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Lisa Baker – Graham, NC

Lisa Baker is a native of Pembroke, NC. She is a member of the Lumbee tribe. Lisa earned a BA in Biology in1988 and a Certificate in Cytotechnology from Roche Biomedical Laboratories School of Cytotechnology in1994. Presently, Lisa is employed at Laboratory Corporation of America.

She resides in Graham, NC.

Danny Bell

Danny Bell

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.

Bilbao’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, Bilbao 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.

Bilbao 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, Bilbao was selected by LatinoLeaders 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.

Bilbao 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. Bilbao is a graduate of UNC and lives in Miami.

Katrina Billingsley ’96

Dr. Katrina Y. Billingsley 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 and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UNC – Chapel Hill. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a NC Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA).
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. Her experience serving individuals with a myriad of mental illnesses include but is not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia and personality disorders. Group work has included Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Depression, Anger/Stress Management and a coming of age girls group.
Dr. Billingsley has almost 20 years of experience working in higher education recruiting traditional and nontraditional students and helping them adjust to the change and demands of academic life. She also has a history of serving as program manager for a variety of academic programs and grants. Her experiences also include career concerns, such as adjustment and transition for the college-aged and adult populations. In her many years of working with new students, Dr. Billingsley has developed an expertise with helping to alleviate the stress of change and bringing the focus back to what is immediate-college dorm life, finding a major, new found independence and responsibility, attending class, and overall college success.
Dr. Billingsley specializes in working with mid-career professionals who seek change in career either by returning to school or finding a new career path including but not limited to new family responsibilities
Additionally, Dr. Billingsley is certified in conflict resolution/mediation through the Dispute Settlement Center of Durham NC. Additionally, Dr. Billingsley has met North Carolina testing requirements for certification as a K-12 school counselor.

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

Kimberley BrownKimberley joined Janssen Therapeutics in 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 the University of North Carolina at 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. Since 2015, she has served as the US Medical Director for the HIV franchise (PREZISTA, PREZCOBIX, EDURANT, INTELENCE, ODEFSEY, COMPLERA).

Maxine Brown-Davis

Maxine Brown-Davis
Maxine 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.
Ms. Brown-Davis 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.
Ms. Brown-Davis started her career with Procter and Gamble in manufacturing, sales, finance, corporate human resources, commercial retail teams and global business units.
Outside Procter & Gamble, Ms. Brown-Davis 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.
Ms. Brown-Davis 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.”
Ms. Brown-Davis 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_thumbNguyen is a Greensboro, N.C. native and the oldest of three to graduate from UNC. As an undergraduate, Nguyen was an active member of the Asian Students Association and served as vice president and president of the Vietnamese Students Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis in 1994, then obtained a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University in 1996 and a juries doctor from North Carolina Central University in 1999.

She 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.

Nguyen 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.

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

virginia_cardenas_thumbCárdenas 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. 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.

She 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_thumbCarrion is one of seven siblings, four of whom received degrees from Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an M.B.A., both from UNC.

Her career in information technology has taken her around the world, including stints in Mexico and Singapore. She currently serves in Carolina’s Information Technology Services as the campus solutions portfolio director for the ConnectCarolina program-a major system implementation to replace the University’s campus-wide administrative systems.

Warren Carson

Warren Carson
Dr. Warren J. Carson is a Tryon, NC native. He earned degrees in English from UNC Chapel Hill, Atlanta University, and the University of South Carolina. He has been an educator for 42 years, 33 of which have been spent at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC where he is Professor of English and African American Studies and has held a number of administrative appointments. Currently, he is Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and serves as USC Upstate’s Chief Diversity Officer. He has been involved in a broad range of community affairs, including elective office and service on a number of boards and committees. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Hospital and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roseland Community Center. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and a Charter member of the Spartanburg Alumni Chapter. Recently, he was named Carolina Trustees Professor by the Board of Trustees of USC in recognition of his long career of service to the institution.

Pamela Brewington Cashwell BA ’89, JD ‘92

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

Cashwell 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.

Cashwell holds a juris doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and a bachelor’s in economics also from UNC at 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.

Inderdeep Chatrath ’88 Ph.D. – Durham, NC

Inderdeep-Chatrath-photo.100x111Chatrath is the director of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action in the Office for Institutional Equity for Duke University and Duke University Health System. In this role, she is responsible for designing studies, compiling and reporting institutional data pursuant to federal regulations, and coordinating research and evaluation studies to identify progress and trends. While at Duke, Chatrath has been responsible for institutional research functions, managed programs for harassment prevention, diversity, and disability management.

Chatrath provides leadership regionally and nationally in contributing to the knowledge and practice of equal opportunity, equity and diversity. She serves on the board of the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) and helps evaluate, develop and teach courses for the AAAA Professional Development and Training Institute. Dr. Chatrath also holds leadership roles in Consortium of Ivy League and Select Universities and the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners.

She is also an academic advisor to first and second year Duke University students.

Josiah B. Chen ’99 – Cary, NC

Josiah-Chen-photo.100x111Chen 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

Wade H. Chestnut

Monica Cloud ’96 – Miami, FL

Monica Cloud ACRED photoCloud 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, 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, Cloud 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, Cloud is the chief financial officer for Kendrick Meek for Florida senate campaign in Miami, Fla.

Anthony Cummings BA ’84 JD ’87

Anthony Cummings is the Assistant General Counsel for the Personnel Law Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. In that role, he oversees all aspects of the agency’s Labor and Employment Law practice. Prior to joining HUD, Cummings served for 24 years as an administrative judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

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’s Judge Advocate General Corps. Upon leaving military service, Cummings was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

A 2009 recipient of UNC’s Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award, Cummings has served on UNC’s Board of Visitors, the Board of Trustees for The Asheville School, and in several community service organizations. He continues to maintain strong ties with UNC’s Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC School of Law.

A native of Fayetteville, NC, Cummings and his wife, Dr. Terri Wood-Cummings, BS ’84, MD ’90, reside in Centreville, VA, with their two teenage daughters.

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Grace Choung Davidson ’88 – Atlanta, GA

grace-choung.100x111With more than 18 years of business experience, 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.

Choung 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, Choung enjoys volunteering for the American Heart Association, Breast Cancer awareness groups and other charities.

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Janet N. Edwards

Ms. 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 2 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 6 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.

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Sidney H. Evans

Sidney Evans
October 14, 2014, Mr. Evans was appointed as the Vice President for Finance and Management at Morgan State University, Baltimore MD.
Mr. Sidney H. Evans Jr 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, Mr. Evans served as the Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer for Howard University from 2005-2009. Prior to Howard University, Mr. Evans served as the Vice President for Finance at Dillard University (LA). Mr. Evans brings with him over 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. Mr. Evans has issued and managed debt and equity transactions totaling over $1 billion, including both corporate and municipal debt instruments.
Prior to becoming a Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Evans served as a Manager and Assistant Controller with Unisys Corporation, working on the Corporate CFO’s staff. Mr. Evans started his career as a commercial banking officer with Citibank and Wachovia (Wells Fargo) bank.
Mr. Evans graduated from the Deerfield Academy and later from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he received a BA degree in Economics. He received his MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a finance concentration. He has an investment certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

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Roy D. Flood

 A native of Murfreesboro, N.C., 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.
Flood 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, Flood 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. Flood 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.
Flood 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. He and his wife now reside in Savannah, GA. The floods have two daughters Erin, and Jade.

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Atrayus O. Goode – Durham, NC

Atrayus Goode is an award-winning mentor, motivational speaker, and public servant.

Seeing such a need to address the educational and social needs of underrepresented populations, Atrayus founded Movement of Youth in 2006 as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He supports the organization by overseeing overall strategic and operational responsibility for Movement of Youth’s staff, volunteers, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. Movement of Youth is based off a similar program that Atrayus completed during middle- and high-school sponsored by the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America.

Atrayus has also worked with Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that advances diverse young leaders through rigorous paid apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection. Prior to his work with Public Allies, Atrayus developed customized executive education programs at the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development. His work supported high-growth small businesses utilizing the talents of expert practitioners and teaching faculty from universities and organizations across the country.

Atrayus has global experience, including consulting in South Africa with Vuleka Schools—a network of independent schools founded in 1989 by the Anglican Church in response to the crisis in black education during the apartheid years—and leading an all-Black delegation to Cuba with Witness for Peace to examine historical and present-day Cuban realities through a lens focused on race, gender, and other aspects of Cuban identity.

Atrayus is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award and the North Carolina Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, the state’s highest award for volunteer service.

An active member of the community, Atrayus is a member of the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Orange County, and the North Carolina State Youth Advisory Council. Atrayus is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Practice from Duke University Divinity School. He holds a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC and an A.B. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Atrayus was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, the University’s oldest and highest honorary society.

Atrayus resides in Durham, NC and is the proud father of Everette Rose Goode, 5.

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August Hammond ’99 – Atlanta, GA

august-hammondsHammond obtained her BSBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1999 and her Masters in Accounting from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2001. Upon graduating with her Masters, she joined Ernst & Young LLP audit firm as a staff auditor. She is now a Partner with Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia.

She 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. She enjoys running, cycling, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Candace Harke ’05 – Lumberton, NC

candace-harke-headshotHarke 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). Harke 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. Harke 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-headshot  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” Dr. Harris was a 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. Dr. Harris 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

Leon Herndon

Gerald V. Holmes ’85 – Greensboro, NC

Gerald Holmes

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, Holmes 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.

Holmes 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.

Holmes 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.

Holmes 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.  Holmes 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-150x150Kaiser chairs the American Indian Subcommittee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from UNC in 1985. Kaiser is a member of the Choctaw Nation and serves on the External Advisory Board for the American Indian Center.

Kaiser 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


Michael D. Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Patricia Kornegay-Timmons ’84, Raleigh, NC

Patricia Kornegay-Timmons holds a 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 over 21 years. There, she handled securities, finance and corporate governance matters.

At Carolina, Kornegay-Timmons 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.

Kornegay-Timmons 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

manningcrsheadshotrManning 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. Of Cherokee heritage, Manning’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, Manning 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.

Manning 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, Maynor earned her Doctor in Education degree in Educational Leadership from UNC. Maynor 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.
Maynor 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. Maynor 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. Maynor lives in Holly Springs, N.C.

Timothy McNeill ’92 – Raleigh, NC

Timothy-McNeillMcNeill 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. McNeil serves as corporate counsel and manager, regulatory affairs for Centene Corporation; a Fortune 150 multi-line healthcare company.  Prior to working with Centene, McNeill founded RTP Law | McNeill Law Offices, PLLC, in Research Triangle Park. Prior to his law practice, McNeill 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.  McNeill served honorably as an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps after completing undergraduate studies at UNC-Pembroke.

McNeill 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, McNeill 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-headshotEl Gato Meléndez is the first and only Puerto Rican-born player to ever play for the Harlem Globetrotters.

The nearest basketball courts to where El Gato 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 El Gato 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 El Gato.

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.

El Gato 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 El Gato will land on his feet.

Lucrecia Moore ’92 – Charlotte, NC

Lucrecia_MooreMoore 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 and a JD from Marquette University Law School. In addition to serving as vice chair of the African-American subcommittee for ACRED, Moore 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, Moore is a Certified Long Distance Running Coach and a triathlete. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Teresa Artis Neal ’83

Teresa Artis

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Gwenevere Parker


Louis Patalano

Louis Patalano
Lou Patalano is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham, North Carolina.
Patalano 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, Patalano 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. Patalano 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.
Patalano 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. Patalano previously served on the Board of Directors for Communities In Schools of Cumberland County. Additionally, Patalano 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, Patalano 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.
Patalano 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

jperezPerez 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. Perez, 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

(image uploaded) Almer is a native of Williamston, NC and graduated from UNC 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 Riddick

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. On ACRED, Riddick chairs the African-American subcommittee and is responsible for assisting with university fundraising efforts.

Riddick 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. Riddick 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.

Riddick received both his B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and Master of Public Administration at UNC. 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. Riddick also holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Indiana University. He is pursuing his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

Riddick is originally from Gates, NC and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and son. They are happily expecting a daughter who is due to arrive this October.

Joyce Su (Ping) Rogers


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Matthew Patrick Shaw ’02 – Chicago, IL

matt-shaw-headshotShaw 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, Dr. Shaw’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 the University of North Carolina at 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

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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, Thomas 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, Thomas 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.  Thomas is also the Town Manager for the Town of Pembroke, NC.

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Rhesa Versola ’87 – Pittsboro, NC

Versola earned her BA in Journalism from UNC. She is actively involved with the UNC Diversity Program for Minority Journalists, as well as ACRED. Versola, 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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Reyna Walters-Morgan ’99 – Washington, DC

reyna_walters_thumbWalters holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carolina and a law degree from the Howard University School of Law. A dedicated supporter of higher education, Waters worked with the N.C. General Assembly and the Higher Education Bond Campaign and Oversight Committee from 1999-2003. She is currently an attorney working out of Ohio.

At UNC, Walters was the first African-American female to be elected student body president, was an active member of the Theta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and volunteered with the Campus Y.

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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