Sherry Salway Black
Sherry Salway Black retired in 2015 from the National Congress of American Indians after seven years as director of the Partnership for Tribal Governance. She continues to do private consulting for a number of organizations. Ms. Black’s previous work experience includes 19 years as Senior Vice President of, and on the boards of directors for, First Nations Development Institute and First Nations Oweesta Corporation; six years with the Indian Health Service; and three years as the Executive Director of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Ms. Black currently serves on the board of directors of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, First Peoples Fund and the Hitachi Foundation. She also serves on the advisory committee for the National Congress of American Indians’ Policy Research Center, the Board of Governors for the Honoring Excellence in the Governance of Tribal Nations program at Harvard University, and the board of trustees for the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Past board positions include the Council on Foundations for seven years where she served as Treasurer and on the Executive, Governance, and Membership Committees. She is also a past board member of Trillium Asset Management Corporation, American Indian Business Leaders, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Women and Philanthropy.
She was appointed in 2011 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability and in 2013 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
Ms. Black has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors Degree from East Stroudsburg University where in 2013 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She is Oglala Lakota and is originally from South Dakota.
Robert A. Krause
Robert A. Krause has spent the last three decades raising a family and building a business in the agricultural service industry of Florida.
Born in West Palm Beach, FL in 1964, he graduated from Stetson University with a B.A. degree in Political Science in 1987. Robert holds a CPA license from the State of Florida and is currently the CEO of Krause Services, Inc.
He has served the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association as President (2006-07) and was recognized by the Hardee County Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year (2008).
Robert joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation as a Director in 2013, and currently serves as Treasurer. He is married to the love of his life, Susan Krause, and is blessed to have three adult children.
Hugh M. Brown, CFA
Hugh joined BMO Capital Markets, one of Canada’s leading investment firms, in 1969 and has since specialized in the Financial Services sector. Hugh has been regarded as the leading analyst of Canadian banks, not only by the investment community, but also by governments and corporations. Over the years Hugh has published thousands of financial sector research commentaries and appeared before and been involved with numerous private and public organizations.
Between 1980 and 2000, Hugh was consistently ranked first among bank analysts by the Brendan Wood International survey. He took on the role of Executive Managing Director and Financial Sector Strategist in 2000 and retired in 2011.
Hugh became a member of the Board of Directors of predecessor firm Burns Fry Ltd. in 1980 and, by the time of its merger with Nesbitt Thomson in 1994, was a Vice Chairman and chair of the Audit Committee.
Hugh serves on the Board of the Florida-based Johnson Scholarship Foundation. He is married to Linda, has three children and maintains homes in Mississauga Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Hugh holds a Bachelor of Commerce (1967) and an MBA (1969) from Dalhousie University and a CFA designation.
Bea Awoniyi, PhD.
Bea Awoniyi serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and College Ombudsman at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She is committed to postsecondary access for students with disabilities, students from under represented population, and first generation college students. Bea is an active member of the disability service professionals’ community and is past president of the national organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She has served as a member of Board of Directors of the AHEAD as well as its Florida affiliate—FL-AHEAD. She is the 2011 recipient of AHEAD’s highest honor, the Ronald E. Blosser Dedicated Service Award, and the first recipient of the Fredrick A. Fay Pioneer Award from Florida State University.
Bea joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation Board in 2013. She is also very active in her church, where she served on the Board for many years in different states and was always in charge of Education and Disability Access. Bea and her husband, Caleb, coordinated the efforts to build a church in her hometown in Nigeria and then started a secondary school where many students are better prepared for the postsecondary school environment.
Bea and Caleb are blessed with three children (Benjamin, Judith, and Joy) and one granddaughter, Myla, who is the center of their world.
David L. Blaikie, LLM
David Blaikie is a lawyer and a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. He practiced civil litigation with the Nova Scotia law firm of Patterson Palmer. David teaches law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and is the coauthor or editor of four books, most recently, Why Good Lawyers Matter (with The Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell and Darrel Pink, eds., Irwin Law) and Halsbury's Laws of Canada, The Law of Damages (with Samantha Orr, LexisNexis).
He holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and law from Gordon College and Dalhousie Law School, and graduate degrees in theology and law from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Law School.
David joined the board of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation in 2004. For many years he was a director and board chair of the Colchester Residential Services Society, a non-profit organization in Nova Scotia that provides housing and care for disabled persons. He is a member of St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Halifax.
David is married to Gay and they have two daughters, Laura and Kathryn, and one granddaughter, Madeline Grace.
Bill Corwin joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation Board in 2018. He is the founder of Mission Velocity, a consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits accelerate and grow their impact. He has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and consulting experience. Most recently he was the Vice President of U.S. Programs for Save the Children, responsible for overseeing domestic programming for over 300,000 children annually in the U.S., with a staff of 700 and a budget of more than $50 million.
Prior to Save the Children, he was President of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, an organization with seven locations serving deaf and hard of hearing children and a past grant recipient of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation. He also has been the executive director of two local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs in California, and he served for seven years as the Chief Development Officer for National CASA. He formerly served on the boards of both the California CASA and National CASA Associations.
He now advises a wide range of nonprofits on fundraising, strategic planning and program development. Prior to his nonprofit work he was an attorney in private practice, the leader of a legal services program for homeless youth and a Deputy DA with the Santa Clara County (CA) District Attorney’s Office. He received his B.A. degree in history from Brown University and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife Jennifer and their two children.
Mike Miller, CFA, ICD.D
Financial analyst Mike Miller joined BMO Capital Markets after earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in economics from Western University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and has the Institute for Corporate Directors Designation. He worked in BMO’s wealth division, managed equity portfolios, spent 10 years as Director of Equity Research and 10 more as Global Head of Equities before retiring from BMO in May 2015. While in research management, BMO’s Canadian equity investment research was ranked number one overall by Brendan Wood International for 10 years in a row. He now teaches Finance at McMaster University’s DeGroote MBA School.
At BMO, he led a charitable initiative, Equity Through Education, that raised $15 million dollars over 10 years to provide educational scholarships for women, those with disabilities, Indigenous communities and the economically disadvantaged. He has been on the boards of the Toronto CFA Society, the Investment Industry Association of Canada and the Bank of Montreal Pension Fund. For the past three years, he has chaired the annual Leadership Campaign for the United Way Halton and Hamilton and is a board member and chair of the Investment Committee of the Oakville Community Foundation.
He joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation Board in 2018. He lives in Oakville, Ontario. He and his wife Susan have two daughters attending university.
Richard A. Krause
Chief Financial Officer
Richard A. Krause joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation at its inception in 1991 as a Trustee and Treasurer. In March, 2015 he retired as Director and Treasurer at age 75, but continues to work as the Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to working with the Foundation, he served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for Rinker Materials Corporation from 1963 through 1988 and Gee & Jenson Engineers-Architects-Planners from 1989 through 2003.
His primary responsibilities at the Foundation include management and oversight of the accounting, finance, banking and investment activities.
Graduating from Stetson University in 1963 with B.A. and M.A. degrees, he moved to West Palm Beach. In addition to his work at the Foundation, he is a Trustee at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Director at the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation and actively involved with First Baptist Church in Wauchula, Florida, where he now lives.
He has six married children, twenty-one grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Office Manager/Program Officer
Sharon Wood came to the Johnson Scholarship Foundation in August of 2002. As Office Manager/Program Officer, Sharon has primary responsibility for the operations of the Foundation office. She assists the President in the day to day management and control of the grant programs by handling the logistics, the record keeping, and much of the communication between the Foundation and its grantees. Her responsibilities also include assisting the Chief Financial Officer in handling financial transactions and maintaining appropriate records.
Sharon brings a diverse range of experience to the Foundation, including teaching high school English, co-owning and managing a horticultural brokerage, and 15 years of experience as a legal assistant to a lawyer specializing in corporate law and real estate transactions.
A graduate of West Virginia University, Sharon and her husband have lived in Florida since 1978. They are the proud parents of 2 adult children and the happy grandparents of 4 grandchildren.
Lady Hereford, APR
Lady Hereford joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation as Program Specialist in April of 2017. In this role, she is responsible for assisting in improving the Foundation’s grant making, its communication and its profile within the independent sector. She reports to the President and helps with such tasks as research, writing, analysis and evaluation of grant programs, publishing endeavors and social media.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a writer in the university relations and marketing department at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and before that she was a staff writer for the Palm Beach Post. She previously worked as a print journalist in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was the co-recipient of a national Education Writers Association award. She is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in journalism.
Locally, her involvements include the Palm Beach chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Lake Worth High School Alumni Foundation and EmpowHER of the Palm Beaches.
Sanford V. Howard, Jr., CPA
Audit Committee Member
Sanford Howard, Vice President and firm principal of Guthrie, Jacobs & Eubanks, P.A., joined the Johnson Scholarship Foundation as a consultant in 2010. He serves as an outside consultant to the Foundation’s Audit Committee.
A Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida, he has worked for Guthrie, Jacobs & Eubanks since 1978. He is also active in his church and in the community. He has been a member of the West Palm Beach Kiwanis Club since 1980, serving as a board member and officer of the organization's Scholarship Foundation.
He and his wife, Janet, have two sons and one daughter.
I. King Jordan
Disability Programs Consultant
I. King Jordan was the first deaf president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world’s only university with all programs and services designed specifically for students who are deaf. He served as president from the time he was appointed following the Deaf President Now revolution in March, 1988 until December 31, 2006 when he stepped down to become a full time advocate for the rights and abilities of people who are deaf and people with disabilities.
King received his B.A. degree from Gallaudet University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee, all in psychology. He is a native of Glen Riddle, PA, and served four years in the U.S. Navy. He has been a visiting scholar in Scotland, Poland and France and speaks frequently about the importance of communication.
King is a member of several boards, including Educational Credit Management Corporation and Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.
He holds twelve honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Presidential Citizen’s Medal and Washingtonian of the Year. He travels frequently and speaks to various audiences about the rights and abilities of people who are deaf and people with disabilities and the importance of communication, attitude and opportunity in advancing those rights.
King and his wife Linda divide their time between West River, MD and Washington, D.C. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Maridel Moulton/Organizational Development
Maridel Moulton of Organizational Development is an independent consultant and meeting facilitator based in Moraga, California. The major emphasis of her work is in organizational capacity building and strategic planning. Her clients cross sectors and include state and local government agencies, corporations, industry associations, foundations (private, family, and community), educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations. A unique benefit she brings to her clients is her extensive past and current involvement and leadership across a broad spectrum of national, state and local organizations. She has served as a Trustee of the California State University system, as Chair of the Board of Overseers, UCSF School of Nursing, as a Trustee and President of the Moraga School District Board of Education, as Chair of the California Student Aid Commission, and as President of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Currently she serves as a board member of the Rescue One Foundation and as a founding board member of the Moraga Community Foundation.
This continuing involvement provides her with practical and specific experience in implementing organizational change and strategic plans. From 1986-89 she was employed as the Executive Director of Contra Costa Centre Association with responsibility for designing and managing programs in employment-based childcare and transportation systems management.
Richard B. Williams
Indigenous Peoples Programs Consultant
Richard B. Williams (Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne) is a passionate and committed advocate and fierce champion of Native education in the United States. From 1997-2012, he served as president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, a national non-profit scholarship fundraising organization for American Indian students attending tribal colleges and universities which provide culturally based education and are run by the tribes. He grew up in Crawford, Nebraska, and graduated from Crawford High School in 1969. He was raised by his grandmother Louisa Star Nelson and his great-grandmother Ida White Eyes.
He was the first American Indian to graduate from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, receiving a B.A. (magna cum laude) in 1975. Concurrently, he finished an independent study program at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in Boulder, Colorado, where he continued his work as a paralegal after graduation. In 1987, he completed a M.A. in educational administration (Summa Cum Laude) at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.
He has dedicated himself to the goal of American Indian education throughout his career. At CU-Boulder, he directed several initiatives, including the American Indian Upward Bound Program, Director of Minority Affairs and the University Learning Center (now the Student Academic Service Center [SASC]).
He is a devoted father of four children and grandfather of eight grandchildren. He resides in Broomfield, Colorado, with his wife, Sally Carufel-Williams (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe/Dakota).