Council of Elders


Dr. Billie Mayo, a retired educator, is a Senior Consultant and former co-owner of Educational Equity Consultants, an organization committed to dismantling the oppression of racism in public education and to building the capacity of individuals, schools and other organizations to address racism in ways that enable all people to reclaim their inherent intelligence and nobility.

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From South Africa to Charlottesville, Erika creates and facilitates transformative healing spaces for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color of all identities to process racial stress and trauma, and to experience embodied liberation & collective Joy, in the midst of dismantling systems of oppression. She is also a devoted wife and mother of two who organizes to build chosen families of health, restoration and radical love.


Evolutionary Hands is Terna (say Tayna) Tilley-Gyado. A citizen of the world and passionate advocate for progress, equality, positivity, and LOVE. Terna is a Life Coach and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner located in Western Massachusetts. The underlying unifier of each of those roles is Facilitator Healer.

Terna’s goal as a healer is to support individuals in answering the question, “Who am I at the next level of my personal evolution?” 

Yavilah McCoy

Yaviah is the CEO of the Diversity consulting group DIMENSIONS Inc. Through Dimensions, Yavilah services an international portfolio of clients in the areas of Education, Philanthropy, and Social Justice. As an anti-racism activist with an international platform, Yavilah provides training and consulting to numerous social justice projects that span multiple identities and communities.  
Yavilah serves on the steering committee of the national Women’s March and has been a core part of many large-scale national movement teams, bringing a uniquely intersectional perspective to the ongoing work of racial justice and collective liberation.  Yavilah is a pioneer of the Jewish diversity and equity movement and is an advocate and mentor for the empowerment of a transglobal community of Jews of Color. Yavilah was an inaugural recipient of the Spielberg Foundation’s Joshua Venture Fellowship and directed the launch of the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Yavilah also directed the Bronfman Philanthropy’s Curriculum Initiative in Boston, where she provided educational consultancy to 600 prep schools across the nation.  Yavilah was voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary’s Pastoral Coach Training Program, and an inaugural fellow of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle.  
Yavilah is a renowned national speaker, educator, and spiritual practitioner. In celebration of the musical traditions passed down to her from three generations of her African-American Jewish family, she is also the writer, producer and performer of the Jewish Gospel theatrical production “The Colors of Water.”