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Husayn Allmart

Program Officer

Husayn Allmart (he/him) was born in Chile, moved to the US when he was 2, and then decided to plant himself in the Midwest.

He traveled the US and Chile as part of a Baha’i performing arts group, lived on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota after high school, went to school to become a teacher in central Illinois, worked with incarcerated youth, then moved into the nonprofit world. He attributes everything he knows about what a more just and equitable world looks like from the Black, Brown and Indigenous women he’s had the honor of knowing.

Husayn’s Causes: education, decolonization, racial justice, LGBTQ advocacy

Jennifer Ciucio

Operations Manager

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Jennifer Ciucio (she/her) has 25 years of non-profit experience.

She joined the Wayfarer Foundation in 2021 as the Grant Operations Coordinator. Before joining the team, Jennifer spent over 12 years working for the FCAN program first as the Program Coordinator and then as the Office and Logistics Manager, providing direct service, education, and advocacy for HIV-affected families in Illinois. Jennifer also spent seven years working for an association management company as the Office and Senior Manager of multiple non-profit accounts. She started her career working at a religious institution assisting in fundraising. Jennifer enjoys working for non-profits and helping make a difference in people’s lives and communities.

Jennifer’s causes: child welfare, animal welfare, and equal rights for everyone.

Annie Cullen

Grants Administrator

Annie Cullen has over a decade of experience working in the arts and humanities, with expertise in collaborative cultural programming and arts grantmaking.

Prior to joining the Wayfarer Foundation, Annie held roles at the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their three cats. 

Anne’s causes: antiracism, artistic vitality, economic justice, intersectional feminism and reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights.

Jordan Griffin

Wayfarer Fellow

Jordan is a native of Tallahassee, FL. His background involves Christian ministry and justice-seeking organizations.

Prior to moving to Chicago, he served as a Graduate Scholar for the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements and as a Public Theology and Racial Justice Fellow at Vanderbilt University. Jordan’s passion for justice stems from his desire to aid in building a beloved community that is rooted in love. Jordan enjoys traveling, reading, eating good food, and hanging out with friends and family.  Fun Fact: Jordan has previously lived in three state capitol cities (Tallahassee, FL, Atlanta, GA, and Nashville, TN).

Jordan’s causes: racial justice, gender equity, religious harmony

Rich Havard

Senior Program Officer

Formed by his rural Mississippi childhood, the best and worst of the Christian church, and past and present justice movements, Rich Havard currently serves as the Senior Program Officer

Before WF, he spent 6 years starting and leading the Inclusive Collective, a diverse spiritual community for college-aged young adults in Chicago. Rich calls the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago home, needs multiple cups of good (or bad) coffee every day, and believes that we all have the capacity to co-create a better world.

Causes: LGBTQ inclusion and racial justice

Laura Herrick

Executive Director

Originally from small-town Texas, Laura Herrick (she/her) is fast friends with anyone who also says “y’all” in everyday conversation.

She moved to the Midwest to serve as National Development Director for the US National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is more than a decade ago. She fell in love with the area, so she continued serving nonprofits in the Chicago area. Born into the Baha’i Faith, she’s carried out her love for humanity throughout her nonprofit career, including at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dallas Symphony, and American Red Cross. Laura enjoys time with family, volunteering with her Baha’i community, PTA board, Destination Imagination, and playing Star Realms or Settlers of Catan.

Laura’s Causes: children, arts, race unity, gender equality, the oneness of humankind.

Shannon Mitrovich

Executive & Events Manager

Shannon was born in Gary but lived throughout Northwest Indiana. She moved to Chicago in 2016 to work as Director of Development for a non-profit focused on fighting homelessness.

Her love of culture grew when she worked as a teacher in South Korea for two years. With over 20 years’ experience of executive-level assistance throughout corporate, government, television, events and media, her heart led back to non-profits, where she plans to stay.

She lives somewhere between 1940-1960, often quoting, “Vintage Aesthetic not Vintage Values” or found dancing, head in a book, writing her memoir, playing rummy, or making people laugh.

Shannon’s causes: World Unity with Equality for All, Women’s Rights, Universal Education and Healthcare, and the Arts. 

Audrey Moy

Senior Program Associate

Audrey Moy (she/her) lives somewhere between sunshine, the shade of mature trees, budding flowers, and laughter.

For her, family and a few solid friendships are her bedrock. She’s a lover of food and culture, and understands the importance of dreams, goals and perseverance. Her work has always been people-centered in management across various sectors including government, education and hospitality. She strives on leaving everywhere she toils, better than how she found it, and knows that in order to attain global peace and love, we must see ourselves in each other.

Audrey’s Causes: eradicating constructs and systems of oppression, healing racism

Alex Oishi

Program Assistant
Alex Oishi (he/him) was originally from Seattle in the cloudy Pacific Northwest, formed by the beautiful nature and community that surrounded him there.

A transplant to the Midwest for college, he has enjoyed calling Chicago home for the last 3 years. He loves to spend his time surrounded by friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, and working to help foster a more equitable world for those around him.

Alex’s Causes: LGBTQ+ advocacy and racial justice

Dwayne Rayner

Director of Social Impact Investing & Finance
Dwayne Rayner has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, including corporate finance and investment banking.

He has worked in Mergers and Acquisitions at JP Morgan, in Structured Derivatives at Enron, and as a principal advisor and investor in multifamily real estate. As a passionate advocate for justice and equality, he most recently served as the Executive Director of Partners In Racial Justice, a non-profit dedicated to engaging in creative ways and means of bringing all people together in the pursuit of racial justice, healing, and unity. He also serves on the board, and as the director of curriculum, for Youth About Business (YAB), a non-profit focused on leveling the playing field through financial literacy and entrepreneurial training for youth in underserved communities between the ages of 12 and 21. Dwayne and his wonderful wife Zia homeschool their two daughters and their two sons, and together with their three dogs, and two cats, enjoy a house full of love, laughter, and life. Dwayne loves jazz, blues, spoken word, and playing the keyboard.

Dwayne’s causes: social justice, equal opportunity, economic empowerment.

Jamie Ricks

Director of Impact & Operations
Jamie Ricks (she/her) Jamie has over 10 years of experience providing strategic leadership for nonprofit organizations.

Before joining the Wayfarer Foundation, she served as the Director of Programs for a national youth workforce development nonprofit located in Chicago, IL. Jamie specializes in program development, expansion, and evaluation. She is passionate about increasing the capacity and mobilizing the power of nonprofits to address issues of access and inequity.  Her past work experience building volunteer capacity in the office of the Mayor of Chicago, serving as the inaugural program director for Urban Alliance Chicago, and spearheading grant funded programs for both the Obama and Pritzker Foundations. 

Jamie resides in Orland Park, IL with her family which includes her 3 children. In her spare time she can be found enhancing her DIY skills with her father.  

Jamie’s Causes: Racial justice and equity, youth

Yolanda Santiago

Foundation Assistant

Yolanda was formerly a Program Director/Supervisor for Casa Central, a Hispanic social services agency located in Chicago.

She joined Wayfarer because of her dedication to creating a career path of being in service to others. “As a people, I believe it is our duty to come together and approach solutions for dismantling societal injustices and promoting empowerment.” Yolanda has traveled all over the United States and Japan. She loves going to different restaurants and trying foods from all over the world. 

Celeste Smith

Program Officer for the Arts

Celeste will take on the important role of building relationships with our non-profit partners who operate in the arts and culture space.

Celeste is a cultural leader with a finger on the pulse of race, culture, and social discourse. She works to advance racial justice, centering humanity and the voices of people most impacted by racism and critical community issues. She is a national 2018 SXSW Community Service Award honoree and co-founder of 1Hood Media, whose mission is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.Celeste is a graduate of Chatham University and has served on the Transformative Arts Process Advisory Board at The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Symphony Community Advisory Council, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Equity in Arts Funding Research Committee.

Celeste’s Causes: Racial justice, art, education

Jasmine Taylor

Program Associate

Jasmine Taylor (she/her) is usually found with food and family, and oftentimes turning on the music and dancing.

She moved to Chicago 8 years ago to explore city-planning and ended up returning to her passion for community engagement and youth development work. With racial justice activism rooted in her family, she has been involved in racial and social justice work as a community member and activist. She has partnered with leading nonprofits and city institutions to facilitate spaces for community engagement. Jasmine loves fostering connections with those she engages with because she sees building relationships as the leading force behind healing and unifying our communities.

Jasmine’s Causes: racial justice, youth, social justice, education, race unity and racial healing, gender equality

Kevin Williams

Director of Communications

Kevin comes to Wayfarer after serving as vice president of communications for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Kevin joined Wayfarer because “I’m attracted to the organization’s focus on unity and its belief that authentic, lasting change must be accompanied by individual spiritual enlightenment.” Kevin is excited to contribute as part of a team committed to facilitating human transformation in local communities across the country. He is an avid long-distance runner, with more than 20 marathons under his belt.

Kevin’s causes: youth education, leadership development, economic justice.


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