Dr. Jashon Banks Sr. is a Criminal Justice Professor at Green River College, where he devotes time and effort to contribute to the students of knowledge and skills of the changing criminal justice system of America. He joined Green River College in September 2019 as a tenure-track faculty member in the business and law division. His most recent activities have been creating strategic partnerships and community relations for Green River College and developing practices with King County Pretrial Services to create a pathway for re-entry of individual seeking to complete some education. He has been also publishing articles with the Criminal Justice Encyclopedia and in progress of other journals that would benefit the criminal justice system of Washington State.
In his previous role with Tacoma Community College, he served as a Retention Specialist in the Center for Academic Support and Achievement (CASA) Center for Multi-Ethnic and Cultural Affairs (MECA) department working with first generation and lower income students of color in various program such as: Men of Distinction, Passport, and First-Generation students coming into college. Dr. Banks was responsible for recruiting the largest class for Men of Distinction to date, which was 50 students and was responsible for creating the data to represent each class entering into this program. While at Tacoma Community College, Dr. Banks served as an Adjunct Professor under the Counseling Services department and Sociology department and taught various classes ranging from Human Development and Crime and Deviance.
Before joining Tacoma Community College in June 2017, Dr. Banks served in the United States Army as a Human Resource Manager for the 4th Infantry Division Executive Officers. Dr. Banks was responsible for creating strategic plans for executive management to ensure accountability of global personnel and managed a budget in excess of 300M for training missions and equipment for military operations. Dr. Banks completed two overseas tours to the Middle East for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 and Europe Atlantic Resolve Mission in 2015.
While at Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, Dr. Banks led the department’s human resource innovations by creating a new system for electronic record keeping for efficiency with cases and reducing paper waste by 75% and digitizing traffic citation into electronic database. He partnered with County Sheriff to create financial ledgers and budgets for multiple departments to stay cost efficient with supplies. Dr. Banks was also responsible for tracking records such as police reports, accidents, sex offenders, and civil processes.
Dr. Banks holds a PhD in Criminal Justice – Law & Public Policy from Walden University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Colorado Technical University, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s College.
With a desire to make positive change within her community, Prana first came to 828 Flow as a volunteer and has spent the last year showcasing her tenacity for learning, contributing, and persevering. Her unique background as a Registered Behavior Technician has fine-tuned her ability to connect with people from all walks of life and readied her for the mentorship, she will be taking on with local high school students. Her desire is to not only map out the steps these students need to reach their goals but to actually sell them on them being achievable, which is where her relator experience will come in handy. Currently, Prana is working towards finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in teaching and is excited to learn even more tools to help the individuals she will work with in the future. Her driving force is to ensure everyone has a voice – regardless of sex, color, or creed – and through social justice work and activism she has learned when to push, when to stand up, and when to stop and listen. Ending the school to prison pipeline starts with ensuring equity in education which is why Prana is focused on ensuring all students have the same advantages and opportunities. Prana is here for change and relishes seeing how even subtle waves can ripple out and affect those around her. She is a single mom with two beautiful children and is dedicated to making the world a better place for them and all children alike.
Jenny Nakao Hones is an interior designer and a feng shui consultant. Jenny’s designs are focused on helping people become the best version of themselves, not what “looks nice” or what’s trending on home improvement channels (like HGTV).
Her years of living overseas in 4 different climates with 3 sons gives her design both flexibility and practicality. She spent over 10 years practicing Feng Shui and interior design giving her the unique ability to create rooms that not only look good but FEEL
Jenny uses an intimate approach to her designs. She asks homeowners how they want to use the room, how they want it to feel, making sure everyone is heard. Clients enjoy their newly designed spaces not only this year, but for years to come.
Krystina Jackson is a public speaker, STEM education, and curriculum developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana, an HBCU in New Orleans, LA. She was a cum laude graduate, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Following her undergraduate studies, she returned home to teach biology, chemistry, and Biomedical Sciences. While growing up, Krystina did not encounter many teachers of color in the sciences, so she was determined to inspire her hometown students toward academic achievement in STEM. She has since had students earn STEM-related degrees and enter STEM-related fields.
After her time in the classroom, Krystina went on to become the STEM Curriculum Manager at a major educational publishing company. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring the academic integrity of all of the STEM content produced by the multi-million dollar organization. As a leader in curriculum development, Krystina has used her voice and platform to ensure that people of color are clearly represented in the written content produced. She has also worked to include more people of color in STEM content development. She recognizes that true diversity of thought comes from increasing the diversity of the contributing writers and developers.
Ultimately, Krystina’s goal is clear – to speak the truth and inspire others to do the same. She does not shy away from difficult conversations. Having deep empathy gives her the unique ability to discuss hard topics in a way that inspires people to listen intently, rather than turn away in avoidance. She desires to come alongside people as they navigate the difficult waters of race relations in this country. Krystina believes that the fullness of truth is the direct path toward real change in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. She engages with companies to have tough conversations, then helps to develop a plan toward measurable progress. Let her help you and your organization dig deeper into these truths and elevate yourselves beyond them.
Jordan amplifies the truths of those whose voices are silenced and whose well-being is disregarded; he is known as a “truth-teller”. He believes that everyone has inherent dignity and worth and deserves every opportunity to thrive. His work is centered on breaking the barriers of marginalization in every facet and category of life through education and community building with a “love first” framework. This passion first revealed itself in his work with students. Jordan has spent over a decade mentoring, teaching, partnering with, and advocating for students and their families. He has worked with various schools, community organizations and religious institutions through public speaking, training and producing mentors, equipping the students with life skills and connecting them and their families to resources to aid in their goals and well-being. In his current position in education via a nonprofit, Jordan provides multiple tiers of support and enrichment for the school, students, and families including Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) groups, meeting basic needs, scholastic guidance, restorative justice supports, and mentorship aimed to ensure equity and inclusion. He enjoys reading, creating music, cooking with his two children, and eating Southern and Korean cuisine. Through the experiences of being a bi-racial man and a military brat, he has learned how to be versatile amidst cultures of varying degrees of diversity. This has provided an inroad, in many cases, for Jordan to bypass walls of insecurity, apprehension, and at times hostility to create opportunities for substantial and sustainable change in persons, cultures, or organizations. Jordan has taken to heart the words of James Baldwin when he said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed without being faced.”. He understands the difficulty and fear a person, family or organization might face as they inwardly reflect and earnestly address their own role in either cultivating or hindering justice, equity, and the well-being of those oppressed and marginalized. Yet he believes this work to be invaluable and he desires to face it alongside you.
Chenoa is a PhD student in University of California: San Diego’s Transforming Education in a Diverse Society program. Their undergraduate degree is in US history with an emphasis on Indigenous history. Before starting the PhD program Chenoa was a secondary public school teacher. As part of their work in the Franklin Pierce district they served on the equity and leadership teams and helped start a Gender and Sexualities Alliance and a Native and Indigenous Community Club. In their capacity as a teacher-leader they have led trainings on implicit biases, Indigenous curriculum, anti-racism, and schools’ responsibilities to their LGBTQ+ students. They are currently working on initiatives related to climate change, anti-hate messaging, and land acknowledgements. Their teaching experiences as well as being a member of the Kumeyaay and LGBTQ community have informed their work and fueled their passion to assist others in their anti-racist and decolonial efforts.
Krista PerezEquity & Inclusion
Krista Perez has spent the bulk of her education and career learning and prioritizing anti-racist, equitable and community centered work. Her multi-disciplinary perspective allows her to view her work through several lenses which include being the daughter of an immigrant father and migrant worker mother, her undergraduate degree in law, economics and public policy, small business/entrepreneurial knowledge, and passion for community organizing. These experiences inform the work that Krista has done as president and founder of the nonprofit organization, the Tacoma Women of Color Collective, co-founder of The Community Market, a People of Color centered market, and Perez Consulting, a DEI consulting business.
At Perez Consulting, authenticity, transparency and accountability are prioritized. Krista believes it is important to uproot anti Black and racist values while amplifying the voices of the most marginalized among us. Key to this is creating safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color and striving for equitable outcomes.
“I rescue geniuses.”
This is the mantra and belief that JeNae Johnson operates as a leading consultant. Starting with the premise that everyone has genius within them, JeNae equips leaders and teams with proper tools, guidance, strategy and courage to accomplish their business objectives. JeNae is a Fascinate Certified Advisor and director of the program How to Fascinate in 3D: Difference, Diversity, and Disruption, a joint venture between JeNae’s company and Fascinate, Inc. Leaning into her experience in behavior change, JeNae leverages proven methodologies and strategies to help companies build equitable workplaces. She created Bold x Brave™ Conversations—a facilitated workshop for leaders to start engaging their teams in productive conversations about race and disparity that ultimately lead to strategic action.
JeNae has consulted with various companies in the energy sector, including Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Oxy, BHP, and Shell. She has been featured on numerous podcasts, is a keynote speaker and was recently featured in the Houston Chronicle for her company’s successful participation in #Sharethemicandthemoney now, a corporate pitch program.
A member of the WEN Houston chapter, JeNae has facilitated sessions for the local mentoring program and as a member of the WEN National Racial Equity Taskforce, formed in June 2020.
JeNae’s unique facilitation skills and command of virtual technology has positioned her as a highly sought-after speaker, trainer and facilitator and an era where organizations are looking for effective virtual solutions for team engagement. View her LinkedIn here
Micah Scheff has been in the business of security for 22 years and is passionate about sharing his ideas and what he has learned not only for security personnel but anyone who interacts with the public and is concerned about de-escalation and safety. Growing up as a minority in the Midwest opened his eyes to the importance of treating each other with respect and leaving judgement and biases out of the conversation. His ideas and concepts come from a background of military, private security, and decades of successes and failures interacting with the public. Micah strongly believes in the importance of continuing education throughout life. He has a degree in 3D Computer Arts and Animation, has received his designation for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design with the National Institute for Crime Prevention, attended security officer training through the University of Washington Police Department, Armed Intruder training with the Department of Homeland Security, and is also a certified Personal Trainer and a father. As a security officer, he’s had countless opportunities to change the paradigm of “security” while serving the underprivileged community and strives to bring what he has learned to a broader audience.
Rachi Wortham is from Tacoma, WA and loves to help the community that he is from. He is a small business owner of Outlet Services LLC, a company focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Tacoma, WA. He has partnered with many different businesses to help with his work but spends a bulk of his time helping at Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center in Tacoma’s Hilltop Neighborhood. Wortham is also the Head Coach of the Tacoma Community College (TCC) Men’s Basketball Program and sits on the Board of Directors for Teamwrk, and Communities in Schools Tacoma.
Wortham has coached collegiate athletics since 2008, he has also worked in the corporate world as well. As a coach or player he has been able to compete in the NCAA Tournament 4 times at three different universities. In the corporate world he worked at Cintas and Country Financial. He garnered multiple rookies of the month at Cintas and was an All-American and Rookie of the Year in his only year at Country Financial Tacoma Agency.
In addition to his leadership on the court, Wortham is passionate about kids. While coaching at all of his schools, Eastern Washington, Oregon State, and Montana he headed the program’s mentoring and community outreach efforts, regularly spending time at local elementary schools or speaking to assemblies. Since returning to Tacoma, he has leveraged his passion for using basketball as a means of outreach and leadership development, spending time volunteering for organizations such as, TEAM BRADLEY, TEAM ACCESS, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, the Boys & Girls Club, NBC CAMPS, and the Isaiah Thomas Basketball Camp.
Wortham earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Tacoma Community College (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Washington University (2006).
Rachi Wortham is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated enjoys his life as an active member of his community with his wife Lisa and their son, Joaquin.