Meet our team
Stephen Morris, Ph.D
CEO & Co-Founder
Dr. Stephen Morris has spent over 20 years in public education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, in traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools. Dr. Morris was the national Vice President for World Impact, Inc. and co-founded a private school in South Central Los Angeles for resource-deprived inner-city children. Dr. Morris is the co-founder and CEO of the Civic Education Center, Inc. The Civic Education Center focuses on training students and teachers in the art of civic dialogue and relevant civic service-learning projects. His experience and education have qualified him as a highly sought-after speaker addressing race and American Democracy. Dr. Morris authored School choice, segregation, and equity: California’s charter schools’ missions, markets, and voices of charter school leaders of color. Dr. Morris’s research and publications include: -School choice, segregation, and equity: California’s charter schools’ missions, markets, and voices of charter school leaders of color. -The Higher Education Aspirations of Latino Males.
John Minkler, Ph.D
COO & Co-Founder
John Minkler, was a history/civics teacher and administrator since 1971. He was a Coordinator at the Fresno County Office of Education, Director of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation and Co-Founder of the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership. John is author of Active Citizenship, Empowering America’s Youth, a leader of the Democracy School Program and President/Founder of the Civic Education Center
Clinay Wills is the founder, owner, and operator of Seasoned Trends Studio. The innovative space is also used as a community benefit for social good to offer free services and mentorship to young teens with events that empower young women to look and feel beautiful inside and out. Under Clinay’s leadership Seasoned Trends Studio with the motto “She Is Inspired” has become a regional leader vaulting all boundaries, building masterful brand development campaigns and integrated beauty solutions for major business professionals, celebrated stylist, nonprofit organizations and faith-based leaders. Clinay is a faith leader at New Kingdom Church of God in Christ. She is a graduate of California State University Northridge B.A. Communication Studies with a minor in Business Marketing and a coordinator at the Civic Education Center.
Community Engagement Director
Tammy Eggert has been working in both youth development and communications since 2001 as the Pledge Producer at Valley Public Television. Since then she has inspired hundreds of youth in the Central Valley to seek and achieve their dreams. She was pivotal to fundraising, opening, and overseeing the grant funded Sanger Youth Center where several programs such as the Sanger Stewards have won county awards and students have achieved the "Fresno County Youth of the Year". As a successful Career Transition Coordinator for the State of CA, in 2019 Tammy both developed local community partnerships and aided many young adults in the CCC program to identify their internal strengths and find meaningful careers. More recently Tammy has developed her video production, marketing and communication skills and in 2021 was awarded - CMAC "Producer of the Year".
Emily Drum is an enthusiastic educator dedicated to empowering students. She has been a classroom teacher for 16 years and now serves as an Instructional Coach for Porterville Unified School District. Emily is passionate about making all content relevant and accessible to all students.
Emily received certification from the California Council of Economic
Education California (CCEE) and has been recognized as a California Exceptional Economics Teacher after completing the High School Economics Teachers Certification program.