Our trainers are highly committed & willing to travel to  train communities, and as affordably as possible. Please don’t hesitate to explore bringing one of us in to be a resource for you & your community.

If these topics and speakers’ areas of expertise interest you and the listed talks aren’t specific to your needs, please contact us for further information.

Click here to invite one of our speakers/trainers to speak to your church/organization: info@transformnetwork.org You can also call Holly Roach directly at 505-554-7133.

 

Vahisha HasanVahisha Hasan
Vahisha is a faith-rooted organizer working at the intersections of faith, social justice, and mental health. She is the Executive Director of Movement in Faith, a project of Transform Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in North Carolina.  She is a powerful public speaker and social justice trainer with a deeply prophetic voice & imagination for how faith communities can show up for social justice.  She is an executive board member of Building Bridges of Asheville which seeks to foster better relationships between the races by going beyond racism through an intentional 10-week interpersonal and educational process.   Vahisha is also a core organizer of Asheville SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice) that seeks to actively dismantle racism through educating, organizing and mobilizing white communities to join multi-racial movements for justice and support people of color leadership and efforts.  Vahisha holds a dual Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Mental Health Counseling with an Education Specialist Certification from Gardner-Webb University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Interpersonal Organization at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Facebook & Twitter: @MovementInFaith     movementinfaith@gmail.com

Talks:

  • Coming soon!

 

Steve KnightSteve Knight
Steve is passionate about telling stories and throwing parties. Steve is the former Internet Manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and former International Communication Coordinator for SIM International. He is Pastor of Social Justice and Activism for Missiongathering Christian Church, a progressive evangelical church affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. He serves on the executive leadership team of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice and Charlotte’s Commission on Reconciliation and Equity (CORE), and he is currently featured in the K(NO)W JUSTICE, K(NO)W PEACE exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South. Watch Steve’s speaker reel

Talks:

  • The Future of Christianity in North America
  • Kingdom Journalism: Storytelling and the Magnalia Dei
  • Church Social Media workshop
  • Anti-Oppression 101 for White Identified People: we believe it’s important for white people to talk with white people about racial justice (with Holly Roach)

 

TransformLeadershipHollyRoachHolly Roach
Holly Roach is a cultural organizer and contemplative educator with her activist roots in numerous social justice movements including the struggles for Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Navajo Resistance at Big Mountain and the Global Justice movement. Holly has a Bachelors degree in art and social change and graduated in August 2015 from the inaugural class of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation. She is an organizer for the Faith-Rooted Organzing Un-Network and is mentored by founder Rev. Alexia Salvaterra. Holly is president of the board and a co-founder of Transform Network, an organization that connects people of faith with broader movements for change. Holly is a practicing anti-racist organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) both locally in Asheville and nationally on the SURJ Faith core team. She is currently engaged to the love of her life and has three gorgeous big dogs who are basically her kids. On Twitter @hollyseeking holly@transformnetwork.org

Talks: 

  • Collective Action & The Ecology of Healthy Social Movements 
  • Anti-Oppression 101 for White Identified People: we believe it’s important for white people to talk with white people about racial justice (with Steve Knight)
  • Contemplevism: how to be an activist and contemplative, how to be a contemplative in activism
  • Racial Awareness & Readiness Training for Faith Communities 

 

Alexia Bio PicRev. Alexia Salvatierra
Alexia is author of of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World with Dr. Peter Heltzel (InterVarsity Press) and founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service & community development programs, congregational & community organizing, & legislative advocacy.

Talks:

  • Faith-Rooted Organizing #1: Changing Systems, Transforming Communities
  • Faith-Rooted Organizing #2: Building and Sustaining Diverse Leadership Teams for Social Transformation
  • Extensive experience at working in the area of immigration and training immigrant and refugee populations and communities. 

 

Anthony SmithAnthony Smith
Anthony is one of the curators (along with this wife Toni Cook-Smith) of Mission House, a kingdom experiment in Salisbury, NC. He facilitates a blog, Musings of a Postmodern Negro, that is an investigation into the intersection of theology, philosophy, race, popular culture, politics, and emerging culture.

Talks:

  • Coming soon!

 

Jennifer 'Jay' YoderJennifer “Jay” Yoder
Jay is a social justice activist, community organizer, advocate, and educator, with expertise in undoing oppressions such as racism, sexism, and queerphobia. Jay is co-director of Into Account, a project sponsored by Transform that strives to provide the most up-to-date relevant resources for survivors seeking healing and/or accountability. They specialize in strategies for holding institutions, perpetrators, and enablers accountable for violence, harm, and cover-ups. Jennifer also co-founded Pink Menno, a movement for queer inclusion in the Mennonite Church.

Talks:

  • Coming soon!