance Operative Program and a current Human Service student for Old Dominion University. His background in Law Enforcement started with joining the US Army as a Military Police Officer in 2013. He furthered his career by joining the Virginia Dept. of Correction in 2014, while ended his journey with Richmond Police Dept in 2015.
While working with the Richmond Police Dept, Andrew realized that his passion for Law Enforcement was quickly being overshadowed by helping “At-Risk” youth in his community. Andrew left the department and went on to pursue his associates at Thomas Nelson Community College, during that time he was accepted into the Young People For fellowship which allowed him to pick up key community organizing skills and to start planning direct service to “At-Risk” children that fall dangerously close to the school to prison pipeline.
Andrew then quickly realized that there was a problem with the way schools in Virginia were handling children with behavioral problems, that is when he started piecing together a solution and that is when the Second Chance Operative Program was born. The Second Chance Operative Program or S.C.O.P.E is a program designed to help youth in targeted areas that have been labeled as “At-Risk” and transform them into classroom-ready, mentally strong leaders in the community, essentially giving them a second chance. The Second Chance Operative Program is slated to have its first cohort by the start of 2020.
Pastor Kevin is a Norfolk native and has been married to his wife Lauren since 2002. They have 5 kids together and are strong advocates for adoption and racial reconciliation. They attended college at ODU and served on the mission field in Venezuela for 2 years before helping relaunch CrossRoads Church in 2005.
The couple have a heart and passion for the city of Norfolk. He attended seminary at Southeastern Theological Seminary and serves on multiple boards throughout the city – the University Chaplains Association at ODU, The Globe House at ODU, and Renaissance Movement Music, and is co-leader of the city collective, which is a group of faith leaders who lead intentional conversations on race and equality.
He has a passion for people and is a community gatherer that leads multiple networking groups.
Shanise Williams I is a published poet, entrepreneur, blacktivist, feminist, and founder of the Close Knit Communities Coalition who’s mission is to to be the needle that threads love, leadership, and long-lasting change into our local areas by hosting and planning community events, collecting donations for local shelters, and speaking up for rights and respect for all.
Shanise has paved her own path and believes in helping and teaching others how to do so as well. Shanise has held positions within well known nonprofits like the YMCA and AmeriCorps and she has also held management positions within Fortune 500 companies like Capital One and Verizon.
Shanise is locally known for organizing, hosting, and leading several local protest and marches in the Hampton Roads area, but most famously for her local sister march, The Girls Take Granby Women’s March. Each year, Shanise works with several local organizations to plan Hampton Roads Weekend of Women, an entire weekend to honor, educate, and advocate for local women in her area.
Shanise dropped out of college at Norfolk State University to travel and gain life & career experience. She has recently returned to NSU, and is scheduled graduate May 4, 2019 with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in both Psychology and Education.
Cameron Bell hails from Newport News, VA and graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a concentration in History and a certificate in African American Studies. She is an educator at heart and has served in various roles including tutor, school liaison, and summer school teacher. In her current role as a community organizer in Hampton and Newport News, Cameron works to unite her passion for teaching with creating sustainable, positive changes in her community.
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