Our Leaders

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President of the Board - Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison is currently a Class A Contractor and owner of CBA Builders, LLC.  Jeffrey’s experience in the construction industry dates to 1989 while working at a supply house. In the construction field, he has done everything from working in retail to constructing million-dollar homes.

 

Jeffrey has worked on commercial construction projects in many capacities including several years as a project manager. He managed a lumber yard with annual sales of $32M from 2012 to 2015, all years of profitability, until the company was sold.

 

Mr. Harrison has supervised and managed 50 employees at a time on project builds. Currently he manages multiple new construction jobs throughout the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.

 

Mr. Harrison was an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, a veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

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Vice President of the Board - Beverly Proctor-Donald, Esq.

With 20 years of experience in family law, personal injury, wills, estates and civil litigation, Beverly Proctor-Donald maintains her law practice in the Canton, Ohio but takes cases throughout the northeast Ohio area.  She lives in Canton with her husband Darryl Donald, M.D.

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Secretary of the Board - Michael Bragg

Michael Bragg currently is the Music Planning Associate/Music Librarian for San Francisco Opera (SFO). He gives lectures and talks about opera around the Bay area and will begin giving Pre-Opera talks starting in the fall season this year.

 

Michael received his Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College and his Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He was a professional opera singer from 2000 to 2014 and has sung at SFO, the Metropolitan Opera in NY, Lyric Opera Chicago, LA Opera, Bilbao Opera in Spain, and The Kommische Opera in Berlin, Germany to name a few.

 

He toured all over Europe in George Gershwins Porgy and Bess with Harlem Opera Theater and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem which was given as a memorial for the victims of the Tsunami in Japan.

Michael started the Pride Committee at SFO in 2017 and has worked to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community through the arts community in SF. SFO, along with, SF Symphony, SF Jazz, SF Conservatory of Music, and New Conservatory Theater Center marched as “The Arts Armada” in the 2019 Pride Parade celebrating 50 years of fighting for equal rights and representation around the Globe.

Michael volunteers with God Love We Deliver as well as the Boys and Girls Club in SF. He is passionate about helping those less fortunate and works to use the arts as a vehicle to give back to the community where he lives.

Michael experienced approximately 45 days of being homeless, living in a shelter when he was 10 years old.

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Board Member - Kyra Patterson

Kyra Patterson currently serves as a VP of Human Resources, at Avangrid where she has responsibility for Labor Relations, Employee Relations, HR Policy & Compliance and HR Shared Services. Ms. Patterson was previously responsible for HR Business Partners in support of Avangrid Networks.

 

Prior to Avangrid, she served as the Head of HR for HAI Group, and held various HR Leadership roles at Diageo North America including Director of Diversity & Inclusion, HR Director for Finance, Corporate Relations, Legal and Diageo Global Business Systems as well as the HR Director for Diageo Chateau and Estates. 

 

Prior to Diageo, Ms. Patterson was the Regional Director for C&S Wholesale Grocers, based in Sacramento, Ca.  She has also held HR positions at Sears, International Paper and the Ohio State Medical Center. 

 

Ms. Patterson is an honorably discharged veteran from the US Navy, where she served for six years.

 

Kyra obtained her Master’s of Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Prairie View A&M University. 

 

Within her community, Ms. Patterson is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts of the US and has been a Troop Leader for more than 15 years as well as serving as Treasurer for her graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Board Member - Clayton Singleton

“You sense what people call passion” when you are around Clayton Singleton. This Virginia artist’s blend of verbal and visual art inspires, motivates and educates.

He holds a BA in art from Virginia Wesleyan University and an M.Ed. from Regent University. An award-winning artist, Clayton is currently Fine Arts Chairman at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk Public Schools.

 

He has taught K-12 visual art and won teacher of the year at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well assisted in rewriting the visual arts curriculum for Norfolk Public Schools and Newport News Public Schools. Furthermore, he has taught classes in managing anti-social behaviors at Cambridge College. 

 

Clayton has created public art, produced several group and solo shows, exhibited at The Chrysler Museum of Art and The Virginia Opera commissioned him to design sets for Porgy and Bess and Freedom’s Journey. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors of d’ART Center, served on the board of Yorktown Arts Foundation, and was a member of the Norfolk Arts Commission. 

 

Mr. Singleton also helped begin SibArt, a bi-weekly artistic outlet for children with autism and their siblings. An interactive presenter, his workshops are infused with imagery, movement and music when he speaks at educational symposiums.

 

Clayton has served as keynote speaker for new teacher orientations and presented at national conferences across the country. Through art activism, his goal is making sure everyone knows art is everywhere.   

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Executive Director - Kelsay Patterson

Kelsay is the founder and executive director of Sleepy Herd, Inc. Prior to launching this nonprofit, he practiced law for 21 years.

 

During this time, he helped many people obtain prosthetic limbs in the face of wrongful health insurance denials, various medically necessary procedures and surgeries, and payment on large outstanding hospital bills.

 

In this work, trying to fix the singular legal problems of a few, 1 at a time, (gender inequality, age discrimination, religious discrimination, due process violations, dangerous work-places), it became clear that the focus of the next part of his life needed to be dedicated to helping fix a problem that affects a broader spectrum of people across the United States.

 

Mostly, he just wants to lend his talents and gifts to bringing all kinds of people and their interests together to solve problems with open minds.