Roy Jones, Ed.D.
Dr. Roy Jones is Lecturer and Project Director for the Eugene T. Moore School of Education’s
Call Me MISTER Program at Clemson University. The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) National Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the Nation’s lowest performing elementary schools.
Previously, Dr. Jones was associate professor in the Division of Education at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. Dr. Jones served as chair of the Division of Education during the period Claflin received the distinction of becoming the first historically black private institution in the
State to receive the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
accreditation. From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Jones served as Director of Employment for the Charleston County School District and was responsible for the district’s teacher and classified
recruitment programs. He has successfully implemented and directed numerous programs in
higher education throughout his career. He has presented countless workshops, seminars, forums, and panel discussions surrounding racial and cultural issues in education.
Dr. Jones received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, masters from Atlanta University and bachelors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Bernard J Milano, CPA
Bernard J. Milano is president and a trustee of the KPMG Foundation and president and trustee of the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund.
Mr. Milano graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and started his career with KPMG in the audit practice of the Philadelphia office. In 1975, he transferred to KPMG’s Executive Office. Prior to his current roles as president of the KPMG Foundation and the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund, he held positions of increasing responsibility including National Partner in Charge of University Relations and National Partner in Charge of Human Resources. He lives with his wife, Sharon, and sons Matthew and Adam in Allendale, New Jersey. Mr. Milano has four other children and six grandchildren. Mr. Milano holds honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters from North Carolina A&T State University and Kent State University.
Evelyn N. Waiwaiole, NISOD Director
In October 2007, Evelyn N. Waiwaiole was named Director for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.
Evelyn comes to NISOD from the Community College Bridges to Opportunity Initiative, also at The University of Texas at Austin, where she served as project manager since June 2006. She has also served as associate director of NISOD; project manager for the MetLife Foundation Initiative on Student Success; college relations coordinator for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE); and policy analyst for the Center for Community College Policy, Education Commission of the States (ECS).
Recognized as a 2002-2003 Associates Fellow with The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Evelyn is known for her keen awareness of policy leadership and its impact on higher education. She also serves on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement Advisory Board and is the author of articles related to student success, retention, and persistence.
Evelyn earned a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in higher education administration, with a specialization in community college leadership; a master’s in economics from The University of Oklahoma; and a bachelor’s in psychology and math from Texas A&M University.
Sarita E. Brown, President, Excelencia in Education
Sarita E. Brown has spent more than two decades at prominent national academic and educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to develop more effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. From the start of her career at the University of Texas at Austin, where she created a national model promoting minority success in graduate education, to her service as Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, to her current post as founding President of Excelencia in Education in Washington, DC, Ms. Brown has focused her work on expanding this country's human capital through improving the quality of higher education.
While serving as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Clinton and Secretary of Education Riley (1997-2000), Ms. Brown released the report, "Creating the Will: Hispanics Achieving Educational Excellence," with recommendations to stakeholders from all sectors to close the educational achievement gap of Latino students from early childhood to graduate and professional education. From 2001-03, she worked to increase federal support for Latinos in higher education, and helped the Hispanic Scholarship Fund establish a public sector affiliate by serving as founding President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute. In 2003-04, she continued to focus on federal policy and Latino higher educational success as senior fellow at the Pew Hispanic Center while incubating the new nonprofit organization, Excelencia in Education, which was launched in Washington, DC in June 2004.
Ms. Brown is an advisor to several national initiatives and publications including the National Association for Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the TERC President's Advisory Council, and the national advisory board for the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Ms Brown also serves on the Board of Directors for ACT Inc. and the National College Access Network.
She has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Graduate Alumnus, The University of Texas at Austin; 2003-04 Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin; the 2003 Outstanding Contributions to Higher Education award from the National Association for School Personnel Administrators (NASPA); and the 2002 Women of Distinction award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 2008, Ms. Brown will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from North Carolina State University. She holds a bachelor's of arts in ethnic studies and a bachelor's of science and master's of arts in communication from The University of Texas at Austin.
Michelle Nealy, Senior Writer for Diverse