Hope Leadership Academy Board Members

Rodney

RODNEY D. SMITH

CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING PARTNER. SOPHIC SOLUTIONS, LLC. 

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“Education is extremely important to our community and serving KC east of Troost Ave is paramount to me!”

CLARKE SMITH

CLARKE SMITH

INSTRUCTOR, PRAGMATIC INSTITUTE

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“I want every child in Kansas City to get the education and support they need to thrive in our city - being part of the HLA board gives me the opportunity to help our staff, teachers and kids make it happen.”

JAKE LATTA

JAKE LATTA

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, BRANDMUSCLE

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"I believe that every child should have access to high-quality education and I am proud to sit on the board of HLA where they are making that a reality in their neighborhood."

Franco

FRANCO OLIVIER

CCOUNT EXECUTIVE/TEAM LEADERS, LARGE GROUP, ASSURED PARTNERS

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“I chose to sit on the board at Hope Leadership as a way to help the kids. I was humbled by the love and care shown by the staff towards the kids, and wanted to support them anyway I could.”

Heather

HEATHER WHALEN

3RD GRADE TEACHER, HOMESCHOOL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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“I’m a teacher by profession and spent many of my years teaching in inner city schools. When we began after-school tutoring at the Hope Center, it became very clear that our kids were not being served well academically in their schools. It was a 10-year dream to see HLA come to be, to give the kids in this neighborhood a world-class education and give this community a neighborhood school to serve as a cornerstone of stability. It’s my honor to serve on this board to continue to build on that vision and serve the kids and families of this neighborhood.”