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Four new members join the Voorhees Board of Trustees

Under the leadership of its new chairman, David Miller, the Voorhees College Board of Trustees recently appointed four new members who include two entrepreneurs, an educator, and a dentist. 

Jerome Geathers; president, CEO, and chairman of Geathers Enterprises, Inc.; operates a variety of concessions in the Charlotte Douglas International Airport which include Queen City News & Gift, MAC Cosmetics, and 360 Duty Free & More. He also owns and manages commercial and residential rental properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Geathers earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Voorhees College. 

Dr. LaTonya Gillespie-Johnson, a practicing dentist in Metro Atlanta, is CEO and owner of Southern Pearl Dentistry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Voorhees College and a doctorate in dental surgery from Marquette University. 

Mary Hunter Maxwell is the director of the Preschool at Second-Ponce in Atlanta. Maxwell manages the teachers, marketing, admissions, and communications, and sets the curriculum to achieve strategic goals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of the South and a master’s degree in Christian Formation from the Virginia Theological Seminary. 

Sumiyyah Rasheed is the co-owner of SWH Apparel, an Atlanta-based family-owned company that produces high-quality private-label apparel. She is also the owner of the Ann-Nahari and Alexis Simone collections. Additionally, Rasheed owns the Crescent Consulting Group, Inc., which creates and implements complex software for her roster of Fortune 500 clients in the apparel and footwear manufacturing and distribution industries. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from California State University and has completed graduate work in religion at the University of Georgia. 

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About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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