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Board of Directors

Jerry Mitchell

President & CEO

Jerry Mitchell serves as President and CEO of the Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce (ASBCC). In this position he interacts with businesses across Alabama and oversees the ASBCC’s 3 affiliates: the North Alabama African Chamber (Huntsville), the Greater Birmingham Black Chamber, and the Tuscaloosa Area Black Chamber.  He consulted with more than thousand businesses/non-profits providing business development planning and technical assistance. 

Amelia Thomas

Financial Planner & Director of Wealth Management

ASU alumna Amelia Thomas is now responsible for building the Wealth Management/Financial Advisory Division for Guardian Credit Union. Thomas’ new position comes after working in Birmingham for the past three years as an investment compliance officer for ProEquities and BBVA Compass Investment Solutions. Thomas, a 2006 graduate and former Student Government Association president (2005-2006), said she literally grew up on the ASU campus. Thomas received an M.S. in personal financial planning from Kansas State University and currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in personal financial planning.

Brandon Hewitt,KHAFRA

Principal, Senior Structural Engineer

KHAFRA, an award-winning professional engineering and architectural design services firm, has been providing comprehensive engineering and environmental consulting services since 1986. Since that time, the firm has grown into a regional powerhouse of engineers and architects with a staff of over 140 experienced, dedicated professionals. As a full-service architectural and engineering firm, KHAFRA is experienced in delivering complete design/engineering services beginning with conceptual facility planning, and proceeding through the design phase concluding with field construction contract administration. The firm specializes in serving the needs of industrial, commercial, institutional, municipal, and federal clients. Many of KHAFRA’s projects include architectural, environmental, civil, structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering services.

William Robertson

William Robertson is founder, president, and CEO of Monumental Contracting Service, LLC. With over 30 years of proven executive construction management experience, Mr Robertson is known for his strong leadership skills and team player approach. He has also attained a mastery of negotiation procedures, contract preparation, pricing, and oral presentation. He has professional experience as a Program Manager, Project Manager, Program Director, Construction Manager, Rehabilitation Specialist, and ConstructionEngineer.

Pastor Clifford Johnson


A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Clifford earned his BS in Agriculture Education from Alcorn State University, MRE in Christian Education from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, Personnel Administration from Tuskegee University. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Montgomery Bible Institute.  He retired from USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1996 to devote full time to ministry. He has served as the Pastor of the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Opelika, since August 1993.  In 2000, he founded the Greater Peace Community Development Corporation, for the purpose of impacting the community. The following activities have taken place: A Youth Leadership Academy, a child development center, an adult education program (GED), a fatherhood initiative, a Black-owned business fair, and a 48-house subdivision which opened in March 2009.

Clifford serves on many boards and committees including: Alabama Association of Community Development Corporations, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lee County, Salvation Army, Auburn City School Board of Education, Mercy Medical Clinic, United Way, A+ Education Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the 100 Black Men of America.  In May 2014, he was elected President of the Southeast Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention.

Calvin Mitchell

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) J. Calvin Mitchell is a native of Century, Florida.  He is a1982 graduate of Southern Normal School in Brewton, Alabama.  He enlisted in the Alabama National Guard in 1984 and was commissioned in the Army in 1986.  His civilian education consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Grambling State University, a Master of Science Degree in Materiel Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University.  Currently Mr. Mitchell serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Sarai Services Group, Inc. (SSG), which he founded in 2013. SSG is the second company Mr. Mitchell has grown since retiring from military service. 


Patricia A. Cade

Executive Director

Patricia A. Cade, the proud mother of four young adults, has taken many avenues to become the person she is today. However, her crowning achievements come through work in community service.  As the president of READY, Inc., a nonprofit youth development agency in Marengo County, she mentors to the youth, and she work diligently to help these young people become productive citizens.  In this capacity, she is the Lead Volunteer for READY for 4-H, a youth development program offered through the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, and she is the principal grant writer for the organization. Her educational endeavors include an AAS in Computer Information Systems from Kaplan University, and a BA in English from the University of Alabama. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff of National Black Church Family Council, Inc. where she oversees all of the Corporation’s operations, including the management of the Community of Hope Missionary Society.  She is also the Grant Manager/Program Manager for the Tuscaloosa Area 1-Stop Breast & Cervical Cancer Resource Center, a project funded by the REACH US Legacy Project.  In addition, she is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa Area Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  She currently serves on the Mid-South Region REACH US Coalition and the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition.

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