MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Brenda Bradshaw, Board of Directors - President
Dr. Brenda Bradshaw is the co-founder and director of Infinity Academy. A former elementary and middle school teacher, special reading teacher, assistant professor of elementary education, author and publisher, "Dr. B" has a passion for kids, literacy and making learning engaging. She is also certified in gifted education and has had extensive training in helping children with underlying cognitive barriers to learning. She is Chairman of the Board of STARS for Autism, an organization whose members lend support, training, advocacy, respect and service to the autism community. Her award-winning book, The Alien Logs of Super Jewels, is a zany first-person account of a young girl with Asperger's Syndrome. Dr. Bradshaw remains focused on the mission and goals of the the Academy, works with community outreach and support, and enjoys assisting students and teachers in any way possible in the daily activities of the school.
Jen Hargrove, LPC, MA Ed, MS, Board of Directors - Vice President
Jen Hargrove is a licensed counselor in the state of Missouri, High School Special Education teacher and case manager. She has 16 years experience helping individuals, couples and families reach their full potential and work through life's challenges.
She is deeply passionate about serving others through counseling. Her desire is to help people be set free and find all that life has to offer. She has a Master's in Education and Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Addictions. She also holds educational certifications in math, science, special education, and school counseling in Missouri and Florida. In her free time, she teaches online and raises her four children ranging in ages from 3 to 22.
Amanda Mizer, Board of Directors - Secretary
Amanda Mizer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She attended Texas A&M where she obtained her Master of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Early on, she attended the University of Central Missouri where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in early elementary education and a second bachelor’s degree in child development. Amanda has worked with children in early intervention in a variety of capacities to include early childhood development and education, early intervention, parent educator/trainer, the military’s Exceptional Family Member Program, classroom teacher, registered behavior technician, and as a BCBA Clinical Supervisor.
Matt Carra CDE CNE CNC, Board of Directors - Treasurer
Matt was first introduced to the non-profit world as a volunteer for the Red Cross back in 2005, helping with local fire/disaster response. He served as shelter manager for several emergency shelters during the 2007 ice storm and during several large local tornados. While working and training volunteers for deployment he learned about development, which eventually led him to helping with grant writing, facilitating partnerships, and consulting. Matt loves working with kids of all ages helping them to learn and grow in many ways but especially in the arts. As staff and as a volunteer he has served organizations helping kids. Matt has worked as a mentor/counselor for high risk foster kids, served as the Technical Director in the theatre at Kickapoo High school for 6 years, helped develop the youth volunteer program at the local Red Cross office, and held fundraising positions with several non-profit organizations in the Ozarks. Through all of his positions he has learned about the challenges and joys of non-profit leadership from many different points of view. Matt has degrees in Graphic Design & Printing Technologies from Ozarks Technical Community College and is currently working towards a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Missouri State University. Matt is a Certified Development Executive (CDE), Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC) through NANOE, National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. Matt is focused on the mission and goals of the academy and will strive to develop community awareness and outreach through corporate sponsors, private donors, and community partnerships.
Randy Alberhasky, Board of Directors
Randy Alberhasky is a trial lawyer who specializes in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1966, Randy Alberhasky received his B.S. in Economics Cum Laude from the University of Iowa in 1988 and graduated in from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia in 1994. Since establishing his own law practice in 1996, he has represented thousands of injured workers and their families. Mr. Alberhasky is actively involved in several not-for-profit. He is a co-founder of the Major Mike Martinez scholarship fund at the University of Missouri School of Law, established in honor of the 1998 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law who died in a helicopter crash while serving in the Army. The proud father of five children, he has served as a Den Leader and Cubmaster for his two younger sons in Cub Scout Pack 11, which includes the Rountree & Sunshine schools.