Crystal Everett, born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, has over a decade of experience in education spaces, holding roles with organizations such as Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools, 20/20 Leadership, and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri.
Crystal earned degrees in Public Relations and Sociology from Drake University and a Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University.
PaKou Her is Principal of Tseng Development Group, a consulting firm that provides lectures, trainings, skills workshops, organizational development, transformational leadership coaching, and grassroots strategy development designed to build racial justice and create systems change.
PaKou holds over 25 years of anti-racism organizing experience, a decade of which was as Director of the national racial justice training program at Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. She’s also held leadership positions at 18MillionRising.org, MoveOn.org, and UltraViolet. She is currently the Director of Influencer Engagement at ParentsTogether where she works to shape policies and culture that help all families thrive.
Born and raised in the Midwest, PaKou takes great pride representing AAPIs living in the nation’s midsection, and believes there are invaluable stories to be told by People of Color living in the most rural areas of the United States. She lives in KCMO with her spouse and two children.
Julie Holland is proud to lead PLTI-KC and support parent leaders on their advocacy journeys.
Previously, Julie served as education advisor to Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Under his leadership, she authored and spearheaded 15+ plans, applications, and projects that propelled initiatives with new strategies and funding, including a $300M tax plan to expand access to high-quality, affordable pre-K.
She has also worked at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and congressional offices in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. She holds a BS from Oklahoma State University, an MPA from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University.
Julie is an appointed commissioner of the Kansas City, Missouri Brownfields Commission, and a local leader with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She has been a reading mentor, her favorite weekly activity, with Lead to Read KC since 2014. She is a Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge alumna and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Julie and her husband live with their two sons in Hyde Park.
Denesha Snell, a Kansas City native, is program director for American Public Square. Denesha has devoted her career to address community issues including parent advocacy, cultural diversity, causes of health disparities, violence prevention and improving relationships with community and civic partners. She holds a BS from Tennessee State University and a Masters of Education from Rockhurst University.
Annie Watson is senior associate with School Readiness Consulting. Annie has a wide range of early care and education experience including having served as a classroom teacher, education coach, pedagogical consultant, and nonprofit leader. Annie is an advocate for high-quality early education and learning environments with a passion for intersectional equity and anti-racism work. She holds a BA from Park University.