Staff & Board of Directors
Bobby Brown, III, Founder
Bobby Brown is a Psychotherapist with Wilder Foundation's Kofi School Based Mental Health services. He is a certified trauma therapist. Certified in functional family therapy and trained trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. He received his B.A., in Business Administration Management with a minor in Management Information Systems from Augsburg College. His M.A., in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Bobby has used his personal experience with trauma to reach out to youth and families through his profession and his programming with Beyond the Court. He has work in the area of violence prevention and intervention for over 20 years. In his spare time he enjoys bowling, movies, family barbecues and spending time with his 3 nieces, and daughter.
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 an Office Specialist Principal for Hennepin County. Since 1998 she has been advocating on the behalf of children and families affected by gun violence. Ava is a native Minnesotan, mother of three children and four grandchildren. She is known as a soloist. She enjoys swimming, biking, singing praise & worship at her local church, and keeping up with her granddaughters.
Raichel Brown, Board Member
Raichel Brown is a Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy leader. She is a driven leader, connector of people, mentor, 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 and a recent University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellow. 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 and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and dabbles in photography and gardening.
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.
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 served 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 since 2003.
Bishop Joe C. Sutton, Former Board Member
Joseph C. Sutton served as pastor of Spirit of the Lord church in North Minneapolis, and as Executive Director of the Three Deep leadership academy, an organization devoted to influencing the next generation of leaders.
He spoke to young people across the nation sharing on the topics of abstinence, career and college, and leadership. His radio program, Isaiah 61, aired on KKMS 980 am.