Carol Jane Cole-Holoman

                         Board Member

                         In Memory of Lifetime Member

Carol Jane Cole-Holoman is a former Adult Education School Teacher and retired Real Estate Agent. She enjoyed her profession of teaching data processing, while providing the knowledge and training required to help her students obtain employment and develop successful careers. As a Real Estate agent, Carol loved the joy of finding homes and closing transactions for her clients. In her spare time Carol provides computer data entry and telemarketing for a local


                         JoLynn F. Wright

                         Program Director


JoLynn F. Wright has been a successful sales executive for more than 25 years, during which time she received numerous awards including Sales Representative of the Year, Key Account Manager of the Year, Top Gun Award and Top Sales Award. JoLynn sharpened her skills working for Fortune 500 companies Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Baxter International where she received valuable expertise and training. JoLynn is highly motivated and known for her


                         Christa Kantner

                         Marketing Director


Christa Kantner is an accomplished senior marketing executive, graphic designer and writer with broad marketing experience developing pioneering brands and promoting products and services in a variety of industries from sports to medical. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Miami, where she minored in mathematics and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Christa has held the


                           Carmen (Wilson) Lake CFE, CFSA

                           Executive Director


Carmen Wilson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Business Administration from Tampa College in Tampa, Florida. Currently positioned as Program Director for Citizens Alliance for Progress, Inc., located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Carmen Wilson plans, directs and coordinates community-based services to empower and support individuals and families to foster their personal growth


                         Myra J. Cole-Baucom



Myra J. Cole-Baucom is the founder of the Cole Link Foundation. She created the Cole Link Foundation in response to the ongoing desire to support individuals and organizations in The Arts, Health & Wellness and Educational Awareness. Myra wanted to establish an organization that kept dignity, respect and collective responsibility at the core of its focus. She is committed to bringing joy and cultural competency to community engagement. She is working with



Our Mission:

To collaborate with agencies and individuals dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of educational awareness, health & wellness and the arts. To network with those in need to ensure access and support, such that lives can be enriched.

                         Alexis Cole Strother



Alexis Cole Strother is a registered nurse currently practicing inmultiple states, including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Alexis received her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the University of Central Missouri. She currently assists Medicare members in gaining access to the healthcare they need and navigating the complex healthcare systems. Alexis has experience in the national and global non-profit healthcare sectors,


Our Vision:
To bring about the richness of cultural traditions and expression in order to promote and engage people across geographic, artistic and institutional boundaries.

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                         Mary Kennedy



Mary Kennedy has been speaking professionally since 1989. She is a dynamic and thought provoking leadership coach, author, motivational and keynote speaker. As the former CEO/President of the Lathrop District Chamber of Commerce, she has shared the speakers’ platform with such notables as: Senator Lois Wolk, Senator Kathleen Galigiani, Congresswoman Karen Bass, International Leadership Trainer Donna Hartley, Martin Luther King III and many more. As a trailblazer in


                         Lisa Street Rogers

                         Grant Consultant


Lisa Street Rogers grew up in the nonprofit world; volunteering as young as age twelve for Camp Anytown, a project of the then National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), to teach diversity issues and skills to teens and preteens. Since then, she has been an avid volunteer for a number of organizations. She has also served on such boards as Executive Women International (EWI), San Antonio Literacy, and the San Antonio Book Festival, and was a member of the Junior


                         Gail Sanders

                         Treasurer/Fiscal Affairs Chair


Gail Sanders is a licensed Leasing Agent and association board member for On Top of the World Real Estate, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida since July 2006. She is originally from Kansas City, Kansas where her father Robert L. Baucom, Sr. was a real estate broker for many years. She also brokered Bob Baucom & Associates for 10 years before moving to Orlando, Florida in 2004 and then to the Clearwater area in 2006. Wherever Gail has lived or visited, she has enthusiastically shared in


                         Kim Harris

                         Administrative Specialist


Kim Harris is currently an Executive Assistant at a minority-owned landscaping services company. Prior, to that Kim spent 10 years in the insurance field working in the work compensation, personal and commercial lines of business. Kim has a keen eye for detail, and enjoys planning and organizing events. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for her family and friends, and attending athletic events cheering her teams onto victory. Kim also spends time volunteering with various


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                         Simon Peter Cole III

                         Board Member

                         Development Chair


Simon Peter Cole, III is the eldest son of the Cole family.  He is a native of Kansas City, Kansas with a brief stay in Connecticut as a young adolescent.  He served in the Air Force Military during the Vietnam War era. Simon currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri and has been married for over 20 years to his wife Yolande Warwease Cole. His overall philosophy is to love God, family and community. Simon’s education and training consists of a Master of Public Affairs (MPA)


                         Rob Butler

                         Marketing Manager


Rob Butler is a sales and marketing executive with over forty years of success.  After graduating from the University of Kansas, his career started in Kansas City in the real estate business where he began a lifelong involvement in residential investments and property development in the Midwest and on the west coast.  After a few visits to the Los Angeles area, Rob decided to make the move to southern California where he began his medical sales and marketing career and


                         Montielle Bennett

                         Board Member

                         Nominating Chair

Montielle Bennett is a Registered Nurse in California and enjoys helping patients, families, and the countless professionals she collaborates with daily.  As a Nursing Administrator for Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest Nonprofit Health Care Systems in the country, Montielle manages all daily operations for Vision Services in the Orange County service area.  She received her Baccalaureate degree in Registered Nursing from the University of Phoenix and her


                         Juana L. Hishaw, PhD

                         Project Manager


Dr. Juana L. Hishaw is a recognized education consultant on the national stage. As a retired Director of Elementary Instruction and member of the leadership team for the Center School District, Dr. Hishaw drove state accreditation resulting in recognition as the highest performing urban school district in the state of Missouri.

Amoung her other achievements, Dr. Hishaw held the positions of


                         Deborah Butler

                         Vice President/Planning Chair


Deborah Butler is a resource specialist at Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kansas. She has taught in the public school system, Los Angeles Unified School District and Olathe School District, since 1983. In 2001, National Board of Directors declared Mrs. Butler for her dedication in teaching students with Exceptional Needs. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, a Resource Specialist certification from California Lutheran University