Raynard Baylor


President / CEO Ground Root Inc

Office Location: 347 N Monroe Street

Phone: 410.240.8363

Email: rbaylor@groundroot.org

Education: BA in Public Administration/ Community Development


For more that 30 years, Ray Baylor has worked on the improvement of living conditions and the expansion of opportunities for marginalized populations, focusing on outreach, awareness, and empowerment around social and health issues. Ray developed and advocated for a “ground-root” approach to community engagement, i.e. enabling a more horizontal interaction between community organizations and the individuals being served.


As a community broker and founder of Ground Root, Inc., a neighborhood resilience center, Ray has extensive experience in cultivating collaborative relationships and facilitating interactions between individuals and organizations. Examples include:

  • Host and facilitate meetings between community stakeholders and other organizations, e.g., the Mid Town Edmondson Community Association and the Heritage Foundation.
  • Contribute expertise in planning and zoning and informed the community regarding the Baltimore Potomac Railway Tunnel Project and its potential effect on the Mid Town Edmondson community. Promote conversation, bringing about awareness and generating interest and participation.
  • Expert in lead testing and advocate for lead-related issues in the community: brokered meeting between the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and the Green & Healthy Homes organization to discuss neighborhood cases of lead exposure.
  • Member of the “Adopt a Lot” program in Baltimore City geared to reduce plight in neighborhoods.
  • Conducted surveys and interviews on health issues and emergency preparedness in rural (LaPlata, MD) and urban (West Baltimore) communities on behalf of the Institute for African American Mobilization of Morgan State University. I was also part of the team that evaluated the data and determined differences between groups. E.g. although the two communities had similar socioeconomic indicators, rural residents had developed strategies for emergencies, whereas urban residents cited lack of financial resources as a reason for lack of emergency preparedness, and were less likely to respond to a call to evacuate.
  • Advised Morgan State University graduate student on summer research project to enhance the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) initiative.
  • Participated in the organization and execution of (a) “Drumming up the Community,” a one-day event designed to promote healing, remembrances and celebration of the West Baltimore neighborhoods; and (b) the West Baltimore Arts and Culture Festival in 2011 by “Alternate Roots,” a national grassroots organization.
  • Worked on pre/post production development of more than 20 community-interest programs, such as initiatives for promoting public health in marginalized communities, as part of the Anne Arundel County Community Cable Television

- Co-created and co-managed an innovative program on computer learning in under served areas, as part of the Arundel Developmental Institute, Inc

Jerray Tillman


Executive Director

Office Location: 734 N Monroe Street

Phone: 410.240.8363

Email: jtillman@groundroot.org

Education: Poliical Science/ Pre-Law


Jerray Tillman is an experienced problem solver with an academic background in management and organizational development looking to utilize his experience in organizational development analysis, public policy and advocacy, training delivery, facilitation and community service to become an integral contributor to the management analysis and the training and organizational development initiatives of an organization.


For the past fifteen years, Jerray has purposed his training and skills to advocate for marginalized and disenfranchised populations around political, human rights, and health issues with the intent of educating, empowering, and the expansion of opportunities for these populations. Jerray has a wide range of expertise in nonprofit management, fund development, program development and evaluation, financial management, technology solutions, communication strategies, and event management to successful facilitate the proposed research project.


As Director of Ground Root, Inc. (GRI) Jerray develops strategy and protocols for working with community partners and act as a liaison for community initiatives for researching, identifying and facilitating future partnerships for social justice and economic cooperatives in the MidTown-Edmondson community.


GRI engages with stakeholders to successfully manage activities for high-level working while, coordinated and facilitated small group discussions utilizing established meeting management techniques to promote effective team and stakeholder collaboration; facilitation plans that included stakeholder analysis, conflict mitigation, and logistical support policies. Instructed training sessions on professional development topics including Decision Making, IT Networking Concepts, Effective Team Communication, Communicating Across Cultures, Effective Listening, and Presentation Skills utilizing recognized adult learning methodologies to develop training materials while collaborating with subject matter experts to provide relevant instruction.


In his previous position, as Clinical Technical Writer he established best practice protocols and compliance strategies that aligned with Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for a Psychiatric Therapeutic Rehabilitation program. Jerray supervised clinical documentation of thirty-six direct service workers. Maintained records of delivered training's, assessment results and satisfaction surveys. Developed and maintained product training materials and end-user manual documentation. Conducted initial assessments and developed rehabilitation plans for clients. Collaborated with internal innovation team to perform quality assurance testing for enhancements. Delivered onsite and virtual trainings to clients and internal employees on web-based data management products. Conducted quarterly audits to ensure accuracy and compliance.


Jerray's aim is to promote community partnership activities by developing partnerships/initiatives to enhance strategic objectives and GRI’s mission of “Building neighborhood from the bottom up”. Strengthen, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world in my mission.

Ariston Jacks




Ariston Jacks creates multi-­‐medium images that serve as social commentary. Combining ancient African culture with American southern experience he documents personal thoughts of the future. His painting, printmaking, and photography consist of honest images that inform onlookers of an outlook void of global stereotypes. Ariston Jacks' use of cultural icons, metaphysical philosophy and geometric compositions, are where the uniqueness in his artwork rest demonstrating the complex duality of African’s living in the American Diaspora.


Jacks' has exhibited in several national and international exhibitions including the 2011 Drawing Resurfaced, National Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, 2010 Virtual F3B Photo Exhibition, Alcatel Headquarters, Paris France, the 2007 Fresh Beginnings Series: Intuitive Disclosure, African-­‐American Museum Dallas TX, and the Richard at 100 Exhibition, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis TN as well as MICA, Baltimore MD. His works are included in government, corporate and private collections including Carol H. Williams Advertising, Mosaic Templar’s Museum, African American Museum of Dallas, Johnson & Johnson, and Alcatel Lucent Corporations.


Ariston Jacks has served as an instructor at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. While attending the University he conceived & designed the UAPB mascot logo that still represents the esteemed HBCU University. He has conducted international and local art workshops as co-­‐ founder of the V.I.T.A.L. Artist’s Collective while serving as featured artist for a number of University, public school art programs and organization fundraisers. Also, a gifted illustrator Ariston has innovated corporate solutions through Graphic Facilitation & illustration methods.


Most recently he served as the Art Director / Coordinator for the Creative Expressions Program at the Arkansas State Psychiatric Hospital. This program positively impacts the lives of Arkansans and seeks to raise awareness for individuals living with mental illness through the visual arts.

Sequoia Ramsey

President/ CEO of RCI - Realistic Computing, Inc

Office Location: 10461 Mill Run Circle Suite 700 Owings Mills 21117

Phone: 410 744-8144

Fax: 410-744-8145

Email: sramsey@realistic-computing.com


The focus of the entire team at RCI - Realistic Computing, Inc. is to understand your business, your goals and how we can help use innovative IT solutions to get you there. We understand that no two companies are the same, and we promise we’ll never put you in a box.


I am dedicated and focused entrepreneur. Having excelled in the rigorous curriculum of computer science at Hood College (Frederick, MD), Ramsey immediately began her quest to become a business owner that offered solutions and service that reflect her integrity and professionalism. Her dream was realized in 2000 as she founded Realistic Computing, Inc. (RCI), an award-winning comprehensive information technology company. Her commitment to success is demonstrated by the evolution of RCI from servicing small governmental agencies in the Baltimore region to an experienced and full-service firm (WBE and MBE certified) with a satellite office in Atlanta and the technological capability to serve clients nationwide. RCI has centers of excellence in the following categories: networks, applications development, managed services, and maintenance. Ramsey’s visionary leadership is the culmination of years of study, consultative experience, and hands-on installation of complex hardware and software applications.


Keys to business success are reliability and trust. I lead an enthusiastic team who train, install, manage, and organize customized solutions for medium and large corporations and governmental agencies. Her associates reflect her strong work ethic and unique commitment to service. Clients of RCI often speak of her accessibility, friendliness, and willingness to step, as necessary, to ensure job completion. Thus, it is of no surprise that her attention to detail and emphasis on customer satisfaction enables her to maintain long-term contracts and relationships. A 2012 Enterprising Women Award Winner, Ramsey prides herself on leading a company that uses cutting-edge technological tools while maintaining a simple and user-friendly service policy.


With a similar commitment to empowerment, I remain engaged in local community service in various ways. Through her participation as a speaker in the “She Matters Girls’ Empowerment” conference and the Coppin State College Business Program, Ramsey uplifts young people and encourages their curiosity in the computer industry. In addition, each year RCI administers its “Thanks Giving Bowl” whereby Ramsey selects a non-profit organization to give direct financial support and the company serves as a host company for interns from various local universities. Moreover, Ramsey makes donations to charities such as the YMCA, Spectrum Support, Inc., and the Community Assistance Network. Truly her altruistic character and concern for the well-being of community can be recognized in both spirit and action.

Dr. Randolph Rowel

Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Behavioral Health Sciences

Office Location: Portage 301-B

Phone: 443-885-3138

Email: randolph.rowel@morgan.edu

Education: Ph.D., Community Health Education, Health Communications, University of Maryland College Park, 1999


Master of Science, Health Education, University of Utah, 1980


B.S., Biology, Chemistry (Minor), Morgan State University, 1975


Dr. Rowel is the Director of the Why Culture Matters Disaster Studies Project Dr. Rowel came to Morgan with considerable experience in community organizing, partnership development and evaluation, and teaches Community Needs and Solutions, Community-Based Participatory Research, Preventive Health, and Qualitative Research in Public Health. Recently he received an invitation from FEMA (Federal Emergency Response Agency) to serve as the Private Sector Liaison representative.


Dr. Rowel is currently co-investigator with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC) on Towards a Community Resilience Index; a project that will develop an index to be used as a predictor or pre-event, of peri- and post-event resilience. His research is also exploring strategies to support FEMA's "Whole Community Approach" and developing partnerships that aim to leverage technology, social media, and citizens to build disaster resilient communities.


Dr. Rowel served as an investigator for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER).


He has conducted several studies in Maryland to exam disaster experiences of minority low-income populations. including one focused on the relationship between daily crisis (community stressors) and disaster preparedness. Dr. Rowel is dedicated to developing tools to help emergency management and public health practitioners work more effectively with low-income and other vulnerable populations. A recent example is the "Guide to Enhance Grassroots Risk Communication Among Low-Income Populations." He is also in the process of developing a course for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute concerning principles and best practices for working with faith-based organizations in emergency management.


Education: Anne Arundel Community College - AA Degree, Univ of Balto - BA, Univ of Balto - MPA


Sandra Snowden, born in Annapolis, Maryland, put herself through college starting at the age of 28 with her three children in tow and earned three degrees: an Associate, Bachelor and Masters. Her life has been dedicated to helping individual’s maximum their God given skills, talents and abilities so that they can fulfill their Divine purpose in the Earth. Sandra was reared in the Christian faith and has been a teacher of the faith for over 30 years. She has self-published four books.


Sandra is a non-profit consultant who works with community associations and individuals who have a mission to establish an IRS 501(c)3 organization.

Sandra Snowden

Tracy Stevens


Fine & Graphic Artist

Education: Carver Vocational Technical High School - Commerical Arts Diploma

                    Maryland Institute College of Art - Graphic & Web Design

                    Baltimore City Community College - Dimensions in Bahavior



Being a Baltimore native, Tracy has seen the good and bad within the city. She believes through art, we can change the culture and bring forth positive viewpoints to people of all races and ages.


Tracy's artwork and teaching brings out the best life, happiness, and nostalgia. She does not limit herself to one medium, style, or concept. Ms. Stevens uses simple lines, textures, and nontraditional paints to create simply elegent and beautiful pieces.


Tracy welcomes you to look through the windows of her mind to view joyous colors that mirror powerful emotions.


Professional Experience:


  • Photography featured in Ground Root Inc.'s Communtiy Walk Through Theatre.
  • Salem Tobacco Products 2000
  • Penn Ave Film Project
  • 6x6 Showcase Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester NY
  • Maryland Art Place Out Of Order 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2012 (2 pieces sold)
  • Showcase at the American Museum in Prince George’s County
  • Unsung Art showcase with Larry Poncho
  • Showcase at the Arena Players, Baltimore, MD 2012 – 2015
  • Showcase at New Beginnings Unisex Barbershop and Art Gallery
  • Social Media Promotion from New Day Campaign
  • Showcase at Nubohemia Café
  • 2 paintings featured in a South African Sitcom
  • Illustrations for a Spoken Word Book
  • Showcase at the Hollywood Diner in Baltimore, MD
  • Book Cover design for A Palm Tree Story Journey
  • Illustrations for Sista Worth Greeting Cards


Teaching Experience

  • Coach at Future Makers
  • Teaching assistant and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts summer school sessions, 2014 - 2016.
  • Substitute Teacher for Concepts By Cash
  • Teaching assistant at Jubilee Arts, 2013
  • Training associate at T Rowe Price Financial Firm, 2011 through 2013




Ground Root is Bottom Up

734 N Monroe Street Baltimore MD 21217