|Chair Solomon L. Badger III, Ed.D. is currently retired from a career in education. During his career he worked as a community college counselor, campus dean of Student Affairs and District Dean of Student Affairs. He has also served as an adjunct professor for graduate research at Nova Southeastern University and as a professor in the School of Teacher Education at Edward Waters College. In 2003, Badger was selected by the Florida Supreme Court from a list of three candidates to fill one of two seats reserved for public members on the Florida Bar Board of Governors. After completing an enlistment in the United States Air Force he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from FAMU in 1963 and 1969, respectively. In 1975 he earned a doctorate in Higher Education/Behavioral Studies from Nova Southeastern University. He lives in Jacksonville, Fla. |
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Vice Chair Rufus Montgomery is President and CEO of The Cascon Group and a partner with CurtMont Global. He has held several executive positions, most recently as managing director of government affairs at Hall Booth Smith P.C. and immediately prior as vice president at Cornerstone Communications Group.His HBCU background includes service as interim associate vice president for institutional advancement at Albany State University and interim associate vice president for external affairs at Fort Valley State University. Montgomery was a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives before leaving Capitol Hill to serve as executive director of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. He directed African American outreach efforts for then-candidate Jeb Bush’s first successful campaign for governor. Montgomery is a Desert Storm veteran with active duty service in Europe and Southwest Asia. He has also coordinated political campaign activity at state and federal levels in two states in addition to serving as a member of the Electoral College in 2008. He holds Master of Applied Social Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Florida A&M University.
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|Torey L. Alston serves as Executive Director for the Miami-Dade Public Schools Office of Economic Opportunity. Alston previously served as Chief of Staff to both Broward County Commissioner Albert Jones and Barbara Sharief. From 2007-2010, Alston served as both Executive Director for Florida's Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) and Interim Executive Director for the state's Council on Efficient Government. In 2009, he served as Vice-Chair of the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. Alston, a FAMU graduate, received his bachelor’s degree and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management. While at FAMU, he served in various roles including Class President (two terms), Student Senator and President of the FAMU Student National Alumni Association. Alston is a Life Member of the NAACP, FAMU National Alumni Association and Province Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. |
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Lucas Boyce is the Director of Business Development and Legislative Affairs for the Orlando Magic. Appointed to this new role in July 2013, his responsibilities include strategic business planning with a focus on developing a new sports and entertainment district (SED) in downtown Orlando. He also oversees the company’s efforts in statewide legislative and government affairs. Prior to the Magic, Boyce served at the White House in a number of different roles from 2005-2008. He is the author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA. He was honored by the University of Central Missouri Alumni Association as the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus. In 2011, the Orlando Business Journal recognized Lucas as the 40 Under 40 Man of the Year. In 2010 he was recognized as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Americans by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Boyce received his bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication from the University of Central Missouri and graduated with his Executive MBA from Rollins College in May 2013.
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Tonnette S. Graham is the 61st student body president. She is a fourth-year student pursuing a major in healthcare management. Shortly after arriving on campus in the Fall of 2010, Graham declared her candidacy for a seat in the Student Senate. She was overwhelmingly elected by her peers to serve for a two year term. As a member of the Senate, she bought reform to the halls of student government and championed legislation that improved the quality of student life on campus. She is the first student in FAMU’s history to serve on the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors and is the co-founder of the FAMU Student Foundation, created to educate and inspire students to philanthropic support of the university. She also lends her time to numerous community service projects in the Tallahassee and Big Bend area. A native of Delaware, Graham was raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She attended James S. Rickards High School where she was ranked top of her class and was a student in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program. During her final year of high school Graham began dual enrollment at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. It was also during this time that she served as Student Body President at Rickards.
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| Kelvin Lawson is a national client service director with Acosta Sales and Marketing. In this role, he provides cross-functional leadership, direction and strategic planning to select clients to ensure maximum business results. He has managed the corporate relationships with large multinational organizations such as Kraft Foods, Starbucks and Diamond Foods. Prior to joining Acosta, he spent 17 years at Johnson and Johnson. During his tenure at Johnson and Johnson, he held positions of increasing responsibility including director of customer development and director of national accounts dealing with large retailers such as Wal-Mart, Costco, and Lenscrafters. Lawson is an active member of the Jacksonville (Fla.) community and serves on the board of a local non-profit as vice president of fundraising. Recently, he was appointed to the board of the Hubbard House of Jacksonville, Fla. He is a Florida A&M University graduate of the School of Business and Industry. He resides in Jacksonville, Fla. |
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Spurgeon McWilliams has maintained a private practice in Tallahassee since 1975. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Tallahassee Community College Board of Trustees. McWilliams was the first state consultant to the Florida Medicaid Program. He served as a member of the executive committee of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society from 1996-2013. In 2002-2003 he served as president of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society and simultaneously served as president of the Florida State Medical Association. McWilliams earned a bachelor’s degree from FAMU, and graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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|Kimberly Moore has spent over a decade in the workforce development arena. She currently serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). In the position of Vice President, she is responsible for developing strategic solutions that address the needs of employers and those seeking to enter the workforce. Prior to joining TCC, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE PLUS, becoming the youngest person, the first African-American and the first woman to hold this top position. Ms. Moore is a 1993 graduate of Tallahassee Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She continued her education at Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1995. In May 2006, she earned her M.B.A from Webster University. |
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|Narayan Persaud is a professor within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Florida A&M University (FAMU). He received his education at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, Ohio University, Kent State University and Florida State University. Prior to joining the faculty at FAMU, he taught at the University of Guyana and the University of the Virgin Islands. He also served as a senior policy analyst with Florida’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Governmental Accountability and as the higher education analyst with the Florida Senate. From 1996-2004, he served as director of FAMU’s Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program, and he is a founding advisor for the Progressive Black Men on campus. Persaud was elected as president of the FAMU Faculty Senate in 2011, and re-elected for another two year term in 2013. |
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|Belinda Reed Shannon serves as vice president of compliance, EEO, diversity and employee relations for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She is based in GSK’s Research Triangle Park, North American headquarters. In her current role, Shannon leads the company’s efforts in the areas of employment compliance, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and other EEO-related matters. Previously, Shannon managed all U.S. based employment litigation for GSK. As in-house counsel, she provided strategic employment advice and counsel to the company’s executives for matters related to employee conduct and performance, internal investigations, restructurings and reductions in force, and human resources processes and communications. Shannon served as chair of the GSK Legal Functions Global Diversity Steering Committee. Shannon belongs to a number of professional and civic organizations and is a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists. She is a Florida A&M University graduate with a degree in marketing and a MBA. She earned her juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School. |
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|Marjorie Turnbull is a consultant specializing in non-profit organizations in the areas of board and staff development and fund raising. Turnbull was previously Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation for Tallahassee Community College. She served for six years on the Leon County Commission and six years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. She is a founding director of Prime Meridian Bank, serves on the Institutional Review Board of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and is a member of the board of the Challenger Learning Center, a part of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. She was awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award by Leadership Tallahassee and the Meritorious Achievement Award by FAMU (2000). Turnbull received her master’s degree in international relations from the University of Georgia, a bachelor degree in political science from the University of Florida, and an associate of arts degree from Agnes Scott College. |
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|Cleve Warren is the president of Essential Capital Finance, Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a former banker and financial advisor, and has served in state and local government as executive director of the Florida Black Business Investment Board under former Gov. Bob Martinez, and as chief of Economic Development for the City of Jacksonville under former Mayor Ed Austin. He currently serves on the board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Civic Council, and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Warren also serves on the boards of several charitable and civic organizations, and is co-chair of the Jacksonville Urban Education Symposium. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and an alumnus of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. Warren earned his bachelor's degree in banking and finance from the University of North Florida and his master's degree in business administration (MBA) from Jacksonville University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of North Florida. |
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|Karl E. White is the managing principal of Gracián & Co., a boutique advisory and consulting firm specializing in the hedge fund and private equity industries. He was previously appointed to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees where he served as vice chairman of the board and chairman of several committees. He received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Florida A&M University and received a MBA from the University of Chicago. His previous experience includes service as executive director of the MBTA Retirement Fund, Pension Fund and he has also held investment management positions with Putnam Investments, Scudder Kemper and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. |
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