Mr. Luther Cox Jr. holds a B.S. degree in Marketing Management, with a minor in Accounting and Military Science. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Dance and 12 hours toward a PhD and a certification in Art Management. He has been Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Southwestern, which is now the University of Louisiana. He was an instructor at Southern University Shreveport and created the first degree program in dance. Currently, he is the Artistic Director / Director of Choreography at Inter City Row Modern Dance Company and Director of Inter City Row Cultural Arts Institute, a non-profit tax-exempt org. Inter City Row Modern Dance Company was established by Luther Cox, Jr. in 1982.
Dianna Watson holds a B.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma City University, a B.S. in Physical
Therapy from University of Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still
University. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. She is
currently a physical therapist in the local public school system, as well as serving children birth through three years of age in their homes through the Early Steps intervention program. Dianna is a wheelchair track and field coach for youth in the Shreveport-Bossier area. She serves the adapted sport community at-large as a National Classifier for U.S. Paralympics Track and Field. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Louisiana GUMBO, Inc., (Games Uniting Mind and Body), a sport organization offering opportunities for those with physical, visual, and hearing impairments. She is a member of Word of God Ministries in Shreveport, LA. She enjoys spending time with her husband, grown children, and grandchildren.
Angela Smith, Esq.
Ms. Angela Smith is the principal partner and the Law Offices of Angela Smith and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Angela's passion is juvenile justice and she has served youth in various capacities over the course of her career. Her past and present affiliations include the Children's Law Committee, The National Association of Council for Children, and the Pelican Center. Angela has worked in Tax preparation services along with her work for juveniles and has served in a professional capacity on the National Association for Tax Professionals and the American Society for Tax Problem Solvers. Angela is a member of Morning Star Baptist Church and a mother of two adult children.
Pastor Cliff Roberts
Pastor Cliff Roberts was the Founder and President of R & G Construction Company for over 30 years. He was worked on many projects impacting the greater Shreveport-Bossier Area including projects for Willis-Knighton, Louisiana State University, and projects for the City of Shreveport. He has recently retired from R&G Construction and dedicates his time to his church, community and family. He became a Christian in 1980 and is currently the director of the Adult 6 Sunday School class at Springs of Grace Baptist Church. Pastor Cliff became an elder of Springs of Grace in 1998. He and Eva, a lifelong member of Springs of Grace, have two children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Gretchen Stewart, Advisory Board Member
Gretchen is the Founder of Smart Moves Academy (SMA), an inclusive private school launching in the Tampa Bay area with a vision to ignite the mind through movement. SMA’s model will optimize brain performance through physical activity for lifelong learning, health, fitness, and emotional well-being and will map a new course in teaching and learning where the brain and the body take precedence as natural and dynamic influencers of cognition.
Inspired by her 14-year-old son, Ari, who was labeled with Autism at age 3, Stewart says she struggled to find an inclusive learning environment where he could thrive. She developed a homeschool curriculum for him that resembles the model she aims to implement at SMA. Gretchen’s doctoral research with a group of international experts in movement, the brain, and cognition helped to further develop SMA’s model.