Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr.
President & CEO
B.S., Howard University
MBA, University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School
M Div., Wesley Theological Seminary
D Min., Payne Theological Seminary
30–year corporate and community development experience. Participation in over $10 billion in public equity and debt offerings, while working for first-tier investment banks. Currently serving as Senior Pastor of Bethel Church of Morristown.
Richard P. Babcock
Senior Vice President & COO
B.A., Institutional Communications, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Certified Church Consultant, Society for Church Consulting. Certified Christian Life Coach.
Biblical Studies Certificate, Christian Leaders Institute
Student in Ministry (Pastoral Leadership), Liberty College
A 30-year professional portfolio incorporating a broad array of disciplines including senior management roles in operations, sales & marketing, project management, and corporate consulting. Having had the opportunity to work with organizations of various sizes and industries, Richard has developed an expertise in addressing diverse developmental needs and leading successful change management initiatives that achieve desired outcomes.
Chief Investment Officer
B.A., Howard University
JD, Rutgers Law School
LLM, in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
20 years experience as an advisor and legal consultant in the private and government sectors on equity and lending programs representing real estate developers, business owners, financial institutions and investors.
Director of Financial Services
M.B.A., Clark Atlanta University, Accounting and Finance
B.A., Morehouse College, Economics
Facilitator/Subject Matter Expert (SME)
M.ARCH, Tulane University
MSRED, Tulane University
Impact developer + designer with 5+ years of experience spanned over acquisition, development, construction + workouts of 40+ projects totaling $350M+ between NYC + NOLA. Strategic advisor to developers, investors + churches.
Reverend Shameka Jones-Taylor
B.A., Baldwin-Wallace University
MBA, Baldwin-Wallace University
M Div., Payne Theological Seminary
20-year public and civic finance experience specializing in budgeting, fiscal analysis, and procurement. Extensive service in Church administration, Christian Education, and Ministry leadership.
Facilitator/Subject Matter Expert (SME)
B.S., Construction Management, Drexel University
MRE, Georgetown University
An accomplished construction professional with BS. in Construction Management from Drexel University (Magna Cum Laude) and 30 years of experience in commercial construction and has managed over $1B of project. From 2015 – 2018 Ms. Sherrod served at the District of Columbia’s Department of General Services, creating the program and building Short Term Family Housing (STFH) the mayor’s initiative to house homeless families. The STFH initiative created 325 housing units with program space to serve young vulnerable families in all eight Wards of the District. The program meet the families need with both housing and critical services.
With a MRE (Master’s of Real Estate) degree from Georgetown University Ms. Sherrod has focused on faith based development, assisting houses of faith in the DMV leverage their undeveloped and/or underdeveloped assets into much needed affordable housing. In many of these communities the shrinking congregations have lost their impact and affordable housing development serves their mission and restores significance.
Reverend Frank W. Webster, Jr.
B.S. in Political Science, Old Dominion University
M Div., Union Presbyterian Seminary
Healthy Church Facilitator, Healthy Congregations
Member, The Evangelical Association
23 years of Pastoral experience in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and congregational consulting with extensive experience in new church development, church transformation and leadership development.
Dr. Reginald Blount
B.S., Tuskegee University
M.Div., Candler School of Theology
Ph.D., Northwestern University (with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)
I believe the purpose of Christian education is to be emancipatory, to set people free to be children of God and co-creators with God. Many personal, social, spiritual, and institutional hindrances prevent the people of God from becoming all that God has created them to be. Christian education ought to provide an emancipatory pedagogy that transmits to the Christian faith community its history and journey, and God’s presence and intersection in that history and journey; that transforms people of faith in a way that aids them to claim meaning, purpose, and worth as children of God and co-creators with God; and that transgresses in a way that pushes against the boundaries that hinder people of faith from using their gifts to love God and to love their neighbor. My research interests are in the areas of African American identity formation, adolescent and young adult identity formation, Christian education theory, Christian education and the black church, and African/African American spirituality. I am currently researching the role of the black church in the identity formation of African American youth.
MBA, Entrepreneurial Management and Finance, UPenn’s Wharton Business School
BSE, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Princeton University
Dwight Green has built an extensive record as a venture strategy and investment executive leader across data-driven marketing, digital, financial and other technologies with successful tenures at Nielsen, Deluxe, WPP’s media/ad units and Sumitomo. Leadership includes being general manager and cross-functional leader of innovative business units; CEO/founder of profitable ventures; and advisor/mentor for emerging ventures. Mr. Green has conceptualized, built strategic plans for and managed digital business units/products that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars. He also has sourced, evaluated and/or executed many hundreds of mergers & acquisitions, venture investments and strategic partnerships. Mr. Green also founded/led profitable ventures.
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, Political Economies
J.D., Georgetown University, International, Tax, and Corporate law
Accounting and Finance, George Washington University and Pace University
Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive Program, Harvard Business School
Certificate in teaching entrepreneurship, Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators
Mark Grovic co-founded New Markets Venture Partners in 2003 and is a General Partner. Mark serves or has served on the Board of Directors for APDS, Credly, Fishtree, Galvanize, Graduation Alliance, Orchestro (formerly Vision Chain, acquired by E2open), Think Through Learning (acquired by Imagine Learning), MediaSolv (acquired by Nasdaq: TASR), Lightningcast (acquired by NYSE: TWX), Moodlerooms (acquired by Blackboard) and Workspace.com. Mark also serves or has served as a board observer for Aldagen (acquired by NASDAQ: CMXI), American Honors College, Andera (acquired by NASDAQ: EPAY), Appfluent (acquired by NASDAQ: ATTU), BioSET (acquired by Ferring Pharmaceuticals), Mashable, Noodle Partners, Overture Technologies, Pairin, Paratek Microwave (acquired by NASDAQ: RIMM) and Questar Assessment (acquired by ETS). Mark also co-founded LifeJourney, an online educational company that allows students to test drive real life careers in specific corporations.
Rupert A. Hayles, Jr.
MBA, University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School
Ph.D. candidate at Regent University
Rupert has been named most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Pillar College. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Organization and People Dynamics, Inc., an organizational consultancy focusing on emotional and leadership development under the auspices of The Center for Emotional Development and the Center for Emotional and Spiritual Development. He is certified in many emotional intelligence instruments and has coached ordained as well as lay leaders. He has over two decades of leadership experience with corporations such as Prudential Financial, Merck, Cytec Industries, Christ Church, and TLCC.org Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Regent University focusing on Emotional Intelligence and Fruit of the Spirit, Rupert has a MBA from Wharton School and undergraduate degrees from Seton Hall University. His book includes, “The Church and Emotional Intelligence.” “The leader’s and student guide to the Church and Emotional Intelligence and a secular business book-Practical Strategy, Aligning Business with Information Technology. He is an organizational strategist, author, lecturer and adjunct professor.
B.S., Hampton University
MBA, Real Estate Finance & Development, Georgetown University
Curvin Leatham is the Founder of AreaProbe LLC, a tech-enabled real estate advisory firm based in Washington, DC. AreaProbe uses technology to help financiers, developers, and public sector agencies evaluate the demand for housing, retail, healthcare and hospitality. In 2019, the firm was selected as one of the Top 100 MBEs, in 2016 & 2018, AreaProbe was selected by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 360 companies to watch, and in 2017, the firm was selected by the US Department of State as a Delegate for the Entrepreneurship/Technology Summit in Hyderadad, India.
BA in Environmental Policy, UNC-Chapel Hill
Master of Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hill
MBA, UNC-Chapel Hill
Bonny Moellenbrock is a nationally recognized impact investing pioneer who provides strategic counsel to leaders, foundations and organizations deploying investment and philanthropic dollars to make a difference. Most recently, Bonny served as Executive Director of Investors’ Circle, the largest and most active early-stage impact investing network in the world. Previously, Bonny was a Managing Director at SJF Ventures, a leading impact venture fund investing in high-growth, positive impact companies in the cleantech, sustainability, and tech-enhanced services sectors, and Executive Director of SJF Institute, its affiliated nonprofit. Prior to SJF, Bonny was COO and CFO of Preservation NC, and served on the management team of an entrepreneurial commercial recycling company. Bonny serves on the B Lab Standards Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of AMCREF Community Capital. Bonny enjoys gardening, trail running, and making music with her husband and daughters at their historic bungalow in Durham, NC.