Board of Directors
♦ AFIA Founder
♦ Co-Founder of University Academy Charter School
♦ Former elementary school teacher
Linda Edwards, Ph.D.
♦ Professor and Dean Emerita of UMKC School of Education
♦ Founder of UMKC’s Institute of Urban Education
♦ Recipient of the Urban Hero Award- Kansas City, MO
Treasurer and Secretary
♦ JE Dunn Construction Company
♦ Boy Scouts of America
♦ Member of many civic Boards involving youth
Valerie Tucker, Ph.D.
♦ Teaching Professor and Professor Emerita of UMKC School of Education
♦ Developed Community Immersion Course for pre-service teachers and doctoral students in Counseling Psychology, Received numerous awards
♦ Continues research in the areas of
– Cultural Competence
– Black male development
– Adolescent development
♦ Partner Lathrop & Gage, LLP
– Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
– Aruin Gottlieb Charitable Trust
– Wayside Waifs (2009 – 2015)
– Briarcliff Development, Inc
♦ Former Instructor U.M.K.C. Tax Program
– Partnership Taxation
– Tax Accounting
♦ Former CPA
♦ Current head of Audit Committee at local foundation
♦ Director of Counseling, Horizon Academy; 1-12th grade school for students with learning disabilities.
♦ Counselor in private practice specializing in children, youth and families.
♦ Licensed Clinical Social Worker.