Our Team

Most Think Again projects are managed and facilitated by founder Davey Shlasko. Davey collaborates closely with other facilitators to bring a wide range of perspectives, skills and knowledge to the work. The affiliated trainers and consultants have a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, and they contribute to Think Again’s work in the areas in which they’re best qualified, sometimes in teams and sometimes separately, according to what makes sense for each project.

Davey Shlasko, Founder & Managing Consultant

davey portraitDavey is an educator, author and consultant whose passion is facilitating adult learning about, and in the context of, social justice movements. Davey’s recent and ongoing work includes consulting with numerous K-12 schools, colleges, and human service providers to improve trans inclusion; co-designing and leading a community-based study group focused on racial justice organizing in predominantly white, rural areas with Lost River Racial Justice; co-designing and leading a community-based cross-class dialogue circle with ACT for Social Justice; and co-authoring the Classism and Ableism chapters of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd edition. Davey has an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from UMass, Amherst, and has been writing and teaching about social justice issues since 2000. Davey is also on the faculty at Smith College School for Social Work, teaching critical theory and transgender studies to MSW students.

 

Affiliated Trainers and Consultants

Angela Berkfield

Angela headshotAngela brings nearly two decades of community social work and food justice organizing experience focused mainly in Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and Vermont. She has been facilitating workshops for 15 years, with everything from small grassroots organizations to large non-profits. Social justice is not only a professional pursuit for Angela, she has spent 20 years actively working through race and class privilege and the last eight years working with colleagues on uncovering internalized racism and on holding each other accountable on finding new ways of thinking and being. Her life and work experience have taught her how much she still has to learn and she invites you to be a part of that learning process. She is committed to the collective process of ending all oppression and building a world where ALL people have what they need to thrive. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Spanish and a graduate degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Angela is a co-founder of The Root Social Justice Center and Director of ACT for Social Justice. She is the proud mother of two young kids, who are amazing teachers.

Romina A. Pacheco

Romina head shotRomina was born and raised in the Caribbean city of Maracay, Venezuela. Romina’s early work as an educator focused on teaching English as a Foreign Language and Spanish as a Second Language. Romina’s carreer as an educator shifted when she migrated to the United States in her mid-20s, where most of her work has concentrated in teaching Social Justice Education-related courses in institutions of higher education, and facilitating community-based dialogues that address the liberation of People of The Global Majority in all of their intersecting identities. More recently Romina has been involved in decolonizing education projects in Jacmel, Haiti, and racial justice organizing efforts in Western Massachusetts. Her research interests and publication topics include: Participatory Action Research/Research as Praxis, Critical Multicultural Education, Intergroup Dialogues, and Black/Latina Feminist Theory. Romina has a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University where she studied Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies, and an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from UMass, Amherst.

 

Chris Barcelos

Chris headshotChris is a feminist educator and interdisciplinary social scientist whose work lies at the intersection of public health, gender and sexuality studies, and sociology. Chris is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Oberlin College, and holds a PhD in Public Health, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from UMass, Amherst. Their dissertation research uses discursive, visual, and ethnographic approaches situated in a critical, feminist research methodology to understand how ways of knowing about teen pregnancy and parenting influence programming and policymaking. Chris brings expertise in a wide range of research methods to support assessment aspects of Think Again’s consulting projects.

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Chase is an Assistant Professor in the College Student Personnel Program at Western Illinois University, and previously served as the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University. Chase has an Ed.D.  in Social Justice Education and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the UMass, Amherst. His research and publications have focused on trans men’s experiences in higher education, as well as pedagogy and curriculum for teaching about transgender (trans*) oppression, sexism and heterosexism. Check out Chase’s CV and this extended bio for more info on Chase’s work.

 

Facilitator bio picture (Safire)Keri “Safire” DeJong

Safire is a researcher, educator, organizer, and consultant focusing on social justice education, racial justice work, intergroup dialogue, technology in education, and critical digital citizenship for all ages. Safire holds a doctorate in Social Justice Education from UMass Amherst where her research focused on the legacies of colonialism within constructions of childhood. Currently, Safire teaches social justice focused courses at UMass Amherst and works as a Pedagogical Technologist at the Collaborative for Education Services where she organizes the regional Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference in Western Massachusetts. Safire, with an array of talented and brilliant co-facilitators, has provided social justice trainings and facilitated deeply transformational group work for various student affairs departments. She has also served as a facilitator, consultant and trainer for the UMass Amherst and 5-College Intergroup Dialogue Programs as well as for several other colleges and universities across the nation.