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The Board of Directors
Alexander Russell, Ed.D. President
Having been a teacher, a Principal, an Assistant Director of Business and Plant Services, a Staffing Administrator in Human Resources, a Staff Services Adminsistrator in Human Resources and a System-Wide Administrator in the DeKalb County, Georgia School system, Alexander Russell, brings his 34 years of vast education skills and experience to Groove Community Foundation, Inc.
A graduate of Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters in Education from Georgia State University, a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Atlanta University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University, he knows the value of education and leadership skills, and as a mentor for the Groove Leadership Academy, Alex is more than willing to help young men understand the importance of education, leadership and giving back to the community. His commitment to the community has taken a variety of forms and Groove Leadership Academy, Inc. is one that he knows will have a lasting, meaningful impact on many lives.
Jeffries Patterson brings his psychology background and entrepreneurial spirit as the owner of an insurance firm to the Groove Community Foundation, Inc. He is retired from the New Jersey State Department of Corrections and can see firsthand what happens when there is not the mentoring or the positive community involvement that young men need during their early years, particularly the teen years.
Jeff has been active in as a volunteer in the parent organization since he joined in 1971. "Seeing young men with goals and a diploma in hand instead of prison bars, is the ultimate reason to be active in the community and volunteer," according Jeff.
Don Herbin is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia where he majored in Finance. Don received an ROTC commission into the US Army Finance Corps. He served for 11 years in varies roles: Finance Officer, Company Commander, Budget Officer and Treasurer. Don retired from the reserves as a Major.
Don serves the Lord as a Deacon at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church and has served as Chairman of the deacon Ministry for over 10 years. He continues to serve fight a heart of being a blessing to someone else.
It was while at Hampton University that Mr. Herbin became affiliated with Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship.
Currently Mr. Herbin works for the United States Department of Agriculture. In his spare time he is basketball referee. He is married and is the proud father of two sons.