Angela Flowers
Executive Director

With a life-long professional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Angela is deeply passionate about the work and the future of WITS. She comes to WITS from alumni development at Teach for America, and from two decades as a teacher and school leader in both public and independent schools in the Houston area. Angela directed the team that launched St. Francis Episcopal’s Upper School and previously chaired the English department at St. John’s School. She taught English in Cy-Fair ISD and launched her teaching career as a TFA Corps Member in HISD. Before committing herself to education, Angela danced with Alvin Ailey American II Dance Theater and worked in television in New York City. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Columbia University.

Brianne Matthias
Operations Manager

Brianne is a lifelong advocate for equitable access to education, mental health services and creative outlets in her community. She has dedicated her career as an Operations Professional and Project Manager to causes she deeply cares about, including education and counseling. She uses her words, movement, metaphysical & spritual studies to move closer to becoming a community leader. Joining the WITS team is one step towards her mission to devote her energy toward providing education and mentorship to the Black community.

Janette Hendrix

Janette is a writer, educator, and traveler who is originally from Philadelphia. She has 6+ years of English & ESL teaching experience and worked as an English and Spanish tutor before joining WITS in 2021. She earned her MSc in Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh and her B.A. in English and Spanish with a Japanese minor from LaSalle University.

Tina Angela
Director of Education

After 37 years in public education, Tina Angelo joined WITS in 2012 to serve as Education Director where she provides both in-person and online professional development for teachers. Before joining WITS Tina taught English in several Houston area districts and served in the Houston Independent School District as both Manager of Adolescent Literacy and Manager of Response to Intervention.  She earned her B.A. from the University of Texas (Austin) and her M.Ed from the University of Houston.

Tina Angelo
Education Director

After 37 years in public education, Tina Angelo joined WITS in 2012 to serve as Education Director where she provides professional development to teachers at both campus and district levels.  Before joining WITS, Tina taught English in several Houston-area districts and served in the Houston Independent School District as both Manager of Adolescent Literacy and Manager of Response to Intervention.  She earned her B.A. in history and English from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.Ed. from the University of Houston.

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean
Community Connector

2017 Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Artist in Resident and 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Idea Fund Recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean, is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer and educator.

Raie Crawford
Program Team Director

Raie Crawford is a Wiley College Alumna from Houston, Texas. As a two-time Houston VIP Slam Champion and 2017-2018 Houston Performance Poet of the Year. Raie is ranked within the top 20 among the Women of the World Poetry Slam and top 25 within the rankings of the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2018 she released her first book “In Between |Space|” which captures the journey and movement of black bodies in today’s society. With the firm understanding of the impact communication has on minority communities, Raie created A Conversation for Colored Girls (AC4CG), an organization dedicated to creating a space for minority women to come together and discuss the systemic issues in their communities. This organization has cultivated impactful community conversations at several HBCUs and aims to further reach every HBCU in the US.

LaVondia Menephee
Programs

LaVondia Menephee is a native Houstonian whose passion for drawing out the best in others has taken her through various instructional and administrative opportunities in K-12 and higher education. A lifelong creative and award-winning poet, she offers keen insight into both the “Writers” and “in the Schools” aspects of what WITS offers our community.

Rashaad Newsom
Development Associate

Rashaad Newsom is an ambitious leader that resolves complex problems with creative solutions. He received my MBA from Texas Southern University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations Management from Clark Atlanta University. He has more than 15 years of work experience in various fields. He’s gained essential skills in accounting policy/ procedure, communications, project/ program management, and relationship building.

Ashley Warner
Programs Associate

Ashley Warner was born in New Orleans East and grew up in Gwinnett County Georgia. She is working towards her MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. She arrived at WITS with a background in teaching composition and African American literature. Joining WITS excites her because she gets to work with creative individuals who believe in achieving equity in education through the arts.