Mark McCormick
Executive Director

Mark is on his second tour of duty as Executive Director of The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) but was trained as a journalist.

Mark is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning writer and editor. Mark serves as a trustee on two journalism boards (The University of Kansas and Wichita State University) and Mark has been a Professional in Residence at the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma.

Mark is featured in a documentary about WSU’s efforts to acquire the collected works of trailblazing photographer, author, and filmmaker Gordon Parks who grew up in Ft. Scott.

Carole J. Branda
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Director

With more than 25 years of museum experience, Carole Branda cares for our collection, produces captivating exhibitions and has helped make TKAAM a professional museum of note. She’s received two Kansas Museum Association Awards of Excellence, as Preparator at the Wichita Art Museum and as TKAAM’s Curator.

Carole served as an Assessor for SOS! (Save Outdoor Sculpture!) a program of The National Institute for Conservation that helps communities discover and protect local cultural icons.

Carole is also an award winning artist with a Fine Arts Degree from Wichita State University. Her studio work has given her materials and method insight that helps her create exhibitions that connect with visitors.

Christyn Gunter
Education Director

Born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Christyn Gunter has always been passionate about African American history and culture. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with the emphasis in education, women’s studies, anthropology, and dance at Wichita State University.

At TKAAM, she creates, facilitates, and tracks all of the educational programs and activities. Gunter is instrumental in developing cross-cultural understanding and appreciation among museum guests. In the future, Gunter hopes to see an inclusive Kansas fully aware of its rich history that does not distinguish between African American and American history.
Jo Bogan Johnson
Project Manager
 Jo describes her work as Project Manager of the Kansas African American History Trail, “A labor of love.

An avid reader and on the hunt for history, Jo is a graduate of Friends University, MHRD-OD. Initially accepted into the School of Journalism at Oklahoma University, Jo returned to her birth city and entered the field of Aviation,  " I grew up in Aviation and recieved some of the best training, bar none".

“In my travels across the state of Kansas, I get the opportunity to hear the stories of the rich history of our citizens and it is these stories that bind us and tears down the walls of separation, these stories are worth telling”.

Brigetta Young
Operations / Administration Director

Ms. Brigetta Young was born in Okhema, Oklahoma. Ms. Young moved to Wichita, Ks with her immediate family and worked in the field of manufacturing, but discovered that she had a talent for Project management, Event management and Business management.
Brigetta pursued those talents with success and continues to lend her talents in that capacity. She joined TKAAM as the Administrative Assistant, 3 years prior, and now serves as the Director of Operations/ Administration. 
Brigetta has volunteered her services and expertise due to her passion for TKAAM's vision, mission, and goals. She is a 2014 MBA graduate from Phoenix University, Texas.
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