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2013 Candidates for NBDPA Board of Directors




NationalNational PresidentCraig Brown, Phd.

National Vice PresidentPamela Sexton

National Vice President of FinanceLorraine Stewart-David

MidwestRegional Vice PresidentEric Dortch

Regional Vice PresidentMichael Wulf

Regional DirectorCheryl Harris-Bailey

Regional DirectorPamela Norfleet

NortheastRegional Vice PresidentPerry Carter

Regional Vice PresidentEileen Gadsden

Regional Vice PresidentFrederick Smith Jr.

Regional DirectorLilla Hunter-Taylor

Regional DirectorSally McNamara

SouthRegional Vice PresidentTeresa Williams

Regional DirectorFelicia Jones



2013 Proposed Bylaw Submission 

Article / Section

Existing Bylaw

Proposed Bylaw


Article 5.6 Term of Office

Section 5.6.2

The President shall serve for one term. Any extended time in office beyond one term shall require the approval of majority vote of the NBOD or until a new President is elected or appointed.

Repeal / Delete Section 5.6.2

Removing Section Number 5.6.2 gives the President an opportunity to run for a second a term.

Article 2

The National Board of Directors

Section 2.2

2.2.1 The NBOD shall consist of the elected officers defined in Article 5 Section 5.1, and the Founder. Up to three Directors at Large and the Executive Director may sit on the NBOD but shall not be entitled to a vote.

2.2.1 the NBOD shall consist of the elected officers defined in Article 5 Section 5.1 and the Founder and all appointed officers defined in Article 5 Section 5.2. All are entitled to vote.




Candidate Biography's

Dr. Craig Brown, PhD

Dr. Craig BrownDr. Craig Brown has served as a business owner, entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist and mentor for more than two decades. He has been a front-runner in the technology industry much of that time and has received multiple technology and community service awards, including recognition from Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP Business Management Solutions, the 100 Blackmen, the Urban League, and the National Black MBA Association.

Brown has delivered passion-infused enthusiasm in educating clients and mentees in technology and management. A leader with a clear, daily goal in mind, Brown seeks to offer advice that minimizes the use of technical jargon and maximizes the use of real language, helping ease challenges that most companies and professionals face daily. His credentials and experience have propelled his career as a leading expert in the IT arena, as a angel fund donor, and as a trusted leader of a national network of tech industry professionals.

Dr. Brown holds a masters degree in business (MBA) along with a doctorate in Management Information Systems (PhD), as well as experience leading other non-profit foundation serving as Chairman of the Board with The Carters Kids Foundation, Houston, TX. These and a 25 year career as an IT Professional prime Dr. Brown to lead the National BDPA organization into the next frontier.

At present Dr. Brown is a Lifetime member of BDPA and is currently serving as the BDPA National Vice President as well as Chapter leader for Houston BDPA chapter. These experiences gained as National Vice President will serve him as he takes the BDPA organization to the next level if elected as the next National President for the 2014 & 2015 terms.

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Pamela Sexton

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Loraine Stewart David

Lorraine Stewart-DavidLoraine Stewart-David is a contractual CFO/Financial Analyst with one of Michigan’s top fortune financial companies. She is also a contractual Senior Level Healthcare Finance Comptroller, providing both operational and programmatic support to two local health care facilities. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Finance. She has been proudly affiliated with BDPA Detroit Chapter since 1992, bringing her unique strengths, talents and contributions to the Chapter. Providing her organizational and analytical skills, she has served four consecutive terms as BDPA Detroit Chapter VP of Finance. She has a proven reputation for results-driven solutions that increase the bottom line. She is elated at the opportunity to serve as National BDPA VP of Finance for a second consecutive term, 2014-2015. She is proficient in the development and implementation of financial policies, providing credible financial analyses, and decision making to preserve the financial position and performance of this national organization. Her continued BDPA commitment is to work diligently with the organization, revamping its resource allocation process to align with its production of future revenue growth. "I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team for a second term.”

Qualifications/Current Responsibilities:

  • High level of written and oral communication skills.
  • Ensure business decisions are grounded in solid financial criteria.
  • Oversee the issuance of financial information for local and overseas operations
  • Provide insight and analysis to support the CEO team.
  • Accountable for the financial and risk management operations, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy.
  • Development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve assets.
  • Report accurate financial results.
  • Representing the organization's progress on strategic goals to external stakeholders.

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Eric Dortch

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Michael Wulf


Michael WulfMichael Wulf's passion for educating youth in information Technology is only surpassed by his thirst for leadership and collaborative style of management. He believes we're all united as one community and our combined efforts as volunteers can re-create a technical advantage in career and job opportunities stateside that may otherwise pass us by.

He is a native of St. Paul, MN and now lives in a small town near Elgin, IL in Northwest Illinois. He's recently married to Elizabeth Wulf, father of two girls, two boys as well as proud grandfather of three grandchildren.

Michael started his career in Information Technology back in 1981 and hasn't looked back since his first day of work as an INROADS intern in the then "Systems Development” department of Western Life Insurance. Currently Michael works for Prudential Insurance as an Architect within the infrastructure realm and loves being able to work with technology and senior business leaders.

Michael is also a firm believer in giving back. As an active leader in the Twin Cities chapter driving decisions to create a successful community technology youth education program teaching three levels of programming education as well as many tech camps increasing awareness and exposure to new future IT professionals. Michael attributes his success as a shared success of collaboration and partnership with BDPA volunteers to create and deliver services to community youth. As a life-long servant to the community he built a strong foundation with over a quarter century of dedication as a trustee to his church. Outreach and collaboration through his work with the Boys & Girls Clubs - Twin Cities, Advance IT Minnesota, are just a few organizations he has been active in over the years focused on serving communities of color.

Serving BDPA has been an honor and looks forward to many years in service to the community through business, social action, and education.

 As a candidate for the position of Regional Vice-President Michael brings a willingness, dedication, and passion to serve BDPA in any way possible.  He brings a foundation rooted in leadership and technology with over thirty-three (33) years of experience.  Michael invests his personal time to further develop his volunteer leadership skills and education.  Michael holds a bachelors in Quantitative Methods/Computer Science and a Masters in Software Engineering.  He is currently pursuing his doctorate (Ed.D) with a specialty in Organizational Leadership because of his work for BDPA in youth technical education.

More tangibly he’s experienced as an IT professional and volunteer leader.  In his role as director of infrastructure server services for Fortis (now Assurant) he designed and led a cross-site geographically dispersed matrix organization with teams in Atlanta, Miami, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities.   This design is much akin to that of the multiple chapters across the Midwest region.  During this time he understood constraints and lack of resources with the need to do more with less.  He used creativity and synergy in a collaborative way to strengthen and stabilize the department.  As past multi-term president of his fraternity he also understands volunteer challenges with chapter management and membership.  During his office he was able to not only grow the chapter by placing a strong foundation in place which enabled membership growth as well as the creation of the first African-American fraternal chapter on the campus of Winona State University in Minnesota.  One can imagine the adversity and challenges involved with these activities.  

If elected to this position, Michael hopes to conduct collaborative sessions through virtual conferencing but expresses a desire to meet face to face with all chapters to build a strong sense of unity within and across chapter boundaries, grow membership in the region, and support chapter leaders in any way possible.

Michael as candidate for this position has the willingness, passion and leadership experience to serve BDPA.

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Cheryl Harris-Bailey

Cheryl is a seasoned professional with several years of technical and project management experience. She is currently working as a consultant for KForce at JP Morgan on a migration project. In addition, she is a volunteer project manager for the Taproot Foundation, PMI Community Outreach and BDPA Corporate Sales Administration. Cheryl has a Bachelors in Information Technology and a Masters in Project Management and is a certified project manager. She is a native Chicagoan, a wife and a mother of two sons.

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Pamela Norfleet

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Perry Carter

Perry CarterPerry Carter is a 30-year Member of BDPA. He is President of National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, a 501(c)(3) local charity and integrated project team (IPT) charged with developing stronger IT/Cyber workforce pipelines across all vertical markets and industry sectors. He directs public relations and government relations programs for community-based STEM-IC (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics--Intelligence and Cyber) workforce programs in direct support of the President’s CNCI and STEM initiatives. Programs include, but are not limited to, professional development, advanced computing competitions (IT Showcase [ITSC], High School Computer Competition [HSCC]), internship programs, corporate communications, and cyber security outreach events with industry partners in the National Capital Region (NCR.) Carter is the founding publisher of bdpatoday and NNOA Meridian, corporate news publications for BDPA and the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) respectively. He co-founded a Student BDPA Chapter at Temple University and in 1990, chaired the National BDPA Technology Conference in Washington, D.C.

Carter is Director, Technical Alliances and Outreach (TA&O) with CSC’s Intelligence Group in Hanover, Maryland where he supports strategic thrusts and capture planning with small businesses and global alliance partners, universities, and community colleges for CSC's mission partners. Prior to CSC, Carter was the Regional Vice President and CIO for Tec-Masters, Inc. (TMI), in the Mid-Atlantic region, where he captured Navy and Marine Corps contracts, funded DoD Mentor–Protégé Program (MPP) agreements, and acquired subcontracts with other DoD/IC agency prime contractors. He supported TMI's small and mid-sized business (SMB) and Historically Black College and University/Minority Serving Institution (HBCU/MSI) engagements with DoD and other government agencies. Carter was the primary liaison to supplier development councils (such as NMSDC and WBENC) and the HBCU/MI Project Office (HPO.)

Carter graduated from Temple University and is a Naval ROTC (NROTC) alumnus, Marine Corps option. After is enlistment, he honorably served as a Data Systems officer in the United States Marine Corps as a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) officer and Deputy Marine Corps Marathon Systems Support officer at Quantico, VA; as the Enlisted Assignment [Computer] Model (EAM) Manager at Headquarters Marine Corps; as an instructor at Marine Corps Computer Sciences School in Quantico; and War Games participant as an Opposing Force (OPFOR) reservist at Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.

Carter served as Director, Small Business Programs for Perot Systems Government Services; elected to successive terms as National Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for NNOA, and was a mentor and tutor with Joint Educational Facilities (JEF) in the District of Columbia. Carter was an MIS and IS Director respectively for industry trade associations ITAA [now Tech America] and ITSA [Intelligent Transportation Society of America] in Washington, D.C.

In similar career roles, Carter served in executive and leadership roles as an application developer, software quality assurance analyst, technical lead, account manager, and Vice President/IT Director with SBA 8(a) small businesses successfully supporting and capturing small business set-aside awards with the Department of Transportation, Department of State, Department of Commerce, and the Marine Corps Systems Command. Under a small business task order, Carter also developed and deployed a production application for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in direct support of Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR ) for municipalities and small businesses.

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Eileen Gadsden

Eileen B. GEileen Gadsdenadsden is an accomplished entrepreneurial professional with over 15 years of success by providing solutions for business problems using finance, marketing and technology strategies.

Eileen owns E-Region Enterprises, a strategic branding company that uses P.I.E. strategies to increase profit margins. She also serves as President of BDPA Philadelphia, a nationally recognized professional IT organization committed to reducing the digital divide through education, mentoring, and networking. 

Earlier this year Eileen was recognized by CBS Philly3 and the NAACP Philadelphia Chapter (104 Most Influential Women in Philly) for her work at BDPA - inspiring students to pursue STEM related-career.  Eileen and BDPA Philadelphia were recently featured on the Digital Drummer and WURD 900am’s WURD UP.

Eileen’s commitment to the BDPA mission began in 2006 when she joined the Philadelphia Chapter’s Board as VP of Strategy and Planning. Eileen has been a key contributor to local initiatives; winning Chapter of the Year 2008-2010 and nationally serving as co-Chair of NBDPA Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the NBDPA Sales Team. She also travels nationally to support local Chapter events and NBDPA Board of Director’s meetings.

Eileen serves on multiple municipal, educational and corporate IT advisory boards. She is US Army veteran, holds an MBA in New Ventures and Entrepreneurial Studies from Penn State University and a B.S. in Business Management from St. Joseph’s University. Eileen is also served honorably in the US Army Reserves for 12 years.

During the past two years, Eileen has strengthened the BDPA Philly brand throughout the Delaware Valley by working with community leaders to educate Philadelphia-area citizens about the digital divide and the opportunities in STEM related careers. Through her advocacy work, Eileen has developed strong strategic partnerships with the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, local universities, non-profit and professional organizations.

Eileen is exceptional at communicating to sponsors and stakeholders the value of a BDPA Strategic partnership which has made way for the following successes:

  • Honored by NAACP PHL Chapter as 2013 – 104 Most Influential Women in PHL
  • Reduce chapter‘s fixed costs to $100/month by  securing in-kind donations for web  and telecom services
  • Increased chapter membership by 30%, BDPA PHL is now the 2nd largest chapter with 106 members
  • Built strategic partnerships with Peirce College, Drexel University, DeVry University
  • Serving
  • High School Computer Program profiled on local TV and radio affiliates 
  • Advise School District of Philadelphia, Peirce College on IT curriculum for next academic year.
  • Active member of City of PHL Open Access Philly Initiative
  • Offer job/career fair in the spring and fall for college students and professionals.
  • Secured Comcast to serve on local corporate advisory council
  • Building long-term relationship with Google and Apple

Eileen is well positioned to bring this type of success to the Northeast Region as she has a strong personal brand with current BDPA leaders and strong professional relationship with many of the Northeast region sponsors such as Cigna, Deloitte, Johnson and Johnson, Merck and Microsoft.  Eileen also has strong relationships with start-ups and venture capitalist as they are working on cutting edge technology that will afford our members direct access to new industries.

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Frederick Smith Jr.

Frederick Smith Frederick Smith, Jr. is a seasoned business and technological executive with 25 years of experience in IT Senior Management in various industries which include Financial Services, Healthcare, Utilities, Communications and Government, with a strong background in business management, enterprise system architecture and information system delivery. As EVP, Chief Information Officer of MTT Associates, he drives the overall strategic vision and operations for the company with a focus on customer success.

Mr. Frederick Smith, Jr. served as the 2009 National BDPA Vice President, Strategy & Planning. In this position, he was responsible for providing the strategic approach for meeting the organization goals and ensuring that its vision and mission are effectively realized through measures and quantifiable standards. Responsibilities also include managing the organizational alliances, conducting assessments of National BDPA, and improving the image of National BDPA. Also, Mr. Smith served as VP, Strategy & Planning, VP, Finance, Corporate Advisory Council, Chairman and IT Showcase Advisor for the BDPA Northern Delaware Chapter. Mr. Smith assisted in the successful completion of obtaining a 501c3 status for BDPA Northern Delaware Chapter (NDC).

Prior to joining MTT Associates, Mr. Smith was Sr. Manager, Advanced Technology at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Smith's organization consisted of 125 engineers, project \ program managers, system integrators, information assurance engineers, sr. system engineers and system architects focusing on business development, system engineering services, proposal development and technical program support. He brought a focus of business and technology to his Sr. Management role at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Mr. Smith has a BS in Computer Science and Management from California University of Pa, Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering \ System Engineering from Penn State University and MBA in Finance from Philadelphia University. Mr. Smith also received his Black Belt certification in Lean / Six Sigma from Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Mr. Smith's professional and academic experience in the STEM discipline in combination with his business acumen would be an asset to the National BDPA organization and its members. Mr. Smith has a vast professional network including influential professionals that can support the mission and vision of the BDPA organization. He has demonstrated his passion and dedication to the organization through his work at both the National and Local level. If elected, his goals will include the expansion of partnerships at both the corporate and local government sector, increase chapter membership throughout the region, and enhance the student programs to increase scholarship and internship opportunities.

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Lilla Hunter-Taylor 

Lilla Hunter-TaylorLilla Hunter-Taylor, is the Vice-President of Business Development at Compass Solutions in Washington, DC. Compass Solutions is an IT Infrastructure company that specializes in:

          • Staffing and Recruiting Services
          • Network Security
          • Data Center Operations
          • Applications & Database Support
          • Telecom Expense Management
          • Wireless Solutions

Lilla is also the CEO of The Staff Hunter located in Bethesda, MD helps bridge the gap between qualified candidates and employers to form successful relationships.

Prior to joining Compass Solutions, Lilla Hunter-Taylor ran a successful insurance brokerage firm for over eight years. Her knowledge of working with small to mid-size companies and individuals prepared her for working with companies and candidates in the staffing industry.

Lilla Hunter-Taylor works with Dress for Success of Washington, DC and conducts seminars to help women become successful in their future careers. Mrs. Taylor every year participates in the Susan G. Komen race for the cure in Washington, DC as well as the HBCU 5K run also held in Washington, DC at Howard University.

Lilla Hunter-Taylor serves as Vice-Chair with the MD/DC MSDC Council. She also serves on the board for Dress For Success Washington, DC and the USWCC, United States Women Chamber of Commerce and WIPP, Women Impacting Public Policy.

Lilla Hunter-Taylor is the winner of:

  • 2013 Top Maryland emerging businesses by
  • 2012 Top 100 MBE of the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • 2010 Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Maryland
  • Top 500 Emerging Businesses in the U.S. by
  • Mrs. Taylor is among Marquis Who’s Who in Finance & Business 2011.
  • 2010 Women Business Leaders of Maryland by the Gazette of Politics and Business
  • Nominated for the 2011 Woman of Distinction Award by the (NAWBO) National Association of Woman Business Owners.

The Staff Hunter has been awarded the 2012 Top Emerging Business by

Speaking Engagements:

  • The White House for Minority Women in Business sponsored by The White House office of public engagement and the Council for Women & Girls
  • Woodrow Wilson Institute for Scholars regarding Women and Entrepreneurship: Perspectives from the Middle East and the United States.
  • Spoke on Capitol Hill on the Equal Pay Act in regards to women in the workforce.

Lilla Hunter-Taylor received her Bachelors degree in Communications from Bowie State University and lives with her husband Dr. Merwyn Taylor in Beltsville, MD.

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Sally McNamara

Sally McNamara

Sally McNamara is a Senior IT recruiter with 20 years of corporate recruiting experience in financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals.   After meeting with BDPA Philadelphia Past Presidents Monique Berry and Hayward West in 2009, she became aware of the BDPA mission and immediately wanted to assist.   

At that time,  Sally worked in Human Resources as a Recruitment Manager.  As part of their diversity initiative, she designed a program where their employees volunteered to assist in the Philadelphia HSCC classroom..  She also secured DeVry University as a training facility for the HSCC program

In 2011,  Sally became a member of BDPA Philadelphia Board of Directors and Vice President of Education.  Key contributions to the Board:  

* Set up partnerships with Temple University and Drexel University leadership, which led to stronger interaction between college and high school students

* Secured technical volunteers to teach Java

* Led IT Manager's Round Table for (three years) which led to stronger collaboration with IT Leaders and Organizations, and to Senior IT Executives participating on the panel

Currently Sally is the Vice President of Professional Development, who is responsible for monthly programs and speaker recruitment.  

Sally's  passion is building relationships with local schools to recruit students for HSCC Program. She represents BDPA at community organizations to increase visibility for BDPA and its programs.  A tireless leader, Sally honors her commitment and keeps her word.

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 Teresa Williams

Teresa WilliamsTeresa has been an active member of BDPA since 2005 and began her leadership journey with BDPA in 2006 as the Atlanta Chapter VP of Finance. In 2007, she was elected to the office of Atlanta Chapter President and served in on the BDPA National Board of Directors for 3 years. Teresa is currently employed with NASCO as a Program Manager, where she has been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Large Scale Implementation Project Management Office.

Teresa has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and holds a Master of Science in Technology Management from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. As a result of her participation in the BDPA PMP Exam Prep course offered by the BDPA Institute Teresa gained the necessary tools to pass the PMP certification exam in 2009.

Teresa has a passion for mentoring & volunteer work, and is especially fond of BDPA because of their focus on the youth. The time and investment that BDPA chapters make in helping our young people gain the technology skills that will help be successful is what fuels her desire to give back. During her second term as South Regional Vice President Teresa plans to continue to work closely with the chapter presidents and support their alignment with the National goals.

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Felicia Jones

Fellicia JonesFelicia Jones has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology field and professional experience including the implementation and management of software solutions while working in several Fortune 500 companies to include her current company Macy’s Inc. and her former companies AFLAC and TSYS. She has worked in various industries in different roles as a Programmer, Operations Advocate, Development Lead and Manager of Application Development & Support, Service Desk, Change & Problem Management and Quality Assurance.

Ms. Jones is with Macy’s Systems & Technology (MST) and joined the organization in 2000 as a Programmer. She currently serves as a Quality Assurance Manager in the Stores Business Unit providing Quality Assurance for all the store systems. Ms. Jones facilitates diversity classes to MST associates on subjects of race, gender and serves as a mentor to various associates.

In addition to her professional life, Ms. Jones finds time to volunteer for various events and charities through Partners in Time and Hands on Atlanta. She volunteers and teaches professional development courses to the women of Wells Spring Living. She is also a military veteran who proudly served our country while in the U.S. Army. Ms. Jones has a passion for serving, mentoring, and building relationships.

Ms. Jones serves as the Atlanta Chapter President where she is responsible for leading the chapter and ensuring that the vision and mission of BDPA are effectively realized. She serves President on the Next Level Technology Foundation, Inc board. Next Level Technology directly supports BDPA - Atlanta to provide support of technical and professional training for high school students and career professionals. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the Atlanta CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit with PEM and SIM-Atlanta.

Ms. Jones holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Columbus State University.

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