Leaders in Development Mentor Program

Sam is from Houston, Texas. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Leadership and Healthcare from Walden University. She is a skillful Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience. SAM has a certification in crucial conversations and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is passionate about preparing children to go out into the world on their own. She believes that every child should be given a fair chance and an opportunity to achieve their dreams. As the old adage says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Mrs. Alridge-Moore lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of 17 years, where they love on their four children, two dogs and two cats. SAM is excited to bring her plethora of skillsets to LID Foundation to contribute to the foundations success in making life-long differences to underserved children, to help them build their confidence, lay-out a blueprint for their future, and guiding them in implementing their plan so they may become strong and positive members of society and their communities. She is a huge advocate of self-care, likes to rollerblade, and loves outdoor activities and believes that every child should be told on a daily basis that they are Amazing, Beautiful and Brilliant!

Aron Adler is from Walnut Creek, California. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Business and Spanish. Mr. Adler is a successful sales and marketing veteran with over 20 years of upward mobility. He is currently the Vice President of Sales Operations for Source Office and Technology. Mr. Adler speaks fluent Spanish. His philanthropic work has been extensive, being actively involved in several local organizations including The Denver Children’s Home, Mental Health Center of Denver, Temple Emanuel, and others working within the community for the betterment of families and children. He is a father to a 17-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son; he understands the challenges of raising kids in the world today. That is a driver of his passion for improving the lives of under-represented and at-risk youth. Mr. Adler has worked with Mr. Dawson in crafting the vision for LID Foundation. He looks forward to seeing the organization reach its full potential, just like the kids the organization will serve. Aron’s hobbies include biking, snowboarding, diving, and general outdoor activities. He enjoys spending time with his family and lives in Denver with his wife Jessica and their children. Aron will serve as Treasurer for LID Foundation and looks forward to being a good steward of the organization’s funds to ensure they bring the most benefit to those in need.

Judge Barajas is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his Law degree from the University of Denver. Judge Barajas began his legal career at the Legal Aid Society of Metro Denver as the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow specializing in Poverty Law. He remained with Legal Aid for five years until he joined the international law firm, Holland and Hart, in their Denver office. Judge Barajas remained with Holland and Hart for 3 years and subsequently joined CIGNA Corporation’s field litigation practice, Mann and Shappell. After a year with CIGNA, he formed his own practice. His successful career earned Judge Barajas an appointment as a Magistrate for the City and County of Denver. During his tenure, Judge Barajas handled many cases involving dependency and neglect relating to children in the foster care system in Colorado. Judge Barajas was later appointed District Court Magistrate for the 17th Judicial District in Adams County Colorado. He was named to the Denver County Court in January 2003, presiding over their criminal division. After a long career working with families and children, he retired and became involved with community initiatives. When not working in the community, he enjoys gardening and golf. Judge Barajas has a black belt in Judo and is passionate about overall fitness and nature. He lives in Denver with his wife, Jeri. Judge Barajas is an invaluable member of LID Foundation Board of Directors where he brings a voice of experience on the inner-workings of the public system, the kids it supports, and the relationship between the foster care and judicial systems.

Byron Edwards is from Detroit, Michigan. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management at Colorado Christian University. Mr. Edwards has over 20 years of distinguished military service throughout the United States, Europe, and Southwest Asia, in addition to an outstanding 16 years in the civilian private and public sectors. He has broad-based experience in construction management, facility management, and training development. Mr. Edwards is an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) certified instructor teaching courses for IFMA. He is an experienced civic board and organization member serving in various capacities from Committee Chairs to Chapter President. The local chapter of IFMA has recognized him with numerous awards, including: Outstanding Contribution by a New Member (2007), Outstanding Contribution by a Professional Member, and Outstanding Contribution by a Distinguished Member (2008). Mr. Edwards has a unique hobby…he enjoys being a DJ, bringing the beauty of music to others. He also loves to travel, play basketball and offer development to help people realize their potential. Byron has two adult children and lives with his wife Jutta in Denver. Byron has a passion for giving back to the community. Having two decades of military service along with his private and public sector roles, Mr. Edwards is an invaluable resource for LID Foundation. He is enthusiastic about offering perspectives on the various options available for children making critical decisions about their future.

C. Lamont Smith is from Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in communications from Clark Atlanta and subsequently a Law Degree from Howard University. He has over 25 years’ experience in Sports Agency, Sports Marketing, and Health and Hospitality Law. In 1987, Mr. Smith founded All Pro Sports and Entertainment (ASPE), a management firm where he has earned an impressive reputation negotiating over 250 NFL contracts. One of his most high-profile clients is Detroit Lions’ Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, who became the highest-paid player in the NFL in 1997. He continues to represent Sanders in certain marketing endorsements. C. Lamont Smith also represents All-Pro running back Eddie George, who became the NFL’s highest paid running back at the time of his contract signing in 2001. During his successful career, Smith has represented many Hall of Fame players and rising stars like Steve Atwater. His key accomplishments and awards include becoming the first and only sports agent to grace the cover of the Prestigious Business Magazine, Black Enterprise. On July 1, 2001, Lamont received the BSAA award for his record-setting contract negotiations on behalf of Eddie George, Jerome Bettis and Trevor Pryce. Sports Illustrated named Mr. Smith to it’s Top 100 Most Influential Minorities in Sports two years in a row. USA Today described Mr. Smith as a “Pioneer.” Outside of his accomplished career, he has extensive Board of Directors experience. He has served as chairperson of the Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), whose members represent such notable superstars as Stevie Wonder, Snoop, Prince, and Halle Barry. Mr. Smith also volunteers with Colorado Special Olympics, The Colorado Medical Board, and other deserving organizations. He enjoys physical fitness, travel, world cuisine and spending time with family. His extensive board experience and legal expertise are powerful assets for the LID Foundation.

Terry Sanders grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Sanders is an Executive Vice President at Aimbridge Hospitality where he helps the company grow their portfolio globally through mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Aimbridge, Sanders served as Chief Development Officer, Americas of Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group), where he lead, built, and delivered development and growth strategies for the company. During his tenure, he also managed strategic investments and spearheaded mergers and acquisitions activity related to portfolio growth. Sanders is a 25-year veteran of the hotel industry. Prior to his time with Radisson, he served as a Senior Broker at Avison Young in Dallas, Texas and as a partner at Hotel Assets Group. Prior to that, he held various positions at Wyndham Hotel Group for nearly 15 years, where he was SVP of Development for franchised and managed hotels in the U.S. and Western Canada. Before joining Wyndham, Sanders was a partner at DDS Capital Group. He began his hotel career in 1997 as a Franchise Sales Director with HFS, Inc., which later became Cendant. When not working in his executive role, Terry enjoys mentoring youth to help them realize their full potential. He lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife Robyn. Mr. Sanders brings a unique perspective to LID Foundation, and is excited to share his guidance on building a long-term successful career through hard work, perseverance, and increasingly responsible roles along the corporate ladder. As a high-level executive with a global company, he understands how to advise and guide young adults interested in becoming successful businesspeople..

Walter Hudson grew up  New Orleans, LA. He attended college at the University  of Louisiana at Lafayette). In 1989, Walter joined the United States Army as an infantryman stationed at various duty stations around the United States. While in the Army, he volunteered to attend the US Army Ranger School, which is the Army’s toughest course and the premier small unit tactics and leadership school that develops functional skills directly related to units whose mission is to engage the enemy in close combat and direct fire battle. After completing Ranger school, he volunteered again to be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, the U.S. Army’s premier large-scale special operations force that is made up of some of the most elite Soldiers in the world. The Rangers specialize in joint special operations raids and joint forcible entry operations, airfield seizures and counter-terrorism operations. In the year 2000, Walter left the military and went back to college and worked for the Defense Contractor Northrop Grumman in their shipbuilding division. He supervised the shipyard’s nighttime safety and security program and participated in the building process of various military vessels and oil tankers. He used his military experience in leadership to promote and create programs to drive productivity.  In 2005, Walter was offered an opportunity to move into the oil and gas industry after gaining employment with British Petroleum. However, this opportunity was short-lived because of Hurricane Katrina. His family was displaced from New Orleans and is now residing in Houston TX. He was then contacted about becoming a contractor to the US military in the Middle East. Walter would spend the next five years as a military contractor in Baghdad, Al Anbar Province, and the border areas of Iraq. Upon his return to the United States, Walter would join another oil and gas operator as a Global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager, for their Drilling and Completions division. He would also continue supporting Iraq by providing oversight and EHS management support. Walter was later employed by HESS Corporation. He was responsible for personnel in France, China and in HESS’ Marine Vessel Global Operations. Several years later, Walter went on to work for several other oil and gas operations.  In 2017, Walter (owner and president) and several of his colleagues/friends decided to start VSMGROUP. The company provides corrosion material and equipment to various organizations.  With the US military and the US government historically spending between 20-30 billion dollars a year fighting corrosion, their company’s focus is on the US Navy, which spends approximately $7.5 billion dollars every year to combat this issue.