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What are Heroes?

Our Heroes are everyday people who fulfill the mission of our organization.

The Heroes are dedicated mentors that help provide guidance during our activities to ensure our Future Heroes find new ways to see the world and see value in themselves. 

How does it work?

The Heroes participate in the activities and help provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. Our Heroes are excellent at diving into the deeper meaning of the lessons our Future Heroes are learning and how they apply to everyday life. It is extremely important to the Heroes that our students learn how to speak to people and to be comfortable expressing themselves.  Mentors will also help with exploring life pathways, setting goals, and identifying resources for our Future Heroes.


Executive Director - Kyle Ellison

Program Manager - JaNeace Bluma

HERO Programming VISTA – Bobby Bell

HERO Programming VISTA – Devyn Fields

HERO Programming VISTA – Joshua Jackson

HERO Programming VISTA – Cameron Morgan

Board of Directors

Paul Cruz - Board Chair - Wichita Police Department - Public Information Officer

Courtney Bengtson - Board Vice Chair - Wichita Community Foundation - Director of Strategic Initiatives 

Joel Davis - Treasurer - SurePrep - National Account Success Manager

Melissa Knoeber - Board Member - Fidelity Bank - EVP, Director of Culture and Talent

Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade - Board Member - Evergy - Economic Development Manager

Careem Gladney - Board Member - Cargill - Business Manager

Jonathan McRoy - 

Tasha Parker - Board Member - Owner and Operator - Tasha Parker Therapy and Consultation Services

Akeam Ashford - Board Member - Director of Strategic Communications - Sedgwick County Strategic Communications Office

Corinthian Kelly - Board Member - Management Intern - Sedgwick County Manager’s Office