2020-2022 Charlotte Alumni Chapter Officers
MarQuetta Chrismon Thompson, President
MarQuetta Latrice Thompson is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, class of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. MarQuetta is currently a dedicated Assistant Nurse Manager at Novant Health in Cardiac Telemetry and House Supervision where she is serving her 7th year as a member of the Novant Team. Prior to joining Novant, MarQuetta was a middle and high school Science Educator for 4 years.
Marquetta is devoted to serving her community and supporting others. Her organizational memberships and commitment to the community include: Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Member of the American Nurses Association, Clark Atlanta University-Charlotte Alumni Chapter President, Member of the Park Church-Choir Member, Volunteer at the McCrorey YMCA.
MarQuetta is committed to being a servant leader for her community and family. She is a firm believer in “speaking to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university”-Albert Einstein.
Mrs. Thompson is a recent recipient of the United Negro College Fund Outstanding Alumnus Hall of Honor Award.
Jada Brown, Vice President
Jada C. Brown is a Clark Atlanta University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Jada is Vice-President of the CAU Alumni Association of the Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter, and is dedicated to supporting her alma mater and fellow HBCUs. She is a Digital Merchandise Manager and E-commerce Professional in merchandising, product management, and content strategy for a major retailer. Jada has an extensive retail background with over 15 years in the industry including buying and management experience. During her tenure at Clark Atlanta University, she supported the fashion program with her involvement in producing fashion shows, working on and behind the scenes to showcase CAU, local talent, designers, and retailers. She spent summers in New York and San Francisco to complete fashion internships that opened up several opportunities upon graduation.
Jada began her professional retail career in Atlanta, GA as an Assistant Buyer at Macy’s Inc., for Women’s Contemporary in 2007. She transitioned into a Management role in 2009 for the prestige clothing brand BCBG before relocating to Charlotte, NC for a buying role at Belk Inc., in 2010. Her experience consists of managing categories in women’s apparel, home goods, kids, men’s apparel, handbags, and accessories to drive sales, customer loyalty, and retention for her organization. In addition, she is a board member of the affinity group serving as Co-Chair of the Black Resource & Inclusion Group for High Caliber Talent (BRIGHT) at Belk Inc.
Jada Brown is a Detroit native, who remains involved in her community, enjoys volunteering and supporting women’s empowerment initiatives. She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, adventure hobbies, and trying new cooking recipes.
Krystle Nelson Ogando, Secretary
Krystle Nelson-Ogando is from Charlotte, NC and a Clark Atlanta University graduate of the class of 2006. She majored in Electrical Engineering and is an advocate for women in STEM. After her matriculation at CAU, Krystle moved to California to start her engineering career at Raytheon. After a few years, she was relocated to Frankfurt, Germany to work for a testing company. As a true Charlottean, Krystle finally moved back to Charlotte after working a few years in Germany. Currently, she works for an Aerospace and Defense company as a Regional Sales Manager. She is also the owner of Points Diva LLC. As the chapter secretary, you may reach out to Krystle for monthly meeting information and information on how to get involved with the Charlotte chapter.
Melody Murray, Financial Secretary
Melody L. Murray is the Financial Secretary for Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association, Charlotte Chapter. I also served as president of the chapter from 2016 – 2018. I graduated from CAU in May 1989 with a BA in Accounting. I have worked as a professional accountant for 30+ years at various Fortune 500 companies. Presently, I’m working as a Sr. Financial Analyst at Wells Fargo Bank.
My years at CAU were some of the best years in my life. There my education didn’t just come from the classroom, but also from the yard where I protested against Apartheid in South Africa which later help bring attention and sanctions to free Nelson Mandela. I also was part of the movie School Days which was filmed on the campus of CAU. After registering to vote on the campus of CAU at 18 years old, I had the opportunity to vote for and meet Civil Rights activist John Lewis. I could go on about the life-impacting historic moments while at CAU, but just know they all were great!
Felicia Jones Murrill, Treasurer
Felicia (Jones) Murrill graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Clark Atlanta University. She is currently a Controller and a NC Certified Public Accountant.
Felicia is an Alumni Association Lifetime Member and is looking forward to serving CAU and our alumni family.
Gwendolyn Wyche Harris, Historian
Gwendolyn Wyche Harris is the daughter of Attorney Thomas Wyche and Grace Wyche. Gwen is a native Charlottean and a Garinger High School graduate. Her father’s work in civil rights endeavors helped to spark her interest in working with those who need a helping hand. With an unwavering passion for improving the lives of women and children, she attended her ‘Beloved’ Clark College now Clark Atlanta University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology /Social Welfare in 1980. Upon completion, she returned home where she earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Human Development and Learning with a concentration on Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has over 30 years of combined experience in Social Work and Counseling. She is employed by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as a Counselor. Prior to CMS she worked as a Social Worker at Crisis Assistance Ministry and Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.
Civic Engagement is her passion. She is a member of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. She has served on the board of The League of Women Voters, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Greater Charlotte and she is a member of The Charlotte Women’s Movement (Formerly Charlotte Women’s March}.
In her spare time, she participates as a member of Thrifty Authors Publishing Success Network, The YWCA Central Carolinas Quarterly Book Club where book discussions on Social Issues are held. Gwen enjoys being a member of Tea Cups Prayer Group of Central Church. She attends her CAU Alumni Association meetings and enjoys time with fellow Clarkites. She also enjoys time with her friends and family.
Gwen has been married to Randy Harris for 36 years. They have three lovely daughters Marielle, Mariah, and Miranda.
Melissa A. Davis, MBA, Scholarship Brunch Co-Chair
Melissa Alyson Davis is a Digital Image Consultant, Project & Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Connector of people and business, Modern day Maven and Overall “Fabulous Guru” Amongst many who know her. Over the last 10 years, she has built a personal brand called MADFAB TM – which uses the initials in her name and the fabulous lifestyle she encourages all to live. She received her MBA from American InterContinental University in Atlanta, GA in and a B.A from Clark Atlanta University in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. Melissa is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, The National Black MBA Association, and the CAU Alumni Chapter on the national and local levels. Melissa is also an entrepreneur. Her most recent business venture is that she started a Digital Image Consulting company called Fabulous Strategies LLC. Fabulous Strategies LLC combines, project management, brand strategy, marketing, and overall business management in the digital space to create the perfect digital image for businesses and personal brands. Through stewardship, leadership, and service she has become a student to life’s lessons, even when opposition arises, Melissa believes in being an adversary of adversity. Her motto is simple “Whatever you do in life, do it big and do it Fabulous.