wellness, social justice, yoga, wisdom, reimagining governance
The 18 Springs Board of Advisors
T. Sharee Fowler is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Nonprofit Management and Community Leadership Program at Salem College. She has 20+ years of experience working to advance meaningful social change through community organizing, advocacy, and systemic transformation strategies. Before joining the Salem College faculty full-time, she served as the Partnership Director for The Forsyth Promise, a community-wide cradle to career education initiative. She also has held positions as an Associate Organizer for CHANGE, a nonpartisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organizing group and as a victim advocate, community educator, and the founding coordinator of the Domestic Violence Community Council at Family Services. In addition to teaching, Sharee is a Courage and Renewal® Facilitator and co-facilitates Circle of Trust experiences for people working in higher education and the nonprofit and public sectors. She also serves on the Forsyth Freedom Federation’s steering committee and is a member of the Voices of God’s Children, a multi-racial community choir dedicated to the preservation of African-American spirituals as a musical art form.
Michelle C. Johnson
Michelle C. Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, intuitive healer, and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment, and integration. As a dismantling racism trainer, she has worked with large corporations, non-profits, and community groups, including the ACLU-WA, Duke University, Google, This American Life, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, Lululemon, and many others. Michelle published Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World in 2017; she teaches workshops in yoga studios and community spaces nationwide. Michelle’s new book, Finding Refuge: Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief published by Shambhala Publications, comes out on July 13th, 2021. Whether in an anti-oppression training, yoga space, individual or group intuitive healing session, the heart, healing and wholeness are at the center of how Michelle approaches all of her work in the world.
Alexis Overstreet is the owner of Metaspace Counseling, a mental health practice in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a therapist who is led to hold space for others to find solitude and find their way back to themselves. She is a state Licensed Clinical Social Worker and believes in total body wellness as a path to healing. She wholeheartedly believes that compassion in our community begins with a deep and intimate connection with self. She offers silent retreats at 18 Springs every other month.
Larry is a management consultant based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he maintains a limited clientele of community-based nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is also a Professor of Nonprofit Management and Community Leadership Practice at Salem College in Winston-Salem, where he has taught for the past 14 years. He has professional experience in both the public and private sectors, through involvement in leadership development and training, capacity building, and community organizing. His career has also included work in the fields of economic revitalization, urban planning, and community development. Locally, he has assisted nonprofits and served on community boards in Winston-Salem and surrounding areas since 1995, and in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States for over 40 years. Larry holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and an Urban Planning degree from the University of the District of Columbia. Larry brings a commitment to social justice and anti-racism, expertise in capacity-building, and the lived experience of a Black man in America to the 18 Springs Community Healing Center, where it is a privilege to be a part of the team.
Gayle is a long-time participant in 18 Springs’ wellness and racial justice programs. She is a part-time consultant and leadership coach to philanthropic foundations committed to social and racial justice. For 20 years, she was Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. She is a Courage and Renewal Facilitator with the international Center for Courage and Renewal. Over a long career, she has served on many nonprofit boards. Her life is blessed with beloved family, circles of dear friends, poetry, and a sweet dog who enjoys gardening and rambles in the woods with her. Occasionally she completes a quilting project, but mostly she collects fabric.