Board of Directors

Ferguson Youth Initiative’s Non-Profit Board

FYI is primarily a volunteer-run organization with a non-profit board that supports FYAB in their community programs and activities.

Aaron M. Harris – Executive Director

Board of Directors


Wesley Bell

  • Professor at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Campus
  • Municipal Court Judge and Municipal Court Prosecutor
  • Council Member for the City of Ferguson since April 2015

Kathleen Hudson

  • Consultant for St. Louis Art Museum
  • Community Review Board for Job Corp St. Louis

Dwayne T. James, PE

  • County Program Director for MU Extension – St. Louis County
  • Adjunct Professor at the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
  • Former Council Member for the City of Ferguson (July 2007 – April 2016)

Sharon Johnson

  • VP / Community Development Lending Officer – Central Bank of St Louis
  • Master of Science Management from National Louis University
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work from University of Missouri – St. Louis

Jackie Lewis-Harris

  • Doctorate in Anthropology from Washington University
  • Director of the Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity

Mike Lonero

  • Owner; CORK Wine Bar and Vincenzo’s Restaurant in Ferguson.
  • Former president of, and an active member of, the Ferguson Special Business District (FSBD)


*Individuals interested in applying for consideration to become a Board Member of the Ferguson Youth Initiative can download an application here.

Contact Information

106 Church Street Ferguson, MO 63135



2 comments on “Board of Directors
  1. I’m delighted that the Earn-A-Bike Program has now been brought to Ferguson. It’s a great way to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of bicycling for transportation. And bicycling offers many personal, community, and environmental advantages. That is especially true in Ferguson, which is a great place to get around by bike.
    Having spoken to Gerry Noll, I understand that the on-road bike instruction is limited to just 1 hour. That is insufficient to teach someone 13 years or older how to use a bike safely for transportation on-road. However, with more time allocated it can be done, as I’ve proved myself as a League Cycling Instructor since 1997 with over 40 years of on-road cycling experience.
    E.g. please see the following video I’ve posted at <a href="; (
    Realistically, it will need the parents involvement to overcome liability concerns, and I suspect those parents may not have a bike in good mechanical order themselves. I'll contact Patrick Van Der Tuin, who runs St. Louis BicycleWorks and whom I know personally, to see if they can supply refurbished adult bikes either free or discounted.
    I visualize a total time commitment on-bike of 5-6 hours for an adequate bike ed. instruction course.
    If this idea is of interest you could let parents know of this offer. I wouldn't expect any reimbursement, BTW. Feel free to call me at 314/524-8029 or Thanks!

  2. We thank for your comment and for your offer. We will be sure to let Earn-a-Bike graduates as well as their parents of the offer and other additional training opportunities. Thanks again!

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