The Board of Directors of the Kansas African American Museum was pleased to announce that Ms. Denise Sherman of Wichita, Kansas, was selected to as the new Executive Director of the Museum. She began her responsibilities on August 15, 2018.
Most recently Ms. Sherman served as the Director of Organizational Partnerships and the Center for Corporate Learning for Southwestern College's Professional Studies Program. Her extensive professional experience also includes leadership positions with the Wichita Area Technical College; Carter-Sherman Broadcast Group; and Southwest Manufacturing. Ms. Sherman has an extensive and impressive history of community engagement in Wichita. Her volunteer and community service include membership in a number of civic organizations and participation as a governing board member for the Wichita Rotary (Downtown), Wichita Festivals, Inc., Wichita SHRM and Kansas Public Television Service (KPTS).
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.
LONA L. REEVES, PhD
“The proof is in the history” she says. “If we can dream it and believe it, then we can be it. I want TKAAM visitors—young and young at heart— to see that if we’re still breathing and believing, then we can be or do it.”
The Kansas native was born raised and educated in Independence graduating from Independence High School and earning her first college degree at Independence Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Public Relations from Pittsburg State University. While at Pitt State she lettered in track serving as team captain her senior year. She also participated on the PSU yearbook staff and wrote for the PSU newspaper after serving as sportswriter, yearbook editor and newspaper assistant editor at ICC. At Temple University Dr. Reeves studied Africology receiving both a masters and doctorate degree under the tutelage of Dr. Molefi Asante, Dr. Theophile Obenga and Dr. Abu Abarry in Temple’s African and African American Studies department. When it came time to write her dissertation Radio Vision Car Tunes: Philosophy and Implementation with a Timeline of African American Images in Film, Dr. Mayibuye Monanabela; Tennessee State University joined her team.
Dr. Reeves worked as a Communications Strategist in the Information and Public Relations divisions of the Texas Department of Transportation and The City of Detroit. Most recently she encouraged young people to plan and prepare for college at Kansas middle and high schools.
CURATOR OF COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
Paris Cunningham is a visual artist and musician from Wichita, Ks. In May 2016, she graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She also attended Florida State University from 2016-2017 to pursue a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. She is the daughter of Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau.
Paris began to develop her artistic style while attending Wichita East High School in the IB program. She enjoys using mixed media and doing graphite sketches, although she is also adept at creating pieces using acrylic and watercolors paints.