Board Members

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Susan B. Wilson PhD, MBA


Susan B. Wilson PhD MBA is a licensed clincial psychologist with a multifaceted career in education, healthcare admistration, consulting, clinical and media work. Susan has over twenty years of mental health and diversity-related experience. She previously served as Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at UMKC School of Medicine.

Wilson has held leadership poisitions in several notable health and behavioural healthcare organizations in the Kansas City area, including Swope Health Services and St. Luke’s Health System.

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Steve McClure, PhD


Steve McClure, PhD has over forty-five years of experience with district public and charter schools in the greater Kansas City area. During his years of service, Steve has provided research for legislative testimony resulting in a revised Missouri Charter School Law (2005).

Established ban smoking in schools, which serves as the basis for the current Kansas Law. Member of the Topeka United Way Board of Directors, as well as Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of School Administrators.

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Holly Wilmes, BS, CFLE


Holly has been devoted to early childhood education for over 25 years. Her career started as business owner of her own childcare program.

She is currently employed with the Kearney School District as the Director of Childcare and Early Learning. She has many years of experience working in the non-profit organizations and school district with a diverse population including family styles, ethnicities, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. Majority of her experience was with Early Head Start/Head Start. During her career, she has worked in Northwest Missouri and the Kansas City area.

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Jayce Greene

Chief Financial Officer

With 25+ years of commercial banking and financial services experience, I provide Strategic CFO Consulting services for real estate developers, small to mid-sized business owners, and non-profits. Formerly a Director of Lending with a CDFI in the Midwest, I specialize in affordable housing-related projects with developers that are looking to "give back" to their communities through their real estate development skills.

My clients work on all types of properties, icluding residential, commercial, and mixed use that involve both rehab and new construction throughout the United States. Given my prior investor real estate underwriting experience, my highest and best use is my ability to translate a developer's concept into a financial proforma that attracts lenders and investors to provide funding for their project.

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Kenneth P. Yancy, BBA

Interim Secretary & Communications Director

Kenneth P. Yancy I, BBA is Chief Digital Marketing and Business Development Officer for Essential Families. Kenneth is a serial entrepreneur and visionary, “gifted and talented” in the areas of Digital/Mobile Marketing, Software Development, Telecommunications, Artificial Intelligence, and Real Estate Development.

Kenneth’s unique expertise and background is a result from 40 years of leading successful multi-billion dollar projects for Big Data, software, marketing, Real Estate Development, and telecommunications powerhouses; IBM, Sprint, Cisco Systems, 3rd Wave Marketing, and Faith Properties.

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Jeff Dayton MA, LPC


Jeff Dayton MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with nearly 20 years of experience in mental health, social service, and education. He partners with Boston Uncornered, a nonprofit organization that uses education to end systemic generational urban poverty & violence, and works as a Trauma Sensitive School Clinician in the Kansas City Public School district.

Jeff also consults with the Jackson County Family Court Division providing mental health services for at-risk juveniles. As well as providing marriage, family & couples counseling with his private practice.

A native of Kansas City, Jeff graduated from Center Highschool. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's degree from Mid-America Nazarene in Counseling.

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Alicia Smith


Alicia Smith, LMSW currently works with the Kansas City Public School district as a Trauma Sensitive School Clinician. Alicia comes to the organization with 10 years of experience serving individuals, groups, and families within the Kansas City area.

Having a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development (Missouri State University), a Masters of Social Work degree (UMKC), along with the ability to connect with various “at-risk” populations, she knows all too well the importance of how feelings of belongingness, and socialization factors contribute into a child’s self-esteem.

When both psychological needs are met, coupled with stable and consistent basic needs, one's ability to achieve their full potential is limitless.

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Lauri Ealom


Lauri Ealom is the Democratic Director of the Kansas City Election Board (KCEB). Lauri began her career in Election Services 11 years ago, capturing the mailroom to the boardroom philosophy. Lauri’s positions with the election board include stints in Voter Services, IT, Election Services Outreach, Training, and Finance. Lauri served as an Assistant Director before being recommended for her current role.

Having held a variety of positions throughout her 25 year career, Lauri credits her diverse education as the guiding tool for all of her successes. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Auburn University, Lauri returned to Kansas City to be closer to family and lifelong friends.

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Nicolle Jones, M.Ed


Nicolle Jones holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Administration, and has been in the Early Education field for over 20 years. She has served children, families, and teachers across the country from Alaska to Washington, DC. Ms. Jones began her early childhood career as an EHS teacher and Family Service Advocate in locally designed EHS-CC Partnerships in 2001.

Since 2013, Nicolle worked as an Early Childhood Specialist for Head Start Region XI- Training and Technical Assistance with AIAN (American Indian/Alaska Native programs). As an ECE Specialist many cross-country travel hours, planning and facilitation of trainings transpired.

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Leo Prieto


For over 15 years, Leo Prieto has worked as a community organizer, motivational speaker, lawyer, emcee, and marketing consultant in the non-profit, corporate, management, and political fields, respectively. He served as a Public Policy Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute(CHCI) in Washington, DC, where he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division, followed by Capitol Hill, helping shape national immigration, education and health policy.

Recently, Leo was back in the Sports & Entertainment industry as an on-air talent for the Kansas City Chiefs Spanish broadcast, while serving as the Vice-President of Market Development for three other NFL Teams. His current capacity is as Executive Director of the Linwood YMCA, where he focuses his efforts on healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. His mission is to build a cause-driven membership, new donor cultivation, and continuing to impact the community.

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Keith Brown, BA


Keith Brown, BA has nearly forty years of experience as a trained neighborhood and community organizer. He currently serves as the Director of Parent and Community Engagement at Genesis School. He was the former neighborhood organizer, and worked in neighborhood leadership development for what was formerly the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance.

Keith was the Executive Director for Project Neighborhood of one of the eight nationally-known, community-wide drug and alcohol demand reduction collaboratives. He is on the Board of Directors for Freedom Incoroportes, where he serves as the Chairman of their Community and Neighborhood outreach committee.

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Doris Grant, LPN


Doris Grant, LPN has over thirty years of experience in the health care industry. She was the Outreach Health Coordinator for the Black Health Care Coalition, where she served over several programs which include; Active Kids Asthma Camp, Women Health, HIPPA training, Mental Health, Church Wellness Centeres, Nutrition, Affordable Health Care Act and Patient Navigationl.

Currently, she is an instructor teaching Chronic Disease Self-Managnemtn, Administer for the Total Man Community Development Corporation, and a volunteer with the Greater KC Black Nurses Associatons.

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Lorie Perdieu


University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Completed coursework towards Doctor of Arts in Teaching (D.A.T.) Education

My name is Lorie Perdieu. I have a disability called ARTHROGRYPOSIS. It affects every joint in my body to some degree, if not total rigidity. In August 2002, I began working as a MoCAN (Missouri Community Advocacy Network) volunteer at the Kansas City regional office advocating for people with disabilities. MoCAN ended in July 2005. The result of that was me being able to volunteer with the Kansas City Regional Center offering what supports they could.

In November 2008, I began to work through a program called ticket to work as a state employee of the Kansas City Regional Office. My title was Advocacy Specialist, and I gave presentations on Awareness/Sensitivity to various businesses, organizations and/or groups of people in the eight counties surrounding Kansas City. I would assist with individual service planning meetings, teach Projects STIR (Steps Towards Independence and Responsibility) to consumers, and help establish self-advocacy groups within provider agencies.

My hope is that through education about people with disabilities, full inclusion for people with disabilities in the community will be more common.