VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.
Member-At-Large - Professional Development Officer: LaVerne Rodriquez Johnstone '86
LaVerne Rodriquez Johnstone is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Virginia Union University and a Masters in Administration at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. LaVerne worked as an Assistant Analyst in accounting for twenty-one years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. At present, she is a Securities Operations Service Specialist at Wells Fargo, Richmond, Virginia.
LaVerne’s focus on community involvement has afforded her a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. At the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond she created and led “A Future Connection” a mentoring program at Huguenot High School in Richmond. For the 2015-2016 school term, LaVerne will focus on one of the strategic goals of VUUNAA which is to create and implement programs that will develop students into leaders.
President: Carolyn Wooldridge Jacobs '64
Carolyn Wooldridge Jacobs is a native of Richmond, VA and has been a pioneer in giving back to her alma mater Virginia Union University and Greater Metro Richmond. She is a true motivator who works to cultivate relationships and lead team building efforts in various organizations. Her work has not only been limited to her hometown for she served as Virginia Union University National Alumni Association Member-at-Large for Special Events and coordinator of Convention 2013. “Panther Pride Amplified” has been a true motto of the work she has done for VUU and her community. Her positions afforded the opportunity to support and enhance events provided by alumni chapters, the CIAA Tournament, and the University. In 2012, Carolyn served as Alumni Homecoming Chairperson. “Let’s Stay Together” was a major success as she worked to bring together a record number of alumni and friends to celebrate our beloved university.
Carolyn is a true advocate of education and believes in being a lifelong learner. Her commitment to education resulted in obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Union University in 1964 and a Master’s of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her education opened a door of opportunity to serve in the Public Schools of Richmond City, from which she retired as a Guidance Department Chairperson for the school division. Upon retirement, Carolyn took on a new endeavor of owning and operating ExecuTran, which was a successful medical and executive transportation business in Metro-Richmond Virginia.
Vice-President: Dr. Steven E. Hairston '85
Dr. Steven E. Hairston was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Atlantic City High School he enrolled in Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985. He is devoted to Virginia Union University, through his monetary donations and services to the university and by donations to the Robert J. Brown Living and Learning Center. In advancement of the VUU at the local level he most recently became a charter member of the VUU North Carolina Alumni Chapter, where he serves as the Vice-President.
Active with Grand Chapter, the Easter Province and the Richmond (VA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and has held many appointed and elected positions including undergraduate and alumni chapter Polemarch and from 2010-2013 he held the highest elected office in the Eastern Province as the Sr. Vice-Province Polemarch. Professionally, he serves as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Treasurer: AńJou C. Johnson '87
AńJou C. Johnson has served and worked hard to meet the goals and visions of the VUUNAA for over twelve years and she currently serves as Treasurer of this organization. She has served in various capacities in other organizations, including but not limited to the following: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Life Member and Silver Star, International Membership, Chapter Membership Chairman; Greater Richmond Urban League – Controller; NAACP – Member; Indiana Black Expo – Membership Chairman; PROC Foundation, Inc. – Board Member & Treasurer; Educational Advancement Foundation – Board Member and Regional Coordinator; National Association of Black Accountants; and National Black MBA Association.
AńJou is a member of the Tom Harris Alumni Chapter, and continues to work toward the advancement of growth within the community as well as giving back to our alma mater. She has a son, Tyler R. Johnson who is also very actively involved in the community.
Recording Secretary: Pearl I. Johnson '80
Ms. Pearl I. Johnson ’80 is a native of Glen Allen, Virginia. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Virginia Union University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Union University and a Master of Deafness Rehabilitation degree from New York University (RSA Fellow). While attending VUU, Ms. Johnson pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
After graduating from VUU, she relocated to the New York metropolitan area where she launched her career specializing in providing advocacy, non profit executive leadership, employment consultation and vocational rehabilitation services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Disability Communities . She is currently employed with the Commonwealth of Virginia as the Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in northern Virginia. Ms. Johnson is fluent in American Sign Language and offers her skills as the sign language interpreter to Mount Olive Baptist Church located in Arlington, Virginia and other religious events.
Ms. Johnson has been an active member of Virginia Union University Alumni Association for the past six years. She served as the Chapterpresident of the Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Capital Beltway Alumni Chapter from 2011-2015. This leadership experience inspired her to serve on a national level and considers it an honor to be elected as the national recording secretary where she can continue to give back just a small share of what VUU has given to her.
She is also the proud mother of her adult daughter - Catherine LaShe' Johns
Financial Secretary: Gladys Monroe '89
Is an astute business professional that has over 18 years of working with small businesses, corporations (for profit and not-for profit), professionals and free-lance entrepreneurs. As a graduate of Virginia Union University (VUU), in Business Administration and Finance, and a Master of Science in Accounting Specializing in Auditing, she has worked within major corporations helping them become effective and efficient in their financial and accounting processes as a Financial Analyst and Grant Accountant. This includes financial analysis of financial statements, reconciliations, data base programming and training support staff to enhance productivity within the departments and businesses. Therefore, her business experience has given her the opportunity to participate in mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions from the perspective of accounting and finance. Currently she is obtaining a Certification in Grant Writing to assist her clientele to receive funding for projects that will have a positive impact within their communities.
Business Development and Consulting has been the passion for GMM Services and Associates since its inception in 1989, helping entrepreneurs and management teams achieve measurable growth within their organizations through the key elements of Business Management, Finance, Accounting, and Tax Consulting. GMM Services and Associates are certified as a Minority Business (100%-Women Owned) with the Office of Minority Business Development in the City of Richmond.
Corresponding Secretary: Jeanette Jones '02
Jeanette Jones, 2012 Young Alumna of the Year, is a native of Long Island, New York. She graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Union University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2006. She began her teaching career with Henrico County Public Schools in 2002. Jeanette believes the best way to get students to trust their teachers and administrators and enjoy learning is to relate to them on their level. Jeanette taught in the classroom for eight years. She currently is an Associate Principal in Henrico County Public Schools.
Remaining connected to VUU is important to Jeanette. Being a member VUU’s Young Alumni Society, where she serves as secretary, allows her to remain active with campus activities and initiatives. Jeanette diligently works with planning events for the chapter to participate in including community service, social gatherings and assisting with university sponsored events. Jeanette is very detailed and organized. She has kept great records for the chapter and she would do the same for VUUNAA. She loves and respects her beloved VUU and is excited to assist with its advancement.
Parliamentarian: Marian Martin, RP - '61
Marian Johnathan Martin is a native of Henrico County (Varina), VA where she received her early education graduating from Virginia Randolph High School in Glen Allen, VA. Receiving her BS degree in Business Education from VUU in 1961, she continued graduate study at the University of VA and VA State University. With a love of children, she began her teaching career in the public schools of Madison, VA, Henrico County, and Charlottesville, VA. After 37 years, she retired from the Richmond City Public School System. She believes that it takes a village to raise a child and with the right nourishment, all children have endless possibilities.
Some community affiliations include life member of VUUNAA, NAACP, VEA, NEA, St. James Baptist Church (Varina), Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., OES/PHA, and United Order of Tents. She is recipient of the Henrico County NAACP award for top recruiter for the year.
Marian is a Registered Parliamentarian and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). She has served as Northeast Region Parliamentarian for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She now serves as parliamentarian for the VA Dental Hygienist Association at their Annual Conference held in Richmond, VA. She also serves as Chairman of Education and Training for the M. Stanley Ryan Unit of Parliamentarians—VSAP, NAP. She loves parliamentary procedure and wishes that everyone (members and officers) affiliated with any type of society would become familiar with the rules of a meeting in their conduct of business, so that time, efficiency, and practice of Democracy can better be served for all. As parliamentarian of the VUUNAA, she is focused on serving to the best of her ability the officers and members in the proper conduct of business according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
Necrologist: Morris F. White, III '03
Morris Franklin White, III is a native of Smithfield, VA and a 2003 graduate of Virginia Union University. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education from Va Tech. The motto of Giving Back To Move Forward has been a legacy that Morris strives to leave everyone he comes in contact with. His passion is working with youth and strengthening communities. This can be seen in his vast youth development work experiences and community projects. He currently works with NC State University as the Vance County Extension Director.
Morris is the elected VUUNAA necrologist and a member of the NC Alumni Chapter. He is the co-founder and former president of the VUU Young Alumni Society. Morris has been actively involved in several VUUNAA projects and has served as member at large/communications chair.
Member-At-Large - Sponsorship Officer: Terri Weaver '87
Currently serves as Member-At-Large in charge of Sponsorship and working to gain new sponsorships for Virginia Union University National Alumni Association (VUUNAA). After receiving her degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1987, she began her career in the insurance industry working for major companies including, but not limited to Blue Cross Blue Shield, CNA Property & Casualty and AON Corporation. She received a Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) and an MBA from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL in 2013 & 2014 consecutively. Her education and expertise in Data Analysis, Statistical Reporting, Compliance, and Billing has helped her manage different roles held in the VUUNAA.
She has served and continues to serve in various capacities such as Ambassador, 1995 – 1997; Past President, and Member of the Henry J. McGuinn Alumni Chapter (Chicago, IL), 1997 – 1999 & 2004 – 2010; member of the Homecoming Committee, 2006 – 2010; Step Show Committee Chair, 2008 – 2010; ByLaws Committee, 2008 – 2012 and Parliamentarian, 2008 – 2012. During her service with the Henry J. McGuinn Alumni Chapter, she represented Virginia Union in annual college fairs where she helped in the recruitment of students from the Chicagoland area. She is committed to our university as she continues to serve in her current role. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves her community.
Chaplain: Earl Tuner '79
Earl is a product of Goochland County Public Schools, graduating from Goochland High School in 1972. He attended Virginia Union University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Education. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Earl previously served as President of the John W. Barco Alumni Chapter of Virginia Union University and currently serves as Chairman of the Telephone Committee. Earl Turner is a member of St. Mark Baptist Church where he has been in good standing and active since the age of nine. He has worked in many capacities within the church. He is currently an deacon at St. Mark Baptist Church.
Earl is a proud recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of VUUNAA for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Virginia Union University, and the United Negro College Fund, Inc. Meritorious Service Award. Earl worked for Capital One Financial Corporation for 26 years with a concentration in Information Technology. Currently, he is employed with Goochland County Public Schools where he gives back what has been sown into his life.
Member-At-Large -Membership Officer: Patricia Porter Spence '68
Patricia Porter Spence is a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey. She graduated from Virginia Union University in 1968 with an Elementary Education Degree. She received her master’s degree from Virginia State University and completed further studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and The College of William and Mary. Patricia taught elementary education for 27 years, was a homebound teacher for 7 years and taught with the Upward Bound program at VUU for 33 years – English and Reading.
Patricia is a member of the John W. Barco Alumni Chapter and currently serves as the Nominating Committee Chairperson. Patricia is excited when it comes to giving back to VUU and students. Education is a part of her life. She strongly encourages students and alumni who see education as an integral part of their lives. Patricia is well organized and able to support the vision and the goals of VUUNAA.
Member-At-Large- Special Events Officer: Michael Newsome '83
Michael Newsome is a member of the 1983 graduating class and received his BS in Business Administration from the Sydney Lewis School of Business. He became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at VUU and has been active with the VUU Alumni Association and the JW Barco Alumni Chapter for the past few years. Michael has over 30 years of experience in accounting, administration and management at a major research university. His previous service to the VUUNAA is as Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Homecoming Planning committee.