The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body for the National Association for the Preservation of African-American History and Culture. Members of the board are elected nationwide to serve a term of office consistent with the organization's charter.

National Board of Trustees

 

 

Chair of the Board

2017-2018

Donald E. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Pasto​r, Educator, Artist

Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Pastor Dr. Donald Elisha Sheppard and his twin brother, Ronald Elijah, were born on May 20, 1962 to the late Bishop Elbert Lee Sheppard and Floria Chavers Sheppard. The youngest of five children, Pastor Sheppard grew up in a Godly home in Quincy Florida. He was licensed to preach in December of 1985 and ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ at the hand of Bishop Melton L. Sconiers in August of 1989. Florida State University conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Art Education upon him on December 13, 2013. Professionally, he was employed for nine years at Homes and Land Publishing Corporation in Tallahassee where he served as Design Artist, Team Leader, Employee Assistants Chairman, and Employee of the Month. After receiving his master's degree at FSU, he began teaching art at Griffin Middle School. He taught there for fifteen years and is currently teaching art at Montford Middle School. As an educator, he has received the Sallie Mae District Finalist Award, the Minority Educator district finalist award, recognition from the Tallahassee Arts Council, and is featured in the book Real Lives: Art Teachers and the Culture of Schools by Dr. Tom Anderson. Pastor Sheppard's father, the late Bishop E.L. Sheppard, appointed him to the pastorate of Watson Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ in December 1998.

 

Patrick Irvine, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina served 8 years in the Air Force where he helped develop and implement numerous new training initiatives and safety modifications. Once he finished his enlistment he went to work for the State of Florida where he built and overhauled a number of the programs used by the Central Pharmacy.  He also created the operations quality check component, and started up the lean six sigma initiatives for the General Tax Administration.  He then opened his own business as  a business process engineer with the sole focus of helping the black business owner. Patrick has also spent time working with the founder Urban Intellectuals developing and implementing new UI Initiatives.  Currently in addition to running Pacts, he serves as the co-host of the Freedom Train, an international podcast series that gives a platform to the movers and shakers in the community.  

Vice Chair

2017-2018

Patrick Irvine

Executive Director, PACTS, Inc.

Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Treasurer

2017-2018

Joseph A. Ward

President, On The Shoulders of Giants, Inc.

 

Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Joseph A. Ward is a certified Life Coach, a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He possesses nearly a decade of experience in delivering academic success presentations to grades K-12, college-aged students, and middle aged adults.  By working in diverse venues such as grade schools, college campuses, juvenile divergent programs, correctional Institutions, religious communities, homeless shelters, and foster homes he has become skilled at providing valuable life skills training to a wide variety of community members. A graduate of the “New Hope Program” with the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, Mr. Ward served as a co-facilitator with the program for over four years, which works to teach life and professional skills to underprivileged persons. He helped to establish the Florida A&M University chapter of MOST (Men of Strength) and currently serves as co-facilitator with the organization. Mr. Ward also successfully developed the Sexual Violence Prevention Program with the Florida Department of Health in Leon County and holds over four years of Sexual/Domestic Violence Prevention training experience with A Call to Men, Men Can Stop Rape, and the Florida Council against Sexual Violence. Mr. Ward is a blogger, author and radio show host. Mr. Ward’s commitment to his community has proven him to be a reputable teacher, coach, trainer, and motivator. He is dedicated to uplifting and educating individuals around the world while helping to create mindsets and environments which foster greatness.

Trustee

Anita L. Davis

Leon County Commissioner (Ret.)

 

Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Anita L. Davis, former Chairperson of the National Board of Trustees, came to Tallahassee, Florida, in 1979. She received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida A&M University and also attended Florida State University and New York State University. Davis immediately began to have a significant impact on the community, serving as a Leon County Commission aide, civil rights and employment specialist, director of community enrichment projects for the Community Task Force on Drugs and Crime, and chair of the Housing Development Corporation of Tallahassee. In 1990, she became the first African-American woman ever to be elected to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners; she served as Commission chair from 1993-1994. She also served as chair of the National Association of Counties Task Force on Aging and Intergenerational Issues and the Blueprint 2000 Advisory Committee. Davis founded the Tallahassee Branch, NAACP ACT-SO Program and was president of the Tallahassee Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 12 years. During her tenure, the NAACP was the major catalyst in bringing about single member districts for the Leon County School Board and the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. She also served as state vice-president of the Florida NAACP.

 

Trustee

Carmen H. Ferguson, MSW

Consultant/Director of Social Services (Ret.)

 

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Carmen Howell Ferguson, of College Park, GA was Adjunct Professor for Atlanta Metropolitan College, and retired as social services director, and program consultant with the Fulton County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 2008. As supervisor of case management and social services for the Grady Health System, she oversaw 24 MSW inpatient medical social workers in discharge planning activities. Throughout the course of a career spanning more than 40 years, Ferguson served a consultant/agency liaison for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, Mental Health/Juvenile Court Team, Victims of Prostitution, District Attorney's Office, and the Children's Advocacy Center Planning Committee. Ferguson has traveled extensively, including a stint in Honolulu, Hawaii to serve agency representative on behalf of the DCFS for establishing countywide physical/sexual abuse protocol for response. She spearheaded and assisted in agency accreditation efforts through the Council on Accreditation of the Child Welfare League of America, resulting in continuous agency accreditation over a 12-year span. Ferguson founded the Aquilina Howell Foundation, and is a member of the Psi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the mother of Tavares and Kenya.

Trustee

Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D.

Director, Atwood Institute, Kentucky State University

 

Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Storyteller and historian Dr. Crystal A. deGregory is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Atwood Institute for Race, Education and the Democratic Ideal at Kentucky State University. She is also the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory, Inc., an advocacy initiative preserving, presenting and promoting inspiring stories of the Historically Black College and University’s (HBCU) past and present, for their future. A passionate believer in the historic mission and contemporary vision for the nation’s HBCUs, she convened the inaugural HBCUstory Symposium in April 2013 in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and Nashville Public Library Foundation. In partnership with the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (ALPU), she convened the second HBCUstory Symposium on October 24 + 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. A native of Freeport, Bahamas, she is a proud alumna of the historic Fisk University. She holds a Master of Education from Tennessee State University, and received a master's, and doctoral degree in history from Vanderbilt University. Hailed "young sister leader" by Spelman College and Bennett College for Women President Emerita Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Dr. Crystal A. deGregory is the recipient of the 2014 HopeDealer of the Year Award, presented by the Washington, D.C.-based The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative. Her advocacy work includes serving as one of four doctoral-holding black female hosts of Black Docs Radio and she is a member of several professional and service groups including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. deGregory is an author and a regular contributor to The HBCU Digest.

Jovan D. Miles, Pharm.D. completed a postgraduate residency program in 2011. As a resident, he provided clinical pharmacy services for hundreds of HIV-infected patients that were enrolled in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and worked directly with clinic and community providers.  Upon completion, he began in academia, teaching at Florida A&M University  College of Pharmacy full-time as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. While there he established a Chronic Disease and Wellness Clinic,   with a primary focus on HIV/AIDS pharmacotherapy.  Additionally,  he serves as the HIV Fellowship program director for the college of pharmacy and pharmacy manager for the ADAP outpatient pharmacy. His core research interests are African American health equity, pharmacogenetic testing, and precision medicine. 

Trustee

Jovan D. Miles, Pharm.D.

Asst. Prof. of Pharmacy, Florida A&M University

Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Jamesio D. Brown graduated from The Florida State University in 2016 with a degree in Finance. He is an account executive, and business consultant based in Los Angeles, California. An alumnus of Amos P. Godby High School, he earned his Associate in Arts degree from Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in 2014. As a TCC student, he took an active role in the Circle K International and Kiwanis organizations. Mr. Brown, an active member of the community, is a proud graduate of the Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc. He is also a graduate of the Harvard School of Business, where he received a Certificate of Completion from the highly selective Summer Venture in Management program. Mr. Brown formerly served as a Corporate Finance Intern for Southeastern Grocers, and as a Legal Assistant  with The Akbar Law Firm, P.A.

Trustee

Jamesio D. Brown

Account Executive, Currency Capital

 

Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017

Emily Rattini-Reich is Assistant Director of Student Services and the former Leadership Coordinator in the office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). She was previously Coordinator for the Fostering Achievement Fellowship (FAF) program TCC. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Florida in 2013 and graduated with a  Masters of Clinical Social Work degree from Florida State University in May 2016. Ms. Rattini-Reich’s passion is to work with family systems and vulnerable populations in the community. In her free time, Ms. Rattini-Reich enjoys painting and spending time with her family and a giant cat named Sir Catson.

Trustee

Emily L. Rattini-Reich, MSW

Tallahassee Community College

 

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Travaris McCurdy currently serves as Legislative Aide to Florida State Senator Randolph Bracy, representing Florida's 11th senate district. He was previously Deputy Political Director of For Our Future, Inc., and chief Legislative Aide to former State Senator Geraldine Thompson, representing the constituents of Orange County, District 12. He is a graduate of Olympia High School of Orlando, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree (2006) from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he majored in political science. McCurdy takes pride in giving back to the Orlando community, where he has worked on numerous successful political campaigns, including that of Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill. Additionally, Mr. McCurdy is a small business owner, having been the Owner and President of Unique Auto Car Club since 2013.

Trustee

Travaris L. McCurdy

Legislative Aide, Florida Senate

 

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Raised in Orlando, Florida, Jibreel R. Ali has had a passion for community building his entire life. Being raised by committed parents in the Rock Lake Neighborhood and a grandson of Mable Butler (first Black Orange County Commissioner) gave him experiences that have forever shaped him personally and his community permanently. After graduation from Jones High School in 1998, Mr. Ali attended and graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Management in 2003. He has founded the community-based nonprofit 1Community1Orlando, helped local entrepreneurs with start-ups, and is a devoted member of Saint Mark A.M.E. Church. He volunteered in the Jones High School Compact Program, where he mentored disadvantaged young men and provided scholarships to students through his entertainment company “ANJ Entertainment LLC” . He served as President of the Spring Lake Neighborhood Association for more than 3 years, Vice President of West Lakes Economic Opportunity Council and Treasurer of the Orange County Democratic Disability Caucus. Mr. Ali is currently a candidate for the Orlando City Council.

Trustee

Jibreel R. Ali

President, 1Community1Orlando

 

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Marquise M. McGriff is the Founder and Executive Developer of Club 1964, Inc., a nonprofit social and advocacy organization dedicated to the redemption and restoration of Historically Black Colleges through academic, social, and professional ventures. Marquise graduated from Florida Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice two years ahead of his entering freshman class. During his short two year tenure, Marquise served his institution in many capacities, most prominently as Freshman Class President, White House HBCU All-Star Student Ambassador, UNCF Walton Education Reform Fellow, and Walmart Visiting Scholar. Marquise is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education with an emphasis in HBCU Leadership at Lincoln University of Missouri, as a member of the inaugural cohort for the pilot program. In addition to his studies, Marquise works as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Development and Conduct, and continues to serve his undergraduate institution as the National Alumni Association Vice President for Young Alumni Development. Most recently, Marquise was appointed an Honorary Staff Member of the Office of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges.

Trustee

Marquise M. McGriff, M.A.

Executive Developer, Club 1964, Inc.

 

Student Board Member

Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO

Trustee

Jaida Lee

Senior, Criminal Justice/Psychology

 

Student Board Member

Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

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