Consuelo A. Kendall (Col ’03)
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 (Engr ’94)
First Vice Chair & Ridley Representative to the UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers
Simone Pollard is a dynamic leader who leverages her lively personality, critical thinking and business acumen to make an impact. As the Senior Strategy Director for the AI Labs at Educational Testing Service (ETS), Ms. Pollard is responsible for co-creating the strategy for the newly launched innovation labs, as well as, working with organizational units to scale or commercialize next generation learning solutions. Additionally, Ms. Pollard has utilized her experience and training as a life-long dancer and wellness enthusiast to create The Stretch Room, a wellness practice featuring the ultimate stretching experience, birthed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down.
Prior to her current tenure at ETS, Ms. Pollard was the Executive Director of Recruitment at Urban Teachers, where she was responsible for developing and implementing data driven national and regional recruitment strategies, with the goal of identifying high caliber participants to join Urban Teachers’ four-year teacher residency program; a program offered in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. Prior, Ms. Pollard was the Senior Director of Business Development within the Global Education Division at Educational Testing Service (ETS), where she led business development initiatives for the GRE business and managed teams in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Ms. Pollard has a keen interest in applying strategy to drive results and, in turn, has established herself as a change agent in higher education where she was the Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs at the Villanova School of Business and, under her leadership, boosted applications, attracted higher quality candidates and secured a #11 national ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Ms. Pollard earned an MBA degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she was a Ridley Scholar, among other distinctions.
Crystal Brown (Col ’95)
Second Vice Chair
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. (Com ’09)
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 Executive 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.
Javona L. Braxton (Col ’99)
Javona Braxton graduated from UVA with degrees in sociology and African-American Studies. 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. Professionally, Javona is an HR and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging practitioner. She also serves as a member of UVA President Ryan’s African American Alumni Advisory Group.
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. Javona was also an initial area leader for the VAAN Program and still supports recruitment efforts for the Richmond area. Javona also received The University of Virginia Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award in 2013. Currently, she serves as chair for Ridley’s scholarship committee.
Tony Covington (Col ’90)
Tony Covington graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric and communications studies. While at Virginia, he earned All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American Honors in football. After college, Tony was drafted by the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he earned All-Rookie Honors in his first season. He played for the Buccaneers for four seasons before finishing his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks.
Tony has spent the last 20+ years affecting change with established non-profit organizations such as the Special Olympics, the United Negro College Fund, etc., and now serves as the Vice President of Business Development of TalentED, powered by CUES. Tony is still very active at the University where he serves as the radio color commentator for Virginia Football and is co-host of the podcast, The Lockdown. Tony is an author, mentor, motivational speaker and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Tony is a proud husband and father and currently resides in Maryland.
Chris Ford (Engr ’87)
Chris Ford graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. While at UVA, Chris was an active member of the Eta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, the Black Engineering Society and Air Force ROTC. After working for a few years on Wall Street, Chris returned to school and received his Doctor of Laws from Emory University School of Law.
Since graduating from law school, Chris has practiced as a commercial transactions lawyer, representing some of the world’s largest companies in their business-critical technology, financial services and sourcing deals. A partner in major law firms since 2001, Chris has been consistently ranked by such organizations as Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Legal 500.
Married to a UVA alumna and the father of three (one a 2015 UVA grad), Chris is active in a number of community and professional organizations and his church, where he serves as a Bible teacher.
Kelly Garnes-Pages (Col ’03)
Kelly Garnes grew up in Brooklyn, New York and is the proud daughter of immigrants. She graduated from UVA with a BA in History and a minor in African American Studies. She is a proud alumna of the Theta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. At the University, Kelly served as a leader on UVA’s Resident Staff and a mentor to children through organizations such as the Girl Scouts. Kelly then went on to earn her Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She served in various roles in education ranging from classroom teacher to Director of College and Career Services at KIPP. Kelly earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. During business school, Kelly served as Co-President of Columbia Women in Business, the school’s largest student run organization. After business school, Kelly joined Citibank where she helped to provide analytics and financial modeling to help expand various business lines including consumer credit, commercial banking, and mortgages.
Kelly decided to merge her passion for education and business by taking on various c-level positions at educational organizations. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey. In this role she leads the school’s finance, real estate, human resources, risk management, technology, health and safety divisions. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three young children.
Sherlonda Goode-Jones (Com ’95, Darden ’01)
KC Graham (Col ’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 also served as 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 difficulty navigating life’s issues. KC is also a passionate supporter of Habitat for Humanity, having been on numerous builds, both internationally and domestically.
KC has previously served on the board of the UVA (now named) College Foundation and on the Advisory board of the UVA School of Nursing. KC also serves on the board of two family foundations. In the corporate world, KC is a member of the Board of Directors of Dover Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturing conglomerate.
KC is married with two daughters and lives in Middleburg, Virginia.
Stacy Hawkins (Col ’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 Vice Dean 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 (Arch ’95, Engr ’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.
She obtained her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University and Certificate with Distinction from Harvard Business Analytics Program. Rashida is Wiley Rein LLP’s first Chief Diversity Officer and is responsible for translating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies into pragmatic plans and initiatives to achieve the firm’s strategic goals. In this capacity, she serves as the firm’s thought leader in the marketplace where she focuses on external diversity commitments and other calls to action. In addition to her service to Ridley, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee 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 (Col ’81, Arch ’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 (Col ’93, Com ’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 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. He is also an entrepreneur and operates a transportation service for local families and kids in the Richmond, Virginia area.
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, travel, and fine dining in his spare time.
Darrick Robinson (Com ’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 (Com ’12, Darden ’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 at McKinsey & Company, based out of the office in Atlanta, GA.
Lily West (Darden ’12)
President and CEO, UVA Alumni Association
Honorary Board Members
- Dr. Walter N. Ridley (Educ ’53), 1910-1996
- John F. Merchant, Esq. (Law ’58), Founder, 1933-2020
- James M. Trice, Jr. (Engr ’63), Chairman Emeritus