TWS strives to bring people together regardless of race/religion/gender/sexual orientation, in the fight against racism, oppression and discrimination. We believe that with Trust, Respect, Empathy and Ethics, (TREE), this mission will be accomplished.

What We do

Carol Laborde

Director of Outreach and Research

Carol Laborde received her BA in Sociology from Nyack College. Carol is retired now and has spent much of the last three decades volunteering her time and skills to various nonprofit organizations. She worked with the Rockland Family Shelter for battered women and children from 1988-2002.

​​​​Together We Stand is more than an organization, it is a Movement. Our mission is to proactively dismantle racism, discrimination and police brutality through education, advocacy and legislation. 

Dr. Kimberly Bateman

Director of Educational and Youth services 

​​Kimberly Bateman is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in working with children and adolescents in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). She is a community activist joining forces with activist organizations fighting for race and economic equity, education justice, LGBTQ rights, and criminal justice reform. 

Our work

Rhonda Leath

Executive Assistant 


Rhonda majored in Psychology and minored in Journalism at Los Angeles Trade Tech and Southwest College. Rhonda worked as a youth counselor in residential treatment and as an EMT on the Psych Emergency Team. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 7 and is active in her community doing faith based and social justice work.

Ian Frank

Artistic Director
Ian Frank Photographer/disabled U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, served his country for 10 years and after being medically retired felt he was given a second chance at life and dedicates his time and gifts to causes that will make a difference in the world. Ian states "I have wasted a lot of time destroying things, now it is time to create. I've realized for years I carried a weapon that was designed to harm, now I carry a weapon that helps"


our Mission

Dr. John P Fernandez

​Director of Corporate Consulting

Dr. John P. Fernandez is the founder and president of Advanced Research Management Consultants Global, LLC. He also works closely and in collaboration with Diverse World Coaching.
Prior to founding ARMC Global, John worked for 15 years at AT&T, becoming the first Black division level operations manager. 

Much of our advocacy falls into the following roles:
• Family support/resource coordination 
• Police/community liaison
• Student/school/university liaison
• Community resource pooling
• Diversity workshops/trainings (community, youth, executive, law enforcement)

​Tiara Alvarado

Tiara is a proud mixed, Puerto Rican and Black woman. She currently is attending Emerson College in Boston, MA studying film/media. Here at Together We Stand, she is responsible for the marketing/fundraising components of this organization. She also uses social media, visual media arts, and film to connect to the public, spreading the foundation's mission and sharing what we believe in. Being a part of TWS, it is important to her to not only use her voice but to encourage others to use theirs as well.

board of directors

tws interns

Sevgi Fernandez

​President and Founder

Sevgi began Together We Stand as  Facebook group in the summer of 2015 as a way to unite people who were interested in advocating for social justice. It's rapid growth and successes encouraged her to take things further and she began the process of creating Together We Stand, the non-profit. 

Andrea Kane


Andrea is an intern at Together We Stand. She joined the movement to become more involved in the fight for justice for all people groups. Andrea is a passionate pro-life advocate for individuals in all people groups: the unborn, the refugee, the elderly, the poor, and every person in-between. Andrea is studying Communications and Social Science and hopes to use her degree to encourage purpose and potential in those around her. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband Brian.

​John Jones III

Director of Youth Services - West Coast
John Jones III was born and raised in East Oakland and a father of three. He is currently on staff with CURYJ- Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice as a Life Coach. In this capacity, John serves as a mentor to at-risk youth and adults between the ages of 18 -35. John is also an organizer and staunch advocate in the community in the areas of public safety (Measure Z), economic dignity (Measure FF, Revive Oakland), criminal justice reform (AB 109; Prop 47), education (Measure N) and also serves as a member of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Executive Steering Committee for Prop 47. paragraph here.

​Marina Orellana-Pollett

​Administrative Assistant

Marina Orellana-Pollett is a Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies student.  She is a community activist working with organizations fighting for race gender equality, criminal justice, education and immigration reform.  Marina is active member of Students for Higher Education (SAHE) and has also established a chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) at her campus, both organizations aiming to support and empower Chicanos to succeed in higher education as well as promote Chicano nationalism.