The Survivors’ Truths team is devoted, integrated and awesome! Each of these individuals’ contributions to Survivors’ Truths and dedication to social justice issues are greatly appreciated.
A bit about diversity: Survivors’ Truths regards visible diversity as an integral component of our social justice work and the outcome of ongoing efforts to make space for, include, and value varied ways of knowing and doing things. We do this by recruiting in a variety of settings and seeking out leaders in the communities we serve as collaborators, directors, and staff members. Beyond the numbers, diversity of opinion and experience are core values of our organization.
Executive Director, acting Board Chair
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Dove also brings a degree in Business Administration and extensive program coordination and management expertise to the organization. She is a member of a number of professional organizations and has presented on social justice-related topics at conferences around the world.
Rev. Rachel Ciupek-Reed, M.Div.
A full-time minister with the progressive Midlands Church, United Church of Christ in Arlington, TX, Rachel has a history of nonprofit leadership too extensive to list here. She is excited to build Survivors’ Truths’ systems to maximize efficiency and improve reporting capacities.
Sarah’s passion and experience is providing people the space to make art to support healing. She has developed and worked with programs serving marginalized and homeless children and families. Sarah has previously been involved with Survivors’ Truths as a volunteer program manager and fundraising coordinator, and is happy to serve on the board.
Ashford T. Summerville
A native of Liberia, West Africa, educated here in the US, Ashford has been able to gain extensive marketing and business experience while also volunteering for a number of charitable/social justice causes. He was drawn to Survivors’ Truths because of its emphasis on building on local knowledge and strengths while supporting front-line service providers and bringing attention to social justice issues.
Chipo is a lawyer whose commitment to social justice has taken her around the globe. She has worked for a number of legal advocacy organizations, as well as the United Nations, and has done everything from setting up and monitoring organizational systems to legislative review. She has been an advisor for Survivors' Truths from its beginnings and brings her strong analytic and organizational skills, connections and passion for social justice to the board.
Maria has been a leader in social services for the Latina transgender community in Los Angeles since 1998. She has been involved with many organizations including serving as a board member of the Liberty Hill Foundation, The Los Angeles Transgender Task Force, The Trans Unity Planning Committee, Alianza and The Los Angeles and West Hollywood Police Department Sensitivity Training Program.