Dara P. Richardson-Heron, M.D.
Dara P. Richardson-Heron, M.D., was named chief executive officer of The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, becoming the first CEO of the organization — previously, the top position was executive director — and the first physician and African-American in the post. Dr. Richardson-Heron previously was chief medical officer and assistant executive director at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and national chief medical officer of United Cerebral Palsy Association. A 2004 TNJ “Influential Black Women in Business” honoree, she joined UCP of NYC in 2003 and became national chief medical officer in 2007. Richardson-Heron is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and Barnard College and a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Sonya Stewart was named vice president of performance excellence at Lockheed Martin’s Enterprise Solutions & Services business unit. Stewart will be responsible for ensuring strong business performance excellence through the oversight and integration of all program activities, infrastructure operations and business processes within the business unit. Prior to this appointment, she was corporate vice president for work-force diversity management. Stewart joined Lockheed Martin in 1997, after serving in the United States Air Force, where she conducted intelligence-based engineering research and development. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.
Paul T. Williams
Paul T. Williams was named executive director of the New York State Dormitory Authority by Gov. David A. Paterson. He will serve as the chief administrative and operating officer for one of the leading public finance and construction management agencies in the nation. In 2007, the authority sold $4.6 billion in bonds and had a portfolio of $35 billion in outstanding bonds. Williams joins the Dormitory from the law firm of Nixon Peabody L.L.P., where he was senior counsel. He has also served as president of Toussaint Capital Partner L.L.C., partner at Bryan Cave L.L.P., and was a founding partner of Williams & Harris L.L.P. In addition to his extensive law career, Williams was president of 100 Black Men Inc. for five years. He is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law.
Maya Harris joined The Ford Foundation as vice president of Peace and Social Justice Program. Harris previously was the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. During her five years with the ACLU, Harris directed campaigns to eliminate racial biases in the criminal justice system and in California’s public schools. Earlier in her career, at age 29, she was appointed dean of the Lincoln Law School of San Jose, Calif., making her one of the youngest attorneys to hold such a position in a law school. Harris clerked in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Anthony S. Kendall
Anthony S. Kendall was named chief executive officer of Mitchell & Titus L.L.P., the largest minority-controlled accounting, audit, tax and business advisory firm in the United States. He will replace retiring founder and current CEO, Bert N. Mitchell. Kendall previously served as vice chairman of client services and managing partner in the firm’s New York office. He joined Mitchell & Titus in 1991 from Arthur Andersen and was admitted to the partnership in 1996. In 2000, he was named New York managing partner and in 2004 was appointed vice chairman of client services. He holds both a master’s degree in finance and taxation and a bachelor’s in accounting from Binghamton University in New York and is a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Karen Nethersole, Esq.
Karen Nethersole, Esq., transitioned from an executive position with a Fortune 500 company to CEO and founder of Full Circle NY (www.fullcircleny.com), a boutique firm that develops minority young professionals for leadership positions in corporations, organizations, and entrepreneurships. She established FCNY while in her previous corporate position, subsequently successfully creating and managing the corporation’s collegiate programs and diversity effort. FCNY works with universities and colleges to identify high-potential minority talent and partners with businesses to provide young talents with internships. A 2008 TNJ “40 Under Forty” honoree, Nethersole holds a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law and a bachelor’s from St. Francis College.