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B.S. in Education - Wichita State University M.S. in Human Resource and Organizational Development - Friends University

Mr. Larry "Coach" Allen

Coach Allen is no stranger to the Wichita metropolitan area. His career has spanned some 40 years in the community, mentoring, teaching, training, and coaching youth and high school football during his tenure.  During Coach Allen’s coaching career, he spent 30 years working for Boeing Military Aircraft Company (now retired) to help care of his growing family consisting of a wife and three adult children along with ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Coach is currently mentoring students at Robinson (middle) school and Adams (Elementary). 



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B.S. in Social Work - Wichita State University US Armed Forces - Army Medical Support

Mr. Hercules Finley

Hercules Finley served as an Advisory and Trustee Board Member for Christian Ministries to Offenders and Chaplain Services at Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility for 25 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in Social work and Certification as a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor. He also received his public-school substitute teaching license from the Kansas State Department of Education and is now serving as a certified professional Future Ready Advocate and Professional Mentor for USD259 school district. Mr. Finley also served in the United States Armed Forces, United States Army Medical Support.


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Mr. Odell Harris Jr.

The name ODell Harris, Jr is known both locally and nationally as it relates to sports and Business! A community leader and advocate for the least, the lost and the broken. ODell Harris, Jr. is a proud USD 259 alumni, having graduated from Wichita West High School! Harris matriculated collegiately at Barton County community college and Friends University.

Harris has traveled the world as a track and field athlete, representing the USA in Beijing, China. After Track and Field Harris made the choice to pass on other offers and bring his work back to the city that he grew up in. Being a visionary, community staple, and leader Harris is a Bi-Vocational Pastor and Business executive. Harris holds the position of Co-Owner/founder and Vice President of The Heavenly Gates Mortuary. Pastor “OD” also serves as young adult, youth, and children’s pastor of the Strangers Rest Missionary Baptist Church. 

Harris also feels that it’s his duty to bridge the gap between his community and local government agencies. Harris currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Wichita Citizens Review Board. Harris has also held positions on several boards such as WPD oral boards, WPD sergeant board and countless other boards that add and enhance diversity and transparency to the city he calls his kingdom. Pastor ODell Harris, Jr. Is a man who walks with God, yet he has never lost his common touch! 

ODell Harris, JR. is a Future Ready Advocate mentor working out the office of Equity, Diversity, and Accountability. Pastor Harris gives himself for the crusade for Christ and the betterment of humanity. Harris is married to his college sweetheart lady Priscilla Marie Maldonado of Staten Island, New York and together they share 2 sons and two daughters! 

 

 A call to serve the present generations! Pastor ODell Harris, JR.


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B.A. - Parks and Recreation Administration - Illinois State University

Mr. Lavell Jackson

Mr. Jackson is a former employee of the University of Northern Iowa where he served as an Academic Advisor with the Educational Talent Search Program for 9 years. He worked for Wichita State University as a Site Supervisor with the Homework Assistance Program (HAP) for 2 years and then transferred over to the GEAR UP program as a Family Engagement Coordinator, assigned to Mead Middle school and West High School for 6 years. He is currently working for USD 259 as a Future Ready Advocate assigned to Curtis Middle School where he also volunteers his time as the assistant boys and girls basketball coach. 


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B.S. in Administration of Justice - Wichita State University

Mr. Tony Johnson

I am a proud product of USD 259 and spent most of my childhood and young adult life on the NE side of town.  Most would consider it the “ghetto”, but for many of my friends and I, it was “home”.  A place which still holds fond memories of my childhood. A carefree time enveloped in deep friendships and innocence.  I attended Black elementary, Hadley Middle School and then  North High School where I was recently honored as a two-time Hall of Famer for basketball.  I continued my educational career at WSU where I obtained a Degree in Administration of Justice, as well as the title of being the youngest Co-Captain of the basketball team at that time.  After graduation, I worked as an Intensive Supervision Officer for Sedgwick County. I then  transitioned to the aircraft industry for a time but then found my way into the school system.  I’ve worked multiple positions during my time here, one which included running the Success for Teens program at Wilbur for 6 years.  I also coached 12 years of AAU basketball for both males and females; Lady Shockers, Wichita Hoyas, and Oz Elite. I’ve enjoyed all the roles that I have been placed in, however, I feel that my current position as Future Ready Advocate has been the most rewarding and very much my calling. I am immensely honored to be able to give back to my community by serving our young people. 


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Associate of Applied Science - Eastern Wyoming College B.A. in Hospitality, Meeting, and Travel Administration - Metropolitan State College of Denver Certificate of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - University of South Florids

Mr. Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is an Assistant Coach at Friends University, speaker, former employee of Gear Up, and has coached both Men’s Basketball and Cross Country at Wichita West High School. Currently Michael works as a Future Ready Advocate for Wichita Public Schools. Michael holds an Associate of Applied Science General Studies degree from Eastern Wyoming College, a B.A. in Hospitality, Meeting, and Travel Administration from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and holds a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.


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B.S. In Health and Physical Education - Friends University Certificate of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - University of South Florida

Mr. Joe Mitchell

My name is Joe Mitchell and I’m a proud father of two girls. I have a background in teaching and both playing and coaching basketball. I have been in the 259 district for 7 years in a variety of roles, at three different schools. I chose to become a Future Ready Advocate Mentor to help our young leaders seek and achieve success in and out of the classroom. The youth are our future and with the right guidance, I believe they all can achieve anything. I have a passion for connecting with our youth and providing a positive influence in their life when needed or desired. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to help and impact our younger generation.


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M.S. in Education M.S. in Counseling Licensed Social Worker Certified Human Resources Professional Certified in DEI in the Workplace

Mr. Keith Reynolds

Keith holds a Graduate Degree in Education, a Graduate Degree in Counseling, is a licensed social worker, a Certified Human Resources (SHRM) Professional, certified in DEI in the Workplace, a Youth Mentor, and Cognitive Coaching practitioner. He served as the Wichita Director of EEO and Diversity for the State of Kansas from 1989 to 2007 before becoming the Director of Employee Relations and Title IX for USD 259, serving in that role from 2007-2020. Keith is now the Director of Training for Equity and Diversity for the school district. Keith has specialized in the areas of EEO, AA, ADA, DEI, Employee Relations, Labor Negotiations, Consultation, Community and Company Liaison work, Workplace and Leadership training and Facilitation, Counseling, Investigations, Environment Assessment, Civil and Employment Rights, Anger Management, and Domestic Violence Counseling.