About us 

Malone started as a community center in the midst of the civil rights era as a platform for creating racial and socioeconomic equality. 

About us 

Malone started as a community center in the midst of the civil rights era as a platform for creating racial and socioeconomic equality. 

Our story

Malone was founded in 1955 through a reorganization of the Lincoln Urban league. The league founders were determined to improve social and economic conditions and increase understanding between all races.

Initially founded during a time in our history when civil rights for African American were extremely limited, the league founders, both black and white, were determined to improve social and economic conditions and increase understanding between all races. They believed that enhanced understanding between all groups of people would create a better community.

For decades, Malone has served neighboring families, youth, seniors and the Lincoln community with inclusive, social, cultural, educational, employment and welfare services. Mr. Clyde T. Malone was the Executive Director of the Lincoln Urban league following Mr. Millard Woods, our founder. 

Our staff

John Goodwin

Executive Director

Lauren Frink

Office Manager

Ishma Valenti

Director of Teen Programming

Jillian Harrold

Director of Collective Impact

Christiana Vermeline

Director of Community Health & Outreach

Eric Unrau

Lead Teacher of Early Achiever’s Academy

Zain Saleh

School Community Coordinator

Our board

Marthaellen Florence

Board President

Dr. Amanda Baron

First Vice President

Max L. Rodenburg

Second Vice President

Cordara D. Thompson

Co-Treasure

Jan Sheridan

Co-Treasurer

Topher Hansen

Secretary

Tim Clare

Board Member

Adam Kroft

Board Member

John Yoakum

Board Member

Micheal Q. Thompson

Board Member

Deb Mullen

Board Member

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