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our team

We believe that perspective matters; that's why we bring a team of specialists into each project. Meet some of the incredible individuals who share their expertise and insight through Integrative Inquiry. 

Our Team of Specialists

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Kate (Katherine) Stitham

Kate Stitham is the President, Founder, and Principal Consultant of Integrative Inquiry, a consulting firm that partners with organizations to build stronger, more effective teams rooted in collaboration, innovation, and equity. Drawing from more than a decade working nationwide and internationally, her integrative approach fuses cutting-edge educational development theory with diverse contexts and perspectives. She specializes in the facilitation and design of retreats and workshops across industries to support strategic planning, leadership development and culture change.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

MA International Educational Development 

Conflict Transformation in Multicultural Contexts 

Columbia University, NY

BA International Affairs, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Skidmore College, NY
 

Conflict Resolution Certification, Cornell University
Certified Mediator, Maine Association of Mediators

Designing Virtual Training Certification, Association for Talent Development (ATD) 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification, ITTT 

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Georgie Hinojosa

Georgie Hinojosa is Int Inq's Lead Project Manager and comes from a marketing and learning management background. He previously worked at Vitalyst Health Foundation and at Knetik, a tech corporation that focused on LMS and smart thermostat technology. He has experience in various facets of learning and public relations, and is a published author of both policy briefs and short fiction. He was fortunate enough to travel globally, having served at a school in Dakar, Senegal, and traveled through parts of Europe while studying international social work. He currently lives back in El Paso. 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

Masters of Social Work

Arizona State University

BA in Organizational and Corporate Communications

University of Texas at El Paso

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Sanam Jorjani

Sanam Jorjani is the Founding Co-Director of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, a California-based nonprofit leveraging the power of learning & collaboration to ensure every Oakland child learns and loves to read.  A skilled facilitator, she connects people and ideas to break down silos and help people and organizations work better, together.  Her 15+ year career in education is centered on the belief that learning is at the center of our shared experience, and that equity is advanced by creating transparent, people-centered systems.

 

A non-profit founder herself, Sanam works with mission-driven teams to help them realize equity-centered, impactful, and thriving organizations. She draws on her background leading cross-sector collaboratives and collective impact initiatives to support change within and across organizations. 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

MA in International Educational Developments, Teachers College, Columbia University

BA in Legal Studies & Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

SPECIALTIES

Strategic planning and instructional design

Non-profit board governance

Youth leadership and education 

Coalition building

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Tori (Victoria) Pelletier

Tori (Victoria) Pelletier is a Portland city councilor, and community leader, specializing in racial equity and community engagement. She conducts community-driven sessions on equity and inclusion with small business owners, and holds informational 'community chats' for the public on a wide variety of local issues.

 

In her current role, Tori leads discussions on equitable policy change to ensure student and parent voices are reflected in the procedures of Portland Public Schools. Prior to this, Tori worked in a local government non profit, collaborating with over 30 Maine cities and towns to advance racial equity and economic development in their municipalities. She is passionate about leading her community towards authentic policy change and dismantling structures of oppression. 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

BA Journalism

University of Albany (SUNY)

Certified Combined Basic Adult Literacy And English-Language Learning Tutor

SPECIALTIES

Racial Justice & Anti-bias Training

Non-profit and Public sector

Community Facilitation

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Abbie (Miyabi) Yamamoto

Abbie (Miyabi) Yamamoto, PhD, is the Founder of One TransLiteracy, LLC, a firm specializing in building effective communication strategies. She is also the Executive Director of the Maine Association for New Americans (MANA). In her capacity with Int Inq, she advises on content and writing, conducts diversity trainings, and consults on communication strategies for international marketing materials. 

Having been educated in Japan, Canada, and the US, and having lived in 4 countries, she is an advocate and practitioner of effective communication to support cross-cultural and international institutional growth. She is passionate about helping people communicate across differences and bonding over (sometimes surprising) similarities.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

PhD Japanese and Korean Literature and Culture, UC Berkeley, CA

MA Japanese and Korean Literature and Culture, UC Berkeley, CA

Japanese & Korean Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Dongukk University, Seoul, Korea, and UC Los Angeles, CA

BA Comparative Literature, Barnard College, Columbia University, NY
 

Diversity Trainer, NCBI International

SPECIALTIES

Consultation & Coaching

Content Generation & Editing

Higher Education 

International Business

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Abby Ridley-Kerr

Abby (Abigail) Ridley-Kerr is a full-time researcher with The Education Trust–West. She comes to Ed Trust–West with a background in community-oriented research and data analysis and deep knowledge of the California education landscape. She leads Ed Trust–West's portfolio of work on teacher diversity and the digital divide. Before joining The Education Trust–West Abby led a research effort with Innovate Public Schools that focused on improving outcomes for low-income students of color, English Learners, and students with disabilities across California.

 

During her Master's, she worked at Berkeley with West Contra Costa Unified School District to engage parents and community members in LCAP and LCFF planning, drafted juvenile justice related legislation with the Policy Advocacy Clinic, and taught courses in undergraduate economics. 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

MS Public Policy

UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy 

B.A in Political Science with honors

Boston University

SPECIALTIES

Data and Policy Analysis

Compliance and Legislation

Report Generation

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Alyne Kemunto Cistone

Alyne Kemunto Cistone has two decades experience working in law, government, and the non-profit sector. Her career included work at the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, Amnesty International, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, visiting faculty at the College of the Atlantic and a Management Consultant at Eaton Peabody.

As the Founder and CEO of Global Tides LLC, a Maine-based consulting firm, she provides a wide range of consulting services to individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and international governmental organizations. She has a deep commitment to supporting local organizations and serves on various boards. Collaborating with others to provide access to trusted and dependable essential services is Alyne’s strong suit. She resides on Mount Desert Island with her family. 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

LLM, Case Western Review University School of Law , Cleveland, OH

LLB, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Partner Organizations

We believe we are stronger together and so we also frequently collaborate with other consulting firms and non-profit organizations on projects. We are always looking for ways to innovate, lift up, and build on each others' strengths and areas of expertise. For more information, reach out

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In Her Presence

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Global Tides Consulting

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Inclusion Maine

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Cross Cultural Community Services

Intercultural Community Facilitators

We also work with a team of facilitators who each come from different backgrounds in Maine and partner with us to make sure we are providing inclusive services available in multiple languages and across cultural backgrounds. Our team collectively speaks 14 languages and represents communities from a dozen countries.

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Guy Mpoyi Tshitoko

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Toalo Odette Zouri

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Arthemon Kabwigiri

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Nahla AlSafar

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Justine Mugabo

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Suavis Furaha

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Claudette Ndayininahaze has extensive experience as a culture broker in intercultural communication in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. As Executive Director of In her Presence, she sits on multiple boards in Portland and is deeply connected to community-based initiatives across the city. As a community leader who has herself gone through the immigration process, she has a unique ability to anticipate challenges New Mainers face and utilizes her professional expertise to empower people and communities. A highly proficient negotiator, both intuitive and resourceful, she collaborates with executive leadership in businesses and to develop organizational capacity and culture to promote opportunities for New Mainer success.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

BA in Administration & Management, University of Burundi
 

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator

Association for Talent Development (ATD) Training Design & Delivery Certification [ongoing]

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IHP works to further a thriving immigrant community in Maine by lifting the language barrier and supporting the career trajectory and financial stability of immigrant women and their families.

SPECIALTIES

Intercultural communication training

Culture broker programming and support 

Addressing language and cultural barriers within organizations

Hiring, promoting, and retaining New Mainer employees

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Join Us

Want to Work Together?

Integrative Inquiry was founded with a firm belief that we are stronger together, and actively seeks partnership with other consultants, small businesses, and educators. We have had success with collaborative grant writing on past projects and are always open to innovative ideas for new work.  Interested? Reach out today to tell us more about how you would like to partner with us.