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. 

Saadia Ahmed

Operations & Community Communications Manager

Saadia 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'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.

Nancy Geiger

Office Manager


Nancy 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. 

Kaitlyn Maloney

Research & Project Management


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.

Avia S. Haynes

Marketing & Creative Design

Avia Haynes has a BA in Mass Communications from Texas State University and an 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.

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, 

Amy Fetterman 

Proposal Writer


Amy serves as a Transitional Pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She leads workshops and retreats for the greater church in areas such as worship, spirituality, and intergenerational discipleship.


Amy is the mother of an industrious preschooler, spouse of a computer whiz and talented chef, and a friend who will make mediocre crafts for all your big life events.

Amy lives in Fishersville, Virginia which is thought to have been inhabited by ancestors of the Monacan Indian Nation.

Ash White

Proposal Writer


Ash 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.

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