Ra Messu-t Youth Development  Leadership

President

Addison Morgan III

Addison Morgan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Managing Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science from Western Illinois University, and a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Addison brings over 10 years of sales and marking experience within the financial services and pharmaceutical industry. 

Treasurer

Lori Hardy

Lori Hardy has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Columbia College of Chicago and a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from American InterContinental University. Lori brings her 5 years of management experience in the banking industry as well as 10 years in admissions.

SEcretary

Shanika Blanton Ph.D.

Shanika Blanton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University-Los Angeles, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Community and Prevention Research and Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Psychology.   Shanika also brings her work experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago for over a decade and as a Community Advisor for Proviso Partners for Health, where she helped with an initiative to create healthy food environments through social enterprise and community well-being, to the organization’s efforts.  She currently serves as a Program Manager for Proviso Partners, which is associated with Loyola University Chicago, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor.  Her skills in psychology, education, and community development provide insight into the organization’s programming and operation.

Director

Janee Powell

Janee Powell has a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Hampton University. Janee is also a certified Yoga instructor.  Janee brings her work experience as Productions Assistant at Harpo Productions of Harpo Studios for over 5 years and as founder of Yoga teacher/certification scholarship program.