AAERO is a nonprofit organization, tax exempt as a 501(c)(3) public charity, whose mission is advanced by volunteers.
AAERO Board of Directors
PRESIDENT – PAULA QUICK HALL, Ph.D.
SECRETARY – JOVONIA LEWIS, M.S.
TREASURER – VICTORIA MORRIS, B.S.
DANISHA BAKER-WHITAKER, M.L.I.S.
DEMETRIUS HADDOCK, M.S.
WANDA JOHNSON, B.S.
ARLENE REED-DELANEY, M.D.
RUBY LONG TOUNSEL , M.D.
YURI YAMAMOTO, Ph.D.
PAULA QUICK HALL earned her doctorate in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998, specializing in Public Administration and Public Policy. In 1999 she founded the African American Education & Research Organization (AAERO). Her research and writing has drawn attention to issues of educational equity, racial discrimination in desegregated schools, and opportunities for groups underrepresented in science careers. Hall served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has worked more than fifteen years in nonprofit organizations, including the College Board and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also worked at the Niagara Falls Board of Education, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University. At Research and Evaluation Associates, Inc. Hall worked on several projects addressing issues such as disproportionate confinement of minority youth in the juvenile justice system and childcare provider training. Dr. Hall’s early education included a summer at N.C. Governor’s School, graduation from E.E. Smith Senior High in Fayetteville, a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. She spent a year at the National Science Foundation as an American Educational Research Association Graduate Fellow. She is currently retired and spending most of her time engaged with AAERO, and relationships with her mother, son, daughter, grandchildren and friends.
JOVONIA LEWIS is a nationally certified and licensed professional counselor providing mental health counseling and education. With her undergraduate degree in psychology and human development and family studies from UNC-Greensboro and Master of Science degree in counseling education with a specialization in family therapy from Georgia State University, her service has always been centered around education and a growth mindset to heal, empower and liberate others. She has worked in the non-profit sector with adolescents, in a government agency with victims of domestic violence, and in community agencies doing in-home counseling until she began a private practice, Trinity Counseling and Consulting, in 2004.
Jovonia’s heart for education, empowerment and social justice has led her to advocate with African-American parents for equity in the school system through the creation of PAAC (Parents of African American Children – Durham). This endeavor began in 2016 as a sub-committee of one school’s Parent Teacher Association in which she helped to organize parents around the academic opportunity gap which highlights differences in test performance of children by racial sub-groups. She also began empowerment workshops as the Education Chair of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People that led to advocacy at the local school board.
From consultant to community and education advocate, Jovonia follows her passions while lifting others. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother of three elementary school-aged boys. She is an educated, strong Black woman who relies on God for her strength, loves her family immensely and feels a deep sense of connectedness to her community. Embodying the scripture, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48), Jovonia works tirelessly to share her talents and gifts with others.
VICTORIA MORRIS received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She has over 25 years’ experience in various accounting industries and specialties, such as corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate and personal federal and state income tax return preparation, bookkeeping, small business startup and depositions, private equity and hedge fund accounting, property management and non-profit accounting.
Vicky is a Durham, North Carolina native. Seventeen 17 years of her work experience have been in the states of Connecticut and New York. She is currently a student at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut, completing the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. She plans to further her education with a degree in Forensic Accounting by June 2019.
DANISHA BAKER-WHITAKER is the Archivist/Museum Curator at Bennett College. She’s also a Ph.D. student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University. She focused on archives and special collections in obtaining the M.L.I.S. degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
Danisha is also an alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she obtained a B.S. in Physics. She met her husband of over 20 years there, and the couple share four children.
Danisha’s main research interests include exploring how the digital humanities field can intersect with and influence the duties of archivists. The overarching interests behind her work are identity and librarianship in the 21st century. Other interests include digital archives, access, and information architecture.
DEMETRIUS HADDOCK is the father of two. He originally came to Fayetteville, NC in 1991 as a student at Fayetteville State University and subsequently lived in Fayetteville on two separate occasions totaling nearly two decades. As a student, Demetrius majored in Mathematics Education (B.S.) and obtained a Master of Science degree in Mathematics after an extended, rough undergraduate experience. Over the years from 1991 to 1998, Fayetteville State University and several faculty members did not give up on him and he obtained his undergraduate degree despite the chaos of those years. That is why he is today such a strong advocate for the institution as an alumnus and for HBCUs in general. As he states, “people’s lives are not always conducive to a straight-line path. Detours are often needed.” Committed to community development, Demetrius participated on the Vision Task Force for the original Greater Fayetteville Futures (GFF) Project from its public unveiling in December of 2000 until its eventual end a few years later. He was also involved with Sustainable Sandhills, as it began, FAMPO’s Air Quality Stakeholders Committee, and the development of the Institute for Social Awareness (ISA) along the way. Experienced as a facilitator of community dialogue and collaboration, he has developed educational programs in the form of technical workshops, small group training on leadership and teamwork, innovations in educational practice, systems thinking, professional learning teams and more. In addition to serving as President for AAERO’s Board of Directors, Demetrius currently works as Programs Coordinator for ISA, serves as President for the Cumberland County “Hometown Broncos” Alumni Chapter of FSU National Alumni Association and Treasurer for the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation Board. As a father, he also continues to guide the development of two wonderful college students.
WANDA JOHNSON, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College in Paralegal Studies/Management Studies, has spent 25 years in management at the Endocrine Society. In 2015, she was named the Endocrine Society’s Chief Program Officer and led its education, science, and professional development department. Her responsibilities included organizing more than 25 educational events each year, managing a multi-million-dollar budget and a staff of 18. Wanda Johnson has shown a lifetime commitment to continuing education. She received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 1995 and her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2009. She was named a Fellow of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) in 2012. In 2018, she was awarded the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation’s Visionary Award honoring the Meeting Professional of the Year. In January 2019 Ms. Johnson became Chief Executive Officer at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) .
ARLENE REED-DELANEY, M.D., is a retired board certiﬁed psychiatrist. She was born in New York and grew up in Upstate New York. When she was in tenth grade she decided to become a doctor because she loved science and wanted to help people. She attended public school where she was encouraged by her English teacher to become a physician during a time when there were few women doctors.
In 1958 she graduated from Albany High School and in 1962 she graduated from College of Saint Rose, Albany New York. After completing her psychiatric training at Bellevue Hospital NYU and Roosevelt Hospital, NY, Arlene Reed-Delaney practiced psychiatry brieﬂy in Patuxent River Maryland. Using her training in pediatrics and psychiatry she worked many years with children and adolescents at the LaSalle School for Boys in Albany NY and Samaritan Shelters, Inc . Albany NY. Dr. Reed-Delaney also worked many years for New York State as a Review Physician and later Supervising Physician for Social Security.
Arlene Reed-Delaney, M.D. was the ﬁrst African American woman to serve on the New York State Board of Regents. She later served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame and the College of Saint Rose.
Currently Arlene Reed-Delaney lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts near her two children, Talaya and Daniel Delaney and four grandsons Felix, Victor, Cathal and Oisin and one granddaughter Eve. She continues to volunteer in promoting educational excellence and prison reentry success. She encourages young people and adults to follow their dreams.
RUBY LONG TOUNSEL , M.D., was raised in Gary & Merrillville, Indiana. There she attended a mixture of public and private schools for primary education. After completing Merrillville High School, she attended Purdue University. There she majored in Biology (2001), minored in Chemistry, and decided to pursue a medical career. She took part in multiple community service projects and student organizations, which enhanced her leadership skills. Upon completing Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006, Dr. Long began her professional career in Emergency Medicine at Summa Health System. This position allowed her to care for patients from all walks of life and facilitate educational activities for medical students, residents, and paramedics. She has continued those same activities as an Attending Emergency Physician in both community and academic health care systems. She enjoys taking part in medical mission trips at home and abroad. She also enjoys going on new adventures and hanging out with her husband and son, Dan and Dylan Tounsel. Dr. Long encourages all to dream big and work hard. The end results are sure to be great.
YURI YAMAMOTO grew up in Japan and immigrated to the U.S. in 1984. Yuri is a chaplain resident at University of North Carolina Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and also works as a pianist at Meredith College. Yuri’s dedication to racial justice brought her to the AAERO board. Yuri has Ph.D. in Genetics from North Carolina State University, completed the requirements for the Expressive Arts Therapy graduate certificate at Appalachian State University, and is currently working toward the Master of Divinity degree at Shaw University. Yuri is married with six children.