2017-2018 Executive Committee Slate

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By Trey Hartt, Executive Committee President

What a wild ride 2018 will be! It is my sincere pleasure to introduce you to the 2017-18 Executive Committee Slate. This slate was chosen through an open nomination process. This process brought forth a selection of very qualified nominees that were then vetted by the Executive Committee officers and staff. What you see below represents the slate as recommend by the Executive Committee on July 20, 2017.

Please review this slate and each individual’s bios, and then cast your vote using the form at the bottom of the page. Please note: only Voting Members vote in Executive Committee elections and this is a Yes / No vote on the entire slate – you will not vote on each individual member.

You have until Friday, August 4 to cast your vote online. For those of you attending ROOTS Week, you can cast your vote in person during the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, August 10. If you are unable to attend this year’s ROOTS Week, this early voting period is your opportunity to exercise your board membership and vote for the ExComm Slate.

If you have any trouble using the form, please contact Joseph Thomas at joseph@alternateroots.org or (404) 577-1079 ext. 303. If you have any questions about the nomination process or the nominees themselves, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Trey Hartt, at treyhartt@gmail.com or 703-946-5217.

Thank you for being an active member of our participatory democracy!

2017-18 Executive Committee: Proposed Slate

*Denotes those who are not currently serving on the 2016-17 Executive Committee or who are nominated to serve in a new position.


Trey Hartt, President | Richmond, VA

Monique Davis, Chair | Jackson, MS*

Nicole Garneau, Secretary | Estill County, KY

Kim Pevia, Treasurer | Red Springs, NC*

At Large Members

Rasha Abdulhadi | Silver Spring, MD*

Tamiko Ambrose Murray | Asheville, NC

Esme Balthazar | New Market, TN

Hasan Davis | Berea, Kentucky

Don Harrell | Winter Park, FL

SaBrina Jeffcoat | Columbia, SC*

Charmaine Minniefield | Atlanta, GA

Samuel Valdez | San Diego, CA


2017-18 Executive Committee: Proposed Slate Bios

Officers: Returning

Trey Hartt, President | Richmond, VA

TreyBased in Richmond, Virginia, Trey is the Deputy Director at ART 180, a creative youth development nonprofit. He was introduced to Alternate ROOTS in 2007 when he performed “uncle tom: deconstructed” with The Conciliation Project (TCP) at the Annual Meeting. He has served on TCP’s board since 2006 and continues to do so. Over the years, Trey has been involved with ROOTS on various levels: performer, annual meeting planning team, Resources for Social Change (RSC) workgroup member, RSC Coordinator, 2012 strategic planning workgroup, and grant panelist. He has been on the Executive Committee since 2014, serving as Treasurer in 2015-16 and most recently as President in 2016-17. Currently he is working on the Performing Statistics project (a 2015 Partners in Action grantee) working with incarcerated youth to advance juvenile justice reform in Virginia and is joining fellow ROOT-er Ashley Sparks as a Blade of Grass Field Researcher for her most recent project, “Good Ole Boys.”

Nicole Garneau, Secretary | Estill County, Kentucky

Nicole Garneau

Nicole Garneau is an interdisciplinary artist making site-specific performance and project art that is directly political, critically conscious, and community building. She is living in Central Kentucky and collaborating with Clear Creek Creative. Her book Performing Revolutionary: Art, Action, Activism will be published in Spring 2018 by Intellect. Nicole holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago. She also makes ceremonies, facilitates meetings, throws parties, and does healing work. Her work is documented at nicolegarneau.com.

Officers: Nominations

*Monique Davis, Chair | Jackson, MS


Monique Davis received her undergraduate education at Howard University earning a BS in Business and Public Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently serves on the Board of the Jackson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and is part of the transition team for the newly elected Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Monique is deeply committed to creating a vibrant diverse Jackson that is centered in Human Rights  She is honored to be part of the first cohort of Liberation School (founded by Jardanna Peacock), and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of healing practices and liberation-based action.  Monique is also a visual artist that creates images meant to spark joy and invoke feelings of connection, the wife of Melvin Davis, and the mother of six magnificent human beings, Melvin Jr, James, Charles, Ava, Benjamin and Daniel. You can view her work at Luvmagic.com.

*Kim Pevia, Treasurer | Red Springs, NC

kim-pevia-1Kim Pevia is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a uniquely skilled experiential style transformational workshop facilitator. Her company, K.A.P., Inner Prizes, specializes in identifying and addressing the issues that can keep us stuck by continually developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them.  Her favorite work is done in circles.  Diversity of favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear.  Born and educated in Baltimore, MD she currently lives in Robeson County, NC where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She serves on many local, state and national boards that support community activism and local economy through arts, food, culture and tourism.  She is a writer and is the founder of Artist Market-Pembroke, providing retail opportunities for local and regional artists in southeast North Carolina.   

At Large Members: Returning

Tamiko Ambrose Murray | Asheville, NC

Tamiko-Ambrose-Murray copyTamiko Ambrose Murray is a writer, a teaching artist, and a community-based researcher. She presently co-coordinates the WNC Racial Equity Circle with the Center for Participatory Change and teaches writing in the Literature and Language Department UNC-Asheville.  She is a co-founder of Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community and is the mother of two brilliant artists.



Esme Balthazar | New Market, TN

EsmeEsme was born in San Antonio, TX and raised along the I-35 corridor between Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo. She comes from a long legacy of Mexicanos/Chicanos who were separated by the creation of the US-Mexico Border. Esmeralda began creating spaces for people to unite around art and social change at the age of 18 while majoring in Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As the founder of the Community Service Organization on campus, she promoted the arts, the environment, and immigrant and refugee rights through collaborations with the Chicago Parks District, a partnership with the Immigrant and Refugee Interfaith Ministries, and the Greater Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. She is currently a member of the Education Team at the Highlander Research and Education Center where she coordinates the Seeds of Fire Intergenerational Organizing program and supports the ongoing Economic Justice work of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project.

Hasan Davis | Berea, Kentucky

Hasan Davis is a performer, youth advocate, and motivator. After an early history of social and academic challenges, including learning disabilities, pre-teen arrest, and expulsion from alternative school and college, Hasan found the courage to change. Starting with a change in his attitude and opinions of personal worth, Hasan petitioned for re-admission to the college that expelled him twice. The year Hasan finally graduated from Berea College he was elected president of the student body, voted Homecoming King and received the Navy V-12 award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to campus life and interracial kinship. From Berea, Hasan went on to graduate from law school.


Don Harrell | Winter Park, FL

Don Harrell's Excomm Election Pic copyDon Harrell is a both a scholar and a performing artist, whose work centers on countering racism with education and arts activism. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in American Studies from Union College, Schenectady, New York, a Master’s of Arts in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, California, and has furthered his studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Don is Co-founder of Orisirisi African Folklore, a performing arts company rooted in the history, culture, and traditions of Africa to illuminates the beauty and poignancy of African and African American life and culture.


Charmaine Minniefield | Atlanta, GA

Charmaine is a visual artist who draws inspiration from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora by exploring African and African-American ritual from a feminist perspective. She has a degree in Fine Art from Agnes Scott College and has worked as an arts administrator, producer, and organizer in Atlanta for twenty years. Charmaine has also worked at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American History and Culture, and the Fulton County Department of Art and Culture. Currently her New Freedom Project uses the practice of ancestral veneration to explore  disappearing African-American communities in the Atlanta area as gentrification buries the history and people, beginning with the Beacon Hill community in Decatur, GA. She currently serves as faculty for the Department of Art and Art History at Spelman College.

Samuel Valdez | San Diego, CA


Samuel Valdez (PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR/PERFORMER) graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in theater arts, emphasis in directing. Between the years of 1992 to 2002 he directed a large number of Latino plays such as ROOSTERS by Milcha Sanchez Scott, THE CONDUCT OF LIFE by Maria Irene Fornes, and THE GUITARRON by Lynne Alvarez. With 7 plays under his belt Mr. Valdez characterizes himself as a playwright. He has directed and produced several of his individual works to include SOY YO/IT’S ME, P13-VIVE, AMBOS/BOTH and OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE. His most recent piece is a show speaking about the creation and development of man and how he as a Latino man with a cerebral palsy fits into it, titled AND HE BECAME MAN, which it is ready for touring in 2016.

At Large Members: Nominations

Rasha Abdulhadi | Silver Spring, MD*

I am a queer Scots-Irish Cherokee Palestinian who grew up between Damascus and rural south Georgia and cut my teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. I am a cultural worker, educator, community technologist, a once and future farmer and beekeeper, as well as a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers and a 2017 Poetry Foundation Incubator fellow. My poetry and essays have appeared in publications in the US and abroad. These days, I manage one of the oldest used and rare bookstores in Washington D.C.

SaBrina Jeffcoat | Charleston, SC*

SaBrina O. Jeffcoat is a visual artist specializing in mixed media pieces. Having worked in art sales and exhibition design with the Savannah College of Art & Design, SaBrina is now working within her purpose, building community through art. SaBrina has utilized her education and experience to ensure the success of her first business venture, Royal African Company, Ltd. Co., a retailer of Afrocentric accessories and home goods. Royal African Company, Ltd. Co. aims to tell the story of the people of color that have made the South the rich place that it is today. SaBrina earned a BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston.



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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.