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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 Corp. 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 as 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, Inc.

Vice Chair/Chief Fundraiser
Keith M. Dukes, Sr. is a Vice President/ commercial lender with Atlantic Union 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 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 Treasurer; Northeastern Region’s Assistant Regional Director and Baltimore Club President and Vice-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).

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.

President KPL
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.

ΚΦΛ Director of Educational Activities
Vaughn M. Bradley, Jr., serves as the Director of Educational Activities. He oversees the educational programs of the chapter that includes Alpha Achievers, the Edward D. Young Scholarship Program, and Project Alpha. Aside from his work with the Foundation, Dr. Bradley is an Assistant Principal for Montgomery County Public Schools. Dr. Bradley believes in engaging parents and staff in supporting all students. He challenges every student to do his or her best academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition, Dr. Bradley presents at conferences and serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Educational Research and Practice. Dr. Bradley is also a member of professional organizations including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP). He is devoted to his family and friends.

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.

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.

Jon E. Offley graduated from James Madison University in 1989 with a degree in Management from the College of Business and a degree in Political Science from the College of Arts & Letters. He has a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Offley is Senior Counsel with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City where he has litigated several high profile cases for one of the largest housing authorities in the United States. He is a charter member of The Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc., where he has also served as legal counsel to the Foundation and the Eastern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Offley is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a past Director of Educational Activities for the Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter. He has served as a member of the Howard County Public Schools’ Ethics Panel as well as the Attendance Area Committee. Mr. Offley is currently a member of the James Madison University Foundation Board of Directors, President’s Council and the Duke Club. He resides in Ellicott City and is married to Lisa and they have a son and teenage daughter – Jon, Jr. and Kennedy.

Lionel Perron, is a Division Chief within the Department of Defense (DoD). His primary responsibilities is to provide leadership and oversight to a team of acquisition and business professionals and to assist Senior Leadership in strategic planning and employee retention and development. Mr. Perron is the immediate Past President of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter. In addition, he has served as a Financial Officer and is the former Chapter Advisor to a local college chapter. He is an honor graduate of Prairie View A&M University and holds an advanced degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

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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