Staff.

 

Antionette D. Carroll
founder, President & CEO

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth leadership to challenge racial inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new, award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist in General Excellence and Urban Design). Through this capacity, Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named a 2018 Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, and Camelback Ventures Fellow.

Additionally, in 2014, Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. Currently, she’s an AIGA National Board Director and Chair Emerita of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Design for Inclusivity Summit with Microsoft. She’s the co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship.

Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at TED, Capital One, Harvard, Stanford University, Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon and TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.

TED GATLIN, JR.
PROGRAM MANAGER  

Ted Gatlin Jr. is a youth development professional, political activist, and highly sought after public speaker and radio personality. Growing up in St. Louis taught him the importance of being authentically aware of what’s happening from within his own neighborhood as well as the global community. He has worked in the community with youth and also in radio for over 7 years using his voice as an instrument to incite change necessary in our society. A passionate content creator and producer, he uses music, interviews. and current events to elevate the conversation around equity in the Black Community, Politics, economics and youth development.  As Program Manager at Creative Reaction Lab, Ted is charged with educating and supporting youth leadership to address racial inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations using the Equity Centered Community Design process. This creates a youth-led, community-centered movement and professional pipeline challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health, and government sectors. This work is central to Ted's core as a community leadership developer.

Ted Gatlin Jr. is a youth development professional, political activist, and highly sought after public speaker and radio personality. Growing up in St. Louis taught him the importance of being authentically aware of what’s happening from within his own neighborhood as well as the global community. He has worked in the community with youth and also in radio for over 7 years using his voice as an instrument to incite change necessary in our society. A passionate content creator and producer, he uses music, interviews. and current events to elevate the conversation around equity in the Black Community, Politics, economics and youth development.

As Program Manager at Creative Reaction Lab, Ted is charged with educating and supporting youth leadership to address racial inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations using the Equity Centered Community Design process. This creates a youth-led, community-centered movement and professional pipeline challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health, and government sectors. This work is central to Ted's core as a community leadership developer.

Hilary sedovic, lmsw
Learning & education manager  

Hilary Sedovic is a social work professional specialized in planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs that promote equitable community outcomes through systems change. She earned a graduate degree focused on management and social entrepreneurship from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. A systems thinker and self-proclaimed evaluation geek, Hilary is forever contemplating interconnectedness, process, leverage points, outcomes, access, empowerment, and equity, and is a founding member of the Evaluation Association of St. Louis. In 2018, she delivered a presentation at the annual Rise Float Gathering that prompted discussion around social impact and meaningful evaluation in a for-profit industry.

Hilary's background includes work in refugee and immigration services, civic leadership, acute behavioral health, early childhood development, infant mortality reduction, and elementary STEAM education along with the provision of consulting services for non-profit organizations. She also supports her local community as a lead facilitator of the Witnessing Whiteness program through YWCA Metro St. Louis, guiding racially-caucused white groups of community participants through facilitated discussion and activities to support positive racial identity development that will spur action toward dismantling racism and promoting racial equity.

 

janet frederick, ba
Program development associate

Janet Frederick, BA, is a graduate student pursuing a joint degree to obtain a Master of Social Work and Master of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to attending WashU, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English.  Janet’s background includes working with various nonprofits focused on providing academic and mentorship services for Black youth. She has served as the Program Director of the Ezekiel Center in Columbia, SC, an organization focused on empowering Black youth. Additionally, Janet served as a mentor during the first Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy in 2018. Lastly, she currently works as the Healing Policy Coordinator for the Race and Opportunity Lab at Washington University.  Janet is interested in continuing to study evidenced-based methods for utilizing community resources and strengths to advance equity within communities of color and to increase the community’s involvement in the education of its youth. Additionally, she hopes to work within the Education system to promote and redesign a more equitable education for students of color and to increase the awareness of bias and the need for culturally relevant pedagogy.  As the Program Development Associate, Janet supports the curriculum development of Design to Better [Our Community] programming and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Additionally, she supports the recruitment, outreach, and admissions efforts for the Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program’s student participants, mentors, program lead, and volunteers.

Janet Frederick, BA, is a graduate student pursuing a joint degree to obtain a Master of Social Work and Master of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to attending WashU, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Janet’s background includes working with various nonprofits focused on providing academic and mentorship services for Black youth. She has served as the Program Director of the Ezekiel Center in Columbia, SC, an organization focused on empowering Black youth. Additionally, Janet served as a mentor during the first Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy in 2018. Lastly, she currently works as the Healing Policy Coordinator for the Race and Opportunity Lab at Washington University.

Janet is interested in continuing to study evidenced-based methods for utilizing community resources and strengths to advance equity within communities of color and to increase the community’s involvement in the education of its youth. Additionally, she hopes to work within the Education system to promote and redesign a more equitable education for students of color and to increase the awareness of bias and the need for culturally relevant pedagogy.

As the Program Development Associate, Janet supports the curriculum development of Design to Better [Our Community] programming and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Additionally, she supports the recruitment, outreach, and admissions efforts for the Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program’s student participants, mentors, program lead, and volunteers.

Jonathan neal
design associate

Jonathan Neal is a graphic designer driven by curiosity, imagination, and big ideas. Currently, pursuing his BFA in Graphic Design at University of Missouri-St. Louis, he has a love for illustration, color, and music. Born and raised in South Florida, it wasn’t until he moved to St. Louis in 2013 that he discovered a growing passion for activism, inclusion, and diversity. He has worked with several community organizations heavily focused in minority health, HIV/AIDS awareness, and diversity, such as Williams & Associates and Black Pride St. Louis. Jonathan is functioning as Design Associate for Creative Reaction Lab.

Jonathan Neal is a graphic designer driven by curiosity, imagination, and big ideas. Currently, pursuing his BFA in Graphic Design at University of Missouri-St. Louis, he has a love for illustration, color, and music. Born and raised in South Florida, it wasn’t until he moved to St. Louis in 2013 that he discovered a growing passion for activism, inclusion, and diversity. He has worked with several community organizations heavily focused in minority health, HIV/AIDS awareness, and diversity, such as Williams & Associates and Black Pride St. Louis. Jonathan is functioning as Design Associate for Creative Reaction Lab.