Staff.

 

HEADQUARTERS

Antionette D. Carroll
founder & 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.

 

eva nip
learning & education associate

Eva is interested in the intersection of equity design, education, young people, and community building. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an Urban Studies major and Design minor. She has facilitated and developed many equity design workshops with Design for America, Creative Reaction Lab, and City Year. After being an English tutor/mentor for 6th/7th graders at Nicholson STEM Academy (Chicago) through City Year, Eva is ready to explore radical learning environments with young people. Thus, she is currently working at Territory facilitating high school students on a place-based project, Chicago Freedom School facilitating restorative justice practices for public school teachers, and Creative Reaction Lab!

Eva is interested in the intersection of equity design, education, young people, and community building. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an Urban Studies major and Design minor. She has facilitated and developed many equity design workshops with Design for America, Creative Reaction Lab, and City Year. After being an English tutor/mentor for 6th/7th graders at Nicholson STEM Academy (Chicago) through City Year, Eva is ready to explore radical learning environments with young people. Thus, she is currently working at Territory facilitating high school students on a place-based project, Chicago Freedom School facilitating restorative justice practices for public school teachers, and Creative Reaction Lab!

amanda haejin im
design associate

Amanda Haejin Im is a fourth-year designer at Washington University in St. Louis, pursuing her BFA in Communication Design with a minor in Korean Language & Culture. Her interests primarily lie in branding, bookbinding, and equity-centered design. Outside of the studio, she is a student organizer with Asian & Pacific Islanders Demanding Justice (APIDJ), a sociopolitical group for Asian American students. Together, they facilitate workshops and actions around issues such as affirmative action, racial bias, allyship, and equitable urban planning in St. Louis.

Amanda Haejin Im is a fourth-year designer at Washington University in St. Louis, pursuing her BFA in Communication Design with a minor in Korean Language & Culture. Her interests primarily lie in branding, bookbinding, and equity-centered design. Outside of the studio, she is a student organizer with Asian & Pacific Islanders Demanding Justice (APIDJ), a sociopolitical group for Asian American students. Together, they facilitate workshops and actions around issues such as affirmative action, racial bias, allyship, and equitable urban planning in St. Louis.

 

ST. LOUIS


joann njeri

MENTOR (dtbocsa)

Joann Njeri was born in Kenya and came to the United States when she was 3 years old. Being an immigrant and black, she has seen first hand the obstacles put in place for minorities to not succeed. She graduated with a diploma in May 2017 from Pattonville High School. During her high school years she was involved in clubs such as African American Achievers, DECA, and Caring for Others. Joann has always been passionate about helping others, and trying to make a change in her community. After graduating high school she furthered her education at Saint Louis Community College. While studying there she volunteered with organizations such as Eyeglasses for the Needy and Every Child's Hope. Joann Njeri was so inspired by the change you can make when you give back that she decided to create her own non-profit organization titled Project 1125. This name was inspired by the biblical verse “Proverbs 11:25.” Her mission is to make a positive impact in the community by assisting individuals with various needs through service. During her free time she loves to workout, travel, and spend time with loved ones.  Joann Njeri is expected to receive her associates in July 2019. She plans to transfer to a historically black college in August to further her education and receive a bachelors in Communications. With this bachelors she intends on becoming a public relations manager. Along with being a public relations manager, she wishes to attend law school to become a criminal defense lawyer. She hopes to be able to make a difference in mass incarceration among minorities.

Joann Njeri was born in Kenya and came to the United States when she was 3 years old. Being an immigrant and black, she has seen first hand the obstacles put in place for minorities to not succeed. She graduated with a diploma in May 2017 from Pattonville High School. During her high school years she was involved in clubs such as African American Achievers, DECA, and Caring for Others. Joann has always been passionate about helping others, and trying to make a change in her community. After graduating high school she furthered her education at Saint Louis Community College. While studying there she volunteered with organizations such as Eyeglasses for the Needy and Every Child's Hope. Joann Njeri was so inspired by the change you can make when you give back that she decided to create her own non-profit organization titled Project 1125. This name was inspired by the biblical verse “Proverbs 11:25.” Her mission is to make a positive impact in the community by assisting individuals with various needs through service. During her free time she loves to workout, travel, and spend time with loved ones.

Joann Njeri is expected to receive her associates in July 2019. She plans to transfer to a historically black college in August to further her education and receive a bachelors in Communications. With this bachelors she intends on becoming a public relations manager. Along with being a public relations manager, she wishes to attend law school to become a criminal defense lawyer. She hopes to be able to make a difference in mass incarceration among minorities.

CAT SMITH

MENTOR (dtbocsa)

Living in Saint Louis (born and raised), especially the neighborhoods that weren’t considered “safe” gave Catherine Smith a sense of determination for creating equity and breaking statistics upon African Americans, especially women. Growing up in a household that wasn’t the fanciest and facing obstacles through life that most children may not have. Catherine was able to discover love for creating change and fulfilling needs essential for success for our youth. Catherine founded a clothing brand in 2018 known as “CALLCA$H” and has created non-profit clothing drives for the homeless as well as participating in fashion shows in local high schools to create opportunity and equity around the community. Catherine has a love for arts and fashion, creating a voice in society through a sketchbook and most importantly style that gives a statement. Catherine attends Webster University for Interactive Digital Media with big plans of graduation in 2020!

Living in Saint Louis (born and raised), especially the neighborhoods that weren’t considered “safe” gave Catherine Smith a sense of determination for creating equity and breaking statistics upon African Americans, especially women. Growing up in a household that wasn’t the fanciest and facing obstacles through life that most children may not have. Catherine was able to discover love for creating change and fulfilling needs essential for success for our youth. Catherine founded a clothing brand in 2018 known as “CALLCA$H” and has created non-profit clothing drives for the homeless as well as participating in fashion shows in local high schools to create opportunity and equity around the community. Catherine has a love for arts and fashion, creating a voice in society through a sketchbook and most importantly style that gives a statement. Catherine attends Webster University for Interactive Digital Media with big plans of graduation in 2020!

 

Elizabeth kells

MENTOR (dtbocsa)

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BOBBY MURDOCK

MENTOR (DTBOCSA)

Bobby Murdock is a rap and spoken word artist from the west side of Chicago. He is a person who fights for equality and equity. Bobby loves creating music and poetry to connect with the younger youth so he can give the a greater mindset of what life is like. He is proud of being a published author of a book of poetry called Prophecy Series where he writes about things that he has seen every day as a young black male in Chicago living around poverty, violence, and systemic racism. He writes on these topics because it helps him to address things that he fears and that others fear. Pursuing his bachelor's in business, Bobby will be the first of his family to achieve it.

Bobby Murdock is a rap and spoken word artist from the west side of Chicago. He is a person who fights for equality and equity. Bobby loves creating music and poetry to connect with the younger youth so he can give the a greater mindset of what life is like. He is proud of being a published author of a book of poetry called Prophecy Series where he writes about things that he has seen every day as a young black male in Chicago living around poverty, violence, and systemic racism. He writes on these topics because it helps him to address things that he fears and that others fear. Pursuing his bachelor's in business, Bobby will be the first of his family to achieve it.


DENVER METRO

Isaiah jiron
lead mentor (YLCC DENVER)

Jamar HOlmes
lead mentor (YLCC DENVER)

 

Isaiah has had a quick start in community work showing his ability to become a young leader. He is highly motivated to get higher youth engagement in organizations that outreach to help communities. Isaiah has been driven on the development of youth positions in the city via avenues such as social media, events and community centers.

Isaiah is also finishing a Certificate of Entrepreneurship at the Community College of Denver

Born at Saint Joseph Hospital on April 7th, Jamar Holmes-Moore was born in Denver but would start to travel the country at an early age. Jamar would also attend a range of schools from public to private to military school. Having been in student council since elementary, Jamar would soon become Student Body Vice President at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College while there, he won city championship for policy debate 2 years in a row in the Denver Urban Debate League. In 2017, Jamar started his own tech and marketing company called Students @ Your Service, LLC. He also has worked alongside non-profits in the Denver Area including YAALL ( Young African-American Latinx Leaders), Steps To Success, IEG inc, GripTape in NYC, and Montebello Organizing Committee. Jamar is a member of True Light Baptist Church. He is also currently attending University of Colorado Denver majoring in Human Development & Family Relations. His overall goal is to one day be featured by Forbes 30 under 30.

Born at Saint Joseph Hospital on April 7th, Jamar Holmes-Moore was born in Denver but would start to travel the country at an early age. Jamar would also attend a range of schools from public to private to military school. Having been in student council since elementary, Jamar would soon become Student Body Vice President at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College while there, he won city championship for policy debate 2 years in a row in the Denver Urban Debate League. In 2017, Jamar started his own tech and marketing company called Students @ Your Service, LLC. He also has worked alongside non-profits in the Denver Area including YAALL ( Young African-American Latinx Leaders), Steps To Success, IEG inc, GripTape in NYC, and Montebello Organizing Committee. Jamar is a member of True Light Baptist Church. He is also currently attending University of Colorado Denver majoring in Human Development & Family Relations. His overall goal is to one day be featured by Forbes 30 under 30.