Board of Directors


Director Drefus Lane, Sr. (President)

Director Lane is a retired United States Army Colonel.  He retired in August 2014 after serving over 29 years of exemplary service.  Director Lane joined the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in September of 2014 and is currently the Associate Director of Executive Services in the Employment, Talent, and Security Division, Human Capital Office.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Benedict College, a Master's of Logistic Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Director Lane was commissioned in the Infantry Corps in 1985, and his military education includes the Transportation Officer Advance Course, the Logistics Executive Development Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.  He is a highly decorated officer with numerous awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal.  Director Lane is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. with over 28 years of committed service that has often included executive leadership positions.  He is a recognized leader and mentor working both the front-lines and behind the scenes to improve the lives of citizens and youth.  As President of the Foundation he has focused the organization on its financial stability and organizational integrity goals.

Director Anthony M. Fields Sr. (Vice President)

Director Fields is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics (1975) and a Master's degree in Student Personnel Services Guidance Counseling (1980).  He is a retired Army Officer of 22 years, community leader, and is currently a senior program analyst for Army Training, Pentagon.  Mr. Fields served as Vice President (6 years) and Secretary (3 years) of the Prince William County Branch, NAACP and as Chaplain (2 years) for Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Woodbridge, Va.  He has vast experience as a strategic planner and policy developer for the Army.

Director Crispin A. Abad, Sr. (Secretary)

Director Abad is a Senior Management Analyst, Civil Service retiree, and a retired U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.  He has broad experience in strategic planning, logistics management and organizational development consulting while working in a variety of military, government, private sector and non-profit organizations.   Mr. Abad is a graduate of Norfolk State College with a Bachelor of Science  in Business Administration,  the Army’s Command and General Staff College and earned an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He is also a graduate of the Army’s Organizational Effectiveness Consultant Course and earned a certification in Supply Chain Management from the Penn State University Executive Programs.  Mr. Abad is a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with over 47 years of continuous service in 10 chapters across 3 districts.  He is a charter member of Pi Lambda Lambda chapter currently serving as Chairman of the Budget Committee and on the Talent Hunt Committee.  Mr. Abad is also a former Chairman of the Third District Talent Hunt Committee, an at-large member of the International Talent Hunt Committee and a founding director of the International Talent Hunt Foundation.  His professional and fraternal awards include the Army Legion of Merit, Army Staff  Badge, Army Superior Civilian Service Award, Omega 40 Year Service Award, Omega Citizen of the Year Award, Omega Man of the Year Award (2) and Omega Superior Service Award (4).  Mr. Abad is a founding director of the George M. Hampton Foundation and served as its first President.  He currently serves as the foundation secretary and also serves in leadership positions for several other nonprofit tax exempt organizations involved in community service and the faith-based community. 

Director James Darnell Rowe (Treasurer)

For over 32 years, Director Rowe has been committed to using USDA policies, procedures, and regulations to assist farmers, landowners, and rural communities with financial, technical, and other assistance available through government farm programs. During his time in government service, Rowe has had an opportunity to work in or provide direct assistance to nearly every state in the union, including the territory of Puerto Rico.   Rowe’s federal government service career began with the Farmers Home Administration, where he assisted rural Mississippi families and farmers in acquiring rural housing repair grants, housing purchase and repair loans, farm operating loans, emergency loans, and farm ownership loans.   In 1996, a USDA reorganization landed Rowe at the Farm Service Agency, where his efforts expanded to providing direct programs assistance through farm subsidy payments, disaster assistance, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loans, and lender farm loan guarantees.  For the past eight years, Rowe has worked to ensure that landowners and producers are provided appropriate financial assistance necessary to install and implement conservation practices and activities available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  Since 2010, he has served as a Resource Economist, responsible for a team of economists who work to ensure economic issues are appropriately addressed in accordance with agency policy requirements.

 

Director Cozy E. Bailey, Sr.

Director Bailey is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and received his MBA from Boston College and his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University.  He is a retired USMC officer and an ordained minister, and has held senior level management positions in such private sector companies as Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Dell Corporation. He has experience in serving on the board of not for profit organizations, recently serving as a director for the Mid-Atlantic Region of INROADS.  During the three years he served as a director, he was responsible for corporate fundraising as well as participating in program development and program execution for Mid-Atlantic region which extended from Philadelphia to Richmond, VA.  Mr. Bailey is currently employed at MITRE Corporation, where he is a member of the executive team focused on business with the federal government.

Director Keith Breland

Director Breland is an active duty Army Signal Officer in the grade of Major with over 16 years of service.  He is currently assigned to the Army Cyber Command as a Network Integration Officer.  Major Breland is a proven combat leader with 33 months deployed to Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. 

 

           Director Breland is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He entered the Fraternity through the Lambda Iota Chapter in Columbus Georgia in the Fall of 2011. During his short time as a member of Omega Psi Phi, he has served as a committee chairman for the Charles R. Drew Blood Drive, Ways and Means committee,  Talent Hunt, Purple and Gold Golf tournament, Back-to-School supplies give away,  and 1st Annual Pearl Foundation of Puget Sound 5K. He is currently serving as the Pi Lambda Lambda Social Action Chairman.

 

Birector Brelands’ civilian education includes a Master of Arts in Information Technology Management from Webster University. He is also a proud graduate of Winston Salem State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems.  Keith is a native of Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Director Emmitt Fletcher

Emmitt Fletcher is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter in Prince William County and the Prince William County NAACP.  Emmitt received a Bachelors in Social Work from Norfolk State University in 1973 and a Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in 1982.  His professional career includes serving as Probation Officer in Norfolk, VA; Program Manager with the Department of Corrections in Mecklenberg County, VA; Stock Broker and Insurance Agent; Consultant with the DC Department of Human Services; Real Estate Investor and Motivational Speaker.  Emmitt has done missionary work in Ghana and Ethopia and currently working on a project in Haiti.  Director Fletcher is passionate about and active in voter registration and prison reform, and has been a community leader and organizer on several local efforts to improve community based programs.

Director C. Victor Herbin III, PhD

Director Herbin is from San Diego, California.   Director Herbin is a lecturer, researcher, writer, coach, speaker, and a proven motivated leader that possesses a comprehensive background in developing and implementing value-added leadership and organizational development strategies. Director Herbin draws from more than 20 years of proven leadership as a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, including senior positions at the White House Communications Agency and the Pentagon and three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   Director Herbin has received many professional and fraternal awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Service Badge, Army Staff Badge, Founders Award, Colonel Charles Young Award, and Omega U Father of the Year Award.  Director Herbin is a life member and was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on April 1, 1995.  He has served in 9 chapters worldwide in various leadership roles.  Director Herbin brings a wealth of leadership and management skills to the Board along with outstanding capacity for motivating and guiding our youth-oriented support programs.  Director Herbin earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication from the University of Missouri, a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University, and Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a minor in Sociology from the University of Southern California.  

Director W. Keith Lively

Director Lively is retired from the Federal Government where he worked for over 16 years in the Senior Executive Service as a SES Level-4 employee.  He worked for 15 years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for health systems policy, programming and management, and the development of health management information systems for DoD.   He also worked for over 16 years for the Department of Health and Human Services where he held a number of top level positions.  His various assignments included: Executive Secretary to the Department, Deputy Secretary in the Office of Planning and Evaluation, and Executive Counselor for Program Development (P&E) to name just a few.  Mr. Lively has a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Morgan State College where he achieved membership in Promethean Kappa Tau, Alpha Kappa MU, and Beta Kappa Chi honor societies.  He also has a Master Degree in Mathematics from Lehigh University.   Mr. Lively has a wealth of experience in senior level management, and policy development and implementation. 

Director Arthur A. Sobers, Jr.

In 1975 Director Sobers became a Cadet in the United States Military Academy at West Point where upon graduation in 1979, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army’s Air Defense Artillery.  He served numerous assignments both in the states and overseas including a tour of service in Southwest Asia in support of combat operations against Iraq.  Director Sobers’ military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.  Director Sobers retired from the Army in 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

 

Since his retirement, he has maintained an extremely active schedule as a community volunteer.  He was a youth football, baseball and basketball coach for numerous years.  He also served as a board member for the disadvantaged youth mentoring and partnership non-profit organization, Ezra Nehemiah Solomon, Inc.  He currently serves as an ordained deacon, Sunday School teacher, and board member in Neabsco Baptist Church.  As a charter member of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. he initially served as the strategic planning chair, and is the current chairman of chapter’s scholarship committee that awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to  Prince William County high school seniors each year.   

Director Randall Webb

Director Webb served over 22 years in the U.S. Air Force (10 years in the enlisted corps as a Noncommissioned Officer) and retired as a Field Grade Officer in 2008.  Immediately after retirement from active duty he worked for Omega Group Industries as the Director of Operations and Senior Project Manager (Eastern U.S.).  Since 2011 Director Webb has been employed by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Director for Office of Housing/Federal Housing Administration Information Technology Transformation.  Director Webb received his undergraduate degree from Park University and holds graduate degrees from Troy University and the University of Maryland University College. Additionally, he has significant post graduate education and training in healthcare, human services, and information technology.  He is board certified in healthcare management/administration and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).  He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified by the Federal Acquisition Institute at the senior/expert level (or Level III) in program and project management.  Director Webb is an adjunct professor and certified advance faculty for the University of Phoenix, College Health Professions.  He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated where he has held numerous leadership positions.  Director Webb is passionate about helping non-traditional and adult learners achieve their academic goals.  

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