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Our Leadership and Healers

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Natalia Davis

Artistic Director

Natalia has been with IGF since 2014. She has completed advanced training with The Center for Mind Body medicine. She also help to launch the IGF kids video series in elementary schools.

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Jan
Mandell

Program Director

Jan is a teacher, artist, and activist, her passion is fostering youth voice through the arts.  She taught theater for nearly 40 years at Saint Paul Central High School and is now most excited about mentoring young people and watching them grow into community leaders.

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Kylei

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Director of Community Engagement

Tara Reddinger-Adams

Director of Operations

Tara brings her always-learning attitude and background in art and 

education to the IGF team.  Sh worked in K-12 education, developing programs and writing curriculum before joining IGF where she blends her unique talents fulfill a range of duties from fiscal management to building the IGF website.

Our Leadership

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Dr. Darlene Fry

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Fry is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who worked on many college and university campuses before making the decision to focus on post-secondary preparation at the secondary level.  In 2012, she founded IGF out of the need to support youth from foster care.

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Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors supports our work and young people by sharing their extensive knowledge, resources, and advocacy.

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Gold Team

The IGF Gold Team facilitates workshops across the country for children through adults. Our workshop team is highly trained by local and national healers of color in Mind-Body Medicine, Somatic Healing, Radical Self-Care, and other practices.

Samuel Simmons

Sam Simmons is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor whose work specializes in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work.

Our Healers

Our "Healers" are national and international experts in Mind-Body Medicine, Somatic Abolitionism, Radical Self-Care, Healing Justice, and healing from trauma. We thank each of our Healers for sharing their knowledge with and training our Gold (workshop) Team members in these vital practices. 

Dr. Joi Lewis
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Dr. Joi Lewis

Dr. Joi Lewis promotes transformation and liberation of self through radical self-care and radical hospitality.

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Lora Matz

Lora Matz, MS, LICSW is a psychotherapist, lecturer and writer who works in the field of mind-body Medicine and transpersonal development.

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Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, S.E.P. is New York Times Best-Selling author and trauma specialist who helps people, communities, and organizations find strength in healing that is holistic and resilient. 

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Rebeka Ndosi

Rebeka Ndosi, M.S., L.Ac., is a board licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, teacher of child, adult and family yoga & meditation, a certified community coach in healing justice and a certified soul answer healer.

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