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Tiah E. McKinney, Executive Director, The McKinney Foundation, Inc
is committed to ensuring equity in education and high quality instruction for students to promote and sustain America’s competitiveness in the 21st Century.
Throughout her career, Ms. McKinney has excelled in progressively responsible positions in various facets of education: as a Teacher Leader, Director of Education for the Detroit Science Center, a District-level Curriculum Supervisor of Science, Acting Science Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education,  and as a science consultant to several U.S. school districts. She earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida in Marine Affairs (B.A. in Marine Biology and Business Administration) and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan. Currently, Ms. McKinney is a doctoral candidate in Education Policy and Nonprofit Management at George Mason University. She is one of the original Founders of The McKinney Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence to promote healthy living, entrepreneurship and environmental responsibility.

Ms. McKinney has published articles for NSTA Reports and other professional journals. She remains active in numerous associations and has served on numerous national advisory boards, current positions include, the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes and COSEE Coastal Trend. Her honors and distinctions include selection as a COAST/U.S. Navy Sea Scholar, elected 2003 President of Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association, participation on numerous national judging and grant review panels, recipient of the King/Chavez/Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, awarded an Albert Einstein “Distinguished Educator” Fellowship, 2006-2007, where she co-managed the Opportunity for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program, an $11 Million program, in the Office of the Assistant Director,  Directorate of Geosciences at the National Science Foundation.

Jerry Dale, Chairman, The McKinney Foundation Inc., is a transformative leader who serves as a strong voice in the metropolitan Detroit community. Championing the fight for civil rights by putting a stop to abusive banking practices, which foreclose on the poor and vulnerable members of our society. Mr. Dale has successfully performed key leadership functions in the community as a political activist, community advocate and a musical pioneer.

He graduated Frank Cody High School, Detroit, Michigan in 1987. Mr. Dale began his recording career at age 14. In high school, he worked as a studio apprentice at “Sound Suite Studio”, where he learned from talented artists, producers and engineers as ‘Was not Was’ (Don Was), award-winning producer David McMurray, Sir Harry Bowens, Norman Brown world renowned Jazz musician, Chocker Campbell (Stevie Wonder), Arnell Carmichael Co-lead singer with Ray Parker Jr., Roger and Zapp, George Clinton, Detroit Drum school (the late great Charlie Banister), and countless others. He adeptly mastered electronic instruments replacing studio musicians, and quickly made a name for himself as an ‘engineering juggernaut’, consequently moved up the ranks to top tier musician, engineer, and producer in rap music. A pioneer of Detroit’s Hip Hop, while still in high school, Mr. Dale founded Detroit’s 1st Hip Hop and Rap recording studio, Def Sound Studio, in 1985. Mr. Dale is credited for changing the format of musical recording in Detroit from analog to digital. He produced many of Detroit’s first rap records and developed an ‘A’ List Clientele, which included: Don Coleman & Associates, George Clinton, Kid Rock, D-12 (Eminem), Amp Fiddler, Vickie Winans, Mario Winans, Marvin Winans, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, Detroit Talent Review, and Arnell Carmichael. This creation was the life blood of all Hip Hop coming from Detroit, given the fact no one wanted to record Rap music at the time. Additionally, Mr. Dale was creative genius who was first to inject Hip Hop into gospel on a major record label, MCA Records as well as recorded national commercials for AT&T and Western Union.

Mr. Dale received the Hip Hop Legends Award (2005) and is featured in the upcoming film documentary, Untold Story of Detroit Hip Hop (2014). Mr. Dale has also been featured on the cover of Crisis magazine, made a guest appearance on the Jerry Springer show to expose police brutality, and went to jail while in high school for speaking out on political corruption at a Tom Barrow Rally.

Davyda Hammond Ph.D., Vice-Chairman, The McKinney Foundation, Inc. is a tenured Professor and Department Chair of Engineering at Germanna Community College in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Hammond obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a focus on air pollution control from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to teaching, Dr. Hammond previously worked as a Research Physical Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Before Dr. Hammond’s arrival at the U.S. EPA in 2007, she completed two years of postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health on using community-based participatory research methods to improve the environmental health of Detroit residents.

Dr. Hammond has taught several environmental education courses in the past. She is passionate about increasing the environmental consciousness of the average person, and, in particular, increasing excitement among historically under-represented students in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Joscelyn Andrews, Chair, Media and Public Relations Taskforce, has successfully performed in several key leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as in consulting roles, responsible for effective systemic planning, corporate communications and organizational change strategy. As a management consultant, Ms. Andrews has worked effectively with large and small organizations to plan and execute comprehensive change strategies that align operations with organizational mission, define the relationship between the organization and its publics (both internal and external), and result in bottom-line increases and savings for the organization.

As Director of Strategy in 2004, Ms. Andrews led a strategic framework process resulting in the legal consolidation of United Way Community Services and United Way of Oakland County with a combined operating budget of $65M and 120 employees. Subsequent to the successful merger, Ms. Andrews served simultaneously in two distinct roles for the new entity, United Way for Southeastern Michigan: as Director of Community Investment and Partnerships, providing operations leadership for the Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county offices; and Co-Chair of the regional Alliance for Economic Inclusion, alongside the FDIC and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on an initiative designed to bring the region’s unbanked population into the financial mainstream by aligning financial education and customized financial products and services with under-banked communities in the region.

Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Andrews was the Investor and Public Relations Manager for Fortune 500 Company, Valassis, wherein she served as liaison to the Securities & Exchange Commission, investment community and international news media. She has also served as principle of Hermes Communications in Phoenix, AZ, a corporate communications consulting firm, and as corporate communications manager of Centre Reinsurance Companies of New York, Bermuda, Dublin and London.

Ms. Andrews is a graduate of The University of Michigan and University of New Haven, where she earned BA and MBA degrees, respectively. She currently serves in the following community roles: Women’s Commission for Oakland County, Economic Autonomy Committee; Leadership Oakland, Board of Directors and Chair of the Inclusion & Diversity Committee; and the Avondale School District Strategic Planning Team. She spent several years on the adjunct faculty of the University of Phoenix, where she received outstanding student and administrative reviews teaching undergraduate business courses in Marketing, Organizational Change and Public Relations.