Ava Brown, Founder and Executive Director
Ava L. Brown is the co-founder of Bobby Brown’s Beyond the Court Violence Prevention Initiatives. She is a secretary, receptionist and records clerk for Parents In Community Action Head Start. Before coming to PICA Head Start Ava was employed with GMAC Res Cap in their quality audit quality investigation team where she prepared loans for post-purchase audit reviews. She has spent the past 18 years advocating on the behalf of children and families affected by gun violence. Ava is a native Minnesotan, mother of three children and two grandchildren. She is known as a soloist. She enjoys swimming, singing praise & worship at her local church and keeping up with her granddaughters.
Raichel Brown, Board Member
Raichel Brown is a Business Process Owner on the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Target Corporation. She has been with Target since 2006. In her current role, she engages and inspires Target team members across the country in service and volunteerism. She is a driven leader, connector of people, advocate, critical thinker and a volunteer who is committed to sharing her time and talents to drive impact in her community. Raichel is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas where she received her BA in Political Science with a minor in English. Her family started Beyond the Court Violence Prevention Initiatives where she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator and a Board member since 1998. Raichel has also served as a Board member on the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board for seven years. She is a mother of a v vibrant toddler girl and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and dabbles in genealogy research.
Lucas Kaster, Board Member
Lucas Kaster is an associate attorney at Nichols Kaster, PLLP in downtown Minneapolis. As part of the individual practice group, Lucas represents individual employees in a wide range of employment matters, including discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims. Nichols Kaster also represents groups of individuals in employment and consumer class actions, such as overtime and banking violations.
Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Lucas was the founding attorney of Kaster Law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where as a criminal defense attorney, he tried several cases to verdict and fought to defend the rights of those charged with both misdemeanor and felony crimes. During his time in Milwaukee, Lucas also was an attorney mentor for the Wisconsin State Bar Association’s high school mock trial competition and a board member for the Milwaukee Tennis Classic.
At Marquette University Law School, Lucas focused his coursework on litigation and continued his love of community service by participating in the Marquette Street Law program and chairing the annual Public Interest Law Society Auction twice. Lucas also co-founded two organizations at Marquette – Raise the Bar, which trained law students to teach basic law principles in various youth programs and juvenile centers, and the Professional Development Association, which focused on connecting law students to influential business leaders.
Prior to attending law school, Lucas worked as a media planner in Irvine, CA and spent a year volunteering with children in Lima and Cusco, Peru.
Jean Paul Lormeus, Board Member
Jean Paul is the Senior Campus Recruiter of Marketing and Business Intelligence Analytics at Target Corporation. In his current role, he recruits top marketing and business intelligence analytics talent across the U.S. at great undergrad programs. He excels in building relationships with career service’s teams and is in charge of future pipeline talent at Target. Jean Paul has been at Target since 2009 and has held positions as a Business Analyst in Merchandising and on the Target Canada team as a Project Lead. Prior to Target, Jean Paul attended Florida Atlantic University where he received his BBA in Finance and Economics. In his spare time, he enjoys working with kids in the urban communities of Minneapolis and plays basketball to keep up with his peers.
Elle Babington Steele, Board Member
E Babington Steele is a self-published author, inspirational speaker, multifaceted executive, and Lead Pastor at REACH (reachministry.org). Throughout her years of experience in the fashion industry she has worked closely with noteworthy entities such as Harper’s BAZAAR Magazine, DC Modern Luxury Magazine, Paul Wharton (MTV, VH1, Bravo), and more. In 2006 she launched her first company, Fashionelle Marketing (a fashion marketing firm). Fashionelle Marketing provided fashion styling and fashion branding services to an array of clients ranging from public figures to fashion entities. She managed a team of international brand consultants and served as chair of a fashion board of directors that she established for up and coming leaders in the fashion industry. In October of 2013, she gave birth to her daughter who passed away thirty minutes later due to an undetected heart-related birth defect. This tragedy and how she overcame it led her to write her first book, published in February of 2014, titled Run Your Race: How to Keep Going When Life Wears You Out. In July 2014 she published her second book titled No Flowers Without Rain: The Value of Adversity. She has since developed inspirational seminars such as Push Through the Pain & Know Your Worth. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Howard University, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, and will receive a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Leadership later this year (2015).
Bishop Joe C. Sutton, Board Member
Joseph C. Sutton is married to Leila Sutton and they have seven children and eleven grandchildren. Joseph serves as pastor of Spirit of the Lord church in North Minneapolis. He also serves as Executive Director of the Three Deep leadership academy, an organization devoted to influencing the next generation of leaders.
He has spoken to young people across the nation sharing on the topics of abstinence, career and college, and leadership. He has a radio program called Isaiah 61 that airs on KKMS 980 am at 2 pm Saturdays. He brings a love for children and an expertise in accounting.
Byron Young, Board Member
Andrea M. Brown, Esq., Assistant to the Board
Andrea is an Assistant Public Defender for the Second Judicial District. In her current role, she represents indigent people charged with varying levels of offense in the criminal justice system from misdemeanor to felony level. Andrea received her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in 2009 and is licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota. Andrea is well versed in Minnesota state laws and statutes and vigorously advocates for her clients.
Andrea also serves as the Chair of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission in Minneapolis. Under Title 9, Chapter 172 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, the Commission assures that police services are delivered in a lawful and nondiscriminatory manner. The Commission provides the public with oversight of police policy and procedure by auditing cases of police misconduct, creating and enhancing police policy and engaging the community in discussions of police procedure for the Minneapolis Police Department.
Andrea has been an active volunteer with Beyond the Court for 12 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and traveling with her grandmother.