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19th Annual Spring Conference
March 26-28 2018

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2018 Conference Speakers


Andre Perry, PhD

Andre Perry is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education. In 2013, Perry founded the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to his stint in Michigan, he was an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of New Orleans and served as CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network.

Arthur James, MD

Dr. Arthur R. James was born and raised in Watts, California.  He was educated at Stanford University (BA 1974) and Washington University in St. Louis (MD 1979).  He completed residency training in Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the University of Texas-Houston, and in Obstetrics and Gynecology, also at UT-Houston. He moved from Houston to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1988 to join a practice in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Bronson Methodist Hospital.  While at Bronson, Dr. James expanded prenatal services for underserved women, teens.  He later moved to Borgess Medical Center where he established and led Borgess Women’s Health Center, again expanding services.  Between 1992 and 1999, he led a community-wide effort in Kalamazoo County that reduced Black infant mortality from 29.7 to 10.2 deaths per 1000 Black births, thereby helping Kalamazoo, Michigan become only one of a few counties in the United States to accomplish the Healthy-People 2000 goal of 11 deaths per 1000 live black births. While in Kalamazoo he also worked part-time at an FQHC site from 1990-2011 where he was Director of the Ob/GYN Division.

Throughout his career, Dr. Arthur James has built healing partnerships, not only with women and families, but with whole communities, in the belief that the sources of poor pregnancy outcome arise in the community, and thus require community-based interventions.  He calls this “Community Oriented Obstetrical Care”, based on Dr. H. Jack Geiger’s model of “Community Oriented Primary Care”.  This approach begins by engaging the community to identify problems and resources, and then collaborating with multiple organizations to address the root causes of poor pregnancy outcome.  In July of 2011, Dr. James moved to Ohio and is now an Associate Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Ohio Better Birth Outcomes, Co-Chair of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality, and Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Child and Family Services of the Ohio Department of Health.  His primary responsibility is to assist Ohio leadership in their efforts to improve infant mortality and decrease the racial disparity in birth outcomes.

Christina Padilla

Christina Padilla is a PhD Candidate in the Psychology department at Georgetown University. Her current research focuses on the role of parental investments and early education experiences on children’s development, particularly for children who are at-risk due to their parents’ nativity or low socioeconomic status. She is also interested in studying the unique role fathers play in child development. Christina was a research fellow at the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, where she participated in research pertaining to the home environments of low-income Hispanic children and families as well as barriers to accessing social services for Hispanic families.

David de la Cruz, PhD, MPH

Dr. David de la Cruz is the Acting Director in the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services. Dr. de la Cruz also serves as Principal Staff and Designated Federal Official to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.

In his role as Acting Director, Dr. de la Cruz leads in the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. He manages a system for the process of solicitation, review, and award of grants to demonstrate a program of health, psychosocial, education, and related services to reduce infant mortality and disparities in perinatal health.

Dr. de la Cruz provides management and supervision of technical assistance and consultation to grantees, contractors, and other Federal agencies and organizations. Dr. de la Cruz oversees an annual budget of approximately $120 million and has supervisory responsibilities of carrying out the goals and objectives of the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services.

David de la Cruz is a CAPTAIN in the United States Public Health Service. As a Commissioned Officer, he has participated in numerous domestic and international deployments, earning numerous awards including:  the Outstanding Service Medal, the Public Health Service Commendation Medal, the Crisis Response Award, the Hazardous Duty Award, the Field Medical Readiness Badge, The Ebola Campaign Medal with Expeditionary Attachment, and the Presidential Unit Citation. CAPTAIN de la Cruz currently serves as the Team Commander of the US Public Health Service’s Rapid Deployment Force – Team 2.

Prior to joining the Federal Government, Dr. de la Cruz served on the Faculty of Georgetown University’s Graduate Public Policy Institute. He was the co-founder and Director of the Healthy Start National Resource Center, located at Georgetown University’s National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.

Dr. de la Cruz earned his Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina’s Norman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Promotion, Behavior, and Education.

Deborah B. Prothrow-Stith, MD

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.  is dean and professor of Medicine for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University.  She will also hold the rank of adjunct Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. 

Dr. Prothrow-Stith is an internationally recognized public health leader, who since 2008 has advised top-tier healthcare, life sciences, academic and not-for-profit institutions on leadership and executive talent in her role as a principal at the global executive search consulting firm, Spencer Stuart. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, she served as the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Public Health Practice and Associate Dean for Diversity at the Harvard School of Public Health where she created and led the Division of Public Health Practice, and secured over $14 million in grant funding for public health programs.

As a physician working in inner-city Boston, Dr. Prothrow-Stith broke new ground with her efforts to define youth violence as a public health problem. She developed and wrote The Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents, a forerunner of violence prevention curricula for schools and communities. She is the author of Deadly Consequences, the first book to present the public health perspective on violence to a mass audience. She has authored and co-authored over 100 publications. She is co-author of a blueprint for community based violence prevention in, Murder Is No Accident (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2004) and a guide for parents of adolescent girls in Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice, (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2005). She is also co-author of a high school health education textbook, Health (Pearson 2014) that is in its third publication.

In 1987, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed her the first woman Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts where she led a department with 3,500 employees, 8 hospitals and a budget of $350 million. She established the nation’s first Office of Violence Prevention in a state department of public health, expanded prevention programs for HIV/AIDS and increased drug treatment and rehabilitation programs. Dr. Prothrow-Stith and her family lived in Tanzania during her husband’s tenure as U.S. Ambassador where she worked with several local organizations, including Muhimbili National Hospital and an NGO that runs the first HIV clinic in Tanzania.
She is a graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Medical School.  She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2003, Dr. Prothrow-Stith was elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. She has received ten honorary doctorates including ones from Morehouse Medical School and Meharry Medical College. She is the recipient of the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a Presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. In 2015, she was inducted into the honor roll of women physicians in the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Derrick Gordon, PhD

Derrick Gordon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section) and Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine and the Division of Prevention and Community Research. He serves as the Director of the Research, Policy and Program on Male Development at The Consultation Center and is a scientist in the Community Research Core of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). Dr. Gordon’s work with men and families has and continues to focus on increasing their health and positive involvement in family and community life. Dr. Gordon’s clinical work, research, and consultation focuses on adolescent fatherhood, mentoring for adolescents who are gang involved, low income fatherhood status, transitioning from prison to the community, the impact that access and use of preventive health care services have on community members, and understanding the interplay between poverty and stigma on the healthy development of individual and community life. Overall Dr. Gordon in his research seeks to identify those factors that enhance the health and well-being of men identified as being on the “fringes.”

Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Donald Warne, MD, MPH is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University, and he is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.  He oversees the only Master of Public Health in the nation with an American Indian Public Health specialization.  Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, SD and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.  He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.  His work experience includes: several years as a primary care physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Arizona; Staff Clinician with the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disorders / NIH; Indian Legal Program Faculty with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; Health Policy Research Director for Inter Tribal Council of Arizona; and Executive Director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.

Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD

A scholar, educator, and activist, Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson is the President and CEO of MAJAICA, LLC, a national research firm and think tank and the leader and creator of Save 100 Babies, a cross sector network based in Atlanta, Georgia devoted to a social determinants approach for eliminating racial disparities in birth outcomes. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Behavior Change at Morgan State University and a University Affiliate at Columbia University. Fleda Mask Jackson is currently a visiting scholar in the Psychology Department at Spelman College.

With academic preparation in education, psychology and anthropology, Dr. Jackson's work is aimed at advancing the well-being of women, children, families, and communities that is informed by community-based, culturally sensitive research. Over the past decade her work has been devoted to the study of the intersection of racial and gendered stress and its impact on the health and reproductive outcomes among African American women. 

With major grant support from the CDC and the Ford Foundation, she led a research team whose efforts have produced a contextualized measure for assessing the intersection of racial and gendered stress (Jackson, Hogue, Phillips Contextualized Stress) and an intervention model expressly designed to respond to the particular psychosocial risk of race and gender confronted by African American women. Funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and HHS Region IV is supporting the translation of her extensive work on contextualized stress to inform national and regional policies and practices that advance clinical and community level prevention and intervention designed to ensure equitable birth outcomes and good physical and emotional health for African American women across the lifespan.     

Dr. Jackson has worked collaboratively and conducted research with health agencies and academic institutions in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Wisconsin. The author of numerous scientific articles, book chapters and presentations, Dr. Jackson has served as a consultant and adviser for a wide range of organizations that include the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Center for Excellence in Women’s Health at the Harvard Medical School, The Ford Foundation (SisterSong), the Rhea and Lawton Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the University of South Florida, and the Children's Defense Fund. She serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Health Disparities for the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and was approved by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM). She is the co-chair for the United Way's of Greater Atlanta's Babies Born Healthy Initiative and is a member of the expert panel for the Clayton County Board of Health’s Perinatal Coalition.

The recipient of the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Award in Health and Science and the Delta Award for Health Activism, the city of Atlanta honored her work by naming September 23rd, 2002 as Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson Day. Dr. Jackson's work was featured on When the Bough Breaks, an episode from the award-winning PBS series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and in the documentary, Crisis in the Crib produced by Tanya Lewis Lee.  

Fleda Mask Jackson received a B.A. degree from Spelman College in Atlanta and  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  

Gary Thompson, MA

Gary Thompson is the Family Health Services Fatherhood Coordinator for the Family Health Services (FHS) Division of the Alameda County Public Health Department.  FHS is the largest division with more than 200 staff who work in three major programs, California Children’s Services (CCS), California Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP), and Maternal and Paternal Child Adolescent Health.  Gary manages two MPCAH programs, the Juvenile Probation Transition Center and Fatherhood Initiative, a recently created male staff unit that addresses the life skill needs of local fathers and their families.  He is liaison to the Urban Male Health Initiative a prevention focused men’s health services collaboration and the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Leadership Table, a major city/ county cross systems reform partnership that advocates for Alameda County’s urban males and fathers.  Gary is also one of the co-founders of the Fathers Corps, a learning community of male service providers which is administered in collaboration with First Five of Alameda County.

Prior to his tenure at Public Health, Gary was the Director of the Alameda County Interagency Children’s Policy Council, where he led a large, multidisciplinary body of private and public systems leaders who championed the needs of vulnerable children and families through advocacy, systems reform, program development, and innovation.  Experienced in organizational administration, Gary has been involved the Alameda County human service community.  He has most recently served on the San Leandro
School District Board of Education and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Village Connect, Inc.  Gary has a Master of Arts in Education Administration from San Francisco State University with a dual emphasis of early childhood education and integrated health care services. He has more than twenty-five years of experience administering education and family-centered programs and has been a systems reform advocate for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable children and families.

Haywood L. Brown, MD

Dr. Haywood L. Brown is a native of North Carolina.  He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro and his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, Tennessee, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Brown is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Brown returned to North Carolina in 2002 as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. 

Dr. Brown has served as the Co-Medical Director for the Indianapolis Healthy Babies Project and has been the Chief Evaluator for Indianapolis Healthy Start for two decades. This program is dedicated to decreasing infant mortality and the racial disparity for infant mortality.  He has also chaired the steering committee for the District of Columbia National Institutes of Health Initiative on Infant Mortality Reduction and the HRSA Perinatal and Patient Safety Collaboratives.  Dr. Brown is especially committed to the care of women at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome, particularly those disadvantaged.

Dr. Brown as served as Chair of CREOG and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and is past President of the Society.  He is past President of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS).  He also served as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Brown is past president of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and is immediate past District IV Chair of ACOG.

Dr. Brown was officially named the President-Elect of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in May 2016 and became the 68th President of ACOG in May 2017.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Jack joined the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition in 2005 as a contract employee directing the Florida KidCare Health Insurance for Children Program (SCHIP) until 2008, when he then took up the tasked to redevelop the Coalition’s Fatherhood Initiative; and is now the Project Director for it’s Federally Funded Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. Program with the goal of improving the father-child relationship in and around the city of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jasmine Ward, PhD

Dr. Jasmine Ward is a certified health education specialist (CHES) with a Masters of Public Health degree and Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion from University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tuscaloosa joint Doctoral program. She has over a decade of advanced level public health practice, teaching, and research experience with leading public health institutions and community organizations in the United States. Dr. Ward currently serves as Assistant Professor of Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University and is the founder of Black Ladies in Public Health.

Jason Perry

Jason Perry is an experienced minister, author and teacher. He has over 40 years experience establishing, leading and participating in mentoring programs for men and boys. He has served in several national-level leadership roles addressing issues surrounding youth, mentoring and leadership development. Mr. Perry possesses extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a conference and retreat speaker. Among the books he has written are dissedRespect: getting and giving respect; dissedRespect in the Family; How Far Can You Go? Straight Talk About Sexual Purity and Dads and Diamonds are Forever. Mr. Perry is the founder and president of Oak Tree Leadership.

Jean J. E. Bonhomme, MD, MPH

Co-founder, manager and director of a community-based non-profit organization providing preventive health education in minority communities, providing HIV prevention education to the homeless, minority youth, African American churches in rural Georgia and in metropolitan Atlanta, women’s facilities, and the handicapped since 1988.  Providing anti-tobacco education to minority youth.  Providing group counseling to African American veterans, African American men’s crisis intervention and nonviolent conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship for minority youth.  Promoting prostate cancer awareness, involvement of fathers, violence prevention, and substance abuse awareness among African American youth and adults. 

Jeffery Johnson

Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson is President and CEO of the National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL a national nonprofit organization who mission is to strengthen the service capacity of nonprofit and community-based agencies to empower low-income parents and youth through innovative training techniques, effective program management tools, and evidenced based practices. As president of NPCL, Dr. Johnson has overseen the planning and implementation of two of the nation’s largest social welfare research projects involving men and fathers. Since 1997, Dr. Johnson and NPCL convene an annual international fatherhood conference that attracts policy makers, family practitioners, and parents from around the world. He was also the visionary and national planning committee chair for the 100 year anniversary of Father’s Day.

A particular focus of his work has been on the plight of African-American men and families.  He has written numerous articles and publications and is regularly invited to testify before the United States Congress on national policy affecting fathers and low-income families. He played a principal role in passage of the first national fatherhood legislation in Congress, The Father’s Count Bill in 1999. This legislation provided the framework for the first federal funding of responsible fatherhood programs.

Dr. Johnson serves as President of the Men’s Fellowship Ministry at the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD.  He is also a 2009 Peace Ambassador Award recipient for his national and international work with men and families. In 2012, Dr. Johnson was selected as Fatherhood Leader of the Decade by colleagues in the responsible fatherhood field, the 2013 Amtrak/Washington Wizards Pioneer Award, and has received a Lifetime Achievement award for his work in fatherhood and the international fatherhood conference.

Dr. Johnson received his formal education at the University of Michigan where he received the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Urban Education. 

Joia Crear-Perry

Dr. Crear-Perry is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Most recently, she addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. Dr. Crear-Perry continues to work to improve access and availability of affordable health care to New Orleans’ citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005.

After receiving her bachelor’s trainings at Princeton University and Xavier University, Dr. Crear-Perry completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine. She was also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A proud recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero’s award, Dr. Crear-Perry currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Community Catalyst, National Medical Association, and the New Orleans African American Museum. She is married to Dr. Andre Perry and has three children: Jade 25, Carlos 21, and Robeson 7.

Her love is her family; health equity is her passion; maternal and child health are her callings.

Justin Kramer

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Justin earned his Bachelor of Sociology and Criminal Justice and his Master of Teaching in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Portland. Justin spent three years working as an educator prior to enrolling at the University of New Hampshire and obtaining his Master of Sociology. Currently, he works for Boston University School of Medicine as a research study director with research interests focusing on racial/ethnic inequality and public health. Additionally, he attends Temple University (Sociology PhD) and was awarded a 4-year Future Faculty Fellowship in the spring of 2017.

Kenn L. Harris

Kenn Harris is the director of the New Haven federal Healthy Start program at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in New Haven, CT. His maternal and child health, public health and fatherhood/male involvement experience spans more than 25 years.  Kenn is the President of the National Healthy Start Association, based in Washington, DC and co-creator of the Core Adaptive Model (CAM®), an evidenced-based model for fatherhood/male involvement programs. Kenn is a national expert and facilitator on topics raging from community engagement, fatherhood, racism and equity.  He is a community researcher and national advisor on men’s health.  Kenn recently co-authored and published an article “The Health of Young African American Men” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, 2015).

Marc H. Morial

Entrepreneur.  Lawyer.  Professor.  Legislator.  Mayor.  President, U.S. Conference of Mayors.  President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. 

In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Marc Morial has performed all of these roles with excellence and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.  As President and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003, he has been the primary catalyst for an era of change -- a transformation for the 105-year old civil rights organization.  His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and Blacks, as well as other communities of color, and rich and poor Americans.  

During his tenure, the League had record fundraising success with a 280MM, five-year fundraising effort.  He has secured the BBB nonprofit certification, which has established the NUL as a leading national nonprofit, and the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which has placed the NUL in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance and other best practices, as well as executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Under his stewardship, the League launched a historic $100 million, five-year “Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower” initiative in 2013 – a solutions-based, comprehensive approach to the nation’s employment and education crisis that brings together federal government, business, and nonprofit resources to create economic opportunity in 50 cities across the country through the Urban League affiliate network.   

His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 10 cities to help the growth of small businesses.  Also, Morial helped create the Urban Empowerment Fund, which will lend to urban impact businesses, and helped create the League’s New Markets Tax Credits initiative, which has resulted in $1 billion in community investment via urban impact businesses, including minority business, through both debt and equity investments.

As mayor of New Orleans, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led New Orleans’ 1990’s renaissance and left office with a 70% approval rating. 

As a lawyer, Morial won the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged.  He was also one of the youngest lawyers, at age 26, to argue and win a major case before the Louisiana Supreme Court.

As a professor, Morial served on the adjunct faculty of Xavier University in Louisiana, where he taught Constitutional Law and Business Law.

As a Louisiana state senator, Morial was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year, while authoring laws on a wide range of important subjects.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous honorary degrees including Xavier University and Howard University.

Under appointment by President Obama, Morial has served as Chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.  He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.

Morial has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in America.

Ralph E. Johnson

Ralph E. Johnson is a 1981 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a BS degree in Speech/Language Pathology. In 1982, he received his Masters degree in Student Personnel from Florida State University. He took his first professional position at the University of Arkansas in 1982, as Coordinator of Greek Affairs.

In 1985, Dr. Johnson began a nine year tenure at the University of South Carolina as the Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Minority Student Affairs. In that capacity, he worked with over 3,000 African American students enrolled at USC and implemented several model programs that impacted minority student retention. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina in May of 1993. His dissertation, titled "Factors in the Academic Success of African American College Males," garnered him the coveted Dissertation of the Year Award, given by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA). From 1990 to 2010, he served as the Associate Dean of Students at the Johns Hopkins University and in 2010-2011, he completed a one-year term as the Interim Provost at the Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is now the Dean of the Center for Student Success at that same institution.

His professional and civic activities include the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and President of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), Treasurer of the SACSA Foundation, and Chairman of the Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation. Moreover, in 1998 he created the Alpha Phi Alpha College Chapter Leadership Academy, which he still directs and in 2003, the Delta Lambda Chapter Beautillion, a program designed to assist male high school juniors and seniors in the Baltimore area transition from adolescence to adulthood and into post-secondary education. He is the author or co-author of several articles and/or book chapters, to include “Advising Black Greek-Letter Organizations: A Student Development Approach” in Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the 21st Century: OurFight Has Just Begun, ed. G.S. Parks (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2008). He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education.

He is the recipient of numerous honors to include his induction into Omicron Delta kappa Leadership Honor Society and the 1991 National Alumni Brother of the Year for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Dr. Johnson enjoys literature, writes poetry, and is an avid fan of old movie classics and has an immense passion for leadership and student development. He also enjoys traveling and was awarded a Fulbright for international educators that took him to Germany and Belgium in April, 2002. Additionally, he developed the Hopkins Ghana Study Tour in 2002 and led six tours to the West African country. He is married and the father of one son, a graduate of Oakwood University.




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