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Denise serves as the Executive Director for The Kansas African American Museum where she provides leadership by strategically focusing on the African American story. Using technology and innovative ideas, Ms. Sherman has retooled and upgraded educational programs for virtual/online access, developed new cultural awareness and enrichment programming in response to DE&I, social and political climates, as well as moderated and participated in panel discussions with community leaders regarding sensitive, relevant, and compelling issues and topics.Ms. Sherman credits her Master of Science in Organizational Development degree in reorganizing TKAAM to serve as a cultural hub for the State of Kansas.
EDUCATION MANAGER & COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Brad Richards was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and moved to Wichita, Kansas during high school. In December
2021 he graduated from Kansas State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in economics pre-law and dual minor degrees in both political science and statistics. In August 2022, he became a Lead For America Hometown Fellow at The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) in Wichita, KS. In this role, he focused on giving back to the community by facilitating educational experiences for communities to learn about Kansas' African American history. The following year, Brad accepted the position as TKAAM's Education Specialist & Community Outreach Coordinator and is proud to serve in this role as he gets to practice leadership and combine his love for history, passion for community, and creative capabilities to educate people about the state of Kansas.
Brittany Beck is the curator of collections and exhibits in charge of conducting research, cataloging projects, and responsible for acquisitions, interpretation and presentation of exhibitions. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, she received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas and graduated with honors. Beginning at a young age, she frequented museums with her family, inspiring a life-long love of learning, history, and culture. She continued her post graduate education at Wichita State University where she completed her graduate certification in the Museum Studies program. Volunteering has been a large part of her experience as a curatorial assistant with various museums in the local community, starting with the Museum of World Treasures and most recently for three years at the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Brittany is excited to continue serving the community, making the African American experience resonant with all Kansans.
TED D. AYRES
HISTORY TRAIL COORDINATOR
Ted Ayres is board immediate past president for The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita and serves on the executive committee and the audit committee of the Kansas Historical Society. An attorney, he retired as vice president and general counsel emeritus of Wichita State University and also served as general counsel to the Kansas Board of Regents and interim president of Pittsburg State University. He has participated on numerous other voluntary boards and is the recipient of several service awards.
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