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"Healing is an Act of Communion"

~Bell Hooks

 "Share the Flame LLC Desires to Partner with YOU to Dismantle Oppression, One Layer in need of Healing at a time!"


 So glad you are here!

Hello, I am Dr. Debi, a nickname given to me by my clients!

While you are here, feel free to read about me and the Independent Consultants who support our ability to serve you well! 

(The information below may be used as my formal bio. Additional information is located at the bottom of the page. If a photograph of me is needed, please right click and copy on my photo above).


 DEBRA (DEBI) JENKINS, PhD (she/her)


Dr. Debi (a nickname given to her by her clientele) is an award-winning Consultant- credentialed Coach-thought leading Speaker-best earning book Author- antiracism/racial equity/ justice-equity-diversity-inclusion Educator who has a background in developmental, liberation and transformational psychology. Dr. Debi shares, “I am not trying to be a tokenized Black Woman identified guru rather, I desire to creatively partner with YOU whether "YOU" means an individual, group, corporate, nonprofit, government, or academic organization, to dismantle oppression one layer in need of healing at a time!" Clientele on local, national, and international levels refer to Dr. Debi’s whole life approach as enlightening, refreshing and innovative! Dr. Debi uses her creativity, ingenuity, originality, and social intelligence to engage people powerfully and meaningfully towards growth, development, and change.

As a social justice trauma coach, Dr. Debi supports those who are Black, Brown and Indigenous experiencing oppression including racialized trauma at the intersections in their workspaces, relationships, and in society. On the other side of this Dr. Debi works with those who desire to support those who are Black, Brown, and Indigenous to prevent retraumatization and harm. Her additional areas of trauma coaching support are in the areas of trauma informed executive/leadership coaching, somatic leadership and Integrative trauma coaching, trauma responsive/trauma informed developmental life coaching, betrayed partner trauma coaching.

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Christina Jenkins is a Creative with a BA in Liberal Arts Studies focusing on Business, Art Illustration and Psychology with a Minor in Dance and a Masters in Fine Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising, a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology, and Christina has also obtained a Qualified Administrator license to use the IDI® from IDI, LLC. Christina is also a certified nutritionist and yoga instructor and who has also obtained a license to use the IDI® from IDI, LLC. She works with clients seeking authentic change for a healthier well-being including those who are dealing with anxiety and trauma and are in need of natural beneficial wellness support. She is the owner of Holistic and Whole, LLC. Her Holistic and Whole  services, provides the following services: yoga nidra, affirmation meditation, anxiety and trauma yoga, holistic nutrition counseling, tutoring for those dealing with anxiety, trauma, in need of ELL, dyslexic learning support, and or applied psychology.  Share the Flame LLC utilizes Holistic and Whole LLC to provide virtual wellness opportunities for our clients to experience holistic health, nutrition and wellness as a part of their one on one coaching experiences including the racialized trauma healing experience. Besides supporting as our Wellness Coach, Christina supports our customers as Share the Flames LLC's Communications Manager. Christina resides in New York working as a freelance designer under her company Christina J Brand, LLC, an author of the The Traveling Vegan (see books and resources) about her nomad life to survive and how it created a green book to life. Christina is also the illustrator for the Children's book, "I Love My Kind of Brown".

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Born in Portland, OR and raised just 5 minutes across the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, Christian continued north for college at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. Although he had trekked his way through Pre-Med/Microbiology studies, his plan of pursuing medical school was short lived. After watching his first graduate acting performance his Senior year in college, he knew that's where he was meant to be. Eventually, Christian graduated from the UW MFA Acting program in 2014 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His most recent work consists of playing Othello at Montana Shakespeare Company, Da'Ran in Leah Nanako Winkler's 'Kentucky' at East West Players, and FBI Agent Keene on FOX's Bones, Held and the Young and the Restless. While in Los Angeles, Christian earned his M.B.A. from Purdue University Global. Christian also has obtained a Qualified Administrator license to use the IDI® from IDI, LLC. He teaches BFA Entrepreneurship at the AMDA College and Conservatory and was the Los Angeles Site Director for the college's High School Summer Conservatory, where 500+ performing artist travel from all over the world to L.A./N.Y.C. for a two-week intensive on the college campus. He is excited to be fusing his many passions full-time - combining his love of art, business, and education together.‚Äč Share the Flame LLC consults with Christian Jenkins' next level infusion of professional, creative, and executive level brilliance to support our company's corporate, non-profit, and academic clientele's business and marketing service needs. Also known in his creative circles and work as "Christian Telesmar" he is also the creator of the Disparity Trap Board Game. 

"Disparity Trap" is the Socially Conscious Board Game (click on  books and resources in the site menu bar to access) that provides an easy way to have the hard conversations around race & privilege in America, and how they impact society in systemically dominant (SD)* and systemically non-dominant (SND)* ways. The board game is like many of its kind, where your main goal is to live your life the way you choose;  go to school, get a job, possibly build a family and a career. But in this game, you also step into someone else’s shoes to experience that life within an identity different from your own. Throughout the game, the dice rolls correlate your identity in the game to real life statistics. So like life, the dice are in your hands, but the odds are not.

*Systemically dominant and systemically non-dominant" terminology and the “IST of an ISM” paradigm are trademarked and coined by Debra (Debi) Jenkins, PhD (1995-present) all rights reserved and used by permission. 


Here's more info you may want to know about Dr. Debi!

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PhD: Higher Education Administration

MS: Master of Science in Psychology. 

MA: Human Development with a specialization in Bicultural Development. 

*Dr. Debi's knowledge base of bicultural development includes a diverse range of pedagogical skills inclusive of how cultures are aware of interactions, influences, and perceptions of their own culture (Gibbs, 2006)" and with her knowledge base in the context of trauma support provides insight to identify when patterns named as culture may instead be trauma.

BA: Human Development with a focus in Developmental Education.

AAS: Early Childhood Education with a focus on Special Education.

*Dr. Debi's bachelor's and master's degrees in Human Development were earned at Pacific Oaks College, an institution that "through principles of inclusion and social justice, teaches students to empower others, reduce bias & change attitudes."



Experience and Certifications

Dr. Debi is a Credentialed Coach and member of the International Coaching Federation. She is a Certified Personal and Executive (CPEC) Coach through the International Coaching Federation approved coaching program, The CaPP Institute (Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute), where she acquired the following proficiencies: advanced coaching skills, positive psychology, business development and mentor coaching. She is certified as a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory with a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion focus.

In addition to the badges shown above, Dr. Debi holds multiple trauma aware, trauma sensitive, trauma responsive, trauma informed, and racialized trauma-minoritization certifications. Dr. Debi has a depth of knowledge and experience in liberation, transformational, developmental psychology inclusive of cognition, social/personality psychology, neuroscience and behavior, psycho education, and lifespan developmental frameworks to support a Coachee's expertise of themselves.

Psychodrama, movement/dance, improv, and storytelling were instrumental in Dr. Debi's ability to process her own traumatizing lived experiences in the workplace, in relationships and in society.  During her healing journey, Dr. Debi was invited to become a member of an anti-oppression psychodrama theatre group and later to participate in social justice improv and in social justice storytelling. 

These experiences lit a flame which moved Dr. Debi to explore how somatic experiences impact the processing of trauma. Although, she has prioritized somatic explorations which support the healing and processing of racialized trauma and minoritization, Dr. Debi has completed the following ICF approved Somatic Coaching Programs: Neuroscience of Change, Tapestry, and Embodied Transformation Somatic Integrative Adult Development.

Dr. Debi is also a trainee of the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPTM) through APSATS (Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists) to support those who are experiencing partner betrayal.

Dr. Debi holds a license as an educator through the State of Washington Board of Community and Technical Colleges in Professional, Technical, and Vocational Instruction.


Acknowledgements and Awards

Dr. Debi is listed by "bloomerang" as one of their recommended diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion consultant-speaker-thought leaders for the nonprofit sector!

Dr. Debi is a social equity award- winner and thought leader for her collaborative work in creating equity and sustainable organizational change. In addition, she has been awarded the following:

Honors and Awards

  • Lora Whitfield Social Equity Award .2020
  • Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award .2017
  • Oxford Round Table Honoree, Oxford, England .2016
  • Clark College Faculty Lecture Series Award, Vancouver, WA .2014
  • YWCA Women of Achievement Honoree (IRIS Awards), Clark County, WA .2009


Publications and Research 

Dr. Debi's research explorations are vast, and she is an active participant in ongoing national and international coaching and research circles. She has contributed to the book, Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace: Aligning Initiatives with Strategic Business Goals in collaboration with various research authors from around the world.

Dr. Debi's heart and love for the learning of young children inspired Dr. Debi to write, I Love My Kind of Brown, the book from her early childhood equity series.

Dr. Debi's trademarked language and paradigm, The IST of an ISM: Systemically Dominant (SD)/ Systemically Non-Dominant (SND) (1995-present), has been embraced throughout the nation and internationally.

Recently, her research was leaned upon for the Disparity Trap Board Game project which encourages those 14+ to have conversations around racism. 

Doctoral Research

Dissertation: Women of Color’s Experiences and Strategies in Constructing Nonexecutive Community College Leadership: A Case Study (2017). 


Institutional disparities due to opportunity and equity gaps created an inability for nonexecutive leaders to generate leadership strategies at a comprehensive mid-sized community college in the Pacific NW region of the United States. A sense of urgency evolved due to the negative impact the gaps had on the following areas: (a) student retention, (b) employee retention, (c) work performance, (d) skill development, (e) job satisfaction, (f) mobility, and (g) longevity. Fifteen of the women of color prevented from the opportunity to actively reflect on generating leadership strategies were the participants for this study.  A qualitative case study was implemented to explore what leadership strategies are used in nonexecutive community college positions. The Intercultural Development Inventory, the Six Core Competencies Survey, and the Intercultural Development Plan were the instruments used to gather information which included lived experiences and professional learning opportunities. A narrative analysis and descriptive statistics were used to interpret the findings. Findings from the study revealed areas in need of equitable institutional investment and key strategies applicable to nonexecutive leadership positions.

Additional Research

  • Co-Researcher, Oxford Round Table Symposium, Oxford, England, Oxford University, 2016. Focus: Women and Education.
  • Co- Researcher/Co-Author, The Center for Workplace Diversity Research, Phoenix, Arizona. 2016 –2018 Focus: Institutional practices, policies, programs, and structures oppressive to systemically dominant groups (Jenkins 1995-Present).
  • Co-Researcher: The Center for Workplace Diversity Research, Phoenix, Arizona. 2015. Focus: Individual employee conceptualizations of interplay and impact of ethnicity in and on the organizations, they belong.
  • Researcher: Faculty Speaker Series: Habari Gani Menta, What’s Happening? Supporting a Diverse Workforce through Individual Allyship and Communities of Practice.
  • Co-Researcher, Teaching Umoja Action Participatory Project, 1997 –2013. Focus: Tri-literacy: Simultaneous Cultural and Linguistic Acquisition for Children of Color, Bilingual, and Bicultural Development.
  • Co-Researcher, Teaching Umoja Research Team, 2001. Focus:  Bicultural Development of the Maroons in Jamaica.
  • Researcher, 1996 – present. Focus: Diversity, Inclusion, Power, Privilege, and Equity Status. Personal research.
  • Researcher, 1995 – present. Focus: IST of an ISM. Personal research.

Publications, Citations, Trademarks

  • Jenkins, IST of an ISM, Systemically Dominant, Systemically Non-Dominant (1995-present)
  • Jenkins, D. (2018). Jenkins, D. I Love My Kind of Brown. Camas: Share the Flame LLC.
  • Jenkins, D. (2018). A Critical Lens to Rethinking Power, Privilege, and Inequity Language, Systemically Dominant and Systemically Non-Dominant. Camas: Share the Flame LLC.
  • Jenkins, D. (2017). Diversity Across Cultures: African Americans-Continental, U.S., In Diversity and inclusion in the global workplace: Aligning initiatives with strategic business goals by Carlos Tasso, Editor. Palgrave Macmillan: New York and London England.
  • Jenkins, D. (2013). Culturally Relevant Experiences, In Soy Bilingue: A photo essay by Sharon Cronin and Carmen Masso. Seattle: Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy.
  • Jenkins, D. (2003). Ethnic Identity Formation, In Soy Bilingue: Language, Culture, and Young Latino Children by Sharon Cronin and Carmen Masso. Seattle: Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy.

 Editorial Reviews

Hollins, C., & Govan, I. (2015). Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers.