T Land, Executive Director (they/he)
T is an Autistic, Trans, Queer, and Disabled Durham-native who has been working within the Disabled community since 1997. They spent over 15 years in Special Education, teaching in local public, charter, and private schools. In 2008, he founded the Autism Support and Advocacy Center, where they have since worked to create programs to address systemic gaps and engage in advocacy work that is rooted in disability justice and the neurodiversity movement. T holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Visuals Arts, specifically related non-linear digital editing. In 2004 they were the video editor for the local telenovela “Nuestro Barrio” before it was picked up by Univision. They have coursework completed at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Previously, he served as the President of the Autism Society for Durham County and as a Board Member for Durham County Special Olympics. In 2020, they earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
Rezilience Williamson, Storytelling Advocacy and Stewardship (they/them)
Rezilience is a neurodivergent nonbinary person going places, who fosters hope in a world full of hype. Rezilience is a Durham-born, Black queer poet who has been working with community and nonprofit organizations in areas of storytelling, strategic communications, and advocacy since 2018. They believe that poetry is a powerful source for liberation, exploration of voice, and community building. In 2021, they earned a bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Education from Duke University. As an aspiring educator, Rezilience tends to move with their arms wide and their vision panoramic as they try to include as many voices as they can in whatever they cultivate, whether it be an event or an experience. Rezilience hopes to engage in storytelling advocacy and stewardship to facilitate programming for queer neurodivergent folks to explore their artistic voices.
Leah Broadwell, Store Coordinator and Staff Facilitator (she/her)
Leah has called Durham her home for the past 9 years and has spent most of her time focusing on what it means to connect to community through food. She spent 10 years at a local NPO working within the disability community through food, creative arts, farming and community building. She now works at Part and Parcel in Downtown Durham. As a queer indentifying person living with chronic invisible illness, she is particuarly invested in engaging with & learning more about community building, accessibility, advocacy work and how to connect disabled & neurodivergent creatives.
Latoya Alston, Community Engagement (she/her)
Latoya extracts the moral of a story to use as instructions and opportunities for growth.
Through her LLC, Kingdom Building Mentality Business Consultancy, she proposes to work with the West End - Lyon Park communities to create connections that meet needs and foster growth.