Cameron Hanson was born in Seattle, Washington and is a second-year medical student at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Public Policy Analyst
Carolyn Kovar is from the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, a full-time student at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and a published essayist in Lucerna. Working in a bustling local congressional office, Carolyn has insight on how policies and laws are carried out throughout Kansas City, especially for the communities East of Troost Avenue.
Photographer and Artist
Casey Lee Holden was raised in a rural town in northeast Oklahoma and currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri. A Kansas City Art Institute alum and a member of the Archive Collective, Casey was the co-founder and curator of the Red Lady Gallery in the West Bottoms for several years before taking a position at the Institute.
Spoken Word Poet
Darrien is a 9-time Kansas City Poetry Slam Champion and represented KCPS at the 2018 National Poetry Slam. He was awarded "Best Newcomer" by the Music and More Poetry Foundation in 2018.
Alfonso Franco and Francis Franco are up-and-coming young musicians that perform contemporary music with classical instruments.
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder + Nonprofit Founder
Kyle J. Smith hails from Mexico, Missouri and is a Truman State University alum. Kyle is a seasoned Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, with affiliations such as KCSourceLink and the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups. Kyle is the co-founder of Determination, Incorporated, a new nonprofit creating a pathway to opportunity for formerly incarcerated people through entrepreneurship.
Spoken Word Artist
Veronica Clay is a published author and spoken word artist, receiving the Merit Award for Spoken Word in the National Fine Arts Festival. While studying English at Rockhurst University, Veronica works to shed a light on the ill-explored biracial experience in America.