Executive Board Members

Consuelo A. Kendall ’03 | Chair

Consuelo A. Kendall graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and Bachelor of Arts in African and African-American Studies. While at the University, she was active in the Kappa Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Black Student Alliance, the Black Fraternal Council, and the Madison House tutoring program, and served as a peer advisor for the Office of African-American Affairs’ Peer Advisor program. After graduating from the University, Consuelo received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Consuelo is a Senior Assistant General Counsel at Tenable, Inc. She heads Tenable’s global privacy compliance program and is responsible for developing and managing the company’s privacy compliance strategies and initiatives. Prior to Tenable, Consuelo served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Videology, Inc. and as a commercial litigation associate for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Simone Pollard ’93| 1st Vice Chair

Simone Pollard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from UVA. While at the University, Simone was an active student leader in a number of organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Society of Black Engineers, Student Council, and the First Year Multicultural Program. She went on to earn an MBA degree from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Simone is the Founder of The Pollard Collective, a firm that provides strategy consulting and wellness programming to corporate, organizational, and individual clients in numerous industries. Prior, Simone held leadership positions in a global assessment company and higher education institutions. Additionally, she has professional experience as a management consultant and production engineer. She continues to be involved in professional and community service organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Black MBA Association, National Society of Black Engineers, and her church.

Crystal Brown ’95 | 2nd Vice Chair, Ridley Representative to the UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers

Crystal Brown graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric and communication skills. She also holds a leadership certificate from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Crystal is now the executive vice president of the education, labor, and economy practice at Hager Sharp, located in Washington, D.C. She has led communications teams across a variety of settings, as well as communications agencies, where she directed successful marketing and PR initiatives for companies, foundations, and nonprofits. Previously, Crystal served as vice president and chief communications officer for Howard University, where she served on the university president’s cabinet.

She is the immediate past board chair of the National Education Association Foundation’s Board of Directors; she serves on the board of advisors for Dreambox Learning; and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill, Color Comm and the Public Relations Society of America.

Bryan Myers, Jr. ’09 | Treasurer

Bryan Myers graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Science degree from the McIntire School of Commerce. His student honors include being a Lawn Resident, Joseph Miniotas Communications Scholar, and University Achievement Award recipient. He was also a Ridley-Gregory Ledford Scholar. His student participation included serving as a University Guide, and being the Drum Major for the Cavalier Marching Band.

Bryan is now the President and Chief Operating Officer for [solidcore]. Previously, Bryan served on the leadership team of sweetgreen and also spent five years at The Boston Consulting Group. He currently resides in Washington, DC.


Board Members

Javona L. Braxton ’99braxton-picture

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Javona Braxton has dedicated her life to service in both her career and personal life.  She double majored in Sociology and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1999. While at Virginia, she was a leader across Grounds with Student Council, Black Student Alliance, Black Student Admissions Committee, Phi Alpha Delta, Inc., and The Women’s Center.

Javona is currently the Senior Advisor, National Partnerships and Pipeline Programs in Talent Management with The American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, DC. She leads efforts in establishing the American Red Cross workforce diversity, inclusion, and university based pipeline programs in partnership with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Outside of her full time work with The American Red Cross, Javona also supports Avail Marketing in managing various client relations and event/logistics projects to help their non profits clients reach their fundraising and programming goals.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has been actively engaged across UVA grounds as an alum.  She has served as a member of the Jefferson Scholars Regional Selection Committee, chair for The University of Virginia’s Black Alumni Weekend and the Class of 1999 Reunion.  She has also been a member of the UVA Club of Richmond where she sat on the Walter Ridley Scholarship and Richmond Schools Committee.   Currently, she serves as Chair for the Richmond Region Ridley Scholarship Committee and as member of President Sullivan’s Alumni Advisory Group.  She also recently served on a committee established to address and strategize around Black alumni engagement.  Javona was also an initial area leader for the VAAN Program and still supports recruitment efforts for the Richmond area. Ms. Braxton also received The University of Virginia Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award in 2013.

Kelly Garnes-Pages ’03

Kelly Garnes graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She went on to earn her Master of Education degree in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as an MBA with a focus in finance and general management from Columbia Business School. After business school, Kelly joined Citibank as a Management Finance Associate where she helped to provide analytics and financial modeling to help expand various business lines including consumer credit, commercial banking, and mortgages.

Kelly then went on to serve in various c-level positions at educational organizations in New York City. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey. Kelly also serves as a lead consultant for Guided Leadership, a boutique consulting firm that coaches new managers. She lives with her husband and their two young children.

KC Graham ’79 

KC graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1979. While at the University, KC was involved with a number of organizations: Judiciary Committee, Bad Check Committee, Lawn Selection and Easters Planning. She was also President of the Squash Club.

Following graduation, KC worked in the thoroughbred horse industry for a number of years, living in NYC and then KY and Australia. Upon returning to VA, she began working with and serving on the board of various organizations which included local community work (Middleburg Community Center), affordable housing (Windy Hill Foundation), education (both K-8 and high school, the Hill School and Tabor Academy), and health (Less Cancer). Additionally, she and her husband Ben, helped found a performance based music therapy center called A Place to Be, originally for children with disabilities but now for anyone having trouble handling any of life’s issues.

KC has served on the board of the UVA (now named) College Foundation and currently serves on the Advisory board of the UVA School of Nursing. KC also serves on the board of three family foundations. In the corporate world, KC is a member of the Board of Directors of Dover Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturing conglomerate.

Married with two kids (one in the UVA Class of 2020), she is an avid tennis player and has even won a National Championship (4.0 Seniors). KC is from Middleburg, Virginia.

Stacy Hawkins ’93

Stacy Hawkins graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric & communication studies. While at the University, Stacy was a member of Black Enterprisers, volunteered with the local Charlottesville chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and served as a Resident Assistant. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Currently, Stacy is an award-winning scholar and Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. Prior to this, she spent more than a decade in private practice. She served as Special Diversity Counsel to Holland & Knight, LLP and was the first Diversity Director for Ballard Spahr, LLP. Stacy has held or holds a number of professional and civic appointments, including as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, as an Advisory Board Member of the Public Interest Law Center, and as an inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Team.

Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah ’95, ’97

Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from UVA. During her time at the University, she was a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team, served as a peer advisor for the Office of African-American Affairs, and a member of the Kappa Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

In 2002, she obtained her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University, and is now in management consultant. Her practice focuses on implementing success strategies for professionals from underrepresented groups to promote and integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core business strategy. In addition to her service to Ridley, she serves as the Treasurer for the Commercial Law Section of the National Bar Association and the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth. Rashida resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their miniature poodle, Clicquot.

Hosea Mitchell ’81, ’83 

Hosea Mitchell graduated from UVA with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, and a Master’s of Architecture degree. He is the retired Vice President and General Manager of Varian Medical Systems’ BrachyTherapy Division. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Media Medical Systems. In addition, he has served as the Director of Operations for the Information Systems Division at the University of Virginia Health System and as a Client Manager for IBM.

Hosea has also served in community and University leadership roles as President of the Monticello Community Action Agency, Chairman of the Charlottesville Planning Commission, Chairman of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, member of the Charlottesville Community Development and Block Grant Commission, member of the UVA Health System Foundation. Hosea is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and lives in Charlottesville.

Warren Prescott ’93, ’09

Warren Prescott is a native New Yorker and graduate of the University of Virginia (Col ’93) where he was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. After graduation, he received a masters’ degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. He later returned to the University to earn a masters’ degree in the management of information technology (M.S. in MIT ‘09) from the McIntire School of Commerce and went on to serve on the Advisory Board in various leadership positions. Warren has spent much of his career as a management consultant advising clients across a range of industries and currently provides counsel on strategic change management for enterprise-wide initiatives and transformation programs.

Warren resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and two children. Locally he has been active in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce working to develop Young Professionals and served for many years on the Richmond Region Ridley Scholarship Committee. He enjoys sports photography, reading, and fine dining in the spare time he has in between his kids’ many extracurricular activities.

Darrick Robinson ’96

Darrick Robinson graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. While at the University, Darrick was a Navy ROTC midshipman, an active member of the University’s Diversity Committee, and a volunteer with the Madison House Big Sibling program. Additionally, he was Vice Chair of the Student Council Appropriations Committee and Chapter President of the Lambda Zeta Chapter of The Omega Phi Psi Service Fraternity, Inc.

After spending 20 years in the finance sector, Darrick was the head of investor relations for a private equity fund, and currently works in business development for an IT healthcare consulting firm, specializing in data analytics/AI. Outside of work, he’s mentored youth at New Heights Youth (sports and education), and Boy’s Town (for neglected and underserved youth) and volunteered with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (internship program).

Aaron Wilson ’12, ’20

Aaron Wilson graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Science in business from the McIntire School of Commerce. While at the University, Aaron was a member of the Varsity UVA Football Team, elected first year student council representative, Vice President of the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and an active Madison House volunteer.
Following undergrad, Aaron has gone on to manage the Capital One, Call of Duty Black Ops III, Levi’s and Dockers, and Sony Pictures brands. He directed the brand marketing and marketing analytic campaigns for these companies at both a national and global scale. Most recently, Aaron graduated from the UVA Darden School of Business in 2020 with his M.B.A, in which he served as Vice President of the Black Business Student Association and Darden’s Consortium cohort. Aaron currently serves as a management consultant associate at McKinsey & Company, based out of the office in Atlanta, GA.

 


Honorary Board Members

Dr. Walter N. Ridley ’53 (1910-1996)

John F. Merchant, Esq. ’58 | Founder (1933-2020)

James M. Trice, Jr. ’63 | Chairman Emeritus