Board of Trustees

The Richard Wright Public Charter School Board of Trustees, in accordance with the terms of its charter, will be responsible for the supervisions and control of the school. The primary roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees will be to provide governance to ensure that all of our school’s programs and operations are legally and ethically-bound to its mission, faithful to the terms of its charter, including compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements, and fiscally-solvent and otherwise viable.

Dr. Rhonda Wells-Wilbon – (Board Chair)
(Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degree in Social Work)
Dr. Wells-Wilbon is an Associate Professor and Director of the Masters in Social Work Program at Morgan State University. She has been on faculty in the Department for fourteen years and taught in the BSW MSW and Ph.D. Programs. She has taught: Social and Economic Justice, Research, Social Work Practice Methods, Black Families, Diversity and School Social Work Courses in the BSW and MSW Programs and Theory in the Ph.D. She has served as chair of the Departments Curriculum Committee; Practice Sequence; and School Social Work Concentration Sequence. She has also served as the liaison for the Morgan State University Head Start Program. She has taught in the Afro-American Studies Program at the University of Maryland at College Park and in the MSW Program at Howard University. In 2000 she was appointed by Governor Parris Glendening to serve on the State of Maryland Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission for the Funding of Early Child Care and Education Programs; she is a past member of the United Way of Central Maryland Success By 6 Committee; and served on the State of Maryland Child Care Advisory Council from 1997-2001. She was the Chair and Chief Instructor for the National Association of Black Social Workers National Academy for African-Centered Social Work from 2001-present. Her dissertation study looking at social learning theory, locus of control and academic achievement among inner city African American children exposed to male role model in the classroom is widely cited. Her practice and research interest include popular youth culture, spirituality, African centered healing and practice methods, and sexual abuse prevention. She has written in the areas of physical discipline; school social work; academic achievement and hip-hop culture. Dr. Wilbon brings expertise to our Social and Mental Health Department as well as curriculum and instruction.

Clayton Young – ( Vice Chair)
(MBA in Business Administration/Marketing)
Mr. Young possesses over twenty-three years of proven performance and results-oriented leadership including capabilities and achievements in the areas of leadership, people development, recruiting & selection, strategic perspective, institutional and non-institutional sales, teambuilding, budget management, performance management and customer relationship building. Mr. Young will offer his expertise with employee development, hiring, and internal and external team building. There will also be guidance for fiscal management.

Millree Williams – (Treasurer)
(Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Communications and Philosophy)
Mr. Williams is a seasoned marketing and communications strategist with more than 16 years of experience as a senior-level manager of comprehensive strategic marketing and communications programs across education, public health and healthcare. A proven track record of creating and accomplishing marketing and communications goals, outreach and partnerships development, organizing and managing results-oriented marketing communications offices, and positioning organizations to identify and manage both image and market share through a wide variety of strategic, comprehensive marketing and communications tools and tactics. Currently Mr. Williams is the University of Maryland’s Director of University Communications providing leadership to a team of seven professionals and coordinating media relations and development of strategic communications initiatives. Mr. Williams will assist with partnerships for marketing and media relations.

Essie Charles – (Secretary)
Mrs. Charles is a parent of a soon to be enrolled student. She is highly visible leader in the community. She is a very avid volunteer with the Girl and Boys Scouts of America. She is a member of the “Hospitality Ministry” at New Creation In Christ Ministries Baptist Church of Washington, DC. She has served as PTA president at all of her 5 children’s schools. She will be an invaluable testament in communicating to potential families the Founding Team’s ability to collectively and successfully educate children. Currently she is Conference Coordinator with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Ms. Charles has two children who have been under the tutelage of the founding team.

Germonique Ulmer – (Press Secretary)
(Master of Arts in Journalism & Public Affairs, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Telecommunications Arts )
Ms. Ulmer is currently Director of Media Relations at the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC. She has managed the strategic direction of national organizations’ public relations and media relations efforts to influence public policy, including acting as a spokesperson and advising senior staff. Established and maintained strong working relationships with local, national and international media and bloggers. Managed budgets for large media production projects. Ms. Ulmer will offer expertise and guidance to our Media Arts programming.

Nikole Killlion – (Trustee)
(Bachelors and Masters in Journalism)
Nikole Killion is a correspondent for Hearst Television’s Washington bureau. You can catch her reports any weekday morning. Some of her most notable stories include the to the historic election of President Barack Obama, the death of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, the 2008 presidential campaign and the first U.S. visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
Ms. Killion joined Hearst from WJLA-TV in Washington, where she served as a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor. Before moving to the nation’s capital, she worked on air at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Md., WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky., and Black Entertainment Television. Ms. Killion began her broadcasting career as an assignment editor and field producer at NBC News in New York, where she covered the World Trade Center collapse on 9/11. Ms. Killion is a member of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and serves on the Board of Visitors for the Institute on Political Journalism. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has earned an Associated Press Award for Outstanding Specialty Reporting. She is an active Board member for the Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ). Ms. Killion will offer masterful expertise for development of the Journalism programming.

Derwin Ross – (Trustee)
(Bachelor of Science)
Mr. Ross is currently Business Development Manager Innovim, LLC in Greenbelt, MD. He has well over 10 years of experience as a business and marketing consultant diversified in the areas of, Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, Research, and Project management. Mr. Ross will offer expertise in the overall project management.

Gregory Adams – (Trustee)
(Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business)
Pastor Adams is currently an associate broker with Remax of Greater Washington. He is a former national sales manager and director for a few Fortune 500 companies and national organizations. He has formidable relationships in the Metro Area with several companies, organizations and churches. Mr. Adams will foster relationships within the DC Metropolitan community and offer expertise in the acquisition of commercial real estate and will assist with future permanent site location.

Carla Holly – (Parent Liaison)
Mrs. Holly is currently COO and co-founder of Colossal, Inc., a Young World television network. She has produced and assistant directed various video packages for TV-One Network to include the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Inaugural balls, and Democratic National Convention coverage and press junkets to promote international movie premieres. She co-produced and wrote for corporate public relations video presentations including: The Songhai Center-Benin; African Americans on Wheels Magazine; Black Entertainment Television (BET); and District of Columbia public charter and private schools. She has also co-written independent films / documentary scripts. Served on the production team for Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) award-winning youth program Teen Summit, assisted with talent coordination and Production for BET Soundstage, a live-performance show and served as producer for New Urban Entertainment (a Quincy Jones network). Ms. Holly will offer expertise and assistance for the Journalism and Media Arts programming. Ms. Holly has two children who have been under the tutelage of the founding team.

Obi Holly – (Trustee)
(Bachelors of Fine Arts in Mass Communication)
As Co-creator and CEO of Colossal Inc., a multi-media production company and co-founder of the Young World Network (Urban Oriented Youth TV Network), Mr. Holly has over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry as an actor, recording artist, producer and director. As former producer at Black Entertainment Television (BET), he wrote, directed and produced numerous television pilots in the BET Special Projects and Development Division. He was the premiere producer for “Rap City” and “Rap City Tha Basement”, the world’s longest running and most popular hip hop themed show. He served a fundamental role in the creation of the Black Starz Channel for the Encore Network and developed musical concepts for BET Soundstage in Washington DC and Disney’s Pleasure Island in Orlando, Florida. He has produced numerous commercials and television promos for Emerge Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Weekend and African Americans On Wheels. After leaving BET, Mr. Holly began to contract with other TV local networks, to co-develop business ventures and teach media arts to youth in Washington DC high schools and youth detention facilities. Mr. Holly also teaches conflict resolution to children and parents in the DC foster care system.

Christopher Fratta – (Trustee)
(Bachelor of Science in Business Management)
Mr. Fratta is currently a Mortgage Loan Officer at Plains Capitol Bank. He has years of sales experience. Mr. Fratta offers expertise in the acquisition of commercial real estate and will assist with future permanent site location.

Courtney Snowden – (Trustee)
(Bachelor of Arts in Political Science)
Ms. Snowden is currently a principal at the Raben Group. She has analyzed legislation, regulations and judicial opinions regarding vouchers, tuition tax subsidies, charter schools, block grants, Title I, before- and after-school programs, civil rights, education technology, budget and appropriations, telecommunications, and juvenile justice. Ms. Snowden will offer expertise in the areas of school entitlements and budget planning.

Shaka Williams – (Student Council President)
8th Grade Student RWPCS

Dr. Marco Clark – Ex-Officio Member (Non-Voting Status)

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Reverend Melvin Maxwell
(Masters of Divinity, Leadership and Counseling, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering Technology, AAS and AS in Contract Management and Social Science, Master Certificates in Contracting, Contract Law, Administration, Negotiation, Cost and Pricing, COTR Training and Performance Base Contracting Master Certificates in Contracting, Contract Law, Administration, Negotiation, Cost and Pricing, COTR Training and Performance Base Contracting. George Washington University)
Reverend Melvin M. Maxwell served as the Assistant to the Senior Minister for Men, Children and Youth, at the 6,000-member historic Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, DC, under the leadership of the Senior Minister and Servant, Rev Dr. H. Beecher Hicks Jr. He assisted with sacerdotal functions on behalf of the Senior Minister to include funerals, weddings, house blessings, and baby dedications. He developed holistic ministries that empower men, children, singles, couples, and teens to authentically seek their purpose and destiny in and for God. He stewarded over 22 ministries that impact the lives of the men and youth of Metropolitan and the surrounding community. He was one of the primary pastoral care and counseling ministers of the church. His use of the arts, technology, and multimedia resources in men and youth ministries has captured the imagination of youth and the respect of men. He also has served as Minister to Community Outreach and Evangelism. Rev. Maxwell’s community ties will be invaluable to our outreach effort across the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. He will also offer unique approaches and expertise in multimedia. Rev. Maxwell will also offer expertise with contract law and fiscal management.

David Albritton – (Trustee)
(Master of Science in Management and Bachelor of Science, General Engineering)
Mr. Albritton brings more than 20 years experience in successfully leading, managing and executing top performing communications programs in the defense, retail, technology and not-for-profit sectors. He currently is the Vice President of Communications at ITT Corp. for Defense & Information Solutions in McLean, VA. He is responsible for transforming the communications function within the business to become a proactive, strategic and results-oriented discipline, dramatically improving internal and external communications output. He has also worked as Vice President, Field & Media Communications at the United Way Campaign of America. Mr. Albritton will offer expertise in budget management, media arts programming, and fundraising.