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The Roxbury Community College Foundation (RCCF) is pleased to re-launch fundraising efforts! After a thorough review of Foundation assets by Judge Leslie Harris, the RCCF is pleased to present its new Board members.
Although the Board is new, the RCCF remains committed to the mission of Roxbury Community College.
The Roxbury Community College Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for the benefit of the College and its students. In accordance with Massachusetts public law regarding the establishment of foundations for the benefit of institutions of higher education, the Board of Directors of the College has certified the Foundation as the official foundation and sole fundraising agent for non-government funds for the College.
Roxbury Community College Foundation Board
Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond, Co-founder and Pastor, Bethel AME Church
Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond co-founded Bethel A.M.E. in Boston with his wife, Gloria. Rev. Hammond earned degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He later earned a master’s degree in religion, focusing on Christian and medical ethics, from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Rev. Hammond is co-founder and chairman of the Ten Point Coalition, an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders mobilizing the Greater Boston community around issues affecting black and Latino youth; an Executive Committee member of the Black Ministerial Alliance; chair of the Boston Opportunity Agenda. He also serves as a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, BMC Health System, and the MATCH School.
The Honorable Leslie Harris,
Leslie Harris was appointed Associate Justice of The Suffolk Juvenile Court in 1994. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a teacher, street/youth worker, Probation Officer for the Suffolk Superior Court, Public Defender, and Chief of the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney. Judge Harris is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University, the David Nelson Public Interest Award from Boston College Law School, Public Service Award from the Ten Point Coalition, the Heroes Amongst Us Award from the Boston Celtics/ Herald Newspaper, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston College Law School Black Law Student Association.
Gregory King, Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Innovator
Gregory King is an entrepreneur and innovator with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, business development, and executive management of technology focused businesses. Previously, he was the Vice-President of Business Development at Hancock Software, an MBE and product development company that develops program management software for the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). He is currently the Managing Director of TSK Energy Solutions LLC, a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) focused on delivering energy innovations to commercial properties, and the Board Chair of Citizens for Safety, a not-for-profit focused on preventing gun trafficking in urban neighborhoods via Operation LIPSTICK and Where Did The Gun Come From (WDTGF).
Eva Mitchell, M.Ed., Deputy Chief of Education and Director, Expanded Learning, City of Boston
Eva Mitchell’s career in education policy centered on applying lessons learned from education reform movements across Massachusetts, at the federal level, and the international level. Her last state-wide role was associate commissioner for district and school accountability at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prior to that, she was senior coordinator at Massachusetts’ state office of Educational Quality and Accountability. Ms. Mitchell has served as vice president of Cambridge Education USA, as part of an international management consulting group, and as a school quality consultant in the US and in Dubai. Her urban development experience includes work with public school construction compliance teams, and she led city-community urban development processes. She received a B.A. from Harvard, and a Master’s in Education from Boston University where she was a recipient of the Martin Luther King Fellowship.
Stephanie Monaghan, Branch Manager, Eastern Bank
Stephanie Monaghan has a passion for helping people prosper through financial education. While growing up in Indiana, she realized basic financial gaps are common, even as adults, as the resources are not easily available to learn financial stability and planning. This motivated her to earn her degree in finance at Ball State University, and to pursue a career at Eastern Bank, a committed, courageous, and inclusive company. It is the bank’s brand purpose of “Doing Good Things to Help People Prosper” that inspires her to make every interaction a meaningful one. Ms. Monaghan has a strong passion for serving communities and has had the chance to make a difference as Secretary of the Parkway YMCA Board, serving since 2013. She has also served on the Board of the Mayor's Office of Financial Empowerment and teaches financial literacy classes to the community. She is a former board member of West Roxbury Main Streets.
Reverend Dr. Evan Charles Hines, Sr. Pastor Eliot Congregational Church
Reverend Dr. Evan Charles Hines is an experienced and resourceful executive director with significant experience in all aspects of fundraising, organizational growth, and effective community partnerships. He is the former executive director of the Melnea Cass Recreational Center and Roxbury Heritage State Park. Dr. Hines is the senior pastor at Eliot Congregational Church. Dr. Hines previously served as the director of development for the MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, as a speech professor at Quinsigamond Community College, and as the executive director of the Eliot Educational Center. Rev. Hines has a Doctorate in Ministry from Northern Seminary in Illinois, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Baruch College, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College. He is a member of the Black Ministerial Alliance, served on the Mayor's Interfaith Task Force, as co-chair of the Boston Capacity Tank and a board member at Benjamin Healthcare Center.
Robert V. Ward, Jr., Esquire, Law Offices of Kenneth Kurnos Esq.
Robert Ward is of counsel with the law firm of Kenneth V. Kurnos Esq. Prior to that he was the former founding and first dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth and for 10 years prior to its merger with the University of Massachusetts he served as dean of Southern New England School of Law in North Dartmouth and has been involved in legal education since 1978. In 1982 he joined the faculty at New England School of Law where he taught Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Prisoner’s Rights, and seminars on Race and the Law and Anatomy of a Homicide. Professor Ward also served as the Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment program, an academic achievement program designed to increase the number of people of color practicing law. He has been a visiting professor at Northeastern University School of Law, the University of Idaho College of Law and an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University School of Law. Professor Ward holds a B.S. from Northeastern University and a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law.
Gerald Chertavian, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Year Up Inc.
Gerald Chertavian is the Founder of Year Up Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He began his career as an officer of Chemical Banking Corporation and then became the head of marketing at Transnational Financial Services in London. In 1993 he co-founded Conduit Communications. Mr. Chertavian serves on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Youth Unemployment Council. In 2006, he was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs, and in 2008, he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the Mass. State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Mr. Chertavian has actively participated in the Big Brother mentoring program since 1985 and was recognized as one of New York's outstanding Big Brothers in 1989. Mr. Chertavian earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College; and an M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School.
Valerie R. Roberson, Ph.D., President, Roxbury Community College
(The President of RCC has a standing seat on the Board of the Roxbury Community College Foundation).
Valerie R. Roberson has been a community college administrator for over 30 years. She has served as president, vice presidents of academic affairs and of institutional advancement, dean and director of various programs, faculty member, researcher, and student advisor. Currently, Dr. Roberson is President of Roxbury Community College (RCC) where she led the transformation of the College through $72M in construction projects; stabilization of College finances; and compliance of all operations with external agency standards. Dr. Roberson previously served as vice president of academic affairs at Joliet Junior College which is the nation’s first public community college and serves over 15,000 college students in 100 degree and certificate programs. Dr. Roberson earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Illinois State University in 2002. She holds a master’s degree in adult education: employee training and development from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Bradley University.
Grace H. Lee, FVP, Regional Director for the Government Banking
As FVP| Regional Director of Government Banking & Finance, Ms. Lee manages People's United Bank’s Government Banking Group for MA, ME, NH, CT and NY. Prior to joining People's United Bank in August 2014, Ms. Lee was with the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, where she served as the Vice Chair of the Public Finance Group. Ms. Lee also served as General Counsel and then First Deputy Treasurer for the Massachusetts State Treasury from 2003 to 2011 where she was instrumental in the passage of the legislation that established the Asian American Commission, and served as the Commission’s first Interim Executive Director. Prior to joining the State Treasury’s senior staff, Ms. Lee was an associate at Morgan, Brown & Joy, concentrating her practice in employment discrimination, labor law and commercial litigation. Ms. Lee’s other public sector experience includes her work as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and as an assistant district attorney and Chief of the Civil Rights Division for the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office. Ms. Lee was named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2004. In 2006 Ms. Lee was one of recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young Leader Award from the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins
Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins, a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002, was appointed as the Sheriff of Suffolk County on January 22, 2013. In November of 2014, he was elected to the position, and was re-elected in 2016. As Sheriff, Tompkins manages all operations at the House of Correction, Suffolk County Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre-trial detainees, he also oversees a management, security and administrative staff of over 1,000 individuals. He was recently appointed Chairman of Roxbury Community College’s Board of Trustees, having previously served as Vice Chair. Sheriff Tompkins is also a former member of the prestigious Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Sheriff Tompkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communications from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Public affairs from the University of Massachusetts.