Epoch Thought Leaders


Dr. Nancy Dome
Embracing Culture – Cultivating Competence

Dr. Nancy Dome has been supporting children to overcome their barriers and developing educators for over 20 years. Starting her career as a Child Care Worker, she has always had a strong desire to support those students most at risk. Realizing the education track would allow her greater flexibility and reach than the social services track, she reeducated to become a teacher and spent 10 years working in multiple capacities, ranging from classroom teacher, Mentor Teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment, in the Juvenile Court and Community Schools in San Diego. Roles, which allowed her to train and support teachers in becoming more culturally competent educators for the diverse population they served.

Dr. Dome’s passion for education prompted her to obtain her doctorate in 2004, which allowed her to secure a tenure track faculty position at CSUSM in the College of Education. There she spent 7 years working with future teachers to build their capacity in the classroom with a social justice focus, building their awareness around the necessity of being culturally competent. During that time, Dr. Dome coordinated a College of Education program that sought to identify racially under-represented undergraduates and support them in becoming teachers to help diversify the workforce.

In 2008, Dr. Dome accepted a position with Pacific educational Group as the Director of Online Programming where she developed online professional development opportunities for individual teachers and school districts. Realizing that online would provide a greater reach, she provided hundreds of educators with interactive and transformative curriculum that challenged and inspired them to work as advocates for their underrepresented student populations.

Today Dr. Dome continues her important work as Founder/CEO of Epoch Education whose primary charge is to provide current, accessible and transforming Professional Development for educators on the topics of Equity, Critical Race Theory, and Culturally Relevant Teaching and Learning to support educators develop the necessary cultural competencies needed to teach the growing diverse student body.

Dora J. Dome Esq.
Dora J. Dome has practiced Education Law for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of student issues and special education. In April 2016, she published her first book, Student Discipline, Special Education Discipline, Anti-Bullying and Other Relevant Student Issues: A Guide For Practitioners, which has been described as a “must-have” for anyone seeking to understand student discipline and bullying. She graduated from University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law (J.D.) and from University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.). She currently provides legal representation to school districts on student issues, and has renewed her emphasis on developing and conducting professional development trainings for district staff that focus on Bullying and Legal Compliance, viewed through an Equity Lens, in a proactive effort to build staff capacity to address the changing needs of their students.

Ms. Dome’s work with Bullying focuses on helping school districts create the necessary infrastructure to identify and address bullying in schools and to provide staff with effective strategies to respond to various forms of bullying and harassment. Ms. Dome’s legal compliance trainings provide up-to-date information and guidance on how to ’stay legal’ in the areas of Special Education, Student Discipline, Counseling and Mandated Reporting, Sexual Harassment, Discriminatory Harassment and Section 504. Admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1996, Ms. Dome served as a special education consultant and trainer for the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii State Department of Health for five years. Ms. Dome was admitted to the California Bar in 2003. She worked with the education law firm of Dannis Woliver Kelley, (aka Miller Brown and Dannis) for eight years.

Ms. Dome has studied in the areas of Race and Ethnicity, Critical Legal Studies and Critical Race Theory and has been certified as a Cultural Diversity Trainer by the National Coalition Building Institute (aka NCBI). She has developed and conducted trainings for numerous school districts and school boards in the areas of student diversity and equity, student and special education discipline, harassment/discrimination, bullying, special education, No Child Left Behind, alternative assessments for African American students, Section 504, and student records. Ms. Dome also regularly presents at association conferences such as ACSA, CSBA and CASCWA.
She participated on the Gay & Lesbian Athletics Foundations (aka GLAF) Keynote Panel on “Race and Racism in LGBT Athletics” and presented at the NCAA Black Coaches Association Annual Conference on “Homophobia in Sports.” Ms. Dome is a Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, teaching Education Law and Policy in Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Program. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Mills College teaching in the administrative credential program for soon to be administrators.

Karen J. Smith
Epoch Education COO
Karen J Smith (formerly Maloney) has over 30 years of business experience leading and executing business strategies using strategic thinking, system analysis, and talent development. She recently retired after 20+ years as CFO/ COO for both school districts and County Offices of Education. Prior to school leadership, Karen was a CPA for a public accounting firm serving government, non-profits and small businesses.

She is known as a creative, collaborative leader with strong interpersonal skills and a solid grounding in finance. In May 2018, she will earn her Masters in Organization Development with a focus on culture change with an interest in diversity and inclusion.

Karen is active in the Sonoma/ Napa area as she sits on two non-profit boards. She and her husband are involved in supporting the local youth community; enjoy the arts and music scene; and appreciate all that the Sonoma Valley has to offer by exploring different hiking and running trails.

Carlos da Silva
Epoch Education Consultant
As a native of São Paulo, Brazil; Carlos Da Silva was raised to appreciate the importance of race, cultural, and diversity from all walks of life. He has worked and been an advocate for youth in the mental health industry for over 10 years, helping children and young adults between ages of 8 to 17 deal with mental health issues that included depressions, suicide ideation, anxiety, and autism. Carlos is also the CEO/Chorographer for his fitness program, Body Déjà Vu Fitness.

The goal of is program is to help people of all walks of life experience a 360° approach to health living; from the inside-out. Not only does he incorporate exercise fitness and movement into his routines, but he also educates his clients on how music and movement can help brings not only cultures together, but can bring about healing on a psychological and emotional level.

Carlos is excited to work with the Epoch Education Team to bring about a new way of thinking that embraces all walks of life, welcomes the unique attributes that creates cultures, and join hands with those looking to create a world void of racism, bigotry, and misunderstanding of what it means to be different.

Kelly Cole
Guest Thought Leader
For over 20 years, Kelly Cole has woven together her experience as a community advocate, group facilitator, ceremonialist, educator, and musician to create safe spaces where adults, young people, and children can experience and express themselves as empowered beings in the world.
Kelly was active in social justice issues while attending Eckerd College for her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Composition. She continued her education with a Master’s Degree in Women Studies from The Ohio State University. During and after her M.A. program, Kelly worked as a Teaching Associate for Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Women’s Literature courses for undergraduates. During this time, she also worked as a Patient Advocate and Educator at a women’s health clinic in Columbus, Ohio.
After completing her schooling, Kelly moved back to her home state of Michigan and worked as an Individual Services and Outreach Coordinator for Alternatives for Girls in Detroit. This program’s mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. While Kelly was working there, the organization’s founder and CEO won Oprah Winfrey’s “Use Your Life” Award.
During her time at Alternatives for Girls, Kelly discovered a passion for facilitating age appropriate workshops and conversations about health and hygiene, puberty, sex education, self-esteem and healthy relationships. When a Community Educator position opened up at Planned Parenthood of Southeasten Michigan, she excitedly accepted the job. While there, she facilitated community workshops and trainings in schools, churches, health departments, medical programs, shelters and detention centers.
In 2003, Kelly moved to Sedona, Arizona where she shifted her focus to work with infants, children and families. She ran a licensed Music Together® program, offering private parent-child music classes as well as bringing music programs to local schools, libraries and Head Start Programs.
Kelly has recently co-facilitated an Empowerment Camp for the Olympia, Washington based non-profit, Empowerment4Girls. She also sits on the Advisory Board for this organization, specifically supporting the Conscious Minds – Conscious Bodies program.

Marlecia Autrey M.A. 
Guest Thought Leader
“To Change your language, you must change your life.” Derek Walcott (from Codicil)

What calls me to this work are the voices that have been silenced, the voices that were never heard, the voices that were misunderstood. What calls me to this work are the voices of brilliance that I believe is within everyone. The key is creating the space to have that brilliance nurtured and supported. I believe I must be apart of creating a world where brilliance is not normed in a singular way and where actions and words are in balance. First and foremost I work to keep my own actions and words in balance as I coach and facilitate conversations about race.
My coaching and facilitation philosophies are deeply rooted in a call to action statement I once read in one of Shirley Chisholm’s speeches she said, “One learns by participating in the situation– listening, observing and then acting.” As an educator in many capacities for over 20 years, I have incorporated Chisholm’s words into my way of being as a teacher, a staff developer, coach, school district level program manager and facilitator. My vision is to support the creation of spaces that are conducive to learning, growing and thriving especially for the most underserved populations.
BA in English Literature, University of Alabama
MA in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama
Educator :
~ Classroom teacher
~ Staff development specialist
~ District level professional development manager
~ District level coordinator of a college prep program
~ District level Multicultural Specialist
~ Director of learning and teaching in an equity-based company
~ Coach for classroom teachers and administrators
~ Curriculum developer
Beyond my degrees and experiences listed above, I have taken multiple classes and courses to stay current. I have spent the last six years refining a program focused on collaborative-action research and equity with over 2,000 K-12 educators in 13 states. This involved training seminars, coaching administrators, pre-briefing sessions, classroom observations, lesson planning and debriefing sessions.

Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D.
Guest Thought Leader
Retired as Associate Professor of Education at Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos, CA, but did not retire from the education profession. She continues to teach in the CSUSM Masters’ Program the Joint Doctoral Program with UCSD for Educational Leadership. Delores began her career as a middle grades and high school Language Arts and English teacher. She served as assistant principal, principal, and county office of education administrator. She completed her Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in Education Leadership. Following her time in pk-12 education, she became an instructor in higher education at Pepperdine University, then California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA, where she retired as Associate Professor. Delores and husband Randall, her favorite Sage/Corwin author, continue to co-write about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. They enjoy working together with school districts to guide school leaders on their journey toward equity and social just practices.

Throughout her career, Delores’ primary focus has been developing culturally proficient leaders. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations’ policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message to her audiences focuses on socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practices, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Her favorite reflective question is: Are we who we say we are?She is coauthor of Corwin publications: Culturally Proficient Instruction: A guide for people who teach, 3rd ed. (2012), Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting educators to create equitable schools (2007), Culturally Proficient Learning Communities: Confronting inequities through collaborative inquiry (2009) and A Culturally Proficient response to the common core: Ensuring equity through professional learning (2015).

Randall B. Lindsey
Guest Thought Leader
Randall is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to diversity. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. Prior to his time at Redlands, he served for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations. His area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings.

Leveraging Privilege and Entitlement: Overcoming Barriers to Access and Equity Online courses, was created by Delores B. Lindsey & Randall B. Lindsey
to inform and support educators interested in overcoming their and their school’s (or district’s) barriers to student access and equitable learning outcomes. Through uncovering and acknowledging personal and institutional barriers that function as negative core values which deter student access and success, participants are equipped to shift their intentions to develop core values that guide their and the school’s willingness and ability to educate students from diverse cultural groups. Systemic forms of oppression are to be dismantled when educators understand the extent to which their values and beliefs, and the school’s policies and practices, limit students’ access to equitable educational outcomes. Through recognizing and dismantling systemic privilege and entitlement, educators and their schools are equipped to design and deliver inclusive educational experiences that treat students’ cultures as assets on which to build their educational programs.

Randy and Delores serve as consultants, coaches, and facilitator on issues related to diversity and equity, as well as on topics of leadership, problem solving, long range planning, and conflict management. Additionally, they publish regularly and make presentations to professional organizations. Contact information: randallblindsey@gmail.com

Nicole Anderson
Epoch Education Consultant
In 20 years of service in education, Nicole Anderson has served as a developer and facilitator of professional learning services as well as an advocate for educational equity work in numerous ways around the nation. She recently held the position as the first Diversity and Equal Access Executive in the history of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for almost four years. In this role, she led work focused on equity and diversity including the facilitation of statewide professional learning for ACSA leaders and state board, coordination of the California Equity Leadership Alliance, as well as the development of networks for administrators of diverse backgrounds. Her work also includes the development of a research team that provides research based content and conducts case studies of educational leaders around the state on their journey to closing educational equity gaps. As an ACSA member, she served as the Chair of ACSA’s Equity Committee (formerly called the EADS -Equity, Achievement, and Diversity for Success Committee) where she focused on leading the work of implementing a system that will effectively address the beliefs of ACSA around equity for students and leaders in California. Her work has truly carved a path for educational leaders to be empowered and equipped to build capacity to close educational equity gaps around the state, nation, and world.

As a practitioner, Nicole served as an Elementary Principal in Vallejo, California where she held numerous positions as a site administrator for 10 years, which included High School Assistant Principal/Dean and Vice Principal in Vallejo City Unified School District. She was also a Leadership Teacher, Spanish Teacher and Activities Director for 6 years at Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, which is named after her grandfather. She follows in his footsteps as an advocate for equity and civil rights for students of color in the city of Vallejo, the state of California, and around the nation.

In her role as a consultant, she continues to work with a strong team to support the work in “truly” ensuring that equity is at the forefront of our work so that all students and educational leaders are successful in achieving their educational success!

“Educational Leaders: We cannot close the educational gaps that we see in our schools if we don’t close the one in our minds first.”-Nicole Anderson

Dr. Joshua Cole
Guest Thought Leader
Dr. Joshua Cole is a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Excellence in Education. His inclusive processes for promoting the understanding of differences has helped schools build stronger and more supportive communities. Born in Michigan and growing up in a working-class home, Joshua learned the value of hard work and the need to embrace diversity in order to be successful in a global society. Teaching in rural Michigan, inner-city Detroit and suburban Richmond, as well as internationally in Australia has equipped him with a local-to-global perspective of people and the communities in where they learn, live and work. His 15+ years of experience include roles as history consultant, equity facilitator and professional development presenter.

Joshua’s course, Leading While White is available through Epoch Education to provide a proven process of equity leadership to help school leaders transform their schools through a series of engaging activities. This course provides a white leader’s perspective on how to lead a majority non-white school with a majority white staff towards equity transformation. The purpose of this course is to share empowering strategies for leaders to replicate on a daily basis towards their school’s vision of equity in education. Participants will learn methods for developing trust with staff members given the daily struggle of confronting inequities and embracing conflict in order to sustain the equity transformation that students deserve.

Joshua currently serves as the principal of Ecoff Elementary School in Chesterfield, Virginia. As a principal at a racially and socioeconomically diverse school of 750 students, Joshua has led his teachers through innovative efforts of teamwork focused on culturally relevant approaches to teaching in order to meet the needs of the entire school community. Through this process, Joshua created the organization “A New Angle” as a resource to help equip educators with a purposefully different perspective on school improvement. Learn more about Joshua and “A New Angle” at www.joshuapcole.com

Unsuk Zucker
Guest Thought Leader
UnSuk Zucker is a knowledgeable and experienced instructional expert in facilitating training and coaching, particularly in equity/culturally responsive practices, leadership development, and professional support in growth, evaluation, coaching/feedback, and educator effectiveness. With over 16 years of experience, she is an educator with demonstrated ability in developing programs and instruction in linguistically and culturally diverse settings with an insightful ability to adapt to surroundings and utilize excellent interpersonal skills to promote collaboration and develop instructional practices with a specialty in teacher leadership and principal support.

UnSuk’s course, “Unpacking the Model Minority Myth” Explores how perpetuating the “model minority” myth further fosters systemic racism and promotes inter-racism and ultimately perpetuates white dominance. Participants refine their lens and deepen their understanding of how Asians are disregarded and further used to foster White dominance and marginalization of other groups of color.

UnSuk continues to work in school districts along with private consultations, facilitation and/or coaching available.

Suzanne da Rosa
Project Manager
Suzanne supports Epoch Education in developing integrated social marketing, blogging, website development and maintenance. She is working to bring the Conversation Starters Decks to fruition and into the hands of every educator in the state of California… and beyond.
She has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Mexico developing business relationshiops with folk artists throughout Mexico and produced and a video documentary about the tin artisans of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Founder of the Glen Ellen Community Center, she has worked extensively with children of Sonoma Valley.