Sharon Richard, Founder & CEO
For over 30 years Sharon contributed to the social and academic development of children as a teacher. Several years ago, she served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for an elementary charter school. Now she is a professor who empowers prospective teachers to teach children that they are dynamic social beings with unlimited power to learn. She's also a National Trainer through her own consulting company.
Fatima Taylor, Board of Director Member /Co-Founder
Fatima has been contributing towards the well-being of young children since she was a teenager. Her passion to educate children academically, socially, and morally directed her path as an educator. She received her degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and is teaching in DeKalb, Illinois. She is ready to empower the urban youth to become self-reliant leaders
Kamaria Golden, Board of Director Vice-President/Co-Founder
Athletics has been the core of Kamaria's life for over 20 years. She is a master in the area of gymnastics and cheer. After performing in many state and national competitions and winning numerous awards, she decided to share her skills and talents by becoming a cheer coach. Her coaching style includes empowering her cheer teams to be excellent in their academic endeavors, social encounters, and to build leaders. Her dream is to own a gym and develop a world cheer team
Jumaane Taylor, Board of Director President/Co-Founder
Jumaane Taylor, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing since the age of 7. In 2015, Jumaane created Supreme Love. A dance production honoring John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ and the art of tap with live musicians, premiering at jazz music and dance festivals. Jumaane has received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2017 Lab Artist Award, 3Arts 2019 Award, and has performed his work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jazz Institute of Chicago, and abroad. He teaches at T.E.S. Arts, Ruth Page School of Dance and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Jumaane is also the artistic director of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's annual tap festival, Rhythm World!
Brandee Martin served in a multitude of positions with H&R Block as a tax instructor, trainer, hiring manager, office manager and is currently a retired tax adviser. Since 2007 she has been the CEO/Founder of MHVMK INC a financial and life skills coaching company. Since 2016 she has been the CEO/ Owner of Silver Foxes Travel, a concierge luxury travel agency. She is currently serving as a Director of the Board with the Buffalo Theater Ensemble since 2017 and as an executive director. She is currently the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce treasurer and has served in this position since 2016.
Hello my name is Jarvis Jackson. I am 50 year old self employed commercial cleaning technician. I am experienced in construction, landscaping, cable wiring, and several other odd jobs. I have been involved in many organizations and programs for building the communities and supporting the youth. I and my family are very passionate about making postive changes in our collective villages. I am dedicated to using my skills to effectively help us progress in to greater heights.
Reverend Markel Hutchins has been impacting and touching the lives of others nearly his entire life. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted, charismatic and inspirational leaders of his generation, he embodies servant leadership. He is an ordained baptist minister, public speaker and serves on a number of boards, committees and commissions for respected institutions
Maevette Allen Edwards has a career that spans well over 25 years as a professional loctician and state-licensed hair educator. She is a published author, an ordained minister, and a strong advocate of civic duty. Mae strives to do her part by volunteering alongside her children whenever she can. What makes her life most rewarding is knowing her life’s mission: to model compassion and honor the purpose in her life and in the lives of others.
Frederick Kheperu, Elementary School Instructor
Mr. Kheperu has been a professional educator since 1992. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He has been a lead teacher at Betty Shabazz Academy and Triumphant Charter School. Mr. Kheperu has been a teacher representative to the Board of Directors, Dean of Student Culture and Assistant Principal of Shabazz Academy. He has been Director of Summer Camp Programming at Kennedy-King College. Mr. Kheperu is a founder of Fratti Properties Solutions Inc. Fratti Properties is involved in buying and selling properties and providing positive solutions for distressed sellers and homeowners.
Currently, Mr. Kheperu is an instructor for After School Matters Southwest branch.
Mr. Kheperu has four adult children.
Dr. Elaine C. Mosley is a career educator with expertise in school design, organization and leadership; classroom teaching, school counseling, principal and teacher mentoring. She is a certified international trainer with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness-offering explicit research informed strategies and techniques, to schools, in classroom management and differentiated instruction.
Currently, Dr. Mosley serves as educational consultant to Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, (SDPC) Inc. She is the author of its 2017 Conference publication, “Awakening Sacred Memories: A Resource Guide for Healing, Restoration and Justice.” In 2018, Dr. Mosley served as a member of SDPC’s Truth-Telling Commission staff and implementation team that held its first hearing on Racial Economic Justice, in Memphis, TN. She is an active member of the DuPage County NAACP Education Committee and is committed to advocacy and working collaboratively with schools and district l level administrators to disrupt patterns of racialized disparities that continue to compromise the socialization and academic achievement of African American children and youth, in America’s public and private school classrooms..