Valerie Batts, Ph.D.
Boston, MA and Fresno, CA
Founding Director/VP of Consulting
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.
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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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.
As Program Assistant, Zenaida provides administrative support for the programs offered at VISIONS and assists in developing new ones. Before starting her year with VISIONS, she graduated from Simmons College with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. While at Simmons, she organized for social justice within and outside of that community from leading Campus Conversations on Race to organizing around national events. Working with VISIONS inc. is a part of her role with the Quaker Voluntary Service which centers on intentional communities and the marriage between social justice and spirituality.