Team

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Staff

Brandi Grayson
Founder, CEO

Brandi Grayson is the proud mother of 3 daughters 25, 26, and 20, and one 4-year-old son. Ms. Grayson has worn many hats over the last 20 years including Treatment Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, an Organizer, Advocate, Activist, Comedian, Radio Talk Show Host, CEO, Assistant Social Worker, Program Manager, Business Manager, Program Analyst, Realtor, Director of Employment Services, Assistant Social Worker; Case Manager; Claims Adjuster; Field Inspector for a transportation company; Field Manager for a construction company; and currently she is is the Founder and CEO of Urban Triage, Inc, as well Grayson Consulting, LLC. Many know Ms. Grayson for her work with the Young Gifted and Black Coalition (YGB) which she co-founded in 2014 in response to the murder of Mike Brown and most recently her leadership as CEO of Urban Triage, following the murder of George Floyd. Ms. Grayson embodies that in which she stands for: supporting healthy Black families, transformative justice & education, integrity, breakthroughs, and Black liberation. Bringing with her decades of experience working with Black families and children while simultaneously experiencing the intersectionality of Black vulnerability. Leading her to found and ground her work in creating a better world and understanding that a better world starts with self. Self-awareness, accountability, integrity, and the will to heal. Ms. Grayson’s methodology is rooted in “being the change we desire to see in the world.” She began practicing this model of activism and advocacy at UW Madison where she was the Diversity Liaison for Associated Students of Madison (ASM). Ms. Grayson takes pride in empowering, inspiring breakthroughs, and transformation in Black people and Black communities. Her work reflects the attributes of Blackness that’s rarely centered---Black excellence, Black competence, Black healing, Black resilience, Black creativity, Black compassion, Black economic development, and Black love.

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Tatiana Dennis
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Tatiana Dennis has served communities across the world through non-profit work, and is currently serving as the Executive Assistant to Founder/CEO Brandi Grayson at Urban Triage, Inc. Tatiana has spent nearly a decade serving communities through leadership workshops, health and wellness training, permaculture education, non-profit leadership, and yoga.

Tatiana graduated from UW-Madison with a BA in Mass Communications in 2018. As Executive Assitant, Tatiana handles all administrative and operational tasks on behalf of our CEO. She coordinates all executive outreach, external relations, and communications.

Prior to joining Urban Triage, Inc., Tatiana served as the Executive Assistant at the Dane County Executive’s Office. Tatiana spent the last year working in South Africa creating Khaya Guesthouse and Yoga Studio while serving two non-profits: The Earth Child Project, and SEED.

In her free time, Tatiana enjoys biking, hiking, climbing, and exploring new places. Tatiana is a 500-hour registered yoga and meditation instructor and enjoys teaching on weekends. Tatiana Dennis is devoted to using the skills she’s developed through non-profit and wellness work to serve the community that raised her.

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Quetta Rogers
Program Manager

Although fairly new to non-profit work, Quetta Rogers has excelled in the roles of Volunteer Manager, Executive Assistant, and Program Manager all at once. Now, Quetta is the sole Program Manager at Urban Triage, Inc. 

Quetta’s passion is driven by her desire to become a leader within the community. With her vase knowledge of resources, she is constantly developing new ways to support the mission of Urban Triage, Inc. 

Quetta spent five years working in the healthcare industry, and plans to obtain higher degrees of education after her two children are out of school. She currently runs the Supporting Healthy Black Families program through Urban Triage and hopes to be a healthcare advocate for black communities - while inspiring others to do the same.

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Alex Booker
Communications and Agricultural Specialist

Alex Booker is a knowledgeable communications professional whose passion lies not only in the transformation and empowerment of Black people, but also with horticulture and urban agriculture. As Communications Specialist at Urban Triage, Inc., he is charged with maintaining a brand identity for this organization. In this role he is responsible for social media and media relations where he brings his unique voice and perspective to the organization. 

Alex is a graduate of Urban Triage's Supporting Healthy Black Families' 3rd Cohort. His experience in this workgroup was something he never witnessed before and knew he had to be a part of the organization that brought about his transformation. He is a Madison native who graduated from La Follette High School. He then became a Community Scholar at Edgewood College where he was an active member of the Black Student Union and a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador. After the loss of his aunt to breast cancer, his journey to advocate for breaking the stigma of mental health and deepen the connectivity of the agriculture industry to a population that is often overlooked in this industry began. 

When Alex isn't active on social media, you will find him tending to Brandi's garden, his mom's garden, or spending time with his dog, Mowgli. He also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with whatever is in season and finding a good wine to pare it with.

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Javaris Nunn
Homeless Outreach Specialist

Javaris Nunn is driven by creativity in his personal identity and professional life. This creativity leads him to succeed in the position of Facilitation Specialty with Urban Triage. As a Facilitation Specialty, Javaris is entrusted with analyzing and planning outreach support along with facilitating and speaking at Supporting Healthy Black Families cohort events. 


Javaris’s passion for non-profit work stems from the injustices which were presented through life on parole. By working as a Facilitation Specialty, Javaris is dedicated towards ensuring community members are supported and empowered. The personal experiences of Javaris pushed him to become an advocate towards the transformation and empowerment of Black voices, families, and communities. 


In his personal time, Javaris focuses his energy on creating new ventures and paths for his life. He busies himself by managing his home and being a creator of better opportunities. 


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Aja Shumate
Marketing Coordinator

Aja Shumate is a passionate activist and knowledgeable Social Media Specialist. She has been involved with the community since her early high school years and is committed to bringing about change, and being a part of transformative justice & education. 


As the Marketing Coordinator of Urban Triage, Aja is responsible for social media and media relation. Aja has superb influencing skills and is a passionate about not only educating the public on what Urban Triage does for the community, but also inspiring others to be involved with the mission of Urban Triage. 


Aja is a Middleton native, where she felt that she never really had a community to be a part of. That is why Urban Triage has been such a special, and amazing experience for her. Her passion for non-profit work stemmed from the underrepresentation of Black people throughout Madison and across America. 


When Aja is not at Urban Triage, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, taking care of her plants, and trying new foods. Aja also enjoys thinking outside of the box and brainstorming new ideas to bring about social change. 


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Chandra Lewis
Office Manager

Chandra joins the Urban Triage Team following her tenure as Chief Workshop Manager of the Build-A-Bear Workshop in West Towne Mall. 

Service has always been an essential part of a day's work for Chandra. She is a professional who brings over a dozen years of administrative experience to her role as Office Manager for Urban Triage, Inc. 

As our Office Manager, Chandra assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, as well as managing daily operations. Drawing on her previous experience working in food service, retail management, state food assistance, and public health programs, and a university development and alumni association; Chandra is responsible for the overall coordination of a broad range of services and resources that allow Urban Triage to operate efficiently and effectively; including but not limited to: Human Resources, Payroll Management, and Bookkeeping. 

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama - Chandra is no stranger to fighting for and educating others. She has been active in community work for years and is a proud breast cancer survivor and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. 

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Sebastian Hassell
Agriculture Lead

Sebastian Hassell is the new lead for the Supporting Healthy Black Families' Agriculture Initiative. He comes to Urban Triage as a proud graduate of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. He holds a B.A in Political Science and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a Housing and Community Development focus. 

As the Agriculture Initiative Lead and a self proclaimed "country boy," Sebastian is bringing a lifetime of personal agriculture experience to Urban Triage; everything from growing his own food, to raising pigs and chickens. 

Sebastian sees this agriculture initiative as an opportunity to serve his community by engaging in food justice work, and facilitating conversations centered around urban agriculture, gardening, and other practices to assist and empower individuals and families in underserved communities. 

Outside of Urban Triage, you can find Sebastian working to uplift the human condition by passionately fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights and building affirming ministry spaces. Sebastian is also a proud member of Tau Kappa Omicron Fraternity, Inc. 

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Yo Jones
Outreach Specialist Lead

Hello, my name is Jochebed (it's biblical, Moses' mother's name). I go by Yo' for short due to the Hebrew pronunciation. I was recently hired as a Homeless Outreach Specialist at Urban Triage. I look forward to working with people in the field and learning as much as I possibly can about that ins & outs of the program. 

Each day will come with some versatility, although there are some aspects that will become repetitive. I'm excited to see what's in store for me as I embark on this new journey of service for the people and for my community. 

In my down time I enjoy reading, traveling, and eating good food in addition to spending quality time with my loved ones as we make new and lasting memories. 

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Board of Directors

Brandi Grayson
President

Brandi Grayson is the proud mother of 3 daughters 25, 26, and 20, and one 4-year-old son. Ms. Grayson has worn many hats over the last 20 years including Treatment Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, an Organizer, Advocate, Activist, Comedian, Radio Talk Show Host, CEO, Assistant Social Worker, Program Manager, Business Manager, Program Analyst, Realtor, Director of Employment Services, Assistant Social Worker; Case Manager; Claims Adjuster; Field Inspector for a transportation company; Field Manager for a construction company; and currently she is is the Founder and CEO of Urban Triage, Inc, as well Grayson Consulting, LLC. Many know Ms. Grayson for her work with the Young Gifted and Black Coalition (YGB) which she co-founded in 2014 in response to the murder of Mike Brown and most recently her leadership as CEO of Urban Triage, following the murder of George Floyd. Ms. Grayson embodies that in which she stands for: supporting healthy Black families, transformative justice & education, integrity, breakthroughs, and Black liberation. Bringing with her decades of experience working with Black families and children while simultaneously experiencing the intersectionality of Black vulnerability. Leading her to found and ground her work in creating a better world and understanding that a better world starts with self. Self-awareness, accountability, integrity, and the will to heal. Ms. Grayson’s methodology is rooted in “being the change we desire to see in the world.” She began practicing this model of activism and advocacy at UW Madison where she was the Diversity Liaison for Associated Students of Madison (ASM). Ms. Grayson takes pride in empowering, inspiring breakthroughs, and transformation in Black people and Black communities. Her work reflects the attributes of Blackness that’s rarely centered---Black excellence, Black competence, Black healing, Black resilience, Black creativity, Black compassion, Black economic development, and Black love.

Cedric Johnson
Vice-President

Cedric Johnson is the Community Relations Manager with Madison Gas & Electric. He works specifically with diverse communities to ensure inclusive and fair access to services and products, in addition to overseeing strategic partnerships. He previously served as the Director of Development & Communications for Briarpatch Youth Services, where he led the campaign to raise $3 million for Dane County's first and only shelter dedicated to homeless youth. He has also worked in major gift development and public relations for Madison Children's Museum and American Red Cross.

In addition to Urban Triage, Cedric also sits on the boards of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and NewBridge Madison. He is a former Mayoral appointee to the Madison Arts Commission and two-term president of OPEN (the Out Professional Engagement Network). He aims to use his experience and skill in strategic planning, fundraising, policy, and community relations to help advance UT's mission.

April Kigeya
Secretary

April is a graduate of UW-Madison with a BA in Legal Studies. She has a long track record of program management, leadership, community engagement, and outreach through previous roles, including UW-Madison, Target Corporation, and Unity Point Health Meriter. Her work extends into the community by her service on the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable, City of Madison Affirmative Action Commission,  and by serving on the Overture Center Community Advisory Board. In April’s current work as Special Project Manager for the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, Outreach Specialist for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and as Communications and Operations Director for Urban Triage, she continues to foster her community engagement and outreach. In addition, April is a graduate of Urban Triage's first Supporting Healthy Black Families Cohort.

Alex Lindenmeyer
Treasurer

Alex Lindenmeyer is the co-owner of Short Stack Eatery, a community-focused breakfast spot located in the heart of Downtown Madison. Alex and her Short Stack team focus on supporting Black-led organizations and anti-racist work in this community. If Alex is not in the kitchen slinging hot cakes, you can find her fixing bikes as a volunteer bike mechanic at Wheels for Winners or chilling with her dog Murphy.

Gia Gallimore
Board Member

Gia Gallimore is the Director of Diverse Alumni Engagement at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). In this role, she works to develop and establish strategic priorities to increase engagement among alumni through program/event participation, volunteering, and philanthropic giving. Since joining WFAA, Gia and her team have conducted listening sessions with alumni of color and LGBTQ+ alumni that resulted in the development of strategic engagement plans, new program initiatives, and strengthened campus partnerships. Engagement among diverse alumni has increased substantially as a result of these efforts.

She currently serves as a board member for City Incite, a non-profit located in Chicago, IL with a mission to enrich lives by inciting people to work together, develop leaders, and uplift communities. She also serves as a board member for Urban Triage located in Madison, WI, with a mission to foster, develop, and strengthen Black families’ self-sufficiency, community leadership, advocacy, and family success through psychoeducation, community engagement, trauma response, healing, and cultural heritage. She believes in giving back and loves supporting and uplifting Black owned businesses.

Gia received her Bachelor of Arts in African American World Studies from the University of Iowa in 2004 and her Master of Education from Iowa State University in 2008. In past positions, Gia has served as the Assistant Director of the UW Multicultural Student Center (MSC), Executive Team Leader of Asset Protection for Target Corporation, and Director of Impact for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. She is a wife, mother of an eight-year-old daughter, and originally from the south side of Chicago.

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