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

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Iota Phi Foundation.
    
                  


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

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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.”