B.S., Business Administration and Management
Tonya P. Anderson has served in the Georgia legislature for the past five years. In 2012, she was elected to serve as the first State Representative for the newly formed District 92. In 2016, she was elected to the Georgia Senate, serving District 43. Anderson retired from the United States Air Force Reserve after more than 21 honorable years of service and continues to volunteer and advocate for veterans' services. She holds a degree in Busines Administration with an emphasis in Management from Alabama State University as well as a Masters of Divinity from Luther Rice University.
B.S., Social Work
Vladimir "Booman" Averett is a local business owner and community leader who has developed his spirit of entrepreneurship as a student at Alabama State University. As owner of Heritage Barbershop and the Heritage Complex (located adjacent to the campus), Averett has emerged as a highly motivated visionary, who has helped former employees open their own businesses and, through the construction of the Heritage Complex, has provided a venue for two other ASU alumni to locate their businesses. Averett gives back to the community by providing internships and free back-to-school haricuts for high school students. He also hosts an annual Heritage Barbershop@ASU event that provides free haircuts to ASU students.
B.A., Political Science
Douglas Barringer currently serves as the Academic Vice President of Abu Dhabi Education (ADEC). He graduated from ASU in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
B.S., Health Information Management
Dr. Alicia Best is an assistant professor in the University of South Florida's College of Public Health, one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the country. She is the principal investigator on two pilot grants funded by the American Cancer Society and the USF Women's Health Collaborative, a non-profit focused on advancing the health and wellness of underserved populations in the Tampa Bay region. In addition to her degree from ASU, Best earned a Master's degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of South Carolina.
B.S., Psychology | M.S., Counseling (1998)
Edward Billingslea currently serves as the Upper School Director at the Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to his current position, Billingslea was the first black Upper School Director at Montgomery Academy. Billingslea has participated in numerous service organizations in Georgia and Alabama and was a member of Leadership Montgomery. A veteran educator, Billingslea earned his Educational Leadership certification from the University of Georgia.
B.S., Health/Physical Education
Anthony Brock is the founder and Head of School at Valiant Cross Academy in Montgomery, an all-male private school that has received national acclaim for its innovative and highly successful approach to educating young men. A veteran education administrator, Brock was employed by the Autauga County School System for 13 years, serving as a head football coach, at-risk specialist, assistant principal and principal. Brock also was principal at the historic St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery. An active and dedicated community servant and leader, Brock has received numerous awards and has helped to establish and advance initiatives such as the Brother2Brother and Sister2Sister mentoring programs.
B.S., Business Education
Taylor Bryant is Director of Communications in the Division of Strategic Communications for the University of Alabama. Prior to her current position, Bryant was an award winning radio broadcaster and public service director. Among her accomplishments, Bryant worked for nearly ten years as a mentor, providing career guidance to college students majoring in communications. While in Montgomery, she started a Prom Dress Drive that collected more than 3,000 dresses in three years for area teenagers. Bryant also led fundraisers that raised more than $150,000 for Sickle Cell research and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Marc P. Desgraves, IV is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who currently serves as the Vice President of Risk Management for Cambium Learning Group in Dallas, Texas, a publicly traded global provider of SAAS-based solutions for the K-12 education industry. Desgraves has garnered a wealth of diversified experience, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Desgraves has a notable record of public service. He provides tax services on a pro-bono basis and volunteers his time through organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Turning Dreams Into Realities Scholarship and Mentoring Program, the National Association of Black Accountants, as well as serving as treasurer of the Board of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy in Mesquite and Plano, Texas.
B.S., Accounting and Finance
Eric Welch Guster is managing attorney of Guster Law Firm, LLC, which was formed in 2002. The firm handles catastrophic personal injury, civil rights, criminal defense and malpractice cases across the nation. Guster has gained national prominence as a legal analyst, providing commentary on major legal cases, social issues and politics. He appears regularly on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network. He has also appeared on NBC's Today Show, and Good Morning Britain, and has been a legal resource for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Black America Web. Guster also is a real estate developer who purchases and rehabilitates community buildings. A dedicated public servant, Guster mentors young attorneys and entrepreneurs.
Adria "Coach A" Harris is a former star athlete for the Alabama State University women's basketball team. She also was an assistant women's basketball coach at ASU for two years. Harris currently serves as the Head Girls Basketball Coach and physical education teacher at George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery. Harris is considered an outstanding coach, having led the Wolverines to a 6A Area Championship, South Regional Championship and to the State Final Four.
B.S., Social Work
Adrian Holloway is the Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach at Selma University. In his first year as head coach, he led his team to the Small College Baseball World Series. He has won 89 games in four years. In 2017, Holloway was named the National Christian College Athletic Association's South Region Coach of the Year. He also is a community volunteer, having served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity and All-In Sports Outreach. His accomplishments including producing five HBCU baseball all-Americans, being named in the Top 20 under 40 by Selma Magazine and being named one of the HBCU Baseball Young Guns (a national ranking for young HBCU coaches).
B.S., Language Arts Education | M.Ed., English Education (2000)
Nicole Holloway-Shaw is a former Miss Alabama State University who currently serves as principal at Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Georgia. A dedicated Hornet, Holloway-Shaw is proud of having recruited dozens of students to attend her alma mater. Holloway-Shaw is an advocate for college preparation for young people and volunteers her time to assist with completing applications, promoting community service and seeking scholarship opportunities for those with higher education aspirations. Holloway-Shaw received the Will Crumbley Impact Award and the NAACP Administrator Achievement award for having the highest graduation rate (94%) in her school's district. Under her leadership, Dutchtown was ranked among the nation's best by both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines.
B.S., Criminal Justice
Orentha J. Holloway is a special agent with the United States Secret Service and is currently assigned to the protection division for former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Holloway is a veteran law enforcement officer, beginning as a police officer in LaGrange, Georgia, in 1996 and earning a promotion to sergeant in 2001 and lieutenant in 2007. Holloway has received several commendations, including Officer of the Year and commendations for service in 2003 and 2005. Holloway joined the Secret Service in 2008 with an initial assignment to the field office in Dallas, Texas. His dedication to his job earned him his current position with President Obama's detail.
B.S., Criminal Justice
Dr. Rod Michael Jones is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. Jones is a dedicated activist who advocates for community-based outreach for underserved homeless military veterans and older minority adults living with AIDS in the city of Las Vegas and surrounding metro areas. He also is involved in HIV/AIDS education, research and training. Jones earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from Morgan State University in 2014.
B.S., Special Education | M.Ed., Education (1998)
Dr. Phadra Williams Kee is employed by the National Education Association (NEA), serving as the interim Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Association. She serves as NEA's lead staff person for HBCU organizing and also served as staff liaison for NEA's membership services committee. Kee organized NEA's first New Teacher Survival Store, which has been replicated in three states nationwide; coordinated and trained NEA Higher Education Emerging Leaders Academy for more than 500 higher education faculty and staff in more than 20 states; was instrumental in saving the jobs of hundreds of teachers and support staff by co-creating a $6.5 million dollar retirement incentive program. She also works with scholarship efforts for African-Americans and advocates for senior citizens.
B.S., Elementary Education
Dr. Lashae King received her B.S. in Elementary Education from ASU in 2009. She established the E.D. Nixon Elementary School STEM Lab and is chair of their STEM Committee. She has a graduate certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
B.A., Public Relations
Duncan Kirkwood is the Outreach and Recruitment manager for the Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC) in New York. Before joining NWTC, he worked in various professional capacities, including serving as the Alabama State Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a national advocacy organization designed to increase access to high quality educational options for low-income and working-class famililes.
He has been recognized nationally for his work in education reform and continues to be a force for social justice locally. He is one of the leading voices of educational choice and parent advocacy in Western New York. At ASU, he served as president of the SGA as well as the Beta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Cedric Lane is a 2007 graduate of ASU. He is a Public Health Scientist employed as a Department of Defense Contractor in the Office of Suicide Prevention. He analyzes data to reduce the risk of suicides in the military population.
B.S., Business Administration, Finance
DeMark Liggins is the Chief of Staff/CFO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The SCLC is most noted for its founding president, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as stalwart in the civil rights movement. Mr. Liggins follows in the footsteps of such noted leaders as Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Rep. John Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian and others. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and also spends time working with the newly minted Council for Black Progress. He was a member of Leadership Montgomery Class XXI, a member of the Project Understanding 2017 class of the Atlanta Black and Jewish Coalition and has served as a CASA for Dekalb County as well as an advisor to the Atlanta National Urban League and New Leader Council.
B.S., Elementary Education | M.Ed., Educational Administration (2001) | Ed.S., Education Administration (2009)
Dr. Melvin Alonza Lowe, III is the Educational Director - Career Technical and Workforce Development with the Macon County Board of Education, and an Adjunct Adult Education Instructor at Trenholm State Community College. He served on a program development team for an Aerospace Engineering Curriculum used in the State of Alabama in high school career tech programs. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Alabama Education Association, National Education Association and the Macon County Board of Education Superintendents' Cabinet.
B.S., Mathematics | M.S., Math Education (1998)
Houston L. Markham, a member of the Holm Center Curriculum Directorate, is an Instructional Systems Specialist. He is responsible for leading and educating a team of non-prior Air Force civilian employees to the Air Force culture and way o flife and preparing them for future leadership, managerial and supervisory roles. He also works in Instructor Education and Evaluation where he teaches ROTC university professors, JROTC high school teachers, and newly hired Officer Training School faculty concepts in instructional methodology. Markham has received numerous awards including being selected as the 2012 Young Professional of the Year for the City of Montgomery.
B.S., Computer Information Systems
Quincy Minor is President/COO of Information Transportation Solutions, Inc. Minor was a member of the Mighty Marching Hornets. He continues to support the University as an Advisory Board member of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Board member for the Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. College of Business Administration. He was appointed to the Alabama Supercomputer Authority Board of Directors, and was the 2017 Alabama River Region Conference Lay Organization Father of the Year. He is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
In 1996, Bejamin Moore, II was one of two students selected to represent ASU at the 69th annual National Bankers Association Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated in 1997 with a degree in Finance. He was selected for the BB&T Banking School Scholarship at Wake Forest University in 2008. He currently serves as Vice President, Premier Banking Regional Manager for SunTrust Bank.
Caldonia Moore is a 1997 graduate of ASU. She is a Secondary Language Arts teacher. She has worked with the Henry County Board of Education for 19 years. She received the "Apple for the Teacher Award" in 2004.
B.S., Computer Science
Cedrick Moore is Quality Management System Lead - North and South America for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. A 1998 graduate, he is a charter member of the Jefferson Shelby County Metro Alumni Chapter of the ASU National Alumni Association. He served on the Executive Board for the Birmingham Young Professionals Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
B.A., Theatre Arts
Yohance Myles is a Birmingham native who has been burning up the big and little screens in recent years. He has a role in the movie "Fire with Fire," starring Bruce Willis and Curtis Jackson (better known as rapper 50Cent). Myles will also appear in "The Host," "Hours" and "The End of the World," all slated for release next year. He has a recurring role as Clyde on the USA Network show "Common Law," which is about an odd pair of detectives. On stage, Myles has performed in productions of "Macbeth," "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," "The Royal Family," "Satellites" and "King Hedley."
Deletria Mills Nash is a former Presidential Scholar who is the Regulatory Attorney at the Sentry Insurance Group and the owner of Nash Properties, LLC. She is the former and current acting director of the Sentry Insurance Group's Corporate Compliance Department. She was a member of the 2005 Class of Leadership Topeka, a former director of Community Industries Corp., a current director of the Mid-Wisconsin Insurance Association, and the former Pro Bono Attorney for City of Lights Church. She is a member of DRI, the Kansas Bar, and a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
LaTasha Nelson received a B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry in 1997 from ASU. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University and a Physician in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Northwestern Memorial Group.
Chasity Thompson Osborn is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Professional Development and Adjunct Faculty at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She has been recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal- 40 Under 40, JLI- Indy's Best & Brightest, Raab Emison Award for Diversity, Up and Coming Lawyer, and the Indiana University Law Early Career Achievement awards. Also, she served on the Super Bowl Education committee where programs impacted more than 50,000 students. Committed to service, Chasity is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Incorporated.
B.S., Early Childhood Education
Dawn Owens is the owner of Tandem Early Childhood Education Consulting, LLC, and is a third-generation ASU graduate. She is a graduate of the inaugural Alabama Early Childhood Education Leadership Academy. Owens secured a $150,000 Alabama First Class Pre-K Grant Award for the Alabama State University Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center in 2015. She was a member of Emerge Torchbearers Class III and Leadership Montgomery Class 32. Her support for the University includes being a member of the A Club and the Sesquicentennial Honor Roll.
B.S., Computer Information Systems
After graduating from ASU, Shanta Owens set her sights on a law career. Following her graduation from law school, she returned home to Birmingham to begin her legal career. In 2008, she was elected to the bench to serve as a District Judge in the criminal division for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. She is the Presiding Judge for the Drug Court Program for the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, which is the largest Drug Court Program in the state. She is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Alabama Association of Drug Court Professionals, Alabama District Judges Association, Alabama State Bar Association and the Judicial Council of the Magic City Bar Association.
Audrey A. Parks graduated from ASU with a B.A. in Communications in 2013. She is known for her student mentoring and community activism. She is also a founding member of Sisters United, Inc., and is a member of the Head Start Policy Council Executive Board.
Dr. Tyson Platt earned his B.S. from Alabama State University in 1999, his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University Montgomery in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Auburn University in 2007. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Psychology at ASU where he teaches undergraduate classes. He has ongoing research projects in the areas of auditory perception, student perceptions of psychology instructors and the social functions of professional wrestling. Platt maintains an undergraduate behavioral research lab to encourage and develop research interests and skills among psychology undergraduates. He was the 2013 recipient of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at Alabama State University.
Yasmin Rana graduated with a B.A. in Communications in 2009. She was the Vice President of the NAACP. She is the executive director of The Hustlers Guild. Rana interned with former President Barack Obama in the Office of Management and Administration during the spring of 2011. She was the first ASU alumni to intern for the administration, and was politically appointed and served five years at the White House in the Office of Management and Administration. She was the only ASU alumni to be appointed to a political position within the Obama Administration.
B.A., Political Science
Victor Revill is a native of Albany, Georgia and is founder of the Revill Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama. His main areas of the law are civil rights, criminal defense, family law and personal injury. He is known for being a great courtroom orator who is extremely knowledgeable of the law. He has received several awards for being a top criminal defense and civil rights attorney from organizations such as the "Birmingham Magazine," National Trial Lawyers Association, Martindale-Hubbell, Who's Who, and various other organizations. In 2015, he was nominated for the "Community Justice Award" for his work throughout the state of Alabama.
Dr. Cheryl Robertson received her bachelor's degree from Alabama State University and her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She completed her internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and completed her cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University.
Robertson is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine and general cardiology. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Society for Cardiac and Angiography and Interventions. She currently practices with WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine.
B.S.W., Social Work | M.S., Counseling (1996) | M.Ed., Special Education (2003)
Antoinette Robinson is a Special Education Teacher with Montgomery Public Schools. While attending ASU, she served four years as Head Proctor for the Mighty Marching Hornets and Manager of the Women's Basketball team. She has held membership in two ASU National Alumni Association chapters (Alexander City and Montgomery), and held various offices in both. She also served as ASU Miss National Alumni Association in 2016. She is a band booster and a member of ISTAP. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and volunteers for various organizations including Aid to Inmate Mothers.
B.S., Secondary Mathematics Education
Brenda Robinson-Burns is a Mathematics teacher and college board certified Advanced Placement Calculus teacher at George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. She has been teaching with Montgomery Public Schools since August 2003. Brenda graduated cum laude with a major in Mathematics Education. She serves as a faculty advisor for Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society. Brenda is also an Advanced Mathematics Trainer for AMSTI. She is a member of Montgomery County Education Association, Alabama Education and National Education Association. She serves as an AR representative for Carver High with AEA. She was recently selected as a Teacher Leader for Carver High School.
Eddie Robinson, Jr. was an All-SWAC and All-American football player for the Hornets. He also received the Toyota Leadership Award as a senior and was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 1992 draft. He retired from the NFL after 11 seasons and entered the business world. He is the Owner/Manager of Magnolia Oaks Properties LLC Real Estate Investment Company. Robinson is deeply involved in community service. He regularly speaks to high school students and young athletes for school and athletic programs. He also volunteers with the Houston school district's Real Men Read program, reading to elementary students and sharing his keys to success. He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Delvin Seawright received his M.S. in Accounting from ASU in 2002. In 2015, he became the first ASU Master of Accountancy program graduate to earn a Ph.D. in Accounting. He is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Lamar University in Beamont, Texas.
B.S., Computer Information Systems
Anwar Shahid is CEO and Principal Cybersecurity Consultant of Propelled Technologies in Montgomery. He provides cybersecurity advisory assistance services to small businesses. Shahid mentors fellow ASU alumni in the cybersecurity field. While attending ASU, he was a member of the Hornet Tribune staff, Phi Beta Lambda Professional Business Fraternity, Elite Models, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Associations of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Kai Smith received her B.S. in Accounting from ASU in 1997. She is a Principal Agent/President for KTL Smith Group, Inc. Kai was a Farmers Insurance Championship Agent in 2016 and 2017, and Farmers Insurance Top 40 Life Insurance Agency in U.S. Life Century Award winner in 2014. Kai's Koffee House was named Best of the Best in Shelby County in 2015 and 2016. She founded Pelham Business Academy in 2016 and was featured in an ASU Today magazine edition profiling outstanding alumni in business. She was awarded a U.S. Presidential Bronze Medal for Service in 2005 by President George Bush.
B.A., Theatre Arts
Anthony Mark Stockard is Associate Professor/Director, Norfolk State University (NSU) Theatre Company & Division of Drama. Since Joining NSU in 2014, he has been instrumental in the 585 percent enrollment increase in the drama division. Stockard was an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University, and in 2013, he received the Faculty of the Year Award for the Department of Theatre. Just as he did at ASU, he has helped the theatre department at NSU win several national awards. In September 2016, the Board of Visitors approved a proposal he penned for a new bachelor's degree in Drama and Theatre at NSU.
B.S., Therapeutic Recreation
Paula Stokes received her B.S. in Therepeutic Recreation from ASU in 1997. As an undergrad, she was an Athletic Training Assistant with the ASU football team. She was recently appointed as the State Manager for the Veteran Experience Office in Alabama for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. She is the Chair of the Legal Committee for the Governor's Alabama Veterans Network and the Alabama State Bar's Veterans and Service Member Legal Task Force. Stokes received her Juris Doctorate in 2006.
Dr. Ashley Thomas is a Speech Instructor at Wallace Community College in Selma. The former SGA president graduated from ASU with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Communications from George Mason University in 2017 after having been chosen as the Oustanding Ph.D. Student of the Year in 2016.
Darius Thomas is Management Analyst, Human Capital Management for Data Solutions & Technology, Incorporated in Lanham, Maryland. For the past five years, he has assisted in the planning and implementation of ASU's Career Day with the Alumni. He established the Speed Networking portion of the event, which is an avenue for alumni and current students to have a one-on-one conversation about interviewing skills. He assisted in the ASU Pre-College Enrichment program. This program helps bring prospective college students in the D.C., Maryland and Virgnia area together for an orientation on the transition from high school to college.
Tammy Palmer Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from ASU, and has more than 25 years of experience in the marketing and public relations field. She is currently Vice President of Marketing for Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). The former Miss ASU previously worked in marketing for Bowie State University and the Unviersity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Thomas's work has earned her a number of awards, including the 2009 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Outstanding Leadership in Public Relations.
B.S., Elementary Education
William Vann, III received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from ASU. He is a third grade teacher at Prevail Academy in Mt. Clemons, Michigan. He is a Life Member of the ASU National Alumni Association, and is a member of the 1867 Society. Vann is the author of the book "Protocols of the Elder of Cush." In 2003, he received Father of the Year Award from the Second Ebenezer Church.
B.A., Theatre Arts
Ruth "Anna Marshae" Williams is a Theatre Arts graduate of ASU. She is employed by Selma City Schools and is a Visual Arts and Dance Teacher. She also is coordinator, choreographer and designer for the Mighty Marching Hornet's Honey Beez, a unique plus-sized dance team that has gained national acclaim for their signature style and performances.
Laura Williams-Hinton is the City Clerk- Treasurer for the City of Marion, Alabama. She was recently elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Perry County Children's Policy Council. In this role, she helps to address issues affecting the health, safety, education and economic security of the children of Perry County while developing ways to promote parental involvement. Hinton received her bachelor's degree in English from ASU. She taught English and was the Cheer Coach for Hillcrest High School.