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Board of Directors

Adem Aluka

Executive Director/Founder

Michael Smith

Department Chair, Prince George’s Community College

Jesse White

Former Secretary Of State of Illinois

 Honorary Member

Gianna Funkhouser

Owner and McDonald's operator

Larry Lewis

Aetna CVS  Government affairs

YBF Advisory Council

Kathryn Megan Albino, Microsoft 
Kodjo Aluka, Aluksons Business Solutions 
Craig Keeys, Group Vice President, Infiniti Worldwide 
DJ Diesel, Foreign Affairs Events 
Peter Fitzpatrick, Columbia College Chicago 
Suzi Glassman, Herrendorf Foundation 
Wade Gotwals, Lab Yoga 
Ryan Jacobs GS Apparel Printing 
Dustin Kendrick, Guaranteed Karma 
Paige Spychalski, Mugsy Jeans
Blaise VonBruchhaeuser, Minorities in Logistic
Mickey Wozniak, Cine City studios (Advisory)
John O'Donnell, Pro Bono Attorney
Michele Smith, Former Alderman
Leigh Weber, OT Cyber 
Lesley Martinez, Cntxtr Marketing
Barry A. Benson
, Principal, Greater Reach Consulting 
Lisa Seigneur, Founder/CEO, Metro Growth Consulting  

YBF JUNIOR LEADERS

Carson Crochet
Olympio Aluka
Damonte Molette
Jerome Hale



YBF’s governing board meets quarterly, handling financial oversight and governance items.
Our very active YBF advisory council offers input and support on YBF's programs and fundraising.
Board assignments have a 6 month term.

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