MEET OUR TEAM
Our committed team of consultants have decades of experience working with groups and organizations on their racial equity journey.
RASHAAD ABDUR-RAHMAN, MSSW
Rashaad is a social worker and behavioral health professional with experience in leadership, education, and community service. He received his Bachelor's in Psychology from Berea College, and his Masters in Science and Social Work from the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work in 2008. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Social Work at Spalding University.
Rashaad has worked to lead city-wide efforts to reduce community violence, promote racial equity, support youth, and center responses to trauma. He has been in the field of child and family mental health services since 2004 in various roles as a direct care counselor, case manager, therapist, consultant, trainer, supervisor, etc. In addition, Rashaad spends time volunteering with the Race Community and Child Welfare Advisory Board, participates in various boards such as the Coalition Supporting Young Adults and the Black Male Achievement Roundtable. He has been an adjunct professor at Spalding University, and guest lecturer at Berea College, Western Governors University, and the University of Kentucky.
Rashaad believes deeply in the power of community and that in order to foster a transformative society; we must work tirelessly to secure racial, economic, and social justice.
CAROL FRAME, MSW
Carol is the program manager at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, overseeing a federal SRAE research project that focuses on bringing an evidence-based relationship education program to young adults in Kentucky. Carol collaborated to create a published program, Mind Matters, that focuses on trauma and interventions for healing. She presented at the Ready by 21 Conference in 2018, the National Association for Marriage and Relationship Conference in 2016, and at the National Association of Workforce Development Youth Symposium in 2015. Throughout her career as a social worker, she served a wide variety of youth in many different settings; these experiences continue to inform her work. Carol earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville.
DARRYL YOUNG JR.
Darryl currently serves as the Manager of Programming at the Muhammad Ali Center, where he is tasked with overseeing youth initiatives, cultivating strategic community partnerships, and producing innovative programming. He is an active member of the Louisville community as a concerned citizen, advocate, and community organizer. Darryl is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated and is also heavily involved in the Cities United Initiative and the National Black Male Achievement movement, working closely with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Darryl serves as the Immediate Past President and Co-Founder of the Associate Board of Directors of the Nativity Academy of St. Boniface, and the Co-Chair of the One Love Louisville Initiative. He is also a former member of the grassroots community organization Network Center for Community Change. Darryl is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Louisville Ignite Program and a proud alumni of the University of Louisville, class of 2012, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education.
RYAN SIMPSON, MDA
Ryan’s direct experience in diversity, equity and inclusion work include nine years of leadership roles at Bellarmine University as the Director of Multicultural Affairs, and the Program Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center (HSC). At the HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Ryan is involved in campus climate assessments and planning; HSC's health equity and accountability initiatives; as well as in the development and presentation of unconscious bias trainings. Ryan has numerous years of inclusion and equity work with various non-profits both in the U.S. and internationally. He was a co-founder of the Annual Dialogue on Diversity Conference, and a board member of Americana Community Center for seven years. Ryan has been trained through the Cook Ross Inc. Unconscious Bias Train the Trainer Program; he also completed the Leadership for Diversity Institute through the National Coalition Building Institute, and the StirFry Seminars & Consulting Mindful Facilitation Certificate Program.