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Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni's Fall-Winter 2022 Digest

This Edition of the APCAA Digest features updates on 24 Alumni Brothers from the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and their professional developments, artistic pursuits, industry projects, awards and recognitions. Also — we dropped in a re-cap of Homecoming 2022!


Shelby County District Attorney's Office Swears In New Assistant Attorney Ernest Brooks II (Fall 1982)

By Katherine Burgess,

MEMPHIS — Newly elected Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy is making changes to his office, letting nine employees go Friday and announcing the hiring of six new attorneys.

Of the employees let go, seven were attorneys and two were legal investigators, Mulroy told The Commercial Appeal. The district attorney’s office has about 115 attorneys and 230 total employees.

The new assistant district attorneys are Ernest Brooks II, Denania Galloway, Melanie Headely, Kindle Nance and Krysa Scully, according to a news release. Jessica Indingaro will start as special assistant for projects and government relations.

Pictured above: Swearing-in administered by Judge Lee V. Coffee, center, and Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy, at right.

“I’m pleased that I hired experienced, qualified, diverse group of attorneys who share my vision for criminal justice reform. That was the goal always. I’m pleased that so far I’ve been able to achieve it,” Mulroy said. “As a group they are significantly more diverse than the staff as a whole, so I’m making good on my promise to increase the diversity of the office.”

Mulroy said he has no current plans to fire any more staff, but will be announcing more hires in the near future. And for the first time, the office is searching for a full time grants coordinator and a chief data officer.

Following his appointment, Brooks resigned as the District 3 City Councilmember for Jackson, Tennessee in October.


Father H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center Unveils Bust of Namesake — Sculpture Honors Alpha Rho Chapter's Last Surviving Charter Member

Brother Bill Edwards represented Alpha Rho Chapter at the November 16 unveiling.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022 the Friends of Bowden, Inc. unveiled a "larger than life-size" bronze bust of Father H.J.C. Bowden on the grounds of the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility in East Point, Georgia. Father Bowden, who passed on March 11, 1995, was the last surviving Charter Member (13) of Alpha Rho Chapter at Morehouse College.

One of Father Bowden's mentees, Brother William "Bill" Edwards (AP Fall 1969) helped to advance fundraising for the sculpture with his personal $1k leadership gift, followed by our own $500 pledge from the APCAA Benevolent Fund (proceeds from the early 2022 "AP CAP" fundraising campaign spearheaded by Brother Gregory T. Burrell (Spring 1987)).

The sculpture was created by master artist and local sculptor, Fred Ajanogha, who also created three other works that are already on display in the yard of the facility.

For more than two decades, Father Bowden made significant contributions to the aging community through dedicated service, advocacy, and policy recommendations. He served as President of the Fulton County council of Aging, as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, Co-Chairman of the Task Force on Aging, and an Episcopal Diocesan Designee on the Ministry of Aging.

In May 1995, the naming of the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility in East Point, GA honored his work on behalf of senior citizens. The building opened in November 1995. Fulton County's four multipurpose facilities allow seniors ages 55 and older to participate in life enrichment classes, nutrition, education, fitness, leisure and other activities. The facilities have cafeterias, gyms, therapeutic pools, computer training centers and art classrooms. There is no cost for Fulton County residents.

November 15, 2022 marked 120 years since the birth of H.J.C. Bowden. The Friends of Bowden invite supporters to celebrate his birthday and his life of service by purchasing a Legacy Brick on the Bowden Legacy of Service Walk, engraved with up to 3 lines for a contribution of $120.00.


Hertz Names Wayne Herman Davis (Fall 1998) as Chief Marketing Officer

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: HTZ) announced today that veteran marketing and sales executive Wayne Davis will join the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective January 3, 2023. In this role, Davis will be responsible for leading the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands and shaping the company's marketing strategy to drive effective brand reach and customer engagement. Laura C. Smith, who has led marketing for the last two years, will continue in her role as Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Customer Experience.

Davis joins Hertz with more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience across multiple industries. For the last four years, he has led the mass premium Café brand for GE Appliances, a Haier Company. Under his leadership, Café has more than tripled in size and is one of the fastest growing brands in the appliance industry.

"I am delighted to have Wayne join our leadership team at this exciting time for Hertz," said Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr. "Wayne's brand-building experience and expertise in data-driven marketing analytics is a powerful combination, and I am excited about the vision he will bring to Hertz as we transform our business through electrification, shared mobility and a digital-first customer experience."

Prior to leading the Café brand, Davis was Senior Brand Director for Haier & Hotpoint at GE Appliances. Mr. Davis was also the commercial leader for GE Appliances' FirstBuild innovation hub, where he led the successful launch of the Opal Nugget Ice Maker.

"Hertz is an iconic brand with unlimited potential," said Davis. "I'm excited to get started with a talented marketing team to bring even more breakthrough ideas to the marketplace and connect Hertz with our consumer, corporate and rideshare customers."

Mr. Davis serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana based in Louisville, Kentucky, Amplify Louisville and Fund for the Arts. In 2018 he was named in Louisville Business First's Forty Under 40 and in 2020 was a member of Leadership Louisville's Bingham Fellows. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and an MBA from Xavier University.


U.S. State Department Watch and Crisis Management Officer Chukwudi Nwadibia (Fall 2010) Among Team Assigned to Renovated Diplomatic Engine Room (Ops Center)

By Mackenzie Miller-Green and Vincent Cilli,

“State Ops, this is Laura.” Alerted by the sound of a metallic chirp, Watch Officer Laura MacArthur answers an incoming call. It’s a duty officer at a Caribbean post, reporting that a powerful hurricane has changed course and is heading straight for the island. James Asuquo-Brown III—a Crisis Management Officer on shift—overhears the news and moves into action, working with the emergency action officer to draft a Department of State-wide alert. The Watch seamlessly coordinates a conference call with the affected embassy and seventh floor principals, while Asuquo-Brown III and his Crisis Management and Strategy (CMS) team contact the executive secretary and the regional bureau to organize a task force.

MacArthur and Asuquo-Brown III are two of the 75 employees in the Operations Center (Ops), the Department’s 24-hour crisis management and communications hub. Every new officer passes through an intense recruitment process, completing one of the most rigorous training programs the Department has to offer. After training, these officers join close-knit teams in one of Ops’ two offices: the Watch and CMS. They spend the next 12 to 24 months fielding calls from U.S. citizens in distress, alerting principals to late-breaking developments, connecting the secretary of state and his senior staff to foreign interlocutors, and organizing Department-wide crisis response efforts.

Pictured at left: Secretary of State Antony Blinken cuts the ribbon officially opening the new Operations Center and Executive Secretariat Staff offices, joined by (from left) Executive Secretary (S/ES) Kamala Lakhdhir, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon, Operations Center Director Stephanie Holmes, S/ES Executive Director Dwayne Cline, Executive Secretariat Staff Director Robert Koepcke, and Under Secretary of State for Management John Bass, September 2022. (Department of State photo)

Starting this fall, Ops will finally have a space to match its mission when it moves to a new, dedicated, state-of-the-art facility at the heart of the seventh floor of the Harry S Truman Building. Occupying 21,000 square feet across from Mahogany Row, the new Ops space is half the size of a regulation football field. It features a large open floor plan equipped with the latest communication technology. Bright LED lighting flanks the glass entrance, stadium seating surrounds the new principal’s conference room, and the Watch floor features an isolation booth for sensitive translation and note-taking during the secretary’s calls.


Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation Honors Dr. Walter Falconer (Fall 1979) with 2022 Trailblazer Award

The Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation joined with Morehouse College's Office of Health Professions for their annual homecoming breakfast at The Robert Woodruff library where Dr. Walter Falconer was honored with the 2022 Trailblazer Award. The annual Saturday morning Homecoming Mentoring and Fundraiser Breakfast gathering of alumni and students honors alumni leaders and trailblazers for their achievement in health professions.

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Falconer received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery and urology residency at Emory University and affiliated hospitals. Dr. Falconer practiced for 12 years with Atlanta Urological Consultants, P.C. prior to merging his practice with Georgia Urology in 2003.

He serves on several hospital committees and served as the chief of surgery at Dekalb Medical Center at Hillandale and the chief of urology at Dekalb Medical Center. He is a former president of the Atlanta Urological Society and has served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Urology of Emory University School of Medicine.

Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation is the 501(c)3 non profit financial and fundraiser arm of the Thomas J. Blocker Society. Our non profit status allows us to obtain our goals of assisting the next generation of health care professionals through several fundraising endeavors including our capital campaign. The Mission of The Thomas J. Blocker Society is to develop an alumni base and coordinate alumni efforts to support Morehouse’s production of excellent, physicians, dentists, research scientists pharmacists, and allied health professionals.

Dean Thomas J. Blocker was a member of the Morehouse Office Health Professions for over thirty years. During that period he teamed with Dr. J.K. Haynes and Dr. Joyce Nottingham to increase dramatically the numbers of Morehouse Men to pursue careers in Healthcare and the Sciences. Over that time, Dean Blocker was instrumental in Morehouse College becoming the #1 producer of African American males accepted in medical, dental and health professional schools.


Brothers Julien Turner (Spring 2019), Tavis Thompson (Spring 2019), and Ernest Holmes (Spring 2018) Named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30


This Webby Award winning-directing duo and brothers Justen and Julian Turner have partnered with Beats By Dre, Amazon, Adidas and others through their production shingle Dreadhead Films. In 2017 they became the youngest filmmakers commissioned by Sesame Street. They and their work have appeared in: Good Morning America, the New York Times, CNN, MTV and others.


Siblings Ernest and Jaycee Holmes and Tavis Thompson created CodeHouse to ensure more students could access the pathways that lead to careers in STEM. To date, CodeHouse has secured more than $3 million in funding from leading tech companies like PayPal, Google and Microsoft, and has hosted multiple Tech Exposure Days to educate high schoolers across the country about careers in tech. CodeHouse has also launched the CodeHouse Scholars Initiative, which provides historically black colleges and universities' students majoring in STEM-related fields with $20,000 in academic scholarships, networking opportunities, and technical training as they matriculate.


Brother Stuart James Flemister (Fall 1987) Featured in Iconic Black Hollywood Project

Black Hollywood is a groundbreaking reimagining of Hollywood's most beloved films, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singin' in the Rain, Mission: Impossible, Forrest Gump, and more. Visionary photographer Carell Augustus has created a "who's who" o