Our Team

Where the Passion Begins

Dr. Block is the Founder & Executive Director of the Digital Empowerment Academy and Co-Founding Principal for Sankore Consulting. She has varied experience in the education sector as a Social Studies teacher, Program Coordinator, Content Lead K-12: Social Studies, Technology Integration Specialist, and Strategic Project Administrator with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Currently, Dr. Block is an adjunct professor in the School of Education for the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University.


Dr. Lanise Block holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Drake University and a Master’s degree in Teaching, two graduate certificates in E-Learning and Learning Technologies, and a Doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas.


Dr. Block has specialized training and certification in the following areas:

  • Systematic Innovation Training Specialist

  • Certified Scrum Master

  • Culture & Inclusion Manager

  • Project Management Certificate

  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

  • Qualified Administrator, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

  • IPad® Prepared Certification

  • Apple Teacher


Dr. Block has publications of her technology integration research and has presented at conferences nationally. Her research interests include the digital divide, advocacy, and inclusion. 

Shakira Onwuachi is the Founder, CEO, and Principal Creative Mastermind of Kuumba Collective LLC. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, program curation, and youth development. She has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with diverse backgrounds in a multitude of settings including schools, nonprofit organizations, and group homes with a track record of promoting social-emotional development, academic success and, mental wellness. She currently serves as the Minneapolis Beacons Network Director.


Shakira earned her bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. She also holds a master's degree in Social Work with a specialized concentration in Children, Program and Community Development with a specialization in Management & Social Entrepreneurship from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.


Shakira has specialized training and certification in the following areas:

  • Youth Intervention Certificate - Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA)

  • Youth First Aid Mental Health Certificate - Mental Health First Aid USA

  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP) Facilitator Certification - Wyman Center

  • Safe Harbor CSEC Train the Trainer Certification - Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)

  • Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship - Cornell University 

Join the Collective

 Are you interested in joining the collective?  We are looking for

  • Affiliate Masterminds

  • Graphic Masterminds (Designers)

  • Project Assistants/Interns

After a thriving career of developing many different businesses, Kuumba Collective, LLC is pleased to welcome Careese Coleman to the team. She is a motivated, results-oriented collaborator ready to elevate your business today.

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