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Our Directors

Dr. Carolyn Ford

Carolyn M. Ford, Ed.D, M.Ed., has been a professional educator for over 20 years, as a school psychologist, educational diagnostician, school administrator, and teacher. As an educational leader, her passion and focus are advocating for children. 
Dr. Ford lived in the Chicagoland area for most of her life and moved to Los Angeles, California where she has established her own educational consulting business. She is founder and CEO of Lakris Consulting LLC and Families & Friends Unite.
She earned a Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago, in Curriculum Instruction and Supervision, along with two master’s degrees, Psychology and School Administration. She comes from a family of educators where the mantra is, “Education is not an option, it’s a necessity.” 
Dr. Ford believes in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with schools, families, and the community. Recently, she created a virtual arts summer camp program for youth at a Charter School in Altadena, California through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. It highlighted the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement.
Visit here to learn more about Carolyn M. Ford, Ed.D, M.Ed.   

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B. Lin Murphy

B. Lin Murphy, J.D., is a project manager and entrepreneur with a professional background in accounting, finance, and auditing. She has authored three children's books, owns three businesses, and is a self-described "professional innovator." 
Born and raised in the Chicago area, B. Lin left her hometown to attend Florida A&M University. She graduated in 2008 with a degree in business administration. B. Lin worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in finance and accounting roles while attending law school at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In 2016, B. Lin moved to Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She has worked as a consultant for corporations and small businesses in finance and project management. 
B. Lin believes that creative problem solving is the linchpin of active parenting. Ensuring that a bright future remains within a child's reach requires pivoting and reconfiguring on a constant basis. She credits her resilience and ability to think critically to the fervent support and advocacy of her parents.  "Parents and guardians are a child's first and most critical supporters. We have to use the tools available to help them navigate unchartered territory," she says.
Visit here to learn more about B. Lin Murphy, J.D.

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