Board of Directors

James Brown - Chairman

James E. Brown has over 30 years of experience as a venture capitalist, financial advisor, and commercial real estate sales and commercial business and investment broker. He has been an entrepreneur and management consultant in various settings. Namely, he currently serves as President of GTS Transportation Services. James is also very active in the Film Industry, serving as President and CEO of First Nite Productions, Inc., a Maryland corporation, that still partners with Poitier Productions Inc. of New York to produce Feature Films and Documentary Projects. He has served as President of JWD Management Services, Inc., and Carolina Investment Strategies Group, LLC, both an investment and financial service provider. Mr. Brown also has served as Financial Consultant and Sports Agent to former Professional Basketball Players and has partnered on several business ventures with Dominique Wilkins, basketball legend and Vice President for the Atlanta Hawks. He is founder and is currently Chair of the Gregory B. Davis Foundation.


Mr. Brown sits on several Boards including the Wilkins Foundation in Atlanta, GA., Multi-Line Management, LTD, a Bermuda based licensed insurance management company and business consultant to TESLA Reinsurance, Inc. of Barbados. In 2003, Mr. Brown was appointed as an NGO Delegate to the United Nations serving Regions in Africa in the area of Humanitarian Projects and is a member of the Washington International Trade Association. He attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and received his Bachelors Degree in Business and Finance from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. 

Edna Brown, M.P.H. - President/CEO

Edna Brown has over 20 years of experience in program development, management, and implementation; training development and delivery; and publications and support. She has managed numerous concurrent federal and non-federal conference management, training and technical assistance, program monitoring and evaluation, and publications projects worth multiple millions of dollars for consulting firms in the DC/MD/VA area. Ms. Brown is currently the Program Director for the American Psychological Association's Behavioral and Social Science (BSSV) Program in Washington, DC, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control.


A very active volunteer both in her church and in the DC/MD/VA metropolitan area, Edna has served as the Co-Chair for the Women’s Ministry for the Prince George’s Community Presbyterian Church. She also is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition she serves on various civic boards and committees such as the National Congress of Black Women, the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, and the Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition.


Mrs. Brown holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 

Brenda Bracey - CFO

Brenda Bracey has proudly served as an educator in the Northampton County Schools in North Carolina. Ms. Bracey was a kindergarten and pre-kindergarten teacher for 33 years and truly loved her work and children before retiring in 2007. She serves as the Chief Financial Officer for GBDF.


Also a strong and active supporter of the community and civic causes, Ms. Bracey is a member of the First Baptist Church where she serves on the Scholarship Committee and on the Single’s Ministry. She is an avid reader, enjoys traveling, movies, and finds peace and solace while experiencing the sounds of the surf and waves at the beach.


Ms. Bracey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from the Elizabeth City State University and subsequently became a certified teacher through the North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Maurice Davis, DDS - Board Member

Maurice Davis has been a dentist in the Roanoke Valley Area for 30 years. He has served many years on the Halifax County Health Board and currently is their chairman. Over the past 30 years he has also served on numerous boards related to health and children. Dr. Davis holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC and a Doctor of Dental Science degree from Howard University in Washington, DC.


Dr. Davis was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley Area and has been a member of Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for many years. Dr. Davis served as chairperson of both the Trustee Board and Finance Committee, where he played a pivotal role in starting the church’s scholarship program. In 1984 he became a charter member of Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 

Valencia W. Davis - Board Member

Valencia W. Davis brings to the board over 30 years of experience from the educational arena. She has been a speech therapist, diagnostician, personnel director, and special education director. Her expertise has afforded her the opportunity to serve on several committees and task forces at the state level. Currently, she is employed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a Consultant in the Exceptional Children Division. 

Community service is very important to Ms. Davis and she provides most of this service through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has held the offices of president, vice-president, secretary and parliamentarian in the local chapter. In addition, she has chaired the Debutante Ball and Budding Roses Programs. She provides further service through her membership at the Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as a Deaconess and missionary. Ms. Davis has served on the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District school board for 4 years and is currently the Vice-Chair. In her leisure she enjoys movies and traveling. 

Ms. Davis holds an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a graduate degree is Speech Pathology both from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She also holds certification in Education Administration from East Carolina University.

Lois Deloatch, MA - Board Member

Lois Deloatch’s career spans more than two decades in the arts, philanthropy and community development. She has held administrative and leadership positions at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina Central University. In 2013, she founded Northampton Partners, LLC, a consulting firm committed to supporting people and organizations seeking to make a positive impact through service and philanthropy. Currently, she works as major gifts officer for the Center for Responsible Lending, a national nonprofit working to promote fair financial practices.


Deloatch is also a professional vocalist and songwriter specializing in jazz, blues and spirituals. She has toured the United States and internationally, and she has five recordings as leader. The Northampton County, North Carolina native holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and the Master of Arts from Duke University. She is married to Edward Gomes, Jr. and has an adult son, Kevin Deloatch Dawson.

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