Tamara Ravelo emerges from the Quechan Indian Tribe (pronounced Kwuh-tsan), where she spent many of her formative years unaware that she lived on a reservation. Today, she proudly reps her Indigenous culture. Life hasn’t been easy, but by God’s grace, Tamara has earned her master’s in business (MBA) and currently attends Yale University as a MDiv candidate to receive her degree in 2023’. At Yale she leads as president and also serves as a consultant to the oldest African American Congregational UCC church in the world which was started in the 1820’s by those who were enslaved. Additionally, Tamara is a faculty member at the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development led in leadership by Rev. Dr. Iyana Vanzant, where she teaches a course on Ancient Wisdom and World Religion.
Then, at Salem Covenant Church in Washington Depot, CT, she serves as Assistant Pastor, where she loves prayer and creating spaces for others to heal; however, that may come. In her other life, she is a communications strategenious, specializing in marketing, branding, graphic design, web, publications and other forms of media. Tamara doesn’t do it alone, she is wonderfully loved and supported by her husband, the esquire Michael Ravelo. Together they share one daughter, Stephanie, and have a few others who are like their children.
A spiritual teacher, speaker, author, life coach, television personality, and law school graduate who supports humanity in "doing the work" that they may live into being their most authentic self.
A servant, humanitarian, and leading CEO with strong business acumen who graduated from Harvard. He loves God with his whole heart and is the nephew of baseball legend Hank Aaron.
Quechan Medicine Woman, language affluent speaker, Native storyteller, cultural custodian and singer and a traditional doll maker. She is the friend of Tamara's late grandmother Denise Dugan.
Because it's cultural. Because it wise. Because they have wisdom. These three are humble, willing, and they are wise. As I lead other's at Yale Divinity School, I pull from the well of my Indigenous ways of knowing. We have always honored and respected the voice of our Elders. The younger should look to the wisdom of the older and the older must teach the younger. I am grateful they gave their yes!
- Shi'yii Denise Dugan (Tamara's Grandmother)
Let's Master this MOUNTAIN together!
With an aim to be a welcoming community and fostering belonging for all, this year we are creating space to talk about hard things and healing them.