My name is Atasha Pinnell. I am a Packers Townhouses resident. I’m truly grateful to be selected as a Neighborhood Navigator. I am excited about my role as a Navigator because I know I can help. I know I can provide the right resources to those who are in need and to those who are unaware of the necessary resources. I want to provide advice. I am a listener. I want everyone to know that no matter what you’re going through, there are resources, there is help. Don’t be afraid! There is a way out of poverty, homelessness, hunger, trauma and violence.
After 10 years as a high school teacher with Madison public schools, I wanted a new challenge but I also wanted to continue serving my community. Becoming a Neighborhood Navigator empowers me to make change in my own community by making meaningful connections with my neighbors. The Northside has the potential to be a model for other communities. I am proud to work on behalf of Northsiders to make our community safe and thriving for ALL residents. When I am not working as a Navigator, I am taking care of my beautiful two year old son and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Terri Hatchett, I am fortunate to be the mother of four blessed children. I have eight grandchildren and hundreds of children (that I did not give birth to) throughout the city of Madison, mainly on the Northside of Madison.
I am thankful to be one of the Northside Neighborhood Navigators because as a Navigator I am to assist people to overcome obstacles that may be keeping them in isolation. Unity in communities is important and as a Navigator my role also allows me to assist people with connections, resources and relationship building.
I enjoy helping people, I enjoy empowering people, I enjoy serving people. As a Navigator, I can help build communities in ways that are different from my personal experiences, in ways that may reach the people in these communities. There are different ways to engage with certain neighborhoods because of social class, income level and education just to name a few. With this job, I will be able to help address barriers in these neighborhoods and assist people with tools that may make long term differences in their lives and in the community. I am glad to be onboard with this team because I believe that we will play a strong role in connecting people in the right places at the right time, and this may help Northside communities in a positive way. Way to go Northside Planning Council and Neighborhood Navigators.
My name is Danielle Washington. I am a Neighborhood Navigator, a part of the Northside Planning Council. I am proud to be a Navigator for the North Side of Madison, Wisconsin. I didn’t consider myself as a navigator before I was hired to take on the position, but indeed, I have always been a navigator. I have always helped people by sharing my resources or directing people to the resources they need. Navigating is my passion as well as my life. I am eager to provide as much help as possible, whether it’s helping the homeless or being involved in young adults lives to better their future, or just being that adult that they can confide in when they need someone to talk to.
My name is Tracy Stewart and I’m excited to join the Neighborhood Navigators, a job that combines my passion for helping people and my love for the Northside of Madison.
Quiet and diverse, I’ve found the Northside to be an ideal place to raise a family. I’ve lived here for 16 years and believe that this community is one of the best-kept secrets of Dane County.
Professionally, I’ve spent my career working with the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission, Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison and YWCA to help make a Madison a better place. I can’t wait to help do the same on the Northside.
My name is Tamaha Jones and I’ve been a resident on the Northside now for over 10 years but, most importantly, I am super excited to announce to you that I am one of the newly hired Neighborhood Navigators. Please, get familiar with my name and face because I will be one of your go-to persons. If you need to voice any concerns you may have in your neighborhood or be directed to resources in the community, I’m your girl.Maybe you just need a friendly face to talk to, well I can do that also.
One of the many reasons I decided to take this job as a Navigator is to help people become the best person they can be. Additionally, due to my own life experiences, I have gained a heart of compassion, particularly for youth and women. I want everyone to have an opportunity to succeed in life and be given the tools needed to do so.
My name is Rachel Hahn, I currently live in the Vera Court neighborhood and will soon be moving to the School Road — Lindbergh area. I moved to the Southside of Madison in 2000 to live with my dad and lived the last six years on the East and Northsides.
My husband and I enjoy being active and playing soccer with our boys. I love taking photos and being outdoors. As a child, I spent entire summers in a tent in our backyard in Stoddard, Wis.
I am extremely excited about this Navigator role, because after spending the last few years struggling in so many aspects of my own life, I am having a positive impact on those on the Northside. It’s my turn to help others.
Thiago Zuriel Hahn or “Big T” is an emerging changemaker on the Northside and the youngest member of the Neighborhood Navigator team. At three months old, he already demonstrates the key traits of a budding community organizer: the strategic know-how to get what he wants and a strong aptitude for relationship-building. He’s been conscientiously attending all of the Navigator trainings and is absorbing and integrating the lessons now so he’ll be prepared to lead when he’s needed.
I’m 18 years old and went through a lot while I was growing up. While I was younger, about 9 years old, my granny died in her sleep. We were up talking one night about how the world is changing and how people are just losing their lives, without knowing that she was going to die that night. Before she died, I was a good kid. I went to school and did whatever I could to make my family proud of me. After she died, I got into a lot of trouble. It took me seven years to let go of my pain. It took me being locked up to notice that I have one brother and two sisters that look up to me. So I had to make a change and change my life. Now that I changed my life, I want to change my community. I just want a community where kids and adults can have fun, play, laugh, cook out, hang out and be themselves. Without guns, shooting and fights. Without being scared to walk to the store or play at a park. I just want to make my community a safe place to be with friends and family.
My name is Johnny McDaniel. I’m 17 years old. I attend East High School but I’m going to Operation Fresh Start for my senior year. I’m a city intern for the Community Development Division through CommonWealth and I’m one of the Neighborhood Navigators on the Northside of Madison. One thing that I enjoy about this opportunity is being able to advocate for the youth so that they can enjoy being in their communities without having to worry about any violence occurring. What motivates me to want to make a difference is that when I was growing up, I didn’t really have anyone there for me when I really needed support. I think that can be the main reason why kids go out and do stupid stuff. They just need more positive role models in their life to show them how to get things done the right way.