BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Sheilah Davenport  –  J.D., MS, BSN, RN – Board Chair,  is the CEO of Health Care Systems and Solutions Consulting. She has worked with the Office of the Inspector General for the Maryland Department of Health and is currently employed with the Maryland Board of Nursing. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and holds a Masters degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Sheilah Davenport J.D., MS, BSN, RN – Board Chair, is the CEO of Health Care Systems and Solutions Consulting. She has worked with the Office of the Inspector General for the Maryland Department of Health and is currently employed with the Maryland Board of Nursing. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and holds a Masters degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Rodney Hammond - PhD - Executive Vice Chair,  is a retired senior executive from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, He directed CDC prevention research and programs in child maltreatment, youth violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and suicide. He lives in Berkeley Lake, Georgia where he also serves as a member of City Council for the City of Berkeley Lake. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL and his Ph.D. in psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University .

Rodney Hammond - PhD - Executive Vice Chair, is a retired senior executive from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, He directed CDC prevention research and programs in child maltreatment, youth violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and suicide. He lives in Berkeley Lake, Georgia where he also serves as a member of City Council for the City of Berkeley Lake. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL and his Ph.D. in psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University.

Benjamin D. Sharkey - Esq. - Finance Chair,  is a Principal and Office Litigation Manager for the Jacksonville, Florida office of the law firm Jackson Lewis.

Benjamin D. Sharkey - Esq. - Finance Chair, is a Principal and Office Litigation Manager for the Jacksonville, Florida office of the law firm Jackson Lewis.

Jennifer Dangar - BA - Secretary,  is the Chief of Corporate Operations for Jackson Healthcare in Georgia. She formerly served as Chief Strategy Officer & President of Distribution for the Weather Company. She is a graduate of Tulane University.

Jennifer Dangar - BA - Secretary, is the Chief of Corporate Operations for Jackson Healthcare in Georgia. She formerly served as Chief Strategy Officer & President of Distribution for the Weather Company. She is a graduate of Tulane University.

Father George Clements - B.Ph, MPhil, STB -  is a retired Catholic priest residing in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Father Clements co-founded the national organization One Church One Child and founded One Church-One Addict and One Church-One Inmate.

Father George Clements - B.Ph, MPhil, STB - is a retired Catholic priest residing in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Father Clements co-founded the national organization One Church One Child and founded One Church-One Addict and One Church-One Inmate.

James G. Patterson   - M.B.A, BS -  currently serves as a North Carolina Utilities Commissioner. He was appointed to the Commission in 2013 by Governor Pat McCrory to a term that ends in 2019. Previously, Patterson was founder and CEO of Patterson Partners Inc. a Greensboro NC Public Relations and Marketing firm. Before that he was President of B & C Associates in High Point NC and earlier in his career served as Vice President for Development at two colleges.

James G. Patterson - M.B.A, BS - currently serves as a North Carolina Utilities Commissioner. He was appointed to the Commission in 2013 by Governor Pat McCrory to a term that ends in 2019. Previously, Patterson was founder and CEO of Patterson Partners Inc. a Greensboro NC Public Relations and Marketing firm. Before that he was President of B & C Associates in High Point NC and earlier in his career served as Vice President for Development at two colleges.

Mekeshia Bates  -  DNP, MDIV, MPH, MSN, RN -  a doctorally-prepared adult psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC. Dr. Bates is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). She completed her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (focus on Adult Psychiatric/ Mental Health), a Masters in Public Health (focus on Health Policy and Administration), and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She is also the first nurse to complete the Cleveland (OH) Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Bates is a published author and has conducted numerous presentations on her research on genetic testing, African American males, quality improvement, and mental health.

Mekeshia Bates - DNP, MDIV, MPH, MSN, RN - a doctorally-prepared adult psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC. Dr. Bates is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). She completed her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (focus on Adult Psychiatric/ Mental Health), a Masters in Public Health (focus on Health Policy and Administration), and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She is also the first nurse to complete the Cleveland (OH) Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Bates is a published author and has conducted numerous presentations on her research on genetic testing, African American males, quality improvement, and mental health.

Anthony M. "Tony" Everett - MPC, BA - President & CEO (Ex-officio)  was appointed President & CEO in October 2016. He has been with Neighbor To Family since 2003 and was formerly NTF's Vice President of Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina programs. Everett holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Georgia State University.

Anthony M. "Tony" Everett - MPC, BA - President & CEO (Ex-officio) was appointed President & CEO in October 2016. He has been with Neighbor To Family since 2003 and was formerly NTF's Vice President of Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina programs. Everett holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Georgia State University.

Augustine Grace - BB,MBA -  Augustine A. Grace is retired from the Export Import Bank of Washington D.C., an independent agency of the U.S. Government. He held a number of positions at the bank including Senior Business Development Officer. Mr. Grace received his B.B. degree in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University. MBA from Fordham University and graduate degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking (Rutgers University). He also served a three year tour of duty in the Army.

Augustine Grace - BB,MBA - Augustine A. Grace is retired from the Export Import Bank of Washington D.C., an independent agency of the U.S. Government. He held a number of positions at the bank including Senior Business Development Officer. Mr. Grace received his B.B. degree in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University. MBA from Fordham University and graduate degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking (Rutgers University). He also served a three year tour of duty in the Army.