National Program Directors      

Ramon Alexander 

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Ramon Alexander

With unyielding love and passion for public service, and the ability to empower and mobilize people in need of help, Alexander is recognized on a local, state, and national level as an effective leader at the forefront of many crucial issues facing citizens throughout America.

Alexander is married to Dr. Taniyah Dawson Alexander, a graduate of the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Taniyah Alexander also had a successful career as starting point guard for the FAMU Women’s Basketball Team.

 A distinguished graduate of Florida A&M University, Alexander successfully earned a degree in the field of political science and public administration, while serving in many key leadership roles throughout his tenure at the institution. Alexander is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and advocate for issues of human rights, civil rights, and access and diversity issues throughout the country.

Alexander was elected Student Body President of Florida A&M University by the over 13,000 students of FAMU in 2005 and served with great distinction on the University Board of Trustees. Serving as Student Body President, Ramon Alexander spearheaded efforts to establish the Florida’s Access and Diversity Commission that recommended to the Florida Legislature a $38.6 million plan to increase Need Based Aid in 2006.  Alexander also led the Student Body Presidents throughout the state to ensure that the Governor supported the lowest tuition increase in the State of Florida in 11 years. He was also instrumental in organizing the historic March for Justice for Martin Lee Anderson, successfully leading a 36-hour sit-in at the Governors Office in 2006, and spearheaded Hurricane Relief efforts to raise over $140,000 for in need students from the affected region.

Alexander serves as National Executive Director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., impacting the quality of life of thousands of young people across the United States. In 2012, Alexander was named Volunteer of the Year for Civic Service by the Tallahassee Democrat and was awarded the prestigious National Jefferson Award for Public Service. Noted as one of the Top Twenty-Five Most Influential People by the Tallahassee Democrat in 2009, Alexander was the youngest person in the Capital City to receive this recognition.

Serving as Community and External Affairs Aide to the Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida from 2007-2010, Alexander played a critical role in developing the “Back to School Community Experience” held annually at the North Florida Fairgrounds in partnership with his church Jacob Chapel Baptist Church, City of Tallahassee, and a myriad of community/business partners. The large-scale community event provides annually over 6,000 children/families with school supplies and educational resources. He also played a critical role in growing and expanding the Mayors Reading Initiative in partnership with WFSU Raising Readers Project, successfully brought the Digital Connectors Program to the Apalachee Ridge Neighborhood and surrounding communities with a key focus on closing the digital divide; and played a critical role in revitalizing the Community Gang Task Force initiative to combat local neighborhood gang activity.

Alexander’s track record of service also includes serving as a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives District 8 office for two years, primarily serving the citizens of Gadsden County via direct constituent services from 2002-2004; Student Body President at FAMU High School from 2001-2002, receiving a full Presidential Scholarship from Dr. Frederick S. Humphries to attend Florida A&M University; a member of the Council on Culture & Arts Board of Directors for Tallahassee/Leon County since 2008; Florida Student Association Managing Director representing over 350,000 college students before the Florida Legislature 2008-2011; Dean of Counselors for the Florida American Legion Boys State Program since 2008; Chair of the Big Bend Region of Florida Mentoring Initiative: Gadsden County, Jefferson County and Leon County from 2007-2010; and the Southern Region Debate Competition Chair for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. from 2011-2013.

Demarien Hawk

Program Director

Demarien Hawk

Demarien Jermaine Hawk is a servant who is passionate about service and making a difference in the community. He is a lifelong native of Havana, Florida. He has been serving in the community since a child. He started out as a young musician playing for different churches as their musician and later becoming the Minister of Music, he also began working for one of the local funeral home at the age of 9.

He’s a graduate from the East Gadsden High School class of 2012 with Honors. Upon graduating high school, he decided to enroll in mortuary school to pursue a degree in funeral service. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta the summer of 2014. Only to continue to further his education and enroll in Argosy University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a dual concentration in marketing and organization management. Which he graduated from the summer of 2016. He is a Certified Crematory Operator and Certified Crematory Arranger through the ICCFA. He also has a certificate in Florida Life and Variable Insurance Contracts from Kaplan University School of Continuing and Professional Education. He holds a certification as a Registered Behavior Technician. He has extensive training and certifications from the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association & New Generation of Funeral Service Practitioners Association. He is also a Licensed Minister; he serves as a Chapter Director for Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America Gadsden County Chapter. He currently works for the Gadsden County School System at the Havana Magnet School as a Behavior Specialist; and currently preparing to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Florida & Georgia.

He is very dedicated to serving the community and giving back to help others reach higher.  He is very passionate about God and serving the community in every aspect and way to improve overall living. He has a heart for the youth and helping develop them into being the best they can be.

Del McCall

Program Director

Del McCall

Fully committed to bettering the community and providing mentoring services to today's youth, Del McCall is known throughout his community and amongst his peers as a positive role model to young men in his church and neighborhood.

Mr. McCall is originally from Quincy, Fl. Where he attended East Gadsden High School and graduated in 2009. Mr. McCall currently attends Florida State University where he is a fourth year criminology major.

Along with being involved in the community and attend school, Mr. McCall is gainfully employed with Management and Training corporation who currently facilitates Gadsden Correctional Facility where Mr. McCall holds the position as a Shift Lieutenant. McCall has been employed with GCF for six years. Also acting as backup Arsenal, Field training assistant, and an active member of the the facility's training steering committee.

Mr. McCall takes pride in sharing his passion and dedication for providing mentoring services youth and continuously volunteers for numerous community service events in both Gadsden and Leon county.

 
 
 
  • "When I first arrived at Florida A&M University I didn't know anybody, but by the time I left, I felt like all of the students and counselors were my brothers."Marquise Tucker
    Atlanta, GA
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