MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Brenda Bradshaw, President of the Board of Directors
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.
Dr. Linda Barboa, Vice President of the Board of Directors
Dr. Barboa holds degrees in speech pathology and audiology, communication sciences and disorders, psychology, and early childhood education. She is an experienced speech-language pathologist, with a background as a special education director, director of an autism center, and university professor. She has worked as an educator in America and Europe and has presented numerous programs to professionals across the country. Dr. Barboa has authored several books including Stars in Her Eyes: Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism, which she wrote with Elizabeth Obrey. Her other books include Steps: Forming a Disability Ministry, and a children’s series about autism, based on the book Albert is My Friend. Dr. Barboa is the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Community Service. She currently resides in Battlefield, Missouri with her husband, Mike.
Jen Hargrove, PLPC, MA Ed, MS, Secretary, Board of Directors
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.
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.
Sherry Whitson, Board of Directors
Sherry earned her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Drury University, Springfield, MO, and her Masters in Elementary Education from Missouri State University. She retired with 39 years of teaching experience on the elementary and middle school levels, with the final 14 being as a teacher educator/trainer/supervisor at Missouri State University. Sherry served as president of the Community Teacher Association of the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) in Republic, Mo, was the Elementary representative of the Springfield Public Schools MSTA , president of the SW District Classroom Teachers Association of MSTA, and was awarded a lifetime membership in the PTA, While at Missouri State University, Sherry served as the advisor and co advisor of the Student Missouri State Teachers Association. After her retirement, she was awarded the honor of Emeritus Status from Missouri State University.