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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.
A native of Wichita, KS, Brooke Burrough matriculated through the Wichita Public School system and is a graduate of Wichita State University. In 2008 she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University. Brooke has an extensive background in organizational and office management. She has 20 years’ experience in the not for profit sector and brings a variety of experiences and knowledge to the Kansas African American Museum.
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.
Brenda Baker-Hayden is a native of Wichita, Kansas and completed her education at Friends University with a Masters Degree in Business Management. Brenda started her career at Southwestern Bell and served in various customer service and management positions in coaching and team development until retirement from AT&T after 34 years of dedicated service. As a servant leader, Brenda volunteers her time to several community and service organizations, including the Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM). As a former board member for TKAAM, Brenda is very excited about the opportunity to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator and lend her management and organizational skills to elevate community engagement and overall growth of TKAAM’s programs, projects and events.
The Curator is in charge of the Kansas African American Museum's collection of exhibits and art. Their job is to develop ways in which objects, archives and artworks can be interpreted, through exhibitions, publications, events and audio-visual presentations and manage the museum's growing collection of artwork and artifacts.
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