Board of Directors

Members of the KC Keys Board are elected every three years and have various background and talents

Harrel Johnson Jr.


Harrel Johnson Jr.President of Kansas City Keys Community Council, Inc. since 1989. The Keys organization promotes family values, youth sports, education and other activities. Duties include management of the Keys operations and serving as the board chairman. Service has included the Commissioner of Sports Programs, Education Chairperson, League and Tournament Director, Grant Writer, Fundraising Chairperson, coach and member on various committees and projects. Accomplishments include being selected 1 of the 100 most influential persons in the community by the Kansas City Globe.

Coached boys and girls basketball for over 24 years from ages five (5) through eighteen (18). Managed or coached Keys teams have ranked in the AAU Nationals top 10 over eight (8) times in the last 10 years. The only Missouri Valley Coach who placed in the final four at both the AAU Boys 11/12 & Under Final Four and Champs (1998-1999) and AAU Girls 16 & Under 3rd Place Finish (2006). Has coached, mentored, and supported over 200 scholar athletes for boys and girls.
Community service includes serving as the Regional Vice-president for the Association for the Improvement of Minorities in the Internal Revenue Service. Member of Palestine Baptist Church.

Promoter and coordinator for National and Regional Tournaments. Currently, serves as coordinator of the Kansas City Keys Best Basketball Invitational Tournament event, which brought in over 100 teams and over 10,000 participants at seven different sites for 16 consecutive years. Coordinate strategic plan and operations, which included contract negotiations, sponsor meetings, networking with City administrators, hotel administrators, facilitators, donors and the overall management of event.

Attended high school at Lincoln Academy College Preparatory High School and graduated in 1979. Graduated 9th in a class of 213 students. Also, attended the Vocational Technical Center (Currently, Metro Tech Center), and received a certificate in Data Processing. Began working at the Merchant’s Bank as a computer operator in May of 1979.

Received an academic scholarship at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. After one year transferred back to UMKC, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in December 1984.

Served as a Special Handling Cargo Specialist and Training administrator from 1980 through 1986 for the Air Force Reserves. Opportunity to travel included Hawaii, Japan, California, Oklahoma and Texas.

Employee for 26 years as a Revenue Agent Reviewer for Tax Exempt Organization’s Division for the Internal Revenue Service. Indirect duties (other duties as assigned), have included assisting taxpayers with the voluntary income tax assistance program, serving as a spokesperson for radio and television, Career Fair representative at college and career fairs, participant with Junior Achievement’s Economics program, and has served as an acting group manager, instructor, and an on-the job training instructor.

Married to Dianna Johnson and has 3 children, DeAndre (Genee -spouse) (Rolla University Graduate), Dominique (UMKC and University North Texas), and LaToya (Jefferson College) ages 26, 21, and 20 and three grandchildren Neyan, Damiyah, and Jair.

Ron White


Ron WhiteRonald has been the treasurer of the Kansas City Keys Community Council, Inc. since 2002. He is an IT professional with proven abilities in application administration, team management, systems design, development, implementation, and documentation of enterprise wide applications that support internal organization processes.

Wife: Angela S. White
Children: Tiffanie White (Maryville University graduate)
Shanice White (Stevens College graduate)
Ronald White II (attends Pembroke Hill School)
Jastin White (attends Westridge Elementary)
Monte White (attends Pembroke Hill School)

Education: Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO, Bachelor of Science 1991
Long Island University, Brookville, NY, Master of Science 1993

Work Summary

  • 1991 – 1993 Programmer, Long Island University
  • 1993 – 1996 Senior Systems Analyst, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
  • 1996 – 2010 Senior Systems Analyst/Manager, DST Systems, Inc.

Diane Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Diane JohnsonLincoln Academy High School-1979

Penn Valley Community College-Associates in EarlyChildhood

Taught in the Kansas City Mo School District-3 years

Taught at  Charter School-2 years

Volunteered with Kansas City Keys Basketball Organization-1990

  • Team Parent
  • Organize travel trips for teams
  • Book airline tickets and hotel arrangements
  • Registered teams into tournaments
  • Collected and organize paperwork

Kansas City Keys Secretary-2008 – Present

Married/3 children/4 grandchildren

April Boyd-Norohna


April Boyd-NorohnaApril Boyd-Noronha is a social entrepreneur and youth trainer of 14 years. She has executive produced and hosted radio and TV shows and recently has launched two Internet ventures. SingleParentLiving.net addresses the concerns of today’s professional single parents and C.A. Boyd Enterprise offers personal coaching for parents and professionals, customized teen & adult training, and innovative special events/services for community awareness. She has been active in her community through coordinating teen job fairs, seminars, fashion shows, community forums, and specialized educational programs in Kansas City, Missouri, Des Moines, Iowa, Fort Campbell/Clarksville, Tennessee, and the Fort Hood/Killeen, Texas areas. Boyd-Noronah has proudly served her community in roles that include Educator, Personal Career Coach, Featured Columnist, Infopreneur, Radio Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, and e-Columnist.

Danny Williams


Danny Williams is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Lane College(Jackson,Tn,BA-Communications) and Park University(KCMO-MPA-Public Affairs/Administration). He has been employed with the Social Security Administration in Kansas City, MO since 1991.

Danny played basketball for Lane College from 1986-1990. Danny was chosen the Male Athlete of the Year(Lane College-'90) and was inducted into the Jackson Madison County Sports Hall of Fame(Jackson, Tn). He comes from a family of athletes with sisters playing basketball for Ole Miss, University of Missouri and Middle Tennessee State University. He had two nephews to play college football(Stanford University, Vanderbilt University). He coached/assisted several youth basketball teams while residing in Memphis and Jackson, Tn which won several local/regional tournaments.   

Danny joined the Kansas City KEYS organization in 2002 to coach 5th/6th grade boys basketball as well as assisted with the 15 and under KEYS girls basketball team. He has been a coaching instructor at several KEYS youth basketball camps, and has been a Site director/volunteer with the BBI tournament for several years. He has been the tournament's Tshirt logo designer since 2005. He had coached several youth basketball teams with Raytown Youth Sports and Kansas City MO Parks and Recreation prior to joining the KEYS organization. Danny has been a high school boys basketball coach at Westport High(2003-2005) and Ruskin High(2005-2009) which during 2006-2007 the Golden Eagles were crowned MO Class 4 boys basketball state champions with a record of 29-1.  Danny is the proud father of a 14 year old daughter(Ahmaree Williams).

Danny has written and acted in several plays with 'No More than you can Bear' being performed at the historic Gem Theatre in KCMO. He list his hobbies and interests as writing plays, short stories, poems, coaching, and helping youth. 

Danny is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

David Ersery


Myrtle Johnson


Myrtle Johnson

Donald Maxwell


Don MaxwellEducation

University of Missouri – Columbia
B.S. Business Administration

University of Kansas School of Law
Juris Doctorate

Admitted to the Missouri Bar – 1998
Admitted to the Kansas Bar – 1999

MBE Certifications

Office of Supplier & Workforce Diversity—State of MO
Department of Human Relations—City of Kansas City
Mid-America Minority Business Development Council

Areas of Expertise

  • General Corporate Matters
  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning
  • MBE/WBE Compliance
  • Self Directed IRA’s
  • Entertainment

Community Connection
Donald Maxwell is a life long resident of the Greater Kansas City Community and is passionate about giving back to the community that his given so much to him. He is a graduate of the Centurions Leadership Program Sponsored by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of Directors of the Beta Lambda Education Institute and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. Mr. Maxwell is also the past President of Destination Kansas City, a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Keys Community Foundation and serves as a Trustee of Concord Church.