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Valerie Batts, PhD

Valerie Batts, Ph.D.

Boston, MA and Fresno, CA
Co-Founder & VP of Training and Development

Dr. Batts leads the consultation and training components of VISIONS and is the originator of VISIONS’ training model and experiential workshops. She has written and presented extensively on the use of a multicultural/inclusion lens on individual and organizational change, both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Batts is the author of, Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tunes and Is Reconciliation Possible, as well as other articles. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
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Rick Pinderhughes, Psy.D.

Rick Pinderhughes, Psy.D.

Milton, MA
Director of Programs 

Besides his administrative duties, Dr. Pinderhughes applies his clinical training to group facilitation in non-profit, educational and healthcare settings, and consults on a wide range of institutional and organizational change issues from a multicultural perspective. He is also responsible for VISIONS’ Legacy Project, a summer program for youth. With a background in adoption issues, particularly transracial adoption, Dr. Pinderhughes has practiced individual, group and family therapy for 25 years in greater Boston. He earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
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Emma Keough

Philadelphia, PA
Director of Operations

A VISIONS Youth Consultant since 2003, Emma Keough has facilitated workshops for The Food Project, adapted VISIONS materials into their curriculum, and co-coordinated the VISIONS Legacy Project. Before joining the VISIONS staff she worked at Brookwood Community Farm, a small non-profit vegetable farm in Milton, MA. Emma has a B. A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

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 Hemani Hughes

Boston, MA
Office Manager

Hemani provides administrative support to all VISIONS stakeholders using her background in Communication Studies. As a strategic communication specialist in the commercial sector, she managed projects that helped organizations shape and share messages meaningfully and with greater social impact. As a scholar, Hemani hails from the University of Iowa’s Graduate Communication program with a PhD, ABD. Her research and teaching focused on rhetorics of identity and difference within a social justice framework. Hemani is passionate about undermining oppression through social transformation and community building and enjoys the relevance her background brings to her current work at VISIONS.

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 Zenaida Peterson

Boston, MA
Program Assistant

Zenaida was a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow with VISIONS last year and has now returned to continue working as a Program Assistant. As Program Assistant, they provide administrative support for the different programs offered at VISIONS, including PACE and Peer Supervision. Zenaida graduated from Simmons College with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. While there, Zenaida organized for social justice within and outside of that community from leading Campus Conversations on Race to organizing around national events. Zenaida’s interested in learning more about the VISIONS model and participating as much as possible. Outside of work they are organizing a poetry slam tournament for feminine people and performing poetry at every opportunity.

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Naro Pongen

Boston, MA
Program Assistant

Temjennaro (Naro) Pongen came to the United States in the Fall of 2015 from north-east India. She finished her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity from Nagaland, India. She completed Ecumenical Studies (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015, and graduated with MA in Feminist Liberation Theology in 2017 from Episcopal Divinity School. She is currently VISIONS’ Program Assistant, working part time on projects as noted above. In addition to working with VISIONS, Naro works part time as an Assistant Minister at Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Cambridge, MA. Her social location as a woman, a person of color, as an immigrant in the US (in addition to other group memberships), has shaped her way of understanding the complexity of the impact of the world on her identity. She is passionate about social justice issues, and currently examining how religion can help push multicultural and feminist issues forward for meaningful inter-personal and communal encounters.

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