Our leaders are the visionaries at the core of this new enterprise.  With a wealth of experience as entrepreneurs, archive management and philanthropic endeavors, this team will lead our growing legion of fellows, archivists, historians and storytellers to share this history with the world.

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Angela Ford

Founder & Executive Director

Angela is the Founder and Executive Director of The Obsidian Collection Archives. With 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, she has the skills and fortitude to bring this organization to fruition.  Angela is an entrepreneur, sustainability expert, licensed real estate broker, property manager and community philanthropist giving over 1,000 bicycles to neighborhood children. She is also a published author.  Read More

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Michael Wright

Director of Operations

Michael  NJ  Wright  has been a creator of original content for decades.  He is  an  Award winning Filmmaker in  Writing, Directing and Cinematography. He  is  the recipient  of a  Midwest  Region Emmy and seven  Telly  Awards  for his  work in  Television and Independent Cinema.  Read More

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Adam Glover

Director of Technology

Adam is a data professional interested in using technology to make work easier and competitive. Adam has become a subject matter expert whose work experiences expand multiple industries including private, non-profit, start-up and academic institutions.  

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Lonyea Ellis

Director of Sales for Obsidian Images

Lonyea is a seasoned sales professional and thought leader with more than 10 years of proven success in business development, sales, communications and prospect research in the stock photography and non-profit industry.   Read More

Anthony Kalume

Curator of Obsidian Images - UK

Anthony arrived in the UK in 1998 as a native of Kenya.  Kalume did a PGCert (M.A. Level) Community Engagement and Enterprises University of Brighton Graduated 2014.  He also volunteers for The Royal Pavilion Galleries & Gardens of Brighton Museums. Now Anthony is a 2019/2021 M.A. Student at the University of Brighton Grand Parade Campus Humanities Department Curating Collections and Heritage.  Read More

Sheila Solomon

Journalist, Media & Diversity Consultant

Sheila Solomon's an award-winning former newspaper reporter and editor who has worked for the Hampton Monitor, Daily Press, Newsday, The Charlotte Observer and Chicago Tribune.

Currently she’s the senior consultant in Chicago for the Democracy Fund (based in Washington, D.C.) and the strategic alliance liaison and manager of recruitment and internships at Rivet, a Chicago-based “smart audio” creation and distribution company.  Read More

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T. Shawn Taylor

Media Representative

Shawn is a writer, publicist and media consultant who brings leadership and creativity to mission-driven content for businesses, government, educators and nonprofits. She founded Treetop Consulting in 2006 following a successful career in newspapers.  She spent 15 years at the Chicago Tribune, including stints on the copy desk, the police and courts beat, as a business reporter and column writer, and a feature writer.  Read More

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