2014 Election Information
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  1. Call to Action
  2. Election Criteria
  3. Questions
  4. Candidates


Call to Action

Dear Fellow Hamptonians of the "Illustrious" Hampton University,

The time is soon approaching upon us to elect our new Atlanta Chapter Officers of the NHAA Executive Board.  With each new term comes rejuvenated excitement, ideas and energy.  We gladly welcome all nominations, including self-nominations, as often you know your capabilities better than anyone else. 

Please see the outlined information below regarding the specifics of our forthcoming nomination/election proceedings as we continue to let our "Lives Do the Singing!"

Friday, April 18th 

Deadline for all nominations to be received via email to Nominations Committee at nominations@hualumni.com

Friday, April 18th - 25

Nominees will be contacted by the Nominations Committee for verbal acceptance or denial of nomination

Friday, May 16th

Deadline for receipt of candidate bio and verification of position requirements.  The link below provides a list of the open positions and the "Duties of Officers"


Thursday, May 29th

Voting Day/General Body Meeting

Java Vino, 7 - 9 pm
579 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Each candidate will be given a few minutes to address the crowd on why he/she is the best candidate for the position. Announcement of newly elected officers.



We look forward to your nominations and an exciting election process!


Jamille B. Shuler, Nominations Committee Chair
Orielle Wright, Nominations Committee Co-Chair

Criteria for Running for office

Be a dues paying member of the Atlanta Chapter of NHAA, Inc. by ELECTION DAY, May 29
Be a resident of Georgia
Graduate must be in good standing from Hampton University

Criteria for voting

A graduate of Hampton University


Candidates should have the opportunity to display their platform listed on the Atlanta NHAA (National Hampton Alumni Association) website and on the Atlanta NHAA Facebook page

Election Day

Candidates running for president should have between 5-7 minutes to speak with a 2min Q&A

All other positions no more than 5 minutes to speak with a 2min Q&A


Voting will take place during the May General Body Meeting 

Votes should be counted within an hour of voting and should have a non-nominating committee member as proxy to verify the count. This person can be selected the day of the election


Contact the nominations committee via email nominations@hualumni.com


Candidate for President: Michelle Gipson
Michelle Gipson

Candidate for President: Michelle Gipson

For the past 8 years, I have been an entrepreneur and adjunct professor. Prior to that I worked as the Director of Advertising for two national publications and contract negotiations for a telecommunications firm.

I have a BA and MA from Hampton University and hold certifications from Stanford University and Harvard University.

My community involvement includes working on the hospitality, political action, leadership development and cotillion committees for Lambda Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. As a board member for Inroads Atlanta, I worked on fundraising committee, sponsorship recruitment and intern development.

For the local NHAA chapter, I was the student recruitment chair and began the GA Peaches to VA Beaches meet and greet for incoming freshmen to Hampton. I began the High School Day bus trip and assisted with the annual choir trip fundraiser.  For the past 20 years, I have served as the class leader for 1994, organizing reunions activities and raising money for the school.

It would be an honor and a privilege to serve as president of the Atlanta chapter. Thank you for your consideration.

Candidate for Vice President: Kenneth (Kenney) Howard
Kenneth Howard

About Me      


I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  I graduated from Hampton University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Business Management. In 2010, I completed the requirements and graduated from the Terry Business School with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Georgia.  While at Hampton, I was a member of the Hampton Pirate football team where I was a two year starter and pledged the Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc.

Goals as Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Hampton Alumni Association

  1. Grow our Membership
  2. Expand our reach into the community with community service projects and growing our Scholarship Program
  3. Increase our network base and networking opportunities among the membership and Hamptonians living in Atlanta

Leadership Positions and Accomplishments:

  • Served as Vice Basileus for Beta Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc. in 2005
  • Served as Basileus for Beta Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc. in 2006
  • Serving as the committee chair for Social Action and Economic Development committees 
  • Serving as the President of the Commitment to Excellence (501c3) Foundation
  • Serving on the UGA Management Information Systems (MIS) Advisory Board
  • Voted as the Delta Mu Mu Chapter Omega Man of the Year in 2013
  • Superior Service Award for Beta Lambda Lambda in 2006

Candidate for Treasurer: Tamara Ewing
Tamara Ewing

Why do I want to serve?

Simply stated, I want to serve the “Real HU”, the school that I fell in love with and had ties to since 2000.  Matriculating at Hampton University as a finance major allowed me to form lifelong relationships and has opened the doors for many job opportunities.  With these opportunities, I have worked in finance specifically as an auditor including working for the Inspector General at the DPH for the state of GA. Serving as a treasurer for the Atlanta Hampton Alumni chapter would allow me to tie in my background of finance with knowledge, communication, and strategy and planning which are essential elements for any organization.  These essential elements are needed for a successful and enterprising treasurer.


Past office/volunteer positions:

 The following are some of the volunteer opportunities that I am currently or gladly served in the past:

  • Mentor for Meeting of the Hearts in DeKalb County
  • Hosea Feed the Hungry –volunteer
  • Atlanta Hampton Alumni-various capacities
  • Chicago Cares-Team Coordinator and Project Site Manager
  • Volunteer, Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans, LA