Meet Our Board of Directors

1159 South was formed by concerned citizens, from the community, for the community. Our Board of Directors has roots in the community, success in business, and a solid history of community service. We love this community!

Anthony Harris

South Springfield native and resident – Biography coming soon!

Conley Smoot

South Springfield native and resident – Biography coming soon!

Dr. Julius Bailey

South Springfield resident – Biography coming soon!

Eugene Yates

South Springfield native – Biography coming soon!

Joh Anna Jackson

South Springfield native and resident – Biography coming soon!

Kevena Williams

South Springfield native – Biography coming soon!

Lawrence Beavers, Jr.

Co-Founder, President

1159 South’s President, Lawrence Beavers, Jr., is a co-founder of 1159 South, life-long and current resident of southwest Springfield.  Mr. Beavers holds an Associate Degree in Social Services from Clark State Community College and a B.A. in Human Services Administration from Antioch University Midwest.

Lawrence runs a successful local business, Bootstraps Barbershop, works as a substance-abuse counselor, and is active in local community meetings and events.  He is dedicated to building solid relationships within the community and inspiring its members to get involved.

Lori Searcy

Co-Founder, Treasurer

Lori is Treasurer and a co-founder of 1159 South.  She grew up in southwest Springfield, Ohio and has a passion for the community. She attended Fulton Elementary, Keifer Junior High, and graduated from Springfield South High School in 1980.  She is a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Army, holds a B.A degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, and a law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Searcy has worked in government budgeting, the private sector, and she founded and operated a successful complex business, civil rights, and employment discrimination law firm for more than a decade.  She has received several awards for her pro bono work addressing race, disability and age discrimination.  Ms. Searcy is semi-retired from her law practice.  She manages 1159 South’s operations on a full-time volunteer basis.

Neal Browning

Vice President

Neal Browning, 1159 South’s Vice President, was born, raised, and has lived in southwest Springfield most of his life. He is well-known in the community for mentoring and community service.  Neal graduated from the Springfield South High School class of 1980, where he earned All-State honors in basketball.  He is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Urbana University.

Neal has spent his life serving the community in youth coaching and mentoring, after-school programs, and with Opportunities for Individual Change of Clark County.  He has been the OIC’s Director of Youth Services since 2013 and has extensive experience managing non-profit programs and administering grants.



Bobby Mims

Board Member

Mr. Mims is a lifelong and current resident of southwest Springfield.  He is a highly regarded member of Springfield’s civic and non-profit community.  Mr. Mims has served on several boards and committees in the Springfield community.  One of the most memorable was serving as co-chairperson of the city’s annual Culture Fest Steering Committee in 2011.  In 2015, he was selected (out of 88 counties) for the top Directors’ award in the State of Ohio Re-Entry Program.

Mr. Mims has been employed by Opportunities for Individual Change (OIC) for many years, where he manages the Opportunities for New Directions Program, assisting ex-offenders to successfully segue into life outside of the prison system.

“My main goal in life is to help others improve their lives and to be the best they can be in spite of any difficulties they may face.”


Clarissa Beavers


Clarissa Beavers brings a strong sense of artistic creativity to the Board.  She has been active in the Springfield community since 2016 as a graduate student, a higher education professional, and community advocate.  Her involvement with Clark State Community College and Wittenberg University prepared her to bring a keen eye for marketing, communications, outreach, and social media management to 1159 South.  She holds a M.Ed. Higher Education Administration from Wright State University, and a B.A. in Telecommunications/Media Business, with a Marketing minor from Bowling Green State University.

Culture, people, and words are the things that drive her.  Clarissa values servant leadership, influencing harmony in environments, and collaborating to create community. She thrives best when serving others in supporting them to make informed decisions for their lives.

“It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.” –Zora Neale Hurston