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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.
Lead for America Fellow
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 he accepted his current role as a Lead For America Hometown Fellow at The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) in Wichita, KS. In this role, he gives back to the community by facilitating educational experiences for communities to learn about Kansas' African American history. Brad 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.
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.
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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