Lake and Pease have been partners since Oct. 10, 1998. Lake is a minister and author, Pease is a domestic violence and trauma consultant.
Rev. Deborah Elandus Lake is the executive director of Sankofa Way Spiritual Services, Inc., a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) organization that creates new approaches to addressing oppression within the intersection of racism, homophobia, and sexism. Before making a full-time commitment to developing Sankofa Way in 2004, Rev. Lake was chaplain at the Ruth Rothstein CORE Center, RUSH University Medical Center both in Chicago, IL, and Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts. She was also the pastoral assistant for North Church UCC in Amherst, MA and the Director of African/American Outreach for the Metropolitian Community Church in the city of New York.
Throughout her professional career Dr. Terri Pease, has helped adults and children who have experienced trauma, sexual assault or domestic violence.