UROC Staff

Makeda Zulu
Executive Director
612-626-9829 | [email protected]
Makeda Zulu is UROC’s chief executive officer with primary responsibility for securing UROC’s success in all aspects of its work. She provides executive oversight of strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewardship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Grambling State University and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Kai Ecker
Graduate Research Assistant
612-626-8762|[email protected]
Kai Ecker studies clinical mental health as a master's degree student at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development's School of Social Work. They support the UROC Research Agenda, the  Josie R. Johnson UROC Dissertation Fellows Program, and the UROC affiliation process.

Jasir Johnson
Principal Office and Administrative Specialist  
612-626-8762 |  [email protected]
Jasir Johnson is a principal office and administrative specialist at UROC. He provides clerical support to the UROC leadership team, works closely with UROC's office manager, and helps staff UROC's front desk. 

Kimberly Jones 
Community Liaison 
612-626-8762| [email protected]
Kimberly Jones supports UROC's outreach and engagement efforts in the areas of partnership building and enhancing and developing skills in senior citizens, African Americans, and immigrant refugees. She holds a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University and a master's degree in education from Fielding Graduate University.  

Claudette Lyng
Assistant to the Executive Director  
612-626-8762 | [email protected]
Claudette Lyng serves as the administrative point of contact between UROC's executive director and internal/external clients. She is responsible for handling the executive director's professional administrative requests and queries. She has extensive experience in the medical and corporate arenas.

Lea Scott
Principal Office and Administrative Specialist  
612-626-8762 | [email protected]
Lea Scott is a principal office and administrative specialist at UROC. She provides clerical support to the UROC leadership team, works closely with UROC's office manager, and helps staff UROC's front desk. Lea holds an interdisciplinary degree in Eco-Womanist Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.