Mark Booker, M.S Mark C. Booker is the managing partner and publisher at Education That, LLC. Mark’s accomplishments in K-12 education span over a decade of writing award-winning school proposals, and managing large school district contracts in special education. In 2016 he co-authored a children's book with his daughters entitled – Why Our Teacher Wears Yellow. He currently serves as a board member for the Maryland School for the blind, and is a member of the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council. Mark is a graduate of Howard University and Coppin State College. In addition, he completed The Leadership of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mark Booker, M.S

Mark C. Booker is the managing partner and publisher at Education That, LLC. Mark’s accomplishments in K-12 education span over a decade of writing award-winning school proposals, and managing large school district contracts in special education. In 2016 he co-authored a children's book with his daughters entitled – Why Our Teacher Wears Yellow.

He currently serves as a board member for the Maryland School for the blind, and is a member of the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council. Mark is a graduate of Howard University and Coppin State College. In addition, he completed The Leadership of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Joel Bratton, Jr.  Joel is an Educational Specialist for Baltimore City Public School District. Mr. Bratton's research agenda focuses on the multivariate factors that influence persistence, achievement and college transfer and completion in African American males in two- and four-year college settings. His professional service includes active participation on peer editorial review boards and scholarly presentations at the local and national level.

Dr. Joel Bratton, Jr. 

Joel is an Educational Specialist for Baltimore City Public School District. Mr. Bratton's research agenda focuses on the multivariate factors that influence persistence, achievement and college transfer and completion in African American males in two- and four-year college settings. His professional service includes active participation on peer editorial review boards and scholarly presentations at the local and national level.

Ross Whippio, M.S Ross hails from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest where he was trained as a scientific diver at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs in 2009. His primary research interests have included the community ecology of marine habitats, especially kelp forests and the rocky subtidal zone, and the role of biodiversity in ecosystem function. He has worked extensively in the US and Canada on projects ranging from studies of sea urchin movement to sea otter impacts on invertebrate communities. Currently, he is the head technician for the Smithsonian’s MarineGEO project and regularly leads research diving operations all over the world

Ross Whippio, M.S

Ross hails from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest where he was trained as a scientific diver at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs in 2009. His primary research interests have included the community ecology of marine habitats, especially kelp forests and the rocky subtidal zone, and the role of biodiversity in ecosystem function. He has worked extensively in the US and Canada on projects ranging from studies of sea urchin movement to sea otter impacts on invertebrate communities. Currently, he is the head technician for the Smithsonian’s MarineGEO project and regularly leads research diving operations all over the world

Dr. Stacy Eadie Dr. Eadie is a Pediatrician. She has been practicing for over 10 years and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Dr. Eadie is a native of Baltimore and takes pride in her commitment to serve the community.  In her spare time, she enjoys speaking with youth and serving as a role model.  She co-founded a mentoring program to service adolescent females in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area. Dr. Eadie received her Medical Degree from New York School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State.

Dr. Stacy Eadie

Dr. Eadie is a Pediatrician. She has been practicing for over 10 years and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Dr. Eadie is a native of Baltimore and takes pride in her commitment to serve the community.  In her spare time, she enjoys speaking with youth and serving as a role model.  She co-founded a mentoring program to service adolescent females in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area. Dr. Eadie received her Medical Degree from New York School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State.

Dr. M. Brandon Jones Dr. Jones is the Program Director for the education and diversity programs in National Science Foundation's Geosciences Directorate. Brandon joins NSF after serving almost 13 years as a grants and fellowships Program Manager at the EPA. At NSF, Brandon’s portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate education programs as they pertain to geoscience disciplines as well as diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts as they relate to the geosciences and STEM overall. Dr. Jones is an active mentor in several programs that focus on support and professional development for under-represented students interested in STEM. He serves as a board member for the American Geophysical Union and the Environmental Leadership Program as well as a member of the Dean’s advisory committee for the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware. Brandon received a BA in Biology from The Lincoln University (PA) and earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Dr. M. Brandon Jones

Dr. Jones is the Program Director for the education and diversity programs in National Science Foundation's Geosciences Directorate. Brandon joins NSF after serving almost 13 years as a grants and fellowships Program Manager at the EPA. At NSF, Brandon’s portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate education programs as they pertain to geoscience disciplines as well as diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts as they relate to the geosciences and STEM overall. Dr. Jones is an active mentor in several programs that focus on support and professional development for under-represented students interested in STEM. He serves as a board member for the American Geophysical Union and the Environmental Leadership Program as well as a member of the Dean’s advisory committee for the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware.

Brandon received a BA in Biology from The Lincoln University (PA) and earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Nichole Best, J.D.  Nichole is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law with a twenty-plus year career in Compliance. She is currently a member of the Trinity University of Washington, DC Adjunct Professorial staff teaching Business and Professional Ethics. Nichole is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

Nichole Best, J.D.

 Nichole is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law with a twenty-plus year career in Compliance. She is currently a member of the Trinity University of Washington, DC Adjunct Professorial staff teaching Business and Professional Ethics. Nichole is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

Dr. Reggie Smith, III Dr. Smith is a recognized authority on media and telecommunications. As the first African-American President and then Chairman of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in 2009 and 2010 respectively, he has been recognized for his distinguished service in supporting distance learning. He has been featured and profiled in several magazines, newspapers, and television/multimedia programs reaching an audience of millions to include C-SPAN, Black Enterprise, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, USA Today, Year in Computing, Education Week, eLearn,Videoconferencing Insight, e-Learning, Profiles, the Achiever, the Washington Sun, the Root, U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology and Teleconference magazine. Dr. Smith received his B.S. in English Communications from Lincoln University in PA, his M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland University College, and his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.

Dr. Reggie Smith, III

Dr. Smith is a recognized authority on media and telecommunications. As the first African-American President and then Chairman of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in 2009 and 2010 respectively, he has been recognized for his distinguished service in supporting distance learning. He has been featured and profiled in several magazines, newspapers, and television/multimedia programs reaching an audience of millions to include C-SPAN, Black Enterprise, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, USA Today, Year in Computing, Education Week, eLearn,Videoconferencing Insight, e-Learning, Profiles, the Achiever, the Washington Sun, the Root, U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology and Teleconference magazine.

Dr. Smith received his B.S. in English Communications from Lincoln University in PA, his M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland University College, and his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.

Dwayne K. Johnson Dwayne is a Principal Systems Engineer. His work focuses on the multidisciplinary implementations and support needed at the intersection of virtual technologies, oversight and compliance policies, and intelligence mission in an effort to enable practices and systems that serve to protect the rights of US citizens. Dwayne is also the Founder and President of Charm City Scuba Club of Baltimore, a chapter of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers. As President, Dwayne has worked diligently to ensure that there is an increase in awareness of the local impact of global environmental issues.  As a community change agent, he has introduced SCUBA as a tool to expose African-American youth to new cultures and career paths in marine-related studies. Dwayne is also a PADI - certified Scuba Instructor and member of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers.

Dwayne K. Johnson

Dwayne is a Principal Systems Engineer. His work focuses on the multidisciplinary implementations and support needed at the intersection of virtual technologies, oversight and compliance policies, and intelligence mission in an effort to enable practices and systems that serve to protect the rights of US citizens. Dwayne is also the Founder and President of Charm City Scuba Club of Baltimore, a chapter of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers. As President, Dwayne has worked diligently to ensure that there is an increase in awareness of the local impact of global environmental issues.  As a community change agent, he has introduced SCUBA as a tool to expose African-American youth to new cultures and career paths in marine-related studies.

Dwayne is also a PADI - certified Scuba Instructor and member of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers.

Dr. Dawn Ward Dr. Ward is an Organic Chemist and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stevenson University. Dr. Ward's work has yielded U.S patents and publications of multiple research articles. Her research focus is on the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds containing metal binding properties for uses in the areas of medicinal chemistry and organic sensors and semiconductors. The goal of her research is to to synthesize derivatives that have improved metal binding efficiency and inhibition rates over a series of Hepatitis C Virus inhibitors. Dr. Ward received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with honors from Lincoln University and her Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Dr. Dawn Ward

Dr. Ward is an Organic Chemist and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stevenson University. Dr. Ward's work has yielded U.S patents and publications of multiple research articles. Her research focus is on the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds containing metal binding properties for uses in the areas of medicinal chemistry and organic sensors and semiconductors. The goal of her research is to to synthesize derivatives that have improved metal binding efficiency and inhibition rates over a series of Hepatitis C Virus inhibitors.

Dr. Ward received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with honors from Lincoln University and her Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

 
Dr. Michael Ayewoh Dr. Ayewoh is a seasoned sponsored research administrator. Dr. Michael E. Ayewoh has served as the Chief Research and Sponsored Programs Officer at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, for over two years, joining the state affiliated four-year liberal arts institution following a six-year tenure at West Chester University of Pennsylvania as Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research and Faculty Development. Dr. Ayewoh brings more than 30 years experience in the academy, having served in institutions across the spectrum of higher education. Dr. Ayewoh has written extensively on a range of topics, with a strong focus on research in higher education and application of data to advancing the goals of teaching and learning, development and philanthropy, leadership and management, and best practices in academics. He holds memberships in a number of professional associations and councils including National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, National Association of International Educators, the Society of Research Administrators, and the Professional Council of Undergraduate Research. Past memberships include service as a board member of Nazareth Schools in Rochester, NY, and as an advisory board member to Building Connections, the National Science Foundation Networking Project. Dr. Ayewoh is a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State, currently assigned to Namibia in Southern Africa.

Dr. Michael Ayewoh

Dr. Ayewoh is a seasoned sponsored research administrator. Dr. Michael E. Ayewoh has served as the Chief Research and Sponsored Programs Officer at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, for over two years, joining the state affiliated four-year liberal arts institution following a six-year tenure at West Chester University of Pennsylvania as Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research and Faculty Development. Dr. Ayewoh brings more than 30 years experience in the academy, having served in institutions across the spectrum of higher education.

Dr. Ayewoh has written extensively on a range of topics, with a strong focus on research in higher education and application of data to advancing the goals of teaching and learning, development and philanthropy, leadership and management, and best practices in academics. He holds memberships in a number of professional associations and councils including National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, National Association of International Educators, the Society of Research Administrators, and the Professional Council of Undergraduate Research. Past memberships include service as a board member of Nazareth Schools in Rochester, NY, and as an advisory board member to Building Connections, the National Science Foundation Networking Project. Dr. Ayewoh is a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State, currently assigned to Namibia in Southern Africa.

Eric C. Webb Eric Christopher Webb, "E. Webb," is a multitalented writer, performer, educator and social entrepreneur and has been featured in movies and literary documentaries on HBO, BET Weekend’s Evening of Spoken Word, BET’s Rap City, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and XM Radio.  He has written several books, including Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes: new and selected poems and essays (1991-1998), which also included a foreword from “Brother to the Night” scribe Reggie Gibson of the hit movie, Love Jones and his debut novel, The Garvey Protocol: Inspired By True Events, a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction finalist.  E. Webb received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute on Reading, Writing & Civic Education and Institute on Media and American Democracy.

Eric C. Webb

Eric Christopher Webb, "E. Webb," is a multitalented writer, performer, educator and social entrepreneur and has been featured in movies and literary documentaries on HBO, BET Weekend’s Evening of Spoken Word, BET’s Rap City, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and XM Radio.  He has written several books, including Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes: new and selected poems and essays (1991-1998), which also included a foreword from “Brother to the Night” scribe Reggie Gibson of the hit movie, Love Jones and his debut novel, The Garvey Protocol: Inspired By True Events, a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction finalist.  E. Webb received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute on Reading, Writing & Civic Education and Institute on Media and American Democracy.

 
Reginald Black, M.S. Reginald Black is a marine scientist and social entrepreneur dedicated to using innovative ways to solve complex problems in our educational system and community.  His energy and enthusiasm as an educator/motivator and passion for cultivating the minds of our youth has brought him a tremendous amount of opportunities in various professional settings. With over 8 years of experience in working with diverse populations in varied professional settings, he has created a specialized niche with a combination of outreach, research, workforce development and teaching willing minds. Reginald has served as a STEM teacher and adjunct Professor in Environmental Science and Oceanography at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, and in the Prince George’s County Public Schools, as well as a career/college success navigator for an Adult Public Charter School. Reginald received both his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Marine Estuary Environmental Science at UMES.

Reginald Black, M.S.

Reginald Black is a marine scientist and social entrepreneur dedicated to using innovative ways to solve complex problems in our educational system and community.  His energy and enthusiasm as an educator/motivator and passion for cultivating the minds of our youth has brought him a tremendous amount of opportunities in various professional settings. With over 8 years of experience in working with diverse populations in varied professional settings, he has created a specialized niche with a combination of outreach, research, workforce development and teaching willing minds. Reginald has served as a STEM teacher and adjunct Professor in Environmental Science and Oceanography at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, and in the Prince George’s County Public Schools, as well as a career/college success navigator for an Adult Public Charter School. Reginald received both his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Marine Estuary Environmental Science at UMES.