Our Staff

Yuolanda Murray

  • Has worked in the non-profit community for numerous years. Her volunteer efforts include the Special Olympics, teaching Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language, notifying active duty military personnel for the American Red Cross, as well as extensive service to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s Women’s Missionary Society and Ministers’ Spouses.  A transplanted Clevelander from Pittsburgh, Yuolanda matriculated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in Russian Culture with a German minor. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army she served as an Intelligence Officer and attained the rank of Captain. She is member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and attends Lee Memorial AME Church. 

Betty Owens

  • Is passionate about advocating for persons with health issues.  A quadruple heart by-pass survivor, she strives to help others with a word of encouragement and though acts of kindness.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Heyward R. Prude III National Foundation for Transplants Campaign.  A native of West Virginia, Betty graduated from the West Virginia Career College with an associate’s degree in Medical Administration and Office Technology and is a certified phlebotomist. Retired from At&t, she is a member of Lee Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and has been active in the AME Church for over 25 years. 

Tara R. Edwards-Coleman


  • Was born in Cleveland, OH. Governed by the philosophy of God 1st, Family 2nd and Career 3rd, she a Christian and single mother, whom has spent the past 16 years in healthcare and is presently working as a Registered Nurse managing home care and hospice. She has received awards and recognition in the healthcare community for her countless effort to provide quality care and service to the patients & families she cares for, as well as, for the teamwork and leadership skills she pocesses. She is one of the original members of the Cleveland Chapter of Black Nurses Rock; an organization focused on providing wellness clinics, education and other services to lower socioeconomic communities where resources and accessibility to healthcare is limited.  When looking back over her life one day, she wants to know that she has made a difference and enhanced the lives of those whom she has had the honor to come across in her lifetime.  To live in service of others is both a humbling experience and a blessing to do so.

Chavae Blakely

  • I am a mother of two young children and I am a God-fearing woman as well as a small business owner. As a community change agent, I would like to bring are community together as one to help support the K-I-C-K Foundation’s mission. I love helping others and it is my hope that someday all people will come together to make the world a better place. I like helping people feel good about them-selves I also encourage positive thinking. Although there is no cure for chronic kidney disease through prayer, hard work and persistence we can make a better life for families all over the world. 

Debora M. Lewis

  • CHT, OCDT is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and currently resides in South Euclid. Ms. Lewis attends Imani United Church as an active member since 1995. She is a mother of two adult children, Darnell and Desiree and one grandchild Bryson. Ms. Lewis serves on the Board for AP4TC a non-profit organization for at risk youth. Debora currently works in the field of Nephrology, and has worked in and with Cleveland’s major outpatient Chronic Dialysis Clinics where she treats and educates patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the 
  • K-I-C-K Foundation. Serving as Executive Director with a primary purpose to inform, educate and share vital resources known and unknown to the African American and minority communities.