Board and Staff

Board and Staff

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

Nijeeah Richardson, LMSW- Interim Director

Nijeeah Richardson is a young licensed masters-level social worker and activist from Charleston, SC. unnamed-9 Nijeeah completed their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in2015 and Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2017 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. As an undergraduate, Nijeeah interned at Time Out Youth, a local 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. They also worked as a behavioral interventionist at Justice Works Behavioral Care in Charleston, SC. Nijeeah is 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 the past, Nijeeah has also worked as an assistant preschool teacher. They continue to organize and volunteer with various grassroots organization in their hometown of Charleston, SC.

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 Poststyle.comVanityFair.comnowness.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 TelegraphStylelikeu.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.

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.