Rachel is an advocate for educational equity with the belief that education can start to break the cycle of generational poverty. As a former classroom teacher and school leader, she has worked with students at the
middle school level with successful social and academic outcomes. In addition to her work in classrooms, she understands that children are also largely impacted by their communities and lived experiences. To combat this, she facilitates DEI conversations in the academic and corporate setting to mitigate the effects of workplace trauma that often follow parents back into their homes.This includes topics such as microaggressions, race and gender discrimination, inclusive interviewing and hiring practices, and eliminating performative allyship. Rachel has a master’s degree in Lifespan & Digital Communication from Old Dominion University and a secondary concentration in
Women’s Studies. She is passionate about women’s representation in sports and athletic spaces, working to address the intersections of gender, perception of athleticism, and acceptance. She works to dismantle the traditional ideas of what constitutes an athlete
to create welcoming health and wellness spaces for all bodies. As an amateur Muay Thai fighter, she competed in the Women’s Heavyweight Division and won titles from the WKKO United States Championship twice, the WKA American Nationals, and the IKF
International Competition. During a brief stint in powerlifting, she placed second in her weight class at 100% Raw World International Powerlifting Competition.