Our Team

Our diverse team of trainers has over 140 years of combined experience in teaching, adult education, small- and large-group facilitation, and coaching. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and occupational positions. Our individual current and past work has been in educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government, and self-employment. Our trainers have experience serving in varied institutional leadership positions, on many Vermont boards of directors, and as elected officials.  

Brian Hsiang


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Brian is a  first generation citizen of the United States of America. He grew up in New Jersey, and has lived in Vermont for over 20 years.  Brian has spent his career focusing on experiential education; from teaching construction to opportunity youth to creating activities to promote dialogue. As a founding member of CQ Strategies, Brian has focussed on helping organizations engage in courageous conversations about race and culture. For fun, Brian loves snowboarding, swimming, and searching for the state's best maple creemee.


Kathy JohnsoN



Kathy works with adults and youth to create welcoming, respectful environments free of bias, bullying, harassment and discrimination. In addition to her work as a CQ Strategies Co-Founder and Partner, she is self-employed as Vermont Equity Training & Consulting. Her consulting work takes many forms, including as a Senior Training Consultant with the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. Prior to CQ Strategies, Kathy spent 10 years as Director of Equity Initiatives at Vermont Institute for Science, Math, and Technology. She enjoys yoga, backpacking, biking, and spending time with friends and family. Kathy is a founding member of CQ Strategies.


Ita Meno


Since moving to Burlington, Ita has worked for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom, facilitated groups at Outright VT, and chaired the RU12? Queer Community Center Board of Directors. Ita is an activist with the Radical Cheerleaders, a member of Kings Local 802, and a founding member of the House of Lordes, both activist-oriented drag performance groups. They were a core member of the group of activist who worked to add “Gender Identity and Expression” to the State of Vermont’s list of protected classes. Ita can often be seen traipsing about town in bright colors, talking loudly, interrupting hurtful remarks and breaking up fights. Ita is a founding member of CQ Strategies.


Sherwood Smith



Sherwood is Senior Executive Officer for Diversity, Engagement & Professional Development at the University of Vermont. The Mosaic Center for Students of Color, Prism Center, Center for Cultural Pluralism, Women’s Center, Professional Development and Training Center, Interfaith Center, and Abenacki Summer Happening Program report to him. He previously worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, adjunct faculty for the School for International Training's program in Kenya, Assistant Director of Residence Life at Pennsylvania State University, and faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. He is a founding member of CQ Strategies.


Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon



Paul is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research at the University of Vermont. He advises the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at UVM. He serves as the Vice Chair of the President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence at UVM and in a number of other capacities across the University. He believes his purpose in life is to passionately pursue justice to make the world a more equitable place. Prior to joining UVM, Paul served as an administrator and teacher in PK-12 schools in both Vermont and Massachusetts.