We are nothing without our people. Meet some of the incredible individuals who share their expertise and insight with Integrative Inquiry. 

Consulting Team

President & Founder

Integrative Inquiry

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Kate (Katherine) Stitham is the President, Founder, and Lead 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 nation-wide and internationally, her integrative approach fuses cutting-edge educational development theory with diverse contexts and perspectives. She conducts retreats and workshops, and consults across industries to support strategic planning, leadership development and culture change.


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 


Executive Director

In Her Presence

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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.


BA in Administration & Management, University of Burundi

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator

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


Cross-cultural communication

Culture broker programming and support 

Addressing language and cultural barriers within organizations

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Oakland Literacy Coalition

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Sanam Jorjani is the Founding Co-Director of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, an Oakland, CA based non-profit 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.  In her facilitation practice she designs learner-centered experiences that cultivate self-reflection and connection to surface new ideas for change. 


Prior to her work with The Coalition, Sanam coordinated international projects at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has served as a volunteer Delegation Advisor for YMCA Youth & Government for 10 years, serves on the board of BANANAS Inc. since 2016 and is a 2019 Surge Institute Fellow.  Sanam lives in Oakland, and grew up in the East Bay by way of Iran and is on a continuous journey to improve her Farsi and Persian Cooking.


MA in International Educational Developments, Teachers College, Columbia University

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


Strategic planning and instructional design

Non-profit board governance

Youth leadership and education 

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DEI Specialist

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Tori Pelletier is a community leader and advocate, 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. Currently, Tori works at Portland Empowered as a Community Facilitation Leader, specializing in discussions on equitable policy change to ensure student and parent voices are reflected in the procedures of Portland Public Schools. She also works with Youth Engagement Partners, helping to encourage diverse young leaders to advocate for change in their school systems.


Prior to her current position, 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.  



Racial justice and equity training and development

Facilitation and group work


President & Founder

Global Tides Consulting

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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. 


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

LLB, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya


Executive Director, MANA

President, One Transliteracy

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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.


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


Integrative Inquiry Staff


Lead Project Manager

Georgie Patrick Hinojosa is a marketing specialist with a 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 a BA in Organizational and Corporate Communications from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an MSW from Arizona State University. 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 in 2019, where he served at a school in Dakar, Senegal, and traveled through parts of Europe studying international social work. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his partner, and he enjoys playing online tabletop role playing games and online video games with his friends back in El Paso.

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Part of developing a stronger community is engaging with other experts in the field and collaborating on projects.  At Integrative Inquiry, we frequently partner with other consultants and organizations, either by co-facilitating or designing trainings, collaborating on one of our Community Projects, or through our referral network based on their speciality and availability. Meet some of our partners below: 

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Click to learn more about some of the talented colleagues we collaborate with at Integrative Inquiry.

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Our team speaks the following languages in addition to English: 

French                         Arabic

Japanese                    Spanish

Urdu                            Hindi

Punjabi                        Kirundi

Kinyarwanda               Korean


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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.