Our Board of Directors powers our mission and vision in some pretty amazing ways. We wouldn’t accomplish anything without their energy, dedication, and talent.

Learn more about the people behind the Foundation. Clicking each person will take you offsite to their LinkedIn profile to see more about their professional accomplishments.

John Christopher Miller


John Christopher Miller is a Sr. Engineering Program Manager with over 25 years of Engineering experience, manages a portfolio of over a billion dollars in engineering and construction projects for the Port Authority Port Department.

John is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Kappa Beta Sigma Brooklyn Alumni Chapter, The National Society of Black Engineers, The Society of Professional Engineers, The NYU Alumni Association (NYU), and The Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Association.

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with family, friends, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, mentoring youth, serving his community through service projects, John has mentored youth for the past 12 years and help to start the Brooklyn Mentoring group associated with Kappa beta Sigma Chapter and is very proud of the 100% HS graduation rate and a 100% college attendance rate that the mentoring group has maintained.

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Cedric A. Watson

1st Vice Chair

Cedric A. Watson is a Court Officer Sergeant currently assigned to the Criminal Supreme Court of Brooklyn, New York. Has served in this role for over 28 years of progressive service with the Office of Court Administration. He is the Founder and CEO of True Blue Sound Inc., a DJ and sound reinforcement company. Cedric has been a member of PHI BETA SIGMA Fraternity Incorporated since 1987 and is currently an active member of the Kappa Beta Sigma Brooklyn Alumni Chapter. In his spare time he enjoys time with family and friends, healthy political discussions and various forms of media entertainment.

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Craig Collins


Craig Collins is the Deputy Director of Family and Community Engagement for the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. Prior to joining the Family and Community Engagement team, he was the community organizer for the Jamaica Community Partnership. Actively coordinates and monitors the activities of the partnerships with task ranging from immediate to long range strategic planning. He serves as the “face” of the Partnership and spokesperson for the group. He is the current International Chairman of Honorary Membership of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; as well as a past Regional and State officer for the fraternity. In his spare time he enjoys bowling and spending time with family and friends.

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Grace M. Clarke. MPA. PMP, CSM


Grace M. Clarke, MPA, PMP, CSM is a global citizen practicing program management in the operations technology industry specifically, as a David Dinkins Alum, and a CUNY Bernard Baruch College graduate. Grace has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry including process improvement, regulatory governance and program management.

In 2004 Grace became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is also a Certified Compliance & Regulatory Professional (CCRP) as well as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) of Agile Systems Management. She teaches project management best practices, methodology, principles and business administration.

 She has held executive board roles on the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the Global Language Project (GLP). She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of the African American Literary Awards, Laughing Black Vampire Productions – an Award-winning Science Fiction Independent Publishing firm in addition to Kappa Beta Sigma Foundation, LLC.

Grace has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry including Operations Management, regulatory review and program management. She is most passionate about helping others and maintains a strong sense of community.  Grace lives with her family commuting between Albany and Brooklyn, NY.

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Luc El-Art Severe

General Counsel

Luc El-Art Severe, JD is an agent of change in his role as Director of Human Resources Department’s Performance Improvement for the Medisys Health Network, Inc. In this role, Luc is responsible for collaborating with the Organization’s leadership to help quality and effective delivery of patient care and employee engagement. Over the past decade, he has held several leadership positions where he has advised and developed recommendations for improving project management, business processes, performance practice, and resource management based on analytical findings. He is a process and performance improvement engineer certified in Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt. He is the recipient of the Solomon Sibley Class Distinguished Student Award and the Leadership Achievement distinction, and was recognized in both the Network Journal’s and The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

A native New Yorker, Luc is active in the community as a member of several committees and civic organizations including, the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Census Bureau, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is graduate of Morehouse College and received a law degree from Western Michigan Universityʼs Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Peter Holoman

Peter Holoman, serves as the Senior Director of Student Affairs at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York with oversight over: Student Life, Medgar Evers College Transition Academy, which provides services and resources for students that are homelessness or are at-risk for becoming homeless, and the Medgar Evers College Ambassadors. Peter is also a licensed Elder in the Church of God In Christ, a community activist, motivational speaker and published poet

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Christopher Jean-Baptiste

Christopher is an Electronic Trading Specialist with a 15-year history of working for several Investment firms. Prior to his entry into the world of Investment Banking and Trading, he was the Co-Founder and President of Resonant Voices, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting diversity through music and poetry. He is an avid investor and entrepreneur. He serves as a Finance committee member of Collective PAC; a political action committee committed to building black political power, a lover of life, and a believer in giving back with a passion for social action.  He serves his community near and far as an active member of the Kappa Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He loves to spend time with his family traveling and exploring the wonders of life.

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Raymon Walker

Raymon Walker is a certified and accredited Senior Human Resources Business Partner who has served in various People and Culture leadership roles across global start up, corporate, nonprofit, and for profit organizations. Raymon, is also an active member of the Kappa Beta Sigma Brooklyn Alumni Chapter, NABMBA, SHRM, Toast Masters, Howard University Alumni Association, and DUMBO Community Board. In his spare time he enjoys Traveling and exploring other cultures.

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Ervin Wesby

Ervin Wesby is an Office Services Supervisor ensuring compliance and policies standards of daily operations. He also manages the developing of personnel, meets financial goals, and formulates partnerships with clients. Ervin has also worked as a Human Resource Specialist in the nonprofit sector. Ervin possesses a Bachelor of Elective Studies from the University of Bridgeport, and Human Resources Management Certificate from Baruch College. Ervin is an Active Member of Phi Beta Sigma Brooklyn Alumni Chapter. Ervin volunteers and assists the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network’s annual events.

Christopher M. Millington

Christopher M. Millington is Senior Compliance Analyst in the financial industry and has delivered quality professional consultation to multiple corporate environments. He serves as a donor and volunteers to various community and school based educational programs on behalf of corporate initiatives and in support of local and national non-profit organizations.  An MSed from Brooklyn College and life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Brooklyn Alumni Chapter, Chris actively works to improve the life of students in the New York City area through leadership training, mentorship programs, academic training, and through providing scholarships.  His personal pursuits include physical fitness activities, attending cultural and historical events, comic book collecting, motor sports, and outings with family and friends.

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Tyrone Johnson

Tyrone ‘Tee’ Johnson is an Educational Administrator with the New York City Department of Education. He works out of the Office of School Wellness Programs and is a Senior Subject Area Instructional Program Manager for Wellness, Health and Physical Education. He provides service oriented on-site consultation, technical assistance, trouble shooting, capability building, and support to schools within various districts to improve student achievement with regard to educational policies and practices. He engages and supports school leaders in designing, implementing and conducting of appropriate professional development activities for school leaders, teachers and other staff to map curriculum with NY State Education Department learning standards. He collaborates with many community-based organizations to enrich school programs is also highly experienced in mentoring teachers, athletic coaches, and other stakeholders in the areas of Wellness, Health/Physical Education and athletics.

Valerie D White

Valerie D White, a former Wall Street executive, currently serves as Executive Vice President at the Empire State Development Corporation and Executive Director of the New York State Division of Minority and Women Businesses Development. In that role, she oversees the State’s initiatives to support the growth and development of MWBEs; and sets and execute on policies geared toward state contracting with minority and women businesses. An active member of her community, Valerie serves on the boards of BRIC Media Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Council; as well as the executive committee for the United Way Worldwide Women United Council. Valerie is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. East Kings County Alumnae Chapter..

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Von Harris

Von Harris is an advertising production professional currently based in New York City. As a Swiss Army Knife of the advertising industry, Harris runs a tight ship as Design Studio Manager at Madison Avenue’s TBWA\Chiat\Day. Earning his salt at world-class agencies such as BBDO, Zimmerman and Hill Holliday, Von’s advice is highly valued by key decision makers and clients at Fortune 500 companies such as Nissan, Verizon Wireless, Stainmaster Carpet and Depo-Provera. As a side hustle, Von is also a filmmaker and producer. He’s currently co-hosting a podcast called Beer, Bourbon and a Movie, reviewing films and pairings them with the perfect cocktails, naturally. Von Harris earned his BA in Advertising and Mass Communications from University of South Carolina and a MA in Media Studies from the New School University.

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