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Charliese Brown Lewis

Charliese Brown Lewis a native of Versailles, Kentucky, is an educator, writer, editor, and speaker. She attended Kentucky State University as an undergraduate Secondary Education major. Her junior year, she was crowned as the 1996 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen. She attended graduate school at The Ohio State University and was trained as an investigative journalist. She later attended the University of Kentucky to pursue a graduate degree in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. She has served as an adjunct professor of English, Journalism, College Reading, Professional Business Writing, Speech Communication, and Freshman Seminar. She is the editor and co-author of The ‘After Church’ Experience blog and president of Robert and Charliese Lewis Ministries Inc., which she co-founded with her husband. She holds degrees in English Education, Journalism, and Higher Education. She is listed in the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

Dr. Brooks

Dr. Brooks received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in 2005 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008 and 2012 respectively.  He is currently the manager of the Perception Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute where he manages a team of experts in the field of traditional and modern computer vision techniques such as Deep Learning.  With over a decade of experience, his areas of expertise focus on utilizing computer vision techniques for pattern recognition and decision making with regards to the autonomy of intelligent systems such as automated vehicles. Douglas is a member of Leadership San Antonio Class of 2020, which focuses on development, improvement, and giving back to San Antonio.  He is a devout Christian, husband to his beautiful wife Shara Brooks, and father to his wonderful son Jaxon Brooks.

Dawn Lee

Dawn Lee is the Education Activities Specialist for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. Art History and The George Washington University with a M.A.T. Museum Education. Dawn currently serves on the Alabama Rivers Alliance Junior Board as treasurer and recently served as the chair of Alabama Humanities Foundation Young Professionals Board. She currently attends Christ Fellowship Church in Birmingham, AL. Dawn strongly believes in community and family unity with family being the foundation for community and civic engagement.

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