Category: Staff

Michelle Ramos

MICHELLE RAMOS she/her/hers Vision Keeper [Executive Director] michelle@alternateroots.org 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 Shenefelt

Wendy Shenefelt she/her/hers Professional Auntie [Cultural Organizing Director] wendy@alternateroots.org 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

Paige Heurtin

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Paige Heurtin she/her/hers Caretaker, Peacemaker & Implementer [Operations Director] paige@alternateroots.org 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] nicole@alternateroots.org As the Communications Manager, Nicole implements the strategy for all internal and external communications. Working closely with Programs and

Mel Cardona

MELISA (Mel) CARDONA they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Platforms Whisperer & Visual Story Alchemist [Communications Specialist] melisa@alternateroots.org 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

Aimee McCoy

Aimee McCoy she/her/hers Oracle of Synthesis [Operations Manager] aimee@alternateroots.org 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

Clarissa Crawford

Clarissa Crawford she/her/hers Partnerships & Process Road Opener [Director of Strategic Partnerships]  clarissa@alternateroots.org 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@alternateroots.org 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

Ryan Crane

RYAN CRANE they/them/theirs & he/him/his Road Mapper [Executive Assistant] ryan@alternateroots.org Ryan Crane is a black, gender non-conforming, gulf south native, queer, artist, critical thinker, and curator currently residing in Bulbancha. Ryan uses archival, critical theory, philosophy, and various material mediums

indee mitchell

indee mitchell they/them/theirs & he/him/his Mastress of Cultural Exuberance and Agitation [Cultural Organizing Programs Administrator] indee@alternateroots.org indee mitchell (they/them/theirs, he/him/his) is a New Orleans based performance artist, Queer Black feminist, and cultural worker interested in experimental and community centered work

Nathalie Nia Faulk

NATHALIE NIA FAULK they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Mistress of Cultural Exuberance and Pleasantries [Cultural Organizing Programs Coordinator] nathalie@alternateroots.org Nathalie Nia (Nate) Faulk (they/them she/her) born in Lafayette, Louisiana and living in New Orleans for the last eight years, is a self

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs he/him/his Resource Synergist & Resident Hype Man [Development Director] DeMarcus@alternateroots.org 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@alternateroots.org 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

Sherella Cupid

Sherella Cupid she/her/hers [Strategic Partnerships Associate] Sherella@alternateroots.org Sherella Cupid she/her/hers [Partnerships Programs Associate] As an Associate she supports the planning and execution of regional meetings, workshops, and partnership re-granting funding and programs. Additionally, she is an Interdisciplinary Researcher-Practitioner and Educator

Tyler McDaniel

Tyler McDaniel he/him/his Development Associate Tyler@alternateroots.org With a curiosity of culture Tyler McDaniel uses his tools as a filmmaker, artist, and public historian to amplify already present voices and stories. Born and raised in Kentucky, within the Ohio River Valley,

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.