Team Members

Rachel Branaman

Principal Consultant


See Rachel's background and bio here.

Rachel lives and works in the Washington D.C. area which is on the occupied territory of the Piscataway people, who have stewarded this land for generations. 

Kaitlyn Maloney




Kaitlyn Maloney received her BA in International Studies from American University, and speaks English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

Kaitlyn worked with UnidosUS, the largest Hispanic nonprofit in the United States prior to becoming a consultant. She also worked in government affairs for Hyundai Motor Company, as an events/operations coordinator for the American Chamber of Commerce - China, and was an English teacher and editor in Beijing, China. Kaitlyn is fluent in English and has professional working proficiency in Spanish and Mandarin.

Kaitlyn's areas of expertise include writing– grant proposals, annual reports, donor appeals– as well asresearch, social media management, event planning, and virtual executive assistant services.

Nancy Geiger

Office Manager


Nancy Geiger has a Bachelor's in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Masters in Special Education from Texas Women's University. ​

Nancy oversees operations and financial management for Talem. She lives and works in Dallas, Texas which was a mixed buffer zone for a number of tribes including the Wichita, Comanche, Caddo, Cherokee and other smaller tribes. 

Ivy Fairchild

Collaborative Consultant

Ivy Fairchild is the principal of Landmark Consultants, LLC. Ivy works collaboratively on projects with Talem. 

Before creating Landmark, Ivy worked with NCLR, Urban Health Plan, and Columbia University. 

Ivy holds a BA in Sociology from Queens College, a MA in Organizational Development from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She
obtained her certified fundraising executive certification (CFRE) in 2012.

Saadia Ahmed

Collaborative Consultant

Saadia Ahmed graduated in International Studies from Austin College where she intensified her commitment to serving the community. She is a community and thought leader in Dallas/Fort Worth in addition to being the founder and adviser to numerous nonprofit and community initiatives. 

Saadia was awarded the "Trailblazer" award by Texas Muslim Women's Foundation and "Community Leader of the Year" award by CAIR D/FW. 

Saadia's areas of expertise include event planning, social media optimization, individual major giving, and annual fund development. 

Saadia is fluent in English and Bengali. She has professional working proficiency in Hindi, Urdu, and French.

Avia S. Haynes

Collaborative Consultant

Avia Haynes has a BA in Mass Communications from Texas State University and a MS in Marketing and Social Media from Southern New Hampshire University. She has more than 20 years experience in marketing and design working with The Thomas Agency, Rhumb Designs, JCPenney, Dal-Tile Corporation, and National Tile Contractors Association.


Avia has worked with a variety of nonprofits providing marketing, digital and print design, website development, social media planning, digital marketing, brand awareness and promotion, art direction, and increasing traffic and engagement.

Ash White

Proposal Writer


Ash White has a BA in English and Theatre from Mary Baldwin University and a MA in English Literature from the University of the South. In addition to her work with Talem, she is a high school English teacher.

Ash lives and works in Staunton, Virginia which is thought to have been inhabited by ancestors of the Monacan Indian Nation.

Adelaide McComb

Proposal Writer


Adelaide McComb holds a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and a Master of Art in Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville. She is passionate about serving Indigenous and international individuals, supporting projects and programs that help marginalized voices be heard.

Stephanie Sorge 

Proposal Writer


Stephanie Sorge received her BA in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Stephanie has worked extensively in a variety of nonprofit settings, including grassroots organizing and nonprofit administration in secular, nonpartisan organizations, and in her current work as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), where she has served on visioning and strategic planning groups at the regional and national levels. 


Stephanie’s areas of expertise include organizational leadership through transition, strategic administrative leadership, systems analysis, and internal and external communications. 

Stephanie lives and works in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The land was home to the Iroquois, Siouan, Shawnee, and Tuscarora who cultivated the area's Great Wagon Road. 

Marilou Carrera

Proposal Writer


Marilou Carrera (they / she) is a health equity advocate, community health practitioner, and cultural worker based in Portland, Oregon. Her experiences as a Filipina and Japanese woman who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, as well as her time practicing as a registered nurse, advocating for communities of color, and promoting public health and reproductive justice have long persuaded her of the importance and imperative of sharing power, sharing stories, and centering communities to influence policy and affect systems change.


Marilou received her MPH from Portland State University and spent the past five years applying community-based participatory approaches to developing an equity-oriented community-led health improvement plan by and for communities of color in Multnomah County, Oregon. 


What we now call Multnomah County were the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, and Clackamas, 

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