National Officers

National Officers: 2019-2020 /Elected, May, 2019

(With detailed biographical information on each Officer, coming soon)

Jethro Joseph, National Alumni President

Teresa Jackson, Vice President

Latanya Martin-Byers, Secretary

Shirley Barlow, Treasurer

Willene White-Smith, Corresponding Secretary

Norissa Long, Financial Secretary



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National Officers 2016-2019

Above, some of Morris Brown’s National Officers, (First row, left to right),  James Fedd, Tyra T. Norris- Ellis, (Second row, left to right), Norrisa L. Melix, Shirley M. Barlow, Inez Greggs, with their detailed biographical information below.

Shirley M. Barlow, ’73 – President

Shirley Barlow currently serves as the Morris Brown College (MBC) National Alumni Association (NAA) President, and is on the Board of Trustees of Morris Brown College.  Alumna Barlow is a volunteer Adjunct Professor at Morris Brown College as well as the Senior Class Advisor.  She also works on the MBC Focus Group.  She is the Past President of the South Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter from 1992-2015.  She also served as the NAA Financial Secretary from 2000-2002.

She is a 1973 graduate of Morris Brown College with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  She also has a Masters of Arts in Education from Cambridge College (2000), as well as an Education Specialist degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University (2004).  Barlow is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Life Member), AKA’s for Morris Brown and the Women for Morris Brown. She volunteers with the Pink Cultural Pearls Cotillion and Teens on the Move-Heritage Academy of the 100 Black Women.  Mrs. Barlow, along with family members established a summer camp for kids ages 5-14 called the S.E.E.D Academy providing educational and adventurous opportunities for the youth.  Shirley is also very active in her church as the Deaconess President and a member of the Usher Board.


Shirley had a challenging start in 2013 with her administration as NAA president with poor communications between chapters and officers, inactive alumni and chapters, and low fundraising.  Through faith and hard work she:

  • Has reestablished  chapters and increased and increased alumni participation in meetings and fundraising.
  • Is presently working for and with the college in student and alumni recruitment and fundraisers.
  • Has improved communications with the alumni, infinity groups, family and friends of Morris Brown.
  • Is a working member of the MBC Focus Group on the “We are Morris Brown College” Initiatives: Phase One-Restoration MBC Strong: Investing In An unending legacy: “Raise the Roof” and Campus Revitalization.
  • Support the MBC Tri-State Chapter Initiative to develop a “GoFundMe” account to help raise funds for the roof.


Eddie Peacock – Vice President


Tyra T. Norris-Ellis, ’92, – MSPH, Ph.D., Secretary

Dr. Tyra T. Norris-Ellis is a 1992 graduate of Morris Brown College.  She holds a Masters of Science in Public Health and a PhD in Public Health from Walden University.  Dr. Ellis is a national health and wellness speaker, a member of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chi Tau Omega Chapter, American Public Health Association, Association of Teaching and Prevention Research, DeKalb County NAACP, Live Health DeKalb Coalition, The Red Pump Project, AKA’s for Morris Brown, and Women for Morris Brown College.

Her career highlight thus far is representing Region IV on the HBCU Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative Steering Committee chaired by Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th U.S. Surgeon General, where she participated in developing guidelines for the implementation of policies on the prohibition of tobacco use on Historically Black Colleges and University campuses.

Dr. Ellis is a member of Berean Christian Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Kerwin B. Lee.  She is married to Marvin Ellis, Sr., an educator at Southwest DeKalb High School and is the mother of Marvin Jr., a college student, and Marlin, a fifth grader.


Rodney Mahone, ’81 – Correspondence Secretary

Mr. Rodney Mahone graduated from Morris Brown College in 1981 with a Business of Science Degree in Business Administration.  After graduation, he began working for, and has since retired from the State of Georgia, Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services.

After retirement Mr. Mahone became more active with Morris Brown College, participating more with sponsored-driven activities of our beloved institution.  He is a member of South Metro Alumni Chapter, serving as Corresponding Secretary. This position has allowed him to support the chapter’s Student Scholarship Program, freshman and new student activities, and the campus Clean-Up projects.  With his position, he has been blessed with the opportunity of broadening his circle of alumni and friends who not only care for, but love Morris Brown as he does. Rodney is also a part of the Morris Brown College Focus Group.

Spiritually, Rodney is a member of the Bridge Street Church of God in Christ, (COGIC) in Manchester, Georgia since 1972.  He has been and remains very active in COGIC (locally, and at the district, jurisdictional, and national levels.)  Presently, he serves on the Board of COGIC’s South Central Georgia Jurisdictional, Music Department.

“Morris Brown has survived a lot of changes through the years but one thing hasn’t changed,” and that is that the college is “A Haven for All Hungry Souls.”


Inez Greggs, ’06 – Financial Secretary

Presently Inez Greggs works for the Department of Human Services, Office of Financial Services as a Fiscal Policy and Procedure Analyst.  She graduated from Morris Brown College with a B.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership.  Inez is a member of Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, GA.

She left Morris Brown in the early 1980s to attend to an ailing family member.  She promised herself that she would return to complete her degree, and she kept her promise.  After graduation, she joined the South Metro Alumni Chapter, and also the Morris Brown Focus Group,  For the last three years, Ms. Greggs has served as the Financial Secretary of the Morris Brown College National Alumni Association.  On campus, she has participated with campus clean-ups, and all types of fundraising activities, from selling raffle tickets to promoting  luncheons to help raise money for scholarships.

“No matter where I go or what I do, I take the spirit of Morris Brown with me.  So much so, I am known as the Morris Brown Lady at work,” a title I wear proudly.  “Every time I pray, I bow and thank the gracious Lord, for Dear ole Morris Brown.  I thank Him for all that Morris Brown has done for me, and all it will do for all the Brownites in the future.


Norrisa L​. ​Mellix, ’85 – Treasurer

Norrisa is a fourth generation graduate of Morris Brown College, having graduated in May 1985 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  She also received her MBA from Atlanta University in 1987.  Norrisa’s roots and devotion are deep in this institution and she comes from a long line of Brownites.  Her great grandmother, Mollie Bell Thornton graduated in 1905, grandfather Henry E. Thornton ’24 AB and ’28 Divinity degree, grandmother Rosetta Amelia Hall Thornton ’26, father Norris Long ’56, mother Amelia Thornton Long ’56, brother Norris ’90, husband Ron ’07, and son Joshua ’12.

She has worked two decades in many areas of business including bookkeeping, financial reporting, individual and corporate tax returns, banking/reconciliation, payroll, A/R and A/P.  In addition to working in various areas of business, she has taught business classes both at Morris Brown and through Chattahoochee Technical College’s Dual Enrollment program for High School students.

Norissa is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., life member of  the Morris Brown College National Alumni Association, and a member of AKA for MBC.



James C. Fedd Jr. ’14  2nd – Alumni Representative

James C. Fedd Jr. came to Morris Brown College in the Fall of 1987.  Upon returning to Morris Brown College, James graduated and received a B.S. degree in Computer Science.  Through his matriculation, James was a member of the Marching Wolverine Band, and President of the Student Government Association.   He is presently Vice President of the South Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Morris Brown College Alumni Association.  On the national level, James holds the position as 2nd Alumni Representative.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Morris Brown College.  James is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Nu Mu Lambda Chapter, Decatur, GA, and a member of Iota for MBC.

While at Morris Brown, James has participated in Campus Clean-Up, and other activities to support the funding of scholarships for students.  James diligently works with the Morris Brown Focus Group whose  purpose is to support the stability of MBC in the pursuit of obtaining accreditation.

James is a past Economic Support Specialist for the Department of Human Services for DeKalb County, GA. After working in that field for a number of years, James presently is a Technical Support Analyst (Retail Operations Support) for Peyton Resource Group out of Alpharetta, GA (NCR).  James is a member of the New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church, in Decatur Georgia, under the leadership of Bishop James H. Morton.


Willene White-Smith, ’77 – Parliamentarian

Sister Smith is the proud daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Willie (Ruby) White of Atlanta, Georgia. Both parents are deceased. Sister Smith was born and reared in the “Dear Ole Summerhill” neighborhood in Atlanta. She attended and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Henry W. Grady High School and Morris Brown College. She has done additional studies at Oglethorpe University & Columbus Command College/GBI.

Sister Smith earned her B.S. degree in Business Management from Morris Brown College on May 15, 1977.

She enjoys organizing worthwhile and beneficial programs/activities, deep-sea fishing, reading, and listening to gospel, jazz and classical music. In her spare time, she relaxes with playing the piano and singing. She is a recent Thirty-Four (34) year Retiree from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), as the Manager for Georgia’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) & Family Violence (FV) Programs. This unit compiles and disseminates all of the FBI’s Part I & Part II, Family Violence and Hate Crimes reported from the 700+law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Georgia. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Kappa Omega Chapter, Atlanta, Ga., member of the Atlanta HBCU Alliance, member of the AIAC-UNCF Chapter, 8th & 10th President of the Women for Morris Brown College, Inc. and currently serves as Parliamentarian for the MBCNAA.

Sister Smith is married to Julian K. Smith, Sr., (retired APS Foreign Language teacher – French & Spanish) and has 1 son, Julian Jr. (proud Bethune Cookman University Graduate and current teacher with the Dekalb Co. School System. Julian, Jr. is an outstanding Trumpeteer).


Todd Blackburn, ’90 – Director of Alumni Affairs



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Alma Mater,

pride of earth,

Gav’st to me another birth,

Haven for all hungry souls,

Feeding them shall be Thy goal,

Ever let thy banner be,

Emblem of the brave and free,

A welcome true to everyone,

Until Thy work is done.

Hail to Thee, maker of men,

Honor to Thee once again,

Sacred truths on firmest ground,

Hail to Thee, Dear Morris Brown.

To thy precepts praise accord,

To them may we e’er be bound,

And bow and thank the gracious Lord,

For dear ol’ Morris Brown.

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Lyrics By: Milton Randolph

Music By: E. Waymon Hathcock