Dr. Chawanna B. Chambers is a national award-winning and board certified PK-20 career educator with teaching experience spanning primary, secondary, and higher education. Currently, she is a Curriculum Developer and Summer Assistant Director of Curriculum for Explo at Yale and teaches undergraduate & graduate education courses online.
Chawanna earned her BA in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Lutheran University, where she graduated magna cum laude. After her successful tenure at TLU, Chawanna went on to obtain an MEd in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from Capella University. In true lifelong learner fashion, Dr. Chambers is currently enrolled in George Mason University’s Graduate Certificate program for Blended and Online Learning in K-12 Schools.
She has taught K-12 English online, coordinated Title I after-school tutoring programs, served as a reading intervention teacher, helped plan & facilitate advisory programs, developed curriculum, supported teachers as an instructional coach, and served in several other leadership capacities. In addition to being named New Teacher of the Year in 2009, the National Council for Teachers of English awarded her with one of its Early Career Educator awards, and she received the Principal’s Award on her campus in 2010.
Single Seed Enrichment School is one part of the legacy she wants to leave in the world – one that actualizes the lived experiences of each child who chooses to learn.
Gail is the Chief Administrative Officer of an oil and gas company that specializes in the physical trading of oil and gas products. Prior to her current role, Gail was a small business owner for over twenty years, which cultivated her extensive experience in business finance and management. She served for nine years on a public school board and was on numerous building, finance, and strategic planning committees of the recognized district.
Ms. Randle’s volunteering experiences demonstrate her dedication to her community and children. She volunteered for numerous groups and organizations over the years that include but aren’t limited to FFA, FCA, and Church Youth Fellowship. In addition, Gail coached youth athletic teams, as well as two high performing Destination Imagination problem solving teams, with one having competed globally.
Her service as Alumni Director and Major Gift Officer for two Texas universities has contributed to her comprehensive knowledge in fundraising for nonprofits as well as community relations and alumni support. Gail earned her BFA in Interior Design with a concentration in Art from Texas Tech University. Her passion for education was shared by her children who attended the Air Force Academy and Harvard University on full scholarships.
Dr. Mordecai I. Brownlee currently serves as the Vice President of Student Success at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he served as the Dean of Students & Chief Student Affairs Officer at the University of Charleston.
Mordecai received his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Lamar University, where he earned the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for his research regarding Texas House Bill 5 and the future of higher education. Mordecai also holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management and B.A. in Mass Communication & Political Science degrees from Houston Baptist University, and his A.A. in Liberal Arts degree from Kingwood College. Currently, Mordecai is enrolled in the Penn St. University Academic Leadership Academy.
Dr. Brownlee is honored to serve on several boards including: Single Seed Enrichment School of San Antonio, African American Philanthropy in Action, and the Southwest Education Research Association (SERA). Mordecai is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Mordecai resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife of ten years, Daphne Brownlee and their son, Mordecai Ian Jr.
Mila Thomas Fuller, Ed.D., is an innovative ed tech leader with expertise in instructional technology from strategy through to implementation. She has nearly two decades of experience in learning and teaching with technology through her work with associations, districts, schools and universities.
In her current role as assistant director of online learning for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education, Fuller works to develop strategy, promote and coordinate the delivery of online, distance and blended education offerings. Additionally, she collaborates with the college’s online learning stakeholders and service providers.
Fuller is also an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland at University College instructional technology master’s degree program. Her higher education work also includes developing and teaching an education technology specialization course titled “Digital Age Technology and Instruction” for Johns Hopkins University’s education doctoral degree program.
Fuller holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology from Towson University, master’s in leadership in teaching, with a specialty in administration and supervision, from Notre Dame University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of digital and paper-based graphic organizers on students’ persuasive writing process. She’s also done research into the impact of school administrator support on the integration of technology into schools, relationships between community and student success in online learning, and addressing digital equity.
Fuller is a current governing board member for UNESCO MGIEP, past president of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Board, serves on the District Technology Planning Committee for Champaign Unit Four School District, is the technology task for chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter, and is a member of the EdNET Advisory Board. She is also a past president of ISTE affiliate Maryland Society of Educational Technology. In 2008, she received ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award.
Long active in the association community and association leadership, Fuller is a member of the American Society for Association Executives, is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), has been recognized as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar, and is President-Elect of the International Society for Technology in Education.
Qualified in the delivery of instruction at the university level as an instructor of African American Studies, International Politics, Texas Politics, Federal Politics, Political History, International Conflicts, and public speaking on these issues. International experience includes Development of the economic development program for the City of San Antonio establishing the first economic relationship with Mafeking, South Africa, 1999-2001, and as a member of the International Affairs Committee for the City of San Antonio, 1997-2001, also been involved with helping the Haiti Orphanage School Relief Program; Helping Hands International and is the author of historical municipal markers for the City of San Antonio.
Mario Marcel Salas is a retired Professor of Political Science, having taught Texas Politics, Federal Politics, Political History, African American Studies, and International Conflicts. He also served as a City Councilman for the City of San Antonio, and was very active in the Civil Rights Movement for many years. He has authored several textbooks including, “Foundation Myth in Political Thought: The Racial Moorings of Foundation Myth.” Professor Salas helped to develop a Sister City program for the City of San Antonio establishing a “Sister City” relationship with Mafiking, South Africa as a member of the International Affairs Committee for the City of San Antonio, Texas. He championed the establishment of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Texas state holiday and served as Vice-President for the Judson Independent School Board of Trustees. He is the President of San Antonio Community Radio (KROV) and is active in San Antonio Politics. He is married to Edwina Lacy Salas and has two children, Angela and Elena and three grandchildren.
Roderick is a U.S. Foreign Service Diplomat in the Counterterrorism Analysis Branch of the U.S. Department of State. Roderick holds a BA in Analytical Chemistry from Texas Lutheran University and an MS in Biological and Chemical Security from the University of Phoenix.
Prior to serving as an Advisor to the Conference on Disarmament at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Chambers tenured at the U.S. Consulate at São Paulo, where he adjudicated non-immigrant visas as well as contributed to alternative energy research and bilateral negotiations between countries.
Some of Roderick’s key achievements include working as an analyst for the Arms Control Trade Treaty, the Fissile Missile Cut-off Treaty, and the Non-Proliferations Treaty. His managerial experience and extensive background in uni- and multi-lateral collaboration among organizations and countries informs his governance practices and contributions to Single Seed.