- Lyndra Marshall (née Pratt), Chair – Prince George’s County
- Dale G. Green, Vice Chair- Baltimore City (and the Mid-Shore of Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Talbot, Caroline, and Dorchester Counties)
- Kelsey Bush – St. Mary’s County
- Donna A. Cypress – Baltimore City
- Barbara Spencer Dunn – Prince George’s County
- Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England – Baltimore County
- Russell Frisby, Jr., Esq. – Howard County
- Donald M. Glover- Baltimore City
- Marilyn Hatza – Baltimore City
- Gregory Holmes-Frederick County
- Edwin T. Johnson – Baltimore City
- Melvin Kelly – Anne Arundel County
- Michael G. Kent – Calvert County
- Steven X. Lee – Baltimore County
- Lopez D. Matthews, Jr., PhD – Baltimore County
- Cheryl A. McLeod – Howard County
- Robsyl “Robbie” Richardson – Anne Arundel County
- Janet Sims-Wood, PhD – Prince George’s County
- Shelley Stokes-Hammond – Montgomery County
Lyndra Marshall (Née Pratt), Chair
Lyndra Marshall (nee’ Pratt) is an internationally known genealogist, author, teacher, and lecturer. She is the Founder and President of GENE-ALL-OF US, Inc. Family Heritage Research and Resource Center in Bowie, Maryland. Her clients consist of celebrities, World War II veterans, pastors, school teachers, principals, lawyer’s doctors, and every day common people. She is a partner of African Ancestry, Inc. the pioneers in DNA Genetic Testing and African Loom Tours. Lyndra is a member of several genealogical and historical societies.
Mrs. Marshall appeared as the African American genealogy expert on public television and radio and interviewed for newspapers and magazines. She was interviewed and shadowed for 30 days by a Demark undergrad student which was used for her dissertation. Recently she was asked to participate in a documentary in Denmark. She was the keynote speaker at Tom Joyner Morning Show Family Reunion Conference in Orlando, Florida. In 2012, Mrs. Marshall received the Distinguished Genealogy Research Award from the National Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
Mrs. Marshall has authored and co-authored several family publications and is currently working on six projects to include a documentary of her family history along with a companion book. She is the family historian, genealogist, and family reunion organizer for both her paternal and maternal families. She organizes annual and milestone historic events in her ancestral communities. In 2007, she organized and took a delegation of 101 family members and friends to maternal homeland, Ghana, West Africa and received a special invitation to the Ashante King’s Palace. She was honored at Ghana’s 50th Year of Independence Celebrations and was presented the Unity Flame Torch that traveled throughout the Slave Routes.
Mrs. Marshall is an alumna of Trinity Washington University where she was a Business Major and has taken additional studies at American University, Prince George’s Community College, and University of Maryland. She is a graduate of several Genealogical Research programs and Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Business Training School.
Mrs. Marshall has been happily married to Roger Marshall, Sr. for over 40 years and has one son, Roger, Jr. and daughter-in-law Tammera. She currently resides in Bowie, Maryland.
Dale Glenwood Green, Vice Chair
Professor Dale Glenwood Green is the Chair of the Historic Preservation Program and a Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University. Green earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University, a Masters of Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. Candidate in Architectural Studies and Historic Preservation from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Green joined the faculty at Morgan State University in 2008 with a mission to infuse historic preservation education, research and scholarship within the existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum and instruction within the School of Architecture + Planning. Green is distinguished for his contributions in preservation education. Green’s teaching and research explores the essence of context, resulting in engaging, inspirational, and evocative historic built and natural environments that embody, rather than simply contain, the stories being told. Green is also a Historical Architect, in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR 61), LEED Accredited Professional, acknowledged for his professional work in historic preservation, and has dedicated his career to preserving and reinvigorating historic places, through rigorous research and creative, sensitive design interventions, while showing great respect for the original architects’ and builders’ intentions. Green was honored as the recipient of two 2012 Maryland Preservation Awards (the Education and Community Engagement award and the Preservation Partnerships for Project Excellence award).
Kelsey R. Bush
Kelsey Bush is a native of Lexington Park in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, where he attended county public schools, graduating from Great Mills High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with dual majors in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Bush is presently employed with the St. Mary’s Department of Recreation and Parks and Community Services. In that capacity he develops youth-related initiatives and programs for AmeriCorps/VISTA. He monitors VISTA grants and sites and provides fiscal planning and guidance to volunteers as needed. He also provides supervision and guidance to the Teen Court coordinator. Mr. Bush serves as President of the Board of Directors for Alternatives for Youth and Families, Inc., and the Kawanis Club of St. Mary’s County. Other community-based organization affiliations include the Tri-County Youth and Families Board of Directors, the United Coalition for African American Contributions and the St. Mary’s Teen Court Oversight Committee. Mr. Bush lives in California, Maryland with his wife Catherine.
Donna Cypress is currently Director of Library Services at Lincoln College of Technology. Ms. Cypress is a former reference librarian at Baltimore City Community College and a retired library media specialist. An alumna of Coppin State, Morgan State, and Towson Universities, Cypress is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Notre Dame of Maryland University.
She is a former board member of Preservation Maryland and is presently serving as Commissioner for the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Commissioner Cypress was appointed to the MCAAHC in March 2013.
Barbara Spencer Dunn
Mrs. Barbara Spencer Dunn is first director of membership services for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month. A graduate of Bowie State University, Mrs. Dunn is the recipient of several community service awards, most recently the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She is the author of, Before and Beyond the Niagara Movement: As the Youth See It: Lessons Learned from My Parents, and Training with a Purpose–a character development manual co-authored with her son, Carlvern.
Presently serving as the National Alliance of Faith and Justice Coordinator (NAFJ) for Pen or Pencil: Writing a New History—a national youth-led movement–Dunn recruited and coordinated sixteen Pen or Pencil sites in the Washington Metro area. Married to Carl M. Dunn since 1968, Barbara and Carl raised three children in Prince George’s County: Carlvern Maurice Dunn (wife, Paula (Graham) Dunn), Byron Antonio Dunn, and Rhonda Rochelle Evans. Mrs. Dunn’s family has fully supported her work in youth empowerment and in the growth and knowledge of ASALH.
Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England
Rev. Dr. Tamara D. England serves as the Assistant Minister of the Enon Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the founder and CEO of Nu Season Nu Day Ministry, Inc., a Christ-Centered Ministry which seeks to equip and empower women to fulfill their God-given purpose while assisting in the development of healthy sisterly relationships. She is the author of The Journey To Self: Who Knows What A Woman Can Be When She Is Free To Be Herself.
Dr. England holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed graduate studies in Speech/Language Pathology at Loyola College of Baltimore. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the St. Mary’s Seminary and University and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio where her area of specialization was Congregational Development and Developing New Faith Communities in the 21st Century.
Commissioner Frisby is an attorney and partner in the Stinson Leonard Street firm in its Washington, DC location. His focus is on regulatory and corporate matters affecting entities in the communications, energy and technology areas. He represents clients in a wide variety of proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Energy, state utility commissions and federal courts. As part of his practices, he also has served as special telecommunications counsel to several large municipalities and has testified before several Congressional committees on various issues. Commissioner Frisby previously served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Long involved in civic affairs in Maryland and a member of the Pepco Board, Commissioner Frisby has a familial connection to the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Commissioner Frisby’s grandfather, Dr. Herbert M. Frisby, donated his historic collection of Arctic artifacts to the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the third floor of the building is named after Dr. Frisby.
Donald M. Glover
Donald M. Glover is the principal for DMGlobal Communications, a marketing, public relations and campaign consulting firm in the DMV. For fifteen years he has worked as a professional journalist. He created and developed BMORENEWS.com, an Internet-based news media outlet specifically designed to inform and educate about the African American community in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area. His website garners over one million hits per month from 130 nations worldwide. Glover also hosts an on-line show covering Capitol Hill and Maryland politics.
Commissioner Shelley Stokes-Hammond, a native of Ohio, is a long-time resident of Montgomery County. She graduated from Shaker Heights High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Composition and Literature from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her interest in writing led her to complete a graduate certification program in Writing, Editing and Publications at Georgetown University. She received her Masters of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, Commissioner Stokes-Hammond is actively engaged as a writer, historian, and preservationist. Formerly, she worked as a Development & Public Relations Officer for Howard University Libraries, and a writer, editor, instructor, auditor, and manager for Verizon, Inc. (formerly Bell Atlantic).
Commissioner Stokes-Hammond has addressed topics of historical interest for WHHA (the White House Historical Association), HUD (Housing and Urban Development), Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights Fair Housing Review Board, Howard University, and TTN (Transition Network). Her scholarship on the Ludlow community of Shaker Heights has been published by Cleveland State University and serves as a resource to faculty, historic preservationists, and others interested knowing more about the Civil Rights Movement in the North. Her articles on history and preservation have also been published by WHHA and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC). Commissioner Stokes-Hammond’s career highlights include the Mildred Colony Scholar of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Stephen K.F. and Katharine W. Lee Prize at Goucher College.
Commissioner Marilyn Hatza is a native of Cambridge, where she attended Dorchester County public schools and graduated from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University.
For many years, she served as the assistant Registrar of the Howard County Center of African American Culture. Ms. Hatza later worked as the archivist for the Afro-American Newspapers and Preservation Services Director for Preservation Maryland. She is currently employed as Program Officer for Grants and Strategic Partnerships at the Maryland Humanities Council.
Commissioner Hatza is the mother of one son. She resides in Baltimore with her husband.
Melvin L. Kelly
Commissioner Melvin L. Kelly grew up in Howard County. After graduating from Harriet Tubman High School, he spent two years at Johns Hopkins University McCoy College and then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he and his wife moved to her hometown in Severn where he led a successful nine year (1967-1976) effort to construct a new Metropolitan United Methodist church building campaign. Melvin worked for Litton Industries in College Park. Commissioner Kelly left his career of electrical engineering to own his business of residential waste removal which was on the Baltimore Sun’s list of the “Top 50 Minority Businesses in Baltimore”.
Commissioner Kelly served on the Board of Directors for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Chamber of Commerce, and the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation. He also served as chairman of the board for Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
Currently Commissioner Kelly is chairman of the Fairfield Outreach and Sponsors Association, a nationwide organization that fundraises for the Fairfield Children’s Home at the United Methodist Mission at Old Mutare in Zimbabwe. Commissioner Kelly resides in Severn with his wife Regina. They have a daughter, a grandson, and a granddaughter.
Michael Kent is a native of Calvert County, Maryland where his family has grown tobacco and raised cattle since 1780.
After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Kent received a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Kent spent 3 years in the United States Naval Reserves as a Judge Advocate General officer before serving as an assistant state’s attorney for both the Baltimore City and Prince George’s county State’s Attorney’s offices. Currently, Mr. Kent is working with 25 other African American farmers to convert their properties to solar and wind farms.
Steven X. Lee
A native of Baltimore city, Commissioner Steven Xavier Lee graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. He earned his bachelor’s of art degree from the School of Fine Arts at Howard University. He earned his degree while working as a news reporter at WHUR Radio. Commissioner Lee continued to earn an Art Master’s of Science degree in exhibition design from Pratt Institute in New York while being employed as a graphic artist and exhibit designer.
Commissioner Lee’s varied interests and projects included exhibits with the Studio Museum of Harlem and the National Conference of Artists; working in France as an Art & Animation Director for Le Centre Bossuet (a cultural/medical center for French immigrants living in Paris); being an instructor for the University of Maryland, working as an assistant curator for Baltimore City as well as being the director for the Foundation for Minority Film and The Heritage Museum. More recently he concluded a 15-year tenure as the founding director for the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Oella, Maryland.
Currently Mr. resides in Baltimore’s historic Gwynn Falls Stream Valley, where he continues to work in diverse projects for heritage and environmental conservation.
Lopez Matthews, PhD
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Lopez D. Matthews, Jr. earned his BA in history from Coppin State University in 2004, a master’s degree in Public History in 2006, and a PhD in United States History from Howard University in 2009. He has worked for the Maryland State Archives, National Archives, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and as an archivist in the Howard University Archives. Currently, he is the Digital Production Librarian for the Howard University Libraries and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. He is also an adjunct professor at Coppin State University, where he teaches courses in United States, African American, and World histories.
Cheryl A. McLeod
Commissioner Cheryl A. McLeod graduated from Prince George’s County Public Schools, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Non-Violent Conflict and Change & Sociology from Syracuse University in upstate New York. As a UniServ Director for the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), she has supported educators in Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Carroll, and Washington Counties in collective bargaining, advocacy, professional learning, dispute resolution, and training.
Commissioner McLeod has served as a judge in the Howard County Black Saga competition and has established a strong relationship with the docents of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. She has worked diligently on the grassroots efforts to name the “Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport” and to establish the Thurgood Marshall Tribute at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis.
Each February, the McLeod Family hosts activities, lectures, discussions, and networking for Black History Month, commonly known as, “The McLeod Black Experience.” She has also provided Cultural Diversity Awareness training for community organizations throughout Maryland.
Commissioner McLeod has travelled to Africa and the Caribbean with the People to People Ambassador Program, and with Syracuse Alumni, providing resources to developing schools and communities. She has served as mediator for the Maryland Commission on Human Rights, and has advocated against discrimination and bias. As a strong social justice and citizenship advocate, Ms. McLeod serves as an election observer and provides voter rights protection in many states throughout the country.
Commissioner Richardson is a native of Severn where she grew up in the historic Queenstown neighborhood. She is also the daughter of the Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Library name sake: Ms. Sylvia Gaither Richardson Garrison. Commissioner Richardson went to Arundel Senior High School in Gambrills and graduated with a bachelor’s of science from Drexel University in Design and Business Management. Here professional background is in hospitality management, where her expertise has led her to fill the roles in hotel sales, catering, convention service management, event planning, specializing in social events, reunions, fundraisers, and religious programs.
In her leisure time, Commissioner Richardson’s interests include touring, traveling, cooking, tutoring, and teaching fine art. In addition to this she enjoys working on DIY projects, interior, fashion, jewelry, and garden design.
Janet Sims-Wood, PhD
Janet Sims-Wood is the retired Assistant Chief Librarian for Reference/Reader Services at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University and has taught Black women’s history courses at the University of Maryland. She currently works part-time for the Prince George’s Community College Library as an Associate Professor/Adjunct Faculty Librarian.
Dr. Sims-Wood’s research areas are: oral history, military history, and bibliographical research on African American women’s history. She has numerous publications, including six book-length bibliographies, newspaper articles, print and online journal articles, and book chapters.
In 2013, Dr. Sims-Wood received a Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014 she received the James A. Partridge Award for African American Information Professionals from the University of MD, College Park’s iSchool. She also received a Prince George’s Community College Pathfinder Grant for travel to Yale University to conduct research on librarian, Dorothy Porter Wesley.
Dr. Sims-Wood is a member of the Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. She currently serves as National Vice President and Chair of the Membership Committee for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). She also serves as president of the ASALH — WDC-based Bethel Dukes branch. She is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians as well.