Board and Staff

Board and Staff

WAF is led by a dedicated staff and Board of Directors. It is an organization that is sustained by youth, donors, and volunteers from the greater Charleston area.

Nijeeah Richardson, LMSW- Executive Director

Nijeeah Richardson is a young licensed masters-level social worker and activist from Charleston, SC. unnamed-9
They completed their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in 2015 and Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2017 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. As an undergraduate student, Nijeeah interned at Time Out Youth, a LGBTQ youth center in Charlotte, NC. For their graduate field experience, Nijeeah interned at the Freedom Center for Social Justice, also located in Charlotte, NC. Post graduate school, Nijeeah returned to Charleston to work with youth as a behavioral interventionist at Justice Works Behavioral Care and to continue their work as a co-founder and workshop facilitator with the Transformative Teaching Collective, a cooperative based in Charleston that provides social justice education to schools, community groups, non-profits and government organizations. In 2018, Nijeeah received the Community Pride award from Charleston Pride and was named South Carolina’s “Champion of Pride” by the Advocate. When asked what it means to be a champion, Nijeeah stated that being a champion “isn’t just about winning — when we know the race is rigged. Rather, it’s the spirit that compels us to keep fighting for the liberation of all people.”

Cora Webb – Program Director

As a recent graduate of the College of Charleston, double majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Public Health, Cora Webb has developed a deep commitment to community advocacy and active citizenship. Throughout her college career, she assisted with designing and implementing informative events that aimed to properly represent different cultures and advance the campus community’s understanding of gender, sexuality, and identity. During her senior year, she co-facilitated a first-year Social Justice Dialogue Course that helped students navigate dense topics such as oppression and privilege. The skills she developed through these experiences prepared her to become a project leader for the College of Charleston’s Alternative Break program. Her program focused on LGBTQ+ Rights and Public Health issues in New York City, with a primary emphasis on HIV/AIDs in the LGBTQ+ community.

Cora WebbHer time as a project leader was the central experience that solidified her interest in working to develop comprehensive solutions that promote health education, increase awareness, reduce stigma, and build strong, supportive communities to end the HIV/AIDS crisis. Since graduation, she continues to attend community events and serve on the Charleston Area World AIDs Day Committee. Through her campus and community engagement, she has developed a passion for addressing this community’s health education needs.

Bonnie Miller – Volunteer Coordinator

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Bonnie is a native of South Carolina and was raised by non traditional parents in a traditional rural town. She attended school at Clemson University and earned a Bachelor’s in Environmental and Natural Resources with a double minor in Sustainability and Philosophy. After a period of travel, they have since found a new home and intention in the city of Charleston, SC.
Bonnie MillerIn addition to their current work, they serve as Volunteer Coordinator for The Charleston YOUth Count, an initiative centered on understanding and advocating for youth experiencing basic needs insecurities. Bonnie is a lover of southern community and culture, and sees her work as transferring social power built through community connections to underserved communities. In the near future, Bonnie will be returning to school to pursue a Master’s of Social Work. Other passions include being part of a local rugby team and being mother to far too many plants.

Board of Directors

Cator Sparks – Chair

Cator Sparks is the Editor in Chief of TheManual.com. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia Cator attended the College of Charleston where he majored in French and Cator Sparks Tintypelater the American College in London where he graduated with honors with a Fashion Marketing degree. Since moving to New York City in 1999 Cator has worked in both beauty and fashion PR, which lead to his transition to a full time journalist. Mr. Sparks has written for 1stdibs.com, Elle Décor, T Magazine and The Huffington Post, style.com, VanityFair.com, nowness.com, Candy Magazine and Brooks Brothers first Magalogue. Cator finds writing about men’s lifestyle brands the perfect way to continue educating himself and his fellow man through everything from trips to the Scottish Highlands for a deer stalk to digging deep in designers studios for the perfect button or collar. Cator has been featured for his own dandified style in Ike Ude’s Style File, The Daily Telegraph, Stylelikeu.com and in Bill Cunningham’s section of The New York Times, Evening Hours. Mr. Sparks splits his time between his apartment in Harlem and his home in downtown Charleston where he escapes with his husband and Scottish Terriers for Southern sojourns and excellent cuisine.

Robin Stewart – Vice Chair

Robin Stewart is originally from Mt. Pleasant, SC, and graduated from Tulane University in with a Bachelor’s of Science in both Business Management and Information Systems. After college, she moved to Boston to begin a career as a Sales & Development Manager. Robin was responsible for hiring, training, and coaching entry-level employees into leadership positions. After 8 years in corporate retail, she really wanted a new career path away from a high-pressure sales environment, but that still focused on supporting and developing people.Robin Stewart

She came back to Charleston in 2015 and found new fulfillment in helping medical students at MUSC develop their clinical and communication skills through the Center for Clinical Evaluation, Teaching, & Simulation. This great experience led to her pursuing a Master of Counselor Education degree with a concentration in Student Affairs & College Counseling. Robin is currently the Program Coordinator at the Center for Academic Performance & Persistence at the College of Charleston where she advises students who are provisionally admitted, as well as those on academic probation. She wants to motivate students to keep persisting, and understands the many challenges they face in the pursuit of higher education. Robin believes in targeted support to help remove obstacles and contribute to their overall success. Her student’s voices truly matter to her, and she always advocates on their behalf. She seeks to engage all studentsregardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or background.

Robin has always seen potential in those who often do not see it within themselves. She is committed to diversity, inclusion, social justice, and creating environments where individuals can truly thrive. As a board member of We Are Family, an organization at the forefront of supporting and developing LGBTQ+ youth in Charleston, she is dedicated to advocating for LGBTQ+ youth in our community who need our support more than ever.

Jacqui Filbert – Secretary

Jacqui Filbeck moved to Charleston, SC in 2005 while serving in the United States Air Force. Jacqui was honorably discharged for services, following a 10 year career. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Limestone College in 2012, followed by her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 2013.

Jacqui Filbert

Jacqui currently serves as the Director for the Family Violence Intervention Program at Origin SC, formerly Family Services, Inc. In this exciting and new role, Jacqui supervises a small team of three and interns from time to time, provide services to both victims and batterers of domestic violence. Additionally, Jacqui is a facilitator for Mental Health First Aid, Be Proud! Be Responsible!, and has presented on numerous topics, such as, Trauma Informed Care through creating cultures of a trauma informed workplace, Domestic Violence in the LGBTQQIA community, among others. Jacqui continues to provide direct service through individual sessions, facilitation of group sessions, and macro advocacy for the unheard voices.

Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez

Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez was born in Celaya, Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 5. Growing jonatan head shotup in the small town of Waynesboro Georgia, Jonatan was involved in music, theatre and dance where he was even featured in Teen Vogue Magazine and receiving recognitions such as ‘Best in Theatrical Caption” from the Georgia literacy Association. After moving to Charleston in 2014, Jonatan started working in fashion through styling, PR, and special event planning. Some of his work includes Charleston Fashion Week, Lowcounty Live, and Bravo TV’s Southern Charm. While working with the city during special projects, Jonatan became a strong supporter of animal rights, LGBTQI rights, adult education, as well as one of the youngest Hispanic activists in the low country. His passion for children and helping others is his driving force to “Keep moving forward”. www.jonatanguerreroramirez.com Social Media: @jonatanguerreroramirez

KJ Ivery

KJ is a Charleston native, and a current West Ashley resident. He KJ Headshotgraduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012 with a BA in Criminal Justice and moved back to Charleston shortly thereafter with his wife, Sam. He has been working here as a police officer, with a particular interest in improving the department’s policies and relationships with LGBTQ community members. KJ is also a dog dad to an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Muppet mix, Emma, and has a wide range of interests. On any given day, you may find him either out on the water fishing and kayaking or practicing yoga. He also enjoys more low-key activities like podcasts, savoring his eighth cup of coffee for the day, and crafting.