Rodney Knott was born in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Central High School. Following high school, Mr. Knott left Kansas City to attend Ottawa University and the University of Kansas. Mr. Knott is a computer network engineer who has worked for some of the largest computer firms in the country including Dell, IBM, and Sidus.
Mr. Knott returned to Kansas City in 2004 and went to work for H&R Block at their new world headquarters. Mr. Knott is a local leader and resource in fatherhood initiatives in Kansas City. Mr. Knott has an extensive background in working with men and juveniles in Kansas City, MO, and KS, Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO.
Gator Greenwill is the founder of GKG Capital Management, a holding group of manufacturing, industrial services and logistics companies based in the Midwest but serving customers on a global basis. Industries served include mining, steel, agriculture, aerospace, energy, transportation and many others. GKG’s customers include American Airlines, Spirit AeroSystems, Tyson, JBS, Caterpillar, John Deere, CNH, Cargill, US Steel, the Federal Government, UPS Freight, Volvo, BAE, Komatsu, BNSF, Bucyrus, Canadian Pacific, DeBeers, Honeywell, and Terex.
Jeremy Knoll is a Project Manager at BNIM with a deep passion for green building and social equity. Through projects such as the LEED Platinum Bancroft School Apartments in Historic Manheim Park, the Crossroads Charter Schools, and the transformation of the Lyric into a full-service YMCA in Downtown Kansas City, Jeremy is dedicated to creating and repurposing beautiful and accessible spaces in Kansas City with an emphasis on inclusion.
In addition to serving as a Board Member of ReEngage, Jeremy also serves as the Chairman of the US Green Building Council’s Central Plains Community, and as a Board Member of the Public Interest Design focused organization, DesignCorps.
Professor Jimmy Adegoke lectures and conducts research at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he is Director of the UMKC Center for Applied Environmental Research (CAER). He previously served as Chair of the UMKC Department of Geosciences (2008-2010) and Executive Director of the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) Division, Pretoria, South Africa (2010-2012). While in South Africa, Professor Adegoke had a concurrent appointment as Director of the Applied Center for Climate & Earth Systems Science (ACCESS), a Center of Excellence (CoE) of the South Africa Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Grande Challenge (GCGC) program.
“Once a teacher always a teacher, no matter where you go or what you do. You can never truly get out of teaching. It’s like the mafia, you know such”.
Dr. Tammy S. Counts is a mother, wife, educator, and entrepreneur. Dr. Counts’ earned two bachelor’s degrees from Emporia State University (BS Home Economic & Business and BSE Secondary Education), a master’s degree from Washburn University (MA Special Education) and a Doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, North Miami Beach, FL (EdD, Educational Leadership & Staff Development). In 1976, Tammy pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Roy felt the whisper of God’s Spirit move him in the direction of spiritual transformation at 17. Learning how to catalyze spiritual change has been the passion of his life. His education in Greek at Baylor University and the theological tutelage under Howard Hendricks at Dallas Theological seminary engaged his soul and mind in the models and methods of Jesus. Through out it all his wife, Candy has been a constant partner and co-learner. Their four children and 8 grandchildren fill their lives with ample opportunities to learn and enjoy a life of catalyzing spiritual transformation. Roy is founder, pastor, and spiritual catalyst at Shoal Creek Community Church.
Robin M. Morgan currently pastors Rock Of Ages Baptist Church in Kansas City Missouri. He has been a pastor for twelve years and has an increasable desire to improve the lives of those in his congregation and in the community, he serves. His background is in Education. Robin has taught in practically every level of education including elementary, middle school, high school, and college. Working at the University of California San Diego as a professor, lecturer and supervisor of teacher education, and director of AmeriCorps. Robin has taught in four states and five countries in both English and Spanish. He was an Assistance Principal for San Diego Unified School District and locally taught High School Spanish here in Kansas City.
Barbara Courtney is the founder of C.O.I.P. (Children of Incarcerated Parents) The organization was created in 2012 and incorporated in 2013. Ms. Courtney has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has been active in her community for more than 20 years. She has skills and expertise in crisis intervention, case management, social services, and individual /group counseling.
She is a motivational speaker, and life coach for self-empowerment, Trauma-informed trained. Advocate for children of incarcerated parents, domestic violence against individuals and families, housing for ex-offenders. She is a parent who knows about the criminal system. She decided to stop walking around the elephant in the room and to address the issues in her family and community.
Lemuel Kimes MSW
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Kimes and Associates
Kimes & Associates provides several services to assist in these areas including business consulting, individual coaching, and group or staff training.
Lemuel earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Kansas. Mr. Kimes has participated in the training at ReEngage as a participant and as an instructor. We are honored to have Mr. Kimes as an adjunct instructor for The Man Class©. Mr. Kimes demonstrates a deep compassion for the young men we serve and developes rapport with all of the young men.