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MLK Celebration & Keynote Speaker


Martin Luther King Jr. day is Monday, January 21, 2013.  To help us reflect on this holiday, Mr. Ed Barnes, Executive Director of the Willkie House, will be our keynote speaker in the Viking Theatre at 12:30 p.m.  Here is his biography:

Ed C. Barnes is an innovative person known for utilizing and developing processes and programs which increase organizational effectiveness and individual performance. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Willkie House, Inc, a youth development and child enrichment center and the oldest African –American community–based organization in the state of Iowa, having been in operation for more than 95 years.

Ed is a licensed social worker; a state certified Substance Abuse Assessment Counselor, a certified HIV/AIDS educator; a contracted trainer for the State of Iowa, and a contracted trainer for the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. Ed has lectured widely both nationally and internationally, in a variety of forums focusing on issues pivotal to the promotion of health, wellness and the spiritual well being of individuals, couples, families, and organizations.

As a trainer and author of cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and corporate culture trainings and workshops, Ed has presented to varied and diverse audiences, and his career includes consultation, design, training, and evaluation work with Early Childhood through Post-graduate educational institutions, not- for-profit organizations, corporations, and faith–based institutions.  Ed is currently serving his appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa, School of Social Work

 Active in many civic organizations, Ed has served as board member of the Iowa Civil Rights Advisory Rights Committee, and past board member of Heartland Area Education Association.   a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse, a member of the Governor’s Task Force of Juvenile Detention and a member of the Iowa Practice Improvement Collaborative.