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Lisa Baker ‘88 – Graham, NC

Lisa Baker is a native of Pembroke, NC. She is a member of the Lumbee tribe. Lisa earned a BA in Biology in 1988 and a Certificate in Cytotechnology from Roche Biomedical Laboratories School of Cytotechnology in 1994. Presently, Lisa is employed at Laboratory Corporation of America.

She resides in Graham, NC.

Danny Bell – Chapel Hill, NC

Danny BellA member of the Coharie and Lumbee Tribes of North Carolina, Danny Bell is the program coordinator for American Indian Studies. He has been very involved in supporting and establishing the curriculum for the American Indian Studies major and minor in the Department of American Studies. Danny was appointed to the Provost Committee on Native American Issues in 1997 as it developed both plans and proposals to increase Carolina’s awareness of the American Indian presence, and proposals that led to establish the American Indian Center. Danny has served as an advisor for many Native American student organizations. The UNC student Magazine Blue & White selected Bell as its 2005 “Person of the Year”. In 2014 he received the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award from Chancellor Folt, one of the most coveted distinctions the University gives faculty and staff.

Danny serves on various UNC committees including the Pogue Scholarship Committee, the Minority Health Videoconference Committee, the American Indian Center Community Engagement & Research Committee, and the EEO Advisory Committee.

In addition, he serves on state committees including The State Advisory Council on Indian Education to the NC State Board of Education, the NC Commission of Indian Affairs Committee on Education, Religion and Culture, and the NC Museum of History Indian Heritage Month planning committee. Before coming to UNC Danny worked with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs for 14 years. Danny attended East Carolina Indian High School and East Carolina College. He served for 30 years in the US Army and the NC 440th Army Band.

Ron Bilbao ’10 – Miami, FL

Ron-BilbaoBilbao is Legislative Specialist at the Florida Education Association (FEA), Florida’s largest association of professional employees with more than 140,000 members. He is a proud Miami native of Venezuelan and Colombian heritage.

Ron’s passion for social justice was firmly rooted at a young age. In high school, he served as President of the Miami-Dade County Student Government Association (SGA) where he created the first student-lobbying program leading fellow students to the state capital to advocate for anti-bullying legislation and juvenile justice reform. He also led the SGA in a federal lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County School Board for banning the children’s book, Vamos a Cuba.

At UNC, Ron continued his tradition of student-led advocacy through founding of the North Carolina Coalition for College Access, which lobbied state leaders for in-state tuition for undocumented youth. As a first generation college student, he founded the University’s Latina/o center to advance opportunities for this emerging population.

Ron returned home to Miami in 2010 to become the lobbyist for the ACLU of Florida. Most recently, he served as Political Director for SEIU Local 1991 representing nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals at the nation’s largest public hospital system, Jackson Health.

In 2014, Ron was selected by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of Miami’s “Leaders of the Future” and was named one of the “30-under-30 Rising Stars in Florida Politics” by Saint PetersBlog.

Ron is a founding fellow of the 2012 NLC Miami inaugural class and has since served as Chapter Vice Director and in various roles on the exec team. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SAVE, Miami-Dade’s largest LGBT advocacy organization. Ron is a graduate of UNC and lives in Miami.

Katrina Billingsley ’96 – Oakboro, NC

Katrina Y. Billingsley is a native of Oakboro, NC. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UNC – Chapel Hill. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education from NC State University. She is a graduate of NC Central University where she received a Master of Arts in Career Counseling. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a NC Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA).

Dr. Billingsley is a former chair of the UNC Black Alumni Reunion and continues to serve on the planning committee. Additionally, she serves on the First Reads committee for the Light on the Hill scholarship fund. Dr. Billingsley currently serves as a psychotherapist and a counselor educator. As a social justice advocate, her research is intended to be anti-oppressive and pro-liberating. Dr. Billingsley has experience working in private practice and in community mental health working with diverse clients. Dr. Billingsley has almost 20 years of experience working in higher education.

Kerry D. Bird ’86 – Raleigh, NC

kerry_bird_thumbKerry D. Bird is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota and has heritage from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He was formerly employed as a Development Officer in the Office of Development at UNC Chapel Hill. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kerry served as a diversity consultant with ProGroup, Inc. for several years. He was previously employed as the interim executive director for Native Americans in Philanthropy and the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center and as project director for the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs.

He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for UNC, the President of Triangle Native American Society, a former board member of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and a past President of United Tribes of North Carolina.

Kerry and his husband live in Raleigh.

Kimberley Brown ’03 – Philadelphia, PA

Kimberley BrownKimberley joined Janssen, The Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnsonin 2007 as a medical science liaison from the Rainbow Center for Women, Children and Families in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as HIV Clinical Specialist, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida School of Pharmacy. Kimberley holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC- Chapel Hill and completed a Pharmacy Practice and an Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency.

Since joining Janssen, she has also served as Associate Director, Training with responsibilities for the virology MSL team. She also served as Associate Medical Director of US Medical Affairs, Infectious Diseases, where she was responsible for working as part of both the HCV and HIV clinical teams to lead efforts on research trials and launch team activities, as well as participate in business partner collaborations. She was also responsible for acting as the company’s pharmacovigilance officer. From2015- early 2018, she served as the US Medical Director for the HIV franchise (PREZISTA, PREZCOBIX, EDURANT, INTELENCE, ODEFSEY, COMPLERA). Now she serves as Scientific Director for Janssen Research and Development.

Maxine Brown-Davis ’74 – Cedar Point, NC

Maxine Brown-DavisMaxine Brown-Davis retired as the Chief Diversity Officer; Vice President: Human Resources for Global Diversity and General Manager for the Corporate Organization Performance Group for The Procter & Gamble Company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Maxine was responsible to the 140,000 employees for leading the Global Human Resources organizations for Diversity and Inclusion; Employee Relations; Labor Relations; Organization Performance; Employee/Organization Research/Sensing; Employee Communications and Business Ethics & Compliance.

Maxine started her career with Procter and Gamble in manufacturing, sales, finance, corporate human resources, commercial retail teams and global business units.

Outside Procter & Gamble, Maxine worked with non-profit organizations and government agencies on leadership, effective teams, improved operations, strategic planning, organization design/renewal and inclusive management approaches. Her speaking skills earned her recognition in the areas of leadership, women/minority development, team development, personal and organization effectiveness.

Maxine received awards and acclaim from diverse groups, including the United States Postal Service, American Red Cross, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs, the Governor of North Carolina for work with The Future Focus Committee, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Harvey E. Beech Distinguished Alumni Award and Black Health Magazine’s 2010 “25 Most Influential African Americans in Healthcare.”

Maxine is currently an associate with several Executive Coaching and Management Consulting companies in the United States. She lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina.

Ngoc Nguyen Bui ’94 – Raleigh, NC

ngoc_nguyen_thumbNgoc is a Greensboro, N.C. native and the oldest of three to graduate from UNC. As an undergraduate, she was an active member of the Asian Students Association and served as vice president and president of the Vietnamese Students Association. Ngoc earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis in 1994 from UNC-Chapel Hill, then obtained a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University in 1996 and a juris doctor from North Carolina Central University in 1999.

Ngoc worked with the Land Loss Prevention Project, a non-profit legal organization in Durham, N.C., and joined the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts in 2000 as a research associate. She now serves as a contract specialist with the NC Department of Revenue.

Ngoc has served as a member of the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity since its inception in 1999. She resides in Raleigh with her husband and two sons.

Rashonda Burkett ’02 – Raleigh, NC

Rashonda Burkett is the Regional Scientific Associate Director at Novartis. Rashonda received her Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002. She began her career with Hefner VA Medical Center as an Intermittent Pharmacist after completing her residency with them. Rashonda later became a primary care clinical pharmacist and then began working in pharmaceuticals which led her to be the Director at Novartis.

Rashonda serves on other UNC committees including the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the Residence Hall Association.

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Virginia L. Cardenas, MSA ’98, Ed.d ’06 – Raleigh, NC

virginia_cardenas_thumbVirginia Cárdenas is director of the Magnet School Assistance Program for Wake County Public Schools. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and a Ph.D. in school leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. As a teacher, principal and school administrator, she strives to provide all children with a quality education that lays the foundation for success and global citizenship.

Virginia is currently working to help develop systems and structures for countries to better promote and preserve their cultural heritage.

Maribel Carrion ’77, MBA ’86 – Chapel Hill, NC

maribell_carrion_thumbMaribel Carrion is the Executive Director of Student Administration and Enterprise Reporting in the Information Technology Services (ITS) organization at UNC Chapel Hill. She has more than 30 years of experience working in technology, including roles based in Mexico and Singapore, as well as managing teams in Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. She returned to the Chapel Hill area in 2000, and joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Maribel holds a BS in Mathematics and an MBA, both from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Maribel began her travels as an “Army brat” when she was less than a year old. Her family would go on to live in North Carolina, Germany, Florida, Panama, Puerto Rico and then back to North Carolina. She credits this background for creating a lasting curiosity for the cultures, languages and arts in different parts of the world. In today’s environment, she feels it is important for all young people to have some type of experience that exposes them to the global environment – especially those under-represented students that can least afford it. As a result, she has worked with the Center for Global Initiatives to create opportunities through the Global Take Off: Puerto Rico program. She also supports the Carolina Performing Arts’ Student Angel Fund, which ensures that students have access to artists and performances from around the world here at UNC, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to serving on ACRED for the past 9 years, Maribel currently serves on the Carolina Performing Arts International Advisory Board and the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Council.

Pamela Brewington Cashwell BA ’89, JD ’92 – Raleigh, NC

Pamela Cashwell is the chief deputy secretary of Professional Standards, Policy and Planning for the N.C. Department of Public Safety. In this role, Pamela oversees the Office of Special Investigations, Internal Audit, Private Protective Services, Policy and Strategic Planning.

Pamela had been at the State Ethics Commission since 2008 before moving to Public Safety in April 2017. She most recently served as assistant director supervising staff attorneys and administrative staff; providing legal representation; strategic and budget planning; legislative outreach; handling policy and legal questions; and many other duties.

The North Carolina native also has held many legal positions to include senior staff attorney, NC Institute for Constitutional Law; trial attorney and attorney advisor in the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and special assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District, Virginia.

Pamela holds a juris doctor from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and a bachelor’s in economics also from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has long been an advocate for American Indian and women’s issues and currently serves on the university’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Women’s Leadership Council.

Josiah B. Chen ’99 – Cary, NC

Josiah-Chen-photo.100x111Josiah Chen is a native of Raleigh, N.C., and graduated as a Johnston Scholar with a degree in Asian Studies. He earned a D.D.S. degree at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has a general dentistry practice in Morrisville, N.C., is an adjunct clinical professor at the UNC School of Dentistry, and holds memberships in the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society and International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

He is married to Wendy Hung Chen ’98 and they have three children: Ryan, Dylan and Avery.

Wade Hampton Chestnut ’66 – Raleigh, NC

Wade H. ChestnutIn 2000, Wade Chestnut joined the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the Census 2000 manager for eastern North Carolina. Following the 2000 Census, he spent five years as director of party affairs with the N.C. Democratic Party. Wade is currently a certified mediator conducting settlement conferences ordered by the state Superior Court System and the state’s Industrial Commission.

Wade has also been active in the community, having chaired the Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, the Housing Authority of the City of Peoria and the UNC Black Pioneers Sub-Committee of BAR. He has served as a member of the Peoria County Welfare Advisory Committee, the Salvation Army Advisory Boards of Peoria and of Hong Kong, the Rotary Club of Peoria, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the National Black MBA Association, the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (Peoria, IL), the Council of St. John’s (Anglican) Cathedral (Hong Kong), the Boards of the Illinois Capital Development, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, North Topsail Beach (N.C.) CAMA Planning, and Raleigh SeniorNet. He is currently a member of the Bishop’s Committee on Accessibility at The Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), the Boards of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina School of Ministry and the Episcopal Campus Ministry in Raleigh and a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the UNC General Alumni Association.

Wade earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1966 from UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business, the first African American to graduate with this degree. In 1971, he received his MBA in finance from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Wade and his wife, Helen, reside in Raleigh. Their son, Wade IV, attended Carolina and their daughter, Michelle, lives in Hawaii.

Monica Cloud ’96 – Miami, FL

Monica Cloud ACRED photoMonica Cloud was raised in Raleigh, N.C., and devoted her life to public service. Her first foray into politics was as Speaker of Congress at UNC. She earned a bachelor’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, then worked in public policy in Washington, D.C, before heading to law school at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan.

She returned to North Carolina to accept a position with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, LLP. She has served as deputy executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party.

During the 2008 primaries, Monica served as deputy political director for the Hillary for President campaign in North Carolina. During the 2008 general election, she served as chief financial officer for the Hagan Senate Committee. Currently, Monica is the chief financial officer for Kendrick Meek for Florida senate campaign in Miami, Fla.

Anthony Cummings BA ’84 JD ’87 – Centreville, VA

Anthony W. Cummings is the Associate General Counsel for the Office of Ethics, Appeals and Personnel Law (OEAPL) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC. As the Associate General Counsel over OEAPL, Cummings leads the agency’s national Labor and Employee Law (Personnel Law) Division as well as its Ethics and Appeals Division. As Associate General Counsel, he is also a member of the Senior Executive Service, an elite corps of executives serving in key career Federal positions just below the top Presidential appointees. Prior to his promotion to the Associate General Counsel position, Cummings served as Assistant General Counsel for OEAPL’s Personnel Law Division. Before joining HUD, Cummings served for nearly 25 years as an administrative judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

While at Carolina, Cummings was a North Carolina Fellow, a North Carolina Veterans Benefits Scholar, a member of UNC’s Marching Tar Heel Band, and the BSM Gospel Choir. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Cummings served on active duty and in the reserves with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. Upon leaving military service, Cummings was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4).

In addition to his present service as a member of ACRED, Cummings is currently a member of UNC’s Gerrard Society. A 2009 recipient of UNC’s Harvey E. Beech outstanding alumnus award, Cummings has previously served on UNC’s Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees for the Asheville School. He established the Pamela Nicole Cummings Visiting Artist Fund at UNC’s Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and has supported the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC School of Law.

A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cummings and his wife, Dr. Terri Wood-Cummings, another Tar Heel (B.S. Zoology, ’84, M.D. ’90), reside in Centreville, Virginia, with their two teenage children.

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Grace Choung Davidson ’88 – Atlanta, GA

grace-choung.100x111With more than 18 years of business experience, Grace Choung managed a branch of a national bank in North Carolina, owned a sports marketing business covering the Pacific Rim and opened an office for a “Fortune 100” company in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a business consultant to one of the country’s largest executive recruiting companies helping non-profitable offices reach profitability. Today she is the powerhouse behind Kai–The Medical Spa.

Grace holds a degree in speech communications. She is on the Executive Board Committee of The Rams Club and the steering committee of the UNC Alumni Association of Atlanta. She is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, an ambassador for Sandy Springs Business Association, a member of the North Fulton County and Johns Creek Chambers of Commerce. Other community involvement includes the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association, the High Museum of Art, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Buckhead Church. In her spare time, Grace enjoys volunteering for the American Heart Association, Breast Cancer awareness groups and other charities.

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Janet N. Edwards ’95 – Washington, DC

Janet Edwards is a native of Siler City, NC, and currently lives and works in Washington, DC. While at UNC she majored in pharmacy and was a member of Order of the Bell Tower, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Pi Chapter, and Chapter President of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

Janet has a career in pharmaceutical sales & works for GlaxoSmithKline. She loves the interaction with an array of healthcare professionals that change patient lives.

Outside of work, Janet volunteers with Capital Partners for Education (cpfe.org) where she has mentored two students through high school & college. She serves on CPE’s Mentor Leadership Council. Also, she is active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Xi Zeta Omega Graduate Chapter where she is on their health committee. She has spent six years on the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors where she spent one year as Secretary. Most recently she was elected to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation Board.

Sidney H. Evans ’77 – Towson, MD

Sidney EvansSidney Evans is the Vice President for Finance and Management at Morgan State University, Baltimore MD.

He is the founder and CEO of Madisan Mackenzie, LLC, a management consulting firm founded in 2009. The firm’s primary focus is the Higher Education and Not for Profit markets. The firm’s capabilities are financial organizational development, corporate finance and asset management, endowment management and financial strategic planning.

Previously, He served as the Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer for Howard University from 2005-2009. Prior to Howard University, He served as the Vice President for Finance at Dillard University (LA). He brings with him more than 30 years as a financial management professional in the Corporate, Banking, Government, Not-for-Profit and Higher Education industries. Additionally, he served as a director for a portfolio company of a Private Equity firm. He has issued and managed debt and equity transactions totaling more than $1 billion, including both corporate and municipal debt instruments.

Prior to becoming a Chief Financial Officer, he served as a Manager and Assistant Controller with Unisys Corporation, working on the Corporate CFO’s staff. He started his career as a commercial banking officer with Citibank and Wachovia (Wells Fargo) bank.

He graduated from the Deerfield Academy and later from UNC-Chapel Hill, where Sidney received a BA degree in Economics. He received his MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a finance concentration. Sidney has an investment certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

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Roy D. Flood

A native of Murfreesboro, N.C., Roy Flood came to Carolina as a Morehead Scholar and earned bachelor’s and medical degrees. As a student, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the North Carolina Fellows program, and vice-chairman of the Undergraduate Honor Court.

Roy completed his postgraduate training at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. He has a special interest in the management of Acute Coronary Syndromes and has research experience in interventional cardiology and the epidemiology of coronary artery disease in the African-American community. During his tenure in Washington, he was an active member of the teaching faculty at Washington Hospital Center and Providence Hospital, where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001.

In 2004, he and his wife, Jeri, also a Tar Heel, moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to initiate an interventional cardiology program at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. He aimed to provide education, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in St. Thomas and neighboring St. John by combining grassroots efforts with recent advances in the management of cardiac disorders. He had been commended by Partners for Health for his contributions to health care in St. Thomas and St. John and was named Physician of the Year of Schneider Regional Medical Center in 2006.

Roy is a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists and has served on its Board of Directors. He is also active in the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention and the American Society of Echocardiography. Roy and his wife now reside in Savannah, GA. The Floods have two daughters Erin, and Jade.

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August Hammond ’99 – Atlanta, GA

august-hammondsAugust Hammond obtained her BSBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1999 and her master’s in accounting from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2001. Upon graduating with her Master’s, she joined Ernst & Young LLP audit firm as a staff auditor. She is now a Partner with Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia.

August is a certified public accountant licensed in Georgia and has 16 years of experience with global, multi-national audits, including financial statement auditing, SOX 404 consultations, SEC filings, and technical consultations. She also completed a two-year international rotation in the EY Brussels office where she managed global multi-national accounts.

She is originally from Lumberton, NC and is a member of the Lumbee Indian tribe. August enjoys running, cycling, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Candace Harke ’05 – Lumberton, NC

candace-harke-headshotCandace Harke is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. She earned her BA in Communications and JD in Law from UNC. She currently works as a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (Pembroke Office). Candace is a member of ACRED, the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Alumni Board and the Beta Pi Professional Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority. She is also a member of the Lumbee Tribe of NC. Candace stays actively involved in the Robeson County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for Southeastern Family Violence Center and the United Way of Robeson County. She lives in Lumberton, NC.

Felecia C. Harris ’87 – Charlotte, NC

felecia-harris-headshotFelecia Harris is Founder and President of Educational Enhancement, Inc., which provides training and consulting to organizations and individuals in the areas of leadership, team and professional development and diversity. She is a diversity coach in the McColl Executive MBA program at Queens University. A partial list of clients she has worked with include: Duke Energy, Spectra Gas, Girl Scouts, UNC-Charlotte, City of Charlotte, City of Durham, Charlotte Housing Authority, Citizens Schools, Foundation for the Carolinas, U.S. Probation Office, Charlotte & Washington, D.C. 4th Circuit and Carolinas Healthcare System. She is a sought-after speaker in the areas of Diversity and Professional Development and author of “What Color Are Your Jellybeans? Intersections of Generation, Race, Sex, Culture and Gender” Felecia was an NCAA Student-Athlete at UNC-Chapel Hill in Track & Field and ACC Long Jump Champion. She received the prestigious Jim Tatum Memorial Award given annually to the most outstanding graduating student-athlete at the university. She is also a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and North Carolina State University. Felecia teaches in the Africana Studies Department and Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UNC-Charlotte and was named one of the 200 Most Influential African Americans in Charlotte by the Urban League. She lives in Charlotte with her husband Attorney Ken Harris and her children Sydney and Christian.

Leon Herndon ’87 BS, ’91 DM – Chapel Hill, NC

Leon HerndonLeon Herndon, MD, has earned international acclaim as an educator, a physician, and a leader in the fields of clinical ophthalmology and glaucoma research. He can now add a UNC School of Medicine Distinguished Medical Alumni award to his already outstanding list of accomplishments.

Leon (’91) serves as associate professor of ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. The Raleigh native has been on the faculty at Duke since 1996 after completing his medical school and residency training at UNC.

Over the course of his career, Leon has earned numerous accolades, both as a teacher and as a glaucoma researcher. He has received the Golden Globe Award from the Duke Eye Center, which recognizes outstanding teaching faculty.

Leon’s research activities center on the development of innovative surgical and non-surgical options for the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. His goal is the development of less invasive surgeries, which can lead to improved recovery for patients. His work has taken him across the globe as a speaker.

He is also a leader in his medical field and in civic life, serving on the International Education Subcommittee for the American Glaucoma Society, the Program Committee of the World Glaucoma Association, the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society, and the International Congress of Glaucoma Surgeons.

Gerald V. Holmes ’85 – Greensboro, NC

Gerald HolmesGerald Holmes is the Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator at the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). As a member of the Libraries’ administrative faculty, Gerald led the creation of the Libraries’ Post MLS Diversity Residency Program and its Diversity Committee. As the Diversity Coordinator, he took on the additional responsibility as a Co-Principal Investigator for three Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants designed to recruit and prepare minority librarians for serving their communities in the 21st Century. As a credit to his work, 55 librarians from underrepresented populations are now working.

Gerald serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UNCG. He is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries, the Black Caucus of ALA, and the North Carolina Library Association.

Gerald was named the American Library Association 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree for his contributions to the library profession and his promotion of diversity within it. In 2015, he received the Black Caucus of ALA Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award and the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the UNC General Alumni Association.

Gerald earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and his Master of Science in Library Science from the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He serves as a co-chair of the SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Committee.

His research interests include diversity issues, reference desk services, and the promotion of librarianship as a career. Gerald is a Life Member of both Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the UNC General Alumni Association. He and his wife, Sharon, also a UNCC 49er and a Tar Heel, have a daughter, Veronica, and a son, Aaron.

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Melinda M. Kaiser ’85 – Charlotte, NC

Melinda-Kaiser-photo-150x150Melinda Kaiser chairs the American Indian Subcommittee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985. Melinda is a member of the Choctaw Nation and serves on the External Advisory Board for the American Indian Center.

Melinda has had a successful career in information technology and is employed as an information technology project coordinator at Wells Fargo (through TekSystems). Prior to that, she was with IBM for 14 years. Since leaving IBM, she has completed a project management certificate program and was selected for a 15-week Business Intelligence Data Analyst scholarship program.

Her areas of support at UNC include the American Indian Center, Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Faculty Mentoring Award and University Libraries.

Johanna Hunt Karas ’91 – Atlanta, GA

Johanna Karas is the Senior Clinical Supplies Program Manager at PRA Health Sciences. She is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia and received her Bachelor of Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991. Her expertise is in management of clinical supplies for global investigational studies.

Michael D. Kennedy ’79 – Atlanta, GA

Michael KennedyMichael Kennedy is a senior client partner with Korn/Ferry International. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Michael owned a venture capital consulting firm where he advised a Southeast-based private equity fund. Before founding his own firm, he was a vice president in the corporate finance group at GE Capital Corporation. Earlier, he was a vice president at the Wachovia Corporation in the U.S. corporate group. Michael started his financial services career in investment management at J.P. Morgan & Company in New York. Michael earned a B.A. in History and Political Science with highest honors in 1979 from UNC-Chapel Hill, and he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1985. Michael is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee, Center for the Study of the American South External Advisory Board, and the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council.

For more than 20 years, Michael has been a dynamic supporter of Carolina, turning his passion for the University into stellar volunteer leadership and organization around diversity initiatives.

During the Bicentennial Campaign for Carolina, he stepped forward as a regional volunteer, and since, has been counted on for his vision and skill in guiding new projects. He has helped to increase diversity membership on boards across campus, created the Carolina American Indian Center and established the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, which he has chaired.

Patricia Kornegay-Timmons ’84, Raleigh, NC

Patricia Kornegay-Timmons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics from Carolina and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. She began her legal career with a law firm in Charlotte, NC where she handled corporate, tax, and estate planning matters. She then worked as an Associate General Counsel at Progress Energy, Inc. in Raleigh, NC for more than 21 years. There, she handled securities, finance and corporate governance matters.

At Carolina, Patricia was a Joseph E. Pogue Scholarship recipient and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also a member of the North Carolina Fellows Program, the Student Attorney General’s Staff, the Carolina Union Board of Directors and the Chancellor’s Committee on Student Conduct.

Patricia is a former member of the Wake County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of The Fountain of Raleigh Fellowship.

She and her husband, Dr. Phillip Z. Timmons, a fellow Tar Heel, have two sons.

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Jennifer Manning ’89, MLS ’91 – Washington, DC

manningcrsheadshotrJennifer Manning is a Senior Research Librarian at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies and a master’s degree in library science, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. Of Cherokee heritage, Jennifer’s interests include promoting diversity in the library and information science professions as well as the expansion of international study and career opportunities for minority students.

At UNC, Jennifer was a charter resident of the UNITAS multicultural residential learning program and was active in the Carolina Indian Circle and the Association of International Students.

Jennifer is a Life Member of both the American Library Association and the UNC General Alumni Association and chairs the student financial aid committee of the District of Columbia Library Association. She is active in the American Indian Library Association and serves as liaison between the Congressional Research Service and its European parliamentary counterparts.

Priscilla Maynor ’11 – Holly Springs, NC

Priscilla MaynorA native of Lumberton, NC, Priscilla Maynor earned her Doctor in Education degree in Educational Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. Priscilla is a member of the American Indian Center External Advisory Board. She is also with the School of Education’s Educational Leadership program, as an adjunct professor.

Priscilla is the founder and principal of imaginEd Partners, LLC. She is also a systems-focused education strategist, facilitator and collaborator, who is recognized in national circles for her broad knowledge base and progressive leadership in public education spanning from early childhood through K-12 and higher education. As an American Indian female who was educated in mainstream schools, she has an affinity for indigenous and underserved youth who are not faring well in the current educational system. Priscilla views her work as an opportunity to serve and offer her diverse and unique set of perspectives to equipping educators and leaders to innovate and make social change happen. She started imaginED Partners to serve as the catalyst for innovation to transform the educational and economic future of indigenous and underserved children, families and communities. Priscilla lives in Holly Springs, N.C.

Timothy McNeill ’92 – Raleigh, NC

Timothy-McNeillTimothy McNeill earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from the UNC School of Public Health. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and earned an LL.M. Degree in Law and Entrepreneurship from Duke University School of Law. Timothy serves as corporate counsel and manager, regulatory affairs for Centene Corporation; a Fortune 150 multi-line healthcare company. Prior to working with Centene, Timothy founded RTP Law | McNeill Law Offices, PLLC, in Research Triangle Park. Prior to his law practice, Timothy held senior healthcare management roles in hospitals and health plans in North Carolina, New Mexico and Iowa. In 1995 the American College of Healthcare Executives awarded him standing as a Board-Certified Healthcare Executive. Timothy served honorably as an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps after completing undergraduate studies at UNC-Pembroke.

Timothy is a registered member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and was a member of the Carolina Indian Circle. Also, he served as Vice President of the University of Iowa Native American Law Student Association and the Native American Student Association at Duke University. Currently, Timothy serves as Co-Chairman of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board and as a Board member of the N.C. Indian Economic Development Initiative.

Orlando Melendez ’00 – Durham, NC

orlando-melendez-headshotOrlando Meléndez (El Gato) is the first and only Puerto Rican-born player to ever play for the Harlem Globetrotters.

The nearest basketball courts to where Orlando grew up in Puerto Rico were two miles away, and in order to get there to play pickup ball, he had to run … and then run back home when he was done playing. His grandfather and father were runners, and Orlando ran track and field growing up, so running is in his blood. “But that’s still a long way to run every day and still play basketball, so I wanted to find a shorter way to go,” says Orlando.

When he was about 14 or 15, on his way to the courts one day, he followed some stray cats that he saw run into a sugarcane field. Next thing he knew, the cats had taken him right to the courts.

“I started running through those sugarcane fields every day, because the distance was shorter, and the cats would follow me every day. I would show up at the courts with all these cats at my feet, so the guys started calling me ‘El Gato,’ which is Spanish for ‘The Cat,’ and it stuck.”

He relishes the opportunity that being a Harlem Globetrotter gives him. “As a Latino, I can make a difference in the lives of others and be an inspiration, showing kids that you can really make your dreams come true,” he says.

Orlando played basketball and volleyball growing up in Ponce and Juana Diaz in his native Puerto Rico, and then he played his senior season of high school basketball in Marion, N.C. He went on to play college basketball for the storied North Carolina Tar Heels, where he appeared in Final Fours in 1998 and 2000. He has also played with the Puerto Rican national team during his career.

He loves architecture and interior design and would one day like to grow his current partnership and experience to a national level.
No matter where life takes him, you can probably bet that Orlando will land on his feet.

Lucrecia Moore ’92 – Charlotte, NC

Lucrecia_MooreLucrecia Moore is the former Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Bank of America Merchant Services. She holds a BA degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a JD from Marquette University Law School. In addition to serving as vice chair of the African-American subcommittee for ACRED, Lucrecia is also a member of the General Alumni Association. She is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Shalom Project in her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. In addition, she was recognized as the first attorney at BB&T to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program. Also, Lucrecia is a Certified Long Distance Running Coach and a triathlete. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Teresa Artis Neal ’83 – Cary, NC

Teresa ArtisA media attorney for over 25 years, Teresa Artis Neal has provided legal and strategic counsel to local, national and global TV, radio and internet organizations. Previous career stops for her include leadership positions at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta and Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh. Teresa currently counsels Trans World Radio (TWR) headquartered in Cary. Since 1954, TWR has distributed inspirational and educational content in over 220 languages to people in over 160 countries by radio, satellite, the internet and mobile devices.

A life member and active alumnus of UNC, Teresa has served on its Board of Visitors and on the General Alumni Association Board. Her many community activities include service on the Board of Trustees of UNC-TV and on the UNC Rex Healthcare Board of Directors, on which she chairs the Patient Safety, Quality and Human Resources Committee. She is also a past president and current board member of the Research Triangle Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Teresa has received the UNC Board of Trustees’ highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award, for outstanding service as an alumnus.

Teresa earned a B.A. degree, with honors, in Economics & Public Policy from UNC. She earned a J.D. degree and an MBA degree from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively. She and her husband Nate Neal enjoy living in Cary.

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Wendy B. Oxendine BA ’11 MS ‘13 – Wilmington, NC

 

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Gwenevere Parker ’83 – Bayside, NY

Gwenevere works as an Anesthesiologist at ProHealth Ambulatory Center which is associated with North Shore University Hospital in New York. Gwenevere received her Bachelor of Science in 1983 and her Doctor of Medicine in 1995 from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been practicing for 23 years.

Louis Patalano ’95 – Cary, NC

Louis PatalanoLou Patalano is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham, North Carolina.

Louis has over 15 years of legal experience and was previously employed with Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, the ninth largest health system in the state, where he served five and a half years as its General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal Services.

Prior to joining Cape Fear Valley, Louis was previously with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, where he served almost five years as Director of the Special Investigations Unit and as an Associate and Assistant Counsel. Louis also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office in Raleigh, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, prosecuting health care fraud and abuse cases in state and federal courts.

Louis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools of North Carolina and the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Louis previously served on the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools of Cumberland County. Additionally, Louis also served on the Board of Directors and in leadership roles with the North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys and the North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section Council. In 2011, Louis was recognized by The Fayetteville Observer as one of its top 40 Under Forty – an honor awarded to the region’s rising leaders based on both their business success and community impact.

Louis earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Josmell Perez ’12 M.A. – Durham, NC

jperezJosmell Perez is the Assistant Director for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and coordinator of the Carolina/o Collaborative in Higher Education. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Psychology and Spanish and earned an MA from the UNC School of Education. Josmell, who was born in Lima, Peru and moved at the age of five with his family to Northern New Jersey, helped to create the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, Latina/o Alumni Reunion and other initiatives. He resides in Morrisville, NC.

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Almer Reddick ’92 – Norcross, GA

Almer Reddick is a native of Williamston, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication (Concentration – Advertising/Marketing). He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Synergy Tech Consulting. He is certified as a Master Trainer and Facilitator by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB).

Almer is active in his community serving as the Vice President of the Norcross Youth Athletic Association, Vice-President of the Norcross Dugout Club, Youth Baseball, Football and Basketball Coach and as a Deacon at Ray of Hope Christian Church. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Almer lives in Norcross, GA with his wife (Rosalind) and son (Elijah).

Christopher Riddick ’00 – Washington, D.C.

Christopher RiddickChristopher Riddick works as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where he focuses on change management and human capital engagements for a variety of federal government agencies. Also, he serves as a grant reviewer for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Christopher is a founding member of the board of directors of the Grassroots Education Project, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization focused on strengthening relationships between neighborhood schools and their surrounding communities. He also served as the vice chair of the founding board of directors of Somerset Prep DC Public Charter School. Christopher is a proud alumnus of Education Pioneers, serving as a summer 2009 fellow in Washington, DC, an inaugural member of the EP DC Metro alumni board in 2011, and chair of the board in 2012.

Christopher received both his B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and Master of Public Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a drum major in the marching band. Christopher also holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Indiana University. He is pursuing his Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

Christopher is originally from Gates, NC and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife, son and daughter.

Joyce Su (Ping) Rogers ’90 – Cary, NC

Joyce is a pharmacist at UNC Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1990 from UNC-Chapel Hill. Joyce serves on the General Alumni Association Board of Directors as the School of Pharmacy Representative and she also serves as a member on the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Anitra Royster ’99 – Durham, NC

 

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Matthew Patrick Shaw ’02 – Chicago, IL

matt-shaw-headshotMatthew Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development and an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. Currently a post-doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation, Matthew’s scholarship blends econometrics, critical legal history, and sociological theory to define rights and promote civic awareness and participation. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, he holds a doctorate in quantitative policy analysis from Harvard University and a law degree from Columbia University. While at Carolina, he was inducted into the Order of the Grail-Valkyries and was active in the Black Student Movement, Campus-Y, and the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. His research interests include education rights, institutions and legal dilemmas of difference, and how law and educational institutions shape opportunity and membership in society. He holds a law degree from Columbia University and clerked in a federal district court in Georgia. He will join the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations in 2017.

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Tyler Thomas ’09 – Pembroke, NC

Tyler Thomas photo tester.jpgTyler Thomas is a native of Pembroke, N.C. and a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. As an undergraduate he earned a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from UNC’s School of Government.

While at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tyler served as President of the Carolina Indian Circle and as Native American Programs Coordinator in the Office for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Also, he is a member of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc.

After graduation, Tyler worked as Director of Business Development & Diversity for Metcon, Inc., a construction management firm. He manages the Robeson County License Plate Agency in Lumberton, NC. Tyler is also the Town Manager for the Town of Pembroke, NC.

Tiffiny Tung MA ’00 PHD ’04 – Nashville, TN

Tiffiny Tung is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt University. Tiffiny received her Master’s of Arts in 2000 and her Doctor of Philosophy in 2004 from the UNC-Chapel Hill. Tiffiny primary research focuses on the bioarchaelogy of imperialism, which includes the study of paleopathology and violence-related trauma to elucidate the impact of imperialism on community health and lifeways and individual life histories. She has written several articles including, “Dismembering Bodies for Display: A Bioacrhaeological Study of Trophy Heads from the Wari Site of Conchopata Peru”(American Jrnl of Physical Anthropology 2008); “Trama and Violence in the Wari Empire of the Peruvian Andes: Warfare, Raids, and Ritual Fights” (American Jrnl of Physical Anthropology, 2007).

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Rhesa Versola ’87 – Pittsboro, NC

Rhesa Versola earned her BA in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is actively involved with the UNC Diversity Program for Minority Journalists, as well as ACRED. Rhesa, a former newspaper journalist turned clinical research director, is taking a sabbatical from her career to experience life first hand as a breast cancer warrior. She resides in Pittsboro, NC.

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G. Keith Williams ’82 – Atlanta, GA

Keith Williams is the Senior Director of Compliance at Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA, Department of Early Learning. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1982. Before beginning his career at YMCA he worked as the Associate Controller at Clark Atlanta University for five years. Keith has been with YMCA for the past eight years. He is a current resident of Atlanta, Georgia.

Ossian Wynn ’79 – Charlotte, NC

Ossian Wynn is a Physician at Emergency Medicine. He is a Charlotte resident. Ossian obtained his Bachelor of Science in Medicine from UNC- Chapel Hill in 1976 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1979. Two of Ossian’s children are also UNC alumni, his son graduated in 2013 and daughter in 2004. His wife also received her Doctor of Medicine from UNC.

Advisory Status

  • Teresa Carol Artis ‘83
  • Danny Bell
  • Wade Hampton Chestnut III ‘66
  • Roy DeVonne Flood, Jr. ’86, MD ‘91
  • Leon Herndon ’87, MD ‘91
  • Michael Denard Kennedy ‘79