The LTYC Board of Dirctors use their wisdom and creativity to provide exceptional leadership to the organization.  The Board partners with the Founders and Executive Director to determine strategic direction and growth opportunities for LTYC. The Board uses the principles of Counsel, Connections, Conviction, and Change to guide them.

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc. (LTYC) is looking for additional professionals who can contribute ideas and insights into the structure and the direction of this growing organization. We encourage individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds in education, arts management, business/entrepreneurship, social work, marketing, development and finance to give serious consideration to joining the Board of Directors of LTYC.

The Board meets quarterly and on special occasions, when required to make immediate decisions on unique issues.

If you have the qualities we are looking for and feel motivated to play a part in making significant inroads with LTYC, we want to hear from you. Please contact or complete the online inquiry form.

Current LTYC Board

Nina "Lyrispect" Ball, Voting Board Member

Lyrispect is an award-winning lyricist, author, activist, educator and voiceover artist whose work empowers, challenges and inspires through the compelling marriage of multiple art forms. Lyrispect is an activist and advocate for girls, women, people of color and marginalized communities.

She received classical theater training from Baltimore School for the Arts and specialize in voiceover, accents, education, performance and event curation. Lyrispect is a proud member of the Spoken Soul 215 Collective and Co-Executive producer of the Harvest Open Mic and Showcase Experience and author of "The PreCursor".

She received her B.A. in Film and African-American Studies from Temple University and has been fortunate to create with and for organizations such as BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Array Now, Lululemon, Barnes Foundation Opera Philadelphia and The NAACP.  

James Johnson, Voting Board Member

James Johnson is a charting, six-time Stellar Award nominee. He is a singer, composer, producer, and pianist. He is also a minister based in Richmond, Virginia, and has worked with top-shelf talent throughout the sacred music world.

Johnson was born the son of Reverend James Sr. and Barbara Johnson in Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing music formally at the age of five and regularly performed in his father's church on both organ and drums. He attended Baltimore's Public School system for his elementary and middle school years. During high school, he attended and graduated from the city's prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. He later attended Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory. In 2001, he became the music minister at his father's church, while diving deep into his musical studies, learning production and arranging in addition to composing and playing several instruments. In 2001, Minister Johnson began working in the field of music production, songwriting, and arranging. He produced, performed, recorded, and wrote for artists including 3 Wise, Alvin Slaughter, Maurette Brown-Clark, Stephen Hurd, Mark Gross, Michael Austin, Doreen Vail, and Bishop Rudolph McKissick.

In June 2008, Johnson was hired as Minister of Music, Worship and Arts at the Cedar Street Baptist Church of God, in Richmond, Virginia, his home base. Three years later, he and his pastor Dr. Anthony M. Chandler, Sr. produced the album Indeed featuring the entire music ministry and choir from Cedar Street Baptist. Johnson produced two albums for Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning artist Troy Sneed: All Is Well and Awesome God. In addition, he also produced and wrote for the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir's 2014 album You Alone. Its best-selling title track single was co-written by Johnson and Michael McDowell; it was nominated for several Stellar Awards. In February 2016, Johnson issued his debut single, "Agree," after suffering a relapse from multiple sclerosis. The recording received substantial national airplay and made several industry gospel charts. After regaining his health, Johnson went to work on the EP God Willwhich, upon its 2017 release, entered the Top Gospel Albums chart at number 13.

Mudiwa Johnson, Voting Board Member

Mudiwa Johnson is an author, educator, and mentor for girls. Her passion is to inspire youth to pursue their passions and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Mudiwa is a graduate of Morgan State University, Trinity Washington University, and is pursuing a doctorate in education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has been a business educator in the Baltimore school system for over a decade and is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people. Mudiwa has mentored  hundreds of young people, helping them discover their aspirations, talents, and purpose. As an educator, she has taught several professional development courses for novice and tenured teachers within the Baltimore area. Now she serves as an instructional leader and supervisor within the Baltimore school system. Mudiwa is focused on building her brand as an entrepreneur and becoming a change agent within the education field that impacts the next generation.

Giovanna Slaughter, Voting Board Member

Giovanna Slaughter affectionately known as Gio in the workplace or Gigi by family and friends. I am a Pennsylvania native and a proud Eagles fan I am even more proud to be a graduate from Harrisburg High School (Go Cougars) and Temple University (Go Owls).

After graduating from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) I started my career in hotels with Hyatt Hotels as a corporate management trainee.  Working my way up the ranks from front desk to sales. My a career has afforded me the opportunity to venture from Philadelphia, Savannah, DC, Maryland, Virginia and now in Charlotte, North Carolina as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel.

As huge advocate for serving the community I have worked as a volunteer with College Bound, a DC based nonprofit. I have also been on the board for Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center for the past two years and it has been joy to support an organization that is truly passionate about ensuring our youth learn to value the arts. My passion for youth never ceases and since I’ve moved to Charlotte I volunteer with TimeOut Youth and currently forming a committee to provide professional development training to youth through The Relatives organization, who provide human services for youth in crisis.

Tynia Wainwright, Voting Board Member

Tynia Wainwright has more than two decades of federal government experience to include fifteen years as a former military spouse (U.S. Army).  Tynia is currently employed with the United States Secret Service as a Security Specialist in Washington, D.C. Tynia’s Collateral Duty experience as an EEO Counselor and Peer Support Leader has reinforced her desire to assist individuals in need. Tynia obtained her BA in Organizational Management and MS in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (Concentration in Military Families). Tynia is currently pursuing her LCPC licensure as well as completing coursework in Healing Touch Therapy.   Tynia resides in Odenton, Maryland with her son who is currently a sophomore at George Mason University.

Dr. Kadri Webb, Board Chairman

The Rev. Kadri J. Webb is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and currently serves as the Senior Pastor/Teacher of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Oceanside, CA. He has served in this capacity since October 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Prior to being called to the St. John Church, Rev. Webb served on the ministerial staff of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Catonsville, Maryland, where he was licensed and ordained. Since his arrival, Rev. Webb has opened the doors of St. John to the entire community, served special meals, completed a major renovation of the church, and invited local clergy to join together to help veterans receive household goods for their new homes. As a result of his community engagement, he was awarded the NAACP Religious Service and Activism Award. Rev. Webb serves on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Community Services, a nonprofit organization that empowers people in need to stabilize their lives through comprehensive programs in partnership with diverse faith communities and people of compassion.

Rev. Kadri J. Webb is a man of action who lives and believes that “Actions speak louder than words.”