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Robin Tinnon

Executive Director

Robin Nicole Tinnon, born on August 6th, 1991, on the south-side of Chicago, Illinois is an activist, public intellectual, and writer who advocates for the oppressed. Currently an Executive Director for We All Rise: African American Resource Center, she strives to help black youth and their families be positive participants of healthy relationships and be intentional about their investments in black history and culture. As a community activist, Founder, Feminist & Mom Boss—she is impressed with our community members and their intentionality around healing together. Robin works endlessly to ensure that her teachings are derived from the historical foundation of true mentorship which includes creating safe places, belonging and togetherness as we all move forward in progress. 

Currently, writing the book Let Me Be Here for YOU While YOU Stand Up For YOURSELF, she asserts that there are no current writings that gives a realistic view of her coined term ‘African Americanism.’ This book discusses race, culture, and spirituality as it all comes together to form the black experience. As a passionate community member, she intends for her work to touch the lives of many and bring homage to those living with the margins or race, class, and gender and managing every day to find ways to live their best lives.

Click here to email Robin.

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Dena Williams

Lead Advocate

Dena Williams is currently working at We All Rise AARC as our Lead Advocate. Dena also worked at   Reach Counseling Services as the Anti-Trafficking advocate in Neenah Wisconsin as well as a weekend overnight advocate at Harbor House in the Fox Valley. Her expertise when working with self-identified Black/African American clients focuses on critical race theory and racial battle fatigue. She currently co-facilitates the Black Girls Healing Group in the Fox Valley area and is a strong supporter for students of color and their experience as stewards in academia. She also facilitates a group for Black women in Appleton and Oshkosh Dena is also a member of the Attorney General SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) for Human Trafficking and Community Coordinated Response-Green Bay(CCR-GB). She is also a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team Response to Child Sex Trafficking. Dena has worked with the District Attorney's office to help victims complete the Diversion Program. She has her certification in SAVAS (Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School) and in the curriculum for Dismantling Racism. Her passion is working with people in the community as well helping support victims of Domestic violence and Sexual Abuse.

Click here to email Dena.

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Keshelle Anderson

Black Youth Alliance - WI Community Coordinator

Born April 22nd 1994, Keshelle  is a native of Milwaukee, WI recently joining the Green Bay community. Personally knowing the lows of addiction, statistics, and oppression of those affected by addiction she pushes for connection with her clients that is lead by love and is motivated everyday to stay present with the best version of herself. As staff member of We All Rise African American Resource Center, her hopes are to encourage, build and support the marginalized in the Greater Green Bay community.

 

Keshelle believes that the easiest way to connect with people is to be yourself and allow the energy you emit to work for you.  She enjoys music, dancing, family and friends--and is committed to constantly growing her knowledge of Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and all other forms of violence and their various manifestations through multiple educational opportunities.  

Click here to email Keshelle.

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Samantha Schwartz-Oscar

Psychologist Ph.D.

I believe that we are all intimately connected to one another, and because of this, we have a deep responsibility for each other. Too often, fear and shame hinder us, our relationships and our life dreams, preventing us from becoming our best selves and living our best lives. I also believe that we cannot grow and thrive unless we feel seen, heard, cared for, and valued. 

 

I completed a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have worked as a psychologist with individuals, couples, and families for the past 10 years in university counseling centers, community mental health, tribal behavioral health, medical centers, and correctional settings. Particular interests include multicultural counseling, trauma, family systems, interpersonal/relational issues, and shame resilience. I also taught various undergraduate and graduate level courses in psychology, human development, assessment, and cultural diversity, awareness, and privilege. I am passionate about racial and social justice, continual learning, and promoting/creating stronger relationships and communities. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outside in nature, reading, music, sports, attending cultural and social justice events. 

Click here to email Sam.

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Amy Zirbel

Psychologist Psy.D.

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctoral Degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  I have been working in the field of psychology for over ten years in various settings including inpatient and outpatient settings.  I serve children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  I also enjoy facilitating therapy groups.  I have a particular passion for working with marginalized and oppressed populations and helping clients improve their relationships, explore their feelings of shame, and heal their pain.  My clinical interests and specialties include trauma, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and childhood behavior problems.  I want my clients to tell their story, express themselves fully, and lead more fulfilling lives.  I believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate atmosphere where clients can explore and work through feelings, thoughts, and beliefs they have about themselves and others.   I utilize an eclectic and dynamic approach to mental health based on the principles of client-centered therapy integrated with interpersonal and psychodynamic therapies. 

Outside of my professional life, I have two wonderful children and spend much of my free time with them.  I was born in Green Bay, WI and grew up in a small town south of Green Bay; therefore, this community is very important to me.  I love reading, relaxing, and traveling.  I have a strong interest in social justice advocacy and truly want to help make this World a better place for my children and my children’s children. 

Click here to email Amy.

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Ebony Austin

Advocate

Ebony Austin was born on August 5th 1989 in Milwaukee, WI. She is currently working at We All Rise AARC as an advocate. Previously, Ebony has worked in health care within the Green Bay area. Ebony has a heart to help people. She grew up around crime and has lost family members to violent crime. Ebony loves to connect with people and get them guided on their way. She wishes We All Rise was around for her grandparents so they wouldn't have had to suffer the way they did. Because helping people is a natural source that pure hearts hold, when connecting with her clients she sends them on their journey to success. She walks with them through the ropes and hopes of showing them they can do it. Ebony enjoys reading, writing, poetry, and music. She graduated from Preble High School and now has 2 children, Jayquez and J'ream.

Ebony is a hard working, natural, loving, mother. She sees only the good in everybody. Truly believe no matter your background you deserve a chance.

Click here to email Ebony.

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Charles Caston

Advocate

Charles Caston is currently working at We All Rise: African American Resource Center as a Crime Victim Advocate.  Born August 10th, 1991, Charles is a Milwaukee, WI native.  As a father of 5, son, brother and mentor to many Charles is motivated by what he believes is the true root of Advocacy. “Advocacy is not something that can be taught. Advocacy is something you become accustomed to because you go through trials and triumphs and begin to understand that it is not enough to just talk others through things but that I have a unique responsibility as a black man to listen to others and support the through life trusting fully that they know exactly what they need to both heal and progress in unison”.

Charles currently serves as a commentator for Brotherhood Basketball League of Green Bay, WI.  Charles previously coached Green Bay East future stars totaling 3 seasons and is an active member of community groups in Northeast, WI with missions of supporting black folks who navigate at the margins of society. Charles currently facilitates FEST (Fathers, Everywhere, Stand, Together), at the agency and is always inspired by a Malcom X quote which states “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything”.

Click here to email Charles.

Dexter McKinney

Advocate

Dexter McKinney was born on July 25th 1989 and raised in Jackson Tennessee, until his mom, brother, and himself relocated to Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was 13. He later graduated from Green Bay Southwest High School. He learned an important life lesson from this experience, that those you surround yourself with have a great impact in your life. "Their stuff becomes your stuff." This understanding really leads his advocacy work at We All Rise. He works side by side with his clients on their healing journey always remembering that those that are around you can help, lift you up, and cheer you on but they can also stop, stunt, or take you off that course. In addition to Dexter's work at We All Rise, he facilities Healing in Harmony Men's Group until COVID and looks forward to future facilitation.

Dexter is a big hearted Leo who leads with courage and has a unique understanding of life. He speaks his mind and shows up hard for those around him. He is a firm believer that we are all care givers of the world and there is nothing new under the sun. We have all knowledge of the world, but what disconnects us is extreme technology (i.e. phones, TV's, video games, ultimately social media).

Click here to email Dexter.

Devin Tinnon

Advocate

Devin Tinnon is 29 years young and grew up in the Milwaukee area. He bounced back and forth between Milwaukee and Green Bay as a youth and young adult. Growing up and becoming the man he is today, he faced many hurdles, mountains, and burdens that weigh very heavy on his heart. He was incarcerated for four years due to bad choices in his life, trying to support his family, and choosing the fast route. He found nothing but brief gratification that only cause more pain and loss of trust with family and friends.
Devin is very passionate about "fighting for people who can't fight for themselves". Helping people in need that don't have the knowledge, strength, mentality or even the courage to help themselves. Devin is very artistic. He also loves being a dad to his and 7-year-old son who is also very loving. He can't go a day without him.

Click here to email Devin.

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Rachel Westenberg

Advocate

Rachel Westenberg was born and raised in Green Bay WI. From a very young age Rachel felt a burning passion deep within her to fight for justice. Rachel is a community organizer by trade and ran a nonprofit organization, for over 5 years, where she organized on a local and statewide level to change systems of oppression including transportation, mass incarceration, mental health, and environmental justice.

Now an Advocate at We All Rise, Rachel recommits daily to further her anti-racism journey. She believes it truly is a privilege to walk side by side with her clients in their healing journey and respects that everyone's healing journey looks different. Being a deeply spiritual person, Rachel believes her work isn't just a job, but rather a calling; as no one is free until we all are free.

Click here to email Rachel.

We All Rise: African American Resource Center

Office Address: 430 S Webster Ave, Green Bay WI 54301

Phone Number: (920) 785-9115

Email: weallriseaarc@gmail.com

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 654, 

                  Green Bay, WI 54305

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