Our Team

About the Founder

LaShauna Austria is the owner and principal operator of Seeds of Change Consulting and Kindred Seedlings Farm. She possesses a demonstrated record of collaborating with rural communities, both faith-based and secular, to address race, food justice, land ownership, and equity issues. Building on her substantial experience in leadership, management, and administrative roles with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, she has devoted her current professional life to promoting racial equity and building better food systems locally and beyond.

LaShauna is the co-founder of the Saxapahaw Social Justice Exchange, a community group formed to offer deep conversations about race and equity. She is also a founding member of Alamance Racial Equity Alliance, with whom she helps organize local workshops delivered by the Racial Equity Institute. She has also served as a team member focused on bringing racial equity issues to the table with Community Food  Strategies, which works to support local food councils and networks for equitable policy change at the local,  state, and national level.

As the founder and principal of Seeds of Change Consulting, LaShauna provides racial equity consulting with a focus on the food system, strategies for supporting the growth of farmers of color, organizational and leadership development, research, evaluation, feasibility studies, facilitation, and a range of services to individuals and organizations seeking to deepen and apply a racial equity analysis to their work and  missions. Born and raised in rural Alamance County, LaShauna is passionate about rural life, preserving  farmland and natural resources, and Southern foodways.

Collective Partners

Abbey Piner

Abbey is based at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). Her focus is increasingly on supporting coalitions to become effective multi-racial teams.

Beza Alford

Beza (she/they) is a queer, Ethiopian-American poet with a passion for unnecessary hyphens and decadent imagery.

Jean Theron Willoughby

Jean is a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute and a consultant with Seeds of Change Consulting. She draws on over fifteen years of experience in public health, food and agriculture, economic development.

Hetal Patel

Hetal is a Program Manager for MDC’s Rural Forward program where she works to support local leaders to amplify their work in the community.

Karinda Roebuck

Karinda is a midwife by practice and a racial equity consultant by trade. Her career began as an undergraduate anthropology student studying cross-cultural birth practices in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Linden Thayer

Linden co-founded Food Insight Group (FIG) as a way to continue her passion for community-led, food-as-social-justice work.

Meagan Bell

Meagan is an experienced educator and community organizer, skilled in communications and civic engagement campaigns.

Min Jae Kim

Min Jae is a pastor and a member of the Seeds of Change Consulting team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.

Rachael Reichenbach

I am a consultant & facilitator, dedicated to deep, systemic change. I use tools & practices from deep equity and systems thinking to support organizations through the process of moving towards their deepest aspirations.

Alice Sarti

Alice is a poet, educator, and facilitator with a Master’s degree in African literatures. She is the co-founder of Listening Sessions, in collaboration with the phenomenal Lavinia Jackson. 

Beverly Scurry

Beverly has a BS degree in Public Health Education with a concentration in Community Health and a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration / Health Administration.

Crystal Cavalier-Keck

Crystal is the co-founder of Seven Directions of Service with her husband. She is a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation in Burlington, NC. 

Jenn Grimmett

Jenn is the founder of Justice for All Education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Peace & Conflict Studies, with research focusing on the correlation between lived experiences and identity formation.

Kim Pevia

Kim is the Founder and Principal of K.A.P. Inner Prizes, an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a skilled workshop facilitator.

Lexy Roberts

Lexy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health Studies and minors in African and African American Studies and Public Policy.

Marcus Hill

Marcus serves as co-catalyst of the Island CultureZ project in East Winston (Winston-Salem, NC): a sovereignty-building and placekeeping food and land reclamation effort.

Michelle Wright

Mìchelle is a licensed clinical mental health counselor – associate with a background in health equity, community education, and public health systems.

Tanya Kline

Tanya is a social worker and community organizer in Alamance County. After 10 years in Corporate America, Tanya turned to a career in social work with a focus on community and school social work.