Staff.

 

Antionette D. Carroll
founder, President & CEO

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist. Antionette's personal mission in life is to CHALLENGE standards, make CHANGE, and CHAMPION approaches resulting in foundational and community impact.

Also, Antionette is an active community volunteer. Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. Currently, she’s the Chair Emerita of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Inclusivity in Design Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program, with Antionette co-organizing and assuming the role of online producer for the national Town Hall in 2016. At the local level, she is currently serving as President Emerita of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Antionette also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits, including the steering committee for The City of St. Louis’ Resiliency Office, supported by Rockefeller Foundation, and formerly the founding anti-bias/anti-racism committee for City Garden Montessori School.

Antionette is a TED Fellow, 4.0 Schools Fellow, Next City Vanguard, 2017 Essence Magazine #100 Most Woke Woman, Subject Matter Advisor for Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, StartingBloc Fellow, and an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator.

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

Justin Rottnek
Program Lead, DTBOC Summer Academy

 Justin Rottnek is alumni of Truman State University, where he graduated with a bachelors in Public Communication and minor in Business Administration. During school he was recognized as an Outstanding Leader during his service as a Residential Advisor for two years and was name, The Voice, of the minority community on campus after creating and hosting a race and community themed talk show through the university media network. He comes from a single parent home, lower-middle income family, and has made it his personal mission and primary goal in life to serve those that fight for a brighter future.      Post graduation Justin has taken on several community engagement roles: serving as a lead teacher through the Teach For America Americorps program, volunteering as a track coach, confounding a youth male empowerment group, running and online ecommerce business as an effort to help teach alternative means of producing income for minorities, and taking time to help his mother get the family business off the ground. In his free time Justin enjoys to travel. Thus far he has had the opportunity to visit: Thailand, Cambodia, Veitnam, India, Paris, and many of the state's. Justin's dream is to Travel to Africa and connect with his roots.

Justin Rottnek is alumni of Truman State University, where he graduated with a bachelors in Public Communication and minor in Business Administration. During school he was recognized as an Outstanding Leader during his service as a Residential Advisor for two years and was name, The Voice, of the minority community on campus after creating and hosting a race and community themed talk show through the university media network. He comes from a single parent home, lower-middle income family, and has made it his personal mission and primary goal in life to serve those that fight for a brighter future. 

 

Post graduation Justin has taken on several community engagement roles: serving as a lead teacher through the Teach For America Americorps program, volunteering as a track coach, confounding a youth male empowerment group, running and online ecommerce business as an effort to help teach alternative means of producing income for minorities, and taking time to help his mother get the family business off the ground. In his free time Justin enjoys to travel. Thus far he has had the opportunity to visit: Thailand, Cambodia, Veitnam, India, Paris, and many of the state's. Justin's dream is to Travel to Africa and connect with his roots.

EriKa Harano
Associate Manager, Learning & Education  

Collin W. Elliott
Digital Media Content + Marketing associate 

 Erika Harano commits to fighting for a more equitable world by co-creating and supporting spaces of critical thought and action. As a co-facilitator of youth civic activism programming in Chicago and Boston, and as an activist with the queer Asian American Pacific Islander community, Erika collaborates with others to challenge existing systems of power and to (re)imagine equitable approaches and possibilities.  At Creative Reaction Lab, Erika designs and facilitates interactive learning experiences rooted in Equity-Centered Community Design. As Associate Manager of Learning and Education, she has had the privilege of working with, training, and learning from community organizers, educators, urban planners, marketing teams, artists, civic changemakers, youth leaders, and activators across the country. 

Erika Harano commits to fighting for a more equitable world by co-creating and supporting spaces of critical thought and action. As a co-facilitator of youth civic activism programming in Chicago and Boston, and as an activist with the queer Asian American Pacific Islander community, Erika collaborates with others to challenge existing systems of power and to (re)imagine equitable approaches and possibilities.

At Creative Reaction Lab, Erika designs and facilitates interactive learning experiences rooted in Equity-Centered Community Design. As Associate Manager of Learning and Education, she has had the privilege of working with, training, and learning from community organizers, educators, urban planners, marketing teams, artists, civic changemakers, youth leaders, and activators across the country. 

Collin is a graduate of St. Charles Community College. He received an A.F.A. in Graphic Design and Certificate of Photography. At Launchcode, Collin continued his education in front and back end web development. 

Specializing in visual communication, he incorporates photography and design as tools to learn, educate and inspire. His photographic work looks into topics of identity, masculinity, cultural divides and more. Utilizing social media and gallery spaces to house work, he creates opportunities to engage in conversation.