Hezekiah House, Jr, Chair
Marguirite L. De Laine, Vice Chair
|Jarod J. Stukes, Recording Secretary||Margo Moseley-Stukes, Financial Secretary|
|Arlonial D. Bradford, Treasurer||Thomas M. Bradford Jr.|
Hezekiah House, Jr., holds a Certificate in Automotive Mechanics from the former Robert Trade School (New York NY). His professional experience includes 32 years with United Parcel Service where, for 25 years, he was Shop Steward for Local 804. At the time of his retirement, and for several years before, his job title was Union Representative. Subsequent to retirement, he served for three years in the capacity of Trustee of an International Brotherhood of Teamsters local in New York. Thereafter, he served a six-year term as Imperial Potentate for the National Imperial Council of Shriners (USA). For a number of years, Mr. House was president of Forest Avenue Auto Repair Shop and Madison Avenue Towing Service, both family-owned businesses in New Jersey. He is currently chair of the St. Matthews AME Church Board of Trustees (Summerton SC), an active member of Yorkrite Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Lakewood Community Board of Directors (Sumter SC).
Daisy A. De Laine Block holds a BA degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Speech Pathology certification from Columbia University Teacher’s College (New York NY). Immediately after college, she served as a member of the United States Women’s Army Corps. Now retired, Mrs. Block taught in the South Carolina school systems of Clarendon, Sumter, Fairfield, Kershaw, Chester and Richland counties, as well as in the states of Kansas and Indiana. She has worked tirelessly over the years for improvements in her church and community arenas, serving in many capacities for a variety of civic organizations.
Arlonial D. Bradford holds a BA degree in Business Education and a MA degree in Education. She has also done additional graduate study. Her teaching experience includes both high school and college levels. Ms Bradford retired from the Williamsburg County SC public school system after 35 years of service. Her college teaching experience was at Winona State University MN. Additionally, her professional experience includes five years as Administrative Assistant to Headstart in Williamsburg County SC. She has traveled extensively in West Africa and South Africa as an educational consultant for the AME Church. Ms Bradford is active in many other church and civic organizations of Clarendon County.
Dorothy P. Choice holds a BA degree with majors in English and French. She retired from Clarendon County School District One after teaching for more than 35 years. Ms Choice is extraordinarily active in community affairs and excels in organizing public events. She holds the honorary position of Chair Emeritus of BDPF.
Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. holds a BA degree in Biology and has pursued graduate studies in biochemistry. He holds certificates in Design and Management of Employee Training Development, Organizational Management and Development, and Business Management for Marketing and Advertising. He is retired from Hoffmann-LaRoche (Nutley NJ) where he worked in various executive management positions charged with employee training, sales administration, marketing and advertising. For eight years, he served as a trustee for the New Jersey Youth Correctional System. After his early retirement, he served as chairman of the Charlotte NC Northwest Corridor Community Development Corporation for ten years. He was appointed to the US Presidential Commission for the Brown v Board of Education 50th Anniversary Celebration. Mr. De Laine is the most knowledgeable living person on the genesis of the Briggs v. Elliott lawsuit.
Marguirite L. De Laine holds a BA degree in English and has done graduate studies at the University of South Carolina and The Citadel. She earned a certificate from the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University (Florence SC). Additionally, she received certificates for participation in the Cities in Schools Program and in an after school tutorial program in Dorchester County SC. Now retired, she was a respected teacher of high school English and middle school Language Arts in public school systems in South Carolina (31 years) and North Carolina (4 yrs). Ms De Laine has been an active volunteer in a number of organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross, PTA Board of Alston Middle School (Summerville SC), and many AME church organizations. She is director of the BDPF Enrichment/Tutorial Program.
Margo Moseley-Stukes is a native of Salters SC and a graduate from C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville SC. She holds a BS degree in Psychology/Kinesiology from Charleston Southern University and a MA degree in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University. She served nine years in the Army National Guard as a Truck Driver/Dispatcher, and completed a tour of duty in Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently a stay-at-home mother, she is a member of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church in Summerton SC.
J. Wesley Richburg holds a BS degree in Business Administration, as well as Associate degrees in Environmental Engineering and in Electronic Servicing and Technology. He served four years in the United States Air Force and has 23 years experience in electronics and operation of computer numerical control machines. Additionally, he has experience as a Pre-Vocational Education high school teacher. In the past, Mr. Richburg has served on the Summerton Planning Commission and the Summerton Election Commission. Now medically disabled, as his health permits, he volunteers with BDPF’s Enrichment/Tutorial Program.
Jarod J. Stukes is a native of Summerton SC and is a graduate of Scott’s Branch High School. He holds a BA degree in Human Resources/Psychology from Saint Leo University, Shaw AFB. He has worked full-time for the SC Army National Guard for more than 13 years, where he is the Readiness NCO of the 1053rd Transportation Unit in Bennettsville SC. He also completed a tour of duty in Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is married to Margo Stukes and has three children. A member of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church in Summerton SC, he serves as vice president of its Usher Board. He is the great grandson of Onetha Bennett and the great-great grandson of Frederick Oliver, both of whom were among the twenty plaintiffs in Briggs et al. v. Elliott et al.
Thomas M. Bradford Jr. is a native of Kingstree, SC, currently living in Columbia, SC. He holds a BA in Music, a BS in Computer Engineering, and a MS in Computer Engineering from The University of South Carolina. He has worked in the High Tech industry for the last 24 years, currently serving as a Systems Analyst in the IT department at Lexington County School district One. He is retired after 30 years in the Army, Army Reserves and Army National Guard.