Board of Directors

  • Wakisha Briggs headshot Wakisha Briggs, president

    Wakisha Briggs believes every child deserves a high-quality education. To achieve this, families and students must be supported by viable business and community resources.


    Briggs has served over 18 years in higher education. Currently she is the continuing education director for Park University. During her role at the university she was responsible for developing a comprehensive strategic plan for Park's Office of Continuing Education. She is the founder of Bridge Leadership Academy, which mirrors her passion for excellence in educational leadership and success for students beyond the classroom. Briggs earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and a Masters of Arts in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. Briggs is one of nine children and is devoted to loving and supporting her family. 


  • Luther Chandler, vice presidentLuther Chandler headshot

  • Carol Graves Carol Graves, director

    Before joining HMC-1’s Board of Education, Carol Graves served as a special education teacher for 21 years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Rockhurst College, and a Masters of Arts and Educational Specialist certification from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.


    Ms. Graves joined the HMC-1 Board to make an impact not only on the students, but the community as a whole. This is the driving force behind everything she does to try and make a difference. Ms. Graves is also a former board president.

  • Evelyn Hildebrand Evelyn Hildebrand, director

    After working in the district more than 10 years, Evelyn Hildebrand decided to get involved. She wanted to make a difference in the community where she has lived more than 30 years. The need for voices to be heard became a priority for Ms. Hildebrand, along with the challenge to get the work done on the side that would benefit the children.


    Ms. Hildebrand has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Education from Southern University in Louisiana. She has also worked towards a Masters at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her education experience includes being an in-demand substitute teacher and implementing a summer reading program for elementary students. Ms. Hildebrand worked at Sprint Corporation for 20 years managing 500 account representives. She oversaw the United Way campaign for five years at Sprint. 

  • Clifford Ragan III headshot Clifford Ragan III, director

    Clifford Ragan III is the proud single parent of three boys who attend HMC-1 schools. Ragan attended the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, where he majored in physical education and minored in criminal justice. He is a member of the Prince Hall Masons and Mu Alpha Nu Honorary Choral Fraternity.


    Mr. Ragan enjoys serving the HMC-1 community, district, students, and teachers. He invites all to reach out to him.

  • Alvin Brooks headshot Alvin Brooks, director

    Alvin Brooks has been an integral part of the HMC-1 community, previously serving as a Kansas City police officer and police commissioner, an administrator in the Kansas City School District, and several other community-focused positions. He has a degree in history and government and a Masters of Sociology, both from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.


    Mr. Brooks joined HMC-1’s Board believing all children are entitled to the best public education.  He appreciates the opportunity to work with a relatively new board and a talented, charismatic, visionary, articulate, and committed superintendent.  

  • Shawn Kirkwood headshot Shawn Kirkwood, director