Damon answered the call to join AdHoc Group Against Crime on Monday, February 23rd 2015. Mr. Daniel is a native of Kansas City, MO and brings with him a wide range of experience within the field of social justice that spans 20 years.
His work background ranges from promoting bullying prevention programs in schools, to directing the community organizing efforts of one of Kansas City’s most effective grassroots leadership development and community organizing entities in the region. Over the last 8 years, Damon galvanized faith communities to address socioeconomic issues particularly those that perpetuate the dehumanization of people of color.
Through his work with elected officials, neighborhood leaders, and community groups, employment opportunities for returning citizens in Kansas City, KS and MO has increased and concrete programs have been developed in target neighborhoods to reduce violence and stabilize neighborhoods.
Damon served as the lead convener of a multi-sectored, racial and generational network of stakeholders called KC Regional Equity Network. His leadership empowered the unified vision and voices of regional organizing efforts, to work collaboratively to achieve policies that promote equity and inclusive prosperity in Kansas City metropolitan area. Damon is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City with a degree in Urban Affairs, with an emphasis in community and social services and non-profit management.
Most recently, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Mr. Daniel to the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission. The 16th Circuit Judicial Commission helps fill judicial vacancies, pursuant to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, in Jackson County.
Contact Damon at email@example.com
Kymira joined the AdHoc Staff in November 2019. She started her journey in nonprofit work in 2000 working for Young Life in Greensboro, NC. In 2004, She was recruited to lead Young Life College at Howard University in Washington, DC. Kymira was a pioneer in developing the Young Life College program as a part of the initial team. While at Howard, Kymira mentored many young men and women and help them enter the workforce both domestically and globally. After the shooting of one of her daughter’s close high school friends, Kymira felt a tug on her heart to do more. She would later that year be selected to serve as Area Director of a newly formed area Young Life North DC.
During her time on Young Life staff, she learned a lot about fundraising specifically in hard to fund areas. Her heart is to help community-based, smaller nonprofits and foundations develop long-term and sustainable fundraising plans. Her passion is to mentor, recruit, develop, and train development professionals in communities that are hard to fund. Kymira brings to the table years of experience with strategic planning, capital campaigns, event planning, and individual and corporate fundraising.
She serves as a mentor and coach in Leadership Development for young women in a number of professions. She is a blogger, avid reader, Desert Storm/Shield veteran, lifelong learner and passionate advocate for several causes.
Director of Crisis Intervention
Branden joined Adhoc in June of 2016. He pastors a church located within walking distance to AdHoc’s offices, which is what originally led him to become a volunteer. Originally a native of Atlanta, Branden attended seminary in Dallas, Texas and moved to Kansas City shortly after graduating.
Branden’s heart for community and unique ability to solve problems makes him an excellent fit for his position as an advocate. He coordinates AdHoc’s Trauma Response Team to canvass neighborhoods recently affected by violence, accompanies Damon into the community and schools to facilitate interventions, as well as walks alongside many who reach out to AdHoc for support.
Program & Financial Manager
Jeanine was born in St. Louis; raised in Kansas City where she attended one of the few African American, private grade schools in the inner city. Shortly after graduating from St. Teresa’s Academy, and two years at CMSU, she moved to St. Louis where she married and raised her children. During these years, she worked in corporations looking for opportunities to effect social change and bring awareness. She was instrumental in building bridges within the Hazelwood School District. While her children were in attendance, she noticed there was a need to bring awareness to the children that did not have a voice in that community. Those children looked like hers.
In 2008, Jeanine moved back to Kansas City, returned to college, and enrolled her son in high school. Again, Jeanine found that the children in her community were disenfranchised and searching for a way to voice their concerns. She teamed with other mothers to work closely with the administration and children of Paseo High School to find their voices and positive social outlets. This encouragement lead to graduates that aspired to college and social productivity. She is still affectionately known as ‘Moms’.
Jeanine holds her Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration. While all her working experience is in corporate America, she has been privileged to watch and work alongside several of Kansas City’s civil rights pioneers from an early age as her father was very active in the community and made these opportunities available to her. It is her desire to continue to be of service to her community and a vessel for healing through her work at AdHoc. She is grateful to have the opportunity to serve.
Mel obtained his undergraduate degree at UMKC and his Master’s degree in Counseling at Webster University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Mel had a long career serving youth and their families in the juvenile justice field emphasizing building on their resiliencies through adversity. He also provided individual and family therapy for youth in the child welfare system and their parents assisting them toward reconciliation.
Mel and his wife Rebecca volunteer at Leavenworth Penitentiary with a faith-based program to prepare federal inmates for successful release to the community. Mel also facilitates a Relapse Prevention Group at a local homeless and recovery program.
Community Program Coordinator
Bishop Douglas is a native Kansas Citian. He is an accomplished preacher and teacher with twenty-three years in the pastorate, and currently serves in the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Douglas serves as a group facilitator for Thinking for a Change; a National Institute of Corrections program for offenders and parolees to provide cognitive behavior interventions.
Bishop Douglas also provides behavioral modeling and modification coaching solutions for individuals, groups, businesses, colleges and universities as well as churches under his coach consulting business, the Innovative Seed Group.
Calvin’s involvement with AdHoc and Mr. Brooks began back in 1984 when Brooks approached him and asked if he would like to come to a meeting of concerned citizens. Neal responded to the first request by saying the people who marched in front of the drug houses were crazy, but of course Brooks did not give up. Brooks continued to invite Neal, which eventually led to him becoming a Board Member and leading the marches alongside Aasim Baheyadeen.
Six years later he was invited to join the staff as a Street Outreach Worker. He has been “AdHocing” ever since. Calvin has vast experience working with different community groups and businesses, as well as a transformational story he is able to share as a Group Facilitator for Thinking for a Change. He is involved in many aspects of AdHoc, and each year he graciously sponsors the annual Mother’s Day Luncheon. Neal was also one of AdHoc’s first honorees at the Community Guardian Awards.
Community Resource Advocate
India Woods began working with AdHoc in December of 2019. As a native of Kansas City, India experienced and observed others live through the effects of poverty and community violence almost every day. What was most Impactful to India was hearing the stories and experiences of her peers, as well as, the homicide of her best friend during her final year of high school. Together, these instances motivated India to become passionate about making changes in her community, more specifically by serving the youth.
India began working with the Metropolitan Organization for Racial and Economic Equity during
the summer of 2016, as a youth organizer, where her passion to serve grew stronger. As a
result, India went on to pursue a degree in Social work at the University of Missouri, in hopes to be able to continue her community work after graduation. While pursuing her degree, India worked with and mentored children in the Columbia, MO area, served as an intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C, created Social Justice events for the Gaines/ Oldham Black Culture Center, and advocated for victims of Sexual Assault on college campuses. After graduating from the University of Missouri, India began working as a Case Manager for youth in the Foster Care System. While working for these youth, it became evident that changes at the macro-level needed to occur, for the Foster Care System to efficiently benefit these youth. Therefore, in efforts to continue making macro-level community changes, India began working with AdHoc in hopes of making changes for her community, as well as empowering youth to become engaged in the changes they hope to see in their communities.
Team of Family Support Specialists
- April Dixon, LPC, LCPC
- Burton Rogers, LPC, CCTP
- Tori Seals, MA, PLCP, CCTP
- Penny Blackshire, LMSW
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