Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director, MMERI
As a transformational and innovative leader with great vision and principled ethics, Dr. Patricia Green-Powell cares about what happens to college students. She has mentored many college students throughout her career at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Florida State University (FSU), South Carolina State University (SCSU) and Bainbridge State College (BC). Several of these students have been successful in completing college and earning degrees, and many even obtaining post-graduate degrees.
Dr. Green-Powell’s scholarship has been published and presented nationally and internationally. She has invested extensively in P-20 outreach and participates in various speaking engagements and demonstrations. Recently, she delivered a keynote address at the Raines Colloquium at Michigan State University (MSU), “Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Past, Present and Future.”
She serves on several local, state and national boards and holds membership in multiple organizations including the American Association of University Women (AAUW); Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Socitas Docta, Incorporated. Furthermore, she is a member of several state and national committees and organizations, including Florida Educational Leadership Test Development Committee, National Association of Black School Educators, Phi Delta Kappa (Life Member); Kappa Delta PI, and a member of the National Association Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) Foundation Board.
Dr. Green-Powell has been a continuous major sponsor and contributor to the fundraising efforts of many non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend; Elder Care Services; Legal Services of North Florida Incorporated; 100 Black Men of Tallahassee Area Incorporated; Tallahassee Senior Foundation; and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
As a result of her commitment to the community, in February 2016, Dr. Patricia Green-Powell received the Sadie M. Yancy Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Student Affairs Professional (NASAP). Additionally, in 2015, Dr. Green-Powell received the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Bernard Hendricks Presidential Award.
She is a former Vice President of Student Affairs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; and Bainbridge College (first African-American female appointed to this position). Moreover, Dr. Green-Powell developed the first Florida Adult Literacy Resource Center in the State of Florida, which was designed to assist Florida’s literacy providers to continually improve their delivery of services to clients.
Dr. Green-Powell served previously as the Interim Dean for the College of Education, Florida A&M University; and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at FAMU. On August 2, 2019 she was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from FAMU, and Master’s and Doctorate in Educational Administration/Leadership from Florida State University.
Dr. Green-Powell is married to Judge Errol H. Powell (Ret.), and they have one adult son, Elliott Hunter Powell, Ph.D. She is a member of Bethel AME Church, Tallahassee, Florida.
Public Affairs Liaison, MMERI
Angela Hardiman’s role as Public Affairs Liaison with the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative is a continuum of steadfast work from a consummate professional. Ms. Hardiman has been a team player on significant University projects including the most recent reaffirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) resulting in an unmarked accreditation status. Following, she was instrumental in implementation of the University’s #WriteOnFAMU Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a key component of the accreditation. Angela was also a member of the project management team for the College of Science and Technology’s application and successful designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security by the National Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. Diligence was a prelude to Ms. Hardiman’s entry to the higher education work space. Notably, she enjoyed a successful and rewarding 15-year career serving in senior-level capacities at the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President, Membership Advancement, and the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC)as President/CEO. Subsequently, Angela Hardiman Consulting, LLC. was formed where she continues to be a trusted source for strategic direction and business development with an ability to convene diverse constituency groups. Other leadership roles and unique accomplishments include Former Chairman of the Board, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Black Business Investment Board, and the first African-American woman featured on the cover of Tallahassee Woman Magazine, to name a few. Ms. Hardiman’s current professional and community affiliations include Leadership Tallahassee (graduate member of Class XXII) and Tomahawk Diving Booster Club. Angela has an Associate of Arts degree from Tallahassee Community College and she’s currently completing her Bachelor’s degree at Florida State University (to be conferred: December 2020). Notwithstanding career ambitions, the importance of family is not lost on this hardworking professional. Angela relishes most in the rewards of motherhood with three high-achieving sons, Kalonji (24), Taj (18) and Malcolm (16).
Bagnama Virginia King, MASS
Program Administrator, MMERI
Ms. Bagnama Virginia King provides administrative and executive support for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) and officially joined the initiative in November 2018. Her role, as Program Administrator, covers both leadership and management functions and has her working closely with Florida’s diverse communities regarding the difference between medicinal marijuana and illegal marijuana, with the socio-economic impacts arising from its illicit use. Ms. King’s research on literature related to the medical marijuana industry formed the basis of the original proposal by FAMU for medical marijuana.
With an academic background in economics and international relations, she has exercised increasing leadership responsibilities in managing and coordinating innovative development portfolios in Africa and learned the value of working together to achieve group and team goals. Ms. King has a decade of experience in agriculture and business development and is the co-founder and general secretary for Groupement Agban, a West African women agricultural organization she established in Togo, under the sponsorship of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Prior to her current appointment, Ms. King worked as a French Tutor for the Athletic Department at Tallahassee Community College and served as a special assistant to the Director of Governmental Relations for FAMU Office of the President. As a special assistant, she spent the majority of her time brainstorming research strategies on various programs, policy and procedures and connecting with other industry professionals who were interested in educating and engaging communities who are unfamiliar with the legislative process. Virginia has experience in non-profit organizations and her multilingual fluency remains an excellent match to her education, skills and career interests. In her spare time, Ms. King uses her talents to contribute to humanitarians, as well as health efforts that will have positive global impacts.
Virginia holds a Masters of Applied Social Sciences with concentrations in Public Administration from Florida A&M University.
Carol Angela Davis, JD
Communications Liaison, MMERI
Carol Angela Davis, JD, is a creative and business professional with a wide ranging career in communications, education and as an entrepreneur. Her ground breaking business models, creative concepts and ability to strategize and execute cemented her position as a pioneer in technology and broadcasting; skill sets she transferred to higher education as both a professor and an administrator.
Carol has the distinction of being one of the first online video bloggers in the U.S. (August 2000). Her Los Angeles based enterprise created an online platform supporting the global distribution of television and film content for hundreds of independent content providers, including celebrities. She created the ¡MPACT-Ed! (TM) – Impactful, Measurable, Personal and Collaborative Teaching for Engaging Education– designed to engage students and teach pedagogy through multi-disciplinary life-changing real world active learning experiences; including reality television content and the 2012 and 2016 national political conventions.
A former Writer, Producer and Reporter for Chicago’s WGN- TV News and owner of proprietary online daily news programs: Its About Finance, The Justice System and Vote Across America; Carol was among the first to generate revenue on the web using video based content. She has interviewed hundreds of CEO’s from the floors of the national financial exchanges. Separately, she managed national and global media for Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos during the second trial of pop star Michael Jackson, who was acquitted of all charges.
She was the creator and Co-Principal Investigator of High Point University’s Democracy USA/American Dream Project, funded by a Think BIG! award, the university’s most prestigious grant.
The mother of 2 adult children, she is the author of children’s books Itty Bitty Kitty, The Fool from Bonderpool (He Wouldn’t Go to School!) and Teeth Have Feelings Too! So Brush Them!