Tonea is a member of the Order of the Golden Circle, a life member of the NAACP, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is a dedicated member of the Hutchinson Baptist Church. She is married to Dr. Allen Stewart. They have three children.
Keynote Speaker Saturday, March 18, 2006
Dr. Belle Wheelan
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in Texas with a double major in psychology and sociology. While at Trinity University, she distinguished herself as an Academic Scholar. She was the first African-American at Trinity University to be named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Wheelan enrolled in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas and earned a Doctoral degree in Educational Administration in 1984. She received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the College of Education at the University.
After obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Wheelan accepted the position as Director of Developmental Education at San Antonio College. She established a new administrative office, and became the Director of Academic Support Services at the College. Over the next ten years, Dr. Wheelan held many positions at several community colleges ending as the President of Northern Virginia Community College, the second largest community college in the nation in 1998.
In December, 2001, Dr. Wheelan was appointed the Secretary of Education to Governor Warner’s Cabinet. She was sworn in on January 13, 2002, and is the first African-American female to serve in this capacity.
In July, 2005, Dr. Wheelan was appointed as the President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is the first African-American and female to serve in this capacity.
Dr. Wheelan holds memberships in numerous state and national organizations including the Presidents' Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs, and the Jobs for Virginia Graduates Board. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Family Services, American Heart Association, the Tower Club, Virginia Economic Bridge, and the Women’s Forum of D.C.
Dr. Wheelan attributes her success to hard work, endurance, tenacity, and being in the right place at the right time. She recognizes that prayer, hard work, and support from family and friends make anything possible.
Dr. Wheelan is the mother of a twenty-one-year-old son named Reginald.
Keynote Speaker Sunday, March 19, 2006
Dr. Janet Zadina
Dr. Janet Zadina is an experienced high school and community college instructor and reading specialist now engaged in neuroscience research. She received her doctorate in the College of Education at the University of New Orleans, conducting her award-winning dissertation research on the neuroanatomy of dyslexia through collaboration with Tulane University School of Medicine.
She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane, where she is researching neuroanatomical risk factors for developmental language disorders through MRI brain scans. She is also working on research projects at VA Hospital on post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Zadina is co-author of Writing Now, a college developmental composition textbook. She has presented keynotes and workshops on brain research and instruction for numerous regional and national conferences, as well as for faculty development workshops.