The Wright County Coalition Against Racism is the only antiracist group in Wright County led by a person of color who is also a dedicated leader in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field. Our leadership team comprises dedicated educators who are passionate about combating racism and making impactful changes within our community.
Special thanks to WCCAR member Sophia Collova for our Steering Committee photos.
WCCAR STEERING COMMITTEE
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Andraya moved to Wright County eight years ago after living in Minneapolis for most of her life and quickly knew life was very different here as a person of color. Following the civil unrest in Minneapolis, Andraya came together with Kara and Jess to build WCCAR to what it is today, and she looks forward to seeing what it can continue to be in the future. Along with her lived experiences as a woman of color, she brings nearly 20 years of experience as an organizational development and effectiveness leader focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has spent her career working to guide global organizations to scale and exceed their goals. In addition to her corporate work, Andraya is also an Executive & Leadership Coach and DE&I Consultant with The VIP Lab, a consulting practice she created in 2018 to guide professionals and organizations to step into their greatness.
Andraya lives with her husband, Bruce, and their child, who is in their senior year of high school. Their cat reluctantly shares the house with them and the two dogs.
Education Committee Chair
Kara has been a resident of Wright County for over 13 years. She and her husband have two children, and they are committed to doing their part in creating a better world for them to thrive. Kara has been an educator for over 19 years. She has experience in equity and antiracism work from working at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, and now working within the Monticello School District. Being aware of systemic racism for most of her life, Kara has committed herself to equity work in both her personal and professional life. Because of her antiracism commitment, she can look at the big picture and operate from an equity lens.
Kara is committed to using her privilege to help others on their journey to raising and uplifting BIPOC voices and hopefully helping to change and dismantle racism in our world. WCCAR makes her proud, strengthens her knowledge base around racism, and builds her confidence to continue to stand against it. Kara loves being on this journey with her sisters and brothers involved with WCCAR.
Co-Founder, Secretary &
Community Outreach Chair
Jess Nickelsen has been a resident of Wright County for over six years where she lives with her son. As a teacher in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, she is very conscious of her students and their families' needs. Jess believes that schools are the heart of all communities, and she has continued to be a strong advocate for the safety and security of all its residents. Jess also leads The Unity Project within Buffalo High School to connect students to causes that matter.
Jess has found that working to build the foundation of the Wright County Coalition Against Racism has focused her energies on fighting racism, both in and out of the classroom. The importance of sharing stories and learning about injustices has called her to take action. She is proud to be on the WCAAR leadership team and will continue to work towards equity and inclusion for the BIPoC community.
Megan is, first and foremost, the proud mother of 5 amazing, justice-minded children. She has lived on a small hobby farm in Wright County since 1993 with her husband Mike and their two youngest children. Megan works as a Fitness Professional in Wright County, where she is committed to building healthy communities.
Megan has always had a heart for justice and equality. As the Chair for our Racial Justice committee, Megan leads the group in working with local law enforcement and legislators to identify ways to improve their relationships with the Wright County BIPOC communities they are supposed to serve through awareness, policy change, reform, and community building.
Catherine is a fifteen-year resident of Wright County, where she and her husband, Brett, have been raising their four children. She enjoys volunteering in her faith community, long and fast horseback rides, and utilizing her domestic and cooking skills.
Catherine is the Chair for our Interfaith Committee, where she applies her passion for creating an equitable future for all persons in our community, with the role of faith within that mission.