Dr. Kimberly Whitaker, Psy. D.
Interim Chief Operations Officer
About Dr. Whitaker
Dr. Whitaker possess over 16 years' experience addressing mental health issues. She has shared her expertise with multiple organizations providing services as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and executive coach. Dr. Whitaker has extended her services to local non-profits and currently provides services within a private practice setting for individuals, families, and groups.
As a consultant and executive coach, Dr. Whitaker has conducted Everything DiSC assessments and trainings, developed and implemented strategies to promote a DiSC based workplace culture, facilitated workshops for organizational development for leaders and supported senior executives and entrepreneurs to be accountable to achieving the company’s revenue and profit goals, while promoting healthy team dynamics and a positive culture.
Dr. Whitaker has provided mental health services addressing the following issues: adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, trauma, child/adult physical, sexual and mental abuse, domestic and community violence, gender identity issues and relationship issues (monogamous and polyamorous). She has extensive experience working with the re-entry community, people struggling with addiction, developmental disabilities and people addressing issues of homelessness.
Education and Certification
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Argosy University
M.S. Degree in Clinical Psychology – Argosy University
M.S. Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling – California State University, Fresno
B.S. Degree in Political Science minor in Psychology – California State University, Chico
Everything DiSC Workplace Certification and Trainings - Wiley
Domestic Violence Training Certification – S.A.V.E.
Anger Management Certification – Anderson and Anderson
Desmond Holt (DesignerDesmond formally DB1) is an Autodidact Visual Design and Media expert. He utilizes multiple disciplines from photo retouching to 3d motion graphics to build brands for local bay area musicians to engage their fans and supporters. At the age of 29, he has 10+ yrs of experience working with musicians who present meaningful and impactful music . For the past 5 years, Desmond has been working with small business owners to build online presences for their respective businesses. Using several content management systems, Desmond is able to use his extensive design knowledge with HTML & CSS to create custom websites outfitted with custom product photography.
Jasmine (aka) Honey Gold Jasmine is a performing artist, entrepreneur consultant, and event coordinator. Her life’s mission is to create “music FROM the soul FOR the soul” and raise her daughter to embody her power & peace. She earned her double major in Music and Psychology from Mills College in 2017. Since 2016, Jasmine has mentored numerous youth entrepreneurs as a facilitator & alumni of Youth Impact Hub Oakland. She is a hip hop therapist + Communications Coordinator with Beats, Rhymes & Life. In addition, she is a member of SELC’s Repaired Nations project first pilot cooperative economics group that focuses on promoting co-op businesses in Black communities. She is humbled and proud to be a part of a group of artist entrepreneurs that are ready to change the world for the better by coming together unified.
Tenika "Lady Blue"
About Tenika "Lady Blue"
Tenika Blue 3 generation Afro- Indigenous San Francisco, Bay Area Native. With her rich roots she's worked with a wide variety of organizations to advocate and support anti-violence initiatives, Social Justice Reform, women's initiatives and youth empowerment. 2018 she was Nominated "Mother of The Year" by the Love Life Foundation in Oakland Ca. Founded By Donald Lacy.
Blue's heart work has led her to cultural community healing an over the last 10 years she has dedicated much of her time to building a sisterhood network know as New Beginning Sister Circle which was piloted out United Roots Oakland Youth Media Arts Hub. Tenika Blue, Ladasha Diamond, Queen Deelah and Katrina Harris are the Founding Sisters of the New Beginnings Sister Circle born out of the need to hold sanctuary space for young and women of color living in Oakland's inner city.
With knowledge of how powerful circling up is, Blue joined Sisters Unitel a few other women took the Circle into the San Francisco juvenile hall alongside a collective of women such as Shervon Hunter CEO of (Stand In Peace International), Katrina Harris, Toni R. Battle CamishaFatimah Gentry-Ford and Ashley M.Blanco. Tenika Blue as she quotes " In breathing life into our young people it shifts what our future looks like. To have knowledge of self an to learn your worth has a profound impact on one's esteem. Because when you know that people care it goes along way, in one's mental self security. The elders in my life made it very clear that I had purpose, an that one day I would become an adult an pay it forward."
Currently, you can find Tenika Blue holding Intergenerational Circles with United Roots Oakland, Urban Peace Movement, DPV, and HHREC. Her work also includes being an Event Commentator, where she navigate positive lively interactions amongst communities and special events. You'll also find her using different forms of art to liberate the importance of Ancestral Inclusion through her ceremonial homage an offerings. In light of all that she was lead to POORMagazine /DeeColonize academy where she is co-teacher, co-madre and elephant council member collectively working to educate, empower and liberate for a sustainable futures.
Adimu Madyun is an educator, filmmaker and musician. Adimu has produced films and music in both the United States and various countries in Africa. Adimu has worked with the Oakland Unified School District for over 5 years as an educator and youth counselor. Adimu also facilitates a men of color achievement circle at United Roots, DetermiNation, and directly trains youth in media and music production.
Visionova HR Consulting, INC.
About Visionova hr consulting, inc.
The Visionova team has over 20 years of hands-on HR leadership and coaching expertise serving nonprofit and for-profit organizations from a variety of industries. Their experience as a small organization has provided them with an appreciation for the impact that "Culture-First" HR initiatives can have on an organization, as well as the need for simplicity and cost-effectiveness to ensure positive results.
The leadership of Visionova has served in a number of positions that demonstrate their passion for supporting nonprofits, including the Richmond Art Center Board of Directors. Their goal is to empower their clients to achieve their vision by creating great workplaces through “Culture-First" HR solutions.
Respected and known for providing engaging training, Visionova staff have developed and presented workshops and seminars since 2012 on the concept of "Culture-Reset," sexual harassment prevention, effective leadership, and employee engagement, nationwide. A summary of their collective education, certifications, and professional organization affiliations are listed below.
Education & Certifications
Professional Organizations | Affiliations
About Strategic cfo's
Strategic CFOs was founded on a simple principal – small business leaders deserve the same level of accounting support and insight as their big-company counterparts. We have assembled a team of professionals that can deliver on that promise, empowering our clients to make smart decisions about their companies. Around our team we have built a streamlined business process that allows us to provide customized, responsive service to a portfolio of small business clients.
In addition to offering top-notch accounting, Strategic CFOs often partners with external tax preparers and other finance professionals to deliver comprehensive financial support to clients.
SANKOFA AYA'S Consulting,LLC
Deputy Executive Liaison
About Sankofa aya's consulting, llc
The staff of Sankofa Aya Consulting (SAC) have more than ten years of experience in education and nonprofit consulting. The SAC team believes in utilizing culturally responsive actions in order to take a holistic approach to supporting their clients. They also believe that it is essential to preserve what is at risk of being left behind and that it is advantageous to deep-dive into hardships that are resourceful to the development process.
Sankofa Aya Consulting is deeply committed to supporting organizations, companies, and institutions in identifying and cultivating strategic solutions to organizational problems. SAC consultants have worked with clients throughout the United States, in regions such as the Southeast, Midwest, and Northwest Pacific.
SAC’s leadership believes strongly in restorative leading, focused on the interconnectedness of community and humility. SAC understands that our communities are paramount in the client-consultant relationship. Furthermore, the SAC team is committed to building self-awareness in their clients to benefit the growth of their work and assist them in leaping forward into transformational change.
About RISE TO NEW HEIGHTS
Rise to New Heights counsels powerful people at a crossroads who are ready, willing and able to shift. They offer a cutting-edge mix of human resource consulting, proven coaching tools, diversity, equity and inclusion expertise and luminous intuitive guidance to provide strategic support for changemakers. Their work is tailored to the client’s individual needs with a specialization in corporate wellness and team building. Together, Rise to New Heights staff hold over 25 years of experience as dynamic and highly motivated consulting professionals with demonstrated success building client relationships at all levels, establishing project strategy and deliverables, and developing and delivering solutions. Their unique approach transforms major life and business challenges into joyful opportunities for growth. Rise to New Heights brings adaptability, process improvement and a high tolerance for ambiguous, fast-paced, diverse environments to all of their engagements.