School of Technology: Alumni and Community Engagement
Alumni: Where Are They Now?
Ms. Sonja Hines
President of H&S Resources Corporation
Sonja Hines is President and an Owner of H&S Resources Corporation (H&S), a SBA certified 8(a) minority owned business incorporated in 2006. The company provides comprehensive technical support in the areas of facility operations and maintenance services such as planning, consulting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, electrical, preventive maintenance, and other facility engineering services for federal government agencies and commercial businesses. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, the company has several offices established throughout the U.S.
As President of H&S, Ms. Hines leads all aspects of the company and sets its vision and strategic direction. Her responsibilities include the management and operation of all contracts, business development, marketing, reconciliation of all financial accounts, and providing direction to staff members. Through the direct efforts of Ms. Hines, H&S' received its Small Business Administration (SBA) designation as a certified 8(a) minority-owned business in 2007. H&S possesses a growing portfolio of multi-million dollar contracts with various installations within the Department of Navy and the Department of Army.
Ms. Hines possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Occupational Safety & Health from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NCA&TSU) and a Master of Science degree in Safety & Systems Management –School of Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). From 1993 to 1996 Ms. Hines worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a Safety Engineer. While there she developed and implemented general safety programs and provided consultation in construction safety through reviewing and approving construction safety plans, and monitored construction projects, and helped revise the Construction Safety Manual.
Prior to founding H&S, Ms. Hines excelled in various safety engineering capacities where she honed the skills and expertise needed to successfully build her enterprise. In 2007, she was responsible for the safety hazard program development and safety hazard mitigation support for over 400 employees on the Multi-disciplinary Engineering and Technology Services (METS) and the Mechanical Systems Engineering Services (MSES II/A) program contracts at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. These contracts were valued at $750 MM and provided engineering and related services to the Mechanical Systems Division, Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate and related organizations throughout Goddard Space Flight Center, as required, for the formulation, design, development, fabrication, non-flight fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of space flight and ground system hardware and software, including development and validation of new technologies to enable future space and science mission.
In 2004, Ms. Hines worked for LB&B Associates as a federal government contractor, where she held two key positions. First as the Safety/Quality Control Administrator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and at the Naval District Washington Project as the Quality Control/Safety Manager. In both positions she planned, directed, and coordinated safety program implementation.
In 2002, Ms. Hines worked for Horne Engineering Services, Inc. at Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood, Maryland as the Environmental Safety and Health Specialist/Advisor. She monitored and evaluated work practices utilized by contractors/subcontractors to ascertain compliance with ES&H local, state, and federal regulations for the US Army Demilitarization Site to destroy United States Mustard Agent Stockpile. From 2000 to 2002 Ms. Hines worked as a Safety & Environmental Affairs Professional for Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. While there she was responsible for the planning, organizing, execution, and quality of various occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental protection programs.
Ms. Hines was recently lauded by SmartCEO Magazine with the 2015 Future 50 Award, a distinguished honor among top female CEOs that exemplify outstanding business and community leadership acumen. She received the 2014 Enterprising Women Award from Enterprising Women Magazine and her company is listed as one of the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises within the region. The Baltimore Sun also listed her as one of 50 Women to Watch. She is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) – Baltimore Chapter. Ms. Hines is also in various professional associations including Women In Defense, the International Facility Management Association, and the National Facilities Management & Technology Association. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Club Dejouir-Washington, D.C. Chapter.
Mr. Elijah Thorne
Owner of Grayhound Trash Removal, Inc.
A&T alumni Elijah W. Thorne ’64 is an excellent model of good will and thoughtful reflection, innate sensitivities that are the roots of philanthropy.
In 2004, He and his wife lived up to what they believe is their responsibility. They gave the University an outright gift of $100,000. Their generous gift represented the first time in A&T’s history that living alumni made an outright gift of cash at this level. The Thorne’s gift is not from inherited money but profits from their company, Grayhound Trash Removal, Inc. (named after the fleet dog and fleet of buses known for speed), started in 1968 by Elijah. Headquartered in Upper Marlboro, Md., Grayhound Trash Removal employs about 19 people and provides refuse collection/recycling, street sweeping, and equipment leasing (rental/leasing of portable toilets) services for universities, governmental agencies and private enterprises. Elijah Thorne has received several awards for recycling, recognized for significant service to A&T’s School of Technology and in 1994 received the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Elijah believes in “causes” and A&T. He and his wife are always involved in some type of activity with the Washington D.C. Alumni Association to support the University and, consequently, were quick to respond to Chancellor James C. Renick’s request to co-chair the February One Monument Campaign with James F. Garrett ’64. Moreover, they protested with the A&T Four and believed that because of their vision and courage, they changed the face of civil rights, paving the way for their (Thornes) success as business owners.
Elijah has diversified his giving to support three endowed scholarships. A gift of $25,000 was given to the School of Technology. He also established the Thorne Emergency Fund with a gift of $25,000 to assist students during difficult times, an area familiar to both.
Mr. Cornelious Lamberth
CEO, C2 Contractors, LLC.
Cornelious Lamberth is a well-rounded leader and a successful business owner. He currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the School of Technology at NCA&T State University, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Greensboro Branch NAACP and is a member of the NC A&T State University Board of Visitors. As a proud member of the Omega Psi Fraternity, Mr. Lamberth belongs to several business and other community organizations. He is a member of the Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI), Co-Founder of The Black Contractors Guild, a member of The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), Executive Board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Greensboro Chapter. Mr. Lamberth is also a member of Micro Computers of North Carolina (MCNC) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Community Foundation. His leadership service also extends to the One Hundred Black Men of the Triad where he is President and Charter Member and past Chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee Greensboro Branch NAACP. Mr. Lamberth is also the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Service and Achievement Award presented by United Way of Greater Greensboro’s African - American Leadership Group.
Born August 17, 1967 in Greensboro North Carolina, Mr. Lamberth or “CC” as he is affectionately called, attended school in the Guilford County School system. He graduated in the top 10% of his class in 1985 from James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro NC. In 1989, he graduated with honors from NCA&T State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology (Electronics). In 1999, CC was awarded the Outstanding Technologist award from the National Association of Industrial Technologist (NAIT).
CC is a former owner and Executive Vice President of CoMor Corporation, a computer networking and IT firm. In 2004, CoMor was recognized as one of the sixty-five most progressive minority owned companies in the country by the Federal Minority Business Development Agency. In 2005, CoMor was also recognized as the Minority Business of the Year by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lamberth is the proud owner, and CEO of C2 Contractors, LLC (unlimited licensed commercial General Contractor and telecommunications firm). In 2013, C2 Contractors was awarded the Good Faith Effort Award by the North Carolina of Administration Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses for outstanding achievements as a Historically Underutilized business. He is also a primary business partner for ICE Securities, LLC (certified IP Surveillance Company). CC is an old school entrepreneur with new school business applications, people oriented and excellent interpersonal communication skills.
As an organized goal setter, CC is actively engaged in a self-developed educational and business advancement program, which has allowed him to study in the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, New Hanover, New Hampshire where he completed the Tuck Executive Program. In 2006, he returned to the Tuck School of Business and completed the Mastering the Supply Chain course. He graduated from the Executive Management Development Program in the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Lamberth also completed the DBE Executive Management Program in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His most recent developmental success was is certification of completion in the Entrepreneurial Challenges course in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Mr. Lamberth is married to the former Brigitte Thompson of Greensboro, NC. They have one son, Brandon Lee Lamberth, who is actively involved in Tae Kwon Do and basketball organizations. Along with being a community and small business activist, CC volunteers as the Technology Advisor and small business coach and liaison at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, INC under the tutelage of Bishop Dr. George Brooks, where the membership is well over five thousand.
Successful and Paying It Forward
Geoff Foster is a graduate of the Applied Engineering Technology program (formally known as Manufacturing Systems) in the School of Technology. In 2006, Geoff took the entrepreneurial route and started a plastic injection molding solutions company. His company became certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. In 2007, Foster went into a joint venture with bright Plastics and formed Core Technology Molding Group, LLC where he is the Chief Executive Officer and President.
In August 2009, Core Technology Molding Corp. was named the Minority Supplier of the Year-Class I at the Business Opportunity Conference in Charlotte, NC by the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. Foster is the MBEIC Chair of the TRAC (Triad Region-Greensboro, Winston Salem and High Point) and has held a seat on the CMSDC Board of Directors since 2009.
Geoff Foster believes in reaching back and paying it forward, and he did just that with newest employees and former student Clarence Smalls.
Today Smalls was recently promoted from Quality Auditor to Supplier Quality Engineering at Core Technology Molding Group and says he owes it to Geoff Foster. Smalls stated “Professor Foster is that rare teacher willing to come early and stay late to make sure my classmates and I really ‘got it’. More than anybody else, he equipped us to compete in the global market.”
Fred Morris & Kimberly Forbes
School of Technology Graduates Fred Morris and Kimberly Forbes were named Teacher of the Year
Fred Morris and Kimberly Forbes were named North Carolina’s Technology Teachers of the Year at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s Annual Conference in Long Beach, California.
Fred Morris received his MA in Teaching from the School of Technology. Mr. Morris teaches Technology and Pre-engineering students at Richmond Senior High in Rockingham, NC. Mr. Morris is also a Kennan Fellow with North Carolina State University.
Kimberly Forbes received her MA in Teaching from the School of Technology as well. Ms. Forbes teaches technology Education at Ferndale Middle School in High Point, NC.