Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Selected African American Faculty and Staff

 

 

Charlene D. Gilbert, MFA

Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Dean – College of Arts and Letters
Professor of Film

Charlene Gilbert became the Dean of the University of Toledo’s College of Arts and Letters on July 13, 2017 and was named interim vice president for diversity and inclusion effective Aug. 30, 2021.  Gilbert rejoined the UT community after serving three years as the Dean and Director of the Lima campus at the Ohio State University.  During her tenure at OSU, her campus had its first enrollment increase in six years and its highest 1st year retention rate in six years.  In addition, her strategic focus on student success and completion resulted in a 6.8% increase in the campus 4-year graduation rate and a 56.7% increase in its 5-year graduation rate.

For the past 20 years, Gilbert has been an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and scholar. She has been a national producer for public television and has produced two award-winning feature documentaries and several short non-fiction films. Her first feature documentary film, Homecoming Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay, premiered nationally on PBS and won several national awards for Best Documentary. Ms. Gilbert also co-authored, with Quinn Eli, a companion book to the film, also entitled Homecoming, published by Beacon Press. Her documentary, Children Will Listen, which followed children from DC public schools engaged in a year-long theater arts project, premiered at the 2004 AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival and had a national primetime PBS broadcast premiere. 

Her films and videos have been screened in numerous international and national festivals including the Women in the Director's Chair Festival, the Chicago International Television Festival, FESPACO, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. 

Dean Gilbert is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Harvard University's Bunting Fellowship, the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship award and the American Council on Education Fellowship.  Dean Gilbert received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University.  

 

David E. Young

Director - Toledo Excel & Special Projects

David E. Young, was asked to lead African American Initiatives and other special projects for the Office of Multicultural Student Success in May 2018 and his new duties officially began July 1, 2018. In addition to those duties he continues to direct the University’s Toledo Excel Program. The special projects include: providing strategic direction to African American initiatives, provide leadership for the My Brother’s Keeper Program, provide leadership for Brothers on the Rise & T.A.W.L. (Talented Aspiring Women Leaders), and provide support for Rocket Recovery grant. In his previous position he oversaw the operations of TRiO Student Support Services, Toledo Excel, and TRiO Upward Bound as Director of the Office of Excellence. Prior to his duties with the Office of Excellence, Mr. Young directed Student Support Services and Upward Bound, both part of the U.S. Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs.  For two years, he served in TRIO          

In his first position in higher education, Mr. Young was Assistant to the Dean of Students at The University of Toledo. He was a founding member of the University’s Commission on Diversity and Leadership UT.            

He is a past recipient of the Central City Ministries Urban All-American Award, and in 2008 received The University of Toledo’s Minority Alumni Award, and the NW Ohio Black Media Association’s Impact Newsmaker Award for contributions to the community. He was awarded the Edrene Benson Cole Community Service Award by the Art Tatum African American Resource Center for outstanding contributions for the betterment of the community in 2010, in March 2014 he was awarded the University of Toledo’s Donald S. Parks Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year and in 2015 he was named the winner of the Lancelot C.A. Thompson Service to Students Award.      

An ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ Inc., (COGIC), he is a part of the ministerial staff at Toledo’s New Life COGIC, under Bishop Edward T. Cook where he serves as Youth Pastor.  He and his wife, Brenda, are the proud parents of one son, James Jelani Akil Young.  

 

Demond L. Pryor, M.A.

Director of Recreational Services

Demond L. Pryor is currently the Director of Recreational Services at The University of Toledo, where he has served in this position since November of 2014. Pryor has been a Collegiate Recreation professional for 13 years, beginning his professional career in June of 2004 at Oakland University’s Department of Campus Recreation, serving as the Coordinator of Facility Operations for three years. From 2007-2014 Pryor worked at Central Michigan University’s Department of University Recreation as the Associate Director and then Director of Facility Operations.  

While an ungraduated student, Pryor did a required full academic year long Internship at Ball State University’s Department of Recreation Services and Sports Facilities.  He received a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Community Recreation (2002) and Master of Arts Degree in Recreation Administration (2007) both from Central Michigan University. Pryor is an Associate Minister at Canaan Baptist Church in Flint, MI., he was licensed as a minister in 1996 at the age of 19 and was ordained in 2002. He has held leadership position within the collegiate recreation profession at the State, Regional, and National Level. Pryor currently serves as the Advisor to The University of Toledo Student Government and the Student African American Brotherhood University of Toledo Chapter. Pryor’s life motto is “Perfection is our goal, but excellence will be tolerated.”   

  

Dr. Kimberly Jenkins

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology

Dr. Kimberly Jenkins, Associate Professor in Anesthesiology, has recently joined the senior leadership team of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences in the position of Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.  

Dr. Jenkins did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and obtained her M.D. degree at Wayne State University medical school in Detroit.  She also completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Wayne State University. 

Dr. Jenkins has been a faculty member of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences since 2007, receiving several Department of Anesthesiology Awards of Excellence in teaching medical students.  She is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and over the past year has served as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, under the leadership of Dr. Yvette Perry.  

Dr. Jenkins also serves as the Simulation Curriculum Coordinator for the Anesthesiology Clerkship, Assistant Student Clerkship Coordinator, Coordinator of both the REACH Program and Toledo Starz pipeline programs for underserved students in the Toledo community, Clinical Advisor for the MedStart Program, Coordinator for the Pre-Matriculation Orientation for incoming medical students, and Coordinator for the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program.  

This October, she was proud, alongside the leadership of the Student National Medical Association, to organize the Region V Medical Education Conference (RMEC) here at UTCOMLS.  RMEC is the largest medical conference for underrepresented minorities in the Midwest (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio), serving over 15 regional medical schools and hundreds of medical and pre-med students.  She is passionate about fostering an academic environment within the COMLS that is welcoming and respectful of all arenas of diversity and inclusion and believes this work is moving forward thanks to meaningful collaborations throughout the Toledo community.  Dr. Jenkins believes our mission and values will arm members of our College of Medicine with the tools needed to provide compassionate and culturally sensitive care to all they serve.   

  

Lenora McIntyre, CBA

Operations Manager
Minority Business Development Center (MBDC)

Lenora McIntyre is Operations Manager and Certified Business Advisor (CBA®) for the Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) Incubation program at The University of Toledo.  

Prior to coming to The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center in September 2017  Lenora spent over 19 years as an  Corporate industry accountant, teacher and  successful  owner of Peak Electric Inc. an MBE and 8A Electrical Supply Company.  As an early graduate of the MBDC Incubator program her passion for aiding minority entrepreneurs was borne through a desire to give back and eventually developed into a passion for helping others deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of growing a new business.  Fueling both a personal vocation and MBDC program mission to foster an environment that offers assistance for minority-owned, early-stage firms that will help nurture entrepreneurial and economic development in the Toledo community by providing office space, training, mentoring and a network of professional advisors.  Located on the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus, the University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center provided an ideal environment to help a selected number of established minority owned businesses grow.  

As a Certified Business Advisor (CBA®) Lenora McIntyre is also a small business coach who helps owners of existing businesses, start-ups, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses transition from early stage to successful entrepreneur by providing important services that identify emerging businesses and cultivates their growth and sustainability thus strengthening the minority business community, support job creation and further economic growth in Ohio.  

  

Lesley Berhan

Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Lesley Berhan is currently the Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement for the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Toledo.  Her research interests are in the areas of composites and fibrous materials and engineering education.  She received her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad, her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.   

She joined the faculty at the University of Toledo in 2004.  As the Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, she leads the development and execution of initiatives and programs to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and success of women, students from underrepresented groups and first generation students.  These duties are well aligned with her current research interests and external funding in engineering education. She is the co-president of the Associate of Black Faculty and Staff (ABFS) and the faculty advisor for the University of Toledo Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  

   

Marcus L. Sneed

Assistant Director of Development
College of Medicine and Life Sciences  

Marcus L. Sneed is the Assistant Director of Development for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at The University of Toledo. In this role, he identifies, cultivates and solicits prospective donors to secure gifts for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He is a graduate of Jesup W. Scott High School and The University of Toledo. He received his Bachelor of Organizational Development and Management degree from the College of Business and Innovation in 2007.  Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree here at The University of Toledo.

Mr. Sneed currently serves as president of the Madd Poets Society Board of Trustees. He was the co-chair of the Martin Luther King Unity Celebration in 2015, and was media coordinator for Dorr Street…Live in 2015. Mr. Sneed is a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Leader Award from the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio, and is also a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Toledo. He has a three-year-old son, Jacob C. Sneed, and has been married to his wife, Shacara, for over eight years. Shacara received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo and her master’s degree from Walden University.  

 

Monica Holiday-Goodman, PH.D., R.PH.

Associate Dean for Health Science Campus Student Affairs
Diversity Professor of Pharmacy Practice  

Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman is Associate Dean for Health Science Campus Student Affairs and Diversity and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She received a BS in Pharmacy and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the former Northeast Louisiana University, presently The University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Holiday-Goodman is also a registered pharmacist.  

Dr. Holiday-Goodman’s teaching and research focus on the socio-cultural, behavioral and administrative aspects of pharmacy practice. Her research passion is the elimination of health disparities and barriers to care for underserved patients. During her twenty-nine year tenure at The University of Toledo, Dr. Holiday-Goodman has served on the thesis committees of over 60 graduate and undergraduate students. She has received federal, state and corporate funding for her scholarly endeavors. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed and professional journals and books. Dr. Holiday-Goodman has been an invited speaker to several academic and professional audiences on the topics of cultural competence, health disparities and retention of under-represented students in the health professions. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) named her a Fellow of the Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2010-2011.

Dr. Holiday-Goodman is actively involved in service to The University of Toledo and the surrounding community. At the University, she is a member of PCARS, The President’s Committee for African American Recruitment, Retention, and Scholarship Support. She serves as faculty advisor to The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). Through both of these organizations, Dr. Holiday-Goodman is committed to increasing the enrollment and retention of under-represented minority students in the University’s health professions programs.  

In the community, she serves as Health Education Outreach Coordinator for St. Martin de Porres Catholic Parish. In this capacity, she helps to bring health care information and services to this inner-city Toledo church community. She is also a member of the Toledo Chapter of the Links, Inc., where she serves as Social/Courtesy committee chair.            

Despite her productive professional life, Dr. Holiday-Goodman’s greatest joy is her loving family, which includes her supportive husband Patrick, and three uniquely talented children, Larkin, Faith, and Gideon.  

 

Dr. Pamela N. Rogers

Director - Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science Programs

Dr. Rogers is the program director for the University’s long standing Upward Bound Program as well as the newly funded Upward Bound Math Science Program.  She has worked as director for over 13 years.  Her objective is to provide students with programming and services to ensure Upward Bounders, classic and math science, successfully transition from high school through college graduation. 

As program director Dr. Rogers’ tasks include: Operational and Financial Management:  Program development, ongoing and day-to-day management of program and services for both academic and summer components.  Strategic Planning:  Utilizing research from various sources, such as American College Testing (ACT), The College Board, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), American Fact Finder, state and public school systems, etc., to develop the program, meet program objectives and provide recommendations for best practices and student success. Communication and Outreach:  Workshop presentation to professional and school groups; trainings for summer teachers, tutors and residential staff. Compliance:  Ensure applicable compliance with university, state, and federal rules and regulations and review allowable/unallowable costs and ensure program staff spending is in compliance with governing authority and other duties.

Dr. Rogers’ educational background includes an earned Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Bowling Green State University; a Master of Education in Educational Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on business and education as well as an Associate of Applied Business from The University of Toledo.  

Dr. Rogers is a member of Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) and Ohio TRIO.  

   

Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Toledo

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell assumed the role of vice president for student affairs in January 2018, having previously served in the role on an interim basis since June 2017, and as UT’s associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students since April 2016. He is responsible for the conduct, counseling and advocacy of University of Toledo students. “Dr. Flapp,” as he is known, also has oversight of student life activities-including UT’s residence halls and more than 250 student organizations--and the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.  

Over the past 15 years, Cockrell has worked as an academician and practitioner within the field of student affairs--as a residence hall director at Ohio State University; and as assistant director for diversity education and programs, director of orientation and director of student life, all at Mississippi University for Women.

Just prior to joining UT, Cockrell served as associate vice provost for student affairs at Jackson

State University, Miss. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at both Mississippi University for Women and Jackson State University, as well as a guest lecturer at many other colleges and universities.    

A native of Columbus, Miss., Cockrell holds a bachelor of science in family studies from Mississippi University for Women, a master of science in educational leadership/student affairs administration from Florida International University, and a doctor of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University. Additionally, he has toured and studied higher education policies and practices abroad--in England, Scotland and Ireland.

As a past chairperson for the American College Personnel Association–Pan African Network, Cockrell has been actively engaged in advocating on behalf of students and professionals from underrepresented populations, as well as assisting with programming efforts at colleges and universities nationwide.  

Currently he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., where he most recently served as chief of staff for both the state of Mississippi and Pi Tau Sigma Chapter of Columbus, Miss. Cockrell also is a member of: Beta Phi Sigma Alumni, Toledo Chapter (secretary); the National

Association of Student Affairs Practitioners; the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Professional Leadership Alliance (charter member); among other organizations. Further, he recently was appointed to the boards of the Boy Scout of America – Erie Shores and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – Great Lakes Region.  

Cockrell is married to his college sweetheart, Pamela, and they have a dog, Princeton.  

 

Valerie Simmons-Walston

Associate Vice President for Student Services
Director of Residence Life

Valerie Simmons-Walston is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Kent State University where she earned a B.A. in Sociology, then went on to Hampton University where she received a M.A. in Counseling. She is currently writing her dissertation and is elated to be in the final stages of earning a Doctorate in higher Education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  

Walston was recently appointed the newest Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Toledo in Toledo OH.  This position affords her the opportunity to supervise a team of stellar professionals who work within the offices of Residence Life, Housing, University Counseling, the University Recreation Center, and Facilities/ Building Services. She has served in a myriad of Leadership roles over the past twenty years within the Public School System, and in the arena of Higher Education. Prior to her most recent position, Walston served in the role of Dean of Students at Brenau University for 11 years.  At Brenau, she had oversight of Residence Life Staff, Career Services, Judicial Affairs, Office of International Studies and the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs. Additionally, Walston provided resources for students who experienced academic difficulty and managed the University conduct/discipline process. She is a passionate student advocate and has received numerous accolades for her accomplishments to include a feature in the 2016 Leadership edition of MOXIE, a women’s magazine published by the Gainesville Times in Gainesville, Georgia.  Walston worked as a School Counselor/Director for 8 years within the Norfolk Public Schools system in Norfolk Virginia.  

Community Service is important in the fabric of Walston’s Life.   She has recently accepted a seat on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross in Toledo, OH.  In the past, she has served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, volunteered as a mentor with toastmasters, taught a women’s Sunday school class, and lead multiple service projects for her sorority- Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Inc.  Zumba is her favorite pastime along with collecting dolphins.  She has a great sense of humor, contagious personality, and a zest for life.