Our Team

Our diverse team of trainers has over 115 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


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 is a gender equity and cultural competency consultant who works with adults and youth to create welcoming, respectful environments free of bias, bullying, harassment and discrimination. She is a founding member of CQ Strategies and 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 and as a Gender Equity consultant to Vermont Works for Women. Prior to CQ, Kathy spent 10 years as Director of Equity Initiatives at Vermont Institute for Science, Math, and Technology.


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. She is an activist with the Radical Cheerleaders, is a member of Kings Local 802, and is a founding member of the House of Lordes, both activist-oriented drag performance groups. She was 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. She can often be seen traipsing about town in bright colors, talking loudly, interrupting hurtful remarks and breaking up fights.


Sherwood Smith



Sherwood is Senior Executive Officer for Engagement and Professional Development at UVM’s Department of Integrated Professional Studies. The ALANA Student Center, LGBTQA Center, Center for Cultural Pluralism,Women’s Center, and Abenacki Summer Happening Program report to him. He teaches an undergraduate course that focuses on issues related to theories of prejudice and multicultural education. 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 newest member to the CQ Strategies team. He recently moved to Vermont with his wife, Jenny, son, Noah, and he just welcomed his daughter, Chloe, into the world in January of 2015. In addition to this work as a consultant with CQ Strategies, Paul also serves as the Assistant Principal at the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. Paul is excited to bring his skills and expertise to Vermont, and looks forward to helping individuals and organizations become more culturally proficient.