Our Members:

2015 Board Members3To learn more about each board member you can scroll down on the page or click on the name you want to learn more about.

Roderick Jones Albert L. Culler
Anthony Johnson Tracey Wyatt
Reuben Simms Damon Mescudi
Pamela Swanson Moira Pratt
Donald L. Wheat Kevin Pratt, II
Reggie McLane Antonio White
Shirley Worthy

 

 


 


Roderick Jones – President

IMG_2161smRod is native of Etowah, Tennessee and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since May 1985. He retired from the United States Army, September 1999. He is married and has two wonderful girls. Rod received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Administration from St Leo University. He is a disabled veteran and spends a lot of his time performing community services and many volunteer opportunities. Rod gets great pleasure in helping others.

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Anthony Johnson – Vice President

IMG_2159smAnthony C. Johnson is a descendant of Central American and Caribbean parents who was born in Brooklyn, New York where he traveled back and forth between the three countries, thus understanding the differences of the cultures. He had an affinity at a young age to help those less fortunate because of his background growing up from a family that was not as affluent. Anthony has a heart for giving, which he honed an unassailable tribute growing up in the church.

As he grew older, his aptitude of giving was persistent, where he served ten years of military service to his country in the US Navy as a special operations capable Hospital Corpsman/Combat Medic. Anthony created Diversified Investments for Monetary Expansion or (D.I.M.E.) for the purposes of giving back because of his life’s blessing and personal beliefs. Anthony has a history of volunteering through many special needs groups, such as the Special Olympics, reading and mentoring to grade school children, and aiding special needs young adults while transitioning in to the work place.

Anthony has also started several small businesses with an entrepreneurial spirit. Because of this type of passion united with his intrinsic sense of giving, Anthony has been a non-profit professional since 2005.Where he began with the non-profit Independent Educational Community Development Group, Inc. IECDG. Anthony started as their Fundraising Program Coordinator and grew his career to Fundraising/Marketing Director, and contributed by securing $1.7 million dollars in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

In 2010, Anthony departed from IECDG to start The Atlanta Battle Cats (ABC) basketball team, a non-profit venture playing under the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in conjunction with S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) a program that combines athletics and academics. This venture raised six thousand dollars in three short months and ABC has since changed its name to the Atlanta Empire and is continuing to be successful. Anthony helped co-founded The Star of Georgia Foundation (SOGAF) where he assists in the day-to-day operations of the foundation as Vice-President. Anthony loves working with children, volunteering, and working with his several Masonic affiliation and Shrinedom or A.E.A.O.N.M.S. SOGAF expands the area and platform of charity by allowing its efforts to benefit the community as well as a service to those which are underprivileged.

Anthony and the other board members are filled with exuberance to be a blessing to others. Anthony’s educational accomplishments are an AS in Business Administration, and he will be pursuing a BS in Health Care Management in 2014.

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Reuben Simms
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Reuben T Simms is native of New Orleans, Louisiana and has lived in the Atlanta area since 2003. He is a recent graduate of Georgia State University where he majored in Political Science. As an honor student, he understood the importance of education and maintaining a balanced life. While working in college, Reuben was a member of AmeriCorps as a Jumpstart Corps member and chapter Vice President. As a corps member, he completed over 600 hours of community service while teaching in their early childhood development program. He also worked with the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office as an Investigative Intern. This experience enriched his drive to help those, whom, in their most dire moments need assistance.

His commitment to service has extended beyond the classroom with his participation in numerous volunteer efforts which have impacted communities in the City of Atlanta, South Fulton, and many others.

Reuben is a member of several honor societies, service organizations, and fraternities. Since graduation, he has worked in the legal filed and is currently working in the insurance industry.

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Pamela Swanson – Secretary

New Member 2015 Pam

Pamela Renee ‘P.R.’ Swanson is the daughter of Glenn and Nancy Stancill of Dalton, GA. She is the proud mother of two wonderful young men, ages 25 and 17. Pamela resides in Marietta, GA and has served as a Human Resources professional at Ultimate Software for over five years.

Pamela has served as a Leader in Atlanta philanthropy projects, such as Streetwise Ministries, Celebrate Recovery, and Eternal Growth. She obtained her Associates of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She earned a BA in Management and a MA in Leadership from Shorter University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, and is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honors Society, as well as the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Pamela’s passion for the study and practice of servant leadership is evident in her personal and professional life. She is currently a doctoral candidate studying to become a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. Her ambition is to continue empirical research supporting the positive effects of servant leadership practices. She attributes her motivation for her study to Jesus Christ, his example of servant leadership, and his teachings. She also attributes the concepts of Robert K. Greenleaf and his contributions to the servant leadership movement. Pamela plans to continue serving at Ultimate Software and use her experience to uphold the organization’s people first culture. She has plans to become a professor and teach adults who aspire to seek degrees in higher education.

Pamela’s hobbies include reading sci-fi fantasy, hiking, biking, and rock climbing with her sons. She also enjoys researching and volunteering in the community. Pamela recommends the book, “A Trail To Success: From Nowhere to Anywhere” by: Dr. Oris Guillaume. “Dr. O hit it out of the park with this one. Everyone should read this book.”

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Donald L. Wheat – Founding Board Member

IMG_2165smDonald L. Wheat is the son of the late Raymond Wheat and Mary Wheat. He was born November 10, 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia. His early education was at Thomas Oliver Elementary in Atlanta where he graduated. He attended Henry M. Turner High School and later transferred to Charles Lincoln Harper High School where he graduated from. Donald attended Clark College of Atlanta, Georgia on a music scholarship. He became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Donald’s greatest love is his church, Westside Community Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, where he has been a member for 45 years. He currently serves as Chairman of the Trustees. His second love is scouting. Donald has served as Cub Master, Scout Master, and chapter advisor of the Order of the Arrow for more than 30 years. While in scouting, he has earned several awards including the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award, Scout Masters Award of Merit and is Wood Badge trained. Donald’s third love is Masonry. Donald is a Past Master of Star of Georgia Lodge #492, Prince Hall Affiliated F&AM. He has served as Past Patron of Star of Georgia Chapter #378, Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star and Most Wise of the Atlanta Consistory #124.

Donald is retired from Aramark Uniform Service. He has been married to Beverly for 44 years and they have two adult children and five grandchildren.

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Albert L. Culler – Founding Board Member

IMG_2163smAlbert L. Culler was born on March 7, 1953 in Macon, Georgia to Mrs. Mittie Martin. She and her husband, Mr. Garfield Martin, were the parents of six children. Albert was the youngest sibling of five boys and one girl. Albert and his family moved to Atlanta, GA in 1969. In 1973, Albert moved to College Park, Georgia and has made that his home for the past forty years.

Albert married Belinda Sherard Culler in 2000. He is the father of two daughters and one son. His daughters are Chazlyn C. Hogue and Shameka Clair. Chazlyn is married to Michael Hogue, Sr. whose union has blessed Albert with two grandsons, his name sake Albert and Michael Jr. His son is Byron Combs.

In 1972, Albert began a career at Perkins Freight Line. For nearly eighteen years Albert worked in the Freight Industry. His experience driving freight led him to his second career. He became an Equipment Operator for Fulton County Public Works in 1991. Albert worked for Fulton County Public Works until his retirement in 2002.

Albert also drove the Book Mobile for Atlanta Fulton Public Library. He and a librarian would travel to various locations in the Book Mobile. Children and senior citizens were afforded the opportunity to select books to read for their enjoyment. While serving as the driver of the Book Mobile, Albert was selected by the Americans with Disabilities Act as he exemplified the capability of working with a disability. He was interviewed and featured in a presentation about disabled Americans for his perseverance in working with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also known as Chronic Kidney Disease.

Since his retirement, Albert spends his time caring for his mother when he is not having dialysis treatments. He also serves as an Usher at Christians for Change Baptist Church where he has been a member since 2007. Albert loves to dance and enjoys travelling when he can. He also enjoys watching television and is a sports fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.

Some of Albert’s other affiliations and accomplishments include being former Treasurer of American Federation State County Municipal Employees Local #3 in 2002 and Emeritus in 2004. He has also served as the Treasurer of The Lively Ones Social Club. Albert has been a member of Star of Georgia Lodge #492 of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons for 31 years. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Lodge and as Assistant Treasurer of the Star of Georgia Foundation. He is also a member of the Atlanta Consistory #24A. Albert’s life and accomplishments can be attributed to his motto of “Live one day at a time and always put God first.”

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Tracey Wyatt – Board Member

TWyattsmTracey Wyatt, a native of East Point, Georgia, is the ninth of ten children born to George and Madie Wyatt. Tracey graduated from Walter F. George High School where he spent four years in JROTC and served as Drill Team Commander. Upon graduating from high school, Tracey entered the United States Army. While in basic training, he was the only one out of 173 soldiers to graduate with honors. Tracey received numerous awards and medals while serving in the United States Army.

Tracey began a career with the United States Postal Service in 1985. He served as one of the spokesman for the annual Postal Service Union Food Drive. His service aided in the collection of food for the hungry and donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

In 2004, Tracey became the first African American to be elected to the College Park City Council Ward III seat. Tracey also served as President of the Seven City Clayton County Municipal Association. He belongs to many clubs, organizations, and associations. Tracey spearheaded the new state of the art 4.5 million dollar recreation center with a computer lab located on Godby Road.

What enables a man to walk out of the ghetto and into greatness? Changes, Challenges, or Choices? You Choose.

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Damon Mescudi – Board Member

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Reggie McLane – Board Member

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Antonio White – Board Member

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Shirley Worthy – Board Member

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Moira Pratt – Treasurer

IMG_2168smMoira D. Pratt is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Palmer and Mr. Charles Fletcher. She is a native of Douglas, Georgia where she began to develop her leadership skills early in life. She served on the state board for the Georgia Association of Student Councils and was elected class president both her Junior and Senior year of high school. She held positions in several organizations, participated in various community service programs and was an honor graduate of Coffee High School.

Moira migrated to the Atlanta Metropolitan Area in 1999 and currently resides in Gwinnett County. She attended Morris Brown College on a scholarship as member of the famous Marching Wolverine Band and performed in the blockbuster movie, Drumline. Later, she transferred and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University as a Computer Information Systems major.

Before settling down into her field, Moira decided to conquer her fear of flying and travel more. She became a flight attendant for Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 2005 shortly after her graduation from Georgia State University. Later in 2010, Moira added to her experiences when she became a flight attendant instructor. After nearly six years of flying, it was time to put her education to use. She was hired as the eLearning Specialist to develop computer-based training courses for pilots and flight attendants in 2011 for ExpressJet Airlines. She was later promoted in 2012 to the Learning Management System Administrator servicing both ExpressJet Airlines in Atlanta and the parent-company, Skywest Airlines, headquartered in St. George, Utah. Moira is now responsible for overseeing and administering all online training company-wide across both operations.

In 2007, Moira became a member of the Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star in Star of Georgia Chapter #378. She has held numerous positions in the chapter. She is also a member of Nabbar Court #123, an auxiliary of A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Moira was the first female member elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Star of Georgia Foundation.

Moira enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones and volunteering in the community. Other hobbies include reading, watching movies, listening to music and food sampling.

Moira accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the tender age of nine at her family’s church home, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ashburn, Georgia. She has been a member of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riverdale, Georgia since 2006. Moira lives her life by the Golden Rule of “Treat others the way you would want to be treated” and believes that we are only responsible for our own actions no matter what others do. We are the only ones that can determine our own destiny.

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Kevin Pratt, II – Director of Public Relations

IMG_2167smMr. Kevin Pratt, II is a native of Washington, DC born to the late Kevin Pratt, Sr. and Deborah Pratt. Since his migration to Georgia in 1996, Kevin has resided in Gwinnett County. Career experiences for Kevin include twenty-three years in the Telecom Industry from Boston, MA to Atlanta, GA. Currently; the Lead Channel Development Manager for the Internet of Things Solutions group with AT&T, Kevin is responsible for overseeing the completion of multi-million dollar partnerships for the company.

In 1999, Kevin became a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Dekalb county chapter where he served as V.P. of Public Relations from 1999 – 2001 and assistant program manager for their Leadership Academy. In this program, young men were taught how to lead the “100 way”. The Leadership Academy is a nationally recognized leadership program training for young men. Kevin is also a past award recipient of President Barak Obama’s Volunteer Service Award – Gold Level in 2013 and Silver Level in 2014. Kevin is an alumnus of Shorter University with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Bachelors of Science Management degree, Cum Laude Honors.

Kevin has instilled the importance of education in his children. He is a proud father of two children, ages 21 and 15. His daughter, Justine, is a sophomore at Valdosta State University and his son, Kevin III (Trey) is a tenth grade student athlete at Peachtree Ridge High School. Kevin’s affiliations include membership in Toastmasters International since 2008 where he has served as President and Vice President of membership.

He is also a member of Star of Georgia Lodge #492 of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons. His other Masonic affiliations include Solomon P. Lewis Holy Royal Arch Masons #123, Emmet Allen Royal Select Masons #13, Hughes De Payens Commandery #33 Knights Templar and John L. Martin Consistory #367A Valley of Newnan, Bokar #166 A.E.A.O.N.M.S. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and contributing to empowering the community through various community service projects. Albert Einstein once said that, “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” The statement resonates as Kevin’s words to live by.

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