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Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
Hale Hall, Suite 207
154 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 247-4765
Fax: (614) 292-0051

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Meet the Bell Resource Center Staff

Dr. James L. Moore III – Executive Director

Dr. James L. Moore III

Dr. James L. Moore III serves as the inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University. Additionally, he is vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diverstiy Officer, and a full professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

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Andre’as Williams – Program Coordinator

Andre’as Williams

Andre’as Williams serves as Program Coordinator for the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. A native of Lima, Ohio, Andre’as is an alumnus of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BS in Sport Industry and a minor in Leadership Studies through the College of Education and Human Ecology. As an undergrad, Andre’as served as a Resident Advisor for three years, promoting community and inclusivity within the residence hall while ensuring student success. 


Melvina Smith – Office Staff Coordinator

Melvina Smith

Melvina Smith is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She started working at The Ohio State University in 1979, where she worked eight years for Physical Facilities. She returned in 1998, working for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State. In 2003, she worked for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Office of Minority Affairs then). Melvina graduated from the Columbus Paraprofessional Institute in 1988 as a Microcomputer Specialist and completed the Ohio State STEP program (Supervisor Training to Enhance Performance). Currently she maintains the Bell Center’s administrative and fiscal operations. Melvina received the Outstanding Staff Award from the College of Nursing in 2001. She has volunteered for United Way, Operation Feed, and Ohio State's Columbus Reads Program at East Linden Elementary School.


Dan Thomas – Program Manager

Dan Thomas

Daniel (Dan) Thomas is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology focusing on Family Studies while also receiving a minor in African and African American Studies at The Ohio State University. Dan has a strong interest in working collaboratively with college students, promoting higher education to underprivileged school-aged children and providing educational enrichment programs for students outside the classroom. Dan comes to the BNRC after previously working with the nation’s largest diversity scholarship, The Morrill Scholars Program (MSP), where he was in charge of managing the application process and developing/providing opportunities for MSP recipients to engage in diversity and leadership activities in Central Ohio and across the nation.

Graduate Students

Tayo Adeeko – Graduate Associate

Tayo Adeeko

Tayo Adeeko is a second year doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Ecology, studying educational administration. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in political science and international affairs, and Hunter College in New York City for her master’s degree in education. Tayo started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member teaching second and third grade students in Brooklyn, NY. Tayo’s research interests include school choice and alternative certification pathways for educators. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her lovely dachshund, Charlie. 

Deborwah Faulk – Graduate Associate

Deborwah Faulk

Deborwah Faulk is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from Spelman College and completed her master’s degree in sociology at The Ohio State University. She is currently continuing her doctoral studies in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State. Her research interests are rooted in issues related to social inequality, sociology of (higher) education and race, class and gender stratification. Her current work explores the role of institutions, mainly colleges and universities, in perpetuating (or mediating) labor market inequality and stratification in the workplace. Deborwah is specifically intrigued by the mechanisms and processes that differentiate the relative success of some college graduates compared to others. Her scholarship is motivated by questions such as, how does college type, or where students attend college, matter for economic returns? How does institutional context and culture influence students’ level of social, cultural and professional capital post-graduation? And do underrepresented and/or marginalized populations reap the same benefits on their college degrees and educational experiences?

Upon the completion of her degree, Deborwah plans to pursue a career in the academy. 

Summer Luckey – Graduate Associate

Summer Luckey

Summer Luckey is a second year master's student in the College of Education and Human Ecology, studying school counseling. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Education, focusing on Middle Childhood Education, from Kent State University. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Summer began her career in education as a middle school English teacher in her hometown. In that role, she saw the effects of social and emotional development on her students' academic success. Summer utilizes her teaching experience and background as a community support worker and program coordinator in her current role as a graduate associate with the Bell Center. Presently, she coordinates the Scholars' Lounge, a reading clinic, at Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys. By focusing on reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, the Scholars' Lounge strives to empower young, Black males at the middle school level through reading.