Board Members

Bill Cleveland

Bill Cleveland of Alexandria, former Vice-Mayor, City of Alexandria

Bishop Joe Chase

Bishop Joe A. Chase Jr., is a native of Washington, D.C. received a B.A. degree from Virginia Union University, MMin. from Richmond Virginia Seminary, a Th.D. from Norfolk Seminary and currently seeking his D.Min. from Virginia University of Lynchburg. He retired after 20 years of military service in the United States Navy and he is the owner of Faith Broadcasting Company consisting of several radio stations throughout the U.S.A and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Bishop Chase was installed as Pastor of Friendship Cathedral COGIC on February 7, 1998. He was consecrated Bishop of Greater Jamaica Jurisdiction which consists of 32 churches. Bishop Chase is serving his fourth term as a board member of the National Trustees of the C.O.G.I.C. and has held the position of Secretary, Assistant Secretary, former Superintendent of National Properties, Secretary of the National Publishing Board, member of the Constitutional Committee of the General Assembly and National Overseer. Bishop Chase is Second Administrative Assistant to Bishop G. Wesley Hardy, Virginia Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Chairman of the Budget Committee and Founder of the Solid Rock District. Most recently he was appointed by Governor Glen Youngkin to the Virginia African American Advisory Board.

Bishop Chase is zealous in his desire to win souls for Christ. He is a visionary and a motivated spiritual leader with the whole-hearted support of the Friendship Family. Not only has he established a special bond with his members, but with other churches and pastors of various denominations throughout Christendom.

Bishop Chase is serious about his commitment to Christ. He admits that, “Every time I turn around, God is blessing me!” which is evident through his anointing and Christian journey of spreading the gospel and turning the world upside down. Bishop Chase is best known for his powerful deliverance ministry. He is married to Dr. Katrina Chase and has 2 adult sons, Joseph III, Justin and daughter Desiree.

Dr. Cheryl Ivey Green, Chair

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

Dr. Cheryl 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 of America. 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
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.

Clarence Neely

Clarence Neely of Virginia Beach, Business and Media Consultant

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

Princess Philomena Desmond-Ogugua

Princess Philomena Desmond-Ogugua of Woodbridge, International Consultant on Trade, Investment, Business Development, Government Relations and Diplomacy

Robert Barnette Jr.

Robert N. Barnette Jr.
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.

Toria Edmonds-Howell

Bio coming soon

Ex-Officio Members