Creating change is a team effort.

Rise Against Hate features a diverse team of passionate leaders who are instrumental in the organization's operations. From professionals with years of experience to the leaders of tomorrow, learn about the board members, staff, and volunteers that are creating change.

Contact the Rise Against Hate Board of Directors at: Board@RiseAgainstHate.org

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the governing body of Rise Against Hate and makes decisions about the organization. The board ensures that Rise Against Hate has a sustainable future in enacting social justice change.

Ben Shore

Co-Founder and Director

Shore is a social entrepreneur fighting for justice. In addition to serving Members of Congress and the White House, Shore has proven results fighting for change here in NJ. Shore has gone city to city to fight discriminatory ordinances that disproportionately affected POC. Shore has fought hard for Civil Rights, testified before the State of NJ, and has pushed legislation that has been signed into law. Before graduating from Cherry Hill High School East, Shore helped lead the Student Walkouts to advocate for safety.

Shore is currently a sworn Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

Shore also serves as an investigator for one of the nation's highest profile police departments, in Interal Affairs.


DeOnte Hannah

Co-Founder and Director

Hannah is a young African American male. With a single mother of 3 in Camden, NJ, he managed to graduate from high school. He is a self driven motivated individual who wants to see a change in the world. A change that will allow future generations to thrive successfully. His mission is to leave a mark on this world that not only his kids can be proud of but to have a company that will forever stand and forever help the world.

Dr. Rume Joy Azikiwe

Director

Dr. Rume Joy Azikiwe has worked for the Division of Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania since 2014 and is an Executive Director & Chief of Staff. Before her university appointment, she was Assistant Director of HR and Labor Relations at Genesis Healthcare. Dr. Azikiwe was recently named the 2019 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year. She currently holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment teaching Human Resource Management in the School of Business of Rowan University, as well as Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in the School of Business at Wilmington University. Dr. Azikiwe's passion and mission for equal rights come to change the future and path of her young children. She was raised understanding people come in different colors but was taught to embrace and love all. That is the world she strives to see and hopes to make an impact.


Dr. Rev. Margret A. O'Neall

Director

Developmental Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill. She is an accredited Interim Minister and Professional Transition Specialist serving UU churches in times of transition and development. Margret holds academic degrees in Community Development and Sociology, and earned her Master of Divinity from Meadville-Lombard Theological School. She entered intentional interim ministry following a 35- year career working in the public and private sectors, and her call to ministry follows her passion for the transformational process that individuals and organizations may engage with intention in times of change.

David Hetzell

Director

David is an advocate for human rights, and brings a wealth of white male privilege that can be spent by standing by people of color and saying I have your back. David holds a BA in criminal justice from Rutgers, and has over 10 years of experience in fighting fraud in the insurance and financial sectors, as well as over five years leadership experience. David is currently a senior operations manager over a specialist fraud investigations team for a top 10 bank.

DeCarla Scott

Director

Dr. Jessica Shore

Director

Dr. Jessica N. Shore, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist with a certification in traumatic studies. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Psychotherapy Services in the Outpatient Psychiatry Center at Penn Medicine. Dr. Shore is committed to creating equity for all and is particularly interested in the intersection of race and trauma.

Jeremy Ward

Director

Jeremy Ward is a Junior at American University majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Business. He has held various leaderships on campus including being the first African-American Speaker of the American University Student Government Undergraduate Senate and Vice President of the World Politics Society. Currently he serves as the President of the American University College Democrats, Accessibility Strategist for IDEA Department of College Democrats of America, and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the American University International Relations Society. Jeremy also was a 2 time finalist at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair.

Zoe David-Lang

Director

Zoe David-Lang is a third-year student at American University. She is studying History and Justice and Law with a concentration in Criminal Justice. She is very passionate about criminal justice reform. She is currently the events planner for the Students for a Just Society at AU and the secretary for the AU Club Swim Team. Zoe is very hardworking and dedicated to her work at Rise Against Hate!



Board of Advisors

Dr. Tameika Minor

Advisor

Dr. Tameika Minor is originally from LaCrosse, VA and came to Cherry Hill, NJ in 2016. She has a strong passion for advocacy and research in multiculturism and diversity issues in her career as an Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator in Clinical Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation Counseling at Rutgers University. She has researched diversity issues in substance abuse and mental health treatment and also best practices for recruitment, mentoring, and retention among faculty of color in counselor education programs. Dr. Minor has a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling and Behavioral Addictions from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. She is also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She is excited and passionate about bringing her expertise in diversity and inclusion outside of academia and into action in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, cooking, and spending time with her favorite little guy, her 8 year old son Travis II.

Tamar Oded

Advisor

Tamar Oded has 20 years of nonprofit experience, including work in arts, education, and international organizations. Most recently, Tamar was the director of Friends of Ofanim, an organization that supports education work with Arab and Israeli children in Israel's disadvantaged periphery. Tamar is the co-founder of LiveConnections, an organization whose mission is to inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. Tamar lives in Cherry Hill with her husband, Adam, and their three small children. They are committed to living in and raising their children in a diverse and inclusive community.

Staff and Volunteers

Andrew Jung

Deputy Executive Director

As an immigrant from South Korea, Jung is passionate for fighting racist attacks against the Asian community and embracing who we are, no more or any less. Jung have experience serving at the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently employed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jung am confident that his skills will be able to execute and implement many positive changes that will impact the Asian American and other marginalized community as we work towards racial justice for all.

Laurance (Nick) Runyon

Deputy Director

Nick Runyon is a young, bright, and motivated student at American University, pursing a degree in Legal Studies, with a minor in History. Nick believes that everyone is equal, and should be treated as such. Nick is dedicated to fighting racial injustice, and bring real change to the world.

He has many talents, but is currently focusing on graphic design for Rise Against Hate, creating many of the posts you'll see on our Instagram and Facebook!

Lucas Rooney

Videographer/Film Editor

Lucas Rooney is a hard working, passionate, civil rights activist who joined Rise Against Hate to promote justice for all! Lucas does visual editing and film production for our impactful video content!

Lucas is a 3rd year student at American University and works for Morgan Stanley.

Jacob Plourde

Deputy Director of Operations

Jacob is a student at American University majoring in Business Administration and political science. Jacob is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the Deputy Director of Operations, Jacob manages with the internship program as well as other administrative tasks for Rise Against Hate.

In his free time, Jacob loves to explore new places in Washington, DC with his friends, watching the newest Netflix series, or volunteering.

Youth Empowerment Board

Ebele Azikiwe

President of Youth Empowerment Board

Ebele Azikiwe is a 12-year-old ambitious soon to be 7th grader who has a passion for making a difference. Ebele hopes to influence and inspire others in positive ways. She sees herself as a leader and hopes to impact the world in a better way. When not fighting for civil justice, Ebele's passions are fashion, modeling, cooking and baking, writing, public speaking, acting and basketball.


Anjali Ofori

Youth Empowerment Board Advisor

Anjali is a sophomore in high school and a budding activist. She’s participating in the Wide Awake Sunrise leadership program and volunteers for progressive campaigns in her free time. She is also a hip hop dancer and plays field hockey and lacrosse.


Zachary Schreiber

Youth Empowerment Board Advisor

Zachary Schreiber is a 16-year-old outgoing Junior at Cherry Hill High school East who has experience working with non-profits. Being raised by a Colombian mother, Zach is a male who seeks to combat prejudice against those oppressed in our country. He is a major Philadelphia sports fan, and his interests primarily include playing sports with his friends, listening to music (mainly hip-hop and R&B), and gaming.

Gina Liu

Youth Empowerment Board Advisor

Gina Liu is a rising senior at Cherry Hill High School East who seeks to give back to her community and uplift those around her. As a student leader, she has been Class President her 8th-10th grade year and All School Vice President her 11th-12th grade year. She is also New Jersey Association of Student Council’s (NJASC) Vice President for the 2022 year. Outside of Student Government, Gina Liu has co-founded the CHPS Students for Later Start Times. Her advocacy through this organization has led to the creation of the district committee to investigate later start times. In the future, Gina hopes to apply her skills in leadership and advocacy in her career. At home, she enjoys drawing and going on hikes.

Intern Spotlight

Anita R. Vazquez

Research Intern

Anita is passionate about the intersections of workers' rights, women's rights, and racial justice. She is a Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor scholar. As a first-generation low-income student, she loves to help others and mentor fellow Georgetown Scholars (GSP).


Elizabeth (Liz) Chen

Legal Intern

Liz is a second-year International Relations and Sociology double major at the University of California, Davis.

As a Legal Intern for Rise Against Hate, Liz will be requesting public records, working with paralegals and attorneys, and analyzing the legal implications of our data for Rise Against Hate studies. Liz hopes her work with Rise Against Hate will bring awareness and inspire change in judicial practices.

In her free time, Liz can be found spending time with her dog, Captain, watching Marvel movies, going on food-ventures, or journaling.


Mary Padilla

Legal Intern

Mary is an incoming senior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a double major in International Relations and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, along with a minor in Human Rights Studies. She is passionate about international law, immigration, human rights, social justice, and imagining more equitable and intersectional futures.

As a legal intern at Rise Against Hate, Mary will be working alongside paralegals and attorneys, tracking cases, and conducting legal research pertaining to racial disparities present in the use of force and marijuana arrests in the Cherry Hill Police Department.


Myka Melville

Legal Intern

Hailing from Plainsboro, NJ, Myka is a sophomore at Cornell University studying Government. As a Legal Intern at Rise Against Hate, Myka is exploring the legal infrastructure of the American Criminal Justice System to examine instances of differential treatment based on race. Myka's academic interests concern the intersections between law and culture and their impact on the global legal system.


Jenea Spinks

Data Intern

My name is Jenea Spinks. I am a recent graduate from UC Berkeley in Data Science. At UC Berkeley, I was both a student and an athlete so watching and playing sports takes up most of my free time. I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago and am working as a data analysis intern at Rise Against Hate. As a data intern, I am tasked with entering, cleaning, and analyzing data to identify different patterns. I have always been passionate about fighting for justice and interning at Rise against Hate has helped me to apply my data analysis skills within this area.


Ashley Chan

Legal Intern

Ashley is a third-year at the University of California, Davis, majoring in Political Science. After her expected graduation in Spring 2023, Ashley plans to take a gap year before attending law school.

As an Asian American woman, she is deeply passionate about combatting sexual violence, fighting for gender and racial equity, and ensuring that all individuals' civil liberties and rights are continuously being protected. She serves on the UC Office of the President's Systemwide Title IX Student Advisory Board as UC Davis' undergraduate representative. She is also the sole undergraduate representative on the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement's National Advisory Board.

As a legal intern for Rise Against Hate, Ashley drafts record requests and is currently working with Research and Data interns to study policing in Cherry Hill.


Carly Beilis

Legal Intern

Carly is a junior at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana studying International Relations and History. At Tulane, she has had the opportunity to study different social problems--such as issues pertaining to international development and Christian Nationalism--and used this knowledge as a vehicle to advocate for positive change in national communities. She has written a policy paper about eliminating Christian Nationalist influence in education that is being sent to the West Virginia State Senate, and is a student researcher with the African Letters Project.


Alex Kim

Data Intern

My name is Alex Kim, I am an undergraduate student at Cornell University and majoring in Cornell University. I am working as an intern in Rise Against Hate as a data analyst. I am mainly responsible for sorting and cleaning data, analyzing data and making visual infographics and reports.


Chukwueloka Obi

Data Intern

Obi is an eager data talent who is looking to push his career forward by doing good work that has a mission. Obi is not motivated by money but only the mission being worthy at hand. He is looking to find himself entrenched into understanding how data is able to move social change and what that entails for our future whenever discussing issues like this. He believes that data should be the most important thing when discussing social policy.


Yongrui Chen

Data Intern

I am a master student at Georgetown University in Data Science and Analytics. As a generalist at heart, I am currently interested in problems rooted in data analysis, where I have a breadth of experience in research and internship. With an open heart, I am always willing to learn new skills and motivated to grow in different challenges.

Working as a data analyst in Rise Against Hate, I am mainly responsible for analyzing and visualizing the Rise Against Hate’s study of racial discrimination on Arrest Cases and Use of Force at Cherry Hill in New Jersey.


Sabriye Yilmaz

Research Intern

In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, bike, and spend time with her family and friends.


Jackson Beauregard

Research Intern

Jackson is a rising senior at American University majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a focus in cannabis policy. This coming fall semester, he will be studying abroad at University College Dublin as a Gilman Scholar to learn about the formulation of cannabis policy in the Republic of Ireland. This summer Jackson is grateful to be serving as a research for Rise Against Hate and an intern for the Office of Public Defender of Maryland. He hopes to apply the skills and lessons he attains from both experiences to become a public defender to help those the government neglects.


Click here to see biographies of some of Rise Against Hate's previous interns!