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Staff

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

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, Racial Unity, Gender Equality, the Oneness of Humankind.

Caine Jordan

Wayfarer Fellow

Passionate about about racial justice and the oneness of humanity found through true reconciliation and justice, Caine (he/him/his), has over seven years of experience as a Ph.D. researcher, over six years of experience within the archives, and over five years of organizing experience primarily with racial justice and economic justice outfits.

Caine’s ultimate passion is the true redress of harm, viewing reparations as a process rather than any particular endpoint. He likes to spread the word about reparations and to encourage racial-justice-focused organizations to apply it as a framework, bringing about healing and reconciliation.

Caine’s Causes: Racial Justice and Economic Justice.

Luthando Mazibuko

Senior Communications Manager

Luthando was born and raised in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), a (beautiful) city on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

He came to the US US in the late winter, or early spring of 1998 (he was greeted by an intense blizzard). Luthando has 16 years of experience as a communications storyteller, graphic designer, and illustrator. He served in the Fund Development side of the Office of the Treasurer, at the Bahá’í National Organisation. For as long as he can remember, he’s always been one of the “Artists” within his family or among his friends. Art is, and has always been, an integral part of his life.
Having been born into the Bahá’í Faith, Art/creativity has become the tool he uses to navigate and understand the world. It has become the lens through which he deeply appreciates his connection to the rest of humanity and the need to serve others
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Luthando’s Causes: The Oneness of Mankind, Equality, Child Education, The Arts.

Audrey Moy

Senior Program Associate, Racial Justice and Unity in Diversity

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

Audrey’s lifelong pursuit of justice is unwavering. Over her career, she has been engaged in grassroots work centering the marginalized. She is committed to building a more just world by advocating for equitable access to opportunities for individual and collective growth. She firmly believes that through the pathway of intentional effort and the practice of inclusivity, a society where diverse perspectives and talents are normalized and celebrated is attainable.

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

Carmen Patlan

 
Director of Impact and Operations
A rare combination of gentleness and strength, Carmen Patlan (she/her/hers) is driven by a strong connection with faith that fuels her sense of conviction and compassion.

Carmen’s work is centered on transforming inequities, actively bridging the gap between disparate communities, ensuring equal opportunities and resources for all, and focusing on inequity for the most vulnerable members of society.
With an impressive 17-year tenure in the non-profit sector, Carmen has been pivotal in establishing vital services and access points for various groups, including immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, and their families, and initiatives aimed at diminishing mental health stigma in communities of color. Her work has been recognized as a two-time recipient of the prestigious Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) Gold Medal, an accolade awarded to just three libraries nationwide each year. Carmen’s advocacy and activism are particularly focused on critical issues such as racial justice, violence against women, gender equality, and immigrant rights.

Carmen’s causes: Racial Justice, Violence Against Women, and Immigrant Rights.

Tito Ponce

 
Operations Manager
Tito Ponce (he/him), a tech-savvy operations leader, thrives at the intersection of insight and play. Motivated by community building and positive social change, he draws inspiration from human-centered design and the divine mundane.

Before joining the Wayfarer Foundation, Tito was the Director of Operations for RootedGood, a faith-based nonprofit startup. He honed his analytical skills as a research associate for the Social-Emotional Teaching & Learning lab while earning a BA in Applied Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His prior role as Director of Communications for the Inclusive Collective, an ecumenical Christian campus ministry, allowed him to co-create and nurture a beloved, inclusive faith community for college students and young professionals in Chicago.

Outside of work, Tito is a tea connoisseur, fitness hobbyist, and passionate sharer of delicious meals with close friends and family.

Tito’s causes: LGBTQ+ inclusion, Environmental Justice, Affordable Housing.

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

Director of Programs

Celeste C. Smith works to advance racial justice, center the voices of people and communities most impacted by racism, and respond to critical community issues.

She is a national 2018 SXSW Community Service Award honoree, bringing to her role deep experience as a celebrated non-profit and community leader, arts administrator, individual artist, and activist as co-founder and prior chief executive officer of 1Hood Media, whose mission is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.

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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