Our Team

 

 Executive Director

Jacob Rudolph made international headlines in 2013 when a video of him coming out in front of more than 300 of his classmates went viral with over 2,000,000 views on YouTube. Soon after, Jacob was featured on national TV interviews with Anderson Cooper, Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, Don Lemon on CNN, and with Joy Behar, as well as in the LA Times and other print media. Inspired to continue speaking up, Jacob successfully assisted local civil rights groups that same year in passing a state law that bans conversion therapy on LGBTQ+ youth in New Jersey. Since then, he has been selected for the Point Foundation Scholarship, the John Lewis Fellowship, and was selected as the student commencement speaker at his college graduation-- University of Miami, 2017. Jacob is a loving friend, yogi, and a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ empowerment as the foundation of a compassionate American society.

 

EMERGE Training Facilitators

Joseph Quisol is a queer artist, producer, and organizer based in Oakland, CA. Raised in North Carolina in a family of mixed Filipinx and Puerto Rican descent, Quisol’s music merges his cultural roots with electronic production and acoustic sounds, incorporating themes of revolutionary love and decolonial praxis. Since 2012, Quisol has been performing and producing QTPOC-centered events in DIY spaces around the Southeast United States. Then in 2018, Quisol completed the Art in Education Master's Program at Harvard University and began creating and facilitating leadership retreat experiences for Arts leaders of Color with Arts Connect International. That same year they were awarded a $10,000 grant to produce live arts events in Boston, including the city's First Annual Arts Equity Summit.

Quisol continues this work as an arts and education consultant, event producer and performing artist. You can find their latest work at www.quisol.co and stream their debut album REVELATIONS on all digital platforms.

 

KiMani Divine (RScP) is the Founder and Director of Women Healing Zone and serves her community as a skilled healing practitioner. She is committed to raising individual awareness through facilitating workshops, empowerment groups, and providing one-on-one support. It is her philosophy that we develop the capacity to help others through empowering our own selves first. KiMani began her healing work 15 years ago, training in an eight-year study of Sufi Meditation. She then spent four years in an education of the techniques of Science of Mind founded by Ernest Holmes before moving on to study and graduate from Inner Vision’s Institute for Spiritual Development founded by Dr. Iyanla Vanzant. KiMani is a KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, an Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher, Quantum Touch® and EFT Practitioner, Whole Life Support Service Director, and Religious Science Certified Practitioner. After working twenty-five years in the service industry with Continental Airlines, she has mastered how to communicate openly, respectfully and authentically with individuals from all walks of life.