Board of Directors

Sharon Watkins -- Treasurer

Sharon Watkins has served in various financial/accounting positions throughout her adult life. Her career began at American Security Bank, NA. where she served for 13 years in three different positions while seeking her undergraduate degree. She supervised the teller staff and assisted the Branch Manager as a Customer Service Representative for 5 years. After serving in that capacity, she served as an Escrow Agent at the same bank in the Corporate Trust Department for 8 years where she managed client’s investments and the District of Columbia bond issues.

Her love for children led her to partner with an associate to establish the administrative and financial area of AGC Family Daycare center located in Fort Washington, Maryland. That same love for children led her to become a Foster and Respite Care Parent for the Methodist Board of Childcare located in Washington, D.C. for 8 years with the support of her husband and three children.

Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and has earned her MBA. She has practiced nonprofit accounting for 18 years and currently serves as the Director of Finance for a non-profit in the state of Maryland, where she manages the Accounts Receivable Department, Accounts Payable Department and several Accountants. She is also a proud member of the National Association of Black Accountants located in Greenbelt, Maryland. She enjoys singing, sign language and spending time with her family.

Judy I. Carter -- Secretary

Judy Carter enjoyed a rewarding public service career with the Federal government until her retirement from the U.S. Department of Justice. She served as the Director, Office of Budget and Management for the U.S. Parole Commission. Through collaboration with staff, Ms. Carter provided policy and management advice to political appointees and senior level management officials; formulated annual budgets for Congressional approval; executed approved budgets; administered all phases of human resources; and organized program evaluations. Prior to joining the U.S. Parole Commission, Ms. Carter held supervisory and specialized positions in the field of human resources management within the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Carter was born and raised in Washington, DC embracing her active participation in a variety of school, community, and political organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Federal City College. To further her educational pursuits, she completed leadership and management courses throughout her career.

In addition to volunteering in her church and community organizations, Ms. Carter serves on the GateWay Second Chance Foundation’s Board of Directors as the Secretary. She also serves on the GateWay Boarding Academy’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Program Implementation, Student Life, and Facilities Management Committee.

Alfred Ronald LaGarde -- Assistant Treasurer

Alfred Ronald LaGarde is the president and CEO of Forté Systems, Inc., an information technology and management consulting firm focusing primarily on project/portfolio management and business intelligence solutions. Mr. LaGarde is also a principal in RAS Analytics, LLC, a software development company focused on desktop, web, and mobile business intelligence applications.

Mr. LaGarde was born in Virginia Beach, VA, but spent his early childhood in Baltimore, MD. He moved with his family back to Virginia Beach at the beginning of high school. There he was a member of the first racially integrated high school class in the Virginia Beach school system. He received his BS in Industrial Electronics from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA and MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA. Mr. LaGarde has additional postgraduate studies in computer science at Fairleigh Dickerson University in Teaneck NJ, and management studies at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA.

After graduation from college Mr. LaGarde was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army signal corps. His first assignment was the development of a PERT (program evaluation and review technique) system to track the progress of U.S. Army communications projects in the continental United States and abroad.

Mr. LaGarde developed project management policies, procedures, and practices for the Defense Communications Agency (now the Defense Information Systems Agency) in Reston, VA, as a civilian employee. From there he joined Metier Management Systems as an account manager and later became their Director of Federal Marketing.

Mr. LaGarde has held his current position at Forté Systems, Inc., for 30 years. During that time the company has implemented systems for Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies and departments. Some of these are: The U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, and Interior (U.S. Geological Survey); U.S. Courts; FDIC; Microsoft®; The Hershey Company; Carnival Cruise Lines®; Pitney Bowes®; Prison Fellowship; Mercy Medical Center; and Jarden Consumer Solutions (formerly Sunbeam).

At RAS Analytics, LLC, Mr. LaGarde was the lead developer of ProvisionBI, a project and portfolio management systems with report pack add-ons for Microsofté Project and EPK Suite, and PSTouch, a Microsofté Windows 8.0/8.1 tablet App.

Tamara D. Brown -- Director

Director Brown, an attorney who specializes in wireless telecommunications and practices before the Federal Communications Commission, is co-founder and CEO of an internet service company that provides high-speed broadband service to several, multi-state rural, underserved areas.

She is a longstanding community and political activist who gives her time to serve the community and contribute to the daily quality of life for Prince Georgians. Her extensive networks are products of her longstanding community and political activism.

Director Brown is immediate past president of her civic association and, as vice president of an alliance homeowners’ association, has represented southern Prince George’s County homeowners, individually and collectively in development and zoning matters.

Politically, she was appointed by then Governor Martin O’Malley and re-appointed by Governor Hogan to a citizen advisory group to the Maryland Attorney General. And, has not only served as vice president of the South County Democratic Club, as well as been a past member the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee for District 27A, but she has also run for political office.

Rodney L. Ellis, M.D. -- Director

Dr. Ellis has practiced Internal Medicine and Bariatrics (weight loss medicine) for over 30 years in the Washington, DC area.

A native Washingtonian, Dr. Ellis, graduated with a public education from Coolidge High School in 1966, completing undergraduate studies at Howard University with Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude honors in 1970. He attended medical school in California at Stanford University, completing the school with academic honors in 1975. He obtained internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, finishing this training in 1978. He has maintained a clinical care practice throughout his career in HMO, university faculty, and private practice settings.

Dr. Ellis has served in administrative capacities in various organizations, including Medical Director of the Montgomery Medical Group from 1995 to 1997, Associate Medical Director of the Georgetown University Community Practice Group from 1997 to 1999, and Medical Director of None Suffer Lack Center for Health and Healing, a church-based medical group from 1999 to 2003. He currently is in private practice in Prince Georges County.

Dr. Ellis has had a long history of interest in the development and education of young people, serving as Biology Instructor of Nairobi College -East Palo Alto, a school for disadvantaged youth while he was in medical school in California. He also helped to found in 1986 the Washington Youth at Risk Program, a program for juveniles adjudicated or identified as at risk for delinquency, and was Chairman of the Board of that organization for a number of years. He has served as mentor for both elementary school level youth as well as health care professionals in training from the level of medical assistant to physician.

He is married to Dr. Caryl Mussenden, a gynecologist who also performs cosmetic surgery and procedures, with whom he shares an office in Lanham, MD. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia and are the blessed and proud parents of four adult children and 5 grandchildren, all of whom are a great source of joy in their lives.

James Frazier, Esq. -- Director

James Larry Frazier is a trusts and estate attorney and principal of the Law Offices of James Larry Frazier, based in Washington, DC. He is an experienced estate planner and litigator of trusts and will contests.

Mr. Frazier grew up in Charlotte, NC where he attended public schools as an honor student. He received his BA in economics from Columbia College in New York and Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. While at Columbia, he supervised youth at the Stone Gym Youth Center at Riverside Church and was a student leader of a successful student protest to prevent Columbia University from displacing Harlem’s Morningside Park to construct a gymnasium.

Mr. Frazier began his career with the newly formed National Black Child Development Institute. He established affiliates in 10 major cities throughout the country and helped introduce black culture into many of the new Head Start programs. It was and remains a child advocacy organization that works to ensure positive outcomes for vulnerable children of color who suffer from the dual legacies of poverty and racial discrimination.

It was at the National Labor Relations Board under the late Member Howard Jenkins, Jr. that Mr. Frazier began his legal career. He later served as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority. After transitioning into private practice with a small firm, he opened his own firm in 1995, specializing in wills, trusts, probate and art collection planning.

Throughout his career, Mr. Frazier has been committed to the arts and understands its invaluable role in education and culture as a source of inspiration. He has published serigraphs for renowned artists, Jacob Lawrence and Sam Gilliam. He has counseled other major visual artists and collectors with their estate plans and licensing agreements, as well as negotiated gifts and sales to major museums and institutions.

Mr. Frazier has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine and named Lawyer of the Year by the District of Columbia Bar. He has presented for the DC Bar, the National Bar Association, civic organizations, churches, television and radio on estate planning and art collecting. He is a member of the Washington, DC Estate Planning Council, the National Museum of African Art and is chairman of the advisory board of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

Novella S. Hill, DM/IST -- Director

Dr. Hill is a retired Federal Government civil servant who was employed in both civilian and military agencies.  She held leadership roles (policy) in a variety of disciplines, such as administration, business and technology, logistics, and organizational and strategic management.  She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of the Potomac in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Potomac College and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Information Systems Management from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.  She earned a doctorate in Management—Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Information Systems Technology (DM/IST) from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.  Her doctoral dissertation is titled The Underrepresentation of Women of Color in the STEM Field—A Phenomenological Study

Dr. Hill’s pursuit of a doctorate degree was a lifelong, higher educational goal to position her with the academic knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced research in fields, such as STEM, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), and related fields. She is a member of ISACA—Information Systems Audit and Control Association, AAUW—American Association of University Women, AWIS—Association for Women in Science, and DMD--Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

Dr. Hill is a volunteer member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry as well as an active participant of her community Homeowners’ Association.  Some of her other most memorable and fulfilling volunteer roles have been as mentor, coach, and adviser to family, friends, associates, and colleagues. 

Dr. Hill is an art enthusiast and enjoys visiting art museums and exhibitions; her favorite art genre is impressionist paintings.  Her favorite music genre is traditional gospel.  Although she has many interests and hobbies, her priorities are spending quality time with family and friends, pursuing lifelong learning, reading, traveling, and honing photography skills.  Her favorite quote is "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."  – Anatole France.

Dr. Hill is passionate about education and focuses on giving back by helping others in their academic and life pursuits.  She fondly remembers and values the leadership, guidance, and direction of educators and family who helped her realize her academic goals. 

Dr. Hill is the proud mother of a son and daughter and the very proud grandmother of two granddaughters.

Tammy L. Jones -- Director

Tammy L. Jones is a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington, DC. She began working for the agency in April 1998. She manages media issues related to modernizing the nation’s airspace system, air traffic control, Information Technology and Cyber Security, and security and hazardous materials safety. Tammy interacts with reporters on a daily basis to ensure they have the information they need to produce accurate aviation-related stories. She writes talking points, statements, news releases, fact sheets, and supports the social media team. She also develops national and crisis communications plans. She coordinates and manages media briefings and press conferences and ensures that executives are prepped for media interviews.  

Prior to the FAA, Tammy worked as a spokesperson for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. While at NASA, Tammy managed public affairs activities, plans and strategies for space flight projects. She organized and moderated news conferences and supported NASA at press events during space shuttle launches. She responded to media queries on issues dealing with the Hubble Space Telescope, which was one of NASA’s most visible projects at that time. She helped develop Goddard’s first in-house media training class for managers, engineers and scientists. 

Tammy started her career in radio and worked as a reporter for “all news” radio stations in Richmond, VA, Wilmington, DE and Atlantic City, NJ.

Tammy has always been community-focused. While raising her son, she devoted many years to Parent Teacher/Student Associations and volunteering for the Ft. Washington Boys & Girls Club. She participated in Envision Prince Georges and served numerous years as an election judge in Prince George’s County.

She is the immediate past president of the Camp Springs Civic Association (CSCA). Its purpose is to maintain a membership of residents and business owners who support a safe and viable community. The CSCA Board members keep the residents informed of county and state issues that affect the community, and volunteer to enhance living conditions in Camp Springs. Tammy interacts with legislators and other leaders on behalf of Camp Springs. She also writes and edits the community newsletter. 

Tammy was appointed to the Board of Directors of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in 2015 where she chairs the Quality Safety and Professional Affairs Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of the Prince George’s County League of Women Voters, where she serves as Treasurer and she is a member of the Ft. Washington Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tammy grew up in Alexandria, VA. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a Master of Science in Applied Management from the University of Maryland, University College.

Darryl McSwain -- Director

Darryl McSwain is a police executive with 27-years of experience in law enforcement and community relations. He serves as an assistant chief at a large metropolitan police agency where he oversees the Patrol Services Bureau. Over the course of his career, Assistant Chief McSwain has led various operational, investigative, and administrative units which have worked extensively with youth and adults in the community. Some of the positions held include the Community Outreach Section Supervisor, Administrative Assistant to the Investigative Services Bureau Chief, Internal Affairs Director, District Commander, Special Operations Director, and Law Enforcement Gospel Choir Coordinator.

Assistant Chief McSwain obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and current participant in the National Executive Institute.

As an adjunct professor, Assistant Chief McSwain taught students at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. Topics of study included law enforcement, constitutional rights, the legislative process, judicial procedures, and community relations.

Assistant Chief McSwain and his wife have four children ages 15 to 25; two of which have completed their college studies and another entering her junior year. He is an active member of his church where he was a prior School Board member and continues to serve in various ministries.

Aaron Webb -- Director

Born in Washington, D.C., Aaron Webb moved to Maryland at an early age where he continues to reside. Director Webb earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business/ Entrepreneurship from Frostburg State University. He believes strongly that Preparation + Opportunity = Success.

Director Webb is CEO of Webb’s Enterprises LLC, a social media marketing company which focuses on providing organizations, including non-profit organizations, marketing solutions they need to reach their full potential. In fact, he has donated and is volunteering his expertise and company’s services to enable us to conduct various social media projects, including a current social media campaign.

Webb works with the Youth Group in his Church and derives joy from serving others.

LaMonte Westbrook -- Director

Director Westbrook is a cybersecurity professional and military veteran who served in various communication operations throughout his military career. He served as a Senior Duty Officer under Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton and provided direct oversight on Presidential, Vice-Presidential and First Lady missions. He also served as a Level 1 Presidential Communications Officer who directly supported the President, Vice-President, First Lady, the Secret Service, and senior White House Staff, by leading elite communications teams worldwide to insure quality voice and data services.

He has a heart for our mission and struggling youth; and he has continued over the years to mentor such youngsters.

Tyrone Williamson -- Director

Tyrone Williamson is the founder and CEO of NetOps Solutions Inc., an Information Technology company that provides innovative networking solutions to several United States government organizations and to the private sector. Before devoting his work fulltime to NetOps Solutions Inc. Tyrone served as:

  • Co-founder of a track club in Detroit focused on developing the hearts, minds and bodies of young people.
  • Residence Hall Director of the State University of New York, New Paltz College. Mr. Williamson developed students through cultural exposure, think-tanks and leadership development.
  • Advisor for the Panhellenic Counsel for Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities while at New Paltz College.
  • Social Worker at Graham Windham Residential Treatment Facility - serving young Black boys at risk.
  • Sales Consultant in retail and corporate sectors
  • Teacher to adults with developmental disabilities and ran several independent residential living programs.

In addition to being an Information Technology guru, Tyrone is also a Real Estate Developer. He owns and operates DDAT Realty Management LLC which aims to improve and beautify Baltimore City through rehabilitation of dilapidated properties. DDAT Realty is enrolled in the Vacant to Value program sponsored by Baltimore City, changing lives one house at a time.

His philosophy in life is: “Nothing beats a failure but a try”. In this vein, his philanthropic endeavors have included giving of his time, talents, and finances to several individuals and organizations over the years.

Tyrone was born in Pittsburgh PA and spent his formative years in Detroit Michigan. Tyrone is a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Central Michigan University.

Tyrone is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He lives in the Washington DC suburbs with his wife and daughter.