DR. ERICA CONNERS

Dr. Conners, a native of Oakland, California is a clinical consultant with a doctorate in psychology as well as an MBA. She holds two Masters Degrees from Columbia University (Industrial Organizational Psychology and Psychology in Education). Dr. Conners has a very diverse working background. In addition, to being a Co-Director of the Athletic Ministry at Allen Temple Baptist Church and working as a County Manager for a non-profit organization that provides employment, education and housing support to former foster care youth ages 18-24, she also has her own youth organization, Tru Elite Performance. She works closely with youth of all ages and young adults in the areas of personal development and successful transitions. She co-wrote and implemented the personal development curriculum for the Mark Aguirre Basketball Academy (MABA) in 2010. She is currently working on establishing a platform to implement personal development and successful transitioning with professional athletes, entertainers and youth to strengthen one’s individual milestone development.

DR. KORINA JOCSON

Dr. Korina Jocson is Assistant Professor of Education in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She received a PhD in Education from UC Berkeley and did her Postdoctoral Studies at Stanford University. Her teaching and research interests are literacy, youth, and cultural studies in education. For the past decade, she has worked with students and teachers in urban school environments to promote literacy development using culturally relevant and innovative approaches. She has published in various scholarly journals and is the author of Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies In and Out of Schools.

DR. BOB KRAMER

Dr. Kramer became a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He later founded one of the best known pediatric groups in the Southwest and became perhaps Dallas’ most loved pediatrician. After 30 years, Dr. Kramer retired, leaving active practice to become Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Kramer received his BA from Brown University and completed his pediatric residency at Yale University.

ADE NEGO

Adeilei “Ade” Ngeno was born in Carbondale, Illinois and moved to Berkeley, California with her family in the mid 70s. A product of Berkeley schools and youth programs, Ade discovered her path in middle school when she was asked to take part in a peer counselor training in an after school program she attended. Now an accomplished youth and family advocate, she has made over 20 years of solid contributions to youth, family and students service programs in the California Bay Area and Atlanta, GA. Ade’s creative education and leadership style has been honed through professional experience, education, training and personal study. She is dedicated to her work with underserved youth and families, training fellow educators and community members on positive interventions and positive behavior shifts for youth with multiple barriers to success.

DR. ERIN CONNERS NGENO

Erin Conner Ngeno is the Chief Operations Officer of Conner Legacy, LLC. Her educational background includes the completion of undergraduate and graduate work in both the biological and social sciences, culminating in a PhD in Education from UC Berkeley. After graduation, she built a successful business as an independent consultant, providing support to both local and national organizations with communications infrastructure, research and evaluation, fundraising, and youth engagement strategies. Clients included Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, Peer Health Exchange, Susan Taylor’s A New Way Forward, and Leadership Excellence. Her work with youth engagement led to her interest in technology and social media. Until recently, she taught Instructional Technology and Literacy Development courses for San Francisco State University and the Bay Area Teacher’s Center, a position she relinquished as she transitioned into her current role at Conner Legacy.

TED UZELAC

An Indiana native, Mr. Uzelac was raised in South Bend, IN. He graduated from Riley High School in 1977. Ted went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where he graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Management. Mr. Uzelac is the President and a board member of Fischer & Company, a corporate real estate services firm headquartered in Dallas, TX. He joined the company in 1996, and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, business development and client relations. Mr. Uzelac, his wife, and two sons live in the Dallas area.