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Michael Odupitan

CEO and President

Leadership Council Board Member

Michael was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He graduates from Lake Worth Community High School. He relocated to Topeka in 2002 to attend Washburn University. Michael played football and basketball at Washburn and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Social Services. Upon graduation, Michael has spent 16 years in the Social Service field working with children and families. In the midst of these years, he became a Certified Intensive Care Foster Home for 25+ at-risk young men.

 

In 2015, Michael was in search of more opportunities, so he moves to Kansas City and started to create his life’s work. To create a community-based organization for the advocacy and growth of minorities. He developed a successful after school Mentorship Program for young men with a good friend

Orlando Rivera in Leavenworth High but the overall vision wasn’t being fulfilled.

After leaving for 4 years, Michael returns to Topeka to create Omni Circle. He states “I return to Topeka to create Omni Circle because Topeka saved my life and open doors for me to succeed. I would like to return the favor for the next generation of young men and women that look like me in this city so that they have the opportunities to succeed in any way they desire.” Michael believes that there is a tremendous opportunity for community growth when collaboration is in full effect. He would like Omni Circle to be the organization that helps facilitate that growth by closing the achievement gaps and expanding diversity and inclusion in Topeka to improve careers, develop leaders, and provide a strong networking community.

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Christine Smith

Co-Vice President / Political Director 

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. 

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Fletcher Terrell

Co Vice President 

Leadership Council Board Member

Fletcher Terrell

Co Vice President 

Leadership Council Board Member