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. 


  • Clifford Ragan III headshot Clifford Ragan III, vice president

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Richard Abram, III, directorRichard Abram II headshot

  • Tramise Carter, director Tramise Carter headshot

    Tramise Carter is a Financial Product Specialist in the Kansas City area. She is a graduate of Northeast High School and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business.


    Ms. Carter is involved in the Hickman Mills community. She was inspired by children in HMC-1 to join the school board.


  • Cecil Wattree, director

    Cecil Wattree headshot Director Cecil E. Wattree, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker whose work has focused on practice and implementation in Mental Health, Education and Social Justice.


    He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Emporia State University and Masters of Social Work from University of Missouri-Kansas City. With a decade of experience in mental health, Director Wattree has worked with all ages, to provide consultation, develop roles within outpatient mental health settings, implemented strategies, evidence based practices and worked within the community to assist families of color on the micro, mezzo and macro level. Director Wattree has worked to implement trauma informed care, equity and restorative practices with adolescents within Hickman Mills C-1 school district as a previous employee and shareholder. He continues to devote his experience and practice to community organizing, behavioral and medical health within the Kansas City Metro area.