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Brian K. Smith
CEO / Executive Director / Founder

Brian Smith (EduSerc Founder, Executive Director, and CEO) has been serving as an engineer, community leader, mentor, tutor and scholar for over 25 years.  He is an award winning technology subject matter expert and innovation consultant with a broad span of technical work and corporate experience as an electrical engineer, software developer, database administrator, IT consultant, and program manager from companies such as IBM, GE, Motorola, Sybase and the Federal Government.  As also an owner of a successful IT and Engineering Firm for over 18 years, he currently serves as the chief architect of all industry-based curriculums with EduSerc, trains corporate professionals on youth-related initiatives and creates several after-school, summer and STEM-based initiatives across the country. 

 

Mr. Smith serves on several boards, including Congressman Steny Hoyer’s United States Service Academy Selection Board which interviews and recommends candidates for the four military service academies (Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, West Point Academy and Merchant Marine Academy).  He also serves on The Pathways School board which educates students with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges.  In addition, Mr. Smith is an active member and Math committee co-chair of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program Advisory Committee for Prince George’s County Schools, as well as a Board Member of the Business Management Finance Program Advisory Committee for Montgomery County Public Schools.

 

Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2013, where 50 accomplished and diverse leaders from around the State of Maryland learn how to enhance their leadership abilities through the engagement of education, business, health care, government, social and technical concerns in the state.

 

In 2012, Mr. Smith was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Education to UNESCO Center for Peace (The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) and participated in a Youth Infusion Summit with the First Ladies of several African countries. In this role, Brian has also traveled to India to spearhead efforts to start STEM initiatives with youth around the world.

 

Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.

Yolandis Rogers
Board Director

Yolandis Rogers, EduSerc Board Member, has 20 years of experience in finance including Franchise Development Funding, Asset Valuation, Financial Policies and Credit Analysis.  Her experience expands across various industries such as banking/financial services, consumer products and retail. 

Previously, Ms. Rogers served as a Senior Finance Manager at Luxottica where she created a franchise-wide funding structure, including the release of $14 million in credit and balanced risk levels with business strategy and profit targets.  She has also established a funding pipeline for $2 million of acquisition / expansion funds for franchise owners.

 

Ms. Rogers has also served as a Finance Group Manager for Procter & Gamble where she provided financial support for marketing operation programs which included the US Olympics and NFL. Her experience has led her to performing strategic analysis that demonstrated $23 billion in a sales opportunity through speed of Expansion.

 

Ms. Rogers has many years as a Vice President at Bank of America where she collaboratively led initiatives to redevelop business-wide Affinity reporting processes.  She also held roles in Citigroup's Commercial Banking Group, where she spent several years in New York City and Tokyo, Japan.

 

She has been a dedicated member and supporter of EduSerc as one its first board of directors in 1996 and serves as a valued contributor to the organization.

Ms. Rogers holds an M.B.A., Finance from Clark Atlanta University and an B.S., Accounting from Tuskegee University.

Cheryl G. Hofmeister
Board Director

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Cheryl Hofmeister, EduSerc Board Member, is a multilingual Supplier Diversity Consultant with 20 years of experience in Corporate Procurement, Material and Operational Logistics, Supply Management and Supplier Program Management from firms such as Continental Airlines, Gate Gourmet and Aetna.

Ms. Hofmeister's Procurement career spans over 10+ years’ experience; currently holding the Supplier Diversity position at Aetna where she works to develop and grow relationships with current diverse vendors in order to identify and act on expanded opportunities. She cultivates relationships with potential diverse suppliers so they are prepared to do business with the corporation. 

Previously, Ms. Hofmeister held several procurement positions at Coventry, Gate Gourmet and Continental Airlines. She is a National Corporate member of the following non-profit organizations: NMSDC, WBENC, and NGLCC where she serves on the Certification Committee and Regional corporate membership with the following organizations: GNEMSDC and WPEO NY & DC.

 

Ms. Hofmeister was born in Cape Town, South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1996. She is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals, within a company or a community such as West Riding (Ben Franklin Circle), through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.

 

Passionate for the community, Ms. Hofmeister is devoted to serving the underprivileged and neglected people in society and thrives to help and improve life for her fellow men, women and children.

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Dr. Lillian Norris-Holmes
Board Advisor

Dr. Lillian Norris-Holmes, EduSerc Board Advisor has over 30 years experience as a professional educator and holds the Advanced Professional Certificate in Administration and Supervision from the Maryland State Department of Education. In 2008, she began serving as Supervisor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for Enrichment and Specialty Program for the Prince George’s County Public Schools.