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Vernon L. Odom Fund Committee

Committee members serve without pay to help the fund continue impacting the lives of Summit County’s minority population.

The diversity of the committee strengthens the fund's work in the community and provides a vast knowledge base. The following community leaders serve as committee members. Click on their names for more information.

Matthew Futch
Matthew Futch

Admissions Officer, The University of Akron

Kim Huff
Kim Huff

Community Relations Representative, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

Kim Huff is the community relations representative for the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, where she manages a $1.4 million budget and is responsible for the initial evaluation of all incoming grant requests from OMNOVA’s 10 domestic communities. She also serves as the key representative for employee and community engagement activities.

Kim recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and does so by serving on the boards of the Akron Roundtable and Goodwill Industries. She is a past board member of the Akron Civic Theatre and the Women’s Network. 

Kim graduated from The University of Akron, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational communications and master’s degree in higher education administration. She also earned an MBA from Kent State University. She is an alumna of Torchbearers Akron and Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board program.

Brant Lee
Brant Lee

Professor of Law, University of Akron

Brant Lee is a law professor and the director of Diversity & Social Justice Initiatives at the University of Akron. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 1997, Brant served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and in the White House as acting deputy staff secretary and special assistant to the president. He writes in the area of race and complex systems, and his articles have been published in the American University Law Review, the Quinnipiac Law Review and many other esteemed publications. Brant earned his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Teresa LeGrair
Teresa LeGrair

President & CEO, Akron Urban League

Shaleeta Smith
Shaleeta Smith

Community Health Supervisor, Summit County Public Health

Anoo Vyas
Anoo Vyas

Co-Director, EXL Center at The University of Akron

Sonya Williams
Sonya Williams

Interim Executive Director for the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kent State University