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Board of Directors

Chairman
Dennis G. Kemp, Sr. received his undergraduate degree (BS) in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and master’s degree (MGA) in Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College. He obtained his Project Manager Professional certification (PMP) in 2009. Professionally he is employed by ManTech as a Project Manager. He is currently providing Project Management Office (PMO) support to the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Health Administration as an employee of ManTech International Inc. Previously he supported the Veterans Benefits Administration and Veterans Human Resources and Administration. Mr. Kemp has almost 20 years Federal contracting experience with a concentration in IT program/project management. He is a member of the Baltimore chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

He served as an Assistant Professor for the University of Maryland University College in the School of Business and Professional Programs. Mr. Kemp was the Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the Director of Financial Aid at Coppin State University. During his tenure at Coppin he also served as Chair of the MD-DC-DE Association of Student Aid Financial Administrators.

Mr. Kemp served as the 25th Eastern Region Vice President for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He served two terms from 2005 to 2009. In his role as Vice President Mr. Kemp was the chief executive officer of the Eastern Region and served on the fraternity’s Board of Directors. The Eastern Region has over 3,000 members in 152 chapters located from Virginia through New England and an International District that includes Germany, Bermuda and the United Kingdom. He has also served a Chapter President for the Kappa Phi Lambda chapter and as an Area Director for District 6 (MAAC). In addition he is the Immediate Past Chair of the Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation.

Mr. Kemp is a member of The People’s Community Baptist Church where he serves as Chair of the Trustee Board, Sunday School Teacher, and a member of the Media Ministry. He is a charter member of the Alpha Foundation of Howard County.

Vice Chair/Chief Fundraiser
Keith M. Dukes, Sr. is a Senior Vice President/ commercial lender with Xenith Bank. He has worked in the banking industry for over 40 years, specializing in C&I loans, commercial mortgages and state and federal government guaranteed loans. He is currently the vice chairperson of fundraising for the Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc. Mr. Dukes is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Maryland Banking School and the University of Virginia CBA Graduate Banking School.

Vice Chairman
Brandon Tilghman, supports the operation and coordination of student achievement programs and services for the Baltimore City School System. Previously, he worked with the University of Maryland to secure and manage external funding from public and private sources. Mr. Tilghman serves as the treasurer for the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Howard County and an area director for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a graduate of Hampton University and holds advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Baltimore.

Treasurer
Richard H. Shepherd, Jr. is President of Sales and Business Strategies (SBS), a consulting firm. Prior to forming SBS, he was president of Columbia Pontiac Buick GMC. For 12 years, he was a regional sales executive for Automatic Data Processing. He also co-founded the electronic vehicle registration service VIN-NET. A life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mr. Shepherd has served on the boards of Baltimore Healthy Start, the American Red Cross, and the alumni association of Central State University, his alma mater.

Procurement Officer
Calvin R. Austin retired from the Hewlett Packard Company after a varied management career in engineering, data analysis and subcontract administration. Among his corporate employers: Hewlett Packard Company, Compaq Computer, Digital Equipment Corporation, Gould, Inc. and the Clevite Corporation. A life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mr. Austin has served as the fraternity as chapter treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president; he has also been the East Coast Regional Representative to the Building Foundation and chaired the MLK Scholarship Breakfast. Mr. Austin has served the Tuskegee National Alumni Association as National Historian, Financial Secretary, and Treasure; Northeastern Region’s Assistant Regional Director and Baltimore Club President. Mr. Austin is a 1968 graduate of the Tuskegee Institute.

Legal Counsel
Gregory O. Olaniran is a Partner in the Entertainment, Intellectual Property & Technology, and Litigation departments in the Washington, DC office of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MSK). Mr. Olaniran represents leading media, entertainment and technology clients, including major producers and distributors of syndicated television programs, cable networks, independent producers and others, counseling them on a broad array of issues affecting intellectual property and content development/distribution for delivery on multiple platforms. He represents clients before various adjudicatory bodies, including the Copyright Office, the Copyright Royalty Judges, and state and federal courts. Mr. Olaniran is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Horizon Foundation (Board, Vice-Chair). Mr. Olaniran is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School. Also, he holds an MBA in Finance and two baccalaureate degrees in Accounting and Business Administration (cum laude) from Morgan State University. In addition he is a Certified Public Accountant (license inactive).

President KPL
John H. Taylor is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in Germany, Japan, and Vietnam (two tours) and was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (three awards), Vietnam Honor Medal 1st Class (two awards), among other honors. After his retirement, he became the deputy commander of the National Security Agency's security/law enforcement force. He is a graduate of Virginia State College with a degree in Agronomy and studied business management at Michigan State University.

ΚΦΛ Educational Activities Director
Bruce Nelson is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey and serves as the Director of Educational Activities on the Alpha Foundation Board of Directors. His core duties are supporting implementation of Alpha Achievers and promoting a structure that encourages college and career readiness with youth. Mr. Nelson lives in Ellicott City, MD, and is married with two beautiful daughters. Professionally, Mr. Nelson is the Director of High School Initiates for Family League of Baltimore, Baltimore City's local management board. His role is to assist in informing systems, strengthening organizations and leading collaboration for programs in Baltimore. A major focus is promoting equity and opportunity as a part of a citywide approach for the work. Mr Nelson is a graduate of Virginia State University.

David Barrett is a high-school algebra teacher at the Homewood Center, the only alternative school in Howard County, Maryland. Mr. Barrett entered a second career in teaching after a 30-year career in information technology. Career highlights include: developing the approach landing test used to simulate the landing of the space shuttle and developing high-performance networks used to support the UN peacekeeping force in Bosnia. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a charter member of the Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc. A jazz percussionist by avocation, Mr. Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in computer science from Howard University.

Cecil G. Christian, Jr. - Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama; graduated from Parker High School and briefly attended Miles College before attending Howard University, Washington, D.C. where he became a member of Beta Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; earned a B.S. Degree in Psychology and was commissioned a second lieutenant Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. He earned a M.A. Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University. His 20 years of military service included basic and advanced training (Infantry, Airborne, Aviator, Infantry Advanced, and an array of civil & military courses). His military experience included command and staff duties in ground and aviation assignments, planning and flying combat flights in rotary and fixed wing aircraft in Lebanon and Vietnam. He retired as a Master Army Aviator, the highest Army flight rating, and he maintained a FAA commercial flight rating. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Expert Infantryman and Paratrooper Qualification Badges. After his military retirement he was employed as a federal Records Management Analyst in the National Archives and Records Services of the General Services Administration’s National Archives and Records Service in Washington, D.C. His federal service ended when he retired from the position of Records Management Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He received numerous performance and recognition awards from both federal agencies. He is a community volunteer: Howard County General Hospital, St. John Baptist Church Mentoring Program, Red Cross Disaster Service, and he is a Howard County District Court Bailiff. He is a 66 year member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, a charter member and first chairman for 10 years of the Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc. (501c(3); he is a Prince Hall Mason, and he is a Golden Heritage Member of the NAACP.

Kenneth M. Jennings, Jr. is retired after 39 years of Federal service, including 12 years as Chief of the Internal Control Branch, U.S. Public Health Service. He is Presiding Elder of the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County and Vice President for Operations of The African American Coalition of Howard County, and the nonpartisan African Americans in Howard County Political Action Committee. A charter member and past president of the Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he is also a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Jennings is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Norris T. Jennings, United States Navy Retired, is Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Empowers You to Succeed, Inc. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Premiere House, a group home established by the State of Maryland Human Resources Administrative Department for young men ages 17 to 21. He has also directed adolescent group homes, and programs for violence prevention, teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse in the states of Florida and Maryland. He is a past president of Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and is chairperson of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast. He organized and developed a High Achievers Program at two middle schools in Howard County and is working to expand the program in other middle schools in Howard County. Mr. Jennings is a graduate of The University of the State of New York and NOVA University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Lionel Perron, is a Supervisory Business Financial Manager for the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to joining DoD, he served as a Division Manager for a Federal Contracting Firm, where he led a diverse team of Business and Tech professionals, and provided support to Senior Management in strategic planning, particularly in retention and company growth. Mr. Perron is a Chapter Advisor to a local college chapter and is a former Financial Officer for the Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is an honor graduate of Prairie View A&M University and holds an advanced degree from the University of Maryland University College.

David Raphael is a Branch Head with NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. His primary duties include providing administrative and technical supervision necessary to advance and promote his Branch’s (Flight Data Systems & Radiation Effects Branch) goals which involve planning, developing, testing, or modifying flight data systems for aerospace purposes. Most recently, Mr. Raphael served as an Associate Branch Head in the Telecommunication Networks and Technology Branch. Prior to joining the management team, he was the Subsystem Lead for the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) Command & Data Handling (C&DH). In the community, Mr. Raphael is very involved with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. serving as a former Executive Director of the Eastern Region, former Director for District VI (Mid-Atlantic Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters) of the Eastern Region, and former President of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter. Professionally, he is affiliated with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and is a Senior Member with the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Mr. Raphael is also a charter member of The Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

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