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A Good Black Man, Incorporated (AGBM, Inc.) is a 501 (c)(3) organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. The A Good Black Man, Inc. Board of Directors consists of a small, but dedicated group of volunteers who assist the organization in fund raising, planning, developing and implementing policies, procedures and programs created with the intent of empowering African American male youth. The corporate office is located in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area.D. Anne Browne
(Founder and President)
Ms. Browne is the founder and President of A Good Black Man, Incorporated. Ms. Browne has worked extensively in the marketing/communications and information technology industries for the last 20 years. Ms Browne gained management experience while working within the desktop publishing industry. She has been a commercial artist since 1975 and is the sole proprietor of the desktop publishing/web development company, The Camera-Ready Café. Additionally, Ms. Browne is a certified personal trainer and licensed physical therapist assistant who has provided orthopedic, pediatric, sports medicine and geriatric, clinical care.
Ms. Browne is also a free-lance writer, former competitive bodybuilder, motivational speaker and published author. Her book, You Can Get There From Here: Life Lessons on Growth & Self-Discovery for the Black Woman, which was published in 1995. Her second book, That Old Black Magic: Essays, Images and Verse On The Joys of Loving Black Men led to the construction of the web site www.agoodblackman.com in 1998. The web site went from the concept stage to become a "virtual magazine" with over 300 hundreds of pages and thousands of visitors per month.In addition to performing the day-to-day operations of the A Good Black Man, Inc. web site, www.agoodblackman.org, D. Anne also continues her entreprenual pursuits as a jewelry designer with creations online at www.dannebrowne.com in addition to her web site development services. The unlimited potential of cyberspace coupled with her continued concern over the general misconceptions about African American males motivated her to start the not-for-profit male empowerment organization, A Good Black Man, Inc. (AGBM). The ongoing mission of AGBM includes enhancing the life opportunities for African American male youth.
(AGBM, Inc. Vice-President)
Managing Editor: VOICES
Playwright/Actor Derrell G. Owens is the Director of Zionward Productions, a Christian theatre company. Owens' most memorable moment as a writer came in February 2000 when his original play, The Family Mantle, won 1st place in the Eighteenth Annual Drama Competition sponsored by ABC2 and The Arena Players, Inc. The play was produced for television by ABC and aired on February 26, 2000 in celebration of Black History Month. In May 2001, the revised full-length version of "The Family Mantle" won him an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council and a Governor's Citation.
As an actor, Owens has performed on stage, film and television. He has been featured in such movies as: The Accidental Tourist, Home for the Holidays, Clara's Heart, Species 2, The Replacements and the HBO mini-series, The Corner. For seven years Owens was featured on the television crime drama, Homicide, Life on the Streets. His theatre credits include: A Few Good Men, Tryin' Times and A Raisin in the Sun. In July 2003, Owens' original play, "Sessions in Autumn", was selected as an "A- List" play by the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop to be read during the Readers' Theatre Series of new plays at the National Black Theatre Festival. Owens has been featured in many publications as well as the June 2002 issue of New York's AWARE Magazine and the October 2002 issue of Atlanta's Stand Firm Magazine. Derrell is also a recipient of the 2002 Legacy of Excellence Award.
Darlene Green-Connor is the treasurer for AGBM, Inc. She has 25 years of experience working in accounting, financial and administrative disciplines in the electric utility industry. Darlene has 13 years of accounting experience and 6 years of experience preparing budgets. Darlene is currently responsible for a managing $1.4 million budget. In addition to her professional experience in the utility industry, she also is an entrepreneur. She has managed a successful tax and bookkeeping practice since 1993. Darlene has a Bachelor's of Arts in Accounting, a Masters Degree in Business from the Johns Hopkins and a certificate in Leadership Development from the Johns Hopkins University. Darlene has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1985.
Rachel J. Barrett-Dolcine launched Compass Consulting and Training Solutions in 2010 and has continued to implement innovative strategies to grow the company’s training classes, consulting services and other offerings. Compass Consulting and Training Solutions, LLC is a community based business that prides itself on being an asset to the communities throughout Central Maryland. Through its Community Giving Back Program, Compass facilitates free training classes and workshops for nonprofit and community organizations that are on a limited budget. Rachel has been a Trainer and Professional Development Facilitator for over 10 years.
Rachel is an Adjunct Faculty staff member at two local community colleges; a GED Instructor; a Certified Health & Safety Institute (HSI) CPR and First Aid Instructor; a Certified Health & Safety Institute Instructor for CPR and First Aid Trainer Certification Course; and an approved Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Childcare (OCC) Core of Knowledge Trainer. Rachel previously served as the Outreach, Partnership and Training Director at Baltimore Reads, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides adult literacy and training services.
In her role at Baltimore Reads, Rachel developed and oversaw the company’s Training and Consulting Services, the second social enterprise venture to be undertaken in Baltimore Reads’ 25 year history. BRI’s Training and Consulting Services offered services to nonprofits and government agencies and included: designing custom training curriculum, facilitating trainings and workshops, working with organizations and businesses to create a professional development plan for employees. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Deviant Behavior and Social Control from John Jay College of Criminal Justice; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore; is a graduate of the Associated Black Charities (ABC) Board Pipeline Leadership Program; and is currently enrolled in the prestigious Maryland Certified Public Manager Program- Nonprofit Track at the University of Baltimore.
Rachel is an avid volunteer and currently serves as the Founder of the Joseph and Vera Douglas Family Foundation; on the Board of Directors for Bringing On New Direction (BOND), Inc.; is the current President of the Imagine Discovery Public Charter School PTA Executive Board; and is the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at Jericho House of Praise. Rachel lives in Randallstown, Maryland with her husband and son.
Carol Brooks has over 15 years of experience in business development, sales, marketing and public relations. She has worked extensively with image development and market awareness in the areas of business, television, Internet, medical publishing, and within the state and county workforce development arena.
Within the several years she has developed her expertise within the Information Technology arena through website concept development, management, sales, and marketing. She was the Internet Site Manger and Director of Internet Sales and Marketing for a local television website and has directed the development and restructure of several Baltimore County websites.
Ms. Brooks is now currently the Business Services Manager for the Baltimore County Office of Employment and Training. In this role, she guides the vision and direction for the newly developed Business Services Team to foster a more efficient, demand-driven workforce development system in the Baltimore County region. She is charged with creating awareness among businesses about valuable services and funding available to them for their recruitment, training and other customized workforce needs. Her expertise in marketing, sales, public relations and business development, coupled with her enthusiasm for her work, makes the charge challenging, rewarding and ever-evolving. She has been acknowledged nationally within her field for her innovative concepts in providing business services.
For the past 20 years Ray Davis has dedicated his time, resources and efforts towards raising the consciousness, level of functionality and success ratio of African American males. Ray Davis has been a strong family man for over 20 years and has two children pursuing post graduate work as well as Robert whose is in high school and is Rays pride and joy. His effort to help African-American males is not a decision, but a calling because Ray is driven with a passion for developing optimal African American males. Whether mentoring, writing, speaking or educating, his theme remains constant; until we institutionalize fatherhood we will continue to suffer the pathologies that haunt us today.
Ray is a passionate speaker who often speaks of the 6,570 days or 18 years of fathers not raising their children as "the greatest love deficit that has ever existed." In his words, "without fathers the immune system for our women and children simply don't exist." Ray's favorite quote is just as faith must be married with works intellectualism must be married with optimism.
Ray is a founding member of the African American Male Leadership Institute where he has contributed to bringing world-class African American thinkers to Baltimore to grow the consciousness and rally the community to positive involvement. Ray worked For Bally's Casino for 15 years as an Executive Vice-president and has been a successful business consultant for years and currently is with Kaplan College where he serves in Admissions.
Ray has numerous articles and publications on various Internet sites, speaks publicly and as is closing on finishing his book, The Maintenance of Denial.
Ray also is founder of the Millennium Group. The Millennium Groups goal is to collect and disperse intellectual research that can help shape public policy, develop accountability systems and generate educational aids to assist African American parents in creating successful foundations for their children.
Mr. Madden is a Retired Army Signal Officer with over 20 years of service to our country. As a West Point graduate he is driven to bring out the leadership qualities in others so that they may make a positive difference during our short times here on earth. Vernard also has a strong background in Computer Science, Communications and Project Management.
Upon arrival to the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, Mr. Madden worked for Johnson Control World Services as the Administrative Manager for the facility management component of the EAI-Tessarect Program in support of the Baltimore City Public School system. His desire to be a mentor and role model is what caused him to accept this role in July 1994. Vernard currently works for the federal government as a senior project/ engineering manager and is currently the President of his chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG), which is an employee advocacy and professional development organization.
Vernard obtained his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix (Maryland Campus) and is a proud member of Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he has served as the Information Technology chair and the Veterans Affairs chair. He also mentors young men in their Beautillion Program where 23 young men earned their rites of passage to manhood at the chapter's Annual Black and Gold Ball in 2010.
His goals are to continually strive to make a positive difference in the lives of our youth and he firmly believes that GOD has placed him here to bless others. This is where AGBM provides another avenue to achieve this goal.
Wife and mother of three, Terra R. Scott is currently Administrative Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University in the Office of Facilities Management. Terra has earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Science - Biology Emphasis at Coppin State University. During her undergraduate career, Terra volunteered as a Student Ambassador for Coppin and as a mentor to middle school girls at Calverton Middle School. During the summer months, Terra worked at a house counselor for mentally disabled senior citizens, and as a camp counselor at Douglass Memorial Community Church's Camp Farthest Out.
Currently, as an active PTA member at Medfield Heights Elementary, Terra volunteers throughout the year for various school related activities and community events. Other previous volunteer experience includes, serving as a construction worker for Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, community health educator for the American Lung Association of Maryland, Harlem Park Middle School via University of Maryland Baltimore, Coppin State University's Community Health Center and test proxy for NAWIC Block Kids.
Presently, Terra is a part time graduate student in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. As a component of her practicum experience this spring, Terra served as a lobbyist at Homeless Persons' Lobby Day in Annapolis, Maryland through the organization Healthcare for the Homeless. The purpose of the lobby day is to join students, advocates, people experiencing homelessness, service providers in advocating for public policies that will build a future without homelessness. Terra's ultimate goals are to obtain as Masters of Science in Health Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health and work as a Community Health Educator and college professor.
Terra enjoys spending time with her family and friends and considers herself passionate about contributing positively to the community. Being apart of AGBM, will only enhance her contributions and commitment to the African American community.
Stan Stovall is one of the most recognizable faces in Baltimore television broadcasting, having worked in this market more than 21 years. Stan rejoined the WBAL-TV 11 News team in April 2003 as co-anchor of the weekend editions of 11 News Today. We say, "rejoined" because this is Stan's second tour of duty with WBAL-TV 11. His first tour of duty began in 1978 until 1983, Stan served as the primary anchor for the weekday evening editions of 11 News.
Since his return to 11 News, Stan has climbed the ladder quickly. In August 2003, Stan was promoted to co-anchor of the weekday editions of 11 News Today and 11 News at Noon. Then, in October 2003, Stan was promoted once again to co-anchor 11 News at 5, adding to this morning duties. Stan also hosts "11 TV Hill," an 11 News public affairs program that airs on Sunday afternoons.
While most of Stan's work during his 33 years in broadcasting has been as a primary news anchor, over the years, he has also worked as a reporter, producer, film photographer and film editor. In 1988, Stan tried his hand at freelance reporting and spent nearly six months in south east Asia covering a civil war in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). He spent half the time living in the jungle combat zones of Burma, and the rest working out of cities like Bangkok, Manila, Seoul and Tokyo.
His interest in international politics and investigative reporting have also taken him to Central America during the Contra War in Nicaragua. He traveled to Russia and the Ukraine before the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union. Stan also traveled to the Vatican City in Rome for the elevation of Baltimore Archbishop William Keeler to the College of Cardinals. Stan's primary hobby is fitness, having been a former competitive weightlifter and bodybuilder for more than 30 years. He is a former four-time State Powerlifting Champion and holds the former bodybuilding titles of Junior Mr. Arizona, Mr. Maryland, Mr. South Atlantic and Mr. Delmarva. Over his 33 years of broadcasting, Stan has been recognized by hundreds of civic, legislative, educational and charitable organizations for his untiring work in the communities he has served.