BACE National Executive Board
Stephani A. Mason, PhD, MBA, CPA (Vice Chair)
DePaul University School of Business
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Stephani Mason is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at DePaul University School of Business where she teaches intermediate and advanced level undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting and valuation. She earned her Ph.D. in accounting at Rutgers University, her MBA in finance and accounting at the University of Chicago, and her BS in accounting at North Carolina A&T State University. With over a decade working in investment management at JP Morgan Investment Management, the JP Morgan Private Bank, and US Trust, her research interests are the impact of valuation & accounting standards, financial regulation, and corporate governance on financial reporting, capital market behavior, investing/financing decisions, and executive compensation. Along with a group of well-known academics, she has conducted numerous research studies focused on fair value accounting and the valuation process, including a project that was awarded a grant by the International Audit and Assurance Standards Board/Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland/International Association for Accounting Education & Research Informing the IAASB Standard-Setting Process Program. In addition, she has received external grants from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and Institute of Management Accountants for her research in this area. While her academic research has been published in top journals and presented at prestigious academic conferences, she has also published papers in practitioner and educational journals such as Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Perspectives, Accounting in Europe, and Current Issues in Auditing. An active member of the PhD Project Faculty Alumni Association and the American Accounting Association, she has served two year terms as the planning committee co-chair for the PhD Project Accounting Doctoral Association, Diversity section of the American Accounting Association, and the International Accounting section of the American Accounting Association. In addition, she presently serves on the scientific committee for the Canadian Academic Accounting Association and the Financial Management Association; has served on the program committee for the Eastern Finance Association, European Finance Association, and the European Accounting Association; and is on the European Accounting Association Financial Reporting Standards Committee and Financial Reporting Research Group, as well as the American Accounting Association Auditing Standards Committee. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, and Managerial Auditing and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting Education. Most importantly, she serves on the AICPA Complex Financial Instruments Task Force and National Accreditation Commission.
Katrina Caldwell, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University
Vice Provost of Diversity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
Katrina Caldwell, Ph.D joined Johns Hopkins University as the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) on July 1, 2020. In her role at CDO Dr. Caldwell will serve as the primary steward of the Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, align D&I initiatives with university priorities, and coordinate and collaborate with the university’s divisions on D&I matters. Dr. Caldwell will also serve as the ex officio co-chair of the Diversity Leadership Council, alongside Ashley Llorens, Chief of Intelligent Systems Center at the Applied Physics Laboratory and chair of the Diversity Leadership Council. Dr. Caldwell has more than 26 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education, with a focus on strategic planning and implementation. Dr. Caldwell holds a Ph.D and master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College. Prior to accepting the role of CDO at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Caldwell served as University of Mississippi’s first vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement beginning for three years, beginning in 2017. As vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement Dr. Caldwell lead University of Mississippi’s efforts to create a diverse and welcoming environment, building an infrastructure to increase community engagement, and targeting high impact areas for transformation. Dr. Caldwell has a long record of strategic planning and implementation around diversity initiatives. In her role as the assistant vice president for diversity and equity at Northern Illinois University Dr. Caldwell was responsible for overseeing several departments within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and developed innovative trainings and programming for constituencies throughout the university. In her eight years at DePaul University Dr. Caldwell served as director of adult student affairs starting in 2004 and by 2008 was developing cultural education programs with emphasis on social justice and diversity and serving on the President’s Diversity Council responsible for advancing DePaul’s university-wide diversity strategic plan. From 1998-2004, Dr. Caldwell served as the assistant dean of minority affairs at the University of Illinois in Chicago, developing and successfully implementing a strategic plan to increase outreach to prospective students, retention and graduation of graduate fellowship students, and professional development programs. Prior to 1998, Dr. Caldwell served as director of the Higher Education Basics Program, Student Assessment and Outcomes at East-West University and associate director of the Summer Research Opportunities Program at University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Caldwell was a Diversifying Faculty in Illinois fellow and her honors include the White House’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, Illinois College Personnel Association Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Social Justice,” and Who’s Who in Black Chicago. Diversity MBA magazine recognized Dr. Caldwell and awarded her as one of the Top 100 Under 50 Executive and Emerging Leaders in 2011.
Director Of Business Operations
David Canada currently serves as the Director of Business Operations within Boeing Boeing Global Services (BGS). David joined The Boeing Company in 2007 after working 3 years in the automotive industry. He has had the opportunity to be leader within with many different aspects of the Boeing business across different parts of the country. David obtained multiple degrees including a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical engineering from Howard University, both a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as Masters in Project Management. He is very passionate about STEM education and increasing the number of minorities in technology fields. David is on the board of several nonprofit organizations and serves as an active corporate representative for several of Boeing’s External Technical Affiliations.
Morehouse College School of Business
Mr. Douglas A. Cooper serves as the Executive Director of Career Development and Engagement at Morehouse College. Mr. Cooper came to Morehouse College after spending 4 years with Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business where he was the Director of Career Services. His responsibilities at Morehouse College focus on preparing all students for successful careers in professional life and assisting those who are planning on post-graduate education. In addition, Mr. Cooper plays a key role in developing corporate, non–profit and entrepreneurial opportunities for students. He is also focused on developing graduate / professional school relationships domestically and abroad and works to raise the funds necessary to help facilitate these efforts. Prior to his tenure with Emory University, Mr. Cooper was the Director of Career Placement with The Atlanta University Center Consortium. Mr. Cooper began his career with IBM Corporation in New York and Prudential Financial after earning degrees in Economics and Psychology from The City University of New York at Lehman College. During his tenure with IBM and Prudential, Mr. Cooper held a variety of roles including; Business Unit Operations Manager, Audit Lead, Accounting Manager, Revenue Analyst, Financial Representative and College Recruiter. Mr. Cooper has also pursued his MBA studies in Strategic Management at The Lubin School of Business of Pace University in New York. His international travels have taken him to 28 cities in 21 countries on every continent of the world except Antarctica. He is married with 3 children.
Pernella R. Deams, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Life and Success and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Transformation Officer Professor
Dr. Pernella Rowena Deams is an academic administrator, currently serving in the role of Vice President for Student Engagement and Campus Life at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. She previously served in the role of Dean of Student Leadership, Conduct, and Health at Kentucky State University. Additional administrative experience includes Department Chair/Associate Professor of Psychology at Talladega College, in Talladega, Alabama and Department Head/Associate Professor of Sociology & Psychology at Grambling State University, in Grambling, Louisiana. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge), completing dual Bachelor of Science degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. Her Master of Science degree was completed in the CACREP-Accredited Program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg). Dr. Deams earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in the APA Accredited Program in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University (Nashville).
Her clinical education includes internship placements at Vanderbilt University Psychological and Counseling Center, Vanderbilt Adult Psychiatry Center, and University of Memphis Center for Counseling, Learning, and Testing. As a life-long learner, she recently completed the Certifications in Post-Crisis Leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace through the University of South Florida, Muma College of Business and the Women In Education Leadership Program through the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Pernella Deams is a Fellow of the Iota Cohort of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF), Leadership Institute and an Academic Leadership Academy Fellow of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.
Dr. Deams engages in many areas of academic service; she previously served as a Tennessee Board of Regents Academic Auditor. In addition, Deams currently serves as a SACSCOC peer evaluator and also served as a member of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Substantive Change, representing all colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She provides executive level service as a newly appointed member of the Black Alliance for Colleges and Employers (BACE) Board and National Executive Council. With a background as a two-time Historically Black College and University graduate, Dr. Deams is drawn to serving within the HBCU Community and supporting the professional development of HBCU students. Deams considers herself P.R. Deams, Ph.D. 2 to be an HBCU “Enthusiast-Advocate”; she is passionate about student mentorship and encouraging students to pursue graduate school.
Professional accolades include Kentucky State University Division of Student Engagement and Campus Life, Shining Star of the Semester (2019), Southern University Alumni Federation, Forty Under 40 Award (2019), Talladega College Student Choice Award–Favorite Professor (2019), Grambling State University Certificate of Excellence in Research Mentorship (2014), and Nashville State Community College Professional Service Award (2013). Pernella Deams was initiated in the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and is a member of the Frankfort Alumnae Chapter. Together with her husband, Dr. Verontae L. Deams they have four children Kyra Milan-Elizabeth, Micah Isaiah-LaJon, Rhien Matthew-Reese, and Lauryn Elise-Michal.
Reginald J. Miller
Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
As McDonald’s Vice President, Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Reginald J. Miller oversees the company’s global DEI strategy with a focus on transformational change around the world. A U.S. Army Veteran, he served as a Supply Sergeant with deployments to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education - HR Development and a Master of Science in Education - Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas. He received his MBA from Webster University.
Tanyelle L. Mims
Global Head of Executive Recruiting
Mrs. Tanyelle L Mims is the Global Head of Executive Recruiting at PTC and President and CEO of A.C.T Diversity Recruitment, LLC in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area, which provides corporations with qualified diverse entry to C-level candidates. With over 20 years’ experience within Human Resources Talent Acquisition and Business Partner Professional, she’s an MBA and a Certified graduate with a track record of driving human capital initiatives and cultural transformations across diverse industries.
Nadege (Charles) Oluikpe
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Global Head of Corporate & General Management Campus Recruiting
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Charles Oluikpe has more than 27 years of experience at JPMorgan Chase in various human resources roles. She joined the firm as an undergraduate intern, where she worked in various HR roles, including training, recruiting, and as a generalist. She is currently the program manager for the JPMorgan Chase and HUB Collaboration, focused specifically on the interns’ and analysts’ work experience at the firm. Previously, Charles Oluikpe was a program manager for the firm’s corporate development program, supporting the investment bank operations group.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Inclusion,
Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Jamica leads the Minneapolis Fed’s OMWI, which oversees workforce and supplier diversity, and is also responsible for the Bank’s recruiting efforts. Before coming to Minneapolis in 2019, Jamica worked at the Chicago Fed for 18 years, where she held in a number of leadership positions, including manager of strategic partnerships in the Chicago Fed’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she forged relationships with a wide range of Chicago-area organizations supporting a diverse talent pipeline. Jamica holds a B.A. in advertising from Webster University in St. Louis and an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity
Perika Sampson recently joined Gilead Services as Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity. Based in San Francisco, she formerly served as the region’s subject matter expert in diversity and inclusion while executing a myriad of strategies across its eight states for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Her responsibilities included driving diversity and inclusion; the recruitment and retention of diverse talent; managing Morgan Stanley’s engagement in communities through sponsorships; and helping to drive business development. In addition, she leads several national initiatives for the firm. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she founded and managed Dearborn Consulting Partners where she consulted on diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. She served as Vice President of Marketing and Strategy in the Private Client Services division of Bank One (now JP Morgan). In addition, she was lead marketing for two internet startups, she was a Senior Marketing Manager at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and has also held Institutional relationship management positions at two asset management firms.
Roy Whitmore, PhD, MBA
Owner/President and University Business Chair
Dr. Roy Whitmore, the owner/president of Whitmore Consulting, has 35 years of experience in ever-increasing roles of leadership and management success with fortune 500 companies and education institutions. In addition to his consulting business, he leads the College of Business and Information Technology for the University of Phoenix, Las Vegas campus. Dr. Whitmore’s experience includes district manager and regional director at Target stores. In these positions, he supported Target’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He was instrumental in leading Targets efforts in Chicago. During his tenure at Jewel-Osco, a Albertson’s company he became the Vice President of operations for the north and south regions. In his last role, he directed the successful operation of a multi-billion-dollar area. He supported all areas of the business to include marketing, sales, distribution, and diversity and inclusion efforts. Dr. Whitmore’s passion for people is evidenced by the over 300 individuals that he has mentored, and the more than 200 individuals that he has promoted at all levels during his retail career. In recent years Dr. Whitmore employed his diversity knowledge and expertise to help Ross stores build arguably the most talented team of diverse executives in the retail industry. He is very active in the community as a board member for the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas, and the Citizens Review Board. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in business; a master’s in Applied Professional Studies, a graduate certificate in Applied Leadership for Professionals. Additionally, he earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.
Kim R. Wells (Former Chair)
Howard University School of Business
Mr. Kim R. Wells, an award winning Master Executive Coach, former Global Diversity Executive, and a Nationally Recognized Howard University Executive Development Educator, Executive Instructor, and Adjunct Professor. In today's coaching world that is saturated with "instant certified experts," education "counselors" with Zero corporate experience, and dated diversity leadership concepts, Kim has emerged as a proven strategic leader in Black executive performance and career development. A native of Princeton, NJ, Kim was heavily influenced by one of the most advanced educational communities in the world. Kim later continued his studies at Howard University and was mentored under some of the world's leading Black scholars in Black business and professional development such as Leroy Wells, Cecil Blake. Kim"s early successes included leading corporate performance and management consulting initiatives with firms such as Resource Opportunities Incorporated, Vantage HR Consulting, and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Kim later transitioned to higher education as the Director of the Howard University Central Career Services Office, and quickly emerged as a national leader in diversity career development, while also serving on numerous national boards such as Monster.com, the Advisory Board of Interview Stream, Board of Directors for the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), the White House HBCU Career Development Committee, the President of the Maryland Career Development Association, and was an award winning leader in the National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP). Kim returned to the corporate world as the Executive Vice President of Global Diversity at Universum Communications where he again emerged as a global leader in advising numerous Fortune 500 and global companies on strategic diversity initiatives including Ernest & Young, GE, Capital One, GEICO, Fannie Mae, and more. Kim returned to Howard University where he initially lead the MBA program and later was promoted as the Executive Director of Executive Education and the Center for Career Excellence a division which includes the Executive MBA program, Executive Certificate programs, and the primary career and professionals development services of the School of Business. In 2008, Kim launched the Black Alliance of Colleges and Employers (BACE) with several Black Career Development leaders and leading corporate diversity leaders to address the growing need for more strategic alliances, training, technology integration, and research to support the recruitment and career development of Black professionals.