2014 Board of Directors
Dr. Douthard R. Butler, Chairman
Dr. Douthard R. Butler was born and reared in Waxahachie , Texas. He attended Prairie View A&M University, Texas. Upon graduation, he received a BS in Mathematics and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in May 1955. He was called to active duty in August 1955, and remained in service for 30years retiring in the grade of Full Colonel in December 1985. During his years of service, he earned his wings in November 1956 and was a Master Army Aviator at retirement. He served in Vietnam, Korea, West Germany, Nome Alaska, and numerous CONUS assignments, to include approximately 14 years assigned to the Pentagon.
In 1975 he earned a MA, Management & Supervision from Central Michigan University; In 1992 he earned a Doctor of Public Administration from George Mason University. He is deeply engaged with numerous Community Organizations to include, Rotary International and Optimist International. He currently is employed by George Mason University as Associate Athletic Director for Community Relations and Adjunct Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs. He is married to his college sweetheart, Jo Jewel Ray. They have four adult children and two grand children.
Brad Ryant, Sr.,Vice Chairman
Brad Ryant, Sr. is a Principal Agent with Brad Ryant Insurance, Inc. a Nationwide Insurance Agency. He has over 25 years of experience in insurance, mortgage lending and banking and finance. Serving the Washington D.C. Metro area, Brad’s specialty is helping small business owners manage their insurance risk through annual reviews and on-site seminars. His Agency is committed to building lifetime relationships through knowledge and need based selling and by making loyalty and integrity number one priorities.
Equipped with an entrepreneurial spirit, he has experience in business management at both large and small financial institutions. Mr. Ryant has a proven record of success in and utilizing proactive approaches in resolving issues and improving customer satisfaction. He has specific expertise in financial analysis and management, strategic planning, mortgage lending, credit analysis, expense management and real estate. Mr. Ryant is adept at identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities to drive revenue and profit growth. His background exemplifies a rich mix of risk management, financial planning, as well as control and regulatory compliance knowledge. Through Nationwide Insurance he’s able to offer many types of insurance products to help small businesses manage their risks, including general liability, commercial auto/fleet insurance, business umbrella policies, commercial bonds, professional liability, buy/sell agreements and key person insurance.
Mr. Ryant serves on the boards for The Literacy Institute for Financial Enrichment and Kingdom Management, LLC. He’s also a member of the National African American Insurance Association.
Mr. de Peiza has more than 18 years of experience in management, software engineering, systems development and managing advanced information technology solutions, in the commercial and Federal government markets. He has led large scale enterprise initiatives in the Federal government, most recently as a Senior Architect and Subject Matter Expert on a Field Data Automation project for the US Census Bureau during the last 2010 Decennial Census.
Mr. de Peiza enjoys advising and supporting organizations that are goal oriented, and require support to defined objectives. In addition to assisting clients with enterprise audits and other customer centered IT solutions, he enjoys cultivating emerging technologies. He is currently serving as an ambassador for the NBVCC, to meet other entrepreneurs and support them in their journey of exploring the chamber benefits.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Rodney now lives in Fairfax Virginia with his wife and children. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science both in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies. He is also a certified project management professional (PMP) and certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT).
Cheryl L. Sheppard, Secretary
Born in Philadelphia, Cheryl L. Sheppard attended Virginia's Hampton Institute and San Jose State University, studying Theater Arts and Communication. While attending San Jose State, she met her husband of 35 years, starting a family and raising two sons. She is grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters, with a third on the way, and is very active in her community and Church.
Around the same time they started a family, the Sheppards launched Valley Green Landscaping, and have been in business since 1989. Mrs. Sheppard loves her family and they enjoy building their business together. She enjoys participating in all of their lives.
Her extended family includes her father and mother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and a host of cousins, nieces, great nieces and nephews. She believes that family is everything and, without family, life would be rather boring.
Edward Williams, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Williams is the current Chairman of the South Carolina State University Foundation Board, a member of the National Association of Securities Professional (NASP), the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), and the Financial Services Institute (FSI) and is past President of the Association of African American Advisors (AAAA). A lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, he and his wife Deborah enjoy their grandchildren and they currently reside in Fairfax, Virginia.
Gregory Woodyard, Assistant Secretary
Dontae L. Bugg, Esq.
Dontae Lamont Bugg is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Dontae L. Bugg, PLLC, a boutique law firm with a focus on criminal defense, DUI/traffic offenses, and family law matters. Mr. Bugg is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Washington DC, the Federal Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court. He is courtroom saavy and has represented hundreds of clients in cases involving misdemeanor crimes, felony crimes, custody, divorce, and complex equitable distribution. Using his wealth of legal experience and competitive drive, he provides his clients with knowledgeable and effective legal representation.
Mr. Bugg is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Arlington County Bar Association, and serves as Chairman of the Community Service Committee for the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association. He has performed hundreds of hours of community service, believing that all who are able must lend a hand to help the less fortunate among us. In that spirit, he is qualified in Virginia as a Guardian ad Litem for children and certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.
A native of Newport News, VA, Mr. Bugg is a graduate of Heritage High School, where he is inducted into the Hurricanes Athletic Hall of Fame. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. During college, he was an All-East performer in the men's high hurdles and captain of the men's track and field team. After college, Mr. Bugg attended the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he served as President of the school's American Bar Association chapter and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and was selected by his classmates serve as student speaker for the Law School's 2006 commencement ceremony. Prior to opening his law firm, Mr. Bugg was associated with the firm of Bremner, Janus, and Stone in Richmond, VA and a domestic relations firm located in Washington, DC.
Ronald B. Hanley
Ronald B. Hanley is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC). Mr. Hanley has been tasked to accelerate the growth of the Chamber, increase the membership and develop alliances with other organizations. Mr. Hanley brings a wealth of knowledge to the position with over 30 years of experience in Procurement and Contracts. He has worked for many large corporations and institutions such as Rockwell International, Hughes, Honeywell, Accenture and Indiana University.
Mr. Hanley has served as Director of Procurement, Manager of Contracts, Manager of Subcontracts, Sr. Subcontracts Cost/Price Analyst and Business Manager. He has also worked on major government programs that include the Space Shuttle Space Station, F14, F16, F18, F22, Joint Strike Fighter and has supported programs for the FAA and TSA.
He has a Degree in Business Management from St. Joseph's College. Ron moved to the DMV area in 2003 after retiring from Honeywell. He is currently the President and CEO of RBH Solutions, a consulting company.