- one who brings conversations to life
- one who gives inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigor to unlikely partners in dialogue
We are a team of educators, activists, healers, artists, connectors, and neighbors committed to seeing the invisible, hearing the voiceless, and creating spaces for social change. As animators, we vitalize conversations that move unlikely community partners from fear and apathy to prophetic service.
Eunil David Cho, Ph.D.
Cho is a Korean American scholar-minister who cares deeply about the works of community development, intercultural understanding, and character formation. He is currently pursuing PhD studies at Emory University and serving a multicultural congregation as a Presbyterian minister.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Darren is the owner and lead designer of TwoPiece Graphic Design and Printing. A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School he then matriculated to Tennessee State University. He has worked with Fearless Dialogues since its inception serving as the lead graphic designer. He also takes pride in the design of Dr. Ellison's book cover Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. Darren is also the younger brother of Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II.
Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director
An Atlanta native, Ellison is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellison is author of Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and founder of GE II & Associates and Fearless Dialogues.
Rev. Alisha Gordon
Gordon, an Atlanta native, attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of English and Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she earned her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Religious Education. She currently serves as the Executive Minister of Programs at the Riverside Church in the City of New York where she provides managerial oversight and strategic direction for all program ministries of The Riverside Church.
Theodore “Ted” Florence
CFO and COO
Theodore “Ted” Florence is a C-Level finance executive experienced in financial reporting, financial modeling, budgeting, business strategy, operations, deal negotiations and asset management. He has over eighteen years of senior level finance and operations experience, including an eleven-year tenure as the CFO and COO of an entertainment company in which he had full P&L responsibility, managed the day-to-day business operations and provided financial leadership. For the past fourteen years, he has served as the business partner to the President, CEO, or Executive Director of three different organizations, including two non-profits. He currently works as the CFO and COO at Fearless Dialogues. Ted Florence graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from Fisk University, earned his MBA degree from Harvard Business School and completed a second master's degree in accounting at Georgia State University with a 3.69 cumulative average on a 4.0 scale. He resides in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Rev. Angela Mao Johnson
Office Manager & Animator
Rev. Angela Johnson, affectionately known as “Pastor Angie”, received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College. Angie is originally from New York City and has resided in Atlanta, Ga. for over 25 years. She is the mother of two amazing teenage sons, Johari and Ayinde.
Angie identifies as a HEALER. She has served as a prison chaplain intern at Jimmy Helm’s Transitional Center ministering to pregnant and terminally ill inmates, a college chaplain intern at Emory University, and a Chaplain Resident at Wesley Woods Psychiatric Hospital at Emory University Hospital. In addition to her work with Fearless Dialogues, she currently serves as the Assistant Pastor of Central United Methodist Church where her ministry focus is youth and young adults.
Operations Manager & Animator
Martin is a Bay Area native who has called Atlanta home for over 10 years. She holds an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology. She currently serves in administrative roles.
Rev. E. Michelle Ledder,
Ledder, an itinerant Elder in the AME Church, works as an anti-racism curriculum writer and workshop facilitator for a global commission on religion and race. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University who combines on-the-ground freedom fighting with educational transformation.
Bridget Piggue, Th.D.
Dr. Piggue serves as the Director of Spiritual Health at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she is also a certified Clinical Pastoral Educator. In her teaching and writing, she challenges leaders to move toward greater self-awareness, mental health and wholeness.
Stephens is the creator of the spoken word CD, “Lend Me Your Ear,” the author of Soulfood Café, a book of poetry, and Reading Revolution, a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He was a member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Poetry Slam Team, is a former Teacher of the Year, a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award and holds a M.Div from Emory University.
Floyd Wood II
Wood is a native of Atlanta and a product of the Atlanta Public School system. An alumnus of Morehouse College and a student at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he currently serves as a communication and program manger at Georgia Tech. He is a devoted husband and proud father of four.
Board of Directors
- Kenya K. Hansford Davis, Esq.
- Antoinette Ellison, Esq
- Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.
- Milton H. Jones, Jr.
- Nekia Hackworth Jones, Esq.
- John Majors
- Luther E. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
MEET OUR TEAM OF ADVISORS
- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Congressional Black Caucus, Past President
- Darren Ellison, 2 Piece Graphics & Design, Preferred Designer
- Delvecchio Finley, MPP, Alameda Health System, CEO
- Elaine Justice, Emory University Media Relations, Associate Director
- Stephen Lewis, Forum for Theological Exploration, President
- Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Greater Atlanta Presbytery of the PCUSA, Executive Presbyter
- Barbara Brown Taylor, Butman Professor Emeritus of Religion, Piedmont College
- Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Educator, Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist
- Carlton Mackey, Emory University's Ethics & the Arts Program, Director
- Parker J. Palmer, Internationally-Acclaimed Writer and Educator
- DeWayne Rogers, Rolling Out Magazine, Creative Director and Fashion Photographer
- Rev. Toby Sanders, M.Div., Trenton Board of Education, Past President
- Matthew Wesley Williams, Forum for Theological Exploration, VP of Strategic Initiatives
- Torry Winn, Esq., M.Div., Race to Equity, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement