Board of Directors
Darryl Parson is a native Delawarean with deep roots in the state. As Deputy Attorney General within the Delaware Department of Justice, he serves the Delaware Department of Education (DOE). In this role, he provides independent and team-based legal advice to the Secretary of Education, the DOE Cabinet and DOE teams across diverse areas. Prior to his current role, he served as Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division prosecuting misdemeanor cases. A proud member of The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Darryl earned his JD from Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Casey Storm Melson is the Global HRBP Manager at CSC where she has worked since 2005. She leads strategic partnership team providing internal consultation to more than 350 leaders in 14 countries, focusing on workforce planning, acquisition integration, org design, operating models, succession planning, talent development and high performing teams. In addition Casey oversees global corporate philanthropy for CSC. Prior to CSC she held a leadership position in the non-profit sector at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.
Casey has provided advisory consultation to many non-profits and related organizations. She is a current board member of 4th-Dimension Leaders, a Leadership Delaware alum, an Eastside Charter School mentor and an adjunct professor at Wilmington University teaching Human Resources. She is a graduate of University of Delaware (B.A.) and Villanova University (M.S. HRD).
For nearly 20 years, Zakiya has been working to ensure that students of color and those living in poverty are in schools where they are affirmed and allowed to discover their gifts. Prior to joining Kindred, Zakiya served as Managing Director with Leading Educators where she partnered at the system level across Chicago and the greater Grand Rapids region to build teacher capacity in an effort to ensure equitable instruction across classrooms. She also played a pivotal role in launching the inaugural cohort of the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. She has also worked as a School Partnerships Coach with the Flamboyan Foundation, a school leader at Bancroft Elementary School and Maya Angelou Public Charter School, and teacher throughout the D.C. and Maryland.
Zakiya has earned leadership training certificates from Harvard Extension School and Georgetown University, a master’s degree in administration from Trinity College, a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tuskegee University. She currently lives in Maryland with her three children.
Laurisa is the founding Executive Director of First State Educate (FSE) and First State Action Fund. Prior to FSE, Laurisa led Teach For America Delaware as Executive Director for six years. She currently serves on the boards of the St. Andrew’s School, Leadership Delaware, the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, and the University of Delaware’s College of Education, as well as chairs the board of 4th Dimension Leaders. Before moving to Delaware, Laurisa worked in Hong Kong for a Fortune 500 company, and founded and led an international accessories business. She has a B.A. from Harvard University in East Asian Studies and a Masters of Philosophy in Chinese from The University of Cambridge.