Board of Directors

Richard Stewart, Retired Military
The Hearts of Men Foundation; President

Richard N. Stewart was born in Kingston but moved to Bronx, New York at an early age. Upon graduating from Christopher Columbus High School, he entered the U.S. Army as an Armored Crewmember in 1984. After a three year term, he reentered the U. S. Army as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations Specialist and completed Advance Individual Training at Ft. McClellan, AL. As a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations Specialist contribution to the United States Army and Chemical Corp has been numerous and can be seen through his previous assignments around the world Cuba, Korea, Germany and England to name a few. As an Army Recruiter he recruited over 100 Soldiers into the United States Army and mentors thousands of other High School and Middle School students on life skills and career options. As the Senior Instructor Writer, supervised the revision of the Fort Jackson NBC training facility which ensured that thousands of trainees and Soldiers assigned to Fort Jackson were taught to standard.Richard Stewart’s volunteer work consist of Mentor with Communities in School (August, GA),Big Brothers Macon, Ga., E-cyber-Mission High School mentoring( Aberdeen, MD, High School Career Day. Richard Stewart is also a certified substitute teacher in the state of Georgia and currently mentors with Star-base 2.0 (STEM) in Warner Robins, GA.

Allegra-Lawrence Hardy- Attorney

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, a partner with Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group and co-leader of the Business and Commercial Litigation team, has extensive experience handling complex multi-party, class action, multi-jurisdictional commercial and labor and employment matters. She has successfully defended primarily Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and abroad in numerous trials, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Allegra has extensive experience negotiating complex settlements and finding creative solutions. She is regularly quoted in the media as a leading practitioner in her field. 

As Chair of Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Allegra was the architect of Sutherland Scholars, a summer pre-law school “boot camp” offered at no cost for students from historically black colleges and universities. The firm graduated its first class of scholars in 2005. Allegra regularly mentors students from the program. 

Before joining Sutherland in October 1997, Allegra served as law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

 

CHRISTOPHER PORTIS, Attorney, Judge.Financial Committee Chairman

Christopher Portis a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated with honors from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2003. Attorney Portis earned his Juris Doctor in 2006 from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While in law school, Attorney Portis served as the Student Advocate on the Honor Council and as an associate member on the Alternative Dispute and Resolution Board. Attorney Portis interned at the Fulton County State Court for two years in the chambers of Chief Judge A. L. Thompson. Attorney Portis also served as interim staff attorney for Judge Myra Dixon of the Fulton County State Court. Attorney Portis remains active in the community through the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and in 2005 served as Deputy Campaign Finance Manager for Lisa M. Borders, Atlanta City Council President. Attorney Portis is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and he practices in the General Litigation, Business and Estate Planning Groups. In October 2008, Attorney Portis was appointed as a Fulton County Magistrate Judge.

Sharon Moses Caper, Attorney. THOMF; Treasurer

Sharon Moses Capers is a native of Florence, South Carolina and currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina. Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1987 where she majored in Political Science and minored in Business Administration. In 1990 she graduated from University of North Carolina School of Law Chapel Hill, North Carolina with a Juris Doctorate. After graduation she interned for The Honorable Marvin Halbert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She worked as an Assistant Solicitor for Berkeley County for nearly four years and was a Public Defender in Berkeley for one year. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor for Limestone College where she taught Business Law I &II. She has been a Solo Practitioner since 2002 and handles primarily Criminal Cases involving adults and juveniles. She also consults with small businesses and handles a variety of civil matters. Ms. Capers has taught Magistrate courses and has spoken at churches and community events where she focuses on at risk teens. She has tutored elementary school children through WINGS program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Justice Academy USA, a non-profit which addresses disparate treatment of minorities and has also served on the Public Defender Board for Berkeley County. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. 

Community Board Members

  • Carolyn Rogers, Ph.D. - Community Chair
  • Stefon Shilo - Lead Teacher
  • Lester Rivers III - Athletic Liaison
  • Alisa Jones-Counselor
  • Melissa McIntyre-Brandly, Ph.D. - Education
  • Brandon McIntosh - Entertainment Manager
  • Chris Portis- Attorney Judge
  • William Smith - Community Director