Sharon Lewis is the founder and Executive Director of Meadows Eastside Community Resource Organization.
She is a social & environmental justice advocate as well as an experienced public speaker and communicator. An honors graduate of East-West University with a BA in English & Communications, she served as Editor of The Phantom Press News, President of the Black Student Union, and EWU Alumna Commencement Speaker.
After completing an internship with The Chicago Defender News and Clear Channel Media she went on to consult for several nonprofits before beginning a career in education. In 2018 Sharon completed DePaul University’s Value-Centered Leadership Program and a fall Fellowship with Organizing for Action/OFA, an organization founded by former first lady Michelle Obama and Jim Messina. Her capstone project; "Sharon Lewis for 7th Ward Alderman, A Choice For Real Change" was a run for local political office in the Ward where she lives and serves.
Sharon's passionate dedication to service is displayed in her volunteer work. She currently serves as a member of the ComEd's IQ North Committee Leadership Team, is as a graduate of the City of Chicago Citizens Police Academy, former 4th Police District Beat Facilitator, Chicago’s Community Emergency Response Team Member/CERT, previous Board-Vice Chair-University of Illinois Extension Program Advisory Council, Transportation Chair -Jackson Park Advisory Council, Volunteer Coordinator -South Shore Cultural Center Park Advisory Council, former Vice President - Don Nash Community Center Advisory Council. Volunteer Board Member-United States Federal Selective Service, One of the Founding Members of-South Side Neighbors 4Hope, former President- Bessemer Park Advisory Council, former Steering Committee Chair -South Chicago Neighborhood Network, and served as an Executive Board Member for Center for Community Advocacy.
Sharon has received numerous certificates, academic honors, and accommodations for her community services. A Chicago park’s advocate, She is a lifetime Hyde Park/South Shore resident and continues to live, work, and serve on Chicago’s Southeast Lakefront ...and for her city at large.
Retired U.S. Army Captain Lewis
Continuing a distinguished career in protective services, Captain Lewis notably commanded a 120 personnel Military Police unit and two 36-person detachments deployed to Afghanistan. A Civil Affairs Executive Officer, responsible for coordinating the movement and training of multiple teams deploying to varying locations for a wide range of missions.
Skilled in logistics coordination, project management and contract negotiations,
Mr. Lewis has a background in Training and Development, Certified Emergency Response Team Management, Marketing and Public Relations on a national scale. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and recieved his Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Army in a seperate ceremony on the same day.
Mr. Muhammad is a former Senior Manager/General Manager with extensive experience in all aspects of Television Production and preparing materials for a variety of media outlets. Skilled in Technical Directing, Management & Supervision of: Non-Linear Editing (Adobe Premier, Davinci Resolve Software), Satellite Broadcasts, live productions, remote shoots, Documentary productions, and training personnel in all aspects of Video & TV production.
He has a par excellent background in building relationships with all media outlets, facilitating crews for extensive video production whether live or prerecorded. His extensive knowledge includes scheduling and budgeting. His vast experience in development and implementation led to regional and nationwide in-house video production and programs for non-for-profit organizations. He also setup and facilitated numerous in-house video production facilities.
With a prestigious and storied history in broadcasting, Mr. Muhammad has served as FCN Publishing, Inc. General Manager of Broadcasting/Publishing, NBC 5 TV, Technical Director-NBC News Division, WSNS TV Channel 44 Technical Director-Production Dept. He is the recipient of many high honors including Chicago Local Emmy Award Winner, Peter Lisagor Award, National Association of Black Journalist, - Photojournalist of the Year Award, and produced and Directed a Short Film “Sleeping with the Dead.
He has served as a Village Trustee with a fiduciary responsibility of a $20,000,000 budget and chaired the youth, finance, and social services committees, as Village Media Director he led for the management of Village’s communications through its cable channel, producing cable programs and information about Village services and activities, and assisting other departments in public information initiatives.
Mr. Muhammad lived on Chicago’s South Side for more than 30 years and served the Chicago broadcast community on some of the city's most high profile stories brought to light. He continues his education and training as he completes his MFA and his adjunct teaching at local colleges.
The founder of Reginald Lomax & Associates. A Graduate of Roosevelt University, which has a foundation built on social justice, following the footsteps of the late Harold Washington.
He is a high-performance professional and educator with more than twenty-five years of business management experience; visionary and strategist with a documented record of success, a solid background in finance, education, and entrepreneurship with the ability to create comprehensive strategic management plans.
He is committed to assisting in rebuilding the infrastructure of underserved communities thru entrepreneurship. His passions includes a dedication to service using learned and hands-on professional experience.
Retired Chemical Analyst, Union Negotiater, and shining Eastern Star. Ms. Meadows has dedicated her life to service as a foster parent, caregiver, community worker and lifelong South Eastside resident & volunteer. She has served in the capacity from board chair to secretary; always comfortable and giving her best in any seat she is appointed to.