LA JUAN BEDFORD
La Juan Bedford is the program administrator for The STAND Foundation, Inc. Bedford has responsibility for oversight of the organization’s programs and is responsible for day-to-day management of administrative functions. Bedford’s invaluable and extensive background in the fields of sales, marketing, and advertising is a contributing factor toward the foundation’s brand growth and development. Bedford holds a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing and a MBA with concentration in both project management and marketing. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
KIMBERLY KING DAVIS
Assistant Special Project Manager
Kimberly King Davis is a founding member of The STAND Foundation, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she majored in English. Davis serves as the communications manager and assists with fund-raising support for STAND through grant writing and research.
Lead Special Project Manager
Tangie Sims is a 1996 graduate of Philander Smith College where she recived a bachelor's degree in political science. Sims is a native of Little Rock, and is currently a recruiter for The STAND Foundation. Public service is her passion and she is an avid voulnteer for several organizations in her community and in Arkansas.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kasey Summerville is in her fourth term as Clark County Assessor. In this role, Kasey takes the lead on all personal property and real estate assessment for taxation, resulting in a diverse range of community services and assistance. She also serves as chairman of the Community Family Enrichment Center, is an active member in her local NAACP chapter, and is the president of the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus.
Tommi West is an alumni member of The STAND Foundation, Inc., former president of Henderson State University's Student Arkansas Education Association, and a lifetime member of the Harding University Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.
She is employed at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality in the Solid Waste Division as an administrative specialist III. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and education from Henderson State University and a MBA from Harding University.
Michael Williams is a graduate of Philander Smith College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in business organizational management. Williams is the key account manager for PepsiCo Beverage Company located in Little Rock, Arkansas. He currently serves on the Omega of Greater Little Rock Board of Directors, Foundations Fund Board at UALR, and is The STAND Foundation board treasurer.
Founder | Consultant
Tracy Steele founded The STAND Foundation, Inc. in October of 2006. Steele is a graduate of Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Steele served several terms in both the House of Representatives and Senate for the state of Arkansas. He is the director for the Division of Youth Services for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in Little Rock, Arkansas.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
THE ADVISORY BOARD is a diverse panel of 20 leaders who were assembled to promote leadership training, coordinate networking opportunities for young professionals and advise on issues and content that should be a part of the foundation's core training. The board is composed of the following members:
OFFICERS: Chairman: Leonard Smith | 2nd Vice Chair: Steve Hicks | Treasurer: Leland Couch | Secrary: Tabitha Cooke | Special Events Coordinator: Tommi West | Outreach Chair: Machele Brown | Parliamentarian: Rodley Woolfolk
Machele Brown | Luis Calderon | Tabitha Cooke | Markeith Cook | Leland Couch | Patricia Crume | Oscar DeLong | Steven Hicks | Michael Johnson | Keith King | Frank McCauley | Lashanda Miles | Teiraney Ousley | Leonard Smith | Kensel Spivey | Eric Treat | Tommi West | Lori Wilson | Rodley Woolfolk