Board of Directors


Ken Price

President

Ken is dedicated to ensuring all children have the resources necessary to achieve their dreams. A St. Louis native and graduate of Clayton High School, Ken earned his BA in Art History from Hampton University in Virginia in 1994. He is a successful salesman who has held a variety of sales jobs over the last 20 years. He connected with Freedom Arts through his wife Allie who attended high school with the founders. After volunteering as a tutor and mentor for a year, Ken joined the Board of Directors in September 2016 and became President in August 2018. He is excited to be an integral part of the organization's growth and development in the coming years.

Ryan McPherson

Vice President

Ryan is a St. Louis native who earned his BS in Marketing from Alabama A&M University before entering the financial industry to work in I.T. and fraud protection. He enjoys writing, listening to music, eating Jamaican food, playing and coaching soccer, and spending time with his family and friends. Ryan believes deeply in the mission of Freedom Arts because of the organization’s unique, community-based approach in nurturing the artistic, academic, and social-emotional skills in deserving youth. He has served on the Board since April 2017.

Ruthie Vincill

Treasurer

Ruthie graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, nonprofit administration management, and community practice. Throughout her career she has worked with a variety of organizations assisting victims of domestic violence, directing mentoring programs, managing nonprofit retails spaces, and handling finances and grantmaking. Ruthie is a member of Faith For Justice, the St. Louis Mass Choir, and is actively involved in mercy ministries at local churches. She is excited about the work Freedom Arts has been doing and is thrilled to participate as a Board member since November 2016.

Debora Grandison

Secretary

Debora is a poet, educator, inspirational speaker, and 29 year survivor of both heart disease and diabetes, armed with a pacemaker, an insulin pump, and a purpose. With 14 years of teaching experience in 4 public school districts, 3 community organizations, and 2 after school programs, she brings a wealth of knowledge in arts and health mentoring for both children and adults. She is a devoted volunteer of The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association and The National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease (WomenHeart). Debora has been an enthusiastic supporter of Freedom Arts since the beginning and officially joined the Board in August 2018. She looks forward to helping the organization exceed its goal of giving exemplary service to the youth and their families throughout the community.

Matt Banks

Board Member

Matt is a musician and educator who believes deeply in using the arts to empower young people to live their best lives. He holds a BS in Music from Illinois State University, an MA in Educational Leadership from McKendree University, and is working towards his doctorate in music education. Matt has a diverse background in music education, having taught music at Central Visual Performing Arts HIgh School, Alton High School, and Lewis & Clark Community College, and currently teaches at Kirkwood High School and UMSL. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys playing music, going to concerts, and watching sports. Matt joined the Board in August 2018 and is excited to help the organization grow financially in order to continue raising up young leaders.