Karen L. Proudford, PhD - President

Karen L. Proudford, Ph.D. is an academic whose teaching, research, writing and consulting interests include group and intergroup dynamics, leadership, diversity and conflict. She received her B.S. degree in Accounting summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her career in academia, she held positions at Honeywell, Inc. and IBM. She was named by The Maryland Daily Record as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2009 and 2013; she was inducted into the Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence in 2015. In 2010, she was selected for inclusion in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Baltimore. In 2011, Dr. Proudford was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to visit the prestigious Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In addition, she was inducted into the School of Business and Industry Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Florida A&M University. Dr. Proudford is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross — Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region Blood Services Division.  She currently serves on the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Board.

Marc V. Proudford, MBA, MS - Vice-President

Marc V. Proudford has career service in both the public and private sectors. Prior career service includes positions with the University of Maryland Medical System, AAI Corporation, and, Paine Webber/UBS. He has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Human Resources degrees from Wilmington College, designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Society of Human Resources, Certified Compensation Professional from WorldatWork, and Health Insurance Associate and Managed Care Professional certifications from the Health Insurance Associate of America. He has served as a mediator and facilitator with the State of Maryland Shared Neutrals Program, Maryland Commission for Civil Rights, District Court of Baltimore City and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

W. E. Proudford II - Secretary, Treasurer

William E. Proudford II has over 25 years experience in administration, sales, banking and public relations. He is currently employed by Delaware Express and has worked for the Bank of New York, Traveler’s Bank and Citigroup. Mr. Proudford is an Air Force veteran and served for four years as an administrative specialist stationed around the United States and in Okinawa.

Rubye T. Proudford, RN - Director

Rubye T. Proudford, R.N., received her B.S. degree, with a major in Nursing and a minor in Science, from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. After serving as a commissioned U.S. Air Force nurse, she continued her professional career as a civilian nurse in military hospitals throughout the United States and in Germany. She also was an Instructor in Theory and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB) at Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown, Delaware. Mrs. Proudford’s professional memberships included the Nurses Association of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (NAACOG), the National League of Nursing (NLN) and fraternal membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dover Alumnae Chapter. She retired from active nursing in 1995. Mr. and Mrs. Proudford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October, 2003.

John Mark Zeberkiewicz, Esq. - Director

John Mark Zeberkiewicz is a director in the corporate advisory group of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., the largest law firm in Delaware. His practice focuses on transactional matters involving Delaware corporations, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance, and he has published several articles on matters of corporate law. He also has particular expertise in Delaware law regarding nonstock corporations, having served on the drafting subcommittee responsible for the 2010 nonstock amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law. Mr. Zeberkiewicz received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Delaware, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Malcolm N. Joseph III, MD, MPH - Director

Dr. Joseph is a Medical Director at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. with a BA degree in Biology Pre-Medicine and accepted a U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Commission as a Second Lieutenant. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University. Dr. Joseph completed a Flexible Internship at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, MD.. He trained in Aerospace Medicine at Brooks, AFB, San Antonio, Texas and was assigned as a Flight Surgeon to Andrews AFB, MD. He traveled worldwide supporting White House and Congressional Special Air Missions. Dr. Joseph completed an Occupational Medicine Residency and a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He also completed military assignments at Robins AFB, Georgia; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska and the Pentagon. Dr. Joseph retired from active duty after 20 years with an Aeronautical Rating of Chief Flight Surgeon the rank of Colonel. In 1998, after his military retirement Dr. Joseph joined CareFirst and has served on the Adventist HealthCare Centers’ Health Disparities Inaugural Advisory Board; Maryland Steering Committee for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease; as Vice Chair of the Leadership and Capacity Building and as Vice Chair for the Cultural and Linguistic Competency Workgroups of the Maryland Health Disparities Collaborative. He serves on the board of directors for Community Health Partnership, Inc., Washington D.C. Dr. Joseph is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Maryland.


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