Anthony Neal - President
Tony Neal is currently President/CEO of Educational Equity Consultants and Executive Director of the Center for Educational Equity (eec4justice.com)
At a young age, Tony saw the value in quality education and was interested in balancing the scales of opportunity and justice and eradicating roadblocks to equity and equality. He has made a career in helping people and communities utlize education, push past ignorance, and open their minds and hearts to a higher level of learning.
Tony served as director of Southern Illinois University East St. Louis Charter School for 11 years. During his tenure, the school was recognized as a Distinguished School by the Illinois State Charter School Board. In addition to his current full-time position, Tony is adjunct professor at Webster University, where he teaches in the Media Communications department. He has served as faculty and trainer for numerous Dismantling Racism Institutes of the National Conference for Community and Justice and has trained for the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference, and for the Coro Midwestern Leadership Center.
In 1991, Tony received a United States Court Appointment to the Educational Monitoring Advisory Committee, St.
Louis Desegregation Program. He has presented at the International Principals’ Conference in London and in Toronto. He has also spoken and/or conducted training for more than 500 agencies, companies, organizations, and school districts, including ones in South Africa and Ghana.
Tony hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Morehouse College and a Master’s from Washington University. He is a 2000 graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Program, a 2003 graduate of the Harvard University Urban Principals’ Institute, a 2006 graduate of the Vanderbilt University/Peabody College Summer Fellows Program, and a 2007 graduate of the National School Leaders Network Facilitators’ training at Wellesley College.
Tony was Area Governor for Toastmasters International Area #119. He also serves on the board of directors for The Ethics Project, Vernare Learning Charter Academy, Fullerton Neighborhood Association, The Sweet Potato Project,
and the national board of Within Our Lifetime Project, an inititative whose goal is to eliminate racism within our lifetime. In 2000, Tony was one of three fathers named St. Louis Post Dispatch Father of the Year. His story and picture appeared on the front page of the Father’s Day edition.
Tony is a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He has received the following accolades:
- NCCJ Leadership Award
- 2014 Andrew Young Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the Ethics Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC by Andrew Young
- Urban League College Resource Center Service Award
- Black Child Development Service Award
- Spirit of Excellence Award, presented by Parkway School District
- Outstanding Service Award, presented by Royal Vagabonds, Inc.
- Toastmasters First and Second place awards in the Area and Division Public Speaking Contest
- Morehouse College, St. Louis Alumni of the Year Award for 2016
Most recently, Tony co-authored a book, Becoming a Social Justice Leader: Using Head, Heart, and Hands to Dismantle Oppression.
On February 20, 2017, Tony was featured in the national PBS special “The Talk: Race in America.”
Gene Reece - Vice President
Gene Reece is the Transit Service Manager for Bus Operations at Metro Transit.
Shirley A. Brown - Secretary
Shirley A. Brown is a consultant in fundraising, event management, and association management with over thirty years of experience.
Current Board Affiliations
- Harris-Stowe State University Alumni Association (President)
- Royal Vagabonds Foundation, Inc. (Secretary)
- Talladega College Board of Trustees
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Harris-Stowe State University Alumni Association
- The Links, Inc. – Gateway Chapter
- St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Harris-Stowe State University
- Women of Strength and Courage Award, National Council of Negro Women, St. Louis Gateway Chapter
- Community Service Award, St. Louis Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.
- Black Achievers Award, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, DC
- Outstanding Service Award, Birmingham Urban League
- Outstanding Leadership and Dedicated Service Award, Continental Societies, Inc.
- Society Columnist, Saint Louis Argus newspaper
- Listed in the inaugural issue of Who’s Who in Black St. Louis
Osborne Shannon, Jr. - Treasurer
Osborne Shannon, Jr. is a retired staff engineer from Boeing.
Current Board Affiliations
- Royal Vagabonds Foundation, Inc. (Treasurer)
- Epsilon Lambda Educational Foundation
- Royal Vagabonds, Inc.
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
- Washington University Black Alumni Association
- various Epsilon Lambda awards
Vincent Bennett - Director
As President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Vincent Bennett is responsible for the overall performance of the development company, overseeing all aspects of operations and managing a talented multi-disciplinary team of design, construction, legal, finance, and project management staff across the country. He has particular expertise in the development of public housing transformation (through Choice Neighborhoods, HOPE IV, and other public housing funding) and large scale neighborhood master redevelopment efforts.
Mr. Bennett facilitates communication with local community organizations and elected officials, neighborhood residents, lenders, foundations, and state, local, and federal agencies. He has been a champion of the company’s sustainability efforts and has overseen the development of 5,400 green homes certified under LEED, EGC, and other sustainable building programs.
Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Bennett managed commercial and economic development activities for a community development corporation in the city of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz with degrees in Economics and Psychology, and received his master’s degree in Management and Public Policy with concentrations in Financial Management and Urban Planning at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jimmie Capelton - Director
Jimmie Capelton is a retired supervisor and cartographer from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Current Board Affiliations
- Royal Vagabonds Foundation, Inc.
- Royal Vagabonds, Inc.
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
- Lincoln University-Missouri Alumni Association
- Promethians, Inc.
- Outstanding Performance Awards
Vin Capone - Director
Dr. Vin Capone is a 20+ year veteran of Apple Inc., working as a senior market development executive in the higher education arena. His focus is on learners with special needs and alternative learning styles. He believes that education is key way to change the world.
A learning-challenged individual himself, he is acutely aware of the difficulties that many students face today. Capone is a lifelong learner and uses technology to overcome many of those challenges. He works nationally and internationally with educational leadership on large-scale education initiatives.
Capone started in the Apple’s enterprise division, working with Hollywood studios. His work has taken him to the sets of major motion pictures, television shows and independent films. Prior to his tenure at Apple, Capone was a photographer for many newspapers and publications, and his experience includes video production, cinematography, audio engineering, 3D and special effects. He also worked as a photojournalist for The Los Angeles Times.
Capone is a graduate of the University of Missouri with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history. He earned his Doctorate of education from Lynn University. He is an avid traveler, adventurer, licensed pyro-technician, private pilot and a voracious reader. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in St. Louis, Missouri.
Marc Shumpert - Director
His greatest strengths are creativity, drive for results, and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand PepsiCo’s beloved brands and reach. His most recent project involved signing the University of Kansas to a 10-year exclusive contract from the competitor after a 30-year stint. This win was PepsiCo’s single largest C&U win for 2017, which will result in $20 million in gross revenue.
In 2008, he was recognized with the PepsiCo Chairman’s Ring of Honor Award for outstanding achievement. PepsiCo has over 250,000 employees worldwide and they only select the top 200 performers across the globe. Other honors include having the top fountain soda sales and many Way-2-Go awards. He is also a highly rated speaker on industry-related topics.
He currently serves on the board of directors for Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association. In addition, he helps on-board and mentor future PepsiCo leaders.
Marc has an MBA degree from Fontbonne University St. Louis, MO. He lives in St. Charles with his wife Polly. He has a son, Michael, a daughter, Haley, and a wonderful 8-year-old grandson, Michael. In his free time, he loves hanging out with family and friends. Marc is also a member of the Church on the Rock in St. Peters, MO.
Charles Turner - Director
Charles is a member of the Greater St. Louis chapter of the Tennessee State University Alumni Association where he serves as the chair of fundraising. He is a father to one daughter, Chelsea, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Joseph DuBose, Jr. - Concert Chair
Richard Wilson - Golf Tournament Chair