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Theodore "Ted" Mack, Chair

Theodore “Ted” Mack is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Wonder High School in West Memphis, Arkansas. A retired Military Intelligence Officer, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mount St. Mary’s College before undertaking course study related to his chosen field of specialization including photography, counterintelligence, terrorism counter action, interrogation techniques and personal management. Mr. Mack has served in many high level positions within the Department of Defense Intelligence, including Chief of the U.S. Army’s Counter Terrorism Team. During his 35 years of military service, Mr. Mack managed human resource departments, budgets, procurement, personnel security teams, logistics, internal controls and specialized accounting programs for a national-level intelligence agency. He conducted and managed Army terrorism investigations around the globe, establishing policy and procedures for counterintelligence/terrorism case investigations along the way. Mr. Mack is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, President’s Committee for the Morgan State University Choir, Associated Black Charities Board of Directors and the American Society of Travel Agents. He is an esteemed member of the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame. He is also a 33rd degree Mason, having achieved Illustrious Commander status. Mr. Mack resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife, Betty. They have three sons: Gregory, Theodore II, and Anton.

Lyndra Marshall (Née Pratt), Vice Chair

Lyndra Marshall (nee’ Pratt) is an internationally known genealogist, author, teacher, and lecturer. She is the Founder and President of GENE-ALL-OF US, Inc. Family Heritage Research and Resource Center in BowieMaryland. Her clients consist of celebrities, World War II veterans, pastors, school teachers, principals, lawyer’s doctors, and every day common people. She is a partner of African Ancestry, Inc. the pioneers in DNA Genetic Testing and African Loom Tours. Lyndra is a member of several genealogical and historical societies.

Mrs. Marshall appeared as the African American genealogy expert on public television and radio and interviewed for newspapers and magazines. She was interviewed and shadowed for 30 days by a Demark undergrad student which was used for her dissertation. Recently she was asked to participate in a documentary in Denmark. She was the keynote speaker at Tom Joyner Morning Show Family Reunion Conference in OrlandoFlorida. In 2012, Mrs. Marshall received the Distinguished Genealogy Research Award from the National Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

Mrs. Marshall has authored and co-authored several family publications and is currently working on six projects to include a documentary of her family history along with a companion book. She is the family historian, genealogist, and family reunion organizer for both her paternal and maternal families. She organizes annual and milestone historic events in her ancestral communities. In 2007, she organized and took a delegation of 101 family members and friends to maternal homeland, GhanaWest Africa and received a special invitation to the Ashante King’s Palace. She was honored at Ghana’s 50th Year of Independence Celebrations and was presented the Unity Flame Torch that traveled throughout the Slave Routes.

Mrs. Marshall is an alumna of Trinity Washington University where is was a Business Major and has taken additional studies at American University, Prince George’s Community College, and University of Maryland. She is a graduate of several Genealogical Research programs and Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Business Training School.

Mrs. Marshall has been happily married to Roger Marshall, Sr. for over 40 years and has one son, Roger, Jr. and daughter-in-law Tammera. She currently resides in BowieMaryland.

Denise Barnes

Denise Barnes is a native of Waldorf in Charles County, Maryland.  She attended the county parochial schools graduating from Archbishop Neal High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Morgan State University and a Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of Michigan.  Mrs. Barnes is presently a Guidance Counselor in the Charles County Public Schools system and was instrumental in her current school receiving the State of Maryland Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence.
 
Throughout her time in the school system, Mrs. Barnes has developed programs that have benefited all students - from the gifted to the needy. Each year she produces activities for African American History month.  In addition, she has coordinated the Black Saga Program in her school and established the Black Saga Club.

Mrs. Barnes is a member of numerous organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Waldorf, Maryland with her husband Wayne.

Lynn Bowman

Lynn Bowman is a New Jersey transplant to Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland. A graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland as well as the University of Maryland at College Park, Mrs. Bowman is currently an Associate Professor in English and Speech at Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland. Mrs. Bowman has authored two books on Allegany County African-American history, Being Black in Brownsville: Echoes of a "Forgotten" Frostburg and Crossing into the Promised Land: an Appalachian African-American History. Her primary research focus is amplifying the antebellum African-American history of Western Maryland before that history becomes irretrievable.

Kelsey R. Bush

Kelsey Bush is a native of Lexington Park in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, where he attended county public schools, graduating from Great Mills High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with dual majors in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Bush is presently employed with the St. Mary’s Department of Recreation and Parks and Community Services. In that capacity he develops youth-related initiatives and programs for AmeriCorps/VISTA. He monitors VISTA grants and sites and provides fiscal planning and guidance to volunteers as needed. He also provides supervision and guidance to the Teen Court coordinator. Mr. Bush serves as President of the Board of Directors for Alternatives for Youth and Families, Inc., and the Kawanis Club of St. Mary’s County. Other community-based organization affiliations include the Tri-County Youth and Families Board of Directors, the United Coalition for African American Contributions and the St. Mary’s Teen Court Oversight Committee. Mr. Bush lives in California, Maryland with his wife Catherine.

Dr. Charles M. Christian

Charles Christian is a native of Woods County, Texas. He graduated from Manual Training High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor in Arts degree in Social Studies Education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and went on to earn a Masters in Teaching and Administration there. Dr. Christian earned two degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign--a Masters in Arts degree and a Ph.D. in Geography. He is widely published and has served on numerous national and state commissions, task forces and committees, including a White House Task Force on Saving Young Black Men, the Governor’s Commission on the Commemoration and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Task Force on Education and the University of Maryland’s Commission on Minority Issues. In 1992, Dr. Christian founded the Black Saga Competition, an award-winning learning activity that helps elementary and middle school students learn about the African American experience. Based on his book, Black Saga: A Chronology of the African American Experience, the Competition has been implemented in more than one hundred and fifty schools in Maryland and piloted in selected school districts in other states. The Competition has introduced the African American Experience to more than 50,000 students and an even larger number of adults over the past decade. Dr. Christian was Professor of Social and Population Geography at the University of Maryland, College Park for more than 35 years. He is now a Distinguished Professor at Coppin State University in Baltimore. He has two sons, Charles Jr. and Fairbanks III and a daughter, Charla Junee. He resides in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Donna Cypress

Donna Cypress is currently Director of Library Services at Lincoln College of Technology.  Ms. Cypress is a former reference librarian at Baltimore City Community College and a retired library media specialist.  An alumna of Coppin State, Morgan State, and Towson Universities, Cypress is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Notre Dame of Maryland University.

She is a former board member of Preservation Maryland and is presently serving as Commissioner for the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.  Commissioner Cypress was appointed to the MCAAHC in March 2013.

Barbara Spencer Dunn

Mrs. Barbara Spencer Dunn is first director of membership services for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month.  A graduate of Bowie State University, Mrs. Dunn is the recipient of several community service awards, most recently the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  She is the author of, Before and Beyond the Niagara Movement:  As the Youth See It:  Lessons Learned from My Parents, and Training with a Purpose--a character development manual co-authored with her son, Carlvern.

Presently serving as the National Alliance of Faith and Justice Coordinator (NAFJ) for  Pen or Pencil: Writing a New History—a national youth-led movement--Dunn recruited and coordinated sixteen Pen or Pencil sites in the Washington Metro area.  Married to Carl M. Dunn since 1968, Barbara and Carl raised three children in Prince George’s County: Carlvern Maurice Dunn (wife, Paula (Graham) Dunn), Byron Antonio Dunn, and Rhonda Rochelle Evans.  Mrs. Dunn’s family has fully supported her work in youth empowerment and in the growth and knowledge of ASALH.

Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England

Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England serves as the Assistant Minister of the Enon Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the founder and CEO of Nu Season Nu Day Ministry, Inc., a Christ-Centered Ministry which seeks to equip and empower women to fulfill their God-given purpose while assisting in the development of healthy sisterly relationships. She is the author of The Journey To Self: Who Knows What A Woman Can Be When She Is Free To Be Herself.

Dr. England holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed graduate studies in Speech/Language Pathology at Loyola College of Baltimore. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the St. Mary’s Seminary and University and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio where her area of specialization was Congregational Development and Developing New Faith Communities in the 21st Century.

Najah Duvall-Gabriel

Najah Duvall-Gabriel was born in Washington, D.C. and was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she graduated from Springbrook High School. Ms. Duvall-Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Currently, Ms. Duvall-Gabriel is a historic preservation specialist at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), an independent federal agency, where she reviews federal transportation projects under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Prior to joining the staff at the ACHP, Ms. Duvall-Gabriel worked at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission where she supported the work of the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission. She has also worked at Preservation Maryland and the Walters Art Museum.

Ms. Duvall-Gabriel is a National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mildred Colodny Scholar and a Juris Doctor Candidate at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. She enjoys writing poetry and short-stories, a collection of which she has published. Ms. Duvall-Gabriel happily resides in the Gateway Arts District in Hyattsville with her two children, Ovid and Skye.

Dale Glenwood Green

Professor Dale Glenwood Green is the Chair of the Historic Preservation Program and a Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University. Green earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University, a Masters of Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. Candidate in Architectural Studies and Historic Preservation from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Green joined the faculty at Morgan State University in 2008 with a mission to infuse historic preservation education, research and scholarship within the existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum and instruction within the School of Architecture + Planning. Green is distinguished for his contributions in preservation education. Green’s teaching and research explores the essence of context, resulting in engaging, inspirational, and evocative historic built and natural environments that embody, rather than simply contain, the stories being told. Green is also a Historical Architect, in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR 61), LEED Accredited Professional, acknowledged for his professional work
in historic preservation, and has dedicated his career to preserving and reinvigorating historic places, through rigorous  research and creative, sensitive design interventions, while showing great respect for the original architects' and builders' intentions. Green was honored as the recipient of two 2012 Maryland Preservation Awards (the Education and Community Engagement award and the Preservation Partnerships for Project Excellence award).

Michael Kent

Michael Kent is a native of Calvert County, Maryland where his family has grown tobacco and raised cattle since 1780.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Kent received a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.  Mr. Kent spent 3 years in the United States Naval Reserves as a Judge Advocate General officer before serving as an assistant state’s attorney for both the Baltimore City and Prince George's county State’s Attorney’s offices. Currently, Mr. Kent is working with 25 other African American farmers to convert their properties to solar and wind farms. 

Dr. Lopez Matthews

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Lopez D. Matthews, Jr. earned his B.A. in history from Coppin State University in 2004, a masters degree in Public History in 2006 and his PhD in United States History from Howard University in 2009. He has worked for the Maryland State Archives, National Archives, and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. Currently, he is an Archivist at the Moorland Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. He is also an adjunct professor at Coppin State University, where he teaches courses in United States, African American, and World histories.

Dr. Matthews has also been an Executive Council Member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH).

Michael Miller

Mr. Miller is principal of The Arundel Group, a private investor in commercial real estate in Maryland. The Arundel Group manages a multi-tenant commercial building located at 820 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD, and has completed various commercial land transactions, primarily related to hotel development. Mike is also employed as a financial consultant at a Washington, DC area public utility, and has held a range of executive positions in corporate real estate, finance and not-for-profit management.

Early in his career, he served as Business Manager of Miami-based Florida Memorial College. For six years ending in 1985, he continued in the not-for-profit arena as chief financial officer of Africare, in Washington, DC. Mr. Miller returned to Africare for two years in 1994, relocating his family to Johannesburg, South Africa in order to work closely with the post-apartheid government of Nelson Mandela.

Mr. Miller began his corporate career at IBM as a financial analyst in 1986, and became program manager of treasury strategy. He then joined PepsiCo as Director of Project Finance and subsequently served as Senior Director of Real Estate, within PepsiCo’s Taco Bell restaurant subsidiary. After returning from South Africa, he worked as an Internet start-up executive, participating in a successful IPO, and began to build his private real estate business.

Mr. Miller earned a BA in History from Yale University in 1974 and an MBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976.

Barbara J. Mobarak

Barbara J. Mobarak is a professor at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning.  The School of Architecture and Planning addresses, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the social, environmental, physical, economic, and political issues that shape urban communities and form. Professor Mobarak’s research interests include:  community planning and design, architectural history and historic preservation, and environmental justice.

Ms. Mobarak earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Ithaca College of Syracuse University, a Master’s in Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master’s of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her academic and community service pursuits, Ms. Mobarak is the owner of Island Textile Company, an interior design and decorating business that specializes in period and ethnic styles. Her company provides design and custom decorating services for residential and commercial projects in architecture, space planning, interior design, and installation management.

Sharon Parker

Sharon Parker is a native of Calvert County, Maryland where she attended public schools graduating from Calvert High School. She has over 27 years of Federal service experience at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Parker received her Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems Science at the University of District of Columbia. She is a certified Project Manager and applies project management skills and technique in the development and management of several program systems in the Office of Multifamily at HUD. In 2008, Ms. Parker established an organization called Remembering Our Ancestors Synergistic Association (ROASA), Inc. She serve as the President of ROASA, Inc., which is dedicated to capturing, sharing, and embracing the wisdom from elders and sharing their struggles and triumphs with youth in the DMV. Ms. Parker has extensive volunteer experience with numerous organizations such as:American Mothers Inc., Capital Speaking Club of Bethesda, MD, Maryland Commission of African American History and Culture, Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society, Inc., Washington Area Women Foundation, Greater Washington Urban League, The National Center for Children and Families, Black Enterprise, Black Women Health Imperative, IKG Cultural Center, Union Temple Baptist Church, and a host of others.

Evan Richardson

Evan Richardson is a native of Newark, New Jersey and attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration on graphics communication from North Carolina A&T University. He also earned an M.L.A. from Morgan State University where he currently works as a retention and transfer coordinator in the Institute of Architecture and Planning. Prior to being employed at MSU, Mr. Richardson worked in the Baltimore Mayor’s office of Neighborhoods, where he coordinated and directed city agencies in responding to neighborhood initiatives and requests and worked to establish neighborhood/government partnerships. He also served as program coordinator for the Neighborhood Design Center and project manager for the Neighborhood Development Center. His teaching experience includes courses on Orientation for Architecture majors and Graphics Communications Skills II. Mr. Richardson has served on the board of several community organizations including the Herring Run Watershed Project, Parks and People, and Community Media of Baltimore City. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Johnette and daughter Zoe.

Janet Sims-Wood

Janet Sims-Wood is the retired Assistant Chief Librarian for Reference/Reader Services at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University and has taught Black women’s history courses at the University of Maryland. She currently works part-time for the Prince George’s Community College Library as an Associate Professor/Adjunct Faculty Librarian.

Dr. Sims-Wood’s research areas are: oral history, military history, and bibliographical research on African American women’s history. She has numerous publications, including six book-length bibliographies, newspaper articles, print and online journal articles, and book chapters.  

In 2013, Dr. Sims-Wood received a Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014 she received the James A. Partridge Award for African American Information Professionals from the University of MD, College Park's iSchool. She also received a Prince George’s Community College Pathfinder Grant for travel to Yale University to conduct research on librarian, Dorothy Porter Wesley. 

Dr. Sims-Wood is a member of the Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. She currently serves as National Vice President and Chair of the Membership Committee for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  She also serves as president of the ASALH -- WDC-based Bethel Dukes branch. She is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians as well. 

Dr. Clara Small

Dr. Clara Small is a professor of history at Salisbury University. She teaches courses in American Colonial history, racism and discrimination, and civil rights in American society. Dr. Small’s scholarly work includes two books, A History of African American on Maryland’s and Delaware’s Eastern Shore and Reality Check: Brief Biographies of African-American on Delmarva.  

Dr. Small has been honored several times, including the University System of Maryland’s Regent Award for Public Service, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award, and the Harriet Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shelley Stokes-Hammond

Shelley Stokes-Hammond, a native of Ohio, is a long-time resident of Montgomery County, Maryland. She graduated from Shaker Heights High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Composition and Literature from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her interest in writing led her to complete a graduate certification program in Writing, Editing and Publications at Georgetown University. She received her Masters of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.  Currently, Ms. Stokes-Hammond serves as the Alumni Relations Officer & Program Associate for Howard University Libraries. Previously, she was a writer, editor, instructor, and manager for Verizon, Inc. (formerly Bell Atlantic).

Ms. Stokes-Hammond has addressed topics of historical interest for WHHA (the White House Historical Association), HUD (Housing and Urban Development), Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights Fair Housing Review Board, Howard University, and TTN (Transition Network). Her scholarship on the Ludlow community of Shaker Heights has been published by Cleveland State University and serves as a resource to faculty, historic preservationists, and others interested knowing more about the Civil Rights Movement in the North. Her career highlights include the Mildred Colodny Scholar of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Stephen K.F. and Katharine W. Lee Prize at Goucher College .