Black Alumni Council Members
Courtney Bass ’14, Secretary
Courtney Bass is a native of Auburn, Ala., in 2014 he graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2019.
A product of, and now an educator in the Auburn City School System, Bass continues to pursue his passion and serve his community as a 6th grade math teacher at Drake Middle School in Auburn, Ala. His belief in lifelong learning translates to all facets of life, including his role on the Black Alumni Council.
Anthony L. Britt ’12
Anthony L. Britt is currently employed with Mueller Water Product, Inc. managing facilities throughout the country, with 18 years of experience in facilities and project management. Britt recently launched his own company, Project Antidotes, LLC, which plans and coordinates corporate meetings, events, conferences, tradeshows, and designation management services for for-profit and nonprofit entities.
Active in his community, Britt is member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. initiated through the Rho Upsilon Lambda Chapter in Dothan, Alabama. He currently is a member of the Alpha Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Montgomery, Alabama.
Chacolby Burns-Johnson serves as a senior development officer major gifts with a legal advocacy civil rights nonprofit focused on human rights, justice and equity for all. She has experience as an executive director, an appointed member of two administrations in the State of Alabama Governor’s Office, in higher education and nonprofits with roles in fundraising, community outreach, events, marketing, communications and public relations.
A sustaining life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, Burns-Johnson currently serves as chair of the inaugural Black Alumni Council, is also a member of the James E. Foy Loyalty Society and will be returning to Auburn in Fall 2021 as a part-time adjunct professor. In addition, Chacolby is President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Alabama Chapter and recently completed her term as Vice President of Programs with the Public Relations Council of Alabama-Montgomery Chapter. Chacolby is a Sustainer member of the Association of Junior Leagues where she served in Montgomery on the Board of Directors, and she is actively involved as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Jazzmin Carr ’15
English Literature & Sociology
Jazzmin Carr is a senior incident manager for Amazon.com, where she responds to critical impact global events, escalations and policy matters. A multifaceted attorney and risk management professional, Carr attended Auburn University as a presidential scholar, earning her bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Sociology, summa cum laude, with university honors in 2015.
In 2018, Carr earned her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School where she was appointed director of the Student Government and elected president of the Harvard Black Law Students Association. Carr began her legal career at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Ala. and Clifford Chance US LLP in New York, N.Y. with a primary focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and asset finance.
Kenneth “Ken” Day ’81
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Ken Day recently retired after 42 years as supervisory natural resource specialist overseeing outdoor recreation, natural resources management, water safety awareness and environmental compliance on multipurpose water resource projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District.
Day serves on the SFWS Dean’s Advisory Council, is a member of the Woodlands and Wildlife Society and is a supporter of the Auburn University Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences. He is a Life Member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a 2016 Black Alumni Weekend honoree, a member of the Foy Society and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Keisha Dzata ’10
Keisha Dzata is the supply chain finance manager for the Power Tools department at the Home Depot in Atlanta, Ga. In this role, she is responsible for the reporting, forecast and planning of inventory, receipts and turns for $7B+ in annual sales, as well as all associated supply chain expenses. Prior to this role at the Home Depot, Dzata has worked in finance for the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and Serta Simmons Bedding, all in Atlanta. Outside of work, she is very involved in her local alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She currently lives in metro Atlanta, Ga. with her husband Bernard.
Mitchell Holston ’12
Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
Mitchell Holston serves as the director for Lauder College House at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with his BSBA in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in leadership studies from Auburn University and a MAEd in higher education from Virginia Tech. Before arriving at the University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell worked at Georgia Tech, Texas A&M University and Colorado State University with the focus areas of residence life, student leadership, curriculum development and diversity, equity and inclusion.
While at Auburn, Mitchell served in leadership roles with several offices, including the Office of Alumni Affairs, and is excited to impact the experiences of Black students and alumni.
Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and College of Education
Dr. Dahlia G. Hylton, a higher education administrator and licensed realtor, hails from Los Angeles, Calif. and resides in Atlanta, Ga. Her work in higher education includes the University of California, Santa Barbara, Lehigh University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her beloved alma mater, Auburn University. She has promoted diversity, inclusion and equitable practices through building comprehensive cultural spaces, engaging groups from historically underrepresented communities, multicultural education training, student advising and retention programming.
Hylton holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration, Master’s in adult education and a Bachelor’s in marketing—all from Auburn University—as well as a Masters in human resource management from Troy University.
Sonya Jenkins ’92, Vice Chair
Sonya Jenkins is the chief of operations at Advanced Project Consulting, a defense support contractor, and lives in Warner Robins, Ga. In 2012, she worked with Middle Georgia alumni to revitalize the Middle Georgia Auburn Club and served as interim president. She also assisted with re-chartering MGAC in 2017 and has served as a club board member since 2019.
Jenkins is a sustaining life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and is a member of the James E. Foy Loyalty Society with more than 10 years of continual giving to Auburn. She serves on the Auburn University Student Affairs Development Board, COSAM Dean’s Leadership Council and the Black Alumni Council.
Linwood Moore ’77
Linwood Moore served as the associate chief and chief of pharmacy at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center from 2000 until retirement in July 2018. In this capacity, he was responsible for the daily operations of the pharmacy department at this comprehensive teaching medical center, which provides pharmaceutical care for more than 100,000 veteran patients.
While at Auburn Linwood was the first African American Plainsman and the first African American Cheerleader. A graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Linwood served 30 years as an active duty and reserve army officer achieving the rank of full Colonel.
Christy “Stacey” Ogletree ’88
Christy “Stacey” Ogletree is currently a lead process Engineer with Chick-fil-A Supply in metro Atlanta, Ga. A native of Lanett, Ala., she was introduced to Auburn University and engineering as a participant in the Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program. While at Auburn, Ogletree was initiated into the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Ogletree’s professional career has included engineering duties in aircraft manufacturing, package delivery, transportation and distribution.
Nathaniel Rutledge ’90
College of Liberal Arts
Nathaniel Rutledge, Jr. is a native of Birmingham, Ala. who served over 33 years in criminal justice at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield Police Department before promotion to police chief for the city of Bessemer, Ala. in 2003. Chief Rutledge retired in 2017 and now serves with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at varying colleges and universities throughout Alabama.
An 11-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves who served in Operation Desert Storm, Rutledge is a graduate of the 238th Session of FBI National Academy and a graduate of the FBI Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He served two terms as President of the Alabama Association Chiefs of Police.
Vonnie Stone ’95
Vonnie Stone has worked as a Future Ready Institute of Health Sciences teacher at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn. since 2011. An RN in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Erlanger Hospital from 2010 to 2020, Stone has worked for both the Chattanooga State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Schools of Nursing as a professor of nursing.
Stone has served on the City of Chattanooga Mayor’s Women Council, and the Erlanger Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council. She is currently a post-masters certificate student in the Auburn University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
Erica Stringer-Reasor ’04
Erica Stringer-Reasor, MD, is an assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her doctorate in medicine from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, followed by an internship at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans, La. and a residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Ala.
Stringer-Reasor is board-certified in Internal Medicine, with subspecialty certifications in Hematology and Medical Oncology. Her research focus remains on developing novel targeted therapies to treat aggressive subtypes of breast cancer.
Joseph Young ’14
College of Liberal Arts
Joseph Young is a team leader for Delta Air Lines’ International Network Planning, managing transatlantic partnerships with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic to plan the airline’s joint capacity between North America and the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India regions. A graduate of Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, Young double majored in aviation management and supply chain management.
He currently serves as a member of the Harbert College of Business Advisory Council and the Black Alumni Council, working to foster a stronger relationship between Auburn University, the community, stakeholders and constituents. He was one of 54 employees selected for the 2019 Delta Global Build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, where he helped build six homes for families in need in Recife, Brazil.