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Cheyney Foundation 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Dr. Larry J. Walker
Chairman
Dr. Larry J. Walker currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Central Florida. Further, Dr. Walker held faculty appointments at Loyola University Maryland and Howard University.
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Tiffany Wilson
Vice Chairman
Tiffany Wilson currently works for the Pennsylvania Senate. She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Temple University. After graduation she began her career in public health.
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Carmen Martinez Skinner
Treasurer
Carmen Martinez Skinner graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Elementary Education. She is a Lifetime Member of Cheyney University National Alumni Association and a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter.
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Bryan Phillips, J.D.
Board Member
Bryan N. Phillips, J.D. currently serves as the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for Avoro Capital Advisors LLC, a New York based global life sciences investment firm with a focus on supporting emerging biotechnology companies.
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Keisha Wilkins
Board Member
Keisha is a wife and mother of three, born and raised in Philadelphia. She attended West Chester University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
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Charlette Fairchild, Ph.D
Board Member
“Charlie,” a native of Petersburg, VA, began her GE career in Appliances, after a successful career as an educator in the Newport News public school system. In her first role as sales professional in Northern Virginia, Charlie was challenged to grow a high share territory, which she did to over 80%.
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Irving Bailey
Board Member
Irving Bailey is a Cheyney University of Pennsylvania alumnus ’74. At Cheyney, Mr. Bailey earned a B.S. in Business with honors. He was employed as a Program Manager for the Department of Health and Human, Region III from 1982-2014.
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Jazmine Smith
Board Member
Jazmine is passionate about innovation and about helping build great companies in Philadelphia. She serves as the Director of Youth Sports for The University of Pennsylvania.
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Wilbur Kirkland
Board Member
Wilbur L. Kirkland is a 1969 Cheyney University Graduate. He earned his Bachelors Degree in English Education. Wilbur was born in Barnwell County, South Carolina. His parents, the late Rev. John W. and Lillie Mae Kirkland came to reside in Chester, Pennsylvania when he was 5 years old. He grew up with six brothers: Wilbur, along with five of his siblings and his mother attended Cheyney University.
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Dr. Larry J. Walker
Chairman

Dr. Larry J. Walker currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Central Florida. Further, Dr. Walker held faculty appointments at Loyola University Maryland and Howard University. He has published numerous articles on race, leadership, and policy. Previously, he served on the Board at the House of Ruth Maryland and Maryland New Directions in Baltimore, MD. In addition, he was selected as a Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and worked as the Legislative Director for former Congressman Major R. Owens. During his tenure in Congressman Owens office he supervised the legislative staff and worked on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to pass important legislation. Dr. Walker graduated from Cheyney University in 1996.

Tiffany Wilson
Vice Chairman

Tiffany Wilson currently works for the Pennsylvania Senate. She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Temple University. After graduation she began her career in public health. She credits a statewide political fellowship for heightening an interest in local/state politics and government services. She has extensive experience serving on various boards in addition to fundraising and volunteer experience. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Paris.

 

Carmen Martinez Skinner
Treasurer

Carmen Martinez Skinner graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Elementary Education. She is a Lifetime Member of Cheyney University National Alumni Association and a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. Carmen became a board member of the Cheyney Foundation in 2007 and held the positions of Assistant Fund Raiser and is currently Treasurer. She has worked and excelled in sales over 40 years and is the NE Regional Manager for Luster Products, Inc

 

 

 

Bryan Phillips, J.D.
Board Member

Bryan N. Phillips, J.D. currently serves as the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for Avoro Capital Advisors LLC, a New York based global life sciences investment firm with a focus on supporting emerging biotechnology companies. Bryan has over 20 years of experience working in the financial industry acquiring knowledge across the areas of compliance, trading, client support, and wealth management. During his career, Bryan has worked at institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Citadel LLC. Bryan graduated from Cheyney University in 1993, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Bryan also received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from New York Law School.

Keisha Wilkins
Board Member

Keisha is a wife and mother of three, born and raised in Philadelphia. She attended West Chester University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While working as a juvenile therapist, Keisha’s passion to work with youth landed her a position as Literacy Intern with the School District of Philadelphia in 2001. She went on to earn a M.S in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University in 2003 and a M.S Ed. in Educational Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy University in 2006, where she is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership.

Keisha has worked for the School District of Philadelphia in several capacities including gifted education Teacher, Dean of Students, Instructional Coach, and currently, as the Principal of Martin Luther King HS. Keisha is an avid runner and CrossFit enthusiast, who has run 100+ 5k’s, 10k’s, half-marathons, full marathons and a 31 mille ultra-marathon. Principal Wilkins is also a Board Director on The Cheyney Foundation and West Chester University Black Alumni Council.

Charlette Fairchild, Ph.D.
Board Member

“Charlie,” a native of Petersburg, VA, began her GE career in Appliances, after a successful career as an educator in the Newport News public school system. In her first role as sales professional in Northern Virginia, Charlie was challenged to grow a high share territory, which she did to over 80%. She received a promotion for her efforts to National Accounts Manager and had the responsibility for the entire United States in the important property management segment, rehabs, and multi-family segment.

She was also the liaison between GE and Home Aid, National Association of Homebuilders and was the Remote Leader for the Women’s Outreach Group of GEWN. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Charlie sits on the Board of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC as a Trustee, she’s on the board of the first HBCU, Cheyney University in West Chester, Pennsylvania as a Director, Norfolk State University board member and Bon Secours Health System, board member.

She’s also an active member of GEA’s Affinity Network groups along with African American Forum and Women’s Network.
She is also a bestselling author on Amazon.

Charlie recently became a part of GEA’s Parts Team in Louisville, Kentucky where she continues her work with Property Management customers.
Additionally, Charlie holds several degrees and certificates, including BS and MS in Education with an emphasis on early childhood education and L D and hearing-impaired students. (Old Dominion University and The College of William and Mary, respectively). She is also fluent in sign language and has worked extensively with special needs students. Charlie also holds a Ph.D. degree in Special Education Administration.

Charlie received an Icon award for sales and was chosen as a Role model for GEWN. In her spare time Charlie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, exercising and mentoring others.

Irving Bailey
Board Member

Irving Bailey is a Cheyney University of Pennsylvania alumnus ’74. At Cheyney, Mr. Bailey earned a B.S. in Business with honors. He was employed as a Program Manager for the Department of Health and Human, Region III from 1982-2014.

Mr. Bailey received the Department of Health Human Services’ Outstanding Employee Award in 1997. One of the highest awards given to an employee. Prior to coming with the Department of Health Human Services, Mr. Bailey served as a Management Auditor for the United States General Accounting Office conducting management audits for congress. Mr. Bailey is currently employed as a management consultant for Danya International.

Mr. Bailey is active in civic and community affairs and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity since 1972.

Jazmine Smith
Board Member

Jazmine is passionate about innovation and about helping build great companies in Philadelphia. She serves as the Director of Youth Sports for The University of Pennsylvania.

She is also the Executive Director of Eyekonz Sports League, a leading youth sports league for non traditional sports geared towards minority and inner city children of the greater Philadelphia area. She is very active in the Philadelphia startup community, supporting Philly Startup Leaders, Mainline NAACP, Philadelphia crime prevention programs, USA Field Hockey Association, US Lacrosse Association , The Olympic Association and The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.

Previously, Jazmine was the regional marketing manager at The Department of Transportation of Pennsylvania which provides various services for residents of Pennsylvania.

Jazmine has more than 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. Additionally, she spent eight years at Def Poetry Jam Records, where she was responsible for marketing initiatives encompassing organizational development, artist support and corporate communications. She was also a senior marketing manager for Kobe BryantFamilyEntertainment.

Jazmine graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Women's Studies and Public Policy.

Wilbur Kirkland
Board Member

Wilbur L. Kirkland is a 1969 Cheyney University Graduate. He earned his Bachelors Degree in English Education. Wilbur was born in Barnwell County, South Carolina. His parents, the late Rev. John W. and Lillie Mae Kirkland came to reside in Chester, Pennsylvania when he was 5 years old. He grew up with six brothers: Wilbur, along with five of his siblings and his mother attended Cheyney University. Wilbur met his wife, Elaine, at Cheyney. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree from Cheyney University. Wilbur and Elaine share happiness with two sons: Marcus and Brian, a daughter-in-law: Renee, and three grandchildren: Kerri, Marcus Jr., and Alani.

Wilbur played basketball for the Cheyney Wolves, Pittsburgh Pipers, United States Army, 76’ers Camp, Greek, Italian and Swiss teams. He speaks and reads Italian fluently. He is a retired District Manager from Philip Morris USA. Wilbur works hard in his church, Community Baptist of Chester, PA., where he serves as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, and Noon Day Bible Study teacher. He serves as treasurer of Greater Chester County Cheyney Alumni Chapter, member of Delaware Valley Affiliate of National Alliance of Black School Educators as well as NABSE (National Alliance of Black School Educators) and serves on the board of Cheyney Foundation. Wilbur is a mentor in the after school program at his church.

Wilbur believes that he can help the students at Cheyney by working with The Foundation to get the University and the surrounding communities much more involved with each other. Wilbur enjoys watching all sports, studying the Bible, keeping abreast of the news, following the stock market, and helping others. He enjoys his family and church activities.