Board of Directors

Lynne Brown
Board President

♦ 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

David Disney
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

Peter Brown

♦ Partner Lathrop & Gage, LLP

♦ Director
– 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

Cara Newell

♦ Former CPA

♦ Current head of Audit Committee at local foundation

Brad Epsten

♦ 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.