Get in touch with any member of the TRHT Team to join the transformation work happening in Kalamazoo.

Ebony Hemphill

Coordinator | Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Ebony, the TRHT Coordinator, is the newest member of TRHT team. She comes to us from the Kalamazoo Public Schools where she served as a school secretary for several years and has significant customer service experience with AT&T.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and has worked with TRHT Kalamazoo on the Education Design Team before joining the staff. Ebony’s commitment and passion for the Kalamazoo community is evidenced by her volunteerism with Michigan United and serves as lead for Parents United. She also leads the Participatory Defense Kalamazoo – an initiative designed to advocate for individuals who may enter the criminal justice system.

Jennifer Heymoss

Vice President of Initiatives & Public Policy

Jen has worked in education for the past fifteen years as a teacher, youth development professional, and teacher educator in Kalamazoo. After teaching English at Kalamazoo Central High School, she left the classroom to lead the Kalamazoo Jeter’s Leaders program through the Turn 2 Foundation. She moved into teacher education at Western Michigan University, where she was able to cultivate her passion for mentoring, innovating education, and equity.

Jen is a proud first-generation college student, earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education and Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education from Western Michigan University. The core of her work is developing educators in the community who value anti-oppressive pedagogy and amplify youth voices within their institutions and organizations. She is also a trauma-informed yoga for youth educator.

When Jen isn’t working, you can find her eating whatever Yelp says is delicious, enjoying live music (often played by her spouse), wandering the woods or museums with her family, and acting out books for her children.

Emily Olivares

Co-Director | Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Emily Olivares is the Co-Director of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo. Emily joined the TRHT team in 2019 as a coordinator. As co-director, Olivares oversees internal-facing relationships pertaining to KZCF and developing internal TRHT processes and procedures.

Before joining the TRHT team, she was previously at a government contracting firm where she worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Frances Vicioso

Co-Director | Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Frances is a Black, queer, people loving, LEGO obsessed, Latinx person. Professionally, she is an experienced facilitator, community advocate, and educator with a background in K12 education. Her time in philanthropy has been dedicated to spreading the good word of Racial Healing and deepening relationships across communities to achieve racial justice.

In 2020, Frances was hired as an intern for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative hosted by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. She was promoted to coordinator and then manager in 2021. In 2022, she began her role as co-director of TRHT, overseeing funder relationships, community partnerships and the TRHT Kalamazoo Leadership team.

In 2022, she was featured in an Emerging Leader series hosted by ONEplace, a nonprofit capacity-building organization in Kalamazoo. Frances is the co-chair of the Kalamazoo County DEI Advisory Board and she volunteers her time on the KVCC Police Academy Advisory Board and OutFront's board of trustees.