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Christine Smith 

Leadership Council Board Member

Founder of the African American Women Voting Alliance (AAWVA)

Christine Smith is a Topeka native and is a 2002 graduate of Topeka High School. As a traditional student, she attended Washburn University where she studied Criminal Justice. She has worked with children and young adults as a pre-school educator at the YMCA Early Learning Center. Christine has also worked for the State of Kansas as a Juvenile Corrections Officer at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. She is currently the Special Exhibition Assistant at the Mulvane Art Museum and a nontraditional student at Washburn University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in History. Christine is set to graduate in December 2020. 

Currently, Christine is the Vice President of the African American Women's Alliance (AAWVA), which is an organization she founded through Omni Circle. AAWVA specializes in voter advocacy and provides a political network for the community. Christine does community service frequently and plans to continue staying dedicated to her grassroots efforts. Her free time is spent with her two children, one of whom is an adult,  and creating a philosophical and theoretical framework as an aspiring Sociologist with an overall goal to one day be published. 

Courtney Singletary 

Leadership Council Board Member

Courtney Singletary hails from Houston, TX but being the daughter of a College Football & NFL Coach has allowed her to live and grow up in places from Buffalo, NY to Honolulu, HI, and several places in between. Courtney has lived and worked in Lawrence & Topeka for nearly 10 years and loves how the city of Topeka has grown for the better. “Being a part of Omni in our Capital city is being a part of a movement, not just for today or tomorrow but for the next generation. With Michael’s vision and the strength of our leadership team and members, Omni will flourish as a pillar in our community for resources and action.” 

After high school graduation, Courtney began pursuing a degree in Elementary Education but as time went on, her passion changed as she began working for The Rezolve Group, Inc.—a company that specialized in college prep and financial aid applications. From there, she spent several years pouring her knowledge into traditional and non-traditional students about their options for enrolling in community college, trade schools, universities, and how to afford it through the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid(FAFSA).

 

Courtney played a pivotal role as the Admissions Manager and later the Director of Bryan Career College/University in Topeka before the physical closure to become a fully online college. Now working with another great company in Topeka, she still enjoys working with young people that are exploring options for school and understanding financial aid. She has recently decided to return to school herself to complete a degree in Social Science. 

In her free time, she loves watching and attending sporting events, volunteering with groups such as Junior Achievement, shopping, road trips, and spending time with family and friends.