Speakers

Aaron Griffen

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DSST Public Schools

Aaron J. Griffen, Ph.D. is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DSST Public Schools in Denver, Colorado. He is a K-12 Practitioner with over 20 years experience as a middle school English teacher and assistant principal in Houston, Texas and as a high ...
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Adeoluwa Remi-Afonja

UCCS Senator of Multicultural Affairs at UCCS

Adeoluwa will be joined by UCCS students: Okiofe Ikimalo Micheal Agyei Daniella Zuka Eunice Yeboah

Aisha Young

President & CEO at African Americans In Gerontology

Ms. Young is a native of Colorado and graduate of Lewis-Palmer High school. She also attended the first AAYLC when it became co-ed in the late 90s. In 2002, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in gerontology. In 2008, she graduated with her master’s in ...
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Angela Hall

Health and Wellness Professional at ItsTheG, LLC

Angela Hall has a passion for dance and fitness. She is a group fitness instructor, teaching Zumba at Crunch Fitness, VASA Fitness, and The Other Gym. She is also a certified personal trainer and has a love for Yoga and practices daily. With a MBA ...
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Ashley Cornelius

Theraputpic Case Worker/Psychotherapist at Denver Health

Ashley Cornelius is a performance poet in Colorado. She graduated with a master's in International Disaster Psychology from DU. She focuses on providing creative therapy for adolescents through poetry therapy. Her poems reflect her personal struggles and journey as a young black woman navigating the ...
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Avery Gerald

Senior Intermediary Sales Consultant at T. Rowe Price

Avery Gerald is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., and a Senior Intermediary Sales Consultant within the U.S. Intermediaries division of T. Rowe Price, where he focuses on regional bank, registered investment advisor, and family office relationships in the Great Plain’s ...
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Blake Hammond

Assistant Principal at Denver Public Schools

Blake Hammond has had the opportunity to serve students in many different educational landscapes, and elementary schools throughout his career in education. In all of his experiences, he has worked to serve all children, but particularly underrepresented students. Blake joined Teach For America in 2009 ...
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Cam Kaplan

Co-Chair of Colorado College BSU at Colorado College

Cam Kaplan is a Junior at Colorado College, and is an English Major; a Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Minor; and is on the MA in Teaching track. As well as chairing the Black Student Union and the Tesla Mentors club, Cam has been a ...
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Cathy LaBrecque

Law Enforcement Academy Director at Pikes Peak Community College


Charmas B. Lee

Owner/Founder at Building Champions

Charmas and Janice Lee are the Co-owners of Building Champions a highly successful business located in Colorado Springs, Colorado that specializes in performance and achievement. For more than 29 years Building Champions has been challenging individuals to transform their lives through its dynamic brand of ...
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Crystal Volmar

Business Specialist at Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Crystal Volmar joined the Pikes Peak Workforce Center as a Business Specialist in October 2017. As a business specialist, she develops strategic alliances and drive communication through partnerships with businesses, government and community leaders and nonprofit and education alliances to solve workforce development challenges, act ...
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Damion Copeland

Fabrication Lead Operator at dpiX, LLC

Damion T. Copeland (Basketball Coach / Football Coach / Lead Operator / Lead Operations Trainer since 1998 to present. Born: June 28, 1978 in Colorado Springs CO. Education history: John Adam Elementary, East Junior High School, Palmer High School, UCCS / PPCC. Athletic History: 3yrs ...
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Danielle Zuka

Student at UCCS


Darius Pardner

Admissions Counselor at UCCS

Darius Pardner is a proud of alumnus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational and Strategic Communication and currently works as an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. Along with his work in college ...
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Deborah Hendrix

Executive Director and Strategic Network Administrator at Parent Challenge and Colorado Early Colleges

Deborah Hendrix – Is an Advocate for education and is currently the Executive Director for Parents Challenge, an organization that advocates for parental choice in education. She served on the Harrison School District 2 Board for 8 years, 6 years as President. Deborah is also ...
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Den Natali

Professor of Business Studies at Pikes Peak Community College

Dennis has been in the classroom as a trainer for the USAF since 1980 and is now a full Professor and Chair of the Business Studies Department at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). Prior to his success at PPCC, Dennis was a business and technology ...
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Derien Latimer

Principal at Colorado Springs School District 11

Derien L. Latimer has proudly served in the field of public education for 16 years. He currently serves as Principal at Madison Elementary School in School District 11. He has degree in Family and Human Services and a Master Degree in Education with a speciality ...
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Derric Thomas

Physical Therapy at UCHealth Adult Outpatient Rehab Memorial Hospital Colorado Springs

Derric Thomas is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Derric is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Derric also serves as a Youth Minister to teenagers at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Derric graduated in 1997 from Langston University in Oklahoma with a Bachelor of ...
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Dr. Christopher Bell

Associate Professor of Media Studies at UCCS

Dr. Christopher Bell is an Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of ...
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Dr. Darryl Baynes

Founder and President at Interactive Science Programs, Inc.

Dr. Darryl L. Baynes is the Founder and President of Interactive Science Programs, Inc. an educational consortium that teaches STEAM related disciplines to students and educators through hands on experiments and scientific presentations. Dr. Baynes has always had a love for math and science, and ...
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Dr. Erik Huffman

CEO at Handshake Leadership

Dr. Erik Huffman is the founder and CEO of Handshake Leadership. Erik is also the Pikes Peak Region’s 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Colorado Springs Business Journal 2018 Rising Star, and the 2018 Colorado Springs Mayor Young Leader in education. He is also a ...
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Dr. Erika Wilson

Evans Army Community Hospital

Erika D. Wilson is a Clinical Pharmacist who works at Evans Army Community Hospital. She currently works with Active Duty Soldiers and Airmen to help manage their chronic pain issues by offering a patient-centered evidenced-based approach to chronic pain medication management. She also teaches other ...
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Dr. Ernest Greene

Adjunct Instructor at Pikes Peak Community College

Dr. Greene is a Leader, Business Manager and Educator with 41 years of leadership and teaching experience in the career fields of Military Intelligence, Business Administration, Program Management, and Kindergarten to Post-Graduate (K-20) Education. Currently, in his capacity as an Educator, Non-Profit Community Leader and ...
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Dr. LaConti' Shantell Bryant

STEM Math/ELAR Teacher at Crowley Independent School District

Dr. LaConti Bryant earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2017. Her research is specifically focused on the areas of instructional coaching/mentoring, collaboration, job-embedded professional development, and equity. Dr. Bryant has worked with teachers and administrators with creating professional learning communities that ...
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Dr. Regina Lewis

Department Chair & Professor at Pikes Peak Community College

A graduate of Harrison High School, Dr. Regina Lewis services impacts people across the world through her inspirational talks and trainings. Regina helps to give voice to the voiceless and helps to make the invisible visible as she presents and facilitates widely on topics of ...
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DrTony Young

CEO at Achieving Healthier Lifestyles, LLC,

Dr. Young is Chief Executive Officer of Achieving Healthier Lifestyles, LLC, Past National President of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) (2000-2001), and a Founding Member (1977) and current President of the Denver-Rocky Mountain Association of Black Psychologists. Since the founding of the Denver ABPsi ...
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Durthy Washington

Founder/Owner at LitUnlocked

A writer and former English professor, Durthy A. Washington is founder/ owner of LitUnlocked, dedicated to helping readers unlock the power of literature through mindful, culturally responsive reading.

Eric Carnell

Deputy Sheriff at El Paso County Sheriff's Office

I enlisted in the US Army in 1990 and began my selfless service to my country. After six years of active duty I transitioned into a career in law enforcement. After graduating from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Basic Law Enforcement Academy, I obtained ...
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Erinn Graves

Academy of Community Theatre

Erinn K. Graves Erinn was born in Manassas Virginia and is an Army child who grew up all over the world. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a double degree in Theatre and Journalism. She has been performing in film and on ...
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Eunice Yeboah

Student at UCCS


Freeman Gault

Historian & Educator at AAYLC


Jacqualyn Blizzard-Caron

Director of Education at Girls Who Code

Dr. Jacqualyn Blizzard-Caron earned a PhD in Civil Engineering with a Graduate Certificate in STEM Education as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Clemson University. Her engineering education research focused on developing an interdisciplinary framework for sustainable whole systems design and using metrics ...
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Jerald Gatlin

Community Outreach Coordinator at Colorado Building & Construction Trades Council for the State of Colorado

Jerald Gatlin is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Colorado Building & Construction Trades Council for the State of Colorado. This program promotes and educate the public regarding opportunities available to communities of interest in joint labor/management apprenticeship programs. He is charged with performing ...
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Joe Dailey

Radiology Instructor at UC Health

Joe Dailey is a graduate of Roy J. Wasson High School and is a military veteran. He is an instructor of radiology at the School of Radiology at UC Health. He is responsible for managing 52 students through didactic studies and clinical rotations through UC ...
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Karen Beers

Clinical Dietitian at University of Colorado Health: Memorial Hospital

Karen Beers is a clinical dietitian working at University of Colorado Health: Memorial Hospital. She focuses on pediatric nutrition, and works in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and on the pediatric floor. She also sees children on an outpatient basis for ...
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Karen Walldorf

Deputy Director at Youth Documentary Academy

The Youth Documentary Academy prepares a new generation of documentary filmmakers to identify and craft their own stories through intensive training and mentorship by professionals in the field. Through the process of creating their own films, YDA students, drawn from diverse and underrepresented communities, develop ...
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Kasi Dwyer

Speaker

Kasi is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs and is committed to improving the lives of others in her hometown. Kasi graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Theatre, Arts Business and Administration and is a certified Strong Interest Inventory Assessment ...
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Kathy Stults

Impact and Engagement Director at Youth Documentary Academy

The Youth Documentary Academy prepares a new generation of documentary filmmakers to identify and craft their own stories through intensive training and mentorship by professionals in the field. Through the process of creating their own films, YDA students, drawn from diverse and underrepresented communities, develop ...
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Kevin Daniels

Security Supervisor at Christian Care Ministry

Kevin is a co-founder of a Local Ministry called MAINTAIN which help to influence and teach people of all ages and background to Stay IN, Stay Focus, and Stay Committed to the plan that God has for them. His main target group are middle and ...
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Krystelle Jean-Michel

Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist at U.S. Air Force Academy

Maj Jean-Michel is currently an Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. Prior to assuming her current position, Maj Jean-Michel served as a Licensed Psychologist with the 509th Medical Operations Squadron, Mental Health Flight. She worked to prevent, diagnose and treat a myriad ...
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Loran Smith

Historian & Educator at AAYLC


Lynn Sim

Full time faculty/Chairman of Robotics and Automation Department at Pikes Peak Community College


Mario Coleman

Associate Professor/Clinical Pediatric Neurology at Childrens Hospital

Dr. Coleman is a pediatric neurologist who practices at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Outpatient Specialty Clinic at Briargate in Colorado Springs. His focus is general pediatric neurology which involves caring for children with epilepsy, headache, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other neurological disorders. He graduated ...
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Megan Wynn Keyes

National Accounts Manager at Johns Manville

Megan Wynn Keyes is a native of Colorado Springs and graduated from The University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors of Science in Business Adminstration in 2001. She has worked for Denver-based Berkshire Hathaway Company, Johns Manville, for the last 15 years and currently ...
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Mekael Daniel

Colorado College Student at Colorado College

Mekael Daniel is a Junior Feminist and Gender Studies major, Chinese Language Minor at Colorado College. In addition to her continued involvement with the east Asian languages department, she also works tirelessly as an artist. She has been a choreographer for dance workshop; worked as ...
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Michael Agyei

Student at UCCS


Michael Walker

Founder at CQ Consulting

Michael Walker brings a career focus on youth development and assisting black youth to achieve success. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls as well ...
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Michael Walton

Job Coach at Pikes Peak Workforce

As a Job Coach with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Michael Walton works with high school students who are in construction programs to address the shortage of skilled tradespeople in Colorado. I communicate with students to understand their goals and ambitions assist students to discover ...
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Myla Wray

Art Instructor at Pillar

A Chicago native, Myla Wray is a visual artist, art educator, and art therapist. She graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Psychology in 1989. Wray received her Master of Fine Arts and Master of Art Therapy from the ...
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Okiofe Ikemalo

Student at UCCS


Regina English

Founder at Yes M.A.A.M

Regina English was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and is a wife, mother, grandmother and God mother. I currently hold the title Mrs. El Paso County 2019 which has been a complete life changing journey for me and I will be competing for the Mrs. ...
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Rick Reese

CEO Owner at BLR Travel Services

Retired Military Officer, IT Professional, Marketplace Minister, & Successful Social Entrepreneur. Brenda is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Rick has been active in the Colorado Springs community since 2001. He is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak and an appointed community trustee. Rick ...
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Rodney Gullatte, Jr.

Owner/Founder at Firma IT Solutions

Firma IT Solutions was started by community leader and US Air Force Veteran, Certified Ethical Hacker and Network Defense Architect, Rodney Gullatte, Jr. When the job market would not cooperate in Key West, FL, he decided to take matters into his own hands and start ...
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Sarah Clay

Adjunct, Division of Communications, Humanities, and Technical Studies at UCCS & Pikes Peak Community College

Sarah Clay has been teaching at both Pikes Peak Community College and University of Colorado Colorado Springs since 2012. She specializes in African Communities in both the United States and Latin America. She has been presented African America history for the Public Library and designed ...
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Shakanah Tedder

Personal Banker at Wells Fargo

Shakanah Tedder is a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo Bank who works within her local branch and community to provide financial education while providing excellent customer service. Her 4+ years of banking have taught her both the value of building life-long relationships with her customers ...
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Shannon Bright

Personal Banker at Wells Fargo

My name is Shannon Bright and I’m a native of Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been working with Wells Fargo for 5 years. My passion for educating our society about reaching financial goals runs deep. As a mother of two beautiful teenagers, I get to practice this ...
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Sharane Gordon

Deputy at El Paso County


Sherman & PJ Fuller

Sherman currently provides oversight and direction of schedules, responsibilities, and tasks through relationships and training of the facilities staff at a local church. Works with contractors and vendors in the planning of projects, acquisition of proposals and oversight of work performed. Works with the Pastoral ...
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Stanley Gbandawa

Implementation Manager at T. Rowe Price

Stanley Gbandawa is the Implementation Manager for T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services (RPS) in the Colorado Springs office. Stanley joined T. Rowe Price in November 2002 as an Operations representative in the RPS Transactions Group. Prior to assuming his current role, he was a ...
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Steve Cary

Infantryman, Tactical Intelligence Officer, Operations Research Officer at U.S. Army

Steve Cary is a data analytics engineer and database designer for WPA Intelligence, which is headquartered in Washington, DC. He previously worked in these fields for over 20 years with IBM and as an independent consultant. Before that he was in the US Army for ...
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Syreeta Barrow

Deputy at El Paso County


Tekarah Harding

Manager at T. Rowe Price

Tekarah Harding is a Client Development Supervisor at T. Rowe Price. She has served in multiple leadership roles during her tenure at the firm and has played an integral role in creating and delivering training. Tekarah holds several securities licenses and a Chartered Retirement Planning ...
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Terra Smith

Realtor at Keller Williams Freedom Realty

Terra Smith is a Realtor with Keller Williams Partners Realty, in Colorado Springs. She is devoted to her family as well as her career. She recognizes the importance of both and easily maneuvers between the two with dignity and finesse. Through her more than 20 ...
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Theresa Newsom

Chief Executive Officer at Children with Promise Educational Services

Dr. Theresa Y. Newsom, is CEO of Children with Promise Educational Services, Founder of the Black Educator’s Network, a Gifted Resource Teacher, and a national presenter. Her work includes the identification of youth giftedness and the retention of Black Educators in our community. She is ...
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Tommy Watson

Dr. Tommy Watson is one of America’s leading experts on turning transitions into triumphs! Considered a leading authority on resilience, change, motivation, and leadership, Dr. Watson inspires millions with the unique and charismatic way he articulates his rags-to-success story. His life of resilience, hard work, ...
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Tony Exum Jr.

National Jazz Recording Artist/Radio Host for Jazz 93.5 FM at Exum Global Enterprises, LLC/Cheyenne Mountain Broadcasting, Inc

AWARD WINNING SAXOPHONIST TONY EXUM, JR.This National Recording Artist’s saxophone style brings to mind the sultriness of Grover Washington, Jr., the soulfulness of David Sanborn, the silky smoothness of George Howard, and the tender passion of Ronnie Laws.Thomas “Tony” Exum, Jr. was born in Colorado ...
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Twyla Kuemmerle

Administrative Assitant/Special Events Coordinator/EMT-B at American Medical Response


Victoria Lynne Heim

Writer/Speaker at Alumni, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

VICTORIA LYNNE HEIM IS AN INTERNATIONAL POET, WORLD HISTORIAN DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTER (DTM) CHAPLAIN

William Vincent

Physician at Echo Locum Tenens

Bio: Hometown: Temecula, CA College: Morehouse College; BS in Biology class of 2007 Medical school: Wake Forest School of Medicine. Winston Salen, NC 2014 Residency:Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine 2017 completion Current: Temecula Valley Family Physicians (outpatient private practice); Hospitalist

Yuriy Gorlov

Vice President at Aurora Economic Development Council (AEDC)

Yuriy Gorlov is a at the Aurora Economic Development Council (AEDC), a public/private partnership dedicated to enhancing the economic strength of its community within and abroad. AEDC assists new and existing primary employers through a myriad of services. The organization focuses on connecting business and ...
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