Board of Directors

beth hawkins

Beth Hawkins

Beth is a national education reporter and provides educational consultation and social media support. She is on Cultural Jambalaya’s Executive Committee.

Rayla Allison

Rachel Hicks

Rachel is the director of communications and public relations at Intermediate District 287. She provides educational consultation and social media support.

Ann Merrill

Ann Merrill

Ann Merrill is the director of external relations at American Indian OIC. She is the chair of Cultural Jambalaya’s Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee. She provides cultural diversity and communications guidance.

Colleen Needles

Colleen Needles Steward

Colleen is the CEO of Tremendous! Entertainment. She provides production support and produces Cultural Jambalaya’s Windows & Mirrors videos series.

Bondo Nyembwe

Bondo Nyembwe

Bondo is the executive director of educational services for the Columbia Heights School District. He provides cultural diversity and educational consultation.

Gail Shore

Gail Shore

Gail is the president of Shore to Shore Communications, Inc. and Cultural Jambalaya’s founder and executive director. Gail manages day-to-day operations.


Jennifer Verly

Jennifer Verly

Jen is a principal at DS+B Accountants and is on Cultural Jambalaya’s Executive Committee. She provides financial consultation.

Dr. Pankuri Goraksha-HicksPankuri Goraksha-Hicks, Ph.D.

Pankuri is the director of neuroscience project management, clinical research, at the University of Minnesota – PPD. She provides cultural diversity guidance.

Creative Partners

• Seen By Me videos are co-produced by Hi-Fly’n Productions’ Kevin May and ProjectExplorer’s Zoe D’Amato.

• Windows & Mirrors videos produced by Tremendous! Entertainment, Colleen Needles Steward, Executive Producer; and Hi-Fly’n Productions, Kevin May, Producer

• Windows & Mirrors video cover designs, artwork; and Cultural Jambalaya database management by Colle + McVoy

• Cultural Jambalaya website management by Josh Carlisle, Compass Programming, LLC

• Event planning by RSVPeterson Event Planning

• Cultural Jambalaya social media management by Julie Rodriguez and Susan Brott of CESO Communications,


Key Advisors

Grayce Belvedere Young

Susan Brott

Jenny Buccos

Josh Carlisle

Zoe D’Amato

Christine Fruechte

Amy Gohman

Kevin May

James Peterson

Chris Rasmussen

Julie Rodriguez

Jean Shore

Brad Smith