Board Members

Dr. Cheryl Ivey Green, Chair

Cheryl Ivey Green of Chesterfield
Executive Minister
First Baptist Church of South Richmond

Dr. Cherly Ivey Green is the Executive Minister of First Baptist Church of South Richmond.Prior to serving as Executive Minister, she served as a computer professional at Bank ofAmerica. She has also previously served as a member and chaplain of Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She has completed several terms on the Board of Directors of the Southside Child Development Center and has served on the board of Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. She received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, master’s degree from Virginia Union University, and doctoral degree from United Theological Seminary. Cheryl is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

 

Rev. Cozy Bailey, Vice Chair

Cozy Bailey, Vice Chair of Dumfries
President
Prince William County Chapter, NAACP

Rev. Cozy Bailey is the President of the Prince William County Chapter, NAACP, and currently serves as the Associate Minister of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, Virginia. He has served as an ordained minister since June 2010 which was preceded by his twenty-year service as a deacon. Rev. Bailey served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) This tenure, he earned several accolades. He served in Operation Desert Storm, received the Navy Commendation Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit before later retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Rev. Bailey received his bachelor’s degree from the Naval Academy and he later obtained his master’s degree from Boston University both while actively serving in the military. Rev. Bailey is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Cameron D. Patterson, Secretary

Cameron D. Patterson of Farmville
Executive Director 
Robert Russa Moton Museum

Cameron D. Patterson is the Executive Director for Robert Russa Moton Museum, a National Historic Landmark affiliated with Longwood University. As an active member of the Farmville community, he has served as President of the Farmville Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce), Vice Chairman of the Farmville Planning Commission, and Vice Chairman & Education Committee Co-Chair for the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce. Immediately prior to his current position, he served as Longwood University’s Program Coordinator for the Office of Disability Resources and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Recently Cameron joined the State Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Inclusion Communities. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Longwood University and continues to invest in the local community and across the Commonwealth since graduating.

Robert Barnette Jr.

Robert N. Barnette Jr.
President
Virginia State Conference NAACP
Hanover County Chapter of the NAACP

Robert N. Barnette Jr. is the President of the Virginia State Conference NAACP, and currently serves as the President of the Hanover County Chapter of the NAACP # 7076 in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is a retired State Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Virginia Army/Air National Guard. Robert earned several accolades, metals, awards and his commendations include; Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Metal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Virginia Commendation Medal, Virginia National Guard Legion of Merit. Robert also is a retired Safety Engineer of E.I. DuPont and Chicago Bridge and Iron. Robert is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute's flagship Political Leaders Program (PLP) which is a leadership development program for residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service, whether as community leaders or as elected officials. Robert currently serves as Secretary of the Hanover County Electoral Board, Hanover Sheriff’s Advisory Board, and Area II Director for the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. Robert received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and later obtained his master of science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Robert is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and serves as a Deacon at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Mechanicsville.

Larry D. Boone

Larry D. Boone of Norfolk
Chief of Police
Norfolk Police Department

Chief Larry Boone began his law enforcement career with the Norfolk Police Department in 1989 and was appointed Chief of Police on December 1, 2016. Chief Boone forges relationships, building trust between citizens and law enforcement, and has implemented more than 25 nationally and internationally recognized community outreach programs. He received the 2018 NOBLE Attorney General Eric Holder Leadership Award and the VACP 2018 President’s Award. He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, the FBI National Academy, the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) and serves on the Virginia African American Advisory Board. Chief Boone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University and Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University. He played football for Georgia Southern University (Division I-AA), winning national titles in 1985 and 1986.

Hope F. Cupit

Hope F. Cupit of Bedford
President and CEO
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.

 

Hope F. Cupit is the President and CEO of the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. She began her career as an auditor at a regional CPA firm for non-profit organizations. She was introduced to the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) while auditing the company’s books. Prior to her promotion as Vice President, Hope worked as a Controller. In 2009, the CEO position opened, and she was selected to serve in the company in that capacity. By utilizing a relational approach towards leadership, her focus is primarily to advocate for individuals within rural area communities. She received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Hope is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Keren Charles Dongo

Keren Charles Dongo of Alexandria
State Director
United States Senator Tim Kaine

Keren Charles Dongo is the State Director for United States Senator Tim Kaine, where she oversees all his state and constituency operations. She most recently served as the Campaign Manager for the Senator’s 2018 re-election. Prior to her role as State Director, Keren worked as the Deputy State Director and Legislative Assistant in Senator Kaine’s Washington DC Office, where she served an essential role in helping Senator Kaine draft and generate support for the 400 Years of African American History Act. Keren has over 15 years of experience and involvement in Virginia politics. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, and her Juris Doctor degree from UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. She resides in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.

Shirley Ginwright

Shirley Ginwright
Chair, Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee
Executive Director, Public Safety Outreach Foundation

Shirley Ginwright is the Chair of the Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee and Executive Director of the Public Safety Outreach Foundation. She is a two-term President of the Fairfax County NAACP; member of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Chief of Police Diversity Recruitment Counsel; former Commissioner on the Ad Hoc Commission for the Review of Police Policies and Procedures where she chaired the Sub-Committee for Recruitment, Diversity, Vetting and Retention; member of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Advisory Board; and member of the FCPD Citizen Advisory Council. She is the former Chair of the Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee; and former Board member of the the Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). She served as Commissioner on the Commonwealth Commission for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, under Governors McAuliff and Northam. She is a Federal government retiree and lives in Mason Neck, VA. She has a degree in Legal Studies and has completed advanced studies in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Ingrid Granberry Grant

Dr. Ingrid Granberry Grant of Chesterfield
Leader Director of School Leadership and Director of Middle School Education
Henrico County Public Schools

Dr. Ingrid Granberry Grant is the Lead Director of School Leadership and Director of Middle School Education in Henrico County Public Schools system. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and previously served as an Exceptional Education Teacher on elementary and secondary levels, alternative elementary and middle school Assistant Principal, and Director of School Improvement. Ingrid was honored with the 2018 Instructional Leader of the Year Award for Henrico County Public Schools and 2009 R.E.B Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman College and her master’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She also received her Postmaster’s Certification in Public Administration and doctoral degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ingrid is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Toria Edmonds-Howell

Gaylene Kanoyton

Gaylene Kanoyton of Hampton
President
Celebrate Healthcare LLC

 

Gaylene Kanoyton is the President and Founder of Celebrate Healthcare LLC. She is one of Hampton Roads’ most highly respected entrepreneurs is the founder of Gaylene, LLC. She is an active member of her community and has served in several positions including a member of the Executive Board for the Urban League of Greater Hampton Roads, 1st Vice President for the Hampton NAACP, Hampton Arts Commission, Hampton Child Development Center Board, in addition to the Chesapeake Bay Academy Board. Gaylene organized two resource fairs following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall to assist evacuees in Hampton Roads, and she organized an event entitled “National Day of Outrage” to bring awareness to crime within African American communities. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University.

Yvonne J. Lewis

Yvonne J. Lewis of Virginia Beach
Community and Social Activist

Yvonne J. Lewis matriculated from Howard University in Washington D.C. where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and Master of Arts in 1973. She notes that she is a “Washingtonian” and grew up there during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s (during the Civil Rights Era!) She has always taken an active role in her community. Mrs. Lewis currently serves as a member of the Virginia Beach Community Service Board, the Virginia Beach Re-Entry Council, African American Round Table, the League of Women Voters-SHR and her Community Civic League. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter, as well as serves on the Delta Sigma Theta South Atlantic Region Team. She is the chairperson of the Virginia Social Action Task Force, that has wholeheartedly embraced the, VAratifyERA Campaign! Mrs. Lewis was employed as a Speech/Language/Hearing Pathologist, (MA, CCC-SLP) for more than 35 years and retired from Chesapeake Public Schools with 25 years of service. She believes “Love one another is our greatest command.” She wants to always use her skills and voice to improve the lives of others.

Eduardo Lopez, Esq.

Precious Rasheeda Muhammad

Precious Rasheeda Muhammad of Suffolk
Independent Scholar

Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, a.k.a. “The History Detective,” is an independent scholar, author, and award-winning speaker widely recognized for her original research contributions to the study of Islam in America, including her discovery of a forgotten 224-page autobiography of an African of Muslim heritage who served in the American Civil War; her “Presidential Engagement with Muslim Communities” exhibit for the U.S. Department of State; and her “Muslims and the Making of America” special report, widely-distributed to hundreds of policymakers and change-makers in Washington, D.C., including members of Congress and White House officials. Precious’s public work can be found in academic journals, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, museum exhibits, award-winning books; on CNN.Com and NPR; at the Smithsonian; and more. Coe College awarded Precious an honorary doctorate in 2010. Harvard Divinity School awarded Precious with special recognition as a Bicentennial Peter J.Gomes STB '68 Honoree in 2017. Her motto: Building community through history.

Monica L. Reid 

Monica L. Reid of Alexandria
Director of Advocacy
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Monica L. Reid is the Director of Advocacy for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a government relations and advocacy professional with thirteen years of professional experience. She has a passion for social justice, which has led her to serve in a number of leadership positions within the community. She has served as Convener for the Northern Virginia Coalition for Black Civic Engagement and Vice President of Candidate Recruitment for the Virginia Leadership Institute. Prior to her current position with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, she served as the association’s Manager of Grassroots Advocacy and Senior Manager for Advocacy. Prior to joining NACDL, she served as Government Affairs Assistant for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Legislative Assistant/Analyst for the Fairfax County Government. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from George Mason University. Monica is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,

Dr. Van C. Wilson

Dr. Van C. Wilson of Glen Allen
Associate Vice Chancellor
Virginia Community College System

Van C. Wilson is the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Student Experience and Strategic Initiatives for the Virginia Community College System. Prior to his current position, he has held several roles within the Virginia and North Carolina Community College Systems. He previously served as the Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Services and later as the Associate Vice President of Student Learning and Success for the North Carolina Community College System. Additionally he was the Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Winston Salem State University as well as Vice President of Student Services at Forsyth Tech Community College.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and master’s degree in Public Affairs from West Carolina University and his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University.

Ex-Officio Members