Board of Members:

Friends of the Valley

Colonel Edward C. Jackson, Retired
Baltimore City Police Department Board Member

Professor Jackson is currently a criminal professor at the Baltimore City Community College and a retired police officer who joined the Baltimore Police Department on March 10, 1983.

After graduating from the Baltimore Police Academy, he was assigned to patrol as a foot officer in Northeast Baltimore. Professor Jackson has worked many assignments during his 22 year career in the police department. During his career, he ascended the ranks from a foot patrolman to full Colonel where he retired as the Chief of the Administrative Division that included the Baltimore Police Academy and the Personnel (Human Resources). Colonel Jackson received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Coppin State College in Criminal Justice.

Friends of the Valley

Dr. Karsonya Whitehead
Founding Executive Director of The Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education Board Member

Dr. Karsonya Whitehead is an associate professor of Communication and African and American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the Founding Executive Director of The Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture.

Dr. Whitehead is the author of three books: “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis” which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; “Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America,” and “Sparking the Genius: The Carter G. Woodson Lecture;” and the co-editor of “Rethinking Emilie Frances Davis: Lesson Plans for Teaching Her Civil War Pocket Diaries.”

Friends of the Valley

Dr. Gloria Calhoun Scott
Superintendent Board Member

Dr. Gloria Calhoun Scott serves as the superintendent of the East Orange Public School District. She is responsible for curricular, operations, governance, and fiscal oversight for approximately 10,000 students in 22 schools and 12 collaborating daycare centers

Dr. Scott endeavors to work with educational leaders, teachers, and community representatives to review and/or modify policies and curricula that will ensure all students are “Rising to a Standard of Excellence” in the East Orange School District.

Friends of the Valley

Reverend Medgar L. Reid
Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, Board Member

Reverend Medgar L. Reid is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, Ronald E. McNair Scholar of Coppin State University, 2004 graduate of the Associated Black Charities Leadership Program, 2006 graduate of the Black-Jewish Forum Leadership Program, and brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

In 2012 Reverend Reid served as the NAACP Chairman of the Voter Education, Registration, and Civic Engagement Committee. His focus during his tenure was to increase the young electorate turnout (ages 18-29) and make voter education, voter registration, voter turnout, and civic engagement a priority.

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