Board Members
Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson

An author, educator and founder of Black Skeptics Group and Black Skeptics Los Angeles.  She is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP), a high school feminist mentoring program in South Los Angeles. Sikivu is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los AngelesMoral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars and Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels. Sikivu is also a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and a visiting scholar at University of Southern California’s Center for Feminist Research.  Her forthcoming novel, White Nights, Black Paradise, on Peoples Temple and the Jonestown massacre, is due in the Fall of 2015.

Elizabeth Ross

A former law enforcement officer who raises awareness about the history and problem of mass-incarceration through presentations, group discussions, and volunteering at organizations that are working to counter its negative impact.  Elizabeth is also a vegan and is actively involved in promoting healthy plant-based diets through collaborating with individuals and community organizations to initiate vegan outreach initiatives. Elizabeth is the founder of Coalition of Vegan Activists of Color (COVAC).

Toni Bell

A documentary film researcher, screenwriter and book editor. Her primary focus is mental health issues within the African-American community, related to long-term physical and sexual abuse within families from a non-religious perspective. Toni has an M.F.A. in creative writing and a Master’s degree in MAT-TESOL. Toni also writes for the blog, “The Body is Not an Apology”.

Jennifer Phillips

A social worker in the field of social services.   Jennifer is also a part-time student at Touro University working on her Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy.  Jennifer is training to be a therapist at a local clinic in Los Angeles.