The Reverend Susan McCann, President

The Reverend Susan McCann is the rector at Grace Episcopal Church. She also serves on the board of the Clay County African American Legacy and the Northland Justice Coalition. In 2014, she was one of the "Medicaid 23," a group of social justice advocates arrested in Jefferson City for refusing to leave the capitol building while pushing for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.


Dwon Littlejohn, Vice President

Dwon Littlejohn serves the Sheffield Family Life Center, and is a member of the Women's Political Caucus and the Missouri Democratic Party, among many other organizations. As a Kansas City police officer, he was formerly president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 50, Chapter 3. He ran for Jackson County Sheriff in 2012.


Dr. Rex D. Archer

Dr. Rex D. Archer is the director of the Kansas City Public Health Department. He serves on the Public Health Accreditation Board of Directors and is the former president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He is considered a leading authority on civilian bio-defense, and has served on multiple national committees concerned with healthcare.


Rev. Tobias Schlingensiepen, Secretary

Reverend Tobias Schlingensiepen is the senior minister at First Congregational Church in Topeka, and a volunteer chaplain at the Topeka Fire Department. He was born in Berlin and studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitaect in Bonn, Germany. He ran for U.S. Congress in 2012, aiming to represent Kansas' Second District.


Presiding Elder Joseph Forbes, President Emeritus

Presiding Elder Joseph Forbes serves the multiple African Methodist Episcopal churches of Kansas City. Forbes was a vocal proponent of the DREAM Act of 2010, which aimed to provide undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children a path to permanent legal residence.

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Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II

Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II is the pastor of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, and the former pastor of First Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Hartsfield has taught at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Morehouse College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center. 


Rev. Carl Frazier, Treasurer

Reverend Carl Frazier serves Southwest Baptist Church in Topeka. He is the former pastor of the Greater Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, and has decades of financial management experience, including with the United States Department of Agriculture. 


Rev. Kenneth McKoy

Reverend Ken McKoy serves the Progressive AME Zion Church in St. Louis. He leads an initiative called NightLIFE, wherein a group of clergy and volunteers walks the streets of St. Louis at night offering food, prayers, and camaraderie to the poor. It aims to reduce homicides and other violent crime through love and service.