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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Kelechi Wright is a licensed clinical professional counselor in
Missouri and Kansas and has practiced counseling since receiving her
Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology nearly two decades ago. She
has a passion for community based justice and is excited to assist
AdHoc in its initiative to provide mental health support to
communities impacted from violence. Mrs. Wright is also completing her
PhD at the University of Kansas in social work with hopes to integrate
policy based research in her work advocacy work. She has published
scholarly work highlighting Institutional Analysis research methods
that can be used to expose and address disproportionate outcomes and
systemic disparities plaguing communities experiencing
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 Resources ADvocate
Curtis Wright migrated from the urban core of Philadelphia to Kansas City in 2017. He brings to the team several years of experience and innovation in the sectors of community based Non-profit Management/programming and youth focused initiatives and interventions. He has an extensive background in serving high risk communities in various capacities. He is fueled with a passion for justice, reconciliation, and youth empowerment and mentorship.
Toni Vaughn is a native of Kansas City, Ks. Toni is a proud entrepreneur & therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience. Toni Vaughn has a masters degree from Webster University & currently holds Provisional License to practice therapy in the state of Missouri, Currently specializing in working with couples, families, and adolescents. Toni provides continued support to those struggling with anxiety, depression, career transition, relationship education (Gottman certified Relationship Education Facilitator), low self-esteem & grief.
Toni’s clinical vision is to create a safe space for clients to share their stories, embrace their truths, and begin the journey to healing. CBT, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing are just a few modalities that Toni operates from to support her clients.
Outside of the clinical world Toni has a love for travel, shopping, spending time with family, ministry & her baby Girl Harper Marie.
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- Burton Rogers, LPC, CCTP
- Tori Seals, MA, PLCP, CCTP
- Tonesia Vaughn, MA, PLPC
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