Susan D. Bro is the mother of Heather Heyer, and the co-Founder of the Heather Heyer Foundation (HHF). Susan launched the foundation to carry on the legacy of her daughter, Heather, a paralegal for Miller Law Group. Heather was slain while standing up for social justice with her friends on August 12, 2017. Susan formed the foundation to help provide scholarships for students seeking degrees or certifications in careers that will work with social justice issues, such as paralegals, social workers, lawyers, educators, and other individuals who want to make positive social change.
Susan now works full time as the President of the Foundation and Board Chair, managing the foundation, alongside the Director, Alfred Wilson. She often travels around the country, speaking on behalf of HHF, sharing Heather’s legacy of non-violent difficult discussions and speaking on social justice issues.
Prior to Heather’s death, Susan worked as an elementary school teacher in public school systems, working with a wide range of youth from gifted to special needs children. She also took specialized training in working with English as a Second Language Learners. Her initial college work was through Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia. She transferred to Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in Lakeland, Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. Upon moving to the Charlottesville, Virginia, area, Susan attended the University of Virginia Graduate Curry School of Education while a single mother with two small children, working a full 20-hour work-study job, and taking a full load of classes to earn a Virginia Teaching Certificate. Leaving 18 years of teaching after a lengthy illness, she worked as a secretary / bookkeeper for Virginia Cooperative Extension for seven years.
Susan remarried in 2013. Her family has expanded to now include her beloved husband, her parents, her surviving child and their spouse, stepchildren and their spouses, and several grandchildren. Her vision is to continue Heather’s legacy to help make the world safe and just for people of all genders, races, ethnicities, and religions by non-violent ways of coming together for mutual understanding and clarity, and to make people hold themselves accountable for their own actions. She believes she can best support that effort through helping support the education of our future social justice leaders.
Alfred A. Wilson is the Co-Founder for the Heather Heyer Foundation (HHF). Alfred launched the foundation to honor his employee, his co-worker his friend Heather D. Heyer who was wrongfully taken away from us on August 12, 2017 while standing up for social justice in our community. Alfred currently works for Miller Law Group, PC as MLG’s Bankruptcy Division Manager. Alfred is a graduate of James Madison University and has very unique range of experience in the bankruptcy field. During his past 18 years he has worked for 2 of the U.S. Justice Department's’ best Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustees training staff and working with attorneys in the field of bankruptcy. While there he also did bankruptcy case auditing to assure each case was properly prepared and met the standards required under the bankruptcy code. Alfred left the Trustee’s Office to go and work as the Director of Operations for one of the largest Bankruptcy Firms in the Western District. While at that Firm he continued his passion for making sure cases were prepared and filed properly while increase the performance and continuing training of the staff and its’ attorneys. Alfred joined to MLG because he wanted to serve the individuals and families in Central Virginia Area. He truly enjoys helping people come up with solutions to overcoming their financial situations.
His passion to help others and his love and respect for Heather Heyer is what drives Alfred to want to uplift and improve society and encourage others to fight for social justice and social change. Alfred truly believes that education is a key to improving our society and will work hard to help individuals achieve their educational goals.
When he is not helping families at the office of MLG he works as a volunteer mentoring at risk youth in the Charlottesville Area. He also serves as high school football referee, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the local Chapter of 100 Blackmen. Alfred was a member on the Board of Directors for Project Discovery and involved in Big Brothers and Big Sister Program.
Alfred is happily married to one of the world’s most beautiful woman, a proud father of two gorgeous daughters and one son who is a future NFL Superstar. He and his family resides in the Charlottesville, VA area.
ALFRED A. WILSON
Charles has been the Chief Financial Officer since 1995 for Central Virginia Health Services, Inc., a non-profit federally qualified health center system, which provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to patients in medically underserved areas in 16 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. He is an avid tennis player, enjoys watching football and especially enjoys watching his children play soccer. Charles has 4 children and was recently married to his beautiful and talented wife, Tamika. As a father to 3 biracial boys and who is 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 what race someone is.
Michael Mallory demonstrates a profound commitment to increasing opportunities for young people. He launched the Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) in honor of former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown in 1996. The RBSP not only awards college scholarships to extraordinary and financially deserving African American students, but creates a family network of outstanding young leaders committed to each other, their communities and national service.
Mr. Mallory, who grew up in rural Madison, Virginia, was the fifth born of ten children and the first in his family to attend college—the University of Virginia. Immediately following college, he worked as a classroom teacher and high school tennis and basketball coach before being hired by UVA to serve as assistant coach and academic adviser to the men’s basketball team.
He would later work as Director of Minority Recruitment, Assistant Dean as well as an Academic Adviser at UVA. He was honored at UVA as the University received recognition for having the highest graduation rate of African American students at any public institution in the country. Mr. Mallory initiated UVA’s first Black Alumni Reunion in 1987 and was co-founder of the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Program. He received the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 1996.
Mr. Mallory’s dedication to increasing opportunities for young people is evident through his work on numerous boards and his insight into issues related to access to education, entrepreneurship and leadership.
The RBSF, a 501C3 public charity, is dedicated to the lives of intellectually gifted but economically challenged young African Americans. The initiative differs from other scholarship programs in that it goes far beyond financial aid. Each Scholar becomes part of an extended family consisting of administrators and prior Scholars who provide guidance, mentorship, and internship and employment opportunities. The Program emphasizes a culture of philanthropy and “passing it forward” through public service and leadership. 82% of alumni have contributed financially to the Program, which boasts a 99% graduation rate. Most recently, the RBSF has added two new initiatives: the Guided Pathway Support (GPS) Program, a college access initiative for high school juniors and seniors, and the Ron Brown Leaders Network, which partners with corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Google, Facebook, Siemens, Lockheed Martin, Capital One, Deloitte and others.
CHAD A. MORGANLANDER
Mr. 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. Mr. Morganlander 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.
Mr. Morganlander 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.
Mr. Morganlander graduated from Ramapo College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and International Business.
Shinica Thomas is the Individual Giving Director for the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines. In this role, she raises awareness across 41 counties about the Girl Scout movement and the breadth and depth of their programming while encouraging individuals to make financial contributions to support the organization’s mission of building 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 on political campaigns 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.