Executive Director and Founder

Mika Marzette

m.marzette@ascendtials.org

Mika has spent over 20 years in the U.S. and abroad in Education, Business Finance, and Capacity Building and development. She has dedicated her time to these fields, as she has a sincere concern for the higher-level development of humanity. Recognizing that current systems reinforce an oppressive culture and are not fully Equity-conscious, she started a non-profit to focus on the work of re-educating, by providing essential educational tools and resources that provide global development. The hope is that we strive to increase awareness and challenge the constant impeding structures we face, and reinforce reminders of how community, and not individualism, will provide safety, unity, and peace.

She has taught in business schools in France at the University of Nancy, University of Lorraine, and Paris-Sorbonne University, the UCSD Extension and National University in California and at Institutes in several countries. She has organized several community initiatives abroad and at home, and will continue providing support where necessary that brings about real structural and policy change for the improvement of those affected disproportionately by these structures.

Development and Fund Director

Rachelle Suissa

r.suissa@ascendtials.org

Rachelle received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City in 2017. Currently, she works as a professor of business administration and generic studies at Boricua College. She also currently serves as the Development and Fund Director for Ascendtials.

Communications and Marketing Strategist

Zoë Broussard

z.broussard@ascendtials.org

Zoe is a multi-hyphenate artist, media psychologist, and communications strategist with a passion for uplifting the voices and work of historically marginalized people. Zoe has experience in mass communication through radio broadcast, social media, student advocacy, and bilingual podcasting. Zoe’s business “Animo Style” is a platform for encouraging self-expression through unique jewelry and wall art. They are currently finishing up their Master’s degree in Media Psychology with a focus on digital education & community engagement.

Grant Researcher/Writer

Fatima Gavrish

f.gavrish@ascendtials.org

Fatima Gavrish received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously worked as a research assistant for Professor Kiel Christianson at the Beckman Institute, where she conducted bilingual and eye-tracking experiments. Her focus is on writing social justice and mental health grants for the Ascendtials organization, in order to support Ascendtials’ social justice projects. In her spare time, she likes to hike and paint.