Category: Staff

Michelle Ramos

Michelle Ramos 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 Director of the Vera

Ashley Walden Davis

Ashley Walden Davis Managing Director  Ashley Walden Davis will be on sabbatical from May 15 – December 31, 2019. Ashley Walden Davis is the Managing Director at Alternate ROOTS and oversees the day-to-day activities of the staff, and operations,

Paige Heurtin


Paige Heurtin Operations Manager Paige’s main responsibilities are paying the bills, ordering the post it notes, and making sure the office is running smoothly. Paige takes care of the daily accounting for Alternate ROOTS, the monthly preparation of financial statements

Wendy Shenefelt

Wendy Shenefelt Programs Director The Programs Director executes the overall management, design, implementation, administration and evaluation of ROOTS Week and ROOTS Weekends, and our regranting program, Artistic Assistance. ROOTS Week is Alternate ROOTS’ signature event and is modeled as a

Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt

NICOLE GURGEL-SEEFELDT Manager of Communications Strategy As the Communications Manager, Nicole implements the strategy for all internal and external communications. Working closely with Programs and

Joseph Thomas

Joseph Thomas Manager of Communications Technology As the Manager of Communications Technology, Joseph creates and disseminates ROOTS’ bi-monthly newsletters (Field News & Member News), oversees the database and membership directory, and maintains the ROOTS website. Joseph was born and

Melisa Cardona

MELISA CARDONA Communications Specialist Melisa 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 the theater scene in Atlanta and dabbled in

Clarissa Crawford

Clarissa Crawford Programs Associate 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 served corporate, government, and creative institutions through the

Mark Kidd

Mark Kidd Development Associate Mark lives at the base of Pine Mountain in Whitesburg, Kentucky and on his family farm at Little Mud, Kentucky but travels extensively to facilitate workshops and residencies that incorporate theater, low-cost media, and cultural organizing.

Aimee McCoy

Aimee McCoy Operations Associate 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 taking on the roles of creator,

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.