B.S., Business Administration, Management
Katrina Adams, a former SGA secretary for Alabama State University, is a food blogger and an event planner. Adams’ strong passion for cooking and entertaining landed her appearances on ABC’s “Talk of Alabama” and FOX news stations, as well as a two-year stint on the Southern Women’s Show (2015-2017). She also was featured on the “Baker Spotlight” show for Rushion McDonald, which highlighted her Pecan Cobbler recipe, and in the Alabama Power Contest. Adams, who has won numerous recipe contests, published her first cookbook this year, “Knocking Out Cancer in the Kitchen (A Cookbook for a Cure).” The book is available on Amazon. A portion of the sales of the book will be donated to the Susan G. Komen fund.
B.A., Music Performance
Dr. Cordelia E. Anderson is Assistant Professor in Vocal Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University and the founder of Sing Cordelia Vocal Studios located in Birmingham, Ala. Anderson is a three-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singers Vocal Competition for the Alabama chapter and Cal-Western Region. She has toured all over the world performing operas and African-American art songs and spirituals in China, Europe (Graz, Austria) and recently Spain. Anderson has been instrumental in reshaping the vocal area of the Department of Music at ASU leading students to winning local and regional competitions. She’s a member and faculty adviser for Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women and devoted member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
B.S., Physical Education
Reggie Barlow, a former student-athlete (football) at Alabama State University, was the Head Football Coach at ASU from 2007-2014; he joined the ASU Hornets football staff as quarterbacks coach in 2005. He is now the Head Football Coach at Virginia State University. After finishing his student-athlete career at ASU, Barlow was drafted in the fourth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Barlow played eight years in the NFL with other stops with the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl ring. As ASU coach, he recruited tons of student-athletes to “O Mother Dear.” Barlow is second in total career wins as Head Football Coach at ASU. His teams at Virginia State University over the past two seasons are 19-2. Under Barlow’s leadership, Virginia State University won the 2017 CIAA Conference Championship and he was named the 2017 CIAA Coach of the Year. As head coach, several of his student-athletes were drafted in the NFL or signed as Free Agents. Barlow still has a home in Montgomery and is active in the Montgomery community.
Dennis C. Barnett is a Senior Vice President of Mortgage Operations for Premier Lending Incorporated headquartered in Northern California. With more than twenty years in the private mortgage and banking industries, Dennis has built an impressive career as a respected and accomplished leader with an innate ability to identify, coach, develop and retain talent. Dennis is a strategic and visionary thought leader whose trademark of increasing productivity while reducing operating costs has been recognized with numerous accolades throughout his professional career.
Dennis holds a Bachelor in Science in Marketing from Alabama State University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Dennis is a Life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Life member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity. Dennis has a generous spirit, a compassionate heart, and a true desire to help those less fortunate. This passion has led him to volunteer at The St. Charles Borromeo Holy Family Center working with the unemployed, low income and homeless, and he and his family established the Arthur D. Barnett Scholarship Fund at ASU, to provide financial support to deserving students in the College of Business.
Dr. Ashley Davis Beasley is a Staff Physician with Children’s of Alabama Outpatient Clinic-Midtown Pediatrics. Beasley is a board-certified pediatrician who is committed to caring for the underserved pediatric population of Birmingham, Ala. She received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2007. She successfully completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2010. Beasley also mentors UAB pediatric residents and nurse practitioner students during their ambulatory pediatric rotations. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Junior League of Birmingham. Beasley was chosen as one of the Top 3 Pediatricians in Birmingham by threebestrated.com in 2016.
B.S., Computer Science
Annette Brooks is the Director of z/OS Development at IBM. In this role, she leads an organization of more than 300 employees focused on security and data management. As one whom loves “O Mother Dear,” Brooks has remained engaged through her work as Vice-Chair of the Alabama State University Foundation and a member of the NAA. She has presented to the students of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sharing her experience and insight. Brooks is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and currently serves as President of the Mid-Hudson Valley Alumnae Chapter.
Derrick S. Brown is a 1993 accounting graduate of Alabama State University. He worked on his master’s studies in accounting and computer systems at the University of Maryland. Three generations of Browns attended ASU, including the Browns’ late mother/mentor/advocate Dorothy Walters Brown, who first attended ASU and paved the way; brown, who is one of five siblings to graduate from “O Mother Dear”; and two nieces, Alexis Sheppard and Dominique Dixon, who recently graduated from ASU with accounting (2018) and biology (2017) degrees. Brown began his career at ASU when he was awarded a coop/intern position with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC. Since then, he has been promoted to Mission Director, the highest position in USAID. With more than 20 years of development experience at USAID, he has lived and worked in more than 10 countries and can fluently speak Spanish. Starting in July 2018, Brown will be in Bangladesh with 165 employees and 400 million programs under his leadership. The Browntown, Ala. native is an avid philanthropist and has received several awards, most notably, the Superior Honor Award and the USAID/Indonesia and Indonesia Group Climate Change Award.
B.S., Business Administration, Accounting
Jeannine K. Brown is the CEO and founder of Everyday Lead, a global talent development consulting firm. She has 17 years of corporate tax consulting experience assisting global companies during mergers and acquisitions at Deloitte and at Trusted Business Advisors. Brown is a leadership keynote speaker and the author of “Ignite! Your Best Year Ever: Achieve More and Exceed Your Potential.” She has appeared on Showtime’s political-docuseries “THE CIRCUS” and is featured in Rolling Out magazine as the “Female Success Factor.” Brown is a member of and past President of the ASU National Alumni Association, Metro Atlanta Chapter. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA) receiving numerous awards, including its highest honor, the Frank Ross National Outstanding Member Award. Brown continues to mentor, provide access to internships/job placement and scholarships to NABA COBA students. She loves ASU!
B.S., Computer Information Systems
Wesley Cunningham is one of the Department of Defense (DoD) Prominent Civil Service Personnel. Cunningham’s work ethic and dedication to success are the pillars to his professional achievements. He began his Network Engineer/Information Technology (IT) career at the DoD in Montgomery, Ala. Here he won several DoD prestigious awards. He also was nominated as one of the 17 outstanding employees among the more than 12,000 in the greater Montgomery for Federal Employee of the Year. Now, he is one of DoD’s “go-to-men” in finding the answers and solutions for today’s challenges. Cunningham always volunteers his time to give back to ASU. He strives to motivate young people with his “never give up” and IT speeches, and by advising and assisting them on how to build a roadmap for a successful career in the IT field. Cunningham is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Melanie Eddins-Spencer has an unwavering passion and commitment to making mathematics accessible to all. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alabama where she was a David and Lucile Packard Scholar. Her research interests include applications of stochastic processes and queuing theory, as well as gender and cultural equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Inspired by her high school algebra teacher to pursue a career in mathematics, Eddins-Spencer has focused on mentoring underrepresented minorities who are emboldened by her to believe in their endless potential to succeed in STEM. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Mathematical Association of America, Association for Women in Mathematics, National Association of Mathematicians and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Her recent awards include the League for Innovation in the Community College’s John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award and Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. Orchid Award for Trailblazing Women in STEM.
B.S., Health Education
Juan Andre’ Ford is a public educator serving as a social studies teacher with the Jefferson County Board of Education. In addition, he is a Chaplain Major in the United States Army Reserve and also serves as the Senior Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church (West End) in Birmingham, Ala. Educationally, Ford has obtained graduate degrees from the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) and Samford University. As a Christian minister and educator, Ford believes in the necessity of the religious establishment and a quality education to enhance lives and empower the community. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc., the Association for Curriculum Development, the Alabama Education Association and the National Education Association.
B.S., Computer Information Systems
Judge Shera Grant is a 1999 graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Grant attended law school at Louisiana State University; studied International and Comparative Law at the Université d'Aix-Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France; and graduated from law school on the Chancellor's list with dual degrees, Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) in 2002. After law school, she was a prosecutor with the city of Atlanta and the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office. She then returned home to Birmingham to begin her law practice, The Grant Firm, LLC. She also was a Deputy Public Defender, where she developed a youth development program for high school students. Grant has been awarded numerous awards, including the Young Professional's Project of the Year, NAACP Community Empowerment Award, “Women Who Shape The State" Award, Woman of the Year, Alabama State University’s Silhouette of Service Award, INROADS Alumni of the Year, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Spotlight Honoree for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy Award. She sits on the Board of Directors for Growing Kings and the Alabama State University Foundation Board.
B.S.W., Social Work
Kashera Guy-Robinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) currently employed with the Clayton County Public School System (Georgia) as a school social worker. During her professional career, she has worked in juvenile justice, mental health and in higher education as an adjunct instructor at Alabama State University, Ashford University, and St. Leo University. Guy-Robinson is the founder of M.O.M.S. (M.others O.f M.issing S.ons), a support group for mothers who have lost sons to senseless violence. A proud third generation graduate of Alabama State University, she is a member of the Metro Area Alumni Association (Atlanta Chapter) where she serves as chair of the elections committee, with membership services, and as part of the hospitality committee. She also has been an active participant of ASU’s Annual Career Day since 2010. Other professional memberships include: National Association of Social Workers, School Social Workers Association of America and School Social Workers Association of Georgia. Guy-Robinson also is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter (BH initiate, Spring 1996), where she is involved with the Delta GEMS and the hospitality committee.
B.S., Special Education
Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds is the past Academic Director of the Fashion Department at the Art Institute of Atlanta and its branch campuses. Hammonds is credited for establishing the Fashion Design program at Ai Atlanta and growing the marketing department from 50 students to more than 400 students. Prior to his career in higher education, he was the Human Resource Manager of luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, the sole proprietor of the luxury boutique URUP design in Atlanta, Georgia & Nassau, Bahamas. To date, Hammonds is the executive board member of the St. Lucia Fashion Council. Additionally, he is the sole proprietor of the Fashion Incubator, an innovative marketing firm dedicated to emerging creatives. Hammonds is a TV and print contributor (e.g. Readers Digest, GQ Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Bravo network, Lifetime network and ABC affiliates). Hammonds is the author of four fashion and philanthropic focused books, as well as a sought-after university lecturer. Dr. Hammonds is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Zeta Fall '99).
B.S., Secondary Health Education
Kefla Hare is a former ASU Cheerleader and Mascot. He now works for the Cobb County School District as a Health and Sports and Performance Instructor at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga. Some of his duties include coaching varsity football and baseball. A proud Hornet alumnus, Hare dedicates his time and knowledge of sports and performance to training students in the boys and girls athletic programs at KMHS. Hare created a Speed and Agility class through the Physical Education Department at his school. The class provides students with the opportunity of receiving free personal training and official school credit. Hare serves on the Cobb County Public Schools Teacher Recruitment Team and he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and GAHPERD.
B.A., Theatre Arts
Amber A. Harris born and raised in Atlanta (Adamsville) and graduated from North Atlanta High for Performing Arts. She taught in the Montgomery Public School System before receiving a scholarship to earn her M.F.A. in Acting from Louisiana State University, where she was also a Professor of Acting. Amber has performed in over 33 theatrical productions, in 37 US states, China and Europe. Amber established in 2009 “Educated Daughters of Tomorrow”, a non-profit that focuses on Education, Arts, Etiquette, Mentorship and Community Service. Amber has worked on countless films/tv shows and music videos. She has written, produced and directed four of her own films, one entitled “Boarding House,” starring ASU Alums. The film had its world premiere in Nova Scotia, and was nominated Best Student Film in Nigeria. Amber’s latest film “Never Alone", also starring ASU Alums, had its world premiere at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Amber is a proud active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Actors Equity Association.
M.Ed., Instructional Leadership
Aurelio De’Andre Harrison is a 16-year veteran educator who is employed by the Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) and is a lifelong Hornet. Since matriculating through the Instructional Leadership Program at Alabama State University, Harrison has served MPS as a specialist and assistant principal. His passions include motivating students to overcome adversity through hard work, teaching them to persevere and increasing the capacity of professional educators. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Greater Washington Park and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He plans to earn his doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law from Alabama State University.
Jeromé (Jeremy) R. Holston is the Director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, and has served in this role since September 2017. In this position, he leverages corporate, community and government partnerships to create opportunities for 40,000+ LGBTQ business owners throughout Illinois. Holston brings a wealth of experience to this role from the private and public sector. As a strategic nonprofit and fundraising consultant, Holston has worked on capital campaigns that have raised $500 million for various issues, including K-12 education. He began his professional career in 2010 as a Fellow with the Governor's Office of Constituent Affairs in Illinois. When he left the Office of Governor Pat Quinn in 2014 he was the Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, a role where he managed relationships with stakeholders working on agriculture, natural resource, public safety and arts. In addition to a B.A. in Communications from Alabama State University, Holston holds a M.P.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
B.S., Computer Science
Traci A. Howell is Chief of Strategic Communications in Operations Management Division for the Air Force Program Executive Officer and Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), Maxwell Air Force Base - Gunter Annex, Ala. She is responsible to the Commander for strategic communications with internal and external audiences, advocating the organization’s mission, promoting BES programs with industry partners and personnel located throughout the United States with total funding of $1.025 billion. In addition, Howell is the Executive Director of Tie and Doll, Incorporated. Since 2010, she has built a relationship with numerous businesses and organizations in the community to collect school supplies and nonperishable food for children in the Montgomery area so that they would have the necessary tools to succeed and never be hungry.
B.A., Theater Arts
Professional actor Charlie Hudson, III is a former Alabama State University “Mighty Marching Hornets” Band Drum Major and ASU’s first KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Best Actor Award winner. After finishing ASU, Hudson completed his acting training at the prestigious Brown University. He then joined the Trinity Repertory Acting Company and taught a voice and speech class at Brown University. To continue his acting career, Hudson moved to New York, where he eventually appeared on stage, film and television. Hudson is the first actor to perform the complete “Raisin Cycle” (“A Raisin in the Sun,” “Clybourne Park” and “Beneatha’s Place”). He was a member of the Connecticut Critics Award – Best Production cast of “The Piano Lesson,” the 2014 Tony Award Winning – Best Revival production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” and the Emmy nominated HBO TV series “The Night Of.” He is a proud member of the AEA, SAG/AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild of America and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. His work can be seen on NBC, CBS, ABC and Netflix. Currently, Hudson is performing in the Off-Broadway world premiere production of “Little Rock,” and he can been seen later this year in Two River Theater’s upcoming production of “King Hedley II.”
B.A., Communications, Radio-TV
Scottie Hunter is an Anchor/ Reporter at WAFB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, La. His work not only serves the local community but he has also appeared nationally on MSNBC following a deadly attack on law enforcement in 2016. He routinely volunteers his time by accepting motivational speaking engagements at Baton Rouge area schools and universities, including at Southern University and Louisiana State University. Hunter serves as an annual host of the Ryan’s Run 5K, raising awareness about sickle cell anemia within the African-American community and as a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children through CASA Baton Rouge. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and served as chief Golden Ambassador while at Alabama State University. He and his wife, Jasmine, have a fierce love for their alma mater and owe much of their successes to the university.
B.S., English Language Arts Education | M.S., Education Leadership (2007)
Lataisha Jackson, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, was sworn in to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2013. She is Vice Chair of Local and Private Legislation Committee, and serves on several committees including the Universities and Colleges, Public Property, Performance Based Budgeting, Energy and Agriculture. As CEO and founder of EDUCATE Inc., she organizes efforts to provide educational support services to students. In 2014, the National Foundation of Women Legislators recognized Jackson as an Elected Woman of Excellence, and she currently serves as the Mississippi State Director for the organization. Jackson obtained a bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts Education and a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Alabama State University. She received her law degree from University of Mississippi School of Law.
Dr. Kimberly Jackson-Smith is Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Food Studies program at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. A Fulbright scholar and visiting faculty at Harvard Medical School, her robust and active research program focus on novel therapeutic agents for hormone refractory prostate cancer and the role of minority-serving institutions and women of color in diversifying the STEM pipeline; each with a host of publications, presentations and funding from multiple agencies. She has received the Spelman Presidential Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Mentoring, and the Governor’s Teaching Award for her commitment to STEM excellence. She serves on the advisory board for Coach for Women Scientists and the American Chemical Society Committee on Minority Affairs. While at ASU, she was initiated into the Beta Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. in spring 1990. Jackson-Smith is the mom of three teens and the wife of a research chemist.
B.S., Special Education
Dr. Wislene John is a first-generation college graduate who has emerged as an exemplary professional within the K-12 educational arena. She is the principal of Stone Mountain High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Over the past 21 years, she has worked in urban schools to intentionally change the life trajectory of students. John’s contributions as an assistant principal at Frederick Douglass High School (Atlanta, Ga.) led to a 16 percent increase in the 2015 graduation rate. Outside of the school building, John supports the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and has been granted membership into the United Way Cole Society for her annual contributions toward their Child Well-Being Agenda. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., National Education Association and the Georgia Education Association.
B.S., Physical Education
Tyrone Levett was a standout basketball player at ASU but left school early in 2002 to embark on a professional basketball career. Sixteen years later, Levett graduated from Alabama State University with a B.S. in Physical Education (2018). A Notasulga, Ala. native, Levett spent 13 years as a professional basketball player in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL), and on several teams outside the United States, including clubs in Sweden and Austria. In Canada, he became one of the league's all-time top scorers. He retired in 2016. For the last eight years, Levett has embarked on a fitness training journey that has enabled him to start Levett Champions, a fitness training group, and is currently the director of Training at T-Fit in Tallassee, Ala. One of his passions is to give back to his alma mater, hopefully through coaching or training. Levett has received numerous awards, including NBL All-Star, HBCU All-American, SWAC MVP, ABA Championship Game MVP, 2nd Team All Swedish, Eastern Division Finalist, All Defensive Team, All Defensive 1st Team and NBL Canada Finalist.
Dr. Farah D. Lubin graduated summa cum laude from Alabama State University with biology and chemistry degrees and from SUNY Binghamton University in New York with a Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular biology. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas, she obtained a faculty position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Department of Neurobiology. She is Co-Director of the NINDS Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar Program at UAB and the Co-Director of the NIGMS Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction and Teaching (MERIT) Program for postdoctoral fellows. She has served on the UAB GBS Neuroscience Theme Admissions Committee and the Medical Scientist Training Program advisory board. She continues to serve on NIH study sections and on editorial boards for various scientific journals. Lubin is a past recipient of a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health and FASEB Award and the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship. Her main research work is focused on investigating the epigenetic basis of learning, memory and its disorders, including memory deficits associated with normal aging and neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. Lubin’s work is funded by grants.
B.A., Political Science
Larry K. Mack is the Deputy Director, Office of Human Capital at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. A true proponent of education, Mack has recruited students to attend his alma mater by providing scholarships opportunities for those seeking higher educational aspirations. Through community and educational engagement activities, Mack also has worked to expose students to various opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an effort to ensure our future leaders are prepared. He has served on various community boards and associations that have yielded a number of awards and letters of commendation for his selfless acts in serving others and his community.
B.A., Political Science
Connecticut Rep. Brandon L. McGee Jr. is a self-described community activist and architect of social solutions on behalf of Connecticut’s residents. McGee is an advocate for equity in education, criminal justice reform, voter registration and empowering people of color and their communities. McGee has received numerous awards for his civic work. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the National Mentoring Partnership for his commitment to youth mentoring. He also was named 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2009, McGee was the youngest recipient ever to receive the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Offices Community Award. McGee is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., NAACP, Board Chair of Ascend Mentoring and Chair of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.
Angela McKenzie serves as Senior Vice President of Accounting Operations and Lease Accounting for Regions Bank. After graduation, McKenzie was intentional about sharing her story with students from the Sylacauga area, including her daughter, as a recruiting tool for ASU and higher education in general. Her membership in the ASU 1867 Giving Society reflects her ongoing financial commitment to giving back to ASU. In 2014, McKenzie was appointed to serve on the ASU Board of Trustees. Among the many honors McKenzie has received are the Regions Bank Better Life Award, the ASU College of Business Administration Silhouette of Service Award, the HBCU Alumni Reunion Business Trailblazer and the Turning Dreams into Realities Foundation Award. She is a charter member of the Jefferson/Shelby County ASU Alumni Chapter and a member of the Talladega County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Her daughter, Maya, graduated from ASU in 2013.
B.S., Computer Information Systems
Hazel J. Mims is the Senior Manager of Information Technology (IT) at The Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri, where she has been employed for nearly 20 years. In her current role, Mims is the Program Manager of a multiyear, multimillion dollar initiative aimed to optimize the company’s application infrastructure. Mims holds a Master of Information Management from Washington University, St. Louis. She is a recent graduate and member of the IT Senior Management Forum Management Academy, a national organization dedicated exclusively to cultivating executive talent among black technology professionals. In March, Mims was selected to represent Boeing , alongside its Chairman, President and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, when the company hosted the President of the United States. Mims and her husband Chris have been married for 17 years and are proud parents of their daughter, Kaitlyn.
B.S., Business Administration with concentration in Computer Information Systems
Erika Y. Mitchell is a former Alabama State University Track and Field SWCA Champion. Mitchell now serves as a Board Member on the Atlanta Board of Education, as well as the Managing Partner of Sports Unlimited Enterprise in Atlanta, Ga. A dedicated public servant for more than 20 years, Mitchell received the 2016 Lifetime President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for her devoted work to serving and volunteering. As the National Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the program adviser for Fuel Up To Play 60, Mitchell has served on boards and committees for the following organizations: NFL Alumni, Caribbean American Advancement Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta. Mitchell is committed to bridging the gap with nonprofits organizations and for-profit companies to support each other businesses in order to better serve the diverse communities.
Robert Mitchell Jr. is the University Registrar/Director of Records and Registration for Dillard University in New Orleans, La. As an Executive Board member for the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, he has assisted the chapter with awarding more than $40,000 in scholarships in the past seven years. He also is a founding member of the Men of Dillard, which is a male mentoring organization at Dillard University. Mitchell owes all of his professional success to Alabama State University (ASU). Since his departure from ASU, he has made it his mission to come back every year to speak to the students of the Dr. Percy Vaughn College of Business and Administration (formerly known as the College of Business and Administration). He hopes that he can be the link to their success as much as the faculty and staff were to his success.
B.S., Early Childhood Education
Sharron Denise Moore has served in several capacities in her 25 years as an educator, including a reading specialist and reading initiative trainer (master teacher) for the state of Alabama, a clinical instructor at the University of Chicago UTEP program, and served as an adjunct professor at Kendall College while obtaining her certification as a reading recovery coach from National Louis University. She also was the owner/operator of ReadMoore Studio, a tutorial and afterschool center. Moore also has been acknowledged as highly qualified in reading P-12, was featured in Alabama School Board magazine (June2007), nominated for the prestigious Maraldi Award in 2017 and 2018, and awarded the Area 14 Top 12 Intermediate Teachers recognition. She now serves as the Academic Director /Literacy Lead for Fuller School of Excellence in Chicago, Ill., where she has assisted in leading two turn-around sites to level 1 status. In addition, she is the owner/operator of Designs and Much Moore, an online teacher apparel company, and White Elephant Designs, specializing in custom men accessories.
Tondra L. Moore is the Founder of Black and Brilliant Inc., a web-based platform created to highlight excellence in the black community beyond sports and entertainment. She has worked for a decade in higher education as a professor, researcher and administrator. Her research has highlighted the disparities in health care outcomes, and quality and access to care for underrepresented minorities. More importantly, she has advocated for most of her career through service and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored research for increased underrepresented minority inclusion and representation in health care executive positions (the C-suite) and health care administration educational programs’ faculty and students. She is a published author boasting peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter and award-winning research presentations. Her love for preparing the next generation of leaders was fortified by her education and training received at ASU; therefore, she remains a committed and active alumna. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the American College of Healthcare Executives, Black Doctoral Network, and the National Association of Health Services Executives.
B.S., Elementary Education
Dr. Monica Motley is a Managing Partner with The INSPYR Group, LLC. Her professional experience includes 20 years as a teacher, school counselor, professor and educational leader. Previously, she served as the President for the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS). She was the first African-American and youngest woman to serve as President of ASMS. Under her leadership, the school accomplished historical academic achievements -- it was ranked among the best high schools and one of the most challenging high schools in the United States. She has received a number of honors and recognitions, including Leadership Alabama XXVI, Outstanding Professional Development Award and Teacher of the Year. She has served as a member of various boards, including the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Alabama State University Foundation board and the Alabama Counseling Association. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated (BH, spring ’96), the Links Incorporated and Jack & Jill of America.
Fernando Naves is a proud alumnus of Alabama State University who currently serves as a Senior Accountant at First Advantage Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. Naves oversees all financials in the foreign currency division and plays a lead role in the preparation of audited financial statements and investment related reports. He also provides accounting support for a team of accountants in an offshore location in the Philippines. The accounting support includes various responsibilities such as audit, tax, financial reporting and business management. Naves’ awards include the “2017FADV Achievement Award” for his outstanding financial reporting of various reports for a portfolio of offshore entities with assets of more than $4 million. Naves is a firm believer that we truly can do all things through Christ who strengths us.
Jay Peck is the Principal Partner at Prime Consulting, where he provides both clients and customers access to bespoke solutions in the collateralized lending, real estate and construction sector. He has gained experience working with various financial institutions and consulting firms to hone his craft. As a student, Peck participated on the ASU football and tennis teams, as well as various other activities related to the College of Business Administration (COBA). As a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Peck has provided community outreach to organizations such as the ASU Athletics Program, COBA, DC College Access Program (CAP), So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E), and the District of Columbia Organization of Small Business Initiatives.
B.S., Resource Management (2001) | M.S., Public Administration (2003) | Ed.D., Education Leadership, Policy, and Law (2012) | Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (2016)
Dr. Tanjula Petty is a highly sought-after higher education administrator with 15 years of extensive experience in academic affairs and institutional effectiveness. Her leadership has transformed the function of academic affairs divisions, resulting in expanded academic program offerings, enhanced faculty involvement and increased student retention and graduation rates. Currently she serves as the Executive Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation at Alabama State University, in addition to co-chairing activities surrounding accreditation at ASU. Petty also serves as a SACSCOC Review Team member. Petty completed her doctoral studies at ASU and was inducted into the Alpha Gamma Chi Honor Society; receiving the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award presented by the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS) and ProQuest. She joined the ranks of award recipients in the ProQuest “Hall of Scholars.” She serves on the board for the College and Career Academy and Girls Inc., and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
B.S., Physical Education | M.S., Physical Education (2012)
Nick Rankins is a Physical Education Teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach with the Lowndes County Public School System. He also is the Executive Director and Founder of Young Men on a Mission 501c3 Non-Profit Mentoring Program, which focuses on education, family, community service and social activities for young men. Rankins’ awards include Teacher of the Year from Lowndes County Middle School, and Teacher of the Quarter and Teacher of the Year, both from the Lowndes County Public School System. He is a member of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grande Lodge of Alabama F&AM, the Alabama Education Association, the Alabama State Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., where he has received several mentoring awards.
Rolundus Rice received his Master of Arts degree in American History in 2010 at Alabama State University and his Ph.D. in history from Auburn University in 2015 – the second African-American to do so since the school was founded in 1856. At the age of 33, he was appointed Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at Talladega College in Talladega, Ala. -- one of the youngest academic deans at an accredited four-year institution in the United States. The “Dapper Dean,” as he was affectionately referred to by his students, was responsible for leading the reorganization of several curricula and securing a $1.25 million implementation cluster grant from the United Negro College Fund’s Career Pathways Initiative. When the Atlanta, Ga. native left Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., in 2016, he held a joint appointment as the Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies As a subject-matter expert on the Civil Rights Movement, he has been interviewed by CNN and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has served as the Special Assistant to Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King. Rice is now the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Alabama State University. He is married to the former Dana Lee and they have two daughters, Madison and Marley.
B.S., Political Science | M.A., Education (1995) | Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Policy and Law (2010)
Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., serves as the 15th President of Alabama State University. Prior to becoming President of his alma mater, he had begun his fourth term in the Alabama State Senate after having been elected to his first term in 2002. Ross was one of seven African-Americans serving in the Alabama State Senate.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, and reared in Pontiac, Michigan, Ross has been a resident of Montgomery, Alabama for more than two decards. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (1992), a Master of Arts degree in Education (1995) and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law (2010).
Ross is a distinguished career educator with more than 22 years of experience in K-12 public education and higher education. He worked in the Montgomery Public School system as a classroom teacher, administrative assistant, assistant principal and high school principal, as well as a central office Educational Specialist. He also served as the Director of Adult Education at H. Councill Trenholm State Community College. Ross later became manager of UniServ Organizing/Staff Consultant to Higher Education for the Alabama Education Association.
Prior to becoming an educator or being elected to office, Ross was a Statewide Field Representative for the Alabama Democratic Party and the Alabama Democratic Conference. He served as Co-Chair of the State Advisory Committee for President Barack Obama's first election.
Ross has received numerous awards and recognitions for his commitment to equity and quality in education. His most notable accomplishment is being a loving husband and dedicated father of two sons.
Ed.D., Education Leadership Policy and Law
Dr. Michael Sibley is the Director of Communications for the Alabama State Department of Education. He leads the team responsible for communicating education policies, programs and events with state and national news media, as well as internal and external publics and other education advocacy groups. Sibley serves on the Nation Assessment Governing Board Taskforce, which helps determines the content and achievement levels for assessments, approves all test questions and takes steps to improve the reporting of results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He also is Board President of the Alabama Institute for Social Justice (AISJ), a nonprofit organization that strategically works to remove barriers for people of color through leadership development and training, advocacy and public policy and racial healing and reconciliation. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and a founding member of the Troy, Ala. Alumni Chapter.
Travis C. Smith is the current Executive Director of Unite Inc., which is a nonprofit that centers on access and equity through mentoring. To date, Smith has assisted his graduating students in accumulating more than $4.7 million in scholarships while being accepted to more than 200 different universities. Smith also is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a research focus on black students’ involvement and HBCUs. He is a proud recipient of two City of Lafayette Proclamations, UCEA Jackson Scholar Award, SREB Doctoral Scholar Fellowship, recipient of the 2018 Clemson College of Education Award of Excellence in Service Outreach and recipient of the 2018 ASU Achievement Award. During his time at ASU, Smith served as SGA President, Golden Ambassador, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society.
B.S., Business Administration Computers Information Systems | M.S. Physical Education (’09)
Michael Snapp is the Associate Head Men and Women Cross-Country/Track and Field Coach and an Adjunct Physical Education Instructor at Alabama State University. Snapp has helped lead the program to 32 of 43 men and women cross-country/indoor and outdoor track championships form 2006 to present. He has coached many athletes to individual SWAC Championships, NCAA Regional and NCAA National appearances. Snapp is the owner of Officially SNAPPed, an athletic clothing company. He is a member of W.T. Woods Masonic Order, where he served two years as Junior Warden, seven years as the Senior Warden and three years as Worshipful Master; a member of Malachi Chapter O.E.S., serving 13 years as Worthy Patron; and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., serving as Keeper of Records and Seal for eight years and two years as Vice-Basileus.
B.A., Music Performance
Nathaniel Spencer is an innovator of fine arts and education that is passionate about enriching lives through music. As a professional musician, private music instructor and technology expert, he has maintained a unique career experience that promotes influential creativity and positive impact throughout the visual and performing arts community. After graduation, he worked as the Assistant Director of Bands at Talladega College, joined Apple Inc. as a technical specialist and teacher and has appeared in several film productions with VH1, B.E.T and MTV. Spencer is a member of the Technology Institute for Music Education and Minority Band Directors National Association. He is currently active as a musician with Orchestra Noir, Johnboy & Surround Sound, the Atlanta Junkanoo Group and most recently has performed with Beyoncé and Jay-Z during their On The Run II & Coachella Music Fest concerts.
B.A., Political Science
Dr. Mark Edward Stevens Sr. is the President and CEO of MS Consulting, which represents clients such as Shaquille O’Neal, Judge Greg Mathis, Steven A. Smith, Chris Broussard and a host of celebrities and athletes committed to community empowerment and family engagement. Stevens received an honorary Ph.D. from Concordia College in 2017. He serves on the National Chair of Omega Psi Pi Fraternity and was awarded the “Omega Man of the Year” in 2017 in recognition of his philanthropic work. Stevens is the Founder and President of the Next Generation Project, a nonprofit that has partnered and collaborated with a number of community-based organizations and international agencies to provide services nationally and globally. Stevens has worked with Feed the Children to provide food and clothing for thousands of children and adults in the 50 continental states in the U.S., Africa and Central America. Stevens has conducted several missions of mercy in Kenya and Honduras and has adopted two families in both countries.
D.P.T., Physical Therapy
Dr. Herman W. Turner Jr. is a physical therapist who currently provides physical therapy services to the indigent population at Cooper Green Health Services in Birmingham, Ala. At ASU, he was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association’s Minority Award for Academic Excellence and presented research study titled “Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease in College-Aged Males.” Since departing ASU, Turner earned numerous physical therapy certifications and specializations. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association, UAB Minority Health and Research Young Professional Board and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Turner recently established Turner Physical Therapy Consultants, LLC and enjoys working with the nonprofit Selma’s youth through founding Selma Bridge Builders Inc.
M.Ed., Education Administration
Shanthia Washington is a recently retired Assistant State Superintendent for the Alabama Department of Education. She is proud of having been instrumental in improving opportunities for students to have more options relative to virtual learning, dual enrollment and college and career preparation. Washington also reshaped district/school accountability by developing the blueprint for the current system. Some of the task forces she has served on include student assessment, college and career readiness, and accountability. She also served as co-chair for the Governor’s task force on the development of the Every Student Succeeds Act Plan. Most recently, Washington served as a committee member of the Governor’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Alabama Teacher Assistance Program, which is designed to recruit more teachers in high-demand fields. Awards received during her tenure include Administrator of the Quarter and the Minority Leadership Award. Washington currently serves as an independent Educational Consultant.
B.S.W., Social Work
Valencia W. Curry was President of the Whitney Young SW Club and Ms. Social Work while at Alabama State University. Valencia currently serves as Program Manager for the State of Alabama Office of Foster Care and Interim Manager for the Office of Adoption Placements in Montgomery Ala. Woods-Curry co-lead a major project in 2015 and created the highly successful Cakes and Cupcakes Across Alabama. This project creates an opportunity for every youth, ages 0 to 21, in Alabama’s foster care system to receive cupcakes or a cake on their birthday. Woods-Curry is a member of several professional stakeholder groups to engage the community on the various needs and strengths of foster children. She is a strong advocate for foster children and constantly encourages them to strive and become all that God has created them to be.
B.S., Computer Information Systems
Baron Ramon Young is a former Student Government Association Treasurer and Student Orientation Services President who currently serves as Field Supervisor in the Department of Child Nutrition with Montgomery Public Schools in Montgomery, Ala. A devoted Hornet, Young is very passionate about having recruited students to attend his alma mater. In his spare time, he volunteers via community service by assisting students throughout the college application process, as well as presentations on “Dressing Professionally.” Young also established a mentoring program for the young males at his school focusing on community service and leadership. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., National Education Association and School Nutrition Association.