Dr. Erica Conners
Dr. Conners, a native of Oakland, California, is a clinical consultant with a Master’s as well a Doctorate’s in psychology. Dr. Conners holds two Master’s Degrees from Columbia University (Industrial Organizational Psychology and Psychology in Education). Dr. Conners has a very diverse working background; in addition to being a Co-Director of the Athletic Ministry at Allen Temple Baptist Church and working as a County Manager for a non-profit organization which provides employment, education, and housing support to former foster care youth ages 18-24, Dr. Conners also has her own youth organization, Tru Elite Performance. Dr. Conners works closely with youth and young adults in the areas of personal development and successful transitions. Dr. Conners co-wrote and implemented the personal development curriculum for the Mark Aguirre Basketball Academy (MABA) in 2010 and is currently working on establishing a platform to implement personal development and successful transitioning with professional athletes, entertainers, and youth to strengthen individual milestone development.
Dr. Bob Kramer
Dr. Bob, as he is known to his friends, patients, and acquaintances, is Chief Medical Officer and one of four co-founders of Private Social Networks. Dr. Bob’s entire career has been dedicated to improving healthcare and patient outcomes by educating and advising patients, families, and caregivers. Following a teaching career that lead to clinical practice, Dr. Bob became a clinical professor of pediatrics and pulmonology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Bob later founded one of the best known pediatric groups in the Southwest and became perhaps Dallas’ most loved pediatrician. In addition to his relationships with the kids in his office practice, Dr. Bob took on the responsibilities of treating cystic fibrosis patients primarily through Children’s Medical Center. When Dr. Bob started practicing, cystic fibrosis patients were not expected to live much past adolescence. One of Dr. Bob’s personal satisfactions is that many of his former cystic fibrosis patients are mature adults today (some in their 60’s) living normal lives.
Dr. Erin Conners Ngeno
Erin Conner Ngeno is the Chief Operations Officer of Conner Legacy, LLC. Dr. Ngeno’s educational background includes the completion of undergraduate and graduate work in both the biological and social sciences, culminating in a PhD in Education from UC Berkeley. After graduation, Dr. Ngeno built a successful business as an independent consultant, providing support to both local and national organizations with communications infrastructure, research and evaluation, fundraising, and youth engagement strategies. Clients included Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, Peer Health Exchange, Susan Taylor’s A New Way Forward, and Leadership Excellence. Dr. Ngeno’s work with youth engagement led to her interest in technology and social media. Until recently, she taught Instructional Technology and Literacy Development courses for San Francisco State University and the Bay Area Teacher’s Center, a position she relinquished as she transitioned into her current role at Conner Legacy.
Carole Davis Kennerly is a mother and grandmother who provided support and guidance during the career of her son, who was a student-athlete. Ms. Kennerly is a graduate of State University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Howard University (MSW/medical social work), and attended London School of Business. Ms. Kennerly is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with 35 years of experience in various capacities in child health and disability, maternal and child health, and policy development for California’s battered women shelter program. Ms. Kennerly also worked as supervisor in county adoption and foster care programs, served as elected city council official and Vice Mayor overseeing a budget of 400 million dollars, and Director of a local credit union with a budget of 110 million. Ms. Kennerly served as advisor to local University chancellor advocating for student-athlete programs and is university/college adjunct lecturer. Presented paper at United Nations South African conference. Ms. Kennerly is backed by prestigious honors including: Woman of the Year Award, Howard University 2014 Alumni Achievement Award, and inductee into the 106th Congressional Record. Ms. Kennerly was also awarded state and congressional resolutions and served as consultant to the White House Conference on Disabilities. Ms. Kennerly’s community achievements are: co-founder of local mediation services, city commissioner for health programs and city downtown area planning, and Founder and Director of Historic William Byron Rumford Memorial Sculpture.
Out of all the roles Garland Haynes has had, father and husband are his two favorite. However, for the past 11 years his professional role has been either a District Operations Manager or Store Manager for the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, The Home Depot. Another large manufacturing company, Texas Instruments, is where Garland honed his skills as a Finance Manager for 7 years. Garland has not always worked in the corporate world, but rather for our country and for himself, as a US Military Officer for 5 1/2 years and as a residential mortgage loan officer for 2 years respectively. In every role, subordinates and superiors alike, have lauded his ability to lead teams, rally consensus, and foster relationships that create supportive and successful working environments. If his workplace colleagues were asked to describe him in 3 words they would use character, commitment, and compassion. Garland’s formal education includes a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
Mrs. Williams serves as National Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, for INROADS, Inc. Mrs. Williams is an alumna of the INROADS process and has come full circle since her internship and is now a staff member of the very organization that started her career development. Through the INROADS process, Mrs. Williams completed five sponsored summer internships between her freshman and senior year of college before completion of her Bachelor of Science in Accounting Controls Systems at the University of North Texas. Mrs. Williams gained essential leadership and business skills that gave her the confidence and preparation she would need to be a successful leader. The mentorship and academic and professional development exposed her to opportunities she did not have access to and provided networking opportunities to help her along the way. Mrs. Williams’ professional journey has taken her to small and large companies performing the duties of accountant, information specialist, technical consultant, and project manager before becoming a Talent Manager with INROADS. In addition to her professional career, Mrs. Williams has been recognized for her community outreach serving as an active member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and Ethos Education Group Board Member. Mrs. Williams continually lives out her passion to work with students through NABA, Ethos, and INROADS while giving back to the very organization and that started her career path. Mrs. Williams lives in Dallas and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy D. Petersen was born December 12, 1955 in Sherman, Texas to Roy F. and Brenda Petersen. The majority of Roy’s early life was spent in Euless, Texas. Roy graduated from Trinity High School in 1973 and attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Roy met Laura Hartley during college, and they married January 7, 1978. They have two children, Paige Elizabeth and Roy Calvin. Roy’s hobbies include golf, working out, reading, watching classic movies, and spending time at Horseshoe Bay and Escondido with family and friends. Roy has always had a love of the ocean and enjoys traveling to California. By far, Roy’s favorite activity is spending time with his three granddaughters. Roy also enjoys mentoring young people who are just beginning their careers, as well as established business owners. Roy is also an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Cowboys. Roy began his career in 1978 at Timber Tech, an engineered housing component manufacturer in Arlington, Texas where Roy was the Sales Manager and worked there until 1982. From 1982-1986 Roy was the President of Penco Construction Company in Houston, Texas. From 1987-2005 he was the Founder and CEO of Flagship Reconstruction Services Group, a general contractor specializing in large loss reconstruction projects operating in numerous states, the company produced $30M+annually. In 2005 Roy sold Flagship to a public company. From 2005 to the present Roy has been a private equity investor to sectors and companies listed below among others:
CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENTSteve Kennedy Construction Las Colinas TX – Dallas Home Builder
Village Homes Fort Worth TX – Home Builder
Montserrat Fort Worth TX – Gated Residential Development
Escondido Horseshoe Bay TX – Private Golf Community Development
D R Horton – America’s Homebuilder
Insight Builders Dallas TX – Multifamily Development
La Cantera Fort Worth TX – Gated Multifamily Development
Haddock Investments, Midlothian and McKinney TX – Commercial Properties Mike Saxon
Roofing Company – Commercial/Residential Roofing
Melanie Monroe Chapital is a marketing and business development leader with proven success in the corporate arena as well as entrepreneurship. At Texas Instruments, Ms. Chapital was the Strategic Marketing Engineer assigned to a tier one account where she played an integral role in increasing TI design-ins by 20% resulting in over $200 million in revenue. Melanie was also a SUBWAY Sandwich Restaurant multi-unit franchise owner. Ms. Chapital implemented multi-channel marketing efforts such as grassroots marketing and local buy advertisements coupled with SUBWAY national campaigns to significantly increase weekly sales. Ms. Chapital has spent several years as an adjunct math professor in the Dallas County Community College District with opportunities to speak at STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) events. Presently, she is an Executive Director at Academic Partnerships partnering with Chief Nursing Officers and Healthcare Administrators throughout North, East, and West Texas offering employees access to top ranked institutions of higher education across the nation through cutting edge distance learning technology (online format) and high quality marketing. Ms. Chapital received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Lesia Young
As Vice President, Dr. Crumpton-Young serves as Tennessee State University’s (TSU) Chief Research Officer responsible for the vision, direction, and guidance of the University’s research mission and serves as the Executive Director of the TSU Research Economic and Community Development Foundation. Dr. Crumpton-Young also heads the Institutional Advancement unit responsible for alumni affairs, alumni donations, corporate giving and partnerships. Lesia Crumpton-Young holds a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialty area in Human Factors Engineering. Dr. Crumpton-Young has worked extensively as a professor, research scientist, CEO in the public sector, a university administrator at the University of Central Florida, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M University, and as Program Director in the Education and Human Resource Directorate of the National Science Foundation. A prolific writer, Dr. Crumpton-Young has published and co-published many articles on engineering leadership, innovation, and STEM education.