District Staff

Bruce Rice - Executive Director
Bruce Rice – Executive Director

Bruce Rice – Executive Director, Nu Gamma Lambda Chapter – Glassboro, NJ

Bro. Bruce M. Rice, Jr, MBA has been an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for 12 years.  Bro. Rice was initiated into the Iota Rho chapter on the campus of New Jersey City University. He currently serves as the Chapter Dean of Intake for the Nu Gamma Lambda Chapter based in Glassboro, NJ.

Bro. Rice is the Chief Operating Officer for Fairmount Behavioral Health System. There he provides leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure organizational excellence. Bro. Rice has worked in the medical field for over 10 years in a variety of roles in the administrative and clinical settings. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating medical, substance use and behavioral health programs. Bro. Rice is also active in many community programs focused on social determinants of health, mental health, and substance use issues.

Bro. Rice is a New Jersey native, graduated from Strayer University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with specialization in Finance. He later received a Master’s of Business Administration from Stayer University. Currently Bro. Rice holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is actively pursuing his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Bro. Rice also maintains an active nursing license in the state of New Jersey.


Roshard Williams – Associate Executive Director

Roshard D. Williams – Associate Executive Director, Theta Psi Lambda Chapter – Somerset, NJ

Bro. Roshard D. Williams serves as Associate Executive Director for NJAAPAC as well as the Recording Secretary for the Theta Psi Lambda Chapter in Somerset, New Jersey.  He was initiated into Alpha through the Theta Psi Lambda Chapter in the Spring of 2019.

In his NJAAPAC role, Bro. Williams collaborates with the executive leadership team to develop organizational strategies that implement the District’s strategic goals and mission. He also assists with the day-to-day management of District operations and programs.

In addition to his service within Alpha Phi Alpha, Bro. Williams serves as an Associate Research Analyst in the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services at the New Jersey State Legislature.  His portfolio includes matters concerning elections, casinos and gaming, veterans, public employees, tourism, and the arts.

A recipient of the prestigious Eagleton Fellowship in Politics and Government at Rutgers University, Bro. Williams holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Public Policy from Rutgers.  He is a native of Clewiston, Florida.


James Alford - Secretary
James Alford – Secretary

James E. Alford, Jr. – Secretary, Delta Mu Lambda – Paterson, NJ

Bro. James E. Alford, Jr. serves as the NJAAPAC District Secretary and is the Past Vice President of the Delta Mu Lambda Chapter in Paterson, New Jersey.  Bro. Alford is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and has been an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since his initiation into the Beta Phi chapter on the campus of Dillard University in the Fall of 1996.  Bro.  Alford has proudly been a Life Member of the Fraternity since 2002.

Additionally, Bro. Alford is an Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. in Higher Education Administration Program at William Paterson University. He has done extensive research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), closely examining the historical trends and movements that have led to their overall development and success.  Bro. Alford has an interest in institutional leadership, student activism, and alumni involvement at HBCUs. He has held both academic and administrative appointments at a number of colleges and universities.

Bro. Alford received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans, a Master’s of Philosophy degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in History and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Kobe Dawes - Assistant Secretary
Kobe Dawes – Assistant Secretary

Kobe Dawes – Assistant Secretary, Phi Theta – Stevens Institute of Technology

Bro. Kobe Isaiah Dawes born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey is a fervent worker of the brotherhood. Bro. Dawes is a charter member of the Phi Theta chapter located at Stevens Institute of Technology where he was initiated in Spring 2019.  As a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he has had the pleasure of serving as Vice President of the Phi Theta Chapter and is now serving as the Chapter Dean and Chaplain.

Bro. Dawes is currently enrolled in Stevens Institute of Technology where he pursues a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. While at Stevens, he has held a multitude of positions with different organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, where he serves as the Pre-College Initiative Chair, as well as the Deputy Speaker of the House for Region 1. Additionally, Bro. Dawes has worked alongside the Stevens Technical Enrichment Program for 3 years, in which he mentors and educates incoming minority students. Education being his greatest passion has pushed him to become an advocate for disenfranchised youth, as well as a teacher of math and sciences. His current endeavors include establishing a mentoring program for his local schools, as well as his institution of choice.


Chris Beltran - Area I Director
Chris Beltran – Area I Director

Christopher Beltran – Area I Director, Zeta Nu Lambda – Plainfield, NJ

Bro. Christopher Beltran is a native of Newark, New Jersey and has been an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha since Fall 2012. Bro. Beltran obtained his B.S in Sports Medicine and is currently obtaining his Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. He was initiated into the Iota Rho chapter on the campus of Montclair State University. After graduating, he joined the Zeta Nu Lambda chapter in Plainfield, NJ where he has held the role of Chapter Dean.  While in this position, Bro Beltran was successfully able to help his chapter increase their membership. He has served on various committees including Community Service and Brother’s Keeper.

Bro. Beltran is a Talent Acquisition Specialist at Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey where he focuses on hiring top talent to provide quality healthcare. He has been recruiting in healthcare for almost five years. Bro. Beltran’s aspirations are to become a Director of Talent Acquisition for a large healthcare system and eventually become a Chief Operating Officer. He also has a passion for photography which he now does professionally.

In addition to his leadership within Alpha Phi Alpha, bro Beltran is also active in various community organizations. He is an active board member and mentor for Student/Partner Alliance; Hackensack Meridian Health Culture Committee; and St. Benedict’s Prep Alumni Association.


Fredrick Gooden - Area II Director
Fredrick Gooden – Area II Director

Fredrick L. Gooden – Area II Director, Zeta Iota Lambda – Trenton, NJ

Bro. Fredrick L Gooden is a native of Dillon, South Carolina.  Bro. Gooden was initiated on December 9th, 1995 into the XI Epsilon Chapter on the campus of Morris College in Sumter, SC and served as the chapter’s Treasurer and Vice President.  Before moving to New Jersey, Bro Gooden was a member of Beta Theta Lambda Chapter in Durham, NC.  He is currently a proud member of the Zeta Iota Lambda Chapter in Trenton New Jersey.  Bro. Gooden currently serves as the Chapter Intake Coordinator and Area 2 Director for NJAAPAC.  He has served his chapter in many roles such as Vice President, President and Treasurer.

Bro. Gooden is married to Kyna Gooden.  They have three kids (2nd yr. College, High School Sophomore, and 7th Grader).  He is currently employed at Otsuka Pharmaceutical in Princeton NJ working in Strategic Sourcing.

Although Bro. Gooden currently resides in New Jersey, he is a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan.  When Dallas is not playing, Bro. Gooden enjoys spending time with his family, friends, church, and serving the community.  He has a strong passion to serve and provide opportunities for the youth in the Greater Trenton Area.


Marvin Hill - Area III Director
Marvin Hill – Area III Director

Marven Hill – Area III Director, Alpha Theta Lambda Chapter – Atlantic City, NJ

Marven D. Hill is a resident of Atlantic City, where he grew up and has served as a teacher of public schools for the past twenty-seven years.  In this capacity, he has worked in several elementary and middle schools and is currently teaching sixth grade math and science.  He is well liked by students, parents, and staff; and prides himself on fostering good relationships wherever he goes.

Brother Hill became a teacher because he believes in service to his community.  So, it only seems natural that he would end up in the classroom.  Marven’s dedication to helping students grow is also evident outside of his classroom. He has taught night school to students seeking to obtain their GED; has volunteered to teach weekend SAT preparation classes for a local church; and serves as a mentor to young African American men in the Atlantic County area.

After graduating from Atlantic City High School, Marven attended the Pennington School in New Jersey, where he received a post graduate degree.  He then enrolled at New York Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. It is evident that when Marven teaches, he has discovered innovative ways to transfer his love for mathematical concepts into interesting and engaging lessons. When asked if he misses designing structures, he simply smiles and explains that he has simply traded building big buildings, for building big smiles in his students.

Brother Hill strongly believes that children thrive when they have strong support systems in their homes and community. He learned this from his own experiences as a child.  His first role model was his father, Brother Marven F. Hill, who was also a longtime educator in Atlantic City, before he retired, and very active in community service. Now, Marven D. Hill has provided his son, Kyle, with this same support system. Father and son have always been inseparable.  In fact, Marven D. Hill is quick to tell anyone that his is greatest achievement has been raising his son Kyle as a single father. Currently, Kyle is a Junior at Stockton University, in Pomona, where he is studying Computer Information Systems.

When not working, or running around as a single dad, Marven enjoys singing, socializing with his fraternity brothers, and traveling.  He is currently a member in Alpha Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in Atlantic City.


Jason Jones - Treasurer
Jason Jones – Treasurer

Jason A. Jones – Treasurer, Zeta Epsilon Lambda – Red Bank, NJ

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Shawn Brown – Director of Conventions, Alpha Alpha Lambda – Newark, NJ

Bro. Shawn Brown is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey and has been a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for 15 years. Bro. Brown was initiated into the Iota Rho chapter while he was a student at Seton Hall University serving as Vice President of the chapter helping to reestablish the fraternity on campus after years of inactivity. After graduation, Bro. Brown transitioned into the Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter in Newark, New Jersey serving as the Iota Rho chapter advisor in 2010.

Bro. Brown has worked in the Cosmetic Chemistry industry for 14 years, holding a variety of different R&D and technical marketing positions. Currently Bro. Brown is the Application Laboratory Manager of the Personal Care division at Gattefossé USA. In this role, Bro. Brown oversaw the construction of the North American Technical Center of Excellence (N.A.T.C.E), the first lab for the company in the Americas.  He supervises the everyday activities at the N.A.T.C.E where he concentrates on formulation modification and development, laboratory training, and educational programs for customers and Gattefossé personnel and assisting customers’ product development efforts.

Since 2010, Bro. Brown has also covered high school football recruiting for different online media outlets. Considered a leading resource for insight on New Jersey prospects, Bro. Brown currently contributes to ScarletNation.com which is the Rutgers University team site on the 247Sports Network.  He regularly travels to cover high school games and camps across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware to conduct in-person evaluations on the region’s top prospects.

Bro. Brown is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ receiving his Bachelor’s in Biology.


Mark A. Smith, Sr.  – Parliamentarian, Alpha Alpha Lambda – Newark, NJ

Bro. Mark A. Smith Sr, humble Parliamentarian for the District of New Jersey. A passionate 37-year member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., initiated March 19, 1983, at the University of Pittsburgh at the 15th house, the esteemed Omicron chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. During Brother Smith’s 37 blessed years in this great fraternity, he has been privileged to be a financial member of Omicron (Pittsburgh, PA), Eta Lambda ( Atlanta GA), Alpha Omicron Lambda ( Pittsburgh, PA), and Alpha Alpha Lambda ( Newark, NJ) chapters.

Brother Smith is an accomplished management professional offering 20 years of progressive leadership experience. He is a transformer of high-potential staff into outstanding leaders who demonstrate the creativity and savvy that is critical to financial and operational success. Bro. Smith has been deemed an expert in new business development, key talent development, collaborative team builder, new product launches and sales training. He brings a documented, proven track record with fortune 500 companies, compelling leadership and strategic planning skills with documented results. He is a change management, cross-functional team management and communication expert with focus on policy/program development, complex problem solving and talent development. Recently he has served in the leadership of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter, Newark NJ as President, Chapter Dean, Service Chair and in the Alpha Alpha Lambda Educational Foundation.  He is also a past Omicron Chapter President, Vice President and Dean not to mention an Omicron National Alumni Founder and Vice President.

Brother Smith is married to Janet (Hill) Smith and the father of three children: Mark, Jr. (deceased), Maurice Adam and Micah Abram Smith IN HIS SERVICE Ordained Deacon, Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA Couples 4 Christ Ministry Leader, Calvary Baptist Church, Morristown, NJ.


William White, Jr. – Chief Dean, Alpha Alpha Lambda, Newark NJ

Bro. William White Jr, born, reared, and educated, in the Garden State – New Jersey, has always had a calling to the responsibility and betterment of community. Yielding to this call include serving with increasing responsibilities in his local church as a youth pastor upward toward current ministerial leadership accountabilities, serving in leadership roles of professional associations that advocate for increased vocational opportunities of Black people and other minorities within the financial services industry, and of course, continued engagement with and in support of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated’s Aims, Motto and Mission. A 30 year brother, with Life Member status and commitment since being initiated into the Iota Rho chapter, Bro. White has served the Fraternity at various levels; Chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian and Chapter Dean; served as District Treasurer and Secretary; served on the National Committee on International Affairs; and an officer of the Alpha Alpha Lambda Scholarship and Educational Fund, Inc. Bro. White has remained connected to the life-blood of the Fraternity by serving multiple tenures as Alpha Advisor; and is a Charter Member of Sigma Epsilon Lambda, the first Alpha Phi Alpha Alumni Chapter in Toronto Canada. As Chief Dean, an extension of the Eastern Region Vice President, Bro. White will support the District Director and serve the Brothers of New Jersey by Leading with Excellence in the facilitation of membership development to ensure the perpetuity of brotherhood and the onward progress of great Alpha men. A proud husband, father of four and grandfather of three (…thus far), Bro. White is an accomplished professional with over 25 plus years of financial services business, administration, and management experience. He holds current professional licenses and specialization designations and earned his Bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s degree in Banking from Mercy College

Darvin Darling, Director of Web, Alpha Alpha Lambda, Newark NJ