Regional Leadership

Regional Vice President

Kelsey L. Rushing, Esq.

Fraternal Biography

Kelsey L. Rushing is a native of Carthage, Mississippi. He is a 1999 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, at Samford University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

After graduating from Cumberland, Kelsey was in private general practice where he worked in chancery court practice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, bankruptcy, and criminal defense. He was a founding partner of Smith Rushing Cotton & Robinson, PLLC. Kelsey has worked primarily in the areas of personal injury, mass tort, medical malpractice, and corporate defense. He has worked in all areas of litigation, including trial and trial preparation. He has also worked with the City of Canton City Council and Board attorney for the Canton Housing Authority. Presently, he is an attorney with the Mississippi Office of Capital Defense.

In addition to being a Life Member of Alpha, he is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi Association of Justice, and 100 Black Men. He coached youth football for the Canton Bengals and served as a coach for Madison Central High School’s mock trial team.

Bro. Rushing was initiated into the Mu Xi Chapter at Southern Mississippi in the Spring of 1992, and is Charter member of Rho Xi Lambda in Canton, MS. In his 25 years as an active member, Bro. Rushing has served on various District, Regional, and National committees. He has served as the legal counsel and Executive Director for the District of Mississippi and is the Ninth District Director for the State of Mississippi.

Brother Rushing is married to the former Yumeka C. Burt, Esq., and they are the proud parents of three daughters Kennedy, Sydney and Grace.

Kelsey L. Rushing (MS)
(601) 214-2967
southvp@apa1906.net

Assistant Regional Vice President

Emmanuel Blake Dawson

Fraternal Biography

Brother Emmanuel Blake Dawson is a senior, Supply Chain Management major at Florida A&M University. Brother Dawson, a Spring 2018 initiate via the Beta Nu Chapter, has interned with Brown-Forman (Office of Diversity & Inclusion), Domino’s Pizza (Florida Supply Chain Center), Eli Lilly (Global Logistics), and Walmart (Corporate Headquarters). Prior to his election as Assistant Regional Vice President, he served as Correspondence Secretary for the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. On campus, he is an officer with Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and serves as a leader in his business school.

Brother Emmanuel Dawson’s vision for Alpha Phi Alpha is “to take things back to the basics of Jewel Chapman who was known as a ‘Brother beloved in the bonds.’ I want Brothers from all around the world to become more interconnected and see clearly into the future together.”

Three focal points of the Dawson plan:

  • Brotherhood
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Service

Emmanuel B. Dawson (FL)
southavp@apa1906.net

Executive Director

Carlos D. Smith

Fraternal Biography

Carlos D. Smith, a native of Collins, Mississippi (Covington County), is a 2005 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tougaloo College. Brother Smith is a 2002 initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., via the Gamma Upsilon Chapter, where he served as Chapter Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Parliamentarian, in addition to several committee chairmanships. Brother Smith remained active by joining the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter (Jackson, Mississippi). Since being a member of the Chapter, he has served as Recording Secretary, Director of Educational Activities, and Historian, in addition to serving as chairman for several committees. Carlos serves on the Chapter’s Educational Foundation, Alpha Foundation, Inc., Board of Governors as Secretary. Brother Smith has represented the Chapter on the Metro Jackson Pan-Hellenic Council resulting in a term as Council Treasurer.

Smith has been active within the District of Mississippi and the Southern Region. District positions include: Oratorical Competition Coordinator, Awards and Achievements Chairman, Special Assistant to the District Director, Chief Dean of IMDP, Director of Conventions and Meetings, and Executive Director. He also serves as Secretary of the Mississippi Alpha Network Educational Foundation, Inc. Prior to be appointed as Regional Executive Director, Brother Smith served as the Region’s Oratorical Competition Coordinator (2009-2017).

Professionally, Carlos, who received the masters of education (English), specialist (educational leadership) and doctorate (curriculum and instruction) from Mississippi College, serves as an educational consultant using his experiences in P-12 (as a teacher and administrator) and higher education (as a professor and administrator). Brother Smith also serves as Managing Director of Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., the largest African American funeral home in Mississippi. In addition to his fraternal involvement, Brother Smith holds membership and leadership positions in several civic, professional, and ecumenical organizations.

Carlos D. Smith (MS)
(601) 405-3889
executivedirector@alphasouth.org

MOVING ALPHA FORWARD

Our fraternity runs on the leadership from its members. Our board of directors, committee chairs, and brothers working diligently at the chapter level all over the world and give up their time and talent to help the fraternity run. Please see a listing below of members who volunteer on a daily basis at the regional level

Regional Leadership

Ronald Natson

Ronald Natson

Immediate Past Regional Vice President
Anthony Enoch

Anthony Enoch

Recording Secretary
Robert Drake

Robert Drake

Assistant Recording Secretary
Keith Harris, Jr. (GA)

Keith Harris, Jr. (GA)

Financial Secretary
Roderick Ifill

Roderick Ifill

Treasurer
Warren Young

Warren Young

Legal Counsel
Gregory Bailey (GA)

Gregory Bailey (GA)

Senior Advisor
Director of Conventions

Director of Conventions

Director of Conventions
Matthew Bradford

Matthew Bradford

Director of National Programs
Larry Softley

Larry Softley

District Director of Alabama
Demarcus Joiner

Demarcus Joiner

Assistant District Director of Alabama
Marlon Ivey

Marlon Ivey

District Director of Florida
John Huger, Jr.

John Huger, Jr.

Assistant District Director of Florida
Sherman M. Lofton, Jr.

Sherman M. Lofton, Jr.

District Director of Georgia
Grant Bennett

Grant Bennett

Assistant District Director of Georgia
Kevin Wilbert

Kevin Wilbert

District Director of Mississippi
Crimson Driver

Crimson Driver

Assistant District Director of Mississippi
Tejuan Manners

Tejuan Manners

District Director of North Carolina
Bercario Bodie

Bercario Bodie

Assistant District Director of North Carolina
Don Weston

Don Weston

District Director of South Carolina
Matthew Coverson-Springs

Matthew Coverson-Springs

Assistant District Director of South Carolina
Robert Vick

Robert Vick

District Director of Tennessee
Jerome Cole, II

Jerome Cole, II

Assistant District Director of Tennessee

Expanded Leadership Team

A.D. Givens

A.D. Givens

Special Assistant to the RVP
Darrell M. Robinson

Darrell M. Robinson

Director of Communication
Rev John Warren

Rev John Warren

Chaplain
Mickle Haynes

Mickle Haynes

Parliamentarian
Rod Hickman

Rod Hickman

Deputy Legal Counsel
James L. Crumel. Sr.

James L. Crumel. Sr.

25th Southern Regional Vice President
Lynwood L. Bell, Sr.

Lynwood L. Bell, Sr.

22nd Southern Regional Vice President
Chester A. Wheeler, III

Chester A. Wheeler, III

21st Southern Regional Vice President
Robert A. Willis

Robert A. Willis

20th Southern Regional Vice President
John R. Kelly

John R. Kelly

19th Southern Regional Vice President

Regional Committees

AWARDS
Duriel Barlow (AL)
dtbarlow1906@hotmail.com
Chair

William Tolbert (TN)
tsubert06@yahoo.com
Co-Chair

GRIEVANCE AND DISCIPLINE
Shawn Collins (FL)
ashawn06@gmail.com

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
Shed Dawson (GA)
sheddawson@gmail.com

RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Adrian West (SC)
adrianwest@gmail.com

RULES AND CREDENTIALS
Ellis Albright (GA)
ealbright12@comcast.net

Competition Coordinators

DEBATE
Reuben Freeman (SC)
rubenlfreeman@gmail.com

MISS BLACK AND GOLD
Kevin Perry (FL)
kperry1906@gmail.com

BVL ORATORICAL
A.D. Givens (SC)
dr.ad477@gmail.com

COLLEGE SCHOLARS BOWL
A. Bernard Young (GA)
abernardyoung1906@gmail.com

Standing Committees

BUDGET AND FINANCE
Roderick Ifill (FL)
rifill9@yahoo.com

CONSTITUTION

FRATERNAL STANDARDS
Torrez Wilson (GA)
tmwilson1906@gmail.com

ELECTIONS
Ryan Stowe (NC)
bro.stowe06@gmail.com

Special Committees

TIME AND PLACE
K. Allen Campbell (SC)
kalc12461@aol.com

ALPHA UNIVERSITY
Orlando Hankins (NC)
assistant.provost@gmail.com
Dean

ALPHA UNIVERSITY
Associate Dean, Neophyte Training

William Merritt, IV (MS)
merrittw@bellsouth.net

ALPHA UNIVERSITY
Associate Dean, IMDP
Michael Mayberry (AL)
mayberry1906@gmail.com

ALPHA UNIVERSITY
Associate Dean, Fraternal Development
Anthony Broughton (SC)
teach1906@gmail.com

Directors

POLITICAL ACTION
Paul Lowe (NC)
pljr1906@gmail.com

PUBLIC POLICY
Rod Hickman (MS)
rodghick@gmail.com

COLLEGE 2 CORPORATE LIFE (C2C)
Davion R. Lewis (GA)
davion.lewis@gmail.com

LDCEI
Arthur Vaughn (GA)
cobbyyoungleaders@yahoo.com

PROGRAMMING
Matthew Bradford (FL)
matthewbradford06@gmail.com

National Programs
Assistant Director: Colby Mitchell (TN)
colby@dtl7.com

Reclamation
Assistant Director: Darryl Lewis (TN)
lewis.daryll@gmail.com

COLLEGE BROTHERS AFFAIRS
Rushton Johnson (TN)
rushtonjohnson@gmail.com

SENIOR BROTHERS AFFAIRS
Willie Davis Jr. (TN)
williedavisjr1906@yahoo.com

National Partnership Liasons

MARCH 4 BABIES
Bertrand Bonnick (NC)
babonnick@gmail.com

BIG BROTHERS
JacQuan Winters (AL)
jacquanwinters@gmail.com

BOY SCOUTS
Carl Prescott (GA)
cdprescott06@yahoo.com

Past Southern Region Vice Presidents

Dr. Charles W. Greene (Eta Lambda)

Dr. Charles W. Greene (Eta Lambda)

1st Southern Regional Vice President
Dr. Harper Councill Trenholm (Alpha Upsilon Lambda)

Dr. Harper Councill Trenholm (Alpha Upsilon Lambda)

2nd Southern Regional Vice President
Ferdinand Lucien Rousseve (Sigma Lambda)

Ferdinand Lucien Rousseve (Sigma Lambda)

3rd Southern Regional Vice President
William H. Gray, Jr. (Gamma Mu Lambda)

William H. Gray, Jr. (Gamma Mu Lambda)

4th Southern Regional Vice President
Dr. James A. Colston (Beta Phi Lambda)

Dr. James A. Colston (Beta Phi Lambda)

5th Southern Regional Vice President
Dr. Aaron Brown (Gamma Omicron Lambda)

Dr. Aaron Brown (Gamma Omicron Lambda)

6th Southern Regional Vice President
Jacob R. Henderson (Eta Lambda)

Jacob R. Henderson (Eta Lambda)

7th Southern Regional Vice President
Walter H. Williams (Alpha Epsilon Lambda)

Walter H. Williams (Alpha Epsilon Lambda)

8th Southern Regional Vice President
Lewis Ossie Swingler (Alpha Delta Lambda)

Lewis Ossie Swingler (Alpha Delta Lambda)

9th Southern Regional Vice President
James E. Huger (Beta Delta Lambda)

James E. Huger (Beta Delta Lambda)

10th Southern Regional Vice President
Dr. Walter Washington (Alpha Epsilon Lambda)

Dr. Walter Washington (Alpha Epsilon Lambda)

11th Southern Regional Vice President
William W. Whetstone (Omicron Lambda)

William W. Whetstone (Omicron Lambda)

12th Southern Regional Vice President
W. Dewey Branch (Omicron Lambda)

W. Dewey Branch (Omicron Lambda)

13th Southern Regional Vice President
Luke Haze Chatman (Gamma Gamma Lambda)

Luke Haze Chatman (Gamma Gamma Lambda)

14th Southern Regional Vice President
Bennie J. Harris (Psi Lambda)

Bennie J. Harris (Psi Lambda)

15th Southern Regional Vice President
Ozell Sutton (Eta Lambda)

Ozell Sutton (Eta Lambda)

16th Southern Regional Vice President
W. Mingo Clark (Delta Theta Lambda)

W. Mingo Clark (Delta Theta Lambda)

17th Southern Regional Vice President
Augustus M. Witherspoon (Phi Lambda)

Augustus M. Witherspoon (Phi Lambda)

18th Southern Regional Vice President
John R. Kelly (Zeta Mu Lambda)

John R. Kelly (Zeta Mu Lambda)

19th Southern Regional Vice President
Robert A. Willis (Eta Lambda)

Robert A. Willis (Eta Lambda)

20th Southern Regional Vice President
Chester A. Wheeler, III (Eta Beta Lambda)

Chester A. Wheeler, III (Eta Beta Lambda)

21st Southern Regional Vice President
Lynwood L. Bell, Sr. (Mu Zeta Lambda)

Lynwood L. Bell, Sr. (Mu Zeta Lambda)

22nd Southern Regional Vice President
Ronnie S. Jenkins (Eta Lambda)

Ronnie S. Jenkins (Eta Lambda)

23rd Southern Regional Vice President
Everett Ward (Phi Lambda)

Everett Ward (Phi Lambda)

24th Southern Regional Vice President
James L. Crumel. Sr. (Gamma Mu Lambda)

James L. Crumel. Sr. (Gamma Mu Lambda)

25th Southern Regional Vice President
Ronald M. Natson, Sr. (Eta Lambda)

Ronald M. Natson, Sr. (Eta Lambda)

26th Southern Regional Vice President