BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT & BOARD CHAIR
Susan Bro is the mother of Heather Heyer, and a Co-Founder of the Heather Heyer Foundation (HHF). Susan launched the foundation in memory of her daughter, Heather, a young paralegal with a strong sense of justice for all individuals. Heather was killedwhile standing up for social justice with her friends on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Susan graduated from the Southeastern College of The Assemblies of God with a degree in Elementary Education and a specialty in Early Childhood. She later attended the University of Virginia graduate school to receive her Virginia Teaching Certificate. She taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for 18 years. She also worked as Administrative Assistant for Greene County Cooperative Extension for 6 years until Heather's death.
Susan now works as the President of the Foundation and Board Chair. Based on her daughter's adopted motto, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention," Susan brings Heather's legacy alive by sharing a positive call to action. She calls on others to speak up and step out for social justice and civil rights through education and positive action.
She is happily married and has a large extended family.
ALFRED A. WILSON
Alfred A. Wilson is Executive Director and Co-Founder for the Heather Heyer Foundation. Alfred helped launch the foundation to honor his employee, co-worker, and friend, Heather, murdered August 12, 2017, while standing up for social justice. Alfred is a graduate of James Madison University with degrees in Political Science and Personnel Administration. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
His passion to help others drives Alfred to encourage people to fight for social justice and positive change. He truly believes education is key to improving society and works to help individuals achieve their goals. Alfred volunteers mentoring at-risk youth in the Charlottesville Area. He also serves as high school football referee, .
Alfred is happily married to one of the world’s most beautiful, creative and inspiring women and is the proud father of two gorgeous daughters. One is also a graduate of James Madison University and NFL Cheerleader ,while the other is currently at James Madison University studying Nursing. Alfred also has a handsome and amazingly smart son attending Virginia Tech currently studying Industrial Engineering.
He and his family reside in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.
Charles Allbaugh has been the Chief Financial Officer since 1995 for Central Virginia Health Services, Inc. CVHS is a non-profit federally qualified health center system. It provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to patients in medically underserved areas in16 clinics in Virginia. He has also owned a small CPA firm at Lake Monticello providing income tax and bookkeeping services since 2001.
Charles graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Accounting in 1991 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997.
Charles is an avid tennis player, enjoys watching football, and especially enjoys watching his children play soccer. Charles has four children and recently married his beautiful and talented wife, Tamika. As a father to three biracial boys and married to an African-American woman, he has always been extremely sensitive to racial equity and strives to treat everyone with respect and dignity no matter their race.
CHAD A. MORGANLANDER
Chad Morganlander serves as Senior Portfolio Manager and co-founder of Washington Crossing Advisors. He has been responsible for the portfolio management across each of the group’s investment advisory programs since the group’s inception. Chad has held several investment advisory and analyst positions for Stifel and predecessor firms, including Ryan, Beck & Company and Gruntal & Company. He began his career in 1992 at Lehman Brothers.
Chad brings nearly 25 years of financial market, investment advisory, and portfolio management experience to the WCA platform. The WCA multi-disciplinary investment platform has assets over $1.5 billion under advisement.
Chad regularly comments on the global economy and financial markets on various media outlets, including CNBC, Dow Jones, BNN, Bloomberg, CBS radio, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters.
Chad graduated from Ramapo College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and International Business.
Shinica Thomas is an Elected Official, serving as a Wake County Commissioner in the Capital City of Raleigh, North Carolina. Shinica is a Lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. While establishing partnerships with school boards, superintendents. and principals, Shinica works at showing elected officials Girl Scout programs that help build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Shinica has a passion for community engagement, development and advocacy. She has worked for over 20 years to help women get elected to public office at the local, state and federal levels and secure appointments to Boards and Commissions. She is a Partnership Strategist who mentors, coaches and speaks to individuals and groups about how to expand their impact and turn their goals into tangible realities.
Shinica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Fayetteville State University and Master’s Degree in Government from Regent University. She has lived all over the world as a military child and then an Air Force wife, but enjoys calling North Carolina home. She is married to Raymond, her high school sweetheart, and they have two sons Rahsaan & Khalid.
KELLI PALMER, Ph.D.
Kelli Palmer is a multidimensional leader who focuses on historically underrepresented populations and has done so throughout her career. She leverages education and analytics to provide insights that galvanize change.
Kelli is currently the Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity and Corporate Citizenship for CFA Institute. She is a strategist and business leader with expertise in IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability), sustainability, philanthropy, people and systems management, and the performing arts. Her talent for developing strategy and translating it into action has allowed her to serve organizations ranging from institutions of higher education to leading membership organizations and non-profit start-ups. In these spaces, she improves business processes and operations; builds policies and procedures; creates and oversees high-talent and diverse teams; and aligns business goals with corporate citizenship opportunities.
Kelli earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Social Foundations of Education. A scholar of diversity, she published Faculty Service in Black and White, a quantitative study of the impact of faculty service on tenure attainment. This was the first quantitative analysis of “cultural taxation”, a term first used by Amando Padilla in 1994. She also coauthored Driving Change: Diversity & Inclusion in Investment Management, a research based practical guide for industry leaders. Her M.A.Ed. was earned at Wake Forest University in Counseling and her B.A. from Elon University in Elementary Education.
Kelli is committed to the community as evidenced by her service on the Boards of the Heather Heyer Foundation, Community Climate Collaborative (C3), Peabody School, and the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation Board. She has previously served as a member of the Boards of the United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Live Arts, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, among many others.
She resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, James Bennett, and their four children.