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Kyle Hollins has traveled a road that is all too common to men and women that come from humble beginnings. He went through Homelessness, Drug Sells, and Gang Life which landed him incarcerated for 90 plus months. He is now a seminary student, attributed writer and the founder of Exile Promotions and Consulting along with The Lyrik’s Institution. Between teaching, public speaking, and using the science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, he is now able to give back to a community from which he felt he took so much from.

D.J. Jones is a learning engineer who analyzes, designs, and evaluates the curriculum and instruction at Lyrik’s
Institution. D.J. believes that the mere imparting of information is not education, she leans on the latest data in learning and cognitive
psychology to produce engaging and effective learning experiences for students. In 2018, Mozilla named D.J. the “Most Inspiring Educator” and served as an instructional coach to a virtual reality technology team who created what Mozilla named as the “Most Engaging Project”. D.J. holds two Master’s degrees, one in Cognitive Psychology and the other in Instructional Design.

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Denise Crawford has worked in the non-profit sector for over 25 years.  As the HR Director for Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center, a non-profit early education center, she played a significant role in the development of the non-profit organization and continues to direct its current operations. In this position, she has provided expertise in key HR capabilities including performance management, compensation and benefits, organization development, recruiting, and leadership and professional development.

Denise received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She attended graduate school at the University of Phoenix working on a master’s degree in human resource management. Currently, she is studying to earn a certification as a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP). 

Hello, my name is Regina Shields a native of Kansas City Kansas.  As a graduate of Lincoln University of Missouri with a bachelor's in Journalism,  I enjoy the fulfillment of meeting and sustaining relationships. It’s a gift! And one that I love to share.

My passion for building partnerships started in high school while I was a part of many activities that helped me realize that networking was not only fundamental to my personal relationships but also to my business relationships as well. College allowed me to strengthen them and expand in them.

 

With over 15 years in customer service, marketing, and communications I look forward to meeting and engaging as Lryriks Institute Relations Coordinator.

Micheal Shaw is a veteran entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the creative space as a creative director and brand strategist. He has diverse experience from brand consultancies, Advertising and Innovation Agencies. His client list has become quite impressive over the years, with projects ranging from Mission Fulfilled 2030 Corporate Identity to Nazareth Schools repositioning Ad-Campaign. "I have a demonstrated success combining artistic talents with technical capabilities to plan campaigns and conduct analytic research, ensuring that the right message is reaching the right audiences.” 

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Megan Williams has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and 23 years in the beauty industry. She currently owns Shear Purpose Salon in Kansas City and is the founder of Smiles and Kuts Foundation, a nonprofit organization, providing haircutting services to children with special needs and those living in low-income families. She joins us as our Advisory Chair to bring her knowledge and expertise to help build our board and take it to the next level. 

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Travis Bryant Jr, author of "Dating Intervention: Dos and Dont's To Dodge Disaster" is an interpersonal consulting for TouchKC, LLC, as well as Chairmen of The Whole Family Foundation.  He has worked with countless families over the last 15 years in his mission to help others elevate their relational spaces. Currently, Travis lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife and two daughters while finishing his master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

My name is Cedric Williams with Evolving Digital Media. I graduated from Baker University, studying business management, marketing, and accounting. My internship was to manage Baker's social media marketing. After graduating I started Evolving Digital Media and 5 years later we have represented over 200 businesses in 8 states. My passion is to give a voice to small businesses and non-profits.