Board of Directors

R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth of Michigan’s Great Southwest, with an emphasis upon the disadvantaged. Under the direction of its Board of Directors, R.E.A.D.Y. focuses on the entire individual with consistent emphasis on academic and social achievement while promoting exercise, fitness and nutrition. The Board is made up of community leaders in business and government who share the Grandmaster’s passion for improving the community through guidance, respect and compassion toward its youth.


Maurice Burton, Board Chairman
Michigan State Police

Grandmaster Al Smith, President
R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo

Jesse Z. Kellar, Board Member Medical Doctor

Mike John-Williams, Senior Finance Manager
Financial Planning & Analysis
Whirlpool Corporation

Michael R. Solan, Board


Alicia Razor, Board Assistant

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Michigan Rehabilitation Service   

Robert J. Lemyre, VP Global
Purchasing Operations

Founder of Whirlpool Veteran’s Assoc.
Whirlpool Corporation

Sam Campbell, Board Member
Medical Doctor
Emergency Physician Medical Group

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“The student’s respect has grown for all adults, including teachers. I have had fewer disruptions and more learning going on in my classroom that I can directly attribute to the Taekwondo training of my students.”
“I know that a lot of the kids I see here, if they weren’t here, I would be seeing them on the streets.”
“Taekwondo gives us a chance to do something together, outside of work. Plus, kicking is fun and gets out a lot of stress.”