Alumni

CLD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

For over 40 years the Center for Leadership Development has equipped African American youth with the skills and tools they need to become business, professional and community leaders.
Now, with 13 weeks of Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project (SD/CE) behind them, those same alumni are growing into change makers all across the world.

The Center for Leadership Development Alumni Association (CLDAA) is proud to share a few members stories below, and looks forward to hearing yours. Join the #CLDAA today!

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President: Nicole Woodson (CLD ’98)
Nicole’s passion lies within giving back to the community with her time, talents, and resources.  She believes in the “village” and serves as a guide and resource to those around her. Reflecting on her meager upbringing, Nicole always states that “It’s a blessing to be a blessing!”  Nicole is honored to be named the President of the CLDAA and looks forward to further supporting CLD’s mission with the help of the 11,000+ alums. She believes that together we can accomplish anything. In her career life, Nicole currently serves as the Indiana-based Vice President and Community Development Manager.
Vice President: Sebrina Campbell (CLD ’07)
Sebrina is a graduate of several CLD programs including SD/CE, Rawls Scholars Initiative, and College Prep Institute. Sebrina attended Saint Louis University (SLU) where she graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a B.S. in Health Information Management and her Masters in Healthcare Administration. She is excited to bring her experience with performance and operational improvement to the CLDAA to develop long standing systems and infrastructure for both the current and future alumni association.

The 5 committees that make up the structure of the CLDAA are as follows:

1. Alumni Volunteers: Execute recruitment plan to increase the number of alumni volunteers; active outreach to CLD friends and colleagues to encourage volunteerism among alumni. Assist with identifying alumni who can serve as volunteers for CLD as: facilitators, role models and guest speakers, etc.

Led by: Jenee Green and Donald Eldridge

2. Corporate Relationships/Partnerships: Implement outreach strategy for corporations and organizations where alumni are current employees for the purpose of supporting CLD by leveraging alumni relationships for student internships and contributions.

Led by: Marva Hunt and Jaylan Fisher

3. Fundraising: Assist CLD with securing financial support to continue offering excellent programming to black youth at a nominal cost. Spearhead an expanded outreach strategy to alumni in effort to increase alumni giving, and annual contributions.

Led by: this could be you!

4. Outreach/Marketing: Partner with Alumni Relations Coordinator to expand alumni outreach and communication in effort to connect with a greater number of alumni. Alumni essentially serve as Ambassadors for CLD.

Led by: Stacy Raysor-Mitchell and Belinda Jernigan

5. Program Recruitment: Attend recruitment events in effort to generate more participation in CLD programs and services using the alumni network. Encourage alumni to advocate and educate the community about CLD services for family members, friends and networks.

Led by: this could be you!

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Shaila Stayhorn

Dr. Strayhorn is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to starting her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Strayhorn received her PhD from the University of Memphis School of Public Health majoring in Social and Behavioral Science. She has also obtained a master’s in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and bachelor’s in biology from Spelman College. Dr. Strayhorn’s research interest include assessing how factors of social support impact the quality of life among both cancer survivors and minority populations, who are at a high risk of cancer. Dr. Strayhorn is also a proud CLD alum (C’2006). She credits CLD for motivating her to stay disciplined and focused throughout her academic career. “Every session at CLD was facilitated by a successful community leader, who had a desire to see young minority students achieve academic success. Their words of encouragement still influence and push me to this day. I can only hope but to inspire other your minority students in the same way that my previous CLD facilitors inspired me”.

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Dr. Strayhorn is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to starting her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Strayhorn received her PhD from the University of Memphis School of Public Health majoring in Social and Behavioral Science. She has also obtained a master’s in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and bachelor’s in biology from Spelman College. Dr. Strayhorn’s research interest include assessing how factors of social support impact the quality of life among both cancer survivors and minority populations, who are at a high risk of cancer. Dr. Strayhorn is also a proud CLD alum (C’2006). She credits CLD for motivating her to stay disciplined and focused throughout her academic career. “Every session at CLD was facilitated by a successful community leader, who had a desire to see young minority students achieve academic success. Their words of encouragement still influence and push me to this day. I can only hope but to inspire other your minority students in the same way that my previous CLD facilitors inspired me”.

Timdrick Stewart

My name is Timdrick Stewart, new author of The Honor Roll Recipe.  I am originally from Indianapolis, IN. Completing CLD’s “Project Mr.” program is one of the many memories and accomplishments I have from my childhood.  Coincidentally, CLD introduced me to the needed information to become a productive scholar throughout my school years. In 2016, I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting, while attending more than ten professional development conferences throughout the county.  In 2018, I received my master’s degree with a 3.8 GPA from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, sport coach, and motivational speaker in the Atlanta, Ga area. I am the proud owner of Nettie B’s Mobile Car Wash. In 2019, I realeased my first book; The Honor Roll Recipe”, while also coaching Girl’s Varisty basketball at D.M Therrell High School.  Within my roles, I enjoy providing service to the community, students, and other supporters. I strive to network and motivate others to reach their optimal performance as a student, community member, employee, or employer.

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My name is Timdrick Stewart, new author of The Honor Roll Recipe.  I am originally from Indianapolis, IN. Completing CLD’s “Project Mr.” program is one of the many memories and accomplishments I have from my childhood.  Coincidentally, CLD introduced me to the needed information to become a productive scholar throughout my school years. In 2016, I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting, while attending more than ten professional development conferences throughout the county.  In 2018, I received my master’s degree with a 3.8 GPA from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, sport coach, and motivational speaker in the Atlanta, Ga area. I am the proud owner of Nettie B’s Mobile Car Wash. In 2019, I realeased my first book; The Honor Roll Recipe”, while also coaching Girl’s Varisty basketball at D.M Therrell High School.  Within my roles, I enjoy providing service to the community, students, and other supporters. I strive to network and motivate others to reach their optimal performance as a student, community member, employee, or employer.

Derrick Mackins

Derrick Mackins serves as the Account & Relationship Management Executive for Wolters Kluwer.  Derrick is responsible for growing and retaining existing Commercial Healthcare Accounts in Midwest/South Central by successfully renewing these accounts and upsell/cross-sell of Lexicomp, Medi-Span, eAnswers, UpToDate and Emmi Solutions.  Derrick joins the East Commercial Team with more than 19 years of experience in the Customer Service and Sales. The last 9 years have been with Wolters Kluwer CDI. During which, he had held a variety of positions including Renewals Specialist, Drug Information Specialist - Small Cap Hospitals and most recently Account Executive for the Pharma, Finance & Wholesalers markets. He’s a multi-year winner of the Quota Club award and one time Top Performer award winner. His strong skills in relationship management, new sales, training, service and product knowledge will make Derrick a valuable member of the team. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with his fiancé Cassandra and his granddaughter Trinity!

Fun Fact: D-Mack, as most of the team calls him, owns approximately 20 bow ties….including a wooden one!

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Derrick Mackins serves as the Account & Relationship Management Executive for Wolters Kluwer.  Derrick is responsible for growing and retaining existing Commercial Healthcare Accounts in Midwest/South Central by successfully renewing these accounts and upsell/cross-sell of Lexicomp, Medi-Span, eAnswers, UpToDate and Emmi Solutions.  Derrick joins the East Commercial Team with more than 19 years of experience in the Customer Service and Sales. The last 9 years have been with Wolters Kluwer CDI. During which, he had held a variety of positions including Renewals Specialist, Drug Information Specialist - Small Cap Hospitals and most recently Account Executive for the Pharma, Finance & Wholesalers markets. He’s a multi-year winner of the Quota Club award and one time Top Performer award winner. His strong skills in relationship management, new sales, training, service and product knowledge will make Derrick a valuable member of the team. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with his fiancé Cassandra and his granddaughter Trinity!

Fun Fact: D-Mack, as most of the team calls him, owns approximately 20 bow ties….including a wooden one!

Kendall Fisher

 The NAIA national office released its annual Division Two All-American list for Women's Basketball on Thursday, March 19, 2020. On that list was Indianapolis, Indiana native Kendall Fisher as she grabs second-team honors as a sophomore for the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils. Kendall ended her season, averaging 16.7 points a game while grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 5.3 assists per game this season. Fisher shot 39.5% from the field while shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc and shooting 78.4% from the charity stripe this season. Kendall averaged 34.7 minutes on the season and was a crucial contributor in the upset win over the Saints of Siena Heights in the WHAC Semi-Final game this year. Kendall currently sits at 953 career points at this time, heading into next season. Fisher also ranks in the following areas in NAIA Division II Women's Basketball. Fisher ranked 9th in total assists this year with 170, ranking 12th in assists per game with 5.15, 16th in overall scoring with 552 points, 34th in points per game at 16.7, and 50th in free throw percentage at 78.4%.

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 The NAIA national office released its annual Division Two All-American list for Women's Basketball on Thursday, March 19, 2020. On that list was Indianapolis, Indiana native Kendall Fisher as she grabs second-team honors as a sophomore for the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils. Kendall ended her season, averaging 16.7 points a game while grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 5.3 assists per game this season. Fisher shot 39.5% from the field while shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc and shooting 78.4% from the charity stripe this season. Kendall averaged 34.7 minutes on the season and was a crucial contributor in the upset win over the Saints of Siena Heights in the WHAC Semi-Final game this year. Kendall currently sits at 953 career points at this time, heading into next season. Fisher also ranks in the following areas in NAIA Division II Women's Basketball. Fisher ranked 9th in total assists this year with 170, ranking 12th in assists per game with 5.15, 16th in overall scoring with 552 points, 34th in points per game at 16.7, and 50th in free throw percentage at 78.4%.

Joy Mason

Joy E. Mason is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory operations, and risk assessment, with an emphasis on business processes and quality systems. Joy has managed international projects and effectively delivered results using six sigma methodologies for both public and private sectors. As an entrepreneur, Joy has helped clients dramatically improve their bottom line by applying her problem-solving techniques. Her strategies and techniques are proven to resolve process problems, evaluate risk, and save costs. She is known for her unwavering optimism  and her unique ability to create a collaborative environment for diverse stakeholders to get things done.

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Joy E. Mason is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory operations, and risk assessment, with an emphasis on business processes and quality systems. Joy has managed international projects and effectively delivered results using six sigma methodologies for both public and private sectors. As an entrepreneur, Joy has helped clients dramatically improve their bottom line by applying her problem-solving techniques. Her strategies and techniques are proven to resolve process problems, evaluate risk, and save costs. She is known for her unwavering optimism  and her unique ability to create a collaborative environment for diverse stakeholders to get things done.

Regina Majors

Regina was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is a 1988 graduate of IUPUI/Purdue University.  She has a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Education from Walden University. Regina has been employed for State Auto Insurance Company for nearly 26 years as an Audit Specialist. Regina is a part-time adjunct facilitator at Ivy Tech Community College here in Indianapolis, IN and a facilitator of 14 years for The Center for Leadership Development of which she graduated from in 1981

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Regina was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is a 1988 graduate of IUPUI/Purdue University.  She has a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Education from Walden University. Regina has been employed for State Auto Insurance Company for nearly 26 years as an Audit Specialist. Regina is a part-time adjunct facilitator at Ivy Tech Community College here in Indianapolis, IN and a facilitator of 14 years for The Center for Leadership Development of which she graduated from in 1981