Dr. Renaisa S. Anthony is a licensed, practicing physician and public health practitioner. She is the Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion in the College of Public Health and cares for patients at the Charles Drew Community Health Center. Her research interests are in health equity and maternal and child health. Her professional and personal commitment to eradicating health disparities developed over a myriad of professional and personal experiences. Born preterm and raised in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Anthony is keenly aware of the social determinants of health and their impact on health outcomes. She is an advocate for Healthy People 2020 goals to “eliminate disparities, achieve health equity and improve the health of all populations.”
Some of her most notable achievements include being honored by the US Surgeon General; testifying before Congress in support of the Affordable Care Act; earning the 2010 American Public Health Association Leadership and Advocacy Award; being recognized as the 2010 National Medical Association’s Top Doctor Under 40 Award; delivering a TEDx Talk entitled “A Recipe for Health Equity”; and giving the 2016 Midwest Global Health Conference keynote, titled “We Are the World: A 21st Century Perspective on Health Disparities.”
Renaisa earned her medical degree at the University of Chicago, her Master of Public Health at Harvard University, and completed her internship training at Vanderbilt University. She also held a fellowship in health policy at the National Institutes of Health and with the Office of the Surgeon General.
General Wallace C. Arnold has over 50 years of public service and gives back to the community as a member of multiple civic organizations. Presently, he is Director of Technical Development at Hampton, University and a senior consultant in private industry and government. General Arnold received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. While in the military, he attended a number of military colleges including the General Staff College and the Naval War College. He has also received a number of medals including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star as a Vietnam veteran. For three years, General Arnold served as Interim President of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest historically black institution of higher learning. General Arnold was married for 53 years to Earlene Costner Arnold and he has two daughters; Sheila and Stephanie, and a grandson, Kristopher.
Glyn Booth was born and raised in Tylertown, MS, where he also finished his initial education in the Tylertown Public School System. He received a BS from Jackson State University in Chemistry, and a MS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University. Post graduation, Glyn began his career as an engineer with Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where he held several positions up to and including Plant Manager. Following his time in manufacturing, Glyn transitioned to retail operations where he was a multi-site manager for both Walmart and Bath and Body Works. Currently, Glyn is the Site Leader for Amazon in Memphis, TN. Glyn, his wife Marva, and their two sons Daryl and Gavin reside in Memphis, TN.
Sharon Bridges is a nurse attorney and advocate for children, youth and the underserved. Attorney Bridges was responsible for the implementation of international programs for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. from 2010-2014. She formerly served as General Counsel and Vice President for the National Bar Association, the oldest association of African American attorneys and judges. Attorney Bridges serves as corporate counsel for Baptist Health Care Systems, a non-profit healthcare system, with facilities located in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Attorney Bridges is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law. She is married to Bernard Bridges.
Joe Camp, film writer, producer, director, author, passionate speaker, and the man behind the canine superstar Benji believes that anything is possible if you work hard enough and trust in yourself. He was told by industry “experts” not to bother with the original Benji film; that it wouldn’t work. He proved the experts wrong and now, after five Benji movies, he’s at it again with his bestselling books that are turning the traditional thinking about horses on its head. The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd is a National Best Seller in its fifteenth printing. Its sequel Born Wild is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and was a #1 Hot New Release.
Hester Clark is the owner and President of Hester Group, one of the leading multi-cultural strategic communications firms in the country. She received a BA degree in communications from California State University and Master of Education at Wayne State University in Detroit. Ms. Clark was named Woman Government Contractor of the Year by American Express Open. The Hester Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
William B Coleman is currently the President of Coleman & Williams Ltd, a CPA and professional services firm he founded in 1990. He has numerous years in the accounting, audit and consulting professions. Coleman & Williams Ltd provides audit and accounting services to the Government- Federal, State and Local-, as well as Non Profits, Employee Benefit Plans and Commercial entities. As President, Bill Coleman oversees the administration and operation of the firm. He also serves as the Quality Control Partner, ensuring that all engagements meet the required standards and contractual terms. Bill Coleman is a member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, Iowa Society of CPAs, Government Finance Officers Association, International Foundation of Employee Benefits and the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. and the Association of Government Accountants.
Bill Coleman holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from DePaul University Graduate School of Business in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, also from DePaul University School of Accountancy. He resides with his wife Agatha in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has 3 adult sons and 3 granddaughters.
Will Crossley is the fifth president of The Piney Woods School. In July 2014, he returned to Piney Woods as the first alumnus to serve in this capacity in the school’s 107-year history.
Trained in both education and civil rights, in 2013 he was selected as a Senior Executive Service Appointee by the President of the United States. In that capacity, Will served as Senior Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where he provided counsel with respect to the Department’s enforcement responsibilities for federal laws prohibiting discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance. Prior to his presidential appointment, Will was Chief Counsel for the Democratic National Committee, where his work included managing voting rights litigation on behalf of the national party. Formerly, he was also a senior litigation attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, during which he held a diverse portfolio of government investigations, white collar defense, business litigation and civil rights matters.
Earlier in his career, Will served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr., U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan. Immediately following law school, he was awarded the Barton Postgraduate Legal Fellowship at the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law.
Prior to his appointment as president, he had previously served on The Piney Woods School’s board of trustees. He was also an active alumnus, having served as president of The Piney Woods School International Alumni Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fratenity, Inc.
Will holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, a Master of Education in School Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before his legal career began, Will was a policy analyst in the Georgia Governor’s Office, an educational researcher and an elementary school teacher. Will is married to the former Monica Akuamoah, and they have two daughters, Kayla and Christin.
Elze Epps is a retired executive for United Parcel Service (UPS) where he served as the Vice President for business development. Epps was the first African American to hold this position. He was responsible for sales, customer service and congressional awareness for the North East Region with revenues of over $4.8 billion covering seven states from New York City to the Canadian border.
He proudly sits on the Board of Directors for the March Foundation, comprised of 21 retired Black UPS executives. The March Foundation is a private nonprofit 501(c) 3 Foundation that focuses its support towards educational programs for individuals within underserved black communities. Epps is the chairman for the grants and scholarship committee. In addition, he serves on the finance committee. To date, the Foundation has distributed $1 million dollars in grants and scholarships. The funding for these programs comes directly from the board members.
Epps is a native of Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark College of Engineering where he studied mechanical design engineering.
John J. Funny is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grice Consulting Group. In 1995, Mr. Funny incorporated his own planning and engineering firm, named for his mother, the Late Sadie Grice Funny. Grice Consulting Group has become a nationally recognized city/urban planning, transit planning, traffic engineering and transportation engineering, water resources, airport planning consulting firm with its corporate headquarter office in Atlanta, GA, and a regional office Washington, DC.
Tere Gade has been providing philanthropic services to the Vermont and Northern New England community for 17 years and has raised over $90M in support of higher education, health care, public broadcasting and youth and family services. Areas of expertise include capital campaign management and supervision, major gift training and strategic major gift program development, pre-campaign planning studies, internal development assessments, development supervision and management, training and workshops for staff and/or board development, executive coaching, and annual fund assessment and planning. Tere is a past board president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Northern New England Chapter (AFP-NNE) and is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE). Tere has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Thomas E. Hassan, former Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter), brings more than 35 years of educational experience to his new job as President of School Year Abroad (SYA), including three years as an SYA board member. At Exeter, he served in many capacities, including as math instructor, director of college counseling, director of admissions, assistant principal, acting principal and principal. Prior to Exeter, Hassan worked at Brown and Harvard Universities as well as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Under Hassan's direction, Exeter became a leader in efforts to further global outreach programs for students and faculty, and his attention to individuals on the Exeter campus has resulted in a strong internal community. A graduate of Brown University, Hassan earned his master's and doctorate degrees at Harvard University. Hassan, who is married to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, began at SYA on June 1, 2016.
Cathy Hughes is the Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation. She is the first African-American woman to chair a publicly held corporation. In 2016, Howard University named the Cathy Hughes School of Communications in her honor. Ms. Hughes is a champion for the homeless, a mentor to countless women and an advocate dedicated to empowering minority communities. Her passion for education is evident in her efforts to continue her family’s work and legacy, as a staunch supporter of our institution, established by her grandfather.
Maurice E. Jenkins Jr. is the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at United Negro College Fund, Inc. He began his extensive career with UNCF as a project manager in 1990. In 1993, he was promoted to area development director for Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, and in 1997, promoted to vice president, Southeast Field Operations. In May 2006, he became senior vice president, Southern Field Operations, with supervisory responsibility for one of three UNCF regional offices in the U.S., overseeing fundraising activities of nine UNCF offices covering 13 southern U.S. states with an annual goal of $18.8 million. He is a native of Washington, D.C. where he attended Howard University and the University of Maryland in College Park where he received his bachelor’s degree. He later moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University Graduate School and later taught in the Atlanta Public Schools System.
Dr. Daniel W. Jones is the Director of Clinical and Population Science in the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research and holds the inaugural Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Sanderson, Jr. Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Jones has served the University of Mississippi in a number of capacities, including Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine from 2003-2009, and Chancellor of the University from 2009-2015. A native Mississippian, Dr. Jones earned his MD in 1975 from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1978. Dr. Jones is married to Lydia Jones.
Jane Stetson is a dedicated philanthropist, health care advocate an d civic leader. She has spent over three decades creating and supporting numerous institutions focused on improving the lives of children, their families and the communities in which they live. A former member of Partners for Community Wellness (PCW) for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Mrs. Stetson has served as Chair of PCW and on the DHMC Community Advisory Board. Mrs. Stetson co-founded the William E. Boyle Community Pediatrics Program, an innovative program whose mission is to train pediatric residents to practice medicine under a collaborative model with families. Mrs. Stetson has served on the boards of The Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, Vermont and Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire and is a member of the board of the Piney Woods School, in Mississippi. She has recently joined the board of GunSense VT. Mrs. Stetson has served in leadership positions for U.S Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Howard Dean and President Barack Obama, where she served as Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2013. She was former Finance Chair to U.S. Congressman Peter Welch. In 2013, Mrs. Stetson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She currently resides in Washington, DC and Norwich, Vermont with her husband, Bill Stetson.
On May 4, 1961, Hank Thomas joined the first Freedom Rider group. Originally, he was not going to participate, but his roommate, who was supposed to partake in the event, got sick and was unable to attend. Thomas took his place. The rides went as expected until May 14, Mothers’ Day, of 1961. The Greyhound bus Thomas was riding made its way into Anniston, Alabama where the bus was set upon by Klansmen and burned. The first Freedom Ride ended shortly after the events in Anniston. Although Thomas was injured, and injected with a sense of fear, he participated in a second Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi 10 days later. This time, he was incarcerated and served time at the Parchman State Prison Farm.
Thomas was soon after released on bail, and on August 22, 1961, he became the first rider to appeal his conviction for the breach of peace. Hank Thomas is one of four surviving members of the thirteen original “Freedom Riders”.
The Reverend Francene Young serves as the Rector at St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas; Houston’s first black Episcopal Church founded in 1920. After finishing her studies at Diocese of Texas’ Iona School for Ministry, she was ordained a Priest in 2012. Young received her undergraduate degree in Social Services from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She attended Westover School in Middlebury, CT where she served as President of the Board of Trustees. She is married to Kenneth Jones.
Bradley Lewis is the son of John D. “Jack” (former chairman of PWS Board) and Phoebe Lewis. He is the grandson of Everett Reese (former chairman of PWS Board). Bradley, a Consulting Vice President, joined GG+A in September 2015, bringing to the firm more than a decade of both professional and volunteer experience in major gift and annual-fund fundraising for higher education and independent schools. A former educator, Brad was a teacher and coach at Blair Academy and Belmont Hill School. Brad started his career as the owner/operator of a summer landscaping company on Martha’s Vineyard. He is currently co-chair of the capital campaign.