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Sevgi Fernandez/President/Founder

Sevgi began Together We Stand as  Facebook group in the summer of 2015 as a way to unite people who were interested in advocating for social justice. It's rapid growth and successes encouraged her to take things further and she began the process of creating Together We Stand, the non-profit. 

After years of working with inner city and at risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sevgi founded Diverse World Coaching in 2006. She specialized in working with blended, cross-cultural and interracial families as well as individuals struggling with racial identity formation, anxiety and depression. 

Sevgi has a successful blog that reaches readers in over 50 countries, she is a published author and seasoned speaker. She offers workshops in the following areas:

  • Racism and White Privilege
  • Parenting Mixed Race Children: Understanding their Racial Identity Development 
  • Navigating the Blended Family
  • Youth Empowerment through Community Action

Sevgi is the Senior Vice President of Race and Cultural Diversity at ARMCGlobal providing research, executive coaching and product development.

She did her undergraduate and graduate work in psychology at the Western Institute for Social Research and now sits on their board of directors. Sevgi is now embarking on what she believes is her life's work in Together We Stand. Her vision of a movement that crosses the nation ending racism through education, advocacy and legislation is certainly going to be a challenging goal, but her life has prepared her for this moment, this movement.

  

Dr. John P Fernandez/Director of Corporate Consulting

Dr. John P. Fernandez is the founder and president of Advanced Research Management Consultants Global, LLC. He also works closely and in collaboration with Diverse World Coaching.
Prior to founding ARMC Global, John worked for 15 years at AT&T, becoming the first Black division level operations manager. Responsible for a division that had over 500,000 customers, John developed and enhanced processes for selling, construction, engineering, human resource management and technological innovation.Based on his extensive experience working with many corporate clients and issues, John has written and produced more than 36 videos on human resource management, leadership, cross-cultural teams, Diversity and Proactive Inclusion®, and GlobalTREE℠ from a global perspective. He has written and developed e-learnings for Bank of America, Citibank, GlaxoSmithKline, and Lucent.Dr. John P. Fernandez is the author of 10 books and has received critical acclaim as one of the world’s leading thinkers in areas of leadership, team building, diversity, childcare, eldercare, and human resource management. He is currently working on a new book about glass-ceiling phenomenon, and the global perception of female managers.After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, John received his Ph.D. from the University California at Berkeley. As a highly sought out speaker, John has appeared on CNBC, CNN and Marketplace on National Public Radio. John has taught at Yale, New York University, Antioch, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  


Carol Laborde/Director of Outreach and Research

Carol Laborde received her BA in Sociology from Nyack College. Carol is retired now and has spent much of the last three decades volunteering her time and skills to various nonprofit organizations. She worked with the Rockland Family Shelter for battered women and children from 1988-2002. During that time she served as a Rape Crisis Trauma Counselor, was on the Board of Directors from 1988-2002, and served as President of the Board from 1998-2002. Carol also served on the Board of the Nyack Center, aiding at risk youth with breakfast club and after school mentoring. Carol currently heads up TWS advocacy communications and works as an Ambassador for Hope with Shared Hope International, an organization working to end sex trafficking.

 

Rhonda Leath/Executive Assistant 

Rhonda Leath was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Rhonda majored in Psychology and minored in Journalism at Los Angeles Trade Tech and Southwest College. Rhonda worked as a youth counselor in residential treatment and as an EMT on the Psych Emergency Team. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 7 and is active in her community doing faith based and social justice work. Rhonda is a key member of TWS doing endless work behind the scenes assisting with administrative work and research.

 

Dr. Kimberly Bateman/Director of Educational and Youth services 
Kimberly Bateman is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in working with children and adolescents in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). She is a community activist joining forces with activist organizations fighting for race and economic equity, education justice, LGBTQ rights, and criminal justice reform. Kimberly is passionate about empowering youth and organizing for change.

 

 

Paige Fernandez/TWS Chapter Lead and Northeast Outreach Assistant 

Paige Fernandez is a senior at Sarah Lawrence college where she studies history, politics and policy. She is the head of Sarah Lawrence's model United Nations team and also the chair of an on-campus organization called Brush with Greatness that practices art therapy with special needs adults. She is starting three chapters of together we stand on the east coast, in New York City, Philadelphia and on Sarah Lawrence's campus. Besides working for together we stand she also works for another nonprofit, Givology, that works to provide scholarships for students globally and funds for schools in developing country. She has to previously worked for TeamChildren, a nonprofit aimed at bridging the digital divide in Philadelphia, Camp Lee Mar, a camp for special needs kids, and the Guided Tour, an organization that travels with special needs adults.e Fernandez is a senior at Sarah Lawrence college where she studies history, politics and policy. She is the head of Sarah Lawrence's model United Nations team and also the chair of an on-campus organization called Brush with Greatness that practices art therapy with special needs adults. She is starting three chapters of together we stand on the east coast, in New York City, Philadelphia and on Sarah Lawrence's campus. Besides working for together we stand she also works for another nonprofit, Givology, that works to provide scholarships for students globally and funds for schools in developing country. She has to previously worked for TeamChildren, a nonprofit aimed at bridging the digital divide in Philadelphia, Camp Lee Mar, a camp for special needs kids, and the Guided Tour, an organization that travels with special needs adults.