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Dr. Caroline L. Lattimore

Dr. Caroline L. Lattimore of Durham, North Carolina, is a well-respected Associate Academic Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Terry Sanford Public Policy Institute at Duke University, Dr. Lattimore is also the 15th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Lattimore numerous awards and accolades. Among them are: Ford Foundation National Fellowship; National Council of Negro Women--Woman of the Year in Leadership Roles; YWCA Women of Achievement Outstanding Woman Award; NAACP Freedom Fund Outstanding Service Award; and the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Volunteer Service Award, to name a few. She was also the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Representative to the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Joseph Williams

Joseph C. Williams III is an award-winning executive producer and manager in the inspirational recording industry. With more than 20 years experience in gospel and R&B music, he is founder and CEO of Matador Artist Management, Inc., in High Point, NC.

In 2000, Williams developed a joint venture with Crystal Rose Records, Inc. to record and distribute inspirational CDs and cassettes word-wide through Cordent/EMI, Inc. As executive producer of this venture, he is responsible for all creative aspects of recordings.

Williams also is best-known among the industry for his participation in structuring multi-million dollar contracts with A&M Records and Warner Chapel Music. Williams holds a BS in Management and Marketing degree from Hampton University and is a graduate of the American School of Banking.

Micheal Bennett

Michael Bennett now leads the development and implementation of its information technology policy, security, and execution as BAE systems’ chief information officer, managing operations across the US as well as in India, Sweden, Australia, and Saudi Arabia. He previously worked as vice president, contracts, procurement, pricing and facilities at the Global Defense and Securities Company based in the United Kingdom. Closer to home, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native uses his position to champion the need for youth and African Americans of all ages to be more open to technology as a creative and diverse pathway to career success.

Novella Williams

Novella Williams, revered as an educator, mentor, historian, and civil rights activist, is the founder of “Citizens for Progress”, a civic group in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Williams’ journey is a long one, having worked many years to bring about diversity and equal opportunity in institutions, not only in Philadelphia, but across our nation. Novella Williams attended Washington High School in Atlanta, GA. She continued her studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Communication in Philadelphia, PA., and it was through her work and association at the University of PA that fueled her mission to empower and ignite a zeal for education and knowledge in her local community. Ms. Williams was part of the charge to bring the first charter school in the African American community, providing youth the necessary skills that would position them for gainful employment in the workforce.

The fundamental premise for the establishment of Citizens for Progress was due to ineffective and inefficient means by which children were being educated in her local community. Ms. Williams felt there was a complete disparity between educations rendered in the African American communities versus those offered in other parts of the city. Citizens for Progress sought to bridge the gap by challenging the school system, and local principals to raise their consciousness in providing the same level of quality education to all children, no matter their geography. Ms. Williams’ motto has always been, “Power comes from knowledge”, and through Citizens for Progress, Ms. Williams fostered a means by which individuals were made aware and granted access to programs and services that were part of their residential right but were completely unaware.

“We care and we worked to save lives, through education, empowerment, good affordable healthcare, housing, and equal opportunity employment” says Ms. Williams on the mission of the organization.

Ms. Novella Williams never ran from challenge or adversity, but rather embraced it as an opportunity to make a difference in the world. At the time of Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ death, Ms. Novella Williams was granted an audience with the United Nations and spoke on behalf of African American community and gave testimony on the impact Dr. King’s death had on her people. It was through this audience that Ms. Williams was appointed to the NGO body of the United Nations and was asked to address the United States Congress on what action steps needed to happen within the walls of the UN and was also asked to speak to Congress on the topic of equality and social reform.

In the late 70’s, Ms. Williams led the charge, petitioning President Jimmy Carter, for equality amongst Amtrak Workers. Through her efforts, $500 million dollars were earmarked throughout the nation to commission equal opportunity employment. Ms. Williams also challenged organizations and establishments such as Conrail and The Port Authority to provide fair and equal pay and advancement opportunities to minorities. Ms. Williams was responsible for the rebuilding of the YMCA, now called the Lucien Blackwell Library, which provided youth services to thousands of young people. In her quest for equality, Ms. Williams successfully petitioned CEO’s of major corporations to build a new YMCA, instead of renovating the old one. She was also the catalyst for change on the 52nd Street Business Corridor in bringing minority owned business to the corridor since the majority of the patrons were African American residents. Novella Williams also sought to get the first African American female elected to Philadelphia council and was the driving force in the African American community adoption and re-election of Mayor Frank Rizzo. Through her diligence and tireless efforts in her community, Ms. Williams was granted direct access to Major Rizzo, even an office within the walls of City Hall, and was instrumental in bringing social reform to her community during his regime.

In her quest for human rights, Ms. Williams was the only individual who gave testimony on the tragic events that occurred in 1985 against the MOVE organization. Ms. Williams was one of the few individuals permitted to enter the MOVE compound and heroically entered the grounds in an attempt to bring about peaceful resolution. It is through her heroic efforts and continued push for reform in education, housing, healthcare and equal opportunity employment that Ms. Williams entertained such individuals like Rosalyn Carter (former 1st Lady of the United States), in the privacy of her home so that people like Mrs. Carter could meet and get a real sense of the people whom she served.

Ms. Williams walked amongst giants such as Rev. Leon Sullivan and attended the African Summit with Rev. Sullivan, Dick Gregory and Reverend Al Sharpton. It was through this visit that Ms. Williams raised her awareness that she had a people and she had a land. It was there that she witnessed young people, with no education, carving wood to perfection, and her overarching thought, which became her mission in life was, “What would that young man do if he had access to education?” This looming question fueled her quest even more for higher education amongst her people, not just the ability to do the work, but being able to profit from it. Ms. Williams returned from Africa with an acute awareness and commitment of, “Knowledge is a must, for knowledge is Power”.

Ms. Williams’ mentoring arm stretched far and long, providing mentorship to young men like Gene Banks, helping them understand that they are valuable and they have the same rights as all other American citizens, while also instilling in them the importance of values and making good choices that would impact their lives for years to come.

Still today, Ms. Novella Williams, now in her mid-80s’, leads the charge in fostering a better brighter future through community awareness, empowerment, and economic change.

Barbara Weathers

With a voice as melodious as it is dynamic, Barbara Weathers has established herself as a singer known for her evocative style. From a career which started at the age of 13, Barbara has consistently wowed audiences around the world.

The Greensboro, NC native was singing in church by the age of seven and quickly began honing her craft across the state with numerous local bands. It was while she was performing in North Carolina that her voice caught the ear of several major record labels. At that time, MCA Records, in particular, approached Atlantic Starr, about producing a demo for Barbara. This was her first time ever in a recording studio. The demo songs were “Secret Lovers” and “Silver Shadow”. While MCA declined her demo, management of Atlantic Starr suggested to the band that she join the group. With Barbara at the helm, the group scored hit after #1 hit…”Secret Lovers”, “If Your Heart Isn’t In It” and the perennial classic, “Always”. Though the group had a female vocalist before Barbara and after Barbara, no vocalist is as closely identified with Atlantic Starr as Barbara Weathers. Because Atlantic Starr toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S., Barbara built up an extremely loyal following and in 1989 she left the group to pursue a solo career with Warner Bros. Records. Her first project was the critically acclaimed self-titled album, Barbara Weathers, produced by Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire. Her second solo album, Seeing For the Very First Time, was produced by Jeff Weber and released solely in Japan where it was a huge success selling out in a week. The album included the hit song ”Love of My Life”, produced by Maurice White and performed by Barbara in both English and Japanese.

Now she’s back and better than ever with her latest release, “Satisfaction Guaranteed”. Once again she has teamed up with renowned producer Jeff Weber to deliver the most intimate and personal recording of her career thus far. This recording gives the listener insight to both her spiritual and playful sides.

Barbara’s stellar voice, her stunning visual appeal, coupled with her warm, accessible personality continues to place her in constant demand for film and television soundtracks, recordings, jingles and personal appearances all over the world. For more information, contact Barbara Weathers at bweathers001{at}yahoo.com.

Pastor Paul Buntyn

buntyn_baseballPaul Buntyn foundational training in ministry was accomplished through many faithful years of service at the Mt. Olivet B.C. in Manhattan, (Harlem) New York. Having played in the famed Rucker Basketball Tournament; he was recruited to attend Maryland Eastern Shore University on a basketball scholarship. However, this was interrupted by another recruiter: the draft into the United States Marine Corps. While serving a tour in Vietnam, Pastor Buntyn was engaged in combat where a single gunshot wound to the head left him paralyzed from the neck down. Through this tragedy, Pastor Buntyn experienced the miraculous healing power of God. Because of his service to his country, Pastor Buntyn was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Vietnamese Citation of Valor, a Bronze Star, and an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps.

Pastor Buntyn graduated from the Manhattan Bible Institute in 1983, extensively trained in evangelism. Afterwards, he enrolled in St. John’s University to pursue a degree in Special Education. Being led of God, he relocated to San Antonio TX and transferred to Incarnate Word College where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education in 1991. Pastor Buntyn is currently working toward a Masters of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University.

In 1988, Pastor Buntyn was called as the pastor of the Greater Bethel Baptist Church in San Marcos. He served there for five years, where the congregation experienced growth spiritually and numerically. In April of 1993, God moved him to start a new work of the Kingdom by beginning the Abundant Life Christian Church. The assignment of the church is to create an atmosphere of spiritual significance to the glory of God, in the community, through Pastor Buntyn’s unique style of preaching and teaching. Also, Pastor Buntyn created a non-profit organization to deepen our calling for youth of all cultures, and open doors for people who are under-served, to increase their understanding of economic, social, and educational empowerment.

Thus, the Alternative Life Moving Strategies (ALMS), Inc. was created as a community development corporation to address these needs.

Pastor Buntyn is married to Jo Ann (Queen) Buntyn and they are the proud parents of six wonderful children. The ministerial highlight to this date is the purchasing of 64.68 acres of land to build an accredited Christian school and seminary for developing disciples for ministry; a Drug Rehabilitation Center; and, a facility for educating the homeless. With the addition of laborers to this dynamic move of God, it is promised that nothing will be impossible for us to do.

Dean Elizabeth Nathans

Elizabeth (Ibby) Studley Nathans grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Vassar College, and received her MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins. A historian by academic training, with special interests in the history of race relations and the American South, she briefly considered a career in professional golf before one appearance in the national women's collegiate championship persuaded her to head in other directions. After receiving her doctorate, she taught at UNC Chapel Hill before moving to Duke, where she served as an academic dean for over two decades. In 1992, she returned to Massachusetts as Dean of Freshmen in Harvard College and after retiring from Harvard in 2005, as founding director of the Academic Advising Center at Boston College. While at Duke, she co-founded a working group for academic and student services officers in COFHE and continued to coordinate the group until 2005. As a university administrator, Nathans worked particularly closely with first-generation college students and with student-athletes, supporting students through highly-individualized advising and mentoring. In retirement, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Gene Banks League, is Board Secretary and Corporate Secretary for B.O.N.E.S., a New England-wide 501(3)(c) animal rescue organization, and is a Volunteer providing direct patient and family service for Parmenter VNA and Hospice in Wayland, MA. Nathans, who is divorced, has two married adult children and one grandchild. She lives in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Mike Hartnett

Mr. Hartnett is the Co-Founder of Campus Crest Communities, Inc.(NYSE: CCG). He and Mr.Ted Rollins founded Campus Crest in 2004 and established it as a leading developer, builder, owner and manager of high-quality, purpose-built student housing properties located in targeted U.S. markets. The company's focus since inception has been on building and enhancing its vertically integrated business model, prototypical property type, the Grove brand and leading residence life program, SCORES. Mr. Hartnett was instrumental in the company's significant growth and strategic direction. Prior to founding Campus Crest, Mr. Hartnett co-founded and managed companies that have successfully developed and operated service-enriched real estate, including student housing and senior housing. Mr. Hartnett received his BS degree in structural engineering from the University of Maine and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mr. Harnett currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Directors of The Gene Banks League Foundation.

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