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DaMar & Carissa Dowell have been catalysts for change for over a decade in Buffalo, WNY region, and beyond. Their lives are a testament to accepting the calling of being bridge between communities of color and predominantly white communities.


In 2019, they co-founded Team Dowell Inc., A Holistic Human Resource company and are a certified minority business enterprise. Through their subsidiary “Equipped Trainings” they have trained thousands of employees in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Anti-Harassment & Anti-Discrimination, Personal Wellness, Leadership & Management Mastery and more.


Using what they learned through serving global corporations, in 2021, they established God’s Dream, Inc., a nonprofit Christian organization that is determined to equip religious institutions to address the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion issues that they face. God’s Dream has several programs and initiatives, including scholarship funds for athletes, students pursuing the arts, and high school seniors that are seeking to take a gap year.


DaMar & Carissa have served as Worship Leaders for over 13 years and are the co-founders of “Jesus Centered Music”, a Christian recording group. They’ve released two albums, “Intensify” in 2014, and “Fully Submerged” in 2017. They have both served in various capacities at their home church Vanguard.


DaMar & Carissa’s greatest joy is their family. They have been married for 14 years and have 4 amazing children: Nevaeh, Jacob, Sarah, and Joshua.

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