GRANT SELECTION COMMITTEE
Members serving on the Grant Selection Committee: Chairperson, Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Professor of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University; Dr. Sandra Thompson, member of AASF's Board of Directors and Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness of Florida Memorial University; Mr. Irvin Minney, Founding Board Member of AASF and Contract Manager for Broward County Transportation; Mr. Lamont Roberts, Retired Educator, and Tracy N. Webster, Esq., Attorney, AASF Volunteer and Donor.
Cynthia Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. Cynthia Wilson has served as Chairperson of AASF's Grant Selection Committee for many years and provides valuable input into the review and selection process. Dr. Wilson is a tenured Professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Her primary instructional focus is to train teachers to implement research-based, effective teaching practices in an effort to improve educational opportunities for children with mild to moderate disabilities and children who are at-risk for academic failure. In her tenure at FAU, she has been the Department Chair, the Director of a Teacher Education Project, taught 21 different courses, authored/co-authored more than 20 publications, and presented more than 30 papers at international and national conferences. Dr. Wilson has also been the recipient of the FAU Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching and has been principal investigator/co-principal investigator of grants totaling more than $3 million dollars. She currently serves as Chairperson of the FAU College of Education Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Sandra Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra Thompson is a member of the Board of Directors of the African American Success Foundation and serves on the Grant Selection Committee to identify AASF's research priorities and grant recipients. Dr. Thompson is a Professor of Sociology and is Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness of Florida Memorial University in Miami, Fl. She previously served as Interim President of the University.
Dr. Thompson holds a Bachelors degree in History from Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina and also a Certificate in French from University Poitier in France. She obtained a Masters in History from Fisk University and earned her doctorate in History from the University of Florida.
Mr. Irvin Minney, Community Transit Officer for Broward County Transportation, is one of the Founding Board of Directors of the African American Success Foundation, actively serving on the Board for many years . Mr. Minney helped to establish many of the grant selection criteria and review processes and previously served as Chairperson of the Grant Selection Committee. He remains a valuable supporter of AASF and is an active member of the Committee, serving as Board Liaison to the Grant Recipients.
Lamont D. Roberts
Mr. Lamont D. Roberts is a retired educator, serving as the Chair of the Educational Advisory Board for the City of Lauderhill, Florida. He has over 40 years of active involvement with African-American youths, engaging them in athletic and educational activities. Mr. Roberts is an active volunteer in the Lauderhill community.
Tracy N. Webster, Esq.
Ms. Tracy Webster is a longtime AASF volunteer and donor who now serves on the Grant Selection Committee. She is also an active volunteer in the South Florida community and is an attorney.