Board of Trustees

Rev. Dr. Henry T. Simmons


Rev. Dr. Henry T. Simmons is Chairperson of Franklinton Center at Bricks, Inc.’s Board of
Trustees. A graduate of North Carolina Central University and Howard University Divinity
School, he is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, having served local churches
in Washington, DC; Detroit, Michigan; and on the denomination’s national staff. He was Chair of
the Board of the former UCC Commission for Racial Justice and Board Chair of Justice Witness
Ministries. He is Pastor Emeritus of the St. Albans Congregational UCC, Jamaica, New York, from
which he retired in 2019 after 28 years as Senior Minister. He and his wife, Gayle, reside in
Jamestown, North Carolina, and have one son and two grandsons.

Joan Knight Marsh, MSW

Vice Chair

Marsh is an entrepreneur, former elected City Council member, retired mental health clinician and manager. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served on boards of several not-for-profit organizations and has worked and volunteered in that arena. Marsh is a lifetime member of Laurel Hill United Church of Christ, Suffolk, VA. Her affiliation with civic and social organizations includes being a life member of the NAACP and Norfolk State University Alumni Association, as well as serving in leadership roles with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Marsh is married to Julian Marsh, and they reside in Richmond, VA. The couple are parents, grandparents, and great grandparents in a blended family.

Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk

Council of Elders Representative

Dr. Yvonne Delk is the former Executive of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago. She was the first black woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served the denomination in
leadership positions including serving as the Director of its Office for Church in Society. She served as the moderator of the Programme to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches from 1984-1994. For more than 60 years she has served as an educator, preacher, organizer, and a prophetic voice leading the fight for human and civil rights for people of color, children, and the poor throughout five continents. She is the founding Director of the Center for African American Theological Studies. Dr. Delk’s articles on the Black church experience , racism and human rights have appeared in many publications.

Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn


Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, is the 13 th President of Clinton
College, a private historically Black college (HBCU) founded in 1894 by the African Methodist
Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Under Dr. McCorn’s leadership, the
College is executing a transformative $25 million campus building program, recently completed
its 10-year accreditation reaffirmation evaluation with zero suggestions, findings, or
recommendations, and is adding new bachelor’s degree programs in nursing, healthcare
management, cybersecurity and music.

Dr. McCorn’s community involvement includes Chair of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of
York County; Vice-Chair of the Board of the Urban League of Central Carolinas; and the board of
Victory Gardens, an urban farming and social entrepreneurship organization.

Dr. McCorn is an alumnus of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, Chicago Theological
Seminary, holds a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Union Theological Seminary, and is a
candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in interdisciplinary studies at Union Institute and
University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an inductee of both the Martin Luther King Board of
Preachers and the Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College, and a Life Member of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is married to Mrs. Charlotte A. McCorn, an elementary school teacher
in Fort Mill, South Carolina. They are proud parents of four adult children and three

Greg Clinton


Greg Clinton is a visionary and transformative leader. For over 30 years, Clinton has been in the
technology field providing solutions to end-users. He started out as a consultant to law firms,
small businesses and churches for 11 years and then, over the course of 22 years, built the
technology program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law.
While at NCCU School of law, he worked as a proactive agent for change, developed smart
classrooms, and provided for a seamless integration of technology throughout the law school.

In 2005, the NCCU School of Law Technology program was ranked 18th in the nation among other
law schools by the National Jurist Magazine. In 2009, he led the efforts to achieve a Broadband
Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant to create the Virtual Justice Project. The BTOP
grant allowed the law school to obtain a telepresence room, establish high definitions video
conferencing locations at 26 legal aid, legal services and minority-serving institutions, and upgrade
broadband capacity. Clinton and his co-founder, Pamela Glean, pioneered TeleLaw, using
telepresence and HD Video Conferencing.

During the Pandemic when most law schools were scrambling to operate, NCCU School of Law did
not have to take any additional weeks to prepare. The law school has been using Zoom for
inclement weather since 2015, so it was able to seamlessly convert virtually.

Recognizing the need for access to legal information and other virtual resources in our country,
Clinton started VirtualJustice.US in May of 2021.

Clinton is married with 2 adult children. He is a member of Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ
where he chairs the Scholarship Committee and Church Council. He is also a Morehouse College

Naeema Muhammad

Board Member

Arlane Gordon-Bay

Board Member

Claire Goebel

Board Member

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 220, Whitakers, NC 27891
Physical Address: 281 Bricks Lane, Whitakers, NC 27891

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