Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
– Dr. Mae Jemison

2021 Scholarship Recipients 

Platinum Sponsorship by Microsite Health & Mindshare Collaborative

Lauren Powers

Lauren Powers is a 7 figure business marketing coach helping doctors, dentists and small business owners NOT SUCK at business. She currently serves as president of Microsite Digital Marketing agency where she has helped hundreds of healthcare practitioners generate millions of dollars in revenue through their coaching and advertising services. Lauren is a business coach for Mindshare Collaborative, the largest global consortium of practitioners across specialties. She is an active philanthropist and Founder of the HBCU Legacy Foundation, an organization focused on financially supporting, mentoring and coaching black students to successful employment post-graduation.

After going through her own experiences of founding and running one of the largest gyms in Atlanta for over a decade, working in a sales and marketing capacity for 7 fortune 100 healthcare organizations and supporting over 100 start ups, she can easily coach a hungry entrepreneur to success.

Lauren is a proud Spelman College graduate, across her extensive career she has worked with celebrities like Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Headkrack and Rashan Ali. She has 19,000 Instagram followers and has been featured in Rolling Out Magazine, Health Magazine, Bossip,, Essence, Upscale Magazine and had recurring appearances on TV One's "Sister Circle Live"

Nuria McGrath

Executive Director
Nuria McGrath is a civil servant; she is a career Senior Economist for the Statistics of Income Division, IRS. Nuria uses her background in economics and data analytics to develop quantitative and qualitative techniques for designing and implementing statistical programs. On the customer facing side, Nuria produces statistical papers and data output on international administrative tax data.

Nuria holds a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and has a master’s degree in Data Analytics from George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering. Prior to her career in the IRS, Nuria was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where she developed relationships with everyone from seaman to foreign diplomats. She also served in AmeriCorps as a program manager for College Tracks, a grassroots nonprofit.
Nuria lives in Fairfax, VA and is inspired daily by her husband and three daughters. In her free time, Nuria enjoys reading, running, gardening, volunteering and traveling.

Prudence Minton

Ed.D, Secretary
Dr. Prudence Minton is an educational leader with seventeen years of experience as a principal supervisor, senior executive leader, and instructional leader. Her educational career is marked by her deep commitment to ensuring equitable and progressive opportunities for students. Regarding her leadership experience, she is a founding leadership team member of the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, which serves students in grades Pre-K – 12 in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Minton also serves as a principal mentor for the state of New Jersey where she supports the development of new school leaders through leadership simulations and action research projects. 

Additionally, she is a founding board member for the newly established HBCU Legacy Scholarship Foundation. She received a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College, an M.S. in Math Education from Brooklyn College, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Minton enjoys meditating, taking hot yoga classes, and spending time with her husband and nine-year-old son.

Bernard McCrary

Board Member
Collins Bernard McCrary is the Director of Black Student Achievement at Georgia State University. He is responsible for the overall mission of the office to promote quality services and programs related to the retention, progression, and graduation of African American students attending Georgia State University. Since consolidating with Georgia Perimeter College in 2016, Georgia State University is now the largest university in the state of Georgia and ranks nationally among urban public universities for research and diversity. GSU ranks #1 in undergraduate degrees conferred to Black students in the nation.

McCrary received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Columbus State University in 2005. While working fulltime as a Student Development Specialist at the university in Diversity Programs, he also completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration there in 2009. He worked at CSU in various Student Affairs roles until his departure in 2012 to become the Assistant Director of Student Involvement at Kennesaw State University.
He has taught courses on Cultural Diversity, Sociology, and Freshman Learning Communities. He has written grants to fund college programs for Black males and has also presented at national conferences on student success, diversity, black male resiliency, and policing of black males on college campuses.

Bernard is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and Emerging 100 of Atlanta. He has been recognized as an Emerging Young Leader by the Rho Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Most recently he’s been featured in the 16th edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and recognized as Columbus State University’s 2016 Young Alumni of the Year.
He is a fitness enthusiast and Coach at Total Fitness Revolution in Mableton, GA. In his free time, he enjoys basketball and CrossFit training. Bernard is currently a Doctoral candidate in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Gender studies at Georgia State University.

Angela Tennison

Board Member
Angela Tennison honed her leadership skills at the highest level – in The White House. She helped Senator Obama run for President, and then spent seven years serving in his administration. She was the first African-American woman to serve as White House Usher. In her role in the White House Executive Residence, she managed staff, logistics, and operations for the 44th President and First Family. Angela concluded her political appointment as the first and only Leadership Development Director at the US Department of Education.

With nearly two decades of diverse experiences in corporate, government, political, and entrepreneurial sectors, and armed with multiple coaching certifications, Angela brings a unique perspective to developing leaders and navigating varied organizational structures. Her style of leadership coaching is described as strategic and comprehensive, yet fun and compassionate. Angela is the founder of The Global Legacy Institute where she coaches high-level leaders and those on their way to lead and leave a life of impact they can be proud of. She also facilitates courageous conversations around race and inequity in America with the intention of exposing truth and bridging divides. Angela earned an MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, along with an MBA and BS in Finance from Winthrop University.

Shateka Crutcher

Bio coming soon...


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