Founder & CEO
Education and Youth Advocate. Specializes in Racial Equity and Inclusion, Identity Development, and Racial Healing Circles.
Spoken-word poet who advocates for social change, restorative justice and racial healing through the art of story-telling
Identity Development & Media Representation
Film Director, Community Liaison, Women's Rights Advocate
Creator of the feature documentary Black Girl In Suburbia
Lorevie Mae Zea
Youth Director and Program Facilitator
Keynote Speaker & Curriculum Writer
Praxis, Early Childhood Education.
"Excellence is nothing without the courage to execute it."
Founder - The Root of Us
Fernell is the founder and CEO of The Root Of Us.
A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultancy with a focus on identity development, empowerment and building strong communities. She is also a Physical Educator in the public school system.
Students are at the center of everything Fernell does personally and professionally. As a 38th year veteran educator, Fernell is an education activist and community organizer for social change. Her roots of commitment to disrupting the White narrative over the past three decades are cemented in rich relationships that have enhanced her community.
Fernell started mentorship and leadership programs for Black youth and young adults to help build community and support Black Student Unions in middle and high schools. Many organizations and communities invite Fernell to share her story and host discussions about racial identity and lead Racial Healing Circles.
Fernell and her family are longtime residents of the Kenmore community and she continues to share her experience and expertise with young people through the many activities that help to build community, foster education and understanding while bringing the FUN for families and folks of all ages, ethnicities, races, cultures, genders and abilities.