Chair 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.
Dr. Jamal A. Brown serves as Florida A&M University Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the College
of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, IPH. A Tallahassee native, FAMU DRS alumnus,
and graduate of FAMU’s College of Pharmacy, he has made his mark as a clinical pharmacist
for the Veterans Health Administration and as a retail pharmacist. Joining FAMU’s
faculty in 2014, Dr. Brown’s influence bridges academia and healthcare. As a tenured
clinical practice professor at Tampa General Hospital, he manages patients in a primary
care clinic with diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions. His teaching spans
pharmacology, cardiovascular wellness, pharmacy law, and various chronic diseases.
His scholarly work includes contributions to the renowned “Dipiro” Pharmacotherapy
Notably, Dr. Brown’s innovative teaching style incorporates music. In 2023, his viral
TikTok video, featuring an original song about type 2 diabetes, reached more than
300,000 views and earned extensive media coverage from BET, Yahoo News, and the Tallahassee
Democrat. Major news outlets, including WCTV News, ABC Action News, Inside Edition,
and Good Morning America have showcased his inspiring story. Beyond academia, Dr. Brown is a sought-after consultant, instructing dentists in sedation
dentistry and discussing critical topics such as antibiotic stewardship and opioid
misuse. He was ordained as a minister with the Family Worship and Praise Center in
Tallahassee, FL, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the CEO of Jamal
Brown Photography, LLC.
Term: August 2023 - August 2025
Otis Cliatt, II, is president of Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. and is believed to be the first African
American to lead a North American railroad. With more than 20 years of experience
in the railroad industry, his expansive career includes prior senior leadership positions
at Union Pacific Railroad, CANAC, Inc., an industrial rail switching company, and
Cliatt Consulting, a rail management company. Trustee Cliatt is a combat veteran
and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Desert Storm. He was also an
eight-year member of the U.S. Army’s elite Special Operations Command Airborne at
Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He proudly served in the 112th Signal Battalion Airborne
Special Forces Command while on active duty and in the 20th Special Forces Group Airborne
while in the Florida National Guard.
Trustee Cliatt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Florida A&M
University and graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program.
In 2019 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Florida A&M University National
Alumni Association. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., having
served on the Board of Directors for the Houston, Texas and Irvine-Anaheim, California
Alumni Chapters, respectively.
Term: December 11, 2020 - January 6, 2025
John Crossman has been in the real estate industry for just over 30 years. He is the founder and
President of the Winter Park based firm, CrossMarc Services, which offers investment,
development, advisory, and brokerage services in the commercial real estate industry.
Passionate about promoting real estate education, John founded Crossman Career Builders
to work with colleges to provide the best real estate education possible, as well
as provide free resources to young professionals and college kids. John has 11 endowed
scholarships at 7 different universities and is the author of the best-selling book,
Career Killers/Career Builders, which he wrote for young professionals.
Term: June 22, 2023 - January 6, 2026
Natlie G. Figgers is an Attorney and Businesswoman who serves as the Founder of The Law Office of Natlie
G. Figgers, LLC.
Knowing for certain that she wanted to help others, Natlie started her academic success
by attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned a Bachelor
of Arts in Criminal Justice, specializing in Juvenile Justice. She would then gain
her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.
This accomplishment made it possible for her to work as a law clerk with one of Florida’s
top commercial litigation firms and to eventually open her own law practice where
she focuses on business and personal injury.
In addition to her academic achievements, Natlie also has an extensive technical and
business background. While still a full-time undergraduate student, she served as
the chief operating officer for a Florida-based telecommunications company. Once Natlie
began law school, she was promoted to chief human resources officer, where she remained
for the next six and a half years. In recognition of her work over the years, Natlie
became the recipient of numerous awards. This would include being named Florida Memorial
University's most Ardent Community Advocate in 2022, the National Black Lawyers Top
40 under 40 list in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Natlie has also been featured in publications
such as the Top 100 Magazine, GQ Magazine, Miami Herald, and the Miami Times.
Term: March 29, 2023 - January 6, 2026
Deveron Gibbons, J.D., a consultant for Amscot Financial and a retired senior vice president of the company,
is a former Tallahassee lobbyist, longtime community activist and former board member
of several local organizations. He currently serves on the boards of Take Stock in
Children, the Sanderlin Community Center and St. Petersburg College.
Gibbons has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, a master's from the
University of South Florida and a law degree and master's in business administration
from Florida A&M University.
Term: March 29, 2023 - January 6, 2028
Kristin Harper is founder and CEO of Driven to Succeed, LLC, which provides market research, brand
strategy consulting, keynotes and training on leadership and emotional intelligence
for Fortune 500 companies and rising leaders.
An award-winning businesswoman, Kristin went from college intern to Global VP of a
Fortune 15 company in her 30s. A classically trained marketer who built her career
at Procter & Gamble, The Hershey Company and Cardinal Health, she’s led global iconic
brands including Crest®, Oral-B®, and Hershey’s KISSES®.
Author of The Heart of a Leader: 52 Emotional Intelligence Insights to Advance Your
Career, Kristin is deeply committed to developing people and giving back to her community.
She is an active lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., minister at
her church, and Co-Founder/Board President of Pacesetters Unlimited, Inc., which provides mentoring and scholarships to African-American youth. Kristin received
her Bachelor's and MBA degrees from Florida A&M University, and executive education
from Harvard University. During college, she was elected the first female Student
Government President in nearly a decade, and now serves as an appointed member on
the FAMU Board of Trustees. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children.
Term: January 7, 2021 - January 6, 2026
Londe Mondelus is a fourth-year political science student from West Palm Beach, Florida. Londe is
grateful and excited to serve her fellow Rattlers. She currently serves as the Student
Government Association President for the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Her previous
leadership role was Senate President Pro-Tempore for Florida A&M University Student
Government Association 52nd Student Senate. Londe began her service in SGA as a freshman
senator in the 51st Student Senate. She has written and sponsored ten pieces of legislation.
She was a past intern with Greenberg Traurig Law Firm and Verizon's in-house attorneys
as a part of their Verizon/Greenberg Traurig HBCU Pre-Law Internship Program. Londe's
current interests are law, voter advocacy, and public policy. Londe has experience
working with voter registration organizations and the Florida House of Representatives.
She has also enjoyed being an attendee and presenter for the 2021 UMD Rising Scholars
Conference. She actively seeks opportunities to develop problem-solving, analytical,
and leadership insights. She also serves the university as an Orange & Green Tour
Guide where she actively recruits prospective students by showcasing our illustrious
University. She is a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated. Londe is also a member of J. W. Hatchett Pre-law Honor Society and a
spring 2023 initiate of Phi Alpha Delta. While she is committed to forward progress
even in her early stages of leadership, it is her hope to make a long-lasting impact
on her community. She is delighted to connect with you.
Term: May 2023 - May 2024
Belvin Perry, Jr., is currently a personal injury attorney with the law firm of Morgan & Morgan. Prior
to joining the Morgan Law Firm he was the Chief Judge of 9th Judicial Circuit for
nearly eighteen years and a circuit judge for nearly twenty-four years before retiring
in August of 2014. He has also served as President of the National Conference of
Metropolitan Courts and the first African-American Chair of the Florida Conference
of Circuit Judges. He served as Chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission for four
years and Chair of the Florida Innocence Commission. In 2009 he was selected as the
FLABOTA Jurist of the Year by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial
Advocates. He is a member of 100 Black Men of Orlando. Mr. Perry received his B.
S. and M. Ed. from Tuskegee University and Juris Doctor from the Thurgood Marshall
School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is also member of Florida Bar and
Texas Bar. Mr. Perry has received numerous awards and honors such as 2014 Historical
Society of Central Florida - John Young History Maker, YMCA of Central Florida & South
West Orlando Jaycees 2014 Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award and 2012
Judge William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award for Professionalism by the Florida Bar.
Mr. Perry resides in Orlando, Florida.
Term: March 24, 2016 - January 6, 2021
Craig Reed is Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this
role he has global responsibility for the sourcing and supplier management of all
spend for goods and services in support of the company. This includes strategies that
support Thermo Fisher's sustainability efforts as well as supplier diversity.
A proven leader in the supply chain and sourcing area, Reed has more than 27 years
of global experience in multinational corporations, including Corteva Agriscience,
DuPont Corporation, Eaton PLC, Delta Air Lines, Deere & Company, BMW Manufacturing,
and Honda of America Manufacturing.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida A&M University (FAMU) and a past
member of the Board of Directors for the National Minority Supplier Development Council
(NMSDC). He is a former Board Chair for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
Craig holds a BS in Economics from Florida A&M University and an MBA with a concentration
in Supply Management from Arizona State University.
Term: January 7, 2021 - January 6, 2026
Kenward Stone is co-chief executive officer of Broughton Pharmaceuticals. He is also co-founder
and managing partner of SL Group Investors, where he raised capital to acquire a business
with enterprise value greater than $10 million. Trustee Stone's experience in the
financial sector includes serving as chief operating officer for Stone Financial Retirement
Planning, associate and analyst for Barclays Bank PLC, and analyst for CITIGROUP.
Trustee Stone graduated from the Florida A&M University School of Business & Industry
(SBI) with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2009. He later completed
an MBA at Harvard University. Trustee Stone serves as a motivational speaker and mentor
to junior investment bankers, MBA candidates, and entrepreneurs.
Term: October 27, 2020 - January 6, 2025
Nicole Washington, Principal, Washington Education Strategies is a national education policy advisor,
based in Miami Beach, focused on integrating work and education to build a stronger
talent pipeline in Florida and improving postsecondary education opportunities for
all students. She served as the Vice-chair for the Education Subcommittee of the
2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission, sponsoring a successful Amendment 7 that
increases college access and affordability for Florida's students.
Nicole provides advocacy and strategic policy support for national and state higher
education organizations including Lumina Foundation and Florida College Access Network. She
works with state and local organizations to create a more focused, comprehensive education
policy and advocacy environment. Nicole has been committed to improving higher education
in Florida for many years, serving in roles including the University of South Florida
Consolidation Taskforce and Associate Director of Governmental Relations for the State
University System Board of Governors. Nicole earned her B.A. from Princeton University
and M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Term: January 6, 2020 - January 6, 2025
Michael White is Co-Founder and President of Business Development at Indelible Management Solutions,
Inc. (Indelible), one of the fastest growing minority-owned management consulting
firms in the country. Indelible generated over $70M in revenue in 2022, while expanding
into 6 additional states and serving as a sub-contractor to the federal government.
Michael contributes to business segment strategy development, creating new business
opportunities, and overseeing the implementation of strategic market initiatives.
He leads team members who are not only diverse in culture but in their professional
backgrounds, including emergency managers, audit and compliance professionals, public
health experts, and information technology subject matter experts.
Michael is known as an innovative leader and out-of-the-box thinker able to support
governmental programs and initiatives at the state, local and federal level. Mike
helped drive outstanding business growth and has a reputation for delivering exceptional
client service since the firm’s inception in 2018. Working with his co-founder, Joshua
Hay, Mike identified opportunities to assist government agencies and leaders in focusing
their efforts, in particular grants, towards under-served communities and communities
Term: June 21, 2023 - January 6, 2028