Founding Board Member Asia Bartee, Secretary

Asia Bartee is HR and Business Process Excellence Manager at Comcast. With 10+ years of human resources experience, Mrs. Bartee has expertise dealing with labor and employment law compliance, labor and employee relations, HR strategic planning, and executive professional and leadership development. Mrs. Bartee has diligently served the Indianapolis community by serving as the Operations Director and Board Liaison for Bloom Project, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides academic and collegiate opportunities to local students. Through this work, she has created and managed programs and events that support academic excellence for 200+ youth annually in the Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne communities. Mrs. Bartee holds a B.S. in Human Resources and M.B.A. in Human Resource Management. Mrs. Bartee’s key contributions to the Board will be in the areas of human resources and community engagement.

Founding Board Member Sibeko Jywanza

Sibeko Jywanza is currently the Director of Food Justice at the Flanner House, and was the former Program Director for the Marion County Youth Advocate Program(YAP). Mr. Jywanza provided direct service to and advocates for young men and women in jeopardy of being placed in the Department of Corrections or residential facilities by developing an action plan that allowed them to be released to a parent or guardian with community support. He is passionate about serving the Indianapolis community, demonstrated by his servant leadership to numerous groups including the Indianapolis Kwanzaa Committee and the Indianapolis Urban League’s the Exchange Young Professional Group. Mr. Jywanza earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A & M University School of Business and Industry (SBI). Mr. Jywanza is a resident of the target area of Vanguard Collegiate, zip code 46222. His key contributions to the Board will be in the areas of marketing, parent advocacy and engagement, and community engagement.

Founding Board Member Juan Pablo (“JP”) Roman-Lagunas, Interim Board Chair

Juan Pablo (“JP”) Roman-Lagunas is owner/operator of Roman-Lagunas & Wheeler, LLC, a multi-faceted, multi-lawyer, full-service law firm that represents businesses and individuals in a variety of disciplines. He is an active advocate for the underprivileged and dedicates an average of 75 hours annually to pro-bonowork, as well as representing individuals as conflict counsel for the Marion County Public Defender Agency. He is admitted to practice before the Indiana Bar and the United States District Courts for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Mr. Roman-Lagunas earned a B.A. in International Relations,Spanish, and Communications from Purdue University and J.D. from Valparaiso University. Mr. Roman Lagunas’ key contributions to the Board will be in fund development along with legal and regulatory compliance.
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