M. Colleen Jones, D.B.A.

Colleen Jones is an educator, entrepreneur and consultant, specializing in leadership, organizational behavior and development, learning organizations and managerial and executive training. She also serves as President of the Melvin W. Jones Foundation.

Dr. Jones earned the Doctorate of Business Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management (Department of Management Science). She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa in Accounting and Quanti¬tative Analysis; and a Master of Business Administration degree in Manage¬ment and Finance from The University of Southern California.

Dr. Jones received an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women to underwrite her doctoral research project titled, “Learning to Lead: A Study of the Developmental Paths of African-American Women College Presidents.” That dissertation was recognized by the Academy of Management’s Women in Management Division with the Best Dissertation Award Runner-Up Certificate.

Dr. Jones is a n Associate Professor of Practice in Management at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln. From 2004 to 2009, she served as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Organizational Development, and maintained a part-time academic appointment. In 2009, she returned to full-time teaching in the College of Business. From 1991-1996, she was a member of the faculty of the Suffolk University (Boston, MA) Frank Sawyer School of Management as an Assistant Professor of Management. She has teaching experiences in courses dealing with leadership, organizational behavior and development, organizational theory, group dynamics and management communications. Dr. Jones has ten years of experience in management and higher education administration (which includes being Assistant to the President of Tennessee State University, and the Director of Special Support Services and TRIO Coordinator at The University of Iowa); and college level ­teaching in business administration, and the behavioral sciences at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville; The George Washington University and Suffolk University; in addition to the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Jones is a certified administrator and consultant for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which she utilizes in her teaching, research and consulting activities. Her research interests include: 1)leadership development; 2)access and advancement of women and people of color in executive positions; 3)cognitive style assessment; 4) creating environments to enhance learning; 5)workplace spirit and spirituality; 6)stress management; and 7)organizational communication issues (e.g., networking, conflict resolution). She has contributed to three books; developed an instructional CD-ROM for leadership development; and has articles appearing in the Journal of Management Education and Management Learning.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Jones resides in Lincoln, NE. She is the co-owner of Kenny’s Dry Cleaners in Lincoln, NE. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (from 1997-2000); and is the Chair of the Research Committee and First Vice President of the Board for the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute. In 2001, Dr. Jones was recognized by the Lincoln YWCA in its annual Tribute to Women for her accomplishments in education. She was a recipient of the 1999 and 2004 College of Business Administration Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Jones has served as a member of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden Board of Directors; currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Leadership Lincoln; Friendship Home; the Nebraska Art Association and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. Since 1969, she has been a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management Education. In January, 2006, Dr. Jones received the State of Nebraska Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Education, Community Service and Leadership. Dr. Jones’ professional accomplishments and community service activities are noted in the 3rd Edition of Who’s Who Among Black Americans, as well as in Who’s Who of Women Executives.

Dr. Jones loves to travel, and has journeyed throughout the United States and into the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Africa. An avid music lover, she listens to classic and contemporary R&B, jazz, blues and gospel and has an extensive collection of each. Colleen collects African wood carvings, Asian silk panels and porcelain, Erte plates, and the sculpture and paintings of a variety of African-American artists. She loves football and basketball and plays golf (more as an amusement than as sport). Her heart is filled by her very extensive family of kin and friends; her foster-son and his family; and the many students with whom she shares so many fulfilling moments of learning and growth.

Inell P. Allen

Inell Allen was educated through the Memphis City School System. She graduated from East Arkansas Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She has worked in the Medical field as a Nurse for over 40 years. She worked for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital from 1978 until she retired on September 27, 2007. She held positions as: LPN, RN, Clinical Lead, and Assistant Director of Perioperative Services.

Inell is certified in CPR, Member of AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses), and continues to hold her certification as a registered nurse.

Inell was a business owner for 10 years in the Restaurant and Entertainment Industry.

In her spare time she likes to read, swim, fish, bowl, and travel.

Inell Allen is the mother of 1 daughter, Anita, and two beautiful grandchildren, Antonio & Sydney, who work to keep her busy.

Inell loves to work with kids so she volunteers her time at her alma mater Carnes Elementary, an inner city school, where she works to motivate the kids to reach for their dreams and they can be attained. Her motto is: “YES YOU CAN….I DID!”

Louise J. Burks

Louise J. Burks was born on June 12th in Memphis Tennessee. The 2nd of eight children, Louise is native of the blues city and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington high school. Louise attended Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. Louise also has an Associate of Science Degree from Owen Jr. College (Now Lemoyne-Owen) and has worked as a Certified Pharmacy Tech, Clerk, Administrarive Aide and Omnicell Specialist.

Louise has always displayed her steadfast dedication to the youth of today. Upon completion of her undergraduate experience, she worked as a substitute teacher for the Memphis City School System, developing the minds of students during their educational journey. This legacy continues still today through Louise’s volunteer contributions within local elementary schools. Louise also gives of her time to advance the community’s awareness of infant mortality by disseminating information within the Shelby County Government System.

Louise served as a dedicated employee of Regional Med in which she retired after 43 years of service.

Louise is a devoted mother of three daughters, two sons-in laws and one grandson.

Louise is a world traveler and enjoys reading, walking and gardening.

Kenneth D. Ford

Kenneth D. Ford is currently serves as the Vice President of the Melvin W. Jones Foundation. He has held this position since 2004.

Kenneth has worked as an investment banker with both Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Wachovia Securities. Kenneth’s primary responsibility was to arrange leveraged loan and high yield bond financings for Fortune 500 companies. He is currently a co-founder for the Jurada Financial Group, a financial service and advisory firm.

Kenneth has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and an MBA in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kenneth and his wife Millicent reside in North Carolina with their son Kenneth Jr. and daughter Mackenzie.

Benjamin O. Jones

Benjamin O. Jones was born November 23, 1946 in Memphis Tennessee. The 3rd of eight children and the eldest son, Benjamin was a product of the Memphis City School System becoming a graduate of Booker T. Washington high school in 1964. After graduation, Benjamin attended LeMoyne College, currently LeMoyne-Owen College, in which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Following graduation Benjamin moved to Chicago, Illinois in which he began a career at General Motors. After working for General Motors approximately 12 years, Benjamin relocated to Atlanta. During this time Benjamin became employed with Allstate Insurance Company in which he retired after 22 years of service in 2007.

Benjamin is a devoted husband of forty years to his wife Essye and has two children, Jarrett of Auburn, Alabama and Je’Mia of East Point, Georgia.

Benjamin has traveled to many countries across the globe, is an avid golfer, and enjoys staying active.

Dwight E. Jones

Dwight E. Jones was born August 16, 1957 in Memphis Tennessee. Dwight is a product of the Memphis City School System and a graduate of Overton High School. After graduation, Dwight transitioned to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and obtained a degree in Business Administration.

Dwight began his career with the District of Columbia serving as a Systems Accountant, Program and Budget Analyst, and Grant Specialist. Dwight currently is the Capital Budget Director for the Government Operations Cluster for the District of Columbia and is responsible for capital infrastructure.

Dwight resides in the D.C. area with his wife Barbara and daughter Ayana.

Phyllis L. Jones

A native Memphian, Phyllis L. Jones was educated through the Memphis City School System, a graduate of Hamilton High School.  She continued her education and graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Degree in Public Health Administration.

She has received numerous honors and recognition for her community service from the Tennessee House of Representatives, Tennessee Economic Women of Excellence Award, Tri-State Defender Woman of Excellence Award and the Trailblazer Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She has served as President of YWCA, President of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Phi Lambda Omega Chapter; President of the West TN Home Health Council and President of Germantown Rotary Club and has served on the following boards: Local Workforce Investment Board, Memphis Cultural Arts Enrichment Center,  Community Health State Advisory Board, National Institute of Senior Centers as the Tennessee Delegate,   Tennessee Home Care Association and Baptist Healthcare Advisory Board. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Leadership Memphis Alumni, class of 1993.

Phyllis L. Jones is a dedicated individual who enjoys working with youth. She works toward motivating and inspiring youth to become productive citizens. She coordinated and organized the city’s first African-American Youth and Family Day. She volunteers her time and energy on youth activities and collaborations – Bridge Builders-Youth Fest, Youth United Way, Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus-Youth Forum, and the Pearls of Service IVY LEAGUE program. She consistently works toward the betterment of human relations, especially for young men.

Phyllis Jones is an excellent organizer, coordinator and event planner. She has planned and coordinated events such as birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weddings, Galas, conferences, dinner parties and corporate outings.

Phyllis has more than twenty nine years of event planning and health care administration experience.

Phyllis is married to Reginald Jones and has a son Reginald and daughter-in-law Angela.

Richard D. Jones

Richard Jones was educated in the Memphis City School System and graduated from Hamilton High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also received a Master of Science degree in Recreational Education from the University of Iowa. He has earned additional educational hours in the fields of Sociology and English. Richard holds certifications/endorsements in Health and Physical Education.

Richard worked at the University of Memphis, formerly known as Memphis State University, for more than twenty-five years. He served as an Assistant Director of the student center as well as an Academic Counselor for athletes. For the past five years, Richard has been working as an elementary Health/Physical Education and Wellness teacher in the Memphis City School System.

Richard has contributed numerous volunteer hours with various community agencies. He serves on the Omega Uplift board as Vice-President. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He is also a member of the Greater Middle Baptist church choir. In his spare time, Richard enjoys cooking, bowling, and gardening. He considers the critical keys to success to be prayer, love, understanding, and guidance.

Richard has been married to Bettye S. Jones for thirty-seven years. They have three beautiful children, Tamara, Richard II, and Meisha (James). As a family they enjoy traveling, entertaining, swimming and volunteering.

Dr. Eric Lee

Dr. Eric Lee is the newly elected Colorado Black Chamber’s new president & CEO.

Lee succeeds former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb who served as interim president and chief executive officer for 18 months. Webb will return to the Board as Chairman.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Lee served as the Assistant to the President at Suffolk University, where he was a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. Lee advised the President on matters related to institutional research, information technology, strategic planning, and institutional diversity. Lee also taught financial management and fundraising courses at the Sawyer Business School.

Lee has a rich history of community service. Most recently, he served as the founder and president of the Milton Pop Warner Youth Football & Cheerleading Association, assistant treasurer of Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., Melvin Jones Foundation board member, and executive committee member of the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Black Male Development. Lee is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Lebanon Lodge #3 (PHA).

Previously selected as one of the “30 Emerging Leaders under 30” by Ebony Magazine and one of the “20 Nebraska Leaders under 40” by the Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper, Lee earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from Wayne State College (NE), and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

Lee and his wife Dana, reside in Centennial, CO with their two children Eric Jr. (12) and Malcolm (4).