Kathey Stone has over thirty years of experience in Strategic Information Systems Planning and Project Management (PMP). Kathey has worked for many Fortune 500 companies including Reynolds Metals, MCI, and Crown-Zellerbach. She is currently an Engineer Consultant for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kathey is President of FunnTour, a company that specializes in Caribbean tours. Her intimate familiarity with Caribbean economics, politics and culture has helped her develop strong relationships with key business and political leaders in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Kathey is on the Board of Directors for The Orchard House, a research-based school for girls in Richmond, VA. (see Article)
Spencer Stone has over thirty-five years of experience as a Computer Programmer, Network Engineer, IT Director and DOD Contractor working for companies such as Philip Morris, General Electric, SRA International, MPRI and Engility Corporation. He currently works in the field of national security. Over the last three decades, he has helped promote Jamaica and its culture through Stone Communications, a multimedia production company specializing in Jamaica tourism and The Stone Development Group, a company specializing in island real estate development. Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a DuPont Scholar and majored in economics. He also has an advanced degree in Management Information Systems. (see Article)
Dr. Herbert A. Stone, Jr., M.D. is a graduate of Morehouse College (1965) and later received a Masters of Science in Embryology from Atlanta University. In 1976, he graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and began his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama. During Dr. Stone’s first ten years in private practice in Mobile, Alabama, he ran for Mayor (1985). In 1991, after military service in Desert Storm, he began a career in emergency medicine. Dr. Stone is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Mobile Emergency Group. Dr. Stone is head of the medical staff at the Mobile Infirmary, and acts as advisor to the board of directors. He serves on the Community Benefits Committee of Infirmary Health Systems. Dr. Stone recently completed a term as the Governor of Alabama’s appointee to the state’s Certificate of Need Review Board, and is on the board of directors of the Onzanan Charitable Pharmacy.
Dr. Russell E. Williams, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Dr. Williams received his B.A. from Amherst College, where he was a National Achievement Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he was a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow. He has an extensive background in research and applied economics, having held positions with the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy (Northeastern University), William Monroe Trotter Institute (University of MA-Boston), the Regional Institute for Employment Policy (Boston University), ABT Associates, and the U.S. Department of Labor. His recent research has focused on urban and regional economic development, labor market access, the impact of education/training, and the economics of renewable energy. Dr. Williams is co-author (with Barry Bluestone and Mary Huff Stevenson) of The Urban Experience: Economics, Society and Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2008), and was lead economist in a study of the economic impact of rural renewable energy projects for the US Department of Agriculture and the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Dr. Charles E. Potts, M.D. has thirty years of experience as a team worker, builder, and leader in gradually increasing levels of responsibilities. Dr. Potts holds a Doctorate of Medicine Degree from Howard University (1980) and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Potts is currently a consultant to the District of Columbia Government as a Medical Health Authority. Since 1987, Dr. Potts has been a partner with American Gulf Corporation in the development of a multi-phase overseas construction project. Based on an increasing understanding of the international banking and finance structures required to satisfy the funding needs of this and related projects, his role has evolved to one of introducing and qualifying potential investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding for projects requiring a minimum of one-hundred million dollars. Through unique relationships established in international banking at the highest levels in Europe, he has significant contacts world wide with businesses that provide services to governments at the highest levels.
Wali Jones is in the NBA Basketball Hall of Fame, and was the starting point guard for the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia Seventy Sixers and is currently Vice President of Community Relations for the Miami Heat. Wali has made it his life's ambition to motivate youth to action, both in and out of the classroom. He is the founder and director of the National Shoot for the Stars program, a "Books and Basketball" clinic for underprivileged youth. He also serves as the principal of HEAT Academy, the Miami HEAT's academic after-school program. Prior to joining the HEAT, Jones worked for the Department of Education and the federal government as a human development trainer at the Center for Education Development in San Antonio, Texas for seven years. There he supervised a 10-state region, that encompassed over 400 school districts, educating teachers in classroom management and teaching techniques through neuro-linguistics. In 1998, Wali was honored at the White House by President Clinton for his community work in the US, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico. (see Article)
Monica Manns recalls her childhood neighborhood in Maryland as "a lot of single households and kids without hope," she says. "I grew up in a volatile situation." It made her a natural fighter, and Monica initially went into a career in counseling, helping prison inmates move back into the community. She found that a lot of younger prisoners her age were incarcerated for "stupid crimes," she says — often drug-related — and that the problem usually began with lack of education. "I decided then to work in education with a high-risk population," she says. "With children who were high-risk and had mental-health issues." Monica serves as vice president of educational services at the John G. Wood School, a program of the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, helping youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Monica has excelled at program design, mixing therapeutic work with an emphasis on academics.