A Celebration of Black History Month

Steele

Michael Steele `77

Michael is a trailblazer with several “firsts” on his resume, including: first African-American to be elected chairman of any state Republican Party (2000); first African-American elected to Maryland statewide office (Lt. Governor, 2003-2007); and the first African-American to serve as chairman of the Republican National Committee (2009-2011).

It all started not too long after he was elected Student Council president in his senior year at Carroll. Steele was also a regular on stage with the school’s Glee Club and drama/musical productions. In 1981 Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He then spent three years preparing for the Catholic priesthood at the Augustinian Friars Seminary at Villanova University, which he left prior to ordination to enter civil service.

Michael went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School in 1991. Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and commentator has been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC and in hosting the Michael Steele Podcast.

 

 

 

Nicole

Nicole Green Adams ’90 

Captain Nicole Adams is the first female firearms instructor and the first black female Captain and Assistant Chief with Maryland-National Capital Park Police.

As Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch, Nicole oversees the Special Operations Section (Mounted, Motor, and Marine) and the Canine Unit, and the Training Coordinator. The Special Operations Section patrols the regional parks and the hiker and biker trails throughout Montgomery County using horses, motorcycles, and boats. This section also staffs and manages special events with large crowds of people.

Nicole was a member of the National Honor Society at Carroll and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Howard University.

 

 

Evans

Evans Charles `90

Evens Charles is the founder and managing principal of Frontier Development & Hospitality Group LLC. A native of Washington, DC, Evens attended Temple University, played football, and earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Education.


His zeal for the real estate industry led to an investment in a property at age 25 and Mr. Charles has been learning and expanding his business ever since.


His firm has since grown to over a nine-figure portfolio of Hilton and Marriott internationally branded hotel assets across six states. Locally he owns the Westin at BWI Airport and the DoubleTree in Largo. His firm also built the new Homewood Suites in Largo.


Frontier Development & Hospitality Group has been recognized as one of the 2019 Black Enterprise largest 100 Black-Owned Businesses in the nation. Evens was presented the 2019 Outstanding Entrepreneurship award by the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Mr. Charles has an endowed scholarship in his name at Temple University targeting underserved students, supports many philanthropic causes (including his prep alma mater), and serves as a mentor to many.

 

 

 

Mjeema

 

Mjeema Pickett ’95

Mjeema Pickett is Spotify’s Head of R&B/Soul. In this role, she oversees the curation of some of the most soulful playlists on Spotify including Are & Be, Chilled R&B and Soul Coffee.

 

Prior to joining Spotify, Mjeema, whose passion for R&B music started at a young age, was the Director of Music Programming atVH1. During her tenure there, she oversaw the development and creation of music video programs that aired on both VH1 and VH1Soul, ensuring a well-balanced representation to viewers.

 

Mjeema has fond memories of her time at Carroll and growing up listening to WPGC and WKYS.  She first learned to program music through an internship at WPGC (following her graduation from Clark Atlanta University) and

has been sharing her knowledge and passion for music and artists ever since.

 

Mjeema shares, “I was so inspired by (faculty member) Robert Hoderny’s passion to move with purpose and love that I ended up working with him at the soup kitchen, as part of DC's Summer Youth Employment Program.  That's the only job I've ever had that wasn't affiliated with the arts or aligned with my career now.

 

Grillo

Luis Grillo `66

Luis Grillo, earned All-Metropolitan honors in track and basketball while attending Archbishop Carroll High School. He matriculated to Mount St. Mary’s University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and developed into a Division II All-America player for the Mountaineers. He sparked the Mount to two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, netted more than 1,000 career points and averaged 18.5 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior. He was drafted by the ABA’s Virginia Squires in 1971 and inducted into the Mount St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.

Encouraged by friends, Grillo began officiating basketball games and spent 13 years working Southeastern Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games. He earned assignments to work the SEC Tournament from 1983-1988 and was a NCAA Final Four official in 1987 and 1988.

Luis joined the NBA in 1988-89 and officiated more than 1,000 league games over 21 seasons, including more than 40 playoff games. He was a member of the officiating crew that worked the 2003 NBA All-Star Game and the 1993 Legends Game in Utah.

 

 Howell

Jim Howell ’57

Jim Howell ’57 became the first African-American to referee an NCAA men’s basketball championship when he officiated the UCLA vs. Memphis State title game in 1973.

For many, that would be the pinnacle of a successful career, but Howell is always quick to refer to his officiating as an avocation, and his full-time job as an educator, his vocation.  You see, Howell worked 31 years for DC Public Schools, including 14 as the principal of Taft Junior High. In 1973, Howell received an offer to referee in the NBA.  He turned it down to continue as a teacher and principal at Taft.  “Those kids are where I measure myself,” said Howell in a 1979 interview.

He climbed ladders to success in both roles. Howell started at Taft as a physical education teacher and coached the Taft Trojan track team which dominated junior high school track through the late 1960s into the early ’70s. He coached, taught, became a vice-principal, then principal.  It was a similar ascent as a referee: Six years of youth leagues, junior high and high school games, then a call up to the college ranks in 1968.  He worked NCAA Final Fours in 1973, 1974, 1978 and 1981 and the subsequent NCAA title games in ’73 and ’74.

Jim was inducted into Archbishop Carroll’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 and the District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) Hall of Fame in 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Jay

Lester (Jay) Butler, Jr. ’92

Jay has served as head coach of Virginia Union University’s men’s basketball team since 2015 and has established the Panthers as a perennial contender for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) title. His 2017- 2018 Virginia Union team captured the CIAA title and two of his teams have secured NCAA Division II Tournament berths.

Butler is a 1998 graduate of Virginia Union and played throughout his four years at the university.  He helped the Panthers capture three consecutive CIAA championships and earn four NCAA Division II Tournament bids, including a Final Four run in his senior season (1996).

Jay coached the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) women’s basketball team for 11 seasons, piling up 177 wins, multiple conference titles, a school record for wins (25) in a season, and four NCAA appearances. Perhaps most importantly, he infused in his student-athletes a love for the game and nurtured a winning atmosphere.  Coach Butler was inducted into UDC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

 
 
 
Godsey
 
Billi Godsey Chambers `99
 
Billi is in her eighth season as head coach of the Iona College women’s basketball program. Over her first three seasons (2013-14 through 2015-16) she led the Gaels to its most successful stretch in school history, including an 18-game winning streak, a first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season championship, a 26-win season, a MAAC Tournament championship and an NCAA tournament berth.

Chambers served as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Molloy College before being named head coach at Iona. She was also the Associate Athletic Director while at Molloy and Associate Commissioner for Operations and Senior Woman Administrator for the East Coast Conference.

Billi earned a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University in psychology in May 2003 and a master's degree in psychology from Adelphi University in November 2005. She was a four-year letter winner at Hofstra, playing in 79 games from 1999-2003. She was inducted into Archbishop Carroll’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
 
 
 
 

Thompson

 

John R. Thompson, Jr. ’61(In Memoriam)

 

John R. Thompson, Jr. is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport of basketball and devoted his life to developing young people, both on and off the basketball court.

 

Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, he was the first African-American coach to win a national title in college basketball (Georgetown 1984). Over 27 seasons Thompson guided Georgetown University to three NCAA Final Four appearances, seven Big East tournament championships and 24 consecutive postseason appearances.  He was selected to serve as head coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team and as an assistant on the 1976 Olympic team. He also served as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

 

Thompson and his 1959, 1960 and 1961 Carroll teammates were among the first racially integrated prep teams in the Washington area and reeled off a record 55 consecutive wins over his last two seasons.  Thompson earned All-America honors at Carroll and Providence College, and won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics (1965 and 1966).

 
 
 
Boyd
 
Boyd Rutherford `75
 
Boyd Rutherford has served as the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Maryland since 2015. As Lieutenant Governor, he is the second highest elected official in the state. Rutherford is the third African-American to be elected to state-wide office in Maryland (Carroll alumnus Michael Steele ’77 was the first in 2003). After graduating from Carroll, Rutherford earned his Bachelor's Degree in economics and political science from Howard University, and Juris Doctorate and Master's Degree in communications management from the University of Southern California. An accomplished attorney, Rutherford served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services from 2003 to 2006 under Governor Robert Ehrlich.
 
 
 
Neale
Melisha Neal `10
 
After graduating from Carroll in 2010, Melisha matriculated to Morgan State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and then graduated cum laude from The University of Baltimore School of Law. She currently serves as Assistant State’s Attorney in Charles County, MD.
 
Carroll taught Melisha “to always give back to people in need” She put her knowledge into practice as a private sector attorney by representing low-income clients pro bono.
 
As a student at Carroll, Ms. Neal enjoyed the interaction and activity of the food drives and soup kitchen service. “Carroll always stressed the importance of human dignity and that is something that I continue to carry with me as I deal with witnesses, defendants, and victims. I always see the person for who they are and not their situation.”
 
Melisha is active as a mentor and counselor to young girls in the hopes of keeping them headed in the right direction and hopes to become a Judge.
 
 

Rohulamin Quander

The Honorable Rohulamin Quander `61

Rohulamin Quander is a DC native, retired Senior Administrative Judge, dual graduate (BA and JD) of Howard University, and a 55-year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Quander family is believed to be the oldest documented African-American family that has come from African ancestry to present day America. The Quanders trace their lineage to the 1670’s in colonial Maryland and the family tree includes four U.S Army generals (three graduated from West Point), two Tuskegee Airmen serving in World War II, and the first national president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Judge Quander just released his third book: The Quanders: SInce 1684, an Enduring African-American Legacy, a comprehensive historical account of the Quander family. He also penned Nellie Quander, An Alpha Kappa Alpha Pearl: The Story of a Woman who Saved an International Organization and 50+ Omega Inspired Years: Tracing an Omega Legacy to 1931. A recent Emmy Award-winning exposé entitled “I Am Quander” (“Finding Quander“), produced by WUSA-TV 9 (Washington DC) and written and reported by Michael Quander, Jr., explores the Quander family journey.

 

 

 

Nicolette  Orji `09

Nicolette Orji `09

Nicolette Titilayo Orji ‘09 (Nikki Billie Jean) is a Nigerian-American editor-in-chief, fashion designer, fashion stylist, fashion director, creative director, campaign producer, and event producer. She is of Yoruba-Igbo descent and from Maryland. 

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health with a minor degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). 

Recognizing that there weren’t enough platforms solely highlighting African print fashion, Nikki used her passion for ankara prints to create a platform that highlights ankara print fashion and showcases its relevance in global fashion and entertainment. 

Founded in August 2012, Nikki initially created and launched All Things Ankara as a social media platform.  All Things Ankara has developed into a go-to source and one-stop-shop for ankara print fashion. All Things Ankara is a multifaceted ankara print fashion and entertainment brand, consisting of an online publication, shop, marketplace, and special events (ball, pop up, fashion week & brunch). 

Read more about Nikki Billie Jean here: https://www.nikkibilliejean.com/about/ 

Nikki is also the sister of Nicholas Orji `15. 

 

Stephanie Carey

Stephanie Cary, MBA, PMP `02

After graduating from ACHS (’98), she attended the University of Delaware (c/o 2003) majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Once she realized her childhood dream of becoming an Engineer Stephanie went on to work for the U.S. Department of State, contributing to the design and construction of numerous Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Properties all over the world.

She then went on to pursue her MBA full time at the University of Maryland, College Park (c/o 2013) focusing on the areas of finance and entrepreneurship. Staying close to her engineering roots, she has since held various roles in Project Management and currently works as a government contractor managing federal construction projects in the DC area.

Her most significant memories from Archbishop Carroll High School include Social Justice class, taught by the legendary Robert Hoderny, and participating in the Fence Party and annual Food Drive. Her experience at ACHS has taught Stephanie to see the world outside of herself and fostered a commitment towards helping others.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, listening to live music, trying new recipes, and spending time with family; especially her five-year-old nephew Elijah. Her sister, Dr. Stacy Cary-Thompson, a pediatrician, also graduated from Carroll in 2002

 

B. Doyle Mitchell

B. Doyle Mitchell `80

 

B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., President and CEO of Industrial Bank, leads the largest minority-owned commercial bank in the Washington Metropolitan area and the fifth largest African-American owned financial institution in the country (recognized in Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100s 2018 list).

 

Mr. Mitchell is the third-generation president of Industrial Bank, which was founded by his grandfather Jesse H. Mitchell in 1934. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University in 1984, he began a full-time career at Industrial. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1990 and succeeded his father as president in 1993.  B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., believes Industrial Bank has remained strong because of its mission to promote the financial and economic empowerment of its diverse communities, and by serving those communities through high-quality financial services and employees that really care.  Industrial has seven branches in Washington, DC, and Prince George’s County, Maryland, which provides a full range of quality banking and financial services, including residential, commercial, small business, and SBA loans.

 

LaTanya Brown-Robertson Ph.D. `

LaTanya Brown-Robertson Ph.D. '92

After graduating from ACHS, she attended Spelman College and Howard University, majoring in Economics. She completed her undergraduate studies in four years with a 3.8 GPA from Howard University. Dr. Brown-Robertson then went on to pursue her Masters in Economics and Ph.D. in Urban Economics. She is currently a Full Professor of Economics at Bowie State University (BSU) and the Lead for BSU's Data Science and Analytics Initiative.
 
Her most significant memory from Archbishop Carroll High School would be the School Mass and the Gospel Choir. She appreciated the spiritual time that ACHS gave her and her fellow students to connect with God.
Her experience at Archbishop Carroll High School has taught her the importance of service to the community and providing a voice for disenfranchised individuals.
 
"Using your calling by God to make the world a better place is a legacy we must all strive to pursue!" - LaTanya Brown-Robertson, Ph.D. '92 

 

BIshop Roy Campbell `65

Bishop Roy Edward Campbell, Jr. `65

Bishop Campbell is a life-long member of the Archdiocese of Washington. He was baptized at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Indian Head, MD, received his First Holy Communion in 1956 at Saint Cyprian Church in Southeast Washington and the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1959 at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Northwest Washington.

A native of Southern Maryland, Bishop, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington in 2007. Prior to becoming a priest, he was a banking official for more than 30 years.

Bishop Campbell’s first parish assignment was as parochial vicar at Saint Augustine parish in Washington 2007 to 2008, while also taking care of the sacramental needs of Immaculate Conception parish in Washington for six months. He was appointed pastor of Assumption Catholic Church in southeast Washington in 2008, and in 2010 was appointed to his current assignment, as pastor of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Largo.

Bishop Campbell was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of Washington on April 21, 2017.