Board of Directors

Aeeshah A. Clottey, Board President

email: aeeshah@sbcglobal.net

Aeeshah is a community activist and is the co-author of Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing. Aeeshah is an international motivational speaker and peace-making consultant. She co-founded AHC in 1989 and has 25 years of Specialized Training in Attitudinal Healing. Aeeshah worked as Assistant Program Director of Casa de la Vida, a residential treatment facility located in Oakland until 2004. She is a State Certified Genetic Counselor; former Board Director for University of Creation Spirituality; Global Renaissance Alliance and The Peace Alliance.

William Guillermo Ortiz, Treasurer

email: gortiz2@earthlink.net

Guillermo holds a Masters of Divinity from Seminary for Spiritual Peacemaking in Ashland, Oregon, and is also a graduate of Institute of Educational Therapy and the University of Humanistic Studies. Guillermo is a long time activist, peacemaker and licensed tile contractor. Guillermo lives in the Bay Area and has been a supporter of AHC for many years. He is the co-founder of Xochipilli, a Latino men’s ritual group and a certified Tai Chi Ch’uan Instructor. His interests include: dance, sacred art community ritual and healing.

Amana Harris, Board Member

email: amana@ahc-oakland.org

Amana Harris is an author, artist, non-profit leader, educator and community advocate. Her newly released book, Self as Super Hero: Handbook on the Creation of the Life-Size Self-Portrait is a testament to her years of experience in community arts and education and her belief in the power of art to empower and inspire children, youth and communities.  She is a professor at the California College of the Arts and serves as the Associate Director of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

Adam Chapuis, Board Member, Emeritus

email: rachapuis@msn.com

Adam earned a Master’s Degree in Geology.  Currently, Adam is the Vice President/COO for Research Management Consultants, Inc., providing environmental engineering and information technology support services to government and commercial customers. Over the last 15 years, Adam’s interests have moved progressively from a task accomplishment corporate emphasis to an earth-based spiritual emphasis. He has been an integral part of AHC’s annual Unleashing the Human Spirit Retreat where he contributes his skills as a Geologist educating participants about the current state of the Earth and what we need to do to heal our planet.

Vincent Owens, Board Member

email: vincentowens58@gmail.com

Vincent is a founding member of the Mills College Community Tennis Program (MCTP).  His primary objective is to support academics, the arts and athletics for middle, junior and high school age children.  He has worked for United Parcel Service since 1984 and currently serves as a Diversity Committee Member.  His commitment is to support the fundraising efforts of the Attitudinal Healing Connection over the next five years.

Ahmed Rahim, Board Member

email: Ahmed@numitea.com

Ahmed is the CEO of NUMI Organic Tea and has reined its sales efforts for the last 9 years growing at 60% annually. His focus has been on foodservice sales as he has a thorough understanding of the hospitality industry. Ahmed is fluent in English, Arabic, French, German and Czech. He holds a BA in Psychology and Theatre, from New York University, and has studied Film & Photography at various universities in NYC, Paris and Prague. He is currently studying Architecture to create a sustainable future. Ahmed is the master blender, alchemist, CEO and Co-Founder behind Numi Organic Tea. Before starting the Numi business in 1999 with his sister, Reem, Ahmed lived & worked in Europe for ten years. In the early part of the 1990’s, Ahmed lived in Paris working as a professional filmmaker & photographer focusing on fashion, with works published in international trade and fashion journals. He also spent the better part of two years photographing in challenged and developing countries such as Turkey, Iraq and Morocco. As part of NUMI’s commitment to global consciousness and environmental responsibility, NUMI’s teas are certified organic and Fair Trade and packaging is made of sustainable material. The teabags are fully biodegradable, compostable and GMO FREE. NUMI’s innovation continues with its “Leaves of Art” hand-sewn and handcrafted Flowering Tea™ line. Ahmed is deeply committed to art and education and envisions starting a school in West Oakland.