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Administrative 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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Jazzmine Haygood
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jazzmine Haygood graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Criminology and Law studies in 2019. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jazzmine graduated from Madison College with a technical degree in Legal Studies. Jazzmine has spent several years in administrative positions in various fields including education, healthcare, and law. 

For four years she worked with Marquette University Advancement raising donations for Marquette's Various Scholarship funds. In addition, Jazzmine has interned with the WI Public Defender's Office and the Madison Department of Civil Rights. She has been able to help and serve the community through each of her positions. 

As Executive Assistant, Jazzmine handles all administrative and operational tasks on behalf of our CEO. She coordinates all executive outreach, external relations, and communications. In her spare time, she likes to read, play videos games, play guitar and spend time with her family. 

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Quetta Rogers
Director of Operations

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 vast 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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Javaris Nunn
Program Manager | Supporting Healthy Black Families & Unhoused Neighbors

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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Sharmecia Brown
Program Manager | Rental Assistance

Sharmecia Brown has lived in Madison for 30 years now and has worn many different hats throughout her life. Mother, step-mother, grandmother, and last but not least, caretaker. She has two sons, two daughters, a step-son, a grandson, a granddaughter, and twin 1-year-old girls, who are extended family members. 

Some nights and weekends she manages the home of her client, who is disabled, and ensures that she is receiving proper staffing and care in her home, to maintain, her healthiest and best life in the safety of her own home. She wears each hat proudly and unapologetically; putting her all into every role sympathetically and wholeheartedly. 

All of her experiences have led her to where she is today, Program Manager. She has discovered her calling at Urban Triage and is thrilled about this new rewarding, gratifying position to say the least. She is excited to get the ball rolling and go in swinging!

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Jamie Quam
Director of Development

Jamie Quam (she/her) is a development and advocacy professional with a decade of experience working for nonprofits and NGOs throughout the United States and globally. She is committed to building a strong fundraising strategy and developing relationships to effectively advance Urban Triage's mission and values. She is dedicated to better understanding how she has benefited from systemic racism and her own privilege. She is also passionate about supporting racial justice and the organizations that work towards addressing the key issues facing the Madison community. Jamie began her career as the Development Coordinator for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services after receiving her Bachelor's Degree from UW-Madison. In this role, she supported both the annual fund and their successful $10 million capital campaign to build a new shelter on Madison's Northside. 

Jamie then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Public Health focusing on sexual and reproductive health advocacy at John Hopkins University. During her time living in Baltimore, she taught sexual education and worked at the Urban Health Institute developing a new leadership program for aspiring nonprofit leaders in East Baltimore. After receiving her degree, Jamie moved to Washington, D.C. to work in government relations for a sexual and reproductive health research institute. She advocated for SRH rights both domestically and globally during the Trump Administration. 

Prior to joining the team at Urban Triage, Jamie was the Future Ready Campaign Director for the Foundation for Madison Public Schools. She played many roles in supporting Madison West, Memorial, La Follette, and Captial High in their fundraising goals. In her spare time, Jamie is a member of OPEN, an LGBTQ+ professionals network, and the Junior League of Madison. She just adopted a cat and kitten and is excited to build her own little family with them. 

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Destiny Persinger
Administrative Support Specialist

Destiny Persinger is a creative, artistic soul who has never met someone she didn't love. She has lived in Madison Wisconsin for 24 years now. New to the non-profit industry, she is eager to be a part of this selfless organization. She recently was working for UW Health as a Medical Assistant and was ready to be in the community first-hand, as she has a passion for putting herself on the frontlines every chance she can to make a difference. 

As the Administrative Support Specialist for Urban Triage, she is responsible for the administrative piece of our organization and supports all staff members. She also focuses on managing the final review process and processing checks for our Rental Support team.

When she is not changing the world as a rent abatement for Urban Triage, she is a reader of Black literature, a lover of Black people, and an influencer of makeup who always is learning new techniques! She also enjoys reading books, traveling to new places, and trying new foods. She doesn't have any children, but she has a niece and a nephew that she treats as her own. She enjoys spoiling them, and then sending them back home to their mom! 

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Silvan Fleming
Unhoused Neighbors Outreach Specialist

Silvan was born and raised in Madison Wisconsin. He has worked in many fields ranging from art galleries to retail and customer service. He was also an intern in the IT field as an application developer. Silvan is creative, and early on in his college career, he transferred his major from liberal arts to graphic design. He graduated from YWeb Career Program and gained the skills to provide front-end web development, coding, and IT.  

In his free time, he enjoys painting, drawing, and dance. In high school, Silvan participated in dance competitions, and his favorite styles of dance are breakdancing, popping, tutting, and gliding. Silvan practices martial arts today and won a gold medal in his last competition. 

As an Unhoused Neighbor Outreach Specialist, Silvan spends time making rounds in the community and reaching out to those who are experiencing homelessness. He builds relationships with clients and creates assessments to provide essential items and permanent resources. Silvan enjoys this work because it challenges him to be a better version of himself. It is his belief that once you stop growing as a person, you stop living. Working in this field allows him to grow as a person, but most importantly supports his community by helping those in need.

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Raychelle Freeman
Unhoused Neighbors Outreach Specialist

Raychelle Freeman has lived in Madison native for 20 years, after relocating from Indiana when she was 19. Since moving to Madison, she has worked in several professional positions. She started off as a CNA and went on to work in the medical insurance field. She also attended school to earn a degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. 

She is a single mother to four children, three boys, and a girl. In her free time, her favorite hobbies are helping people in need, reading, and writing books and plays. 

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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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