Founders /Founding Board
Special thanks to
Dr. Samuel G. Benson, Fred Brooks and
Larry Hutcheson as catalysts and consultants.
They are friends and individuals who have been influential in designing the Academy.
Their experience spans decades and hundreds of charter and private schools throughout the country.
Bishop Dr. Cynthia King Bolden Gardner, J.D., D.Div. : CEO, retired lawyer, former Child Counsel for Erie County, NAACP Vice Chair, Presiding Prelate of New Mercy Seat Ministries, co-Pastor of Greater Love & Liberty Christian Center, Inc.
Mrs.Thelma Cocroft: retired Leake School District educator.
Mr. Bulus Leflore: retired military, former Leake County School Board member.
Mr. David Cocroft: Alderman, former athlete, NAACP Political Action Chair.
Mr. Lyvonne Leflore: retired educator, Democratic Party Vice Chair.
Mrs Verna Felton former principal, current educator, Masters in education
Mr. Alonzo Felton government employee, contractor