2019 Awardees

Windcall Residents in 2019

Windcall Residencies and Breathers are a healing (and leadership evolution) process that places full faith in human-beings ability to heal themselves – when we are ready and have conditions that promote well-being and spaciousness.

Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, author and a leading organizer in today’s Black liberation movement.  As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

As a Black queer feminist with over a dozen years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work, Charlene applies her political commitments and expertise through intellectual, cultural and grassroots organizing labor across today’s movements for collective liberation.  She was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in The Root 100, one of Ebony Magazine’s “Woke 100,” an Emerging Power Player in Chicago Magazine and is the 2017 recipient of the YWCA’s Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award. Charlene’s book Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, was published in 2018 (Beacon).

Carlos Duarte is a Mexican immigrant who has worked on progressive social change for the past 25 years, both in Mexico and the United States. He has led efforts to register, educate and mobilize thousands of voters in Arizona, Texas and Florida. He co-founded the Emerging Latino Leaders program and is Texas State Director for Mi Familia Vota. Carlos is actively organizing to defeat efforts that hinder our democracy including restrictive voter id, gerrymandering that dilutes people of color’s political voice and SB 4 and other anti immigrant legislation as member of several local, state and national coalitions. Carlos has taught at higher education institutions in Mexico and the US and has served in numerous boards and commissions. He is also a recognized leader having received multiple awards.

Carlos holds a Master’s in Social and Industrial Psychology a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and is a PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

A national speaker, trainer, and advocate, Naina Khanna has worked in the HIV field since 2005, following her HIV diagnosis in 2002. She is the Executive Director of Positive Women’s Network-USA, a national membership body of cis and trans women living with HIV. Naina currently serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS United, the National Steering Committee for the US People Living with HIV Caucus, as a member of the Women’s HIV Research Initiative, and served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2010 – 2014.  Prior to working in HIV, Naina co-founded and served as National Field Director for the League of Pissed Off Voters, a progressive national organization working to expand participation of young people and communities of color in electoral politics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of California – San Francisco.

Amanda Ream is the Strategic Campaigns Director for the United Domestic Workers Union (UDW), California’s homecare workers’ union representing more than 100,000 caregivers who work with seniors and people with disabilities.  She leads the union’s Care Agenda campaign, an effort to create affordable, accessible long term care for all who need it and union employment for immigrant workers. She got her start in the labor movement as a founding staff member of New York Jobs with Justice. Before coming to UDW she led Interpreting for California, a campaign for language access in healthcare with the union AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. She helped found a post 9/11 workers’ center in New York City with the union UNITE HERE, and is a former Revson Fellow on the Future of New York at Columbia University. She got her start in the labor movement as a founding staff member of New York Jobs with Justice.  She is on the board of the East Bay Meditation Center and is a teacher-in-training with Generative Somatics. She lives in Oakland and is from Santa Ana, California.

Carrie-Meghan Quick-Blanco received her BA in international studies from Ohio University and a MS in naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health. She has over a decade of experience in business, management, and professional development. Carrie-Meghan has provided professional development on 21st century education, global studies, and STEM topics, helping to found a satellite branch of Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab at Marshall University’s June Harless Center. She is a DONA-certified birth doula and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Carrie-Meghan is passionate about choices in childbirth and providing women with evidenced-based information to make the best choices for themselves and their families. She is the mother to a beautiful and bilingual two-year-old son.

Aisha Truss-Miller is a Chicago native dedicated to the creation and sustainability of safe spaces for social-emotional learning, leadership development, and political education for Black folks and people of color. She currently works with Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) as Development Manager and for 3 years served as the agency’s Affordable Housing Preservation Program’s Community Organizer.  She is a graduate of CPS, Harold Washington City College, and UIC. Aisha served as a member of Inner Faith Peace Builders’ African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel, is Fellow Alum of Cultivate: Women of Color in Non-Profit Leadership, and a Diversity Scholar with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Aisha is a loving mother and wife dedicated to “changing systems designed to oppress my communities and profit from our plight”.  She accredits her growth and achievements to family, friends, mentors, “the block”, and everyday people modeling positive leadership and provide her with insight, inspiration, debate, hope, support, accountability, laughs, and love.