Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy Board Members:
Robert Barbera resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has taught history at Oak Ridge Military Academy since 1967. While at ORMA he has coached tennis, soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, softball and golf. In 1972 he started the girls’ basketball program. While at ORMA he served as Commandant of Cadets from 1980 till 1989. He also served as a dorm parent for thirteen years. He has also worked in the Admissions Office and the Office of Institutional Advancement. He served as Assistant Dean from 2004 until 2009. He currently serves as chair of the History Department. He earned a BS is history from Appalachian State University in While at ASU he played on the tennis team for three years and the soccer team for one year.
Arnold B. Coley, Jr.
Arnold B. Coley, Jr. resides in Fayetteville North Carolina. He has served as the Senior Pastor at Rehobeth A. M. E. Zion Church, in Clarkton, North Carolina since 2010. He has worked at the North Carolina Human Relations Commission as an Investigator/Community Development Specialist, The NC Division of Emergency Management, Homeland Security Branch as a Strategic Planner and Grants Manager/Public Assistance Officer, the NC Department of Crime Control & Public Safety in the Victims Justice Branch, as an Investigator, the 1998 to 1999 NC Division of Emergency Management, Homeland Security Branch. Arnold has owned his own business the Coley Casket Company. In addition, he has served as a Social Studies teacher in the Scotland County School Systems.
Arnold began his military career as an enlisted man where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He would go on to earn his commission as a United States Army Officer. He is as a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He retired with the rank of Major. His assignments included the 82nd 82d airborne Div., 18th Airborne Corps, CONUS and other worldwide assignments.
Arnold has an extensive law enforcement background. At Johnson C. Smith University, he served as Chief of Campus Police. He also served in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as a State Trooper
He holds a Bachelor of Science at Troy State University in Criminal Justice. He earned his Masters of Theology from the Moriah Institute of Christian Studies where he would also earn his Doctorate of Ministry.
Booker T. Cotton
Booker T. Cotton is a graduate of the Bladen Central High School Class of 1958. From 1962 until 1969 he served as U S Postal Clerk in New York City assorting, dispatching and receiving registered mail. From 1970 until 1985 he served as a New York City Peace Officer at Rikers Island prison transporting inmates to various hospitals for treatment. From 1986 until 1996 he worked as maintenance person repairing buildings and maintaining pools. From 1996 until 2006 when he would work as a Maintenance Engineer for a large apartment complex in Randolph, Ms. In 2006 he retired to the Elizabethtown area.
Kenneth A. Free, Jr.
Kenneth A. Free Jr. resides in Greensboro, NC. He is a North Carolina licensed attorney. He has been the owner of Knight & Free, PLLC since 2007. Before starting his own private practice, he served in the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office for eight years. While serving in the District Attorney’s Office he was a prosecutor for a full caseload of felonies in Superior Court. In addition, he served as the District Court Supervisor where he was responsible for the supervision and management oft of all District Court Assistant District Attorneys.
Kenneth has served as the Girls head basketball coach and Girls Head Volleyball coach at Oak Ridge Military Academy. He was also a program leader at the Lewis Recreation Center where he officiated and coached various youth sports teams. He also served as a Day Camp Counselor.
Kenneth is a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University Law School 1997
Kenneth’s professional memberships include serving as chairman of the Alcohol and Drug Services Board. He is a member of the Family and Children Services Piedmont Area Board. His past memberships include the Exchange Club and serving on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Greensboro Foundation. He is a member of Celia Phelps United Methodist Church. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Grant L. Martin
Grant L Martin retired from the state of North Carolina in 2009 with thirty years of service in the following positions: Officer with the Elizabethtown Police Department, Officer with the Department of Corrections at White Lake Prison Unit, Driver License Examiner, Officer with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, and Community Probation. After his retirement from the state he continued to serve his community as a substitute teacher for the Bladen County School system. He has served on the advisory board of East Bladen High School. He has also served as a member of the Gang Violence Task Force for Bladen County.
He has served as interim and pastor pf Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Clarkton NC from 2004 to 2007. He currently serves as an associate pastor of that same church.
Dorothy G. McKoy
Dorothy G. McKoy is a native of Bladen County, North Carolina. She serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. Her early education was in the Bladen County Public System. She is an honor graduate from Winston-Salem State University with a B. S. Degree in Elementary Education. She retired after teaching for thirty years in the Bladen County public schools. She continues to work part time and volunteer in the schools.
Most of her life she has spent her free time volunteering for children and adults. She worked with 4-H for many years and was the first person in Bladen County to be inducted into the Charter Class of the North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame. She has volunteered with the North Carolina and Bladen County Extension Services for more than thirty years. She received the State Friend of Extension Award from the Epsilon Sigma Phi National Honorary Extension Fraternity. She was the first African American to serve as state president of The North Carolina Extension and Community Association. (An eighty year old volunteer organization of approximately three thousand ladies) She also received the Governor’s Award for her volunteer service.
She presently serves as president of The Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association, a member of The Bladen County Youth Focus Project Board of Directors, The Bladen County Extension Advisory Board, and president elect of The Bladen County Extension and Community Association’s County Council.
Dorothy is a member of Evening Light Holiness Church where she sings on the choir and is financial recording secretary.
Robert Mckoy, Jr.
Robert McKoy is a native of Elizabethtown and currently resides in Fayetteville, NC. Robert served in the United States Army from 1988 to 1992. While serving on active duty he fought with the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Just Cause. Robert earned various medals and awards including the Army Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Panama), the Air Assault badge and the Expert Marksmanship badge. He finished his military career in the United States Army Reserve. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1992 to 1996.
Upon returning home, this Army Veteran and former Future Farmers of America member pursued his passion for trucking and logging. Following his entrepreneur spirit Robert decided to start a business in his hometown of Elizabethtown. Today he is the owner of three businesses. Robert is the owner and operator of RMJ Logistics. RMJ offers trucking service, truck pressure washing services, major truck maintenance and repair. Deciding not to rest on his laurels Robert formed Mckoy's Logging Company, LLC. McKoy’s Logging Company specializes in land clearing and thinning of small or large tracts of land. Robert then became a timber dealer when he started Riverside Timber Company.
Although a very busy man, this husband and father still serves his community churches and schools every chance he gets. He believes in giving back whenever possible. He still finds time to be an active member of the Cape Fear Lodge 300 of the Masonic Order where he also serves as the Worshipful Master. He is also a member of the Shriners lodge of Maxton, NC
Minnie B. Price
Minnie B. Price is a native of Bladen County, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Bladen Central High School. She graduated from Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, New York with an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration in 1977. Minnie is a member of Brown’s Creek A.M.E. Zion Church in Elizabethtown, NC. She has served in the following positions: Superintendent of Sunday School, Financial Secretary, Quarterly Conference Secretary, Director of Christian Education, member of Senior Choir and Life Member of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society. Minnie is also active in the Elizabethtown community. She is the Secretary of the West Bladen Branch NAACP, former Assistant Secretary of Bladen County Improvement Association, Treasurer of Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, Secretary of the local Democratic Precinct for Elizabethtown #2, a member of the Advisory Board for the Revitalization of Downtown Elizabethtown and Financial Secretary of BCTS-BCHS Alumni Association. She has received the following awards: Elizabethtown Primary School Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002, Gladwin Shaw Award in 2003 for service to the BCTS-BCHS Alumni Association, C.U. DeBerry Citizenship Award for Community Service in 2008, Clinton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Award for Exemplary Service and Commitment in Community Service in 2010 and the Elizabethtown/White Lake Chamber of Commerce Caring Person of the Year Award in 2010. Minnie is currently the volunteer coordinator and teacher for FTCOCM/BCYFP After School Program.