The Patriots, Inc.

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Name Company Title Profession Photo
Melissa J. Boston The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development
202-994-6610 /
Department Administrator,
Special Education and Disability Studies
Dr. Melissa Boston is a leading public health researcher whose wide-ranging epidemiologic and preventive intervention studies over the past two decades have investigated factors in occupational injury and disease and the influence of chemical and physical agents on reproduction. Melissa Boston

William (Bill) Cooper

COMCAST Business
Federal Capture Management
Bill Cooper is a seasoned business development professional, who leads cross-functional capture and proposal teams to profitable wins on Federal Government IT and Telecom programs. Leveraging his 40-plus years in high-performance computing and technology services, Bill marshals the resources necessary to pursue high-value contract opportunities, oversees bid strategies, pricing, teaming, competitive analysis, and proposal development. Bill has also served in many community-based roles supporting young people in STEM education. William Cooper
 Col. Richard Cooper  National Capital Wing
Civil Air Patrol
202 767 4405 (Wing)
 External Aerospace Officer/ Professional Development Officer The National Capital Wing performs the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol: providing emergency services, offering cadet programs for youth, and providing aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public.  Col. Cooper is a recruiter for the youth program. Col Richard Cooper
 Maurice Edwards

National Institute of Health

Grant Peer Review Specialist

Mr. Edwards has worked in the laboratory field for over 22 years in the areas of medical, biological, HIV diagnostic testing and as a radio chemist. He then moved into the field grant management and grant peer review for about 12 yrs. Maurice Edwards
 Calvin Haney American University

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. Calvin Haney
 Joe Jenkins

 Sophia Morris  COMCAST

Network Maintenance Supervisor

  Sophia Morris
 Veronica Nelson Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE)
Morgan State University –
School of Engineering
5200 Perring Parkway
Baltimore, MD  21251
 Reggie Smith, III

Black Girls Dive Foundation

 Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Reggie Smith III currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of the Black Girls Dive Foundation (www.blackgirlsdive ) and is the former Chief Executive Officer /Executive 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.  

Reggie Smith III

 Gloria Wims

General Dynamics

 Valerie Utsey  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.

Valerie Utsey
 Justin Graves
Junior Board Member
JAK Elite Games Studios, LLC

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.

Justin Graves
Thurman D. Jones, Jr., President The Patriots, Inc.
5800 Martin Luther King. Jr. Highway
Seat Pleasant, MD  20743
Phone: 301-925-9350 (o) / 240-671-2663 (cell)

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