Meet Our Staff

Simone Curls

Executive Director

The Executive Director, Simone Curls, is Kansas City native. She has over fifteen years’ experience owning a business consulting firm in Los Angeles. From that experience she assisted businesses’ start-up, scale-up, provided one-on-one business consulting, conducted workshops and trainings. She also worked with various partners, community-based organizations and both the public and private sectors to provide resources and supports. 

Audra McLeod 

Business Development Specialist

Audra McLeod’s background includes nonprofit management,
leadership, finance, marketing and public relations. She is successful
in helping entrepreneurs and business owners by providing them with
mentoring, counseling and technical assistance for continued growth
and sustainability. Her proven track record can link individuals,
entrepreneurs and small business owners to resource partners in the


Brandon Azim

Marketing/Social Media Specialist