Rosenwald Project

African-Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy

2013 Conference Speakers

Robert Taylor Dr. Robert P. Taylor

Native of Laurel Mississippi
Resided in North Carolina since 1992
Graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (BS in History and Political Science)
Graduate of Fayetteville State University (Masters of School Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership)
Taught in Cumberland County Schools as Social Studies Teacher
Served as a school administrator in Cumberland County as a principal and assistant principal
Prior to coming to Bladen County Dr. Taylor served as the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services in Clinton City Schools
Has been appointed as the Superintendent of Bladen County Schools effective July 1, 2011
Has twenty years of experience working in public schools in Mississippi and North Carolina.

Married to Lt. Col. Vivian L. Taylor (Head nurse Womack Army Medical Center Pediatric Clinic)
Three children:

  • Jalyn age 17
  • Mia age 12
  • Miles age 10

His experience working with youth ranges from the following: 

  • serving as a classroom teacher
  •  serving as a mentor with numerous organizations
  • working in summer camps for males
  • serving as a guest speaker focusing on positive attributes for youth, with a specific focus on black males. 
  • He has also worked as a track coach and volunteer coach with numerous youth sports. 
  • He will begin a research project in the fall of 2011 to examine the availability of literature that interests black youth, with a goal of writing books that interest black males.


Alfredia Sowers Moore Alfredia Sowers Moore

Mrs. Alfredia Sowers Moore grew up in rural Bladen County in the Kelly Community. She attended East Arcadia Elementary/Middle School and graduated from East Bladen High School in 1988. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Johnson C. Smith University in 1993. Alfredia was fortunate enough to become a teacher at the same elementary school that she attended as a student.  While there, she became certified as an Academically Gifted Teacher and she obtained National Board Teaching Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.  After teaching for 12 twelve years, Alfredia pursued a Master Degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Upon leaving the classroom as a teacher, Alfredia became an assistant principal in both Bladen and Pender County. In 2007, she was hired as the Retention and Recruitment Coordinator for Pender County Schools. She has been the Director of Human Resources for Pender County Schools since December, 2007.   

Alfredia is married to Mr. Anthony Moore and they reside in Burgaw, NC. She is a member of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Burgaw, NC. She enjoys singing gospel music, spending time with family, reading, shopping and traveling.


Catrecia McCoy Bowman Catrecia McCoy Bowman

Catrecia McCoy Bowman has worked as a quasi-government employee for 17 years Wilmington Housing Authority and Southeastern Mental Health Area Authority). Mrs. Bowman currently manages a staff of seven employees and oversee the implementation and monitoring of the YouthBuild Wilmington budget and compliance with 20 leverage and match partners. The YouthBuild program provides low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 9 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities.

Her education includes but not limited to a Bachelor’s Degree received in 1991 and Master’s Degree obtained in 1998, and Public Housing Manager and Tax Credit Certificates and Family Self-Sufficiency Graduated from the Willow Pond Tax Credit Program. She has maintained exemplary performance standards with a diverse range of functions. Also, strategically developing strong working relationship with the political organizations not limited to grassroots organizations, ministerial alliances, city council members, county commissioners, various service agencies and the department of juvenile justice etc. She has dedication her life to working with the homeless population, Parents for Education NC and at-risk youth towards self-sufficiency and becoming economic independence endeavors.


Jonathan Barfield Jonathan Barfield

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. has been a resident of the New Hanover County since age one and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1984.  He is the owner of Barfield & Associates Realty, LLC and has been a licensed Realtor since 1997.   He served as president of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors in 2007.  Commissioner Barfield is married to Laura Renita Barfield and they have four daughters.  His favorite pastimes are reading and golf.

Term of Office
  • Elected to serve a four-year term from 12/1/08 to 12/1/12
  • Served as Chairman of the Board from 12/6/10 to 12/5/11 and from 10/1/12 to 12/3/12
  • Served as Vice-Chairman from 12/7/09 to 12/6/10 and from 12/5/11 to 10/1/12  
New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Representative
  • Cape Fear Council of Governments Executive Committee Chairman
  • Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority/Wave Transit
    • Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Transportation Advisory Council) Representative
  • Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Legion Sports Complex Commission
  • New Hanover County Board of Social Services
  • New Hanover County DSS Methamphetamine Task Force 
  • New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority 
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees 
  • Southeastern Economic Development Commission 
Professional Organizations
  • NACo Transportation Steering Committee
  • NCACC Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee
  • NCACC Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee
  • NCACC Mentoring Task Force Chairman
  • NCACC Tax and Finance Steering Committee
  • NC Sheriffs Education and Training Standards Commission (Governor's appointee)

Community Involvement

  • Assistant Pastor of New Beginning Christian Church
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence 
  • Children's Museum Board of Directors
  • Former member of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors
  • Former Chairman of Affordable Housing Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina