Willie B. Rogers, Chairman
Mr. Willie B. Rogers is a retired Corporate Representative of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a major in Business Education. Willie has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City. Rogers has served with distinction in other organizations including Opportunities Industrialization Center, McFarland YWCA, Jesus Behind Bars, Community Action Agency, Real Men of Distinction, and the Northeast Tennis Club. Willie is married to Nettie. He has one son, Thomas.
Anderson Floyd, Vice Chairman
Mr. Floyd Anderson graduated from the University of Oklahoma. He is a certified public accountant (CPA). He has served as Chairman of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City. He has been active with the Black Liberated Arts Council, Southwestern Urban Development Corporation, and the American Red Cross. Floyd is a lead tenor with the E. J. Perry Ensemble and a member and leader with the Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Floyd and Chalon are the parents of two children, Andraya and Steven.
Dr. Wallace McLeod III, Treasurer
Dr. Wallace McLeod III is a graduate of Howard University. He received the M.D. from the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine. In 1985, he established his family medicine practice in the northeast quadrant. Dr. McLeod is a member of the Admission Board of the OU College of Medicine; the American Academy of Family Medicine; and other professional and civic organizations. Wallace and his family are members of the Greater Cleaves Christian Methodist Church. Wallace and Sheila are the parents of two children, Wallace IV and daughter, J’Von.
Dr. Donna Thomas, Secretary
Dr. Donna Thomas is Chief Executive Officer-Emeritus of the Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center. Dr. Thomas received the following degrees in nursing: BS, Oklahoma City University; MS, University of Oklahoma; and the PhD, Texas Woman’s University. She has provided leadership and service to the Metro Tech Board of Education, the Southwest Primary Care Association, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City University Board of Trustees, and Langston University-Ryan White HIV/AIDS Advisory Board. Donna is a member and leader of the Quayle United Methodist Church. Donna was married to Ira, Sr., (deceased) and is the mother of five children, Ralph, Ira, Stacey, Erica and Suzanne.
Reverend Dr, Lee Cooper, Jr, Programs
Reverend Dr. Lee Cooper, Jr. is the pastor of Prospect Baptist Church. Under his leadership, the church built a $1.2 million sanctuary in the inner city. A new $1 million Youth and Education Center was dedicated in 2014. Reverend Cooper received an undergraduate degree from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, and a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University’s School of Theology. Reverend Cooper’s community activities are extensive, including work with the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Southwestern Urban Development Corporation and One Church, One Child of Oklahoma. Reverend Cooper served as president of the Progressive Oklahoma Baptist Convention and was the first African-American to serve on the Capital Baptist Association committee and the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Lee and his deceased wife, Sheila, gave birth to two sons, Lee E. Jr. and Derrick P.
Dr. Dunn H. Cumby, Investments
Dr. Dunn H. Cumby was a member of the first dental class at the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry and has maintained a private practice in northeast Oklahoma City since 1976. He is a part-time member of the OU dental faculty. Dr. Cumby received a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Kansas Newman College in Wichita, Kansas. He was the first African American ordained Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. His community activities include: Black Liberated Arts Council, Chairman, City County Health Department Board, Founding Director, Capitol Chamber of Commerce, and Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City. Dr. Cumby and his wife, Magnolia, are the parents of five children.
Attorney Stanley Evans, Legal Affairs
Mr. Stanley L. Evans is the Former Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He received the B.B.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 1977; the A M.B.A., University of Texas at Tyler, 1979; and the J.D., University of Oklahoma, 2003. Evans joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law as the Assistant Dean in 2003 and retired in 2011. He continues to serve OU College of Law on a part-time basis in an advisory role. Evans has 32 years of active Army service. He rose to the rank of Colonel and previously held positions as Dean of Students and Administration of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth Kansas; and as Garrison Commander of Fort Leavenworth Kansas. Evans’ command at Fort Leavenworth twice won the Malcolm Baldrige Award as the second best installation in the United States Army.
Stan and Saundra are the parents of Lee, now decreased, who was a leading African American female anchor with a local television station. They are dedicated members of the Wildewood Christian Church.
Mrs. Marjorie A. Young, Fund Development
Mrs. Marjorie A. Young is Chief Operating Officer for Oklahoma City Northeast, Inc. (OCNE). OCNE is a Certified Community Development Financial Institution that works with the City of Oklahoma City Economic Development Administration (EDA) in providing matching loans to businesses for capital projects and business expansion. Oklahoma City Northeast is a corporation that acts as a catalyst in stimulating a thriving business community. The Corporation’s primary mission is to promote, develop and implement plans and programs that have a positive, measurable impact on the economic growth of the northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City and preserve the cultural heritage of the community. Mrs. Young served for fifteen years as Housing Coordinator for the Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO). She was involved in the development of all types of housing; transitional housing for adoptions, housing for the homeless, and housing for non English speaking clients. Marjorie is married to Wilburn and has three children, Michael, Maya, and Mikayla. She is an active member of Prospect Baptist Church. Mrs. Young is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a major in Early Childhood Development and has an Advanced Child Development Certification from the University of Oklahoma. She is a 1999 graduate of the Oklahoma Multicultural Leadership Institute, University of Oklahoma.
John E. Green, Sr., Chairman Emeritus
Mr. John E. Green is a retired first assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. In 1970, he prepared the founding documents for the Southwestern Urban Development Corporation. He has an extensive record of civic involvement in numerous organizations, and Southwestern Urban Foundation’s first grant fund was named in his honor. Green and his family are active members of the Greater Cleaves Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He and Wanda, now deceased,were married for more than fifty years. John has one son, John Jr.
Leonard D. Benton, Executive Director
Mr. Leonard D. Benton received a Bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in Education; a MS degree in Education, Illinois Wesleyan University; and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). He is President-Emeritus of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City and served as the National Urban League’s Southern Regional Director. He was the Director, Oklahoma Multicultural Leadership Institute, University of Oklahoma. His civice involvements include: Ntu Art Association, Black Heritage Committee, Oklahoma Historical Society, NAACP, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, Oklahoma City Northeast Industrial Park, and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. He is an active member and leader of the Quayle United Methodist Church. Leonard is married to Barbara. They are the parents of one son, Quincy Lamar..