Board of Directors
The Sojourn Board is strongly committed to expansion of the program while maintaining the integrity of the curriculum so that the focus is always on addressing historical instances of violence, inequity and injustice and engaging students in those lessons toward the accomplishment of societal change and personal success.
Shannon Couch obtained her B.A. in English and Humanities from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Master’s degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University. She holds various secondary teaching certifications, which is utilized to enhance her work with at-risk teens and teen parents who benefit from alternative forms of secondary education. Recently, she served as Professional Development Coordinator at Peninsula Alternative School where she led the staff in transitioning to Common Core-based curriculum.
Reena Evers-Everette is the daughter of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers. At age 8 she was a witness to her father’s brutal assassination. She worked for three decades as an a communications representative with domestic and international entities. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions and has served on numerous organization boards and committees to advance equity and justice. She serves as the Executive Director for the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, motivated by her father’s words “Although great strides in the field of human relations have been made, we cannot let up now!”
Jenn Gravem is a elementary school Principal in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto. She has been an educator for over fifteen years, teaching English and Special Education. Her professional commitment focuses on equity for all students regardless of ethnicity, class or documented status. She has taken six groups of students on Sojourn journeys, and continues to believe that the journey is a transformative life experience for all participants.
Lisa McNair is the oldest living daughter of Chris and Maxine McNair who are the parents of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. For eighteen years, she worked at the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau promoting tourism. She was instrumental in developing the Birmingham, Jefferson County Civil Rights Historic Tours. Currently, she is employed by a non-profit organization, Hand-In-Paw, which helps “people heal with animal assisted therapy”.
Wayne Myers-Taylor has been involved with Sojourn to the Past in various roles over the past decade — webmaster, writer, fundraiser, photographer, and trip chaperone. He has worked as a content writer and producer in television, print and online media since 1997. Currently, he’s a web production and training manager at Adobe.