Our Staff

Tekisha Dwan Everette

Executive Director

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” - bell hooks

Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette’s passion for social justice was fueled by her personal experiences and influences as a child. As a youth, she experienced delays in diagnosing asthma, and faced challenges accessing and navigating the health care system. These experiences gave Everette first-hand knowledge of the importance of health and health care access. This, combined with her admiration for social justice trailblazers such as Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Jordan, and Sandra Day O'Conner, inspired Everette to dedicate her life’s work toward eradicating health care inequities through advocacy and policy.

Everette has built a successful career in public policy, particularly health care policy, and advocacy in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Before taking the helm of Health Equity Solutions (HES), she served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association, where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people with and at risk for diabetes. Prior to this, Everette worked as a government relations consultant with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLC, where she represented the interests of several nonprofit health care organizations on issues such as health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and federal appropriations. Everette has also worked for the Service Employees International Union, RESI, the State of Maryland, and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation.

Everette earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy.  She received her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (popularly known as Virginia Tech) and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Everette is an alumna of the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders and the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change program. She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Association of Black Sociologists, and serves on the board for the Washington, DC Metropolitan affiliate of Girls, Inc.

When Everette is not advocating for health care policy and social justice, she enjoys fulfilling her thirst for cultural enrichment through travel. She believes seeing the world helps one to expand their worldview and cultural understanding and her goal is to visit every US city and touch every continent at least once.  In her spare time, Everette enjoys listening to music, writing poetry, dancing, and cooking.

Claudine Constant

Program Manager

Claudine Constant joins the Health Equity Solutions family eager to create pathways of access to healthcare for people of color in Connecticut. Before HES, Claudine was the Workforce Development Program Manager at Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, where she coordinated the Connecticut Chapter of Community HealthCorps, the largest healthcare focused AmeriCorps program in the nation. Before that, Claudine was the Outreach Coordinator at Hartford Food System, where she coordinated and implemented (and sometimes facilitated) healthy cooking and nutrition classes to Hartford residents. Claudine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University and is a proud alumna of Public Allies Connecticut, an AmeriCorps program focused on creating a just and equitable society. In her off-time, Claudine serves as the Service Chair for the Connecticut Chapter of the AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Board and enjoys cooking, reading, and gardening. 

Cindy Dubuque

Policy & Communications Specialist

Cindy Dubuque is a lifetime educator and advocate for social justice and has an extensive background in public policy and political advocacy.  Dubuque has worked on a number of social justice causes including ending homelessness, protecting workers’ wages, protecting rights of hate crime victims and ending bullying.

Prior to joining the HES team, Dubuque managed the Reaching Home Campaign to end homelessness with the Partnership for Strong Communities where she worked tirelessly on the Zero: 2016 initiative to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 and advocated to maintain housing resources in the state budget.  

Dubuque served as the executive director of the Foundation for Fair Contracting of CT where she lobbied for policies to protect workers’ wages under prevailing wage.  Her work additionally focused on apprenticeship standards, compliance enforcement and competitive bidding; she sat on the Construction Contracting and Bidding Transparency Working Group to address the abuses of bid shopping in construction. In addition, Dubuque served as the director of constituent services to the CT Attorney General and was a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland, CA.

As a long-time advocate for social justice, Dubuque served as a Commissioner for the City of Hartford Commission on LGBT issues and on the San Francisco Human Rights Advisory Board. Additionally, she has been on the board of the CT Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and is currently an executive board member of CT Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunities and is Chair of the Board of Missions where she attends church.  

Dubuque holds a B.A. from Wells College, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University and a Masters of Social Work in public policy from the University of CT.

Dubuque is an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Joseph in the social work department where she teaches future social workers about political advocacy and public policy.  When not teaching or pursuing social justice goals, she enjoys traveling, exploring new food options and ballroom dancing.