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Our Core Team

Our Core Team members are heart-fully called to do and support the work of transformational systems change.

Our Team: Team

Niyonu Spann (she/her)

Principal & Co-Founder


Bill Graustein (he/him)


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Maza Rey

Communications & Community Engagement Specialist


Jill Powers (she/her)

Executive Assistant & Project Manager

Seeding Conscious Co-Creation (SCC)


Slate Ballard

Seeding Conscious Co-Creation Leader & Capacity Building Training Partner


Leyanne Oliveira (she/her)

Seeding Conscious Co-Creation Associate Director


2022-23 Seeding Conscious Co-Creation Support Guides

(L-R) Eric Rey (he/him), Kristianna Smith (she/hers), Farron Harvey (they/them)

The Rising Leadership Team (RLT)


Elizabeth Nearing (she/her)

What fuels me is the possibility that unfolds from cultivating belonging; the idea that radical joy and imagination can help us co-create a better world for ourselves, our ancestors, and generations to come.


Eric Rey

I learned early on in my life and career that I am deeply moved and drawn to the immense transformational healing power of human connection. I have always been and continue to be fascinated by the various ways in which our growth as humans is intertwined with one another. 

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Deloris Vaughn

At my core, I know my purpose on this planet is to teach, counsel, mentor and lead by example.

Capacity Building Training Partners (CBTP)

David Carter

What fuels me is connection, releasing possibility for myself and others to bring their best selves to envision and co-create the world we want.


Angela Clinton (she/her)

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Farron Harvey (they/them)

I want to work with people to help them realize how beautiful and gifted they are, that they have the ability to change the world. I want to be able to co-create the space that allows for transformation as well as endless possibilities and in order for that to happen it has to start with me.​

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Paul Bryant Hudson (he/him)

My work is fueled by the belief that the liberation of oppressed people deserves to exist independently of the transformation of their oppressors. This core belief is the foundation of my thinking around the importance of wealth/power redistribution and reparations.

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Zachary Dutton

I experience a deep, personal connection to my ancestors, who guide me everyday. I feel happiest and most alive when I can help others (and myself) inhabit a vision of justice and wholeness, helping to plant seeds of transformation. So this is how I follow my ancestors' exhortations to take up the healing work that they have left me to do. 

Thema Haida

Thema joined the CEIO Team in May 2023 as a Spiritual Nurturance and Accountability Partner. Her role is to provide Core Team members the opportunity to work closely with a skilled practitioner in the area of
spiritual development. The Core Team member and Spiritual Nurturer will co-create a space
and practice(s) which aid in the understanding of, and growth in, the individual’s contributions to the work of CEIO and the liberatory justice movement as a whole.

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