2016 NOBCChE National STEM Weekend Keynote Speaker-
Dr. Guion was born in Durham N.C, and presently resides in Wilmington NC. He is currently the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Before this appointment he served as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Georgia Regents University, Interim Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) and Associate Dean for Student, Faculty and Community Affairs. He was formerly the Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Rural Health and Research at Georgia Southern University in the School of Health and Human Sciences. He received his M.D. and M.A. in specializing in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School and a B.S. degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University. He is a fellow of the Health Research and Education Trust Cultural Competency Leadership Program and served as founding chair of the Georgia Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. His professional interests include the areas of cultural competency in health care, physical activity and public health, and health-related program evaluation especially as it applies to rural and underserved communities. He recently received the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Diversity and Inclusion Award, the 2014 Diversity Visionary Award from Insight into Diversity Magazine, the 2013 and 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity Magazine and the 2014 National Role Model Award from Minority Access Inc.
Teachers Workshop Series Speakers-
Dr. Cheryl T. Horton is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Science Education and former Director of the Carolina Teaching Fellows program in The School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her twelve years of higher education teaching experience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she also taught for four years at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Dr. Horton also has public high school teaching experience and research experience in both university and private sector laboratories. At NCCU, Dr. Horton has also taught education methods courses for middle grades and elementary pre-service teachers. Upon graduation from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Biology and receiving a Master’s Degree in Biology from UNC-G, she worked for four years in scientific research laboratories at Winston-Salem State University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
Dedra Eatmon, Ph.D. is an engineer by trade and an educator by nature. As a first-generation college student and native of North Carolina, Dr. Eatmon received her BS in Electrical Engineering from NC A&T State University and her MS in Computer Engineering from NC State University. After working for two years as a software engineer in Northern VA – and teaching on the side – she returned to NC to pursue a doctorate in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While completing her doctorate, Dr. Eatmon taught mathematics for three years at the NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). She has taught at Michigan State University and NC A&T State University, where she served as Assistant Director of the Aggie Impact Scholars Program, a summer bridge program for incoming freshmen. Dr. Eatmon recently left Michigan State University as Associate Director for the Charles Drew Science Scholars Program, a comprehensive academic support program for science majors. She currently teaches at NCSSM and develops workshops and content for Tassel to Tassel (www.tasseltotassel.com), her college readiness program.
Since graduating from Purdue University (B.S.Ch.E. 1984) and Northwestern University (M.S. 1986, Ph.D. 1990) with degrees in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Schimmel has been teaching at North Carolina A&T State University. His interdisciplinary research interests are in the areas of engineering education, pollution prevention, biodegradable plastics, bioremediation, liquid membranes, and membrane devices. Dr. Schimmel currently serves as the founding chair of the interdisciplinary Energy & Environmental Systems (EES) Department at North Carolina A&T State University and as the Education Director for the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center (http://www.ncat.edu/research/dored-research-centers/bioenergy/index.html). The EES Ph.D. program has grown to an enrollment of 45 students with concentrations in Sustainable Bioproducts, Energy & Environmental Science & Economics, and Atmospheric Science.
Del Ruff is an educational entrepreneur dedicated to innovation for all students to succeed in life and academics. He was recently at the Public School Forum of North Carolina as the Director of the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) and educational researcher. Mr. Ruff served as North Carolina’s thought leader in expanded learning and after school practices and research formally for over three years. The Center connects over 6,000 afterschool and expanded learning programs and supports over 150,000 students in the state. He has spent the majority of his life researching and influencing charter school effectiveness, Black and Hispanic males, STEM education, Advanced Placement practice and outcomes, educational leadership, college and career preparation, and school & district transformation efforts. Mr. Ruff holds a Bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from Fayetteville State University, a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and currently pursuing a Ph. D in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. From a middle to high school science teacher to the first Early College Liaison at his alma mater to transforming a charter school district in Michigan to developing and implementing the virtual STEM section of North Carolina’s Race to the Top (RTTT) Federal Grant at the Department of Public Instruction, Ruff has done it all. A lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Del Ruff believes in being part of solutions, as evidenced by his service on numerous boards and councils and other advisory roles for educational and nonprofit organizations around the country.
College Scholarship Workshop Speakers-
Anthony Marcel Brooks was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his B.A. degree from North Carolina Central University and later received his MBA degree from Claflin University. Anthony began his admissions career at Saint Augustine’s University in 1996, serving as an assistant director of admissions. In 1999, he joined North Carolina Central University (NCCU) as an enrollment officer, a post he held for three years. In 2001, Anthony accepted a position at Livingstone College as the assistant vice president for enrollment management and strategic planning. In early 2015, Anthony was hired by the Albrecht Group to serve as an Executive Recruiter and the Director of Recruitment for Higher Education. Later that same year, Anthony was asked to serve as the Chief Enrollment Management Officer for Shaw University.
Dr. Monty Hickman is the Associate Director for Enrollment Management for the North Carolina Community College System Office. He is a native of Tobaccoville, NC, a small town outside of Winston-Salem. Monty received his bachelor’s degree in English from Winston-Salem State University, a Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, and his PhD in Education Management, with a concentration on Higher Education from Hampton University. In 2006, he came to the North Carolina Community College System as the Associate Director of Financial Aid and Student Support Services. In this role, he provided legislative and student services support to the 58 community colleges. He is also the former coordinator of the Minority Male Mentoring Programs.