Category: Staff

Michelle Ramos

MICHELLE RAMOS she/her/hers Vision Keeper [Executive Director] Dr. Michelle Ramos brings a deep and incredibly robust diversity of experience to role as Executive Director of Alternate Roots. Her background includes most recently working in criminal justice reform as Project


Wendy she/her/hers Professional Auntie [Cultural Organizing Director] The Programs Director executes the overall management, design, implementation, administration and evaluation of ROOTS Week and ROOT S Weekends, and our regranting program, Artistic Assistance. ROOTS Week is Alternate ROOTS’ signature event

Paige Heurtin


Paige Heurtin she/her/hers Caretaker, Peacemaker & Implementer [Operations Director] Paige is the leader of the Operations team, and sees her role with ROOTS as providing a firm and sturdy foundation for ROOTS’ programs work. Paige’s main responsibilities are managing

Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt

Nicole Gurgel-Seefelt she/her/hers Communications Orchestrator & Story Strategist [Communications Director] As the Communications Manager, Nicole implements the strategy for all internal and external communications. Working closely with Programs and


MEL they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Platforms Whisperer & Visual Story Alchemist [Communications Specialist] Mel is a first generation queer Latinx self-taught artivist who grew up between Atlanta, GA and her parents native land of Colombia. They cut their teeth in

Aimee McCoy

Aimee McCoy she/her/hers Oracle of Synthesis [Director of Membership Services] Aimee McCoy is Co-founder of The Artizen Company (TAC), a theater and film company based in Georgia. Since 2013, she has served as managing director and co-artistic director, regularly

Clarissa Crawford

Clarissa Crawford she/her/hers Partnerships & Process Road Opener [Director of Strategic Partnerships] Clarissa is a producer who facilitates creative processes by curating content, opportunities, and access to resources for artists. She is also a seasoned project manager who has

Jennifer Williams

JENNIFER WILLIAMS she/her/hers Wordsmith [Communications Coordinator & Wordsmith] Jennifer M. Williams is the Communications Coordinator & Wordsmith at Alternate ROOTS. She is passionate about collaborating with artists and recently served as the Public Programs Manager at the New Orleans


indee they/them/theirs & he/him/his Mastress of Cultural Exuberance and Agitation [Cultural Organizing Programs Administrator] indee (they/them/theirs, he/him/his) is a Louisiana based performance artist, Queer Black feminist, and cultural worker interested in experimental and community centered work rooted in collective

Nathalie Nia

NATHALIE NIA they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Mistress of Cultural Exuberance and Pleasantries [Cultural Organizing Programs Coordinator] Nathalie Nia (they/them she/her) born in Louisiana and living in for the last eight years, is a self described Ebony Southern Belle! Their work

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs he/him/his Resource Synergist & Resident Hype Man [Development Director] DeMarcus Akeem Suggs is a creative synergist with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector. He is a dance artist, educator, and arts administrator

Leticia Contreras

Leticia Contreras she/her/hers & they/them/theirs [Communications Associate] Leticia is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and yoga instructor. Her work history has varied, but the continuous theme is service and offering compassionate support rooted in liberation and social equity. Leticia’s

LaQuita Staten

LaQuita Staten she/her/hers [Development Associate] LaQuita Marie Staten is the co-founder and artistic director of Atumpan Edutainment, Inc. Atumpan Edutainment (AE) is the Mid-Atlantic Region’s leading arts education ensemble using original theatrical productions, world music, folklore, and dance as

Marina Dias Lujan

Marina Dias Lujan she/her/hers [Executive Assistant] Marina is the new Executive Assistant, she is a bridge-builder, pathfinder, and puzzle solver. With a background working for international non-profits in the humanitarian field, Marina’s journey has taken her to very interesting

Dominique Feloss

Dominique Feloss she/her/hers [Partnerships Program Associate] Dominique is a Partnerships Program Associate at Alternate ROOTS. She is also a certified horticulturist and has been actively working in the Metropolitan Atlanta area for the past three years. Dominque has lived

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.