Hooks Global Family

Our collective is made up of staff members and partners who are experts in racial equity training, coaching, and facilitating.

Hooks Global Staff

Karena L. Hooks, MSW

Founder & Visionary (she/her)

Hello family! I am a Black, cisgender, queer woman. I was born and raised in California by two southern blues/country musicians, a Black father from Mississippi and a white mother from Tennessee. I deeply love music, the ocean, community, martial arts, poetry, learning, teaching and traveling. Laughing is one of my favorite pastimes. My passion is all things social justice and healing while I dream of making freedom and liberation a reality. My superpower is my ability to make deep connections in an instant. I listen for what’s not being said, and I explore the soul of a person with curiosity. My come-from is influenced by what I’ve witnessed and experienced. I promise: Liberation is possible.

Ariana Stafford, M.Ed.

Chief Operations Officer (she/her)

Hello wonderful people! My name is Ariana and I'm a white woman. I have a love for students, travel, and animals. I delight in working behind the scenes to support the dreamers and visionaries on our team. My purpose is to co-create opportunities for connection, healing and joy.

Kevin N. Ram, MSW

Technical & Creative Director (He/Him)

Hello, my name is Kevin, I am a dark-skinned, queer, South Asian/ West Indian, first-generation American, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Originally from the South Bronx, I now reside in California. I use my lived experience to inform my practice because representation matters. I enjoy cycling, hiking, bouldering and gaming, and I have a deep love for animals (but only the cute, furry ones).

Caitlin D. Hoover, MPA

Director of Partnerships (she/her)

Hi, I am Caitlin! I am white and queer. I am a coach, change agent, disruptor, and co-conspirator. My purpose is to facilitate the development, growth, and healing of relationships. I look forward to the possibility and connections that each new day brings.

Mateo T. Hernandez, JD, MSW

Liberation Coach (they/them)

Hey all, my name is Mateo and I am a queer latinx person of color with roots in California, Arizona, and Washington. I work as a change agent, coach, mentor, teacher, and therapist. My goal is to serve as a healing-presence and offer transformational, healing-centered, and trauma-informed spaces for people seeking to explore and reflect on their identity, experiences, and relationships. I look forward to all opportunities that foster individual and collective healing.

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