In 1995, a reception was held with NBMBAA National Headquarters to formulate the National Black MBA Association – Louisville Chapter with an interest group of 5 persons. These individuals saw the need to have an organization to help professionals achieve their educational and career goals. In May 1999, the Louisville Chapter received full chapter status and by the end of that year, there were 48 thriving members throughout the state of Kentucky. During the years that followed, the Executive Board has worked extensively to live up to the association’s mission of “Promoting intellectual and economic wealth for African Americans in the Commonwealth of Kentucky” by offering professional development and entrepreneurship opportunities through various programs sponsored by corporate partners which have included:
- American Express
- Brown & Williamson
- Greater Louisville, Inc.
- Humana, Inc.
- Louisville Community Development Bank
- Louisville Defender
- Louisville/Jefferson County Office of Economic Development
- Metro United Way
- PNC Bank
- Republic Bank
- University of Louisville
- Western Kentucky University
In 2000, the Louisville Chapter hosted the Regional Conference. In 2014, the Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® program was re-launch. In 2015 and 2016 the chapter was a recipient of the Metro United Way Black Male Achievement Grant. The Louisville Chapter has historically served members throughout the commonwealth. As such, in 2014, chapter leaders officially decided to do business as the Kentucky Chapter. Today membership has grown and the Executive Board is working diligently to implement various initiatives to double our membership by end of year 2020.
- Louis Bates: 1995 – 1999
- Crawford Owens: 2000 – 2004
- Gerald Joiner: 2004 – 2006
- Crawford Owens: 2006 – 2008
- Alan Benson: 2008 – 2012
- Domonique Churchill: 2012 – 2014
- Chanda Glover: 2014 – 2018
- Camille White: 2019 – present
Current Chapter Leaders
Camille White, MBA is the Kentucky Chapter’s President. Camille is a Branch Analyst for Hilliard Lyons Wealth Firm since Oct 2017. In this role, Camille responds to branch needs in financial investment products, trading support, re-organizations, research, confirming the accuracy of actions taken by the advisors and problem solving. Camille has been with the firm for over 17 years and has held previous positions within the firm.
In January 2017, Camille became the Business Operations Officer and head of Finance Committee for her church, New Life SDA Church, after resigning her position as Treasurer at the end of 2016, a position she held for 12yrs. Camille was an active member of the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals for over 12 years and served on different committees and held the board position of Treasurer for one term before moving on from the organization.
Camille had been a competitive Figure Skater for 30 years until an recent injury took her out of the competitive arena. She has since received her Coaches Credentials from the Professional Skating Association in order to coach skating under the United States Figure Skating Association and Ice Skating Institute. She is currently the Head Coach and Choreographer for The Belles Synchronized Skating Team that has been established over 40 years ago. Camille’s other interest include travel, outdoor activities, nature, living a healthy/holistic lifestyle, brunch and dinner with friends, the performing arts, and anything adventurous she can get herself into.
Camille has been with the Kentucky Chapter of the National Black MBA Association for over 12 years. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree from Webster University where she received her MBA.
Camille credits God with all her gifts, talents and her youthful and adventurous spirit. One of her favorite verses come from Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Find Camille on LinkedIn.
Chanda Hand, MBA is the Kentucky Chapter immediate past president. Chanda’s career path includes being an engineer in manufacturing, a marketer in nonprofit, and an analyst in health care. She earned her undergraduate degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, her MBA from University of Iowa, and her graduate certification in business data mining from Oklahoma State University. She is currently an analytics consultant for Humana Inc. Of all these things, Chanda feels her greatest accomplishment has been to be the first person in her family to earn a master’s degree. With this in mind, she has been a member of the National Black MBA Association since 2008. As a member of the Black MBA, Chanda has served as a board member of the Cincinnati Chapter, president of the Kentucky Chapter, and advocates for the Kentucky Chapter as the immediate past president. Chanda’s eclectic background is a testament to her passion for serving the marginalized and living to her fullest potential. One of her favorite quotes is from Erma Bombeck who said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” Find Chanda on LinkedIn.
Dawan Jackson is the Kentucky Chapter VP of Marketing. Dawan Jackson is a Marketing Professional currently an Inbound Support Specialist at Amazon.com, Inc., with the responsibility of resolving vendor issues related to inbound shipments from the some of the most respected brands in the world. Prior to joining Amazon.com, he volunteered his time at Louisville Society of Human Resource Management as Co-Chair of the College and Community Relations Department where he met with student programs and faculty members to recruit new student members while maintaining a liaison with local business organizations, business news, writers, and other community groups.
Dawan’s greatest strengths is his loyalty, drive and leadership. Dawan challenges himself with new adventures where he can offer his experience, knowledge and expertise. Dawan is devoted to continuous education with the attainment of a B.S. in Marketing/Management, M.S. in Human Resource Leadership and currently as aspiring MBA student.
In 2004, Dawan was honored by the Louisville Metro Council with a proclamation recognizing his dedication to higher education and community service. In 2010, Dawan served as a judge at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2016, Dawan created ATF Horizons, LLC a small rental company in the honor of his late brother (Anthony), mother (Toni) and father (Francis) devoted to helping less fortunate families gain access to rental property. Dawan lives in Louisville and in his free time, Dawan loves to read, attend sporting events, exercising and meeting new people. Find Dawan on LinkedIn.
Chris Davis is one of the Kentucky Chapter’s Membership Co-Leads. He was Born and raised in Louisville, KY. Chris received a BA in Management from Eastern Kentucky University. After graduating from college in 2009, he began his career with Humana and has held various positions since then. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and working out.
Joining the NBMBAA has pushed Chris out of his comfort zone and he looks forward to the opportunities ahead, while continuing to develop lifelong skills.
Cherell Diggs is one of the Kentucky Chapter’s Membership Co-Leads. She proudly hails from Los Angeles, California, but is a long time resident of Louisville, KY. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville and a Masters of Business Administration from Sullivan University. She has been active in her community, as well as neighboring communities, by volunteering in areas such as the National Liver Foundation Liver Life Walk and by being the voice of abused and neglected children through CASA; Court Appointed Special Advocate. Cherell currently works for Humana in the Provider Administration department where she works on several projects analyzing provider data. After receiving her MBA, Cherell’s interest for volunteering and serving others began to become her true passion. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys exercising, participating in walks for several health causes, traveling, and enjoying fun moments with her Yorkshire Terrier, Tuunchie!
Ron Baker is the Kentucky Chapter’s VP of Finance. He is from Indianapolis, IN and moved to Kentucky in 2016. During his last two years of high school, he joined the Finance Academy where his interest in finance and accounting sparked. Ron learned about budgeting, the basics of investing, and other helpful tools that would benefit him in the future. With that spark, he attended Hanover College and became part of the Business Scholars Program where he was able to learn more about finance, accounting, and other areas of the Finance Industry. Within the program, students were required to do an internship one summer and he was able to work at MainSource Bank’s headquarters.
Upon graduation, Ron applied to the University of Indianapolis to obtain an MBA. During the summer months of 2015-2016, he volunteered at a local organization, Center for Leadership Development, and became a college facilitator where he assisted and taught high school students college readiness skills to be successful after high school. Currently Ron works at Hilliard Lyons in the Operations department assisting the branches with day to day activity. He also recently volunteered with Junior Achievement and help teach Elementary school kids some finance foundation lessons. Ron’s interest and passion is in helping others learn practical skills needed to be financially conscious in life.
Jermetria Robey is the Kentucky Chapter’s VP of Record. Jermetria began her career as a Human Resources professional nine years ago. With just a high school diploma and very little experience in the field, she was able to prove, through her strong work ethic, that she was capable of playing a vital role in the department. Although Jermetria was extremely grateful and excited for new opportunities, she quickly realized the need for more education. In 2014, she enrolled to become a Business student at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, she is in the Business Management Bachelor’s program and expected to graduate December 2019. She currently works as an Insurance Agent/Financial Advisor and is continuing to find more ways to grow. Find Jermetria on LinkedIn.
Aisha Neal, PMP is the Kentucky Chapter’s VP of Leaders of Tomorrow®. Aisha is a Louisville native and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. She works for Humana, Inc. as a Consultant managing clinical projects and volunteers as a Well Being Champion whose objective is to engage associates as well as help them become more knowledgeable about the programs and resources available so they can achieve their well-being goals. Aisha also works as a hairstylist part-time, and owner of Tangles & Curls Beauty Salon. She is a member of the Children Youth Ministry at Green Street Baptist Church and holds the role as Director of Student Promotions. Clark Atlanta University’s motto “I’ll find a way or make one” is a personal motto and inspiration for me. I love helping, motivating, and inspiring others to step out of their comfort zone and participate in new initiatives that leads to personal and professional achievements. Find Aisha on LinkedIn.
Chlise Robinson is the Kentucky Chapter VP of Operations. Chlise is Privacy and Ethics Compliance Lead at Humana and has been with the company for 23 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Spalding University and will receive a Master of Business Administration in May 2019 from Bellarmine University. Her strengths include but are limited to customer focus strategy, executing multi-channel business programs, legal compliance, analytical & strategic thinking, team building and change management.
Chlise has twin boys, Micah and Joshua, age 19 who are sophomores at the University of Louisville. She has been a member of the National Black MBA Association KY Chapter for a little over a year and immediately became involved as a volunteer with the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT). Her additional activities include being a Mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters eConnect program, mentor to three young ladies through the Generation WOW mentoring program, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau. Her hobbies include volunteering and traveling. Find Chlise on LinkedIn.