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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.


Rodney de Peiza, Treasurer

Rodney de Peiza, is the President of Key Concepts Knowledgebase LLC, a SBA certified 8(a) IT professional services firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. Since 2008 Mr. de Peiza has been running the firm full time, with a focus on enabling organizations to maximize efficiencies and achieve results in the areas of Agile, Scrum, Governance, PMO, Federal – Civilian, and Commercial –Distance Learning IT platforms. 

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

Cheryl L. Sheppard is Vice President of Valley Green Landscaping, Inc. (VGL), a fully qualified SBA 8(A) firm and further licensed, insured and bondable Class A General Contractor now celebrating 25 years in business. Her responsibilities include providing high level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports and handling information requests.

VGL's capabilities include all aspects of general contract and construction management and execution in the performance of contracts. The company provides electricians, construction managers, business professionals, and skilled tradesmen. The CEO has experience managing government contracts at the state and local levels. We are experienced in all areas of construction types, specifically Highway Construction.

VGLs professional achievements include 2011 Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) Safety Award and, their proudest achievement, the “Wetland Mitigation” landscape project on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project. The company is also the proud recipient of the NVBCC 2012 Business of the Year Award. A member of the DBE Transportation Advisory Board, the company serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner at the Department of Transportation.

VGL relies on the integrity, skill and ingenuity of our team to deliver projects safely, on time and in accordance with the client's specifications and within budget, using quality materials and practicing the highest standards of ethics and workmanship in the execution of duties and responsibilities whether in the field, through administrative services or at the CEO level. Their motto is “Excellent Service Every Time”.

Edward Williams, Assistant Treasurer

Edward Williams is an independent financial advisor and founder of DEW Financial Management Group. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Mr. Williams holds the Series 7, 9, 10, 31, 63, & 65 registrations through LPL Financial, Insurance Life & Annuity licenses. He has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry with Salomon Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

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

Gregory Woodyard is currently Special Assistant to the Governor for Supplier Diversity Procurement and Commpliance, Commonwealth of Virginia. Formerly, he was Manager of George Mason University's Supplier Diversity Initiative. Under his guidance the program, which specifically works to enhance Small, Woman, and Minority-Owned Business opportunities, has seen a 300% increase since his coming aboard in 20066. 

Mr. Woodyard's formal education includes Yale Music Conservatory, NBC Broadcast School, and Tuskegee Institute, where he majored in organic chemistry and later recruited by Exxon Chemicals. His responsibilities at Exxon spanned from solar energy and shale refining methodology to oil exploration and refining operations.

After retiring, Mr. Woodyard turned his focus toward Community Health and the AIDS pandemic, first for the American Red Cross, then the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and later as a Sub-population Prevention Specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has consulted for nonprofits seeking to develop prevention initiatives, counseled incarcerated man as a member of the Pennsylvania Community HIV Prevention Planning Committee, and helped create Pennsylvania's Statewide HIV Prevention Plan FY 1997-2001.

Mr. Woodyard has toured with Rock legends The Who, J Geil  Band, and George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic; starred in the Pennsylvania Summer Theatre version of Driving Miss Daisy; and co-wrote and starred in "Spades," a gritty independent film that took 10 years to write and finance. He is Co-owner of Diversity Engineering Consulting Group, founded the Scranton Area Minority Business Association, and College Misericordia's Diversity Institute. Mr. Woodyard has served on the boards of the Wilkes-Barre Diversity Task Force, Greater Scraton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton Tomorrow Community Development Corporation, Shalom Community Development Corporation, Penn State 4-H Extension, and the Scranton Re-Development Authority. In addition to his work at George Mason University, he sits on the boards of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and VA/DC/PA District II Region for the National Association of Educational Procurement.

Lorraine Barnes


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.                                  

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