- one who brings conversations to life
- one who gives inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigor to unlikely partners in dialogue
We are a team of educators, activists, healers, artists, connectors, and neighbors committed to seeing the invisible, hearing the voiceless, and creating spaces for social change. As animators, we vitalize conversations that move unlikely community partners from fear and apathy to prophetic service.
Eunil David Cho, Ph.D.
Cho is a Korean American scholar-minister who cares deeply about the works of community development, intercultural understanding, and character formation. He is currently pursuing PhD studies at Emory University and serving a multicultural congregation as a Presbyterian minister.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Darren is the owner and lead designer of TwoPiece Graphic Design and Printing. A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School he then matriculated to Tennessee State University. He has worked with Fearless Dialogues since its inception serving as the lead graphic designer. He also takes pride in the design of Dr. Ellison's book cover Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. Darren is also the younger brother of Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II.
Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director
An Atlanta native, Ellison is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellison is author of Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and founder of GE II & Associates and Fearless Dialogues.
Rev. Alisha Gordon
Rev. Alisha L. Gordon is a faith leader, preacher, and educator whose work intersects faith, culture, and politics. A native of Decatur, GA, Rev. Gordon attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of English degree and has a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She currently leads faith-based efforts with the E Pluribus Unum Fund and cultivates innovative projects for single mothers in East Harlem, where she lives with her teenage daughter. She is the former executive minister of programs at the historic Riverside Church in New York City and served as the national director of faith-based outreach for the 2020 Bloomberg presidential campaign. Her commitment to the church is formed and informed by her practical approach to scripture and social justice.
Theodore “Ted” Florence
CFO and COO
Theodore “Ted” Florence is a C-Level finance executive experienced in financial reporting, financial modeling, budgeting, business strategy, operations, deal negotiations and asset management. He has over eighteen years of senior level finance and operations experience, including an eleven-year tenure as the CFO and COO of an entertainment company in which he had full P&L responsibility, managed the day-to-day business operations and provided financial leadership. For the past fourteen years, he has served as the business partner to the President, CEO, or Executive Director of three different organizations, including two non-profits. He currently works as the CFO and COO at Fearless Dialogues. Ted Florence graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from Fisk University, earned his MBA degree from Harvard Business School and completed a second master's degree in accounting at Georgia State University with a 3.69 cumulative average on a 4.0 scale. He resides in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Rev. Angela Mao Johnson
Rev. Angela Johnson, affectionately known as “Pastor Angie”, received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College. Angie is originally from New York City and has resided in Atlanta, Ga. for over 25 years. She is the mother of two amazing teenage sons, Johari and Ayinde.
Angie identifies as a HEALER. She has served as a prison chaplain intern at Jimmy Helm’s Transitional Center ministering to pregnant and terminally ill inmates, a college chaplain intern at Emory University, and a Chaplain Resident at Wesley Woods Psychiatric Hospital at Emory University Hospital. In addition to her work with Fearless Dialogues, she currently serves as the Assistant Pastor of Central United Methodist Church where her ministry focus is youth and young adults.
Rev. E. Michelle Ledder,
Ledder, an itinerant Elder in the AME Church, works as an anti-racism curriculum writer and workshop facilitator for a global commission on religion and race. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University who combines on-the-ground freedom fighting with educational transformation.
Dr. Patrick B. Reyes
Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is the author of the forthcoming book The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive, and of the award-winning book Nobody Cries When We Die. A Chicano educator, administrator, and institutional strategist, he currently serves as Senior Director of Learning Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration, where his portfolio includes oversight of organizational thought leadership, resource development, and annual grant funding. He serves on several boards supporting the next generation of religious leaders and educators of color. Patrick received a doctorate and master's from Claremont School of Theology, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University, School of Theology.
Dr. Charlene Sinclair
Dr. Charlene Sinclair has been a community organizer for more than 25 years, and is a national trainer of organizers. Dr. Sinclair embodies the lived wisdom of liberation where questions of democracy and its discontent are engaged and articulated within struggles for justice using advocacy, activism, organizing and the legal system as tools for change. Dr. Sinclair is the Founding Director of the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy (C-RRED).
Charles Peterson is a proud graduate of Benjamin Elijah Mays High School in Atlanta Ga and Bethune-Cookman University. Very early in life, Charles discovered he had a gift for using carefully chosen words to inspire and uplift those around him. This gift has served him well as an advocate to youth and underrepresented communities for nearly a decade. With the wisdom of his elders and the strength provided through his faith, Charles believes he can empower the communities he serves to dream beyond their lived experiences to envision and manifest their desired reality. Charles is currently the Program Manager for the At Promise Youth Centers, an initiative of the Atlanta Police Foundation. He is also co-host of the FIRM (Fathers Inspired Restored and Motivated) Podcast. Charles is a devoted husband and father of four.
Stephens is the creator of the spoken word CD, “Lend Me Your Ear,” the author of Soulfood Café, a book of poetry, and Reading Revolution, a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He was a member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Poetry Slam Team, is a former Teacher of the Year, a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award and holds a M.Div from Emory University.
Daphne M. Walker, J.D.
Retired Judge Daphne Walker currently serves as the Principal Partner of DM Walker Consulting Group where she provides leadership development, for-profit and non-profit governance and professional development services for for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has more than twenty-two (22) years of litigation and management experience and identifies as an educator at Fearless Dialogues. Daphne is a cutting-edge and results-driven attorney, former administrator, and former non-profit executive with demonstrated success in turnaround/change and crisis management. She has a unique ability to encourage and develop innovative and transformational leaders that are laser-focused on sound strategic and programmatic planning, budget management, project execution, organizational and professional development, team building, work-life balance and diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace and beyond.
Daphne graduated magna cum laud from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Economics. She also earned a full, academic scholarship to the Emory University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at Clayton State University in the Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies programs for nearly ten (10) years and has also served as a lead trainer for the Council of Magistrate Court Judges, the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education through the University of Georgia and the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges in the areas of domestic violence, workplace violence and human trafficking. She has more than fifteen (15) years of experience facilitating leadership development workshops and programs.
Daphne is a proud graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, Leadership Clayton, Leadership Gwinnett and the Regional Leadership Institute and is a member of the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been an active member of Elizabeth Baptist Church for more than fifteen (15) years and resides in Atlanta with her daughter, Lauryn.
Jonathan Wilkins is an emerging voice and cultural champion for team accountability and leadership development in both professional sports and corporate settings. Jonathan posesses a unique gift to inspire world-class athletes and motivate corporate executives toward personal responsibility and transformation.
Jonathan just completed his fifth season as Team Chaplain with the Chicago Bears. Leveraging the Socratic Method, players and coaches are engaged in weekly sessions to re-imagine adversity while redifining success on and off the field. Pratical leadership development principles are taught to enhance the team’s personal growth while fostering a culture of excellence and accountability throughout the organization. 90% of the team roster and coaches attend these voluntary sessions and constantly site them as the “Best Ever”.
Jonathan also serves as Manager within the Leadership Development at CBRE. Prior to CBRE Jonathan served as Facilitator within the Leadership and Development Department at American Airlines. Jonathan was Lead Facilitator to the company-wide course entitled “Take-Off” which supports 130,000 epmployees. He developed Courageous Conversations which is a required course for all Level 5 managers.
Jonathan graduated from Morehouse College and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School becoming the only student to do so in the class of 2009. He was inducted a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Rho Chapter in the Spring of 1999 . Jonathan is married to the lovely Paris H. Wilkins (Master Personal Trainer and Indoor Spin Cyclist). Together they have three beautiful children Yuri Crenshaw (14), Jonathan Wilkins, Jr. (10) and Princeton Wilkins (6 months).
Floyd Wood II
Wood is a native of Atlanta and a product of the Atlanta Public School system. An alumnus of Morehouse College and a student at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he currently serves as a communication and program manger at Georgia Tech. He is a devoted husband and proud father of four.
Board of Directors
- Kenya K. Hansford Davis, Esq.
- Antoinette Ellison, Esq
- Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.
- Milton H. Jones, Jr.
- Nekia Hackworth Jones, Esq.
- John Majors
- Luther E. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
MEET OUR TEAM OF ADVISORS
- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Congressional Black Caucus, Past President
- Darren Ellison, 2 Piece Graphics & Design, Preferred Designer
- Delvecchio Finley, MPP, Alameda Health System, CEO
- Elaine Justice, Emory University Media Relations, Associate Director
- Stephen Lewis, Forum for Theological Exploration, President
- Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Greater Atlanta Presbytery of the PCUSA, Executive Presbyter
- Barbara Brown Taylor, Butman Professor Emeritus of Religion, Piedmont College
- Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Educator, Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist
- Carlton Mackey, Emory University's Ethics & the Arts Program, Director
- Parker J. Palmer, Internationally-Acclaimed Writer and Educator
- DeWayne Rogers, Rolling Out Magazine, Creative Director and Fashion Photographer
- Rev. Toby Sanders, M.Div., Trenton Board of Education, Past President
- Matthew Wesley Williams, Forum for Theological Exploration, VP of Strategic Initiatives
- Torry Winn, Esq., M.Div., Race to Equity, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement