The Patriots, Inc.
2021 - 2024 Board of Directors
William (Bill) Cooper
Chair - Patriots Board of Directors
Director, Federal Capture Management
The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development
MJT97@gwu.edu / www.gsehd.gwu.edu
Melissa J. Boston
Department Administrator, Special Education and Disability Studies
National Capital Wing
Civil Air Patrol
Col. Richard Cooper
External Aerospace Officer/ Professional Development Officer
National Institute of Health
Grant Peer Review Specialist
Associate Director Of Student Engagement with the Office of Campus Life
Calvin Haney is responsible for developing and enhancing programs, activities, events, and special co-curricular programs that promote student engagement and retention for all students. This position advises, supports, and serves as consultant to special interest student groups within the Student Engagement portfolio. He is a native of the DC-VA-MD area.
United States Postal Service
Manages Mobile Post Office on Wheels program that provides postal products and services to the Senior Community in Montgomery County. Also manages Retail Program and employees at local Post Office.
Network Maintenance Supervisor
As a native of Jamaica, Sophia Morris migrated to the United States where she earned her Undergraduate Degree in Construction Management and is currently obtaining her second degree in Cyber Security Policy and Management. She is currently a Network Supervisor at Comcast Cable.
Notably, she is a member of Prince George’s County’s first States Attorney LGBTQ+ Task Force. She works closely with the homeless LGBTQ+ community and is a board member of the Maldon Foundation.
Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE)
Morgan State University –
School of Engineering
5200 Perring Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21251
Ms. Veronica L. Nelson is the Executive Director of Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE). In her role, she leads the organization and develops strategies to forge Industry, Government and Academic partnerships with the (15) ABET accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Schools of Engineering to implement and support programs to attract, educate, graduate and place underrepresented minority students in engineering careers. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics from Howard University.
Black Girls Dive Foundation
Reggie Smith, III
Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Reggie Smith III currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of the Black Girls Dive Foundation (www.blackgirlsdive foundation.org ) and is the former Chief Executive Officer /Executive Director of the United States Distance Learning Asso. Dr. Smith received his B.S. in English Communications from Lincoln University in PA, his M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland University College, and his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.
Independent Community Bankers of America
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office
Ms. Valerie R Utsey is the EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Independent Community Bankers Association. In her role she is responsible for developing and deploying the association’s Human Capital Strategy. Ms. Utsey has over 20 years of HR experience and has been affiliated with Patriots for over 5 years.
United States Department of Housing
550 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 24010
Program/Project Manager and Urban Development
Andrea D. Williamson is currently a Federal Acquisition Contract Project Manager who manages programs to implement business reengineering processes for the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC). She leads efforts for the REAC incorporating Strategic Partnering, Program Management Support, Organizational Change Management, Policy Review, Analysis, and Development, Enterprise Risk Management, and Internal Controls. As a retired Major of the United States Army Reserves, she is a proud Veteran.
JAK Elite Games Studios, LLC
Junior Board Member
Co-Founder, Lead Game Developer
Justin Graves is the co-founder and lead game developer of JAK Elite Game Studios, LLC., an independent video game development company. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, earning a degree in Immersive Media Design. Justin has worked with The Patriots for three years and now serves as a STEM instructor and the Director of the Patriots’ E-Sports program.
The Patriots, Inc.
5800 Martin Luther King. Jr. Highway
Seat Pleasant, MD 20743