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.

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.

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.


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.

Board of Advisors

Andrew Jung

Advisor

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.

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

Ben Shore

Executive Director

Ben 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 Internal Affairs.

Zoe David-Lang

Deputy 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!



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.

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.

Intern Spotlight

Cameron Crawford

Fundraising and Grant Intern

Cameron is a third year student at American University majoring in Justice and Law. Although currently residing in Washington, DC, Cameron is originally from the Philadelphia area.

As the Fundraising and Grant Writing Intern at Rise Against Hate, Cameron is narrowing down grant applications and crafting inquiries to send out. Additionally, he is working on various research projects, such as the Cherry Hill school-to-prison pipeline project and the Radical Justice Commission project.

In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing basketball, hiking, reading, and exploring Washington, DC. He is looking forward to working with the Rise Against Hate team and making more positive change through research projects and public awareness.

Coralie Jean-Francois

Business Intern

Coralie Jean-François is a Business Intern at Rise Against Hate. She is currently a senior at Fordham University pursuing a double major in International Political Economy and French Studies with a minor in Philosophy.

As a Business Intern at Rise Against Hate, Coralie’s responsibilities include writing grant proposals and managing the organization’s marketing budget.

Some of Coralie’s personal interests include spending time with her friends, watching horror movies, completing jigsaw puzzles, reading Caribbean Literature, and everything that has to do with the Law & Order franchise.

Sparkle Mark

Business Intern

Born and raised in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sparkle has always had a passion for human rights and understands how inequity in society negatively affects minorities. Sparkle Mark is a senior at The George Washington University pursuing a degree in Business concentrating in Finance and a minor in Psychology.

Throughout her time at The George Washington University, Sparkle has held several leadership positions such as AmeriCorps Jumpstart Team Leader and Undergraduate Senator in the Student Association.

As a Business Major at Rise Against Hate, she will be working on projects focused on developing a marketing strategy, managing the advertising budget, and raising brand awareness for Rise Against Hate.

Sparkle is known for being hardworking, funny, and kindhearted. She also has a passion for decreasing the achievement gap in education and increasing financial literacy, hoping to one day develop her own financial literacy program.



Jessica Saunders

Press and Communication Intern

Jessica is a senior Communications and Social Influence and Sociology double major at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her time at Temple, she has had the opportunity to study the importance of effective communication, language, and rhetoric in creating social and political change.

Jessica applies the skills she has learned in her classes through several leadership positions. She is the President of the Temple University Public Advocacy Club, an Ambassador for the Temple University Honors Program, and a Peer Mentor to Freshmen students in the Klein College of Media and Communications.

As the Press and Communications intern at Rise Against Hate, Jessica will be managing social media accounts, writing the Rise Against Hate newsletter, and helping out wherever else she can!

Ke Jiang

Data Analysis Intern

My name is Ke Jiang, I am a graduate student at Boston University and majoring in Database management & Business Intelligence. 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. I recently participated in the research study of Racial Justice and Cherry Hill Public Schools, and conducted the data analysis part!

Lilli Jiang

Data Analysis Intern

Lili is recent graduate from The George Washington University with a master’s degree in information systems. She is experienced in data and business analysis and has an interest in applying the business models she was taught at her institution to real world situations.

Lili is an energetic and creative problem solver. She enjoys collaborating with her peers in the workplace and is always ready to help and support others.

As a data analyst at Rise Against Hate, Lili will use statistical information to bring attention to racial injustice in the country through research reporting. Currently, she is working on analyzing data for Rise Against Hate’s study of racial discrimination at Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey.

Gio Liguori

Research Intern

Gio is one of Rise Against Hate’s Research Interns and a current Senior at The George Washington University. He is wrapping up his degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice, while pursuing a master’s in Public Policy. His passions lie in criminal justice reform. From drug decriminalization to decreasing the prison population, Gio believes in rooting out systemic injustices in our current criminal justice processes.

As a member of the Research team, Gio will be contributing to several prominent reports on police action and accountability in both his home community of New Jersey and in his adopted home of Washington, DC. In addition to grant writing and fundraising, he hopes his work can draw attention to Rise Against Hate and the crucial social justice issues we advocate for.

In his free time, you may find Gio obsessing over sports (especially the Yankees and the Nets), playing video games, or watching documentaries.

Jessica Nguyen

Research Intern

Jessica is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Statistics and Data Science.

As a Data Analysis Intern at Rise Against Hate, Jessica will be using her knowledge of statistics and data science to research and write reports detailing racial discrimination in Cherry Hill Public Schools and disproportionate uses of excessive force by the Cherry Hill Police Department.

Ilyana Rich

Research Intern

Ilyana Rich is a mother, wife, and student.


Ilyana grew up in Tucson, Arizona and with over a decade of service, in the USAF she was able to hone skills in follower-ship, mentoring, and management.


Her last assignment allowed her to expand outside of her daily functions and to find purpose as Community Support Office Noncommissioned Officer In Charge, where she operated as a Master Resilience Trainer, and trained in MBTI.


Ilyana is finalizing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus on Government and Gender Studies at the University of Arizona, and is a completing a Business Internship with Rise Against Hate, to fulfill her goals to serve a diverse community with trusted connections, by utilizing and teaching resilience tools and techniques to impact diversity and inclusion among employers with compassion and confidence.

Raya Rukab

Research Intern

Raya Rukab is a third-year student at American University, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, studying Public Health and International Studies.

As a queer, Arab-American women, Raya’s academic research has centered around comprehensive global sexual education and equitable access to reproductive health care in both the United States and the Middle Eastern and North African regions of our world.

As a Research Intern at Rise Against Hate, Raya is currently working on two research projects pertaining to racial justice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.