Ralph, a United States Marine Corps veteran, was an award-winning sports journalist for more than thirty years. He worked at newspapers in several cities – including Akron, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Va., and Fort Myers, Fla. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and National Association of Black Journalist. The author and Pulitzer Prize winner, who was first elected president in 2017, also served as a speech writer, newspaper guild officer, teacher and adjunct professor.
Michael currently resides on the Westside of Akron with his wife, Faye. He is employed by Cleveland Clinic Laboratories as Manager of Extended Care Sales and Product Development. He attends Arlington Church of God and serves on Church Council. Michael is also a member of Leadership Akron (Class 30) and serves on the Boards of South Akron Youth Mentorship and LOVE AKRON.
Les served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957 and won a silver medal at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics in the men’s 200M dash. He is a retired company executive who continues to give much of his time to his family and community. He and his wife, Mary, are blessed with six children, fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren – all of whom have watched the family patriarch carry on without missing a beat and without complaint. Les currently serves as chairman of the board for Towpath Credit Union. He is also a chairman of Summit Senior Golf of Akron.
Les graduated from Claymont High School in 1973 where he lettered in basketball and baseball. Les received his Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Akron. While attending the University of Akron he was on the Executive Board of Black United Students. He received his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University. A Certified Public Accountant, Les was employed at Kent State University in 1986. In 1988, he was named the Bursar for Kent State University. Les was also a graduate of Leadership Portage County class of 2007. Les and his wife, JoAnn, have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Bill spent 24 years working in the non-profit arena (Community Action/Head Start & Early Head Start). He also spent 19 years as a Head Start Director in a dedicated program. Bill successfully executed services and cultivated partnerships that benefited both children and their families. Tiretown Golf Club has benefited from Bill’s talents as an administrator and facilitator with groups of people. He is Tiretown Golf Club’s Director of Golf Activities and is also in his third year as Tournament Director for the Tiretown Scholarship Tournament.
Jonathan was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, and spent close to ten years living and working in Chicago. In 2016, he relocated back to Ohio to join the family business, ASW Global, a supply chain management company. Currently he is the director of business development for the company’s supply chain business unit. In the Akron area Jonathan has served as a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Akron chapter and is currently a member of Tiretown Golf Club. He has volunteered his time for charity golf outings, short term tornado disaster relief trips, and serving meals at homeless shelters.
Ted was born in Alabama, was married for twenty-five years, and has three very active grandchildren who currently live in Illinois. He is always inspired by his grandchildren and their activities, and education. Now retired, he worked for General Motors for thirty-five years. Ted has been a member of the Tiretown Golf Club of Akron for over twenty-five years. He is a volunteer of the clubs Social Committee serving in various capacities within the committee for the past ten years, currently serving as chairman.
Rosalyn is married to retired Akron Police Capt. James Harris. She has two children and two grandsons. Rosalyn enjoyed a storied career with the APD. She was the 1st African-American female sergeant and retired as the 1st African-American lieutenant and the 3-11 Shift Commander of the Detective Bureau. In 2001, she and her husband joined Tiretown Golf Club. She currently serves as the Financial Secretary. Her responsibilities include oversight of the membership roster and management of financial information for Tiretown Golf Charities. Rosalyn is a board member of Summit Senior Golf of Akron and tournament manager. She was also the first woman to join the 500-male membership.
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
The officers and committees serve specific functions of the organization. Here you will find the names of each officer and committee leader.
Ralph N. Paulk, President Michael W. Robinson, Vice President Lester Carney, Secretary Les Carter, Treasurer Rosalyn Harris, Financial Secretary Jonathan Thornton, Historian William Alford, Director of Golf Activities Ted DuBose, Social Committee Roland Pennington, Sargent-at-arms Arthur Green, Chaplain