Board Members and Advisors

Meet Our Inaugural 2020 – 2022 Board Members and Advisors

Ed Gough, Jr. aka Dr. Vibe

Ed Gough, Jr. aka Dr. Vibe

Dr. Vibe is the host of The Dr. Vibe Show™ which is a two time awards winner by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (2020 Podcasting News and 2018 Innovation). He is the co-host and co-producer of the monthly live online conversations for fathers that are sponsored by Dove Men+Care and Dads Central (Canada’s national fatherhood organization).

For the last eight years, Dr. Vibe has been a featured contributor for the Good Men Project (one of the most viewed website in the world for men).

Rahman "Rock" Harper

Rock is a nationally-recognized chef (Hell’s Kitchen season 3 winner), community activist, educator, healthy food advocate, podcast host (The Chef Rock Xperiment Podcast), restaurateur (Queen Mother’s), and writer (“44 Things Parents Should Know About Healthy Cooking For Kids”).

In 2016, he formed RockSolid Creative Food Group, LLC which focuses on helping chefs and restaurant communities achieve higher levels of success.

Benita Johnson

Benita Johnson

Benita is the owner of The Vine Wine Club and founder of The Exclusive Blacklist Weekend.  A native of Richmond, VA, Benita began her wine journey in 2005 when she opened two wine and beer shops called Grapes & Barley and earned her Guild of Sommeliers pin in 2007.

Benita is the host of the new “Bottles and Books” series on Inde.TV and co-host of “Love Wins with Ellis and Benita” on most podcast platforms. 

Chris L. Johnson

Chris L. Johnson

Chris joined Principal® in 2015 with more than 18 years of experience in the financial services and mortgage industries.  Chris worked with a financial services firm outside of Baltimore, MD for 4 years while attending college.  He spent 10 years as a mortgage originator, with the last 5 and a half years as a brokerage owner. 

He and his wife relocated to Northern, CA in early 2014 where he began his second career as a financial advisor.  

Florence McCrary

Florence is an avid lover of fine food and culture. She has a diverse history in serving the community and working in several capacities where fundraising has been a key requirement.  

She believes in making things happen and pulling together the right people to deliver.  She has traveled throughout the world and has an appreciation for food, music and the arts.

Advisors

Jumoke Jackson

Jumoke Jackson

Chef Jumoke has become synonymous with great food! He is a successful private chef and chef consultant based in Brooklyn, NY serving clients globally with a roster that includes Jill Scott and Lady Gaga. Jumoke has created his own personal style by mixing his love of food with that of techniques from some of the best chefs in the country and beyond.

He has also made appearances on The Chew and Dr. Oz and was a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and Cutthroat Kitchen.

Adrian Lindsay

Adrian Lindsay

Adrian is a veteran hospitality professional with more than 30 years in the industry and is known for creating eye-catching cocktails using unusual ingredients. 

 

He was featured in several local magazines for his expertise and creativity including Durham Magazine, Creative Cocktails, Indy Week and Drinking with a Bartender: a Day out in Durham with Nana’s Adrian Lindsay.

Padua Player

Padua Player

Chef Padua, also known as SugaChef, is as dedicated as they come and he is serious about his desserts. He has been praised for his work by Vice President Biden, featured on WE TV’s Platinum Weddings and was a competitor on Food Network’s “Sweet Genius,” “Holiday Baking Championship” and “CHOPPED Sweet.”

Padua has his own line of gourmet desserts and has provided his sweet delicacies to countless celebrity clientele and lends his time and pastry talents to organizations such as DC Central Kitchen and Buddy International.

Fred Wilds

Fred has been in the travel business for 30 plus years. His career started out working as a travel agent at Rogers Travel Agency in Washington D.C. one of the oldest Black travel agencies in the United States before going off on his own and starting Excellence In Travel. 

His travels and business dealings have included Africa, South America, Europe, Fiji, Cuba, the Caribbean and Europe.  He belongs to Cruise Lines International Association as well as being a certified travel advisor for Sandals and Beaches All Inclusive Resorts.