Board of Directors and Officers
Relationship Equality Foundation is run by individuals directly from the communities they serve. These individuals dedicate their time,energy, and passion to advance a cause that effects all those around them. This team is dedicated to the acceptance of all relationship structures.
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Board of Directors
Director- (Vacant Election pending)
Director – Joreth Innkeeper 2015 – 2018
Joreth‘s uses female pronouns like she and her but male titles like sir and cameraman (her profession), however male pronouns are also acceptable while female titles are not. Her gender identity is complex, so ask her about it if you’re curious.Joreth is not everyone’s cuppa tea, but it’s guaranteed that interacting with her will be an experience!
Director- Scarlett Ross 2016 – 2019
Scarlett Ross is a published author, teacher, Chatelaine and wild woman. Oglethorpe University gave her a B.A. in English Literature and the beginning of her deep appreciation for social issues and personal decisions impacting everyday life, health, and happiness. As a passionate educator and lecturer, Scarlett works with REF, local charities, various conventions and private events on improving communication among people, personal development/responsibility, and the need to continually explore the possibilities of living whole, healthy lives for everyone – every kind of life imaginable. In the private sector, Scarlett is a caretaker for family and community and runs a Virtual Assistant business with intentional focus on virtually changing the way we work, accessing a dynamic and marginalized workforce, and honoring the goals of clients. Scarlett Ross is committed to building communication and relationships among people.
Director – Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke 2017 -2020
Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke has three degrees in human sexuality studies: a Bachelors of Art in Sexuality, Culture and Oppression from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, a Masters in Education of Human Sexuality and Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Zelaika has also studied internationally in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad, Jamaica, Netherlands, Barcelona, and Cuba.Dr. Clarke’s cross-cultural doctoral dissertation focused on Ò̩ṣunality, a decolonial paradigm that affirms sexual pleasures and African eroticism. Dr. Clarke is a sexuality educator, consultant, and counselor with a specialization in gender and relational diversity, cultural sexology, sexosophy, sexual epistemology, sexecology and decolonization. Dr. Clarke is a member the Gamma Eta Rho Human Sexuality Honor Society, Women of Color Sexual Health Network, the Society of Black Scholars in Human Sexuality and the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians. Dr. Clarke is currently a social worker at the D.C. Center for LGBT community.
Director – Tracey Brown 2017-2020
Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Tracey Brown is a proud Queer Poly Black mental health activist, organizer, and survivor. Tracey graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 with a dual degree in Psychology (Community & Cultural focus) and American Studies. When Tracey returned to New Orleans, she became involved in various social justice endeavors such as bike accessibility, food justice, anti-racism work, housing justice, and anything else she could get involved in to help create accountability to and visibility of the local POC community. Some of these undertakings included serving local POC youth as a Mental Health Specialist, presenting at APW on abuse in POC poly relationships, being a part of the organizing committee and local team for Anarchist People of Color Convergence in New Orleans, touring with POC Zine Project, and co-facilitating a safe space through the “Ladies, Trans, & Sissies Night” with the New Orleans Community Bike Project. Tracey also regularly speaks at universities and community spaces nationwide about POC mental health, relationship dynamics, and polyamory while she prepares to apply to graduate school, in order to obtain her Master’s degree in Community and Clinical Psychology. Tracey is the founder of “Queer Poly Womin of Color” Group, which is support and resource group online for queer womin (‘i’ meaning transwomen, transmen, and gender non-conforming individuals are welcome).
Director – Christopher N. Smith 2018-2019
Christopher N. Smith is a relationship researcher focused on consensual non-monogamous relationship trends in current and historical contexts. His prior education includes doctoral studies in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities and Criminology; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion and Society; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Howard University. Mr. Smith has extensive experience within the education, human services and criminal justice sectors. Currently he is a Classification Specialist for the District of Columbia and in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is an educator, community builder, father, relationship advocate and passionate about increasing awareness of and support for non-monogamous relationship structures in the United States.
Mandee Conant, Director Atlanta Poly Weekend- Atlanta GA
Rivanna Jihan, Director Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference- Chicago IL
Kate Kincaid- SouthWest Love Fest – Tucson AZ