Meet our Team

Tanya jones

President & CEO Interactive Advocacy

If your organization is looking for a dynamic and cutting-edge approaches to performance-based training, Interactive Advocacy should be the first training company you call. My dedication to bringing awareness to the importance of tolerance, equality, inclusion, and intervention has manifested toward my passion-felt journey to advocate continually for those disenfranchised by imposed societal  restrictions. 

"Don't Just Stand There!" When doing nothing should never be an option!

He has more than 30 years working and serving within the Department of Defense in the US Army and as a Federal Employee.  He has served in such positions as Deputy Director, Army Reserve Equal Opportunity, former member of the Army’s EEO Board of Directors, Senior Executive Diversity Awareness Trainer (SEDAT) hosted at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management (DEOMI).  He’s a combat veteran of Desert Shield and Storm and former US Army Drill Sergeant.  He has a distinct passion for serving others. Mr. Crumpton holds a Sociology degree from Saint Leo University. His training work is well known throughout the Military Equal Opportunity Community across the United States. His leadership and training style gives him a skill set that makes him one of the best trainers in the industry. One of his favorite training sessions is the “Effects of Perceptual Filters” – Engaging and thought provoking with just the right level of humor.

Joe Crumpton

Vp Interactive advocacy

“You can’t teach what you don’t know and you can’t lead where you won’t go”.

- Mr. Claiborne Haughton

Jessica Jones-Saka

Cheif of curriculum and Training development

Jesica Jones-Saka: Jesica was raised in Orlando, Florida. She has her Bachelors in Education from the University of Central Florida and Masters Degree in Education and Curriculum Development from National Louis University.  She spent over 20 years as a teacher, team leader and grant writer and winner in Orange county Public Schools. Previously she has worked as a teacher, trainer and head of Faculty for the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates. She is  a creative educator,  professional trainer and curriculum developer. Her list of expertise and certifications are long.

Vanessa is a team leader with the capacity to train, mentor and develop professionals to enable them to handle customer requirements independently. She is a proactive and reliable, team player with strong commitment to excellence along with well developed analytical, problem solving, communication, organizing, coordination, and time management skills. She is a highly effective and creative communicator with exceptional talent for problem solving through reasoned thought processes and an excellent track record for customer as well as employee satisfaction. Dynamic leader and mentor, able to build teams cohesion inspire and empower individuals to strive toward higher levels of achievement.

Vanessa jose

Curriculum Development

Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga, Courtney is the youngest of four siblings, he learned early in life the value of hard work and dedication to accomplish your your goals.  Courtney enlisted in the United States Army and spent 10 years as a Combat Engineer. He is a combat veteran of Desert Shield/Storm. Courtney reclassified as an Army Recruiter for 11 years until retirement as a Master Sergeant. A few specialty certifications are: Airborne Paratrooper, Master Fitness Trainer, Senior Guidance Counselor Guidance, Special Forces Recruiter, and a host of other accomplishments during my career in the Army. Courtney is a proven professional with over 29 years of leadership and management experience in the United States Army and and government employee. Courtney  always believed in taking care of his soldiers at all cost, that’s why he take pride in supporting veterans to this day. He believe in applying the same commitment, day in, and day out. In his spare time he love exercising and taking a cruise in one of  his classic cars. He also works with a “Vetsuccess101”, a medical consultant company assisting veterans with disability claims. In business since 2017, the company has a 96% approval rate. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business. 

Courtney Atchison

Director of COntracts and client relations

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do"

Rafeal Cobb 

awareness graphics & Merchandise manager

Respected for the ability to solve problems and get things done when others give up by utilizing an innovative, creative spirit and drive for excellence.  A team player that focuses on delivering exceptional customer service.  Exceptional strong verbal communication skills. Experience in fashion and graphic design, thrive on helping customers find what they want. 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
- Pablo Picasso

Ryan Goldsmith is a United States Army Veteran that has also worked as a  technical Production Manager. He has done student films and musical theatre. He possess a comprehensive background in program Management and Visual and Audio Production globally. Ryan worked as a Television producer for the Armed Forces Network (Europe). There he oversaw researching, writing, voicing, shooting and editing radio and television productions for the American Forces Network (AFN) Europe. He is a Recipient of multiple awards for outstanding performance.  Ryan is also a comedian that draws you in with his upbeat, conversational style as he pokes fun at mistaken identity (he’s Jamaican), racial stereotypes, doomed relationships, and more. Audiences find him likeable and easy to relate to, even as he tries—and fails—to be politically correct.  Ryan holds a Master of Fine Arts, Cinematography & Film/Video Production from New York Film Academy, Master of Human Relations from University of Oklahoma and a Bachelors of Fine arts and Theater from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Ryan Goldsmith

Director of Talent

cindy Teniente

Lead Facilitator - Edutainer 

Cindy Teniente is a respected and trusted dependable leader, who thrives in a fast-paced environment. She’s a multifaceted woman with background in Training/Facilitation, Administrative Support, Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, Acting, Production and Management.  Cindy is a Lead Facilitator/Actress for Interactive Advocacy and is currently serving our country in the United States Army Reserves as a Captain. She loves to travel, hike, and go on mission trips. Her hopes for the future are to become a documentary filmmaker one day.

"Life is too short, the world is too big and God's love is too great to live an ordinary life"

Nathan ford jr.

Edutainer

Nathan Ford Jr is a talented actor who was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Being the youngest of 5 siblings Nathan became a naturally well rounded person.  In 2015 he was on a plane to Japan for two weeks of exploring the land and beautiful culture. Upon returning he had declared to his dad that he wanted to be a professional dancer. This went extremely well and for the next year he was on two World Championship teams. After being on stage Nathan had discovered a new passion. Acting. Being the outgoing person he his, he decided to go on an open call with a talent agency.  It was only a few months later and he was  participating in a talent showcase in Orlando, Florida, and booked numerous jobs. Only one year into his new profession he had been casted in a supporting role in the film The Boogeywoman. Nathan loves to laugh and loves to make people laugh at least that seems to be to consensus since many of his social media videos keep going viral with over 5.1 million likes.

Ananda Ray

Edutainer/campaign influencer

K'jawn Colin

Edutainer

K’Jawn is an actor / fitness trainer / comedian / entrepreneur from Louisiana who believes that we can be whoever we want to be and overall that we are limitless and should never put our dreams on hold for any obstacle that comes our way. K’Jawn attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and has earned an Associates Degree in TV/ Film. K’Jawn aspires to be an actor because he enjoys the thrill of being free and its fun. Although acting is his number one goal in life, K’Jawn has gained interest in boxing and music along the way. One thing K'Jawn realizes, is that he fears the thought of giving up (which is a good thing). "I may be down, but Im not out" is what he tells himself to keep pushing forward when times get tough. One word of advice that K’Jawn would share is that, when people think you or your dreams are crazy, you're doing something right.

"Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough."

- Og Mandino

Arikah nash

Edutainer

Arkiah Nash, ne Shakira Baly, is originally from St. Thomas, USVI. Her credits include acting, singing, professional wrestling, writer, stunts, aerial circus, student pilot, she owns her own Mermaid Academy, is a licensed massage therapist and is Nationally Board Certified (NCBTMB) as an instructor of Aqua Massage. She is a mom and spiritual practitioner in shamanism.

"No one is you, and that is your superpower."

- Unknown

Devin McCray walker

Edutainer

Born in Atlanta, raised in Texas, and living in Charlotte, Devin has had an exceedingly diverse background in life as well as in the arts. With experience in both live interactive theater and film work, Devin's seven year adventure into the acting world has been an exciting on. Bringing in a varied perspective from the educational and entertainment background to bring in the best of both worlds. 

"Luck may open a door for you, but only your skill will get you through it"

- My dad, Derek Lamar Walker

Jordan Parks 

Digital marketing & social media management team

Jordan Parks is the web designer and is responsible for a lot of the digital content seen through out interactive advocacy. He graduated from Johnson C Smith University in 2016 with a degree in computer science/ information systems. Jordan currently is working full time for the Lowe's Corporate office as a Digital Analytics Consultant and has also held several other positions in the IT field since graduating from JCSU. While well versed in digital Analytics and marketing, Jordans long term goal is to use these skills to work full time with startups by creating digital content and leading digital marketing efforts.

"It will never be perfect. Make it work"
- Life

Michelle Keshel

CEO, FOUNDER SAS-GPS-IA Advisory Board Member

 “My goal continues to center on delivering effective and innovative “communications automation” products and communications services to our customers.” 

Prior to founding Sales Automation Support, Michelle was the business systems manager for Chaney Systems, Inc. a custom solution and business technology infrastructure consulting firm in Wisconsin. Previously, she served as a Chief Warrant Officer and Helicopter Pilot in the U.S. Army for 9 years where she also performed in additional capacities as an Intelligence Officer and Systems Security Officer.

Neal GauldEn

CEO GMG Consultants- IA Advisory board member, Project manager

Neal has extensive experience as a Command Managed Equal Opportunity coordinator and served as the President of the Diversity Outreach Committee. Neal provides business management best practice solutions and process improvement programs for IA. Neal is also the head track and field coach for the local High School and an assistant track and field coach for the local Middle School. Neal holds a degree in Business and Marketing. In conjunction with his degree, he has also held certifications in Project Management, Contract Management, and as a Warranted Contracting Officer. Neal also completed the Executive Leadership, and the Effective Management courses at the Naval Facilities Institute, and the Naval Leader Development Program. He also holds certifications as a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach, a USA Track and Field National Level Official. Neal is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association, Electronics Technicians Association, and the Society of American Military Engineers. Enjoys working to build communities of teams that empower each other and advocate for change, equality and justice.

 

At Interactive Advocacy (IA) we use interactive performance based (IPB) theater, both scripted and impromptu sessions, in an effort to engage our audience and foster dialogue; to implement solutions that create a culture of care.

"Cultural change is a collective effort that requires progressive movement, and not just mandate"
 - Tanya O. Jones
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