Survivor Healing and Support Specialist
Airam Marcano, LMSW has over 7 years of experience in the trauma field specifically working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. Airam began her career at Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading crime victim agency. During her time at Safe Horizon, she was awarded the Bertram Beck Award for her professionalism, care, and compassion to survivors. In 2013, she received her Master’s in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and in 2018 she received her Master’s in Social Work at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Aishah Shahidah Simmons is a Black feminist lesbian award-winning documentary filmmaker of the groundbreaking 2006-released Ford Foundation-funded film, NO! The Rape Documentary, and the editor of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse. Simmons’s long term-cultural work, activism, and scholarship are informed by her lived experiences as a child sexual abuse survivor, adult rape survivor, and Buddhist committed to preventing, disrupting, and ending the inhumane pandemic of sexual violence, humanely. She has presented her work and lectured extensively across North America, and in numerous countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Simmons is on Twitter, @AfroLez, and #LoveWITHAccountability® and on Instagram, @lovewithaccountability
Andrea Glik, LMSW
Andrea Glik, LMSW is a somatic trauma therapist, writer, and educator. Andrea specializes in treating trauma, nervous system dysregulation, and PTSD, prioritizing women, survivors, and queer & trans folks. She utilizes neurobiological, body-based and feminist therapy practices to help clients come home to themselves. Andrea can also be found on Instagram @somaticwitch and at andreaglik.com
Aredvi Azad is a sex and relationship educator and certified coach focusing on the intersection of childhood trauma and adult relationships. They are a queer and genderfluid immigrant writing and producing educational material for nearly a decade. Aredvi is the business manager and co-partner at The HEAL Project at heal2end.org.
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Ayanna De’Vante Spencer
Contributor/Author of 'me too.' Framework
Ayanna De’Vante Spencer is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Michigan State University from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a Black feminist epistemologist, Ms. Spencer’s research examines structural epistemological challenges for survivors of sexual violence to argue that survivors face epistemic oppression beyond disbelief and insufficient public uptake. In particular, she centers on the experiences of Black, cisgender, and transgender girl survivors in the U.S. context to highlight sexual violence as structural violence. Moreover, she is passionate about political education, youth leadership and organizing, and community power for gender and racial justice. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biany Pérez, LSW, M.Ed
Biany Pérez, LSW, M.Ed (she/her) is a licensed social worker, trauma therapist, educator, and full-spectrum doula. Biany specializes in treating trauma, PTSD, and anxiety for women and femmes, people of color, and LGBTQ+ folks, using psychodynamic, body-centered, and feminist practices to help clients access their inner wisdom, and heal and grow through life’s many challenges. Biany lives in Philadelphia with her partner and three children. You can learn more about her at www.bianyperez.com.
Billye J. Jones, LCSW
Billye J. Jones, LCSW is an experienced clinician, supervisor, field instructor, administrator, program developer, and relationship builder. Billye incorporates her passion of child sexual abuse treatment, prevention, and developing trauma-informed programs in her multiple roles. She has performed extensive work with sexually abused children and adults as well as sexually reactive and aggressive youth. Billye has a Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She attained a Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Practice from NYU, an Advanced Certificate Program in Non- profit management from New York Medical College/Fordham University.
Operations and Finance Associate
Candice Crawford serves as the Operations and Finance Associate for Me Too Movement. She has dedicated her career to public service working to innovate solutions for operational efficiency and revenue growth and management. She has served in leadership capacities within the organizations where she has led strategic and capacity building processes, as well as assisted with fundraising efforts that has garnered grant funding and other resources.
Candice continues to engage in community service efforts related to education, workforce, and community development by serving on boards and advisory groups such as Teach for America of Metro Atlanta, Families First, Atlanta Beltline 67, and MAFDET. Additionally, she is a member of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2019.
Candice graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spelman College. She also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from City University of New York-Baruch School of Public Affairs where she was a recipient the National Urban Fellows Public Service Fellowship.
Candice Marie Benbow
Candice Marie Benbow is a writer and public theologian whose work focuses on women’s healing and wholeness. Her essays can be found at various outlets including ESSENCE, Glamour, Vice, and MadameNoire. Her first book, RED LIP THEOLOGY, will be released by Convergent Books in 2022.
Special Projects and Global Initiatives
Celeste is a strategist, with 20 years of experience as an organizer, trainer, and movement architect. She builds infrastructure and crafts strategies that help us advance and win, in the areas of labor, politics, sexual-based violence, and racial justice. At ‘me too.’ she spearheads special projects and global initiatives, which includes constructing our U.S. and Global networks and leading our political work. She is Director of Campaigns at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she oversees NDWA’s legislative strategy. Celeste co-founded and served as director of the Blackout Collective, an organization that develops organizers and direct action practitioners. Celeste was a 2002 Public Allies Fellow and the 2010 Tides Foundation Racial Justice Fellow.
A nomadic New Yorker, she spends the majority of her time on the road. When she is not traveling, you will find her reveling in the rejuvenating laughter of her kinfolk and bouncing around her homeland, the village of Harlem.
Chief Executive Officer
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Dani Ayers is a movement infrastructure architect, as well as an organizational development and strategy executive. She has spent 17 years uncovering and understanding what influences organizational health and viability, specializing in ‘building the plane while flying it.’ Her focus is the multi-layered work of racial and social justice, gender equity, and education. Dani has a Bachelors in Public Relations and a Masters in African American Studies, both from Temple University, and is also a certified board development consultant. She has led inside small, grassroots organizations, as well as large multi-billion-dollar enterprises, developing internal culture and strategizing around change and growth. As the first Chief Executive Officer at me too. International, Dani oversees the various verticals of the organization; she has built ‘me too.’s foundation and infrastructure and is leading day-to-day operations. Dani currently lives in Atlanta and serves on several boards and advisory councils. She loves accessorizing and semicolons.
Chief Communications Officer
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Denise Beek is a communications strategist who has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. She is a Caribbean-American performance writer, improv artist, and board member of the BlackStar Film Festival. As Chief Communications Officer for ‘me too.’, she oversees external communications, engages with its stakeholders, and creates strategies to raise the visibility of the organization and center survivors. She works primarily to change the way people talk about sexual violence, this movement’s work, and survivorship. Denise’s professional trajectory is undergirded by her passion for gender equity and racial justice. Her experience is a mix of arts administration, cultural production and community engagement at organizations like the Painted Bride Art Center, the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, and the Union Square Awards. From 2013-2018, she served as Communications Director for the Leeway Foundation, a regional grantmaker that supports women, trans, and gender nonconforming artists in Greater Philadelphia.