Who Speaks for Me? Board Members

Taylar Nuevelle, is the Founder of Who Speaks for Me? She is a mother, advocate for justice-involved women and girls, writer, public speaker and spoken word artist. Taylar recently started a writing program at the Central Treatment Facility (CTF), the women’s jail in DC, “Sharing Our Stories to Reclaim Our Lives”. She is credited for creating the concept of the “Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline” for females. While incarcerated at the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA/CTF) D.C. and in the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 2010 to 2015, Taylar volunteered by providing legal advocacy for fellow incarcerated women. In 2015 Taylar was invited as a guest speaker at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Headquarters for the annual conference for their Chief Psychologists. She holds a B.A. in English Literature.

Taylar Nuevelle, is the Founder of Who Speaks for Me? She is a mother, advocate for justice-involved women and girls, writer, public speaker and spoken word artist. Taylar recently started a writing program at the Central Treatment Facility (CTF), the women’s jail in DC, “Sharing Our Stories to Reclaim Our Lives”. She is credited for creating the concept of the “Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline” for females. While incarcerated at the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA/CTF) D.C. and in the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 2010 to 2015, Taylar volunteered by providing legal advocacy for fellow incarcerated women. In 2015 Taylar was invited as a guest speaker at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Headquarters for the annual conference for their Chief Psychologists. She holds a B.A. in English Literature.

Dubian Ade is from the Bronx, NY, where structural racism manifests itself in the impoverished conditions of the urban inner city. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Decolonizer magazine, a publication that features content from an anti-colonial lens. Ade has a background as an activist and community organizer, involving him in work with Black Lives Matter and anti-jail expansion activities. Ade holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Ithaca College. His writings and organizing work moves in opposition to colonization.

Dubian Ade is from the Bronx, NY, where structural racism manifests itself in the impoverished conditions of the urban inner city. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Decolonizer magazine, a publication that features content from an anti-colonial lens. Ade has a background as an activist and community organizer, involving him in work with Black Lives Matter and anti-jail expansion activities. Ade holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Ithaca College. His writings and organizing work moves in opposition to colonization.

Tyeast Brown, a native Washingtonian, is an entrepreneur and is currently working on starting her own business to feed and house returning female citizens with children.  She recently became licensed as a certified CPR instructor.  Tyeast will also be operating a food truck that will serve women and children at shelters for free. Tyeast believes in the work of Who Speaks for Me? as she is a Returning Citizen and knows from lived experience the importance of raising awareness about trauma and creating a justice system that is trauma informed to reduce mass incarceration and help women heal from abuse they experienced before, during and after they were incarcerated.

Tyeast Brown, a native Washingtonian, is an entrepreneur and is currently working on starting her own business to feed and house returning female citizens with children.  She recently became licensed as a certified CPR instructor.  Tyeast will also be operating a food truck that will serve women and children at shelters for free. Tyeast believes in the work of Who Speaks for Me? as she is a Returning Citizen and knows from lived experience the importance of raising awareness about trauma and creating a justice system that is trauma informed to reduce mass incarceration and help women heal from abuse they experienced before, during and after they were incarcerated.

Gabriela Bulisova is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia artist based in Washington, D.C. She received an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She teaches photojournalism at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Over the past six years, she focused her attention on under-reported and overlooked stories regarding mass incarceration and reentry. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, published in print and online, and featured in many academic and conference settings. Bulisova has received numerous recognitions and awards, including: National Press Photographers Association’s Short Grant; 2013 Sondheim Prize; Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls 18; Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit; CEC ArtsLink grant; Puffin Foundation Grant; PDN Annual Photography Student Competition Winner; CANON “Explorer of Light” award; Eddie Adams Workshop, and National Graduate Photography Institute at Columbia University.

Gabriela Bulisova is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia artist based in Washington, D.C. She received an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She teaches photojournalism at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Over the past six years, she focused her attention on under-reported and overlooked stories regarding mass incarceration and reentry. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, published in print and online, and featured in many academic and conference settings. Bulisova has received numerous recognitions and awards, including: National Press Photographers Association’s Short Grant; 2013 Sondheim Prize; Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls 18; Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit; CEC ArtsLink grant; Puffin Foundation Grant; PDN Annual Photography Student Competition Winner; CANON “Explorer of Light” award; Eddie Adams Workshop, and National Graduate Photography Institute at Columbia University.

Quinita Ennis is the Office Administrator for Civil Rights Corps. As a Returning Citizen, she has first-hand experience dealing with America's criminal legal system. Quinita believes strongly in the work that Civil Rights Corps is doing to challenge the unjust aspects of this system, particularly its unfair treatment of poor people and minorities, and she is excited to now be part of the solution. She previously worked as a GED/ESL tutor and an Administrative Clerk.  Quinita has participated on two of the Who Speaks for Me? panels, "Sharing Our Stories to Reclaim Our Lives".  As a survivor of incarceration and a Returning Citizen, Quinita is proud to serve as a board member to inspire and encourage other justice-involved women and girls to heal and grow.

Quinita Ennis is the Office Administrator for Civil Rights Corps. As a Returning Citizen, she has first-hand experience dealing with America's criminal legal system. Quinita believes strongly in the work that Civil Rights Corps is doing to challenge the unjust aspects of this system, particularly its unfair treatment of poor people and minorities, and she is excited to now be part of the solution. She previously worked as a GED/ESL tutor and an Administrative Clerk.  Quinita has participated on two of the Who Speaks for Me? panels, "Sharing Our Stories to Reclaim Our Lives".  As a survivor of incarceration and a Returning Citizen, Quinita is proud to serve as a board member to inspire and encourage other justice-involved women and girls to heal and grow.

Sarah Mullen is originally from Massachusetts and relocated to DC in 2004 to attend American University. After graduating, she began her career in victim services at the National Center for Victims of Crime. Following her time at NCVC, Sarah worked as at Our Place DC, providing Case Management to women returning home after a period of incarceration. At Our Place DC, Sarah developed a nuanced understanding of the criminal justice system and its impact on women. She went on to work as a Consultant to community-based organizations developing gender-responsive reentry programs. Sarah's work focuses on the intersection of criminal justice reform and victimization.   

Sarah Mullen is originally from Massachusetts and relocated to DC in 2004 to attend American University. After graduating, she began her career in victim services at the National Center for Victims of Crime. Following her time at NCVC, Sarah worked as at Our Place DC, providing Case Management to women returning home after a period of incarceration. At Our Place DC, Sarah developed a nuanced understanding of the criminal justice system and its impact on women. She went on to work as a Consultant to community-based organizations developing gender-responsive reentry programs. Sarah's work focuses on the intersection of criminal justice reform and victimization. 

 

The Rev. Meghan D. Young, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She earned her Masters of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. She also holds a Bachelors of Humanities and Arts in Design and Professional Writing, with a minor in Religious Studies, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. As a pastor, Meghan has served in a variety of church settings and communities, providing leadership and care. She has also served as a hospital chaplain in a level 1 trauma center, since 2009, utilizing her specialty in emergency and trauma care. Prior to ministry, Meghan, worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, with young social entrepreneurs, particularly youth traditionally not asked to serve. She recruited and supported them as they developed and launched entrepreneurships for sustainable community change. She also managed the national youth voice movement, as an advocate for children and youth to be present and heard in places of decision making. Meghan deeply believes that all people should have a seat and voice at the table, taking seriously the tenets of her faith that we are to love our neighbor, welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those who are imprisoned. She is passionate about trauma informed care and working in solidarity and partnership for justice. As both a friend, and former colleague of Taylar Nuevelle, she is excited to support and be involved in the transformative and much needed work of Who Speaks for Me?

The Rev. Meghan D. Young, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She earned her Masters of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. She also holds a Bachelors of Humanities and Arts in Design and Professional Writing, with a minor in Religious Studies, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. As a pastor, Meghan has served in a variety of church settings and communities, providing leadership and care. She has also served as a hospital chaplain in a level 1 trauma center, since 2009, utilizing her specialty in emergency and trauma care. Prior to ministry, Meghan, worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, with young social entrepreneurs, particularly youth traditionally not asked to serve. She recruited and supported them as they developed and launched entrepreneurships for sustainable community change. She also managed the national youth voice movement, as an advocate for children and youth to be present and heard in places of decision making. Meghan deeply believes that all people should have a seat and voice at the table, taking seriously the tenets of her faith that we are to love our neighbor, welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those who are imprisoned. She is passionate about trauma informed care and working in solidarity and partnership for justice. As both a friend, and former colleague of Taylar Nuevelle, she is excited to support and be involved in the transformative and much needed work of Who Speaks for Me?