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Our staff and board members have a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those people affected by racism and poverty to provide training for them to have a voice in the decisions which affect their families and community.

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and for bringing about a more just society. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised are of benefit to the community.

Board Officers: 

Tamera Moore, President - Monroe Street Christian Church

Dr. Glenn Walton, Vice President - Optionsss Outreach, Inc

Roy Williams, Jr., Treasurer 

Sr. Marilyn Jean Runkel, Secretary - Dominican Sisters of Springfield / St Patrick’s School

Board Members: 

Sadieka Qadeem, Islamic Society of Greater Springfield

Raaw'El Ware- Ntosake Pride Co-Chair

Linda Byrd, Ntosake Pride Co- Chair

Vanessa Knox, Transformational Justice Chair

Mark Franklin, Individual Sustainers Chair

Anne Logue, Sustainable Springfield

Rev. Silas Johnson, Calvary Baptist Church


  • Tyshianna Bankhead
    Tyshianna Bankhead

    Executive Director

  • Quonie Barney
    Quonie Barney

    Transformational Justice Community Organizer
    Quonie was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently working towards his BA in Minister Leadership at Grace University. He is most passionate about solving injustice against humans; advocating especially for people who have been incarcerated and have mental illnesses.

  • Rosa Harper - Davis
    Rosa Harper - Davis

    Education Equity and Environmental Justice Organizer (Housing Equity)

  • Toluwalase "Tolu" Vaughan - Community Organizer Intern
    Toluwalase "Tolu" Vaughan - Community Organizer Intern

    Tolu Vaughan is a graduate student pursuing her masters in Business Administration. She graduates in Year 2025! She is organizing Youth and Young Adults.

  • Maria  - Intern from UIS
    Maria - Intern from UIS

    Maria Martinez - Yocute is an undergraduate student at University of Illinois at Springfield. She is in her last semester! Her major is Political Science and she aspires to become an immigration lawyer.