Board of Directors

GateWay Second Chance Foundation Board is extraordinary. Not only does each Director bring the wealth of experience, talents and gifts necessary to carry out the work of the Foundation but also a servant’s heart.

Clarence Carter, MBA

Clarence R. Carter, a recently retired educator and entrepreneur, serves the GateWay Second Chance Foundation as Chair of the Board of Directors. His 45+ year span of management experience and educational background provide the unique leadership combination essential to bring the boarding school into fruition.

Starting out in the field of Human Services, Mr. Carter earned his B.A. in Social Work from Michigan State University and immediately began working with incarcerated male juvenile offenders in a Michigan residential treatment facility, later supervising and counseling those young men recently released to their communities. Seeing the severity of the educational deficits in his young charges and the need to intervene in the formal system of education on their behalf, Mr. Carter returned to Michigan State to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. He subsequently joined the Grand Rapids Public School’s management team. While there, Mr. Carter worked with at-risk young men assuring that they were prepared to become gainfully employed as productive contributors to society through a Career and Vocational Education Program which he developed for underserved youth. Seeking to make an even greater contribution to the lives of underserved youth, Mr. Carter, a life-long learner, left the security of what he knew to enter the hallowed halls of the Harvard Business School. He thought it prudent that he gain a better understanding of the Business world and the opportunities it holds for qualified young men. He also saw this an opportunity to push forward the somewhat timid social agency approach to provision of service. After earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard, Mr. Carter earned his bona fides through increasingly responsible positions including financial analysis and budgeting, sales, marketing, and strategic planning, in renowned corporations including, Xerox, General Motors, Lear-Siegler, and Honeywell.

Along the way, Mr. Carter also found time to serve as adjunct professor of Business at DeVry Institute of Technology and Grand Valley State University, however, he never forgot the youth at-risk in our society and continued to seek ways to give back to the community by marrying the business and the educational worlds. In 2002, he returned to the field of education full time becoming Principal of a K-12 Christian School two years later, where he remained until his retirement in 2011.


President

Donna Jean Carter, PHD

Dr. Carter has demonstrated expertise in training teachers and in curriculum writing. She has held numerous administrative positions in public education at both district level as a School Superintendent and on the post-secondary level in the public and private community college settings and in private School of Ministry. She has also been an adjunct professor in several State Universities in CA and MN.

Dr. Carter has worked with reading disabled children and at-risk male incarcerated teenagers. She has authored 3 children’s primers and a wealth of professional educational articles, including her doctoral dissertation on the positive effects on high school students of experienced-based career education. She has traveled the world and knows the value of wide cultural exposure.

Dr. Carter was honored to serve as President of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, one of the largest international, professional education organizations. She has spoken at many national conferences including NSBA, NABSE, and ASCD. She holds teaching certifications in MI, MN, and SC.

Dr. Carter holds a BA, an MA and a PHD from Michigan State University and a second Master’s degree in Management and Human Resource Development from John F. Kennedy University.


Treasurer

Shelby Jackson, CPA

Shelby P. Jackson, CPA, CGMA, serves as Treasurer of the GateWay Second Chance Foundation, Inc. Shelby is the Director of Finance with Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc. (IIABA), a trade association in Alexandria, Virginia, where she manages financial reporting for non-profit associations, charitable foundations and for-profit subsidiaries. Shelby has over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance and has focused her career in serving the public through the work of non-profit corporations.

Shelby graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. She later pursued studies at Bowie State University where she earned a Master’s degree in Accounting. Shelby is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. In addition, Shelby is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Society of Association Executives.

Shelby’s volunteer work includes teaching adults financial stewardship, teaching children the Word of God, assisting Troop 81 Boy Scouts of America, and serving as Chair of the Supervisory Committee for the None Suffer Lack Federal Credit Union.

Shelby is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and resides in Brandywine, Maryland.


Assistant Treasurer

Alfred Ronald LaGarde, MBA

Alfred Ronald LaGarde is the president and CEO of Forté Systems, Inc., an information technology and management consulting firm focusing primarily on project/portfolio management and business intelligence solutions. Mr. LaGarde is also a principal in RAS Analytics, LLC, a software development company focused on desktop, web, and mobile business intelligence applications.

Mr. LaGarde was born in Virginia Beach, VA, but spent his early childhood in Baltimore, MD. He moved with his family back to Virginia Beach at the beginning of high school. There he was a member of the first racially integrated high school class in the Virginia Beach school system. He received his BS in Industrial Electronics from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA and MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA. Mr. LaGarde has additional postgraduate studies in computer science at Fairleigh Dickerson University in Teaneck NJ, and management studies at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA.

After graduation from college Mr. LaGarde was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army signal corps. His first assignment was the development of a PERT (program evaluation and review technique) system to track the progress of U.S. Army communications projects in the continental United States and abroad.

Mr. LaGarde developed project management policies, procedures, and practices for the Defense Communications Agency (now the Defense Information Systems Agency) in Reston, VA, as a civilian employee. From there he joined Metier Management Systems as an account manager and later became their Director of Federal Marketing.

Mr. LaGarde has held his current position at Forté Systems, Inc., for 25 years. During that time the company has implemented systems for Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies and departments. Some of these are: The U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, and Interior (U.S. Geological Survey); U.S. Courts; FDIC; Microsoft®; The Hershey Company; Carnival Cruise Lines®; Pitney Bowes®; Prison Fellowship; Mercy Medical Center; and Jarden Consumer Solutions (formerly Sunbeam).

At RAS Analytics, LLC, Mr. LaGarde was the lead developer of ProvisionBI, a project and portfolio management systems with report pack add-ons for Microsofté Project and EPK Suite, and PSTouch, a Microsofté Windows 8.0/8.1 tablet App.


Secretary

Judy Carter

Judy Carter recently retired from the federal government after serving a rewarding 45-year career. Forty-three years were with the U.S. Department of Justice. She served 22 years as the Director, Office of Budget and Management for the U.S. Parole Commission with responsibility providing management and organizational advice to the Chairman and management officials. Ms. Carter developed policy guidance in response to statutory, regulatory, and administrative requirements. She was also responsible for overseeing budget formulation and execution, accounting operations, human resources, employee development, procurement, security, facilities, and program evaluation. Prior to joining the U.S. Parole Commission, Ms. Carter held supervisory and specialized positions in the field of human resources management for 21 years with the Justice Management Division and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Prior to earning her bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs in 1973, she began her federal career as a student at the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Director

Lori Donoho

Lori Donoho’s professional experience has focused on increasing educational opportunities for underserved children. From teaching mathematics in an alternative high school, to providing academic tutorials, college preparation, professional internships, cultural and social enrichment, community involvement, life skills programming, mentoring and post-secondary support, her goal was to provide opportunities for students to connect to resources that increase the likelihood of achieving their dreams. With 25 years in the field of education and with nonprofit organizations, her work extended to building support networks and relationships with a broad sector of constituents ranging from K-12 students, to college students, teachers, administrators, community based organizations, professional associations, colleges and universities businesses, government agencies and political leaders.

Over half of her professional career was with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation® serving as the Director of a local affiliate in Washington, D.C. as well as Director of Programs, Managing Director of Training and Support, and Managing Director of Affiliate Relations at the national level. Immediately prior to working with “I Have A Dream”, she served as an Education Program Specialist with the Southeast Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortium at SERVE (Southeast Regional Vision for Education), one of ten national, federally-funded, education labs, providing research-based technical assistance and professional development for systemic reform in mathematics and science education. She also served as a Software Trainer for ExecuTrain of Atlanta, specializing in Microsoft Office software for businesses. Miss Donoho’s teaching experience at Northdale Magnet Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana solidified her belief that all children can learn and succeed if given the proper supports with high expectations. She then went on to serve as the Southeast Regional Recruiter for Teach For America with the goal of increasing the pool of like-minded teachers to bring the same to areas where there was a high need.

Miss Donoho holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Emory University, and has studied education at Louisiana State University, and Florida International University. She also plays an active role in leadership in church as the Ministry Head of the Fine Arts and Drama ministry and has served as a volunteer with the church’s high school for more than 10 years.


Director

Rodney L. Ellis, M.D.

Dr. Ellis has practiced Internal Medicine and Bariatrics (weight loss medicine) for over 30 years in the Washington, DC area.

A native Washingtonian, Dr. Ellis, graduated with a public education from Coolidge High School in 1966, completing undergraduate studies at Howard University with Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude honors in 1970. He attended medical school in California at Stanford University, completing the school with academic honors in 1975. He obtained internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, finishing this training in 1978. He has maintained a clinical care practice throughout his career in HMO, university faculty, and private practice settings.

Dr. Ellis has served in administrative capacities in various organizations, including Medical Director of the Montgomery Medical Group from 1995 to 1997, Associate Medical Director of the Georgetown University Community Practice Group from 1997 to 1999, and Medical Director of None Suffer Lack Center for Health and Healing, a church-based medical group from 1999 to 2003. He currently is in private practice in Prince Georges County.

Dr. Ellis has had a long history of interest in the development and education of young people, serving as Biology Instructor of Nairobi College -East Palo Alto, a school for disadvantaged youth while he was in medical school in California. He also helped to found in 1986 the Washington Youth at Risk Program, a program for juveniles adjudicated or identified as at risk for delinquency, and was Chairman of the Board of that organization for a number of years. He has served as mentor for both elementary school level youth as well as health care professionals in training from the level of medical assistant to physician.

He is married to Dr. Caryl Mussenden, a gynecologist who also performs cosmetic surgery and procedures, with whom he shares an office in Lanham, MD. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia and are the blessed and proud parents of four adult children and 5 grandchildren, all of whom are a great source of joy in their lives.


Director

James Frazier, Esq.

James Larry Frazier is a trusts and estate attorney and principal of the Law Offices of James Larry Frazier, based in Washington, DC. He is an experienced estate planner and litigator of trusts and will contests.

Mr. Frazier grew up in Charlotte, NC where he attended public schools as an honor student. He received his BA in economics from Columbia College in New York and Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. While at Columbia, he supervised youth at the Stone Gym Youth Center at Riverside Church and was a student leader of a successful student protest to prevent Columbia University from displacing Harlem’s Morningside Park to construct a gymnasium.

Mr. Frazier began his career with the newly formed National Black Child Development Institute. He established affiliates in 10 major cities throughout the country and helped introduce black culture into many of the new Head Start programs. It was and remains a child advocacy organization that works to ensure positive outcomes for vulnerable children of color who suffer from the dual legacies of poverty and racial discrimination.

It was at the National Labor Relations Board under the late Member Howard Jenkins, Jr. that Mr. Frazier began his legal career. He later served as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority. After transitioning into private practice with a small firm, he opened his own firm in 1995, specializing in wills, trusts, probate and art collection planning.

Throughout his career, Mr. Frazier has been committed to the arts and understands its invaluable role in education and culture as a source of inspiration. He has published serigraphs for renowned artists, Jacob Lawrence and Sam Gilliam. He has counseled other major visual artists and collectors with their estate plans and licensing agreements, as well as negotiated gifts and sales to major museums and institutions.

Mr. Frazier has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine and named Lawyer of the Year by the District of Columbia Bar. He has presented for the DC Bar, the National Bar Association, civic organizations, churches, television and radio on estate planning and art collecting. He is a member of the Washington, DC Estate Planning Council, the National Museum of African Art and is chairman of the advisory board of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.


Director

Yvette Hawkins-Moaney

Mrs. Yvette Hawkins-Moaney, a native of Birmingham Alabama, knows firsthand the importance of having excellent role models in the lives of youth, from those who were influential in her life. Her mother, Reather Richards was an influential person who was an entrepreneur, and had a successful barbering business where she coupled compassion, caring and concern for the community while assisting neighborhood children and adults with their grooming needs. She was also one of the first female instructors at Lawson State University, and a major influence on Yvette’s life to continue her educational endeavors and give back to the community.

A recent retiree after 38 years from a distinguished and productive career with the international corporation, Xerox Corporation, Yvette received numerous awards and recognition for her diverse accomplishments during a successful career. She was awarded the highest ranking of President’s Club. Yvette earned these awards because of hard work, which is a guiding force for all she does. She was awarded recognition in, and held positions as an Executive Account Manager, Manager of New Hire Sale, and Manager of Quality and Process Improvement.

Mrs. Hawkins-Moaney attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was certified to teach special needs children, with a specialization in issues of emotional and developmental disorders. She is now pursuing an additional degree in criminal Justice with a concentration in juvenile justice.

Seeing the needs of youth, and their need for positive roles models, Yvette like her mother, Mrs. Richards wants to have a hands on approach to teach children about respect, responsibility, and following the right path in life. Part of her philosophy is that all children can and should be given the opportunity to learn. We must prepare our children to lead successful lives as citizens in a multicultural, global world, and to prepare students with the knowledge base and skill set necessary to pursue productive, enriching, and socially responsible lives.


Director

Marcia B. LoBrano, M.D.

Marcia B. LoBrano, MD, MPH serves as a member of the Executive Committee and as the secretary for the Facilities Committee of the Gateway Second Chance Foundation®. An experienced Emergency Medicine and Preventive Medicine physician, Dr. LoBrano has seen the devastating mental and physical health consequences of misaligned public and private resources.

After completing her undergraduate education at the H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University, Dr. LoBrano served as a juvenile probation officer in the city of New Orleans. Desiring to make a greater personal and community difference, she heeded the advice of mentors and yielded to her first love, medicine. She earned the medical degree from The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After more than a decade of clinical practice, she returned to academia and secured training in General Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she served as its chief resident and continues to hold a clinical appointment. She credits her clinical encounters in unconventional environments, health leadership within her local church and volunteering within area schools, with her entry into public health.

In completing the Master’s in Public Health, Dr. LoBrano has not only cultivated an interest in translating health research into public health policy but has also nurtured research interests in the cost effectiveness of increasing health literacy and internal capacity within marginalized communities. As the Chief Medical Officer of a federally qualified health system, she is actively engaged in developing private-public partnerships to improve population based health outcomes. She has embraced the need for health care providers to actively teach and be taught the utility of prevention, to engage in the practice of evidence-based medicine, and to work for health care as a universal human right.


Director

Darryl McSwain

Darryl McSwain is a police executive with 27-years of experience in law enforcement and community relations. He serves as an assistant chief at a large metropolitan police agency where he oversees the Patrol Services Bureau. Over the course of his career, Assistant Chief McSwain has led various operational, investigative, and administrative units which have worked extensively with youth and adults in the community. Some of the positions held include the Community Outreach Section Supervisor, Administrative Assistant to the Investigative Services Bureau Chief, Internal Affairs Director, District Commander, Special Operations Director, and Law Enforcement Gospel Choir Coordinator.

Assistant Chief McSwain obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and current participant in the National Executive Institute.

As an adjunct professor, Assistant Chief McSwain taught students at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. Topics of study included law enforcement, constitutional rights, the legislative process, judicial procedures, and community relations.

Assistant Chief McSwain and his wife have four children ages 15 to 25; two of which have completed their college studies and another entering her junior year. He is an active member of his church where he was a prior School Board member and continues to serve in various ministries.


Director

Minister Vance Page

Minister Vance L. Page is a native of Richmond, Virginia and is a product of Richmond Public Schools. He graduated with honors and received a full scholarship to Virginia Union University majoring in Political Science and History. Minister Page later matriculated in the Stephen K. Wright School of Ministry where he majored in clerical studies and graduated with honors in 1999. In 2000, Minister Page became a licensed minister at From the Heart Church Ministries where he has served since joining in March 1991.

From 1997-2001 under the direction and leadership of Dr. Donna Jean Carter, Director, Education for FTHCM, Minister Page was the Director of the Joshua Program of FTH Christian School. This program provided specialized instruction, mentoring, and training for middle school males that struggled academically, spiritually, and socially in traditional classroom settings. Minister Page also served in the Youth Ministry and Youth Institute. It was during this time that the passionate flame to educate, equip, and empower our male students for success in every area of life was lit. From then on there have been many successful forays into education and social advocacy throughout the Distric of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Minister Vance Page has received many accolades for his work by some of the largest and most influential corporations and non-profit agencies in the DMV.

Minister Vance L. Page has been an active Community Organizer and Community Services Deliverer since 1980. He specializes as an Educator and Master Community Trainer and Advocate in the educational, technical, vocational, social services, healthcare, retail, property management, project management, and non-profit management arenas.

Inspired by the vision, mission, and passion of the founders of Gateway Second Chance Foundation and Academy, and their track record for decades of impactful service to children and families, Minister Page has joined the village to build a brighter future for some of our most disadvantaged and underserved population, our young males.

His philosophy of education and motivation for the transformation of the lives of the youth he serves comes out of Isaiah 54:13 “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy Children.“


Director

Tyrone Williamson

Tyrone Williamson is the founder and CEO of NetOps Solutions Inc., an Information Technology company that provides innovative networking solutions to several United States government organizations and to the private sector. Before devoting his work fulltime to NetOps Solutions Inc. Tyrone served as:

  • Co-founder of a track club in Detroit focused on developing the hearts, minds and bodies of young people.
  • Residence Hall Director of the State University of New York, New Paltz College. Mr. Williamson developed students through cultural exposure, think-tanks and leadership development.
  • Advisor for the Panhellenic Counsel for Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities while at New Paltz College.
  • Social Worker at Graham Windham Residential Treatment Facility - serving young Black boys at risk.
  • Sales Consultant in retail and corporate sectors
  • Teacher to adults with developmental disabilities and ran several independent residential living programs.

In addition to being an Information Technology guru, Tyrone is also a Real Estate Developer. He owns and operates DDAT Realty Management LLC which aims to improve and beautify Baltimore City through rehabilitation of dilapidated properties. DDAT Realty is enrolled in the Vacant to Value program sponsored by Baltimore City, changing lives one house at a time.

His philosophy in life is: “Nothing beats a failure but a try”. In this vein, his philanthropic endeavors have included giving of his time, talents, and finances to several individuals and organizations over the years.

Tyrone was born in Pittsburgh PA and spent his formative years in Detroit Michigan. Tyrone is a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Central Michigan University.

Tyrone is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He lives in the Washington DC suburbs with his wife and daughter.