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Lakisha Witter

Executive Director 

"At the heart of what I do and the reason for my being is to serve. I take joy in being a servant leader, in which my focus is to meet the needs of those I serve within the domain of education. As the Executive Director of HOPE International Education Consultants, Collaboration, Accountability, Research-based, and Excellence (CARE) are the core values in which I serve."

With an educational background from the University of Florida in Sociology(BA), Special Education(ME), Educational Leadership (Specialist). I have used my background in special education and educational leadership to strategically plan, create, develop, rebuild and support current schools infrastructure for special education programs and compliance. I have been a servant leader within the domain of education for over a decade serving in the capacity of special education educator, coordinator, director, and school board member.

Board Members 

Dr. Promeet Singh was looking for a deeper sense of fulfillment by helping to transform the lives of students who are at the threshold of their professional or academic lives. To this end, he completed a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He holds Master's degrees in the areas of organizational leadership, conflict resolution, and community engagement in areas such as immigrant advocacy. Dr. Singh is originally from India and has lived in the United States since July 2009.

 

Concentration Areas: Community Engagement, Conflict Resolution, Organizational and Educational Leadership

Dr. David Kimori earned his undergraduate in Bachelor of Education Science in Physics and Chemistry from Kenyatta University, Kenya in 2007.  In 2011 he attained masters in Science Education from the University of Minnesota and later proceeded to get a PhD from the same university in STEM Education with an emphasis in Science Education in 2016.  Dr. Kimori has over ten years teaching in high school and has supervised teacher candidates in middle school and high school science. He currently is a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Kimori also serves as a Board Director for Minnesota Kenya Development Agency (MKIDA).

 

Concentration Areas: STEM, Teacher Supervision and Economic  Development 

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson served as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools from February 2010 to January 2015 and oversaw academic achievement for 36,000 Minneapolis district public school students and their 7,000 staff members. She led the district through many ups and downs, as she faced urgent pressure from the community to improve educational outcomes—especially for low-income students and students of color—and led the district through the tail end of a recession that resulted in mass layoffs. She also initiated bold solutions to improve education outcomes and close the achievement gap, including ending nonviolent suspensions for young children and an aggressive teacher union negotiation titled "Shift" that focused on changes to staffing, and greater school autonomy and accountability.

 

Concentration Areas: Policy and Administration, Educational Leadership 

Bradley Wolfe is the regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Chapter. He coordinates local activities, initiatives and connections to the resources MCN provides in the South Central/Southwest region of Minnesota.  Bradley also teaches in the Communication Studies department at Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College as an adjunct professor.

 

Concentration Areas: Communication, Non-profit Policy and Law

Leng Yang currently serves in the Project Funding Department with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. He leads and writes many of the public grant proposals and manages the system used to monitor and track almost $12,000,000 in public awards. In addition, Leng serves as a member of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Diversity and Inclusion Action Team; as a team member, Leng has been able to streamline the diversity and inclusion work at Habitat and coordinate events which promote diversity. Prior to his work at Habitat, Leng spent three and a half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, a small country located in West Africa. During his service, Leng worked primarily with a women's cashew and soy group as a business and development consultant and later, engaged in promoting girls' education through various Let Girls Learn Initiatives such as the Girls Scholarship Program and Take Your Daughter to Work Weekend. Leng has a Masters in International Administration from the University of Denver.

Concentration Areas: Grant Writing and Management, Project Management, and Non-Profit Administration