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Board of Directors


Monica Ray, Board Chair 


CEO- Congress Heights Community Development and Training Corporation 

Ms. Ray, a Ward 8 resident, has strong ties to the business community and a history of advocacy for adult learners. As Chief Executive Officer for one of the most productive and effective adult training programs in the Ward, she is well aware of the special challenges of under-credited adults. Her daily experiences with adult learners have been instrumental in establishing an educational plan for the Community College Preparatory Academy that supports our attracting, engaging and retaining adult students and effectively addressing their needs.


Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, Vice Chair 


Acting Dean of Academic Affairs, University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Hamilton serves as the Acting Dean of Academic Affairs. She has over 30 years in post-secondary education. Her major responsibilities consist of overseeing academic planning and programs, academic services and academic policy. Faculty appointments, evaluations, governance and budget are also part of her responsibilities.  She played a role in the implementation of an Accuplacer preparation course and the development of a comprehensive assessment system for the College. She brings great knowledge around technology, post-secondary education and college preparedness to Community College Preparatory Academy.


T'yon L. Jones, Secretary

Administrative Unit Supervisor at District Department of Transportation (DDOT)                                                                   

Mr. Tyon L. Jones is a Ward 8 resident with deep ties to his community. He is currently employed by the District’s Department of Transportation with a strong focus on constituent services. He is a political Science Major with experience and interest in community outreach.


Clyde Edwards, Treasurer

Program Analyst, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

Mr. Edwards is a Ward 7 resident with strong ties to his community. Mr. Edwards has more than fifteen years of public sector experience in the areas of government relations, housing and community development. He has a strong background in the area of coalition building around community based technology.


Ashley Mitchell, Member 


Ms. Ashley Mitchell is a licensed attorney and certified project manager with a master certification in government contract management from Villanova University.  Ashley, a three-time graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, employs the breadth of her passion for diversity, inclusion, and access to opportunity through the management of grants that provide incentives to Naval labs to develop partnerships with HBCUs/MIs to perform Naval relevant research. She also manages grants with the objectives to provide Naval internship opportunities and to incentivize junior and senior high school-aged scholars to pursue STEM education at the collegiate level through science fair and scholarship awards.


Keyonna Jones, Member 

Executive Director, Congress Heights Arts and Cultural Center

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Keyonna graduated from St. John’s College High School in 2006 and started her collegiate career as a student of Psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Looking for a more challenging path, she transferred to Philip Merrill’s College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Keyonna received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Education and is pursuing her Master’s in Science Management with a specialization in Public Relations. Keyonna is a two-time Edward Murrow award -winning producer for News Radio station WNEW, 99.1.

Returning to one of her original passions, in August 2015, Keyonna opened Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center located at 3200 MLK Ave. SE, with a mission to bring something new and necessary to Ward 8. She also serves on the board of Community College Preparatory Academy, the first adult charter school East of the River. Keyonna is happily married and a mother to her daughter five year old daughter Kayla and five month old son Keon.

Calvin Nophlin, Member

Calvin Nophlin is a long-time Ward 7 resident and community leader. Mr. Nophlin was among the initial staff at Community College Prep after retiring from the federal government. After retiring for the second time, he joined the Board and continues to serve as a champion for the school in the community.


Vannessa (Connie) Spinner

Executive Director, Community College Preparatory Academy

As Executive Director, Ms. Spinner also serves as an Ex Officio member of the Board. She is a life time resident of the District of Columbia with extensive experience in both Education and Workforce Development. Ms. Spinner is the founder of the school and has served as the State Director for Adult Education for the District of Columbia and the Executive Director for the State Education Office for the District of Columbia.