Dedicated organization with a proven record of success.


QEM Staff


Dr. Ivory A. Toldson
President and CEO

Althea Burns

Dr. Mercy Mugo
Senior Research Analyst &
Grants Specialist

Shaunette Bishop
Project Assistant

Afzal Hassan
Staff Associate

Nyla Wofford
Research Associate



Board of Directors

Ernest Green

Matrix Advisor, LLC

Dr. Charles Beady, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

Mississippi Food Network

Dr. Orlando Taylor
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research

Fielding Graduate University

Dr. James Turner
Director, Percy Julian Institute

Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation

Dr. Leonard Haynes, III

American Heritage Defense Corporation

Dr. Cynthia Overton
Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives

The Kapor Center


Davien Burnette
Accenture, LLP

Gail Johnson
Vice President, Leadership Development and Diversity Initiatives


Dr. Diana Marinez
Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi



Technical Advisory Group

Dr. Adrienne Bailey
Senior Consultant
Panasonic Foundation
Panasonic Corporation of North America

Ms. Eve Evans Earles
Director of Public Engagement
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Vinetta C. Jones
Professor, School of Education
Howard University

Dr. Edgar R. Leon
Technology Systems Implementation

Dr. Shirley M. Malcolm
Head, Directorate for Education and Human Resources Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Ms. Jacinta C. Gauda
Executive Vice President
Grayling Group

Ms. Darion M. Griffin
Senior Associate Director
Educational Issues
American Federation of Teachers

Dr. Victor McCrary
Vice President of Research and Economic Development
Morgan State University