Board of Directors

Michael G. Horsey  Chairman of The Board

Bio-MichaelHorseyMichael G. Horsey is the managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Mitchell & Titus, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited. He is the market leader for the firm’s Private Client Services. Michael is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania as well as other states.

Michael has over 30 years of experience in audit, taxation, and financial analysis. Prior to joining Mitchell & Titus, Michael spent several years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Johnson & Johnson Co. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

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James Sanders  Vice Chairman / Secretary


James Sanders is currently Vice President of Commercial & Industrial Lending at Customers Bank; previously he was Vice President of Government Guaranteed Lending and Commercial Loan Officer at Cape Bank.  Prior to Cape Bank, Mr. Sanders spent 7 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in Philadelphia, Pa. which is operated by a public-private-partnership with The Enterprise Center.

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Howard M. James, Jr.  Basileus Ex-Officio

Howard James, Jr. is a business consultant and entrepreneur.

As a consultant, he is the Training Manager and Entrepreneurship Instructor for Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC) in Philadelphia, and has taught for The Business Center for Entrepreneurship in Philadelphia.

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Elmore C. Phillips  Treasurer

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Elmore was born in Philadelphia, PA., but raised in Morton, PA. just west of the City. His early education started in the Morton elementary school system and he attended the Ridley Township District High School for his secondary education. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Lincoln University and majored in General Business, with a concentration in Accounting. At the end of his freshman year, he became interested in fraternity life and pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In the fall of his sophomore year, he was initiated into the Fraternity. Upon graduation, he took a position in the Treasury Department of the Dupont de Nemours and Co. in Wilmington, DE.

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Darwin R. Beauvais  Legal Counsel

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Darwin R. Beauvais concentrates his practice in zoning and land use as well as local government affairs. In his practice, he works closely with elected officials and municipal agencies for the benefit of his clients. Prior to joining Zarwin Baum, Darwin was legislative counsel to the Majority Leader of Philadelphia’s City Council. In addition, he is one of the few attorneys in the region who is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP). This designation qualifies him as having a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles.

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Byron Golson  Scholarship Chair Ex-Officio

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Byron Golson along with his twin brother was initiated into the Omega Delta chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. He graduated from West Chester University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He went on to earn a Masters of Education degree at Cheyney University. Mr. Golson is an assistant principal in the Philadelphia School district.

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Sidney A. Estes  Director

Initiated Into Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Hampton University) April, 1960

Educational History

  • BS- Hampton University
  • MSW- Temple University

Professional History

  • Currently Retired
  • Philadelphia Office of Mental Health -Mental Health Program Analyst
  • Friends Neighborhood Guild -Director of Family Services
  • Crime Prevention Association -Director, West Philadelphia Community Center

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Brother Thomas Gunn is an energetic entrepreneur who has succeeded in the highly competitive environment of international finance. Born in Philadelphia he is a graduate of Simon Gratz High School where he earned three varsity letters in track and field. He is a 1966 graduate of The Lincoln University.

After holding various positions in the investment field , he started The Gunn Corporation. Among his clients were Tullett & Tokyo Securities and Euro-Brokers, Harlow, Inc., both international money brokers where the minimum trade is twenty-five million dollars.

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Dr. Stephen R. Cox, Ph.D.  Director

SCoxMr. Stephen R. Cox graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Atmospheric Sciences in 1974 and a Master of Science degree in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering in 1976. He is the founder and developer of the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia AMP) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Philadelphia AMP that is a tri-state (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) alliance of nine higher education institutions whose mission is to substantially increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented minority students, in particular, African American, Hispanic and Native American students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and subsequently, entering graduate school to attain doctoral degrees.

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Charles M. Brown, Jr.  Director

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Brother Charles Moorman Brown Jr. is retired after 37 years with the School District of Philadelphia.  During his tenure he was Athletic Director, Department Chair of Health Education, Instructor of Health and Physical Education, Head Coach of Varsity Baseball, and Head Coach of Varsity Basketball.

Brother Brown was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School where he played Baseball, Basketball, and Football.

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William A. Smith  Director

William A. Smith has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years.  At Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, his management responsibilities include the growth of community and economic development and CRA compliance initiatives for the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey regions.  He provides technical and financial assistance to the Philadelphia region’s communities and organizations in financial structuring with emphasis on housing and economic development projects for low- and moderate-income persons and business ventures. Mr. Smith’s previous responsibilities include management oversight for more than $750 million in community development programs and initiatives.

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Dr. William H. Harris, Ph.d.  Emeritus

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William H. Harris was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is the holder of an AB degree in Economics, two master degrees and the Ph.D.
Bill was wounded in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was formerly employed as a professor at Rutgers University.

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David R. Benson  Webmaster

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David R. Benson was born in Darby Township, Pa. and graduated from Darby High School. He attended Howard University on a 4 year scholarship where he majored in Mathematics and Physics. He was commissioned through the ROTC program and served in the US Army Artillery as a First Lieutenant in the Guided Missile School at Ft. Sill Oklahoma where he was chief of the Propulsion Instructional Section for Ground to Ground missile systems.

Mr. Benson worked at Sun Oil Company as a software engineer before becoming an independent consultant.

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