From the beginning, Inclusivi-tee’s goal has been to bring together a group of diverse, passionate progressives to join the Inclusivi-tee team. Our board consists of seven members of varying ages and includes voices from the LGBTQ community, the African American community, and the Muslim community. We commit to running our company openly and honestly and striving to demonstrate our progressive values in everything we do.
Lori Myren Manbeck
Lori is a licensed clinical psychologist. She began her career working with adults and children who had experienced personal trauma in Newport, Rhode Island, a city of significant economic disparity. Through this work, Lori witnessed the effects of poverty on the ability to access resources and on child development, family relationships and mental health. She also witnessed great resilience, strength, kindness, and growth.
When Lori moved to Minnesota ten years ago, she began working in geriatrics. And again witnessed the effects of poverty and limited resources on vulnerable members of our society. But again she witnessed resilience, hope, strength and considerable kindness. Lori has grown through these experiences and is now bringing her passion, knowledge, intelligence, patience, excellent work ethic, kindness, understanding of human nature, openness and progressive spirit to Inclusivi-tee.
“While working on Inclusivi-tee, I have become stronger, more passionate, and better informed. I have met amazing, diverse, wonderful people and I have challenged myself in ways that I never thought possible. No matter what happens in the future, this is a journey I had to take.”
BJ Van Glabbeek
BJ, our COO and mother of two, brings more than 15 years of operational, human resource and financial experience to our team, as well as a passion for progressive causes. As a young girl in the South, the experience of deeply loving an openly gay sibling in the 90’s forever shaped her as an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community. Additionally, having been raised in a home that encouraged education and regularly opened it’s doors to international youth, BJ learned an appreciation for culture and diversity at a very young age.
“I believe that Inclusivi-tee’s mission of supporting the arts, inclusion and bringing awareness to progressive values through such an approachable medium, is critical in today’s political climate. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this new company.”
Bobbi Jo Boggs
Bobbi Jo is a K-12 gifted education teacher in rural Iowa and the mother of an 11-year-old boy. She has been a public school teacher for X years and recently earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
As a teacher, Bobbi has always had a deep concern for the welfare of our children and their futures. And during the past year she has become increasingly convinced that something has to be done to ensure our children grow up in a world where human rights and the earth are more respected. Bobbi brings to our board considerable creativity, intelligence, a real willingness to work, problem-solving strengths, experience with group dynamics, excellent communication skills and a deep belief that we can do better.
“When Lori asked me to be on the board of Inclusivi-tee, I immediately said yes. I had been feeling like I needed to do more to make a difference in this world, but was not certain how to accomplish this. Through Inclusivi-tee, we will be able to educate people not only about progressive causes and ways to be inclusive in their own lives, but we will also inform them about opportunities to make a bigger difference in the lives of those around them.”
Katherine Myren Manbeck
Katherine is a 26-year-old graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. Her current research addresses racial inequality, with a particular focus on racial disparities in health care and on the prison industrial complex that criminalizes blackness.
Katherine is devastated by the structural inequalities in our society and strives to serve those most affected by those inequalities, especially our Black and Latinx populations. She has an undergraduate degree in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality studies and is similarly-passionate about feminism and trans* issues. Katherine brings to this company creativity, intelligence, passion, great organizational skills and experience gained from interning for a political candidate and sitting on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the Public Interest Research Group.
“I have been an advocate for equality in many forms. Starting with a firm feminist foundation from having children’s books read to me with gender pronouns changed (after all, why does the puppy always need to be a boy?) and marching with my family in pro-choice rallies. In high school, I developed a passion for trans* rights and organized events and participated in GLBT legislative action. And today, my professional work continues to fuel my passion for equality and inclusivity.”
Negebe Sheronick has been a public school teacher since 1987 and has a Master’s Degree in teaching and learning. She considers it her highest purpose to help young people find their value and develop their personal talents. She has three children.
Negebe was raised in a bilingual home where both English and Arabic were spoken. She grew up in Muslim community while also being active in the public schools in her Midwestern town. As a result, she saw the value of diversity, communication and building friendships across cultural groups.
“As a Muslim-American woman, whose mother is an immigrant from Lebanon, I am deeply interested in immigrant rights, women’s rights, and religious freedom. As a mother and teacher, I am deeply interested in finding ways to work together so future generations are protected and respected. Inclusivi-tee give me a way to fight for the rights of all people, protect the earth and help people connect with others through respect and appreciation of our common humanity.”
Aiden Waidner-Smith is a lifelong Tulsa, Oklahoma native with the red dirt of the Sooner State in his bones. He has worked in the renewable energy industry, specifically with electric utilities, for more than a decade and is currently Vice President of Power Marketing and Transmission Strategy for the Southwestern Power Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Aiden is also a transgender man and has worked with various human rights organizations focused on serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Oklahoma. His volunteerism has varied from serving in leadership on boards to running support groups and service programs for transgender people and youth. Aiden has witnessed the profound importance of celebrating diverse people, living authentically and being empowered in and by our differences. Aiden shares his time with his beautiful wife, three large dogs, two cats, good books and an occasional home-brewed beer.
“I am very excited about helping Inclusivi-tee achieve its goal of uniting people through art and the support of progressive causes.”
Shalette Cauley Wandrick
Shalette is an award-winning web designer and graphic artist as well as a teacher, coach and entrepreneur. She is the past president of the Nimbly Pan African Dance Company, a non-profit dance and drum organization in Minneapolis. While working for The Science Museum of Minnesota she served on the design team for the new museum and as an exhibit designer. In addition, she has worked with at-risk children through the Community of Arts program and was recently one of the lead designers of a Twin Citeis park honoring the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Shalette brings to Inclusivi-tee her record of exceptional leadership, community involvement and experience as a public artist. She understands what it’s like to be displaced, uprooted and bussed to another neighborhood. And she knows what it feels like to be the only person of color in your environment. Shalette is excited to be a part of this board and to work with a group of dedicated, caring, goal-directed, mission-inspired leaders.
“As a woman and a member of the African American community, I have seen prejudice and bias firsthand. So I’m excited to join the Inclusivi-tee team. I share their belief that being human is what matters, that supporting non-profit organizations is critical, that sharing beautiful art is a creative way of promoting the progressive community and that just talking about an issue is simply not enough.”