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IOTA PHI FOUNDATION, INC.
A 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation
EIN 23-2907335
United Way Number 1300342

Iota Phi Foundation Officers
2016 - 2017


Rodney Jones, Sr., Chairman

Rodney has been involved in healthcare since 1973. During the first eleven years of his career he worked as a physical therapist, and the last 33 years as a healthcare executive.  Rodney was the first African American physical therapist to work at Presbyterian University hospital.  He served as a Staff Physical Therapist from 1973-1977 and was promoted to Assistant Director of Physical Therapy, a position that he held from 1977-1984.

Rodney’s extensive experience in hospital administration began in 1984, and includes employment in various healthcare environments, including:   Administrative Director of Rehabilitation, Special Services, Occupational Medicine and the Orthopedic/Neurological Patient Center at The Medical Center, Beaver, PA; Administrative Director of Rehabilitative Services at Trumbull Memorial Hospital/Forum Health, Warren OH; Administrator, Post-Acute Services, Occupational Medicine and Beeghley Oaks Nursing Home at Forum Health, Warren, OH; Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, Howland, OH; Vice President of Operations/Vice President, Community and External Projects, UPMC Braddock Hospital; Chief Executive Officer, Kindred Hospital, Heritage Valley, Beaver, PA; Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Market, Kindred Healthcare—Hospital Division,  Vice President of Clinical Services at Wexford Health Sources, Pittsburgh, PA  and Chief Executive Officer, East Liberty Family Health Care Center, Pittsburgh,PA.  Throughout his career he has held memberships on many healthcare and community Boards of Directors.

Rodney has had many accomplishments throughout his successful career, however the one that he cherishes the most was the development of a Health Disparity initiative that addressed multiple disease entities within the UPMC Braddock service area in order to improve the health of this underserved  population.   Recent awards include:  Innovation and Creativity in Community Outreach from Hospital Association of PA, Man of the Year by Mon Valley Communities that Care, Benjamin Rush Award for Lay Health Person of the Year by Allegheny County Medical Society, Man of Excellence by Pittsburgh Courier, and Father of the Year by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

 Rodney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Morgan State College in Rehabilitation Therapy, a Post-bachelor’s certificate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Pittsburgh.


John Laymon, Vice Chairman

John Laymon was born and raised in the Manchester section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Allegheny High School and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire (1973) and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh (1978).

Mr. Laymon attended UNH on a full Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship where he was the first Black American to graduate from UNH with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is still the only Black American.

While at UNH, he also played basketball for Coach Gerry Friel in the Yankee Conference.

Mr. Laymon is the retired President and sole owner of JRL Enterprises, Inc. The company provided manufacturing for the transit industry with plants in West Mifflin, Pa. and Jamestown, NY. Capabilities also included construction, consulting and personnel services.

He has been recognized by Junior Achievement as Entrepreneur of the Year, 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania as Minority Business Person of the Year, UNH College of Engineering and Physical Science (CEPS) Distinguished Service Award, Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority Supplier of the Year and many other honors. He was also inducted into  the University of New Hampshire Diversity Hall of Fame.

He served on numerous Boards including UNH Foundation, Hill House, POISE Foundation, MACAC, Minority Enterprise Corporation, Iota Phi Foundation, Advisor to the UNH Mechanical Engineering Department, Advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Advisor to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He remains active on some of these Boards.


Ron Lawrence, Secretary

Ron was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and attended segregated elementary, middle and high schools.  Like James Meredith, Ron was denied entry into Ole Miss University’s school of engineering due to Jim Crow laws at that time and decided to attend Xavier University of New Orleans, an HBCU, out of state.  

Ron later graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit.  He also earned a degree in Math and Physics from Xavier University, New Orleans, La., and did extensive coursework towards a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.

He began his career with the Boeing Company as a telemetry engineer and test assistant working in the NASA Apollo Moon Landing Space Program on an engineering co-op assignment. Upon graduating from the University of Detroit he accepted an engineering assignment with the General Electric Company in Louisville, Kentucky, where he worked in Design, Advance design and Production.

He and his family latter moved to Virginia with the Westinghouse Electric, Corporation, where he worked as Manager of Market Planning and Distribution in the Industrial and Commercial Air Conditioning Division.  Westinghouse then transferred him to Pittsburgh where he worked at its corporate headquarters as Manager of Market and Strategic Planning for the Air Conditioning Group.  Ron latter moved to the Transportation Division of Westinghouse where he worked as deputy program manager, program manager, and Senior Program Manager for the Washington D.C Metro, Atlanta Airport People Mover, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit, Denver Airport People Mover, and Singapore Bukit Panjang Transit Projects.

After Westinghouse was bought by the Daimler-Chrysler in 1988, Ron was promoted to Vice president, Train Control and Auxiliary Equipment, ABB-Daimler-Chrysler Transportation, then to Director, Project Development and Sales Total Transit Systems Division, Director Project Management of Sekurflo Security Products, and then to Director, Marketing, Sales  and Proposal Management, Bombardier Transportation, Rail Control Solutions, Americas Division.  Ron Retired from Bombardier in April, 2015.

Ron has travelled extensively over six continents, and some 22 countries including North America, South America, Europe, Nordic Region, Middle East, and Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Ron is very much interested in the Education of African American Youth and works tirelessly as a mentor and advocate.  In 2015 he was selected as the Post Gazette, Highmark, and BNY Mellon’s Jefferson Award winner for the Pittsburgh Region’s Most Outstanding volunteer and represented the Region at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington DC. The award was for his 30 years of volunteer service with the 100 Black Men of Western PA., a mentoring organization, serving as its President for the last 8 years. Ron also received the Urban League’s 2015 Ron Brown Award for Community Service and the Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award . Ron serves on several non-profit Boards, including A+ Schools, NEED,  the Laurel Highland Council Scout-Reach Division of the Boy Scouts of America, Iota Phi Foundation of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and the 100 Black Men.
    


John Holloway, Treasurer

 

John Holloway was born and raised in the Lincoln Lemington section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Peabody (Now Obama) High School. He then served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era where he obtained the rank of Sergeant E-5. Mr. Holloway was honorably discharged in March of 1969. John holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. (1978).He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Management Leadership. Mr. Holloway completed the Black Managers Workshop which was designed to give African Americans the tools to become successful in corporate America. John also completed the Nonprofit Leadership Institute curriculum at Duquesne University. (1999)

 

Mr. Holloway retired from Verizon Communications after 36 years of service. During his tenure he held a range of positions in Technical Support, Human Resources and Outside Plant. He retired as Area Manager with a workforce of 130 employees in Southwestern Pennsylvania. During Mr. Holloway’s career he belonged to a combination of organizations such as CITE: (Consortium of Information Telecommunications Executives) active through 2005. He also volunteered with, New Vision Pioneers an organization which assists community with a focus on the senior population. (Formally know as Verizon Pioneers)

Mr. Holloway served on different Boards including the Rankin Christian Center, serving as Chairman for several years. Coincidentally, this was a crucial time for the Center because of a three million dollar addition. (2005)The addition provided continued growth for the Rankin Christian Center’s program and services.

 

John is a member of the Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh where “We Exist to Develop Dynamic Disciples” He has served on diverse boards and ministries such as the Male Chorus, Deacons and Armor Bearers. He ended eight year tenure as Chairman of the Board of Elders in 2014.

John Holloway currently serves as Treasurer of Iota Phi Foundation. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, Iota Phi Chapter where he was selected as Omega Man of the Year in 1986 while serving as KRS for the Chapter. He also received achievement awards for work as Vice Basileus of Iota Phi.

He has a daughter, Marcy who resides in Las Vegas Nevada. A daughter-in-Law Monique and Grandson Aaron Jr. in Atlanta Georgia.

Mr. Holloway spends time traveling, reading or doing volunteer work.

 



Foundation Members


Frederick B. Crawford
Frederick B. Crawford, Board Member

Frederick B. Crawford retired from Miller Brewing Company after 31 ½ years of service.  During his tenure, he received the Sales Excellence Award and the Frederick J. Miller Award, which is the highest, most prestigious award offered for sales excellence. 
 
He is also the proud recipient of the Citizen of the Year-Community Service Award from Miller Brewing Company in 1982 and Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Dreyfus of Wisconsin. He is also the recipient of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Exemplary Service Award-Business and Omega Man of the Year Award. In 2012 he received Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Men of Excellence Award. In 2013, Pittsburgh's Jefferson Award for Community Service.
 
Frederick holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
   
Frederick is a former member of the Board of Directors for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Allegheny Mountain District and the USTA Middle States Tennis Patron’s Foundation. He served as the treasurer for this 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation.  The Patron’s Foundation mission is to promote the growth and development of junior tennis in the Middles States section.
 
Frederick served as President of the Highland Park Tennis Club for 8 years.  He is very proud of the philanthropy and the service it provided to Pittsburgh's multicultural community.
 
During his tenure, HPTC invested more than $85,000 in the city of Pittsburgh providing free tennis lessons, free tennis equipment and supporting numerous charitable organizations.
 
Some of the organizations supported include Ovarian Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Family Resources, MADDADS, Shadyside Boys and Girls Club, Haiti Relief Fund, NAACP, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, East Liberty Presbyterian Church Food Bank, Kuntu Repertory Theater, Champion’s Association, Sterrett Classical Academy, Gwen’s Girls and all tennis clubs and Community Tennis Associations in the city of Pittsburgh
    
                   


William E. Edmondson, Board Member

Bill Edmondson is a graduate of Hampton University, Hampton Virginia, a Historically Black College and University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Biological Science. Further studies included a Master’s Degree Program in Business at The College of New Jersey. While at Hampton Bill was Captain of his college swimming team for two years winning CIAA Championships in 1950 and 1951.He taught High School Science for two years following college and coached baseball and basketball in Virginia. During his teaching years he held teacher certification in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the cities of Trenton, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

In 1953 Bill joined United States Steel Corporation at the Fairless Works Plant in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. His career with US Steel spanned 33 years. While with US Steel he held positions including Metallurgical Technologist, Operating Foreman, Safety Engineer, Labor Relations Manager, and Corporate Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity in Pittsburgh. In the position of Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, his responsibilities included oversight and coordinating the activities of the company with the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, EEOC, and the US Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance, OFCCP. His responsibilities involved directing and overseeing Affirmative Action Programs of all US Steel Plant Operations, Corporate Offices, Transportation and Railroads, American Bridge Division, Agrichemicals, Mining Operations and United Engineering Technologies.

Bill retired from US Steel in 1986. Following his retirement he worked as a consultant for US Steel Corporation, United Engineering Consulting Technologies, Giant Eagle Supermarkets, and Consol Energy Corporation.

Bill joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, in 1951 as an undergraduate at Hampton. He has served as Chapter Basileus, Scholarship Chairman, District Marshal hosting Omega Men from the five states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware in Pittsburgh at its Annual Conference. His Omega Awards include Citizen of the Year, Founders Award, 60 Year Membership Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.



Dale Perdue, Board Member

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Penn State University, and Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Law, Dale joined Alcoa‘s Legal Department in 1975.  As a member of the Legal Department he was elected by the Alcoa Board of Directors to the position of Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Officer. In that capacity he led the Department’s Employment, Labor and Benefits Group, and was responsible for the delivery of legal services for related matters to all U.S. based Business and Resource Units. Dale has been at the center of many of Alcoa major people initiatives. Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in the establishment of Resolver It, Alcoa’s alternative dispute resolution program. Resolve It was highlighted in the New York University School of Law’s Labor Conference Journal; “Employment Dispute: Resolve it, Alcoa at the Forefront of alternative Dispute Resolution”. He was a founding member of the Alcoa African Heritage Network.

Dale retired from Alcoa after 37 years of service. After he and his wife Rosesharon returned to Pittsburgh, he continued his active involvement with POISE Foundation. As one of its founding trustees, POISE was established in 1980, as a community based foundation dedicated to the support and betterment of the Pittsburgh Region’s African American community, as well as other social and economic groups. He is also an active member of the Iota Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and has been a recipient of the fraternity’s Exemplary Service Award for Community Advocacy. Rosesharon and Dale have two sons, Brent and Kyle.         



Jabari L. Weatherspoon, Board Member

Jabari L. Weatherspoon is a Pensacola, Florida native. He is a finance and accounting professional who currently works for K&L Gates.

He is a graduate of Clarion University. While attending the university as a student-athlete, he was an All-American linebacker on the university’s football team.  He also served in several leadership roles with campus organizations like Minority Student Affairs, the Black Student Union and the Interfraternal Council.  He later earned his Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Small Business. 

Brother Weatherspoon currently presides as Basileus of the Iota Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. where he leads and organizes a dynamic group of Omega Men to come together and support existing community events and initiatives aimed at pressing issues like poverty, violence, hunger and disenfranchisement. Through his leadership, he has inspired a more active role by his peers to engage and maintain involvement in the areas where these issues exist.  In 2014, he was selected Omega Man of the Year by the Iota Phi chapter and Foundation. He was also selected “Frater of the Year” by the Pittsburgh area National PanHellenic Council.

In addition to serving the Iota Foundation, he also serves the Pittsburgh Center for Victims as a board member.
                  


Jermaine Younger, Board Member

Noteworthy: The Brightwood Civic Group named Younger, a lifelong resident of the North Side, the winner of its annual Neighborhood Award for volunteer work in the community.

Residence: Brighton Heights

Occupation: Owner of California Wireless store in East Liberty. He co-owns Young Brothers bar in Brightwood.

Education: Graduate of Oliver High School in 1991; bachelor's degree in history from Lincoln University, 1995

Quote: “It just makes all the hard work seem well worth it when people pay attention. This makes you just want to go out and work harder for the community.”