1980s Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Harolyn Belcher, M.D., MHBS (B.S. ’80, M.D. ’82) is the inaugural vice president and chief diversity officer at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Belcher is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and research scientist at Kennedy Krieger.

Joyce Hudson (B.S. ’80) received the Prince William County Human Rights Award and the Virginia Association of Human Rights Award for her work with the Alliance to Save Carver Rd., which was formed to protect the historic African-American community founded by freed slaves in the Gainesville/ Haymarket Virginia area.

Cheryl M. Burgess, M.D. (M.D. ’84) joined the board of directors with the American Academy of Dermatology. She is in private practice in Washington, D.C. and is also an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center and The George Washington University. 

Robert S. Hoover Jr., M.D. (B.S. ’87) has been named chief of the section of nephrology and hypertension in the John W. Deming Department of Medicine at Tulane School of Medicine.

Lisa Nelson (B.B.A. ’87), founder and CEO of See In Colors, a visual communications company, is now officially a Goldman Sachs Small Business Alumni. This program focuses on small business owners and their companies across the United States as an investment in the future.

Grady (Trey) Crosby III (B.A. ’88) has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for College Possible Milwaukee. He is an associate attorney in the Milwaukee office of the law firm Ogletree Deakins.

Khadija T. Diggs (J.D. ’88) became the second African-American woman in Pennsylvania to be appointed to the Parole Board. Previously, she was assistant counsel in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel, with a focus on corrections, probation and parole.

Colita Nichols Fairfax (B.S.W. ’88) was recognized with the UNCF Hampton Roads Virginia Masked Ball Award for scholarly and teaching excellence as a professor at Norfolk State University. Dr. Fairfax is the first HBCU professor to be recognized with this award.

Cheryl L. Duncan (B.A. ’88) has been named to the Observer’s PR POWER 50 List for 2020. She is the founder and CEO of Cheryl Duncan and Company Inc., a New York City-area public relations firm in the arts and culture, entertainment, and social betterment sectors.

Kelvin John Pettaway (B.B.A. ’89) was promoted to associate vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Atlanta.

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