Patterson to serve as 2013 Courier Fab 40 master of ceremonies




The New Pittsburgh Courier is proud to welcome back K. Chase Patterson as the master of ceremonies for this year’s Fab 40 awards reception. After serving the same position at the 2012 awards reception, Patterson has become a Courier favorite.

The Awards Reception will be held on Friday, March 22, in the Main Ballroom of the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.

The annual honors a select group of young men and women recognized by the readers of the New Pittsburgh Courier for their outstanding accomplishments. This group represents an era where more doors are opening to African-Americans than ever before. Our Fab 40 are not only taking advantage of these opportunities, but are already reaching back to make sure others don’t fall behind.

Patterson, a former recipient of the Fab 40 award, is the president and CEO of Corporate Diversity Associates LLC, a consulting firm aimed at assisting corporations and institutions in reaching their diversity and inclusion goals. He also runs a public relations firm, The Hawthorne Perkins Group, which includes many notable clients. Prior to launching CDA in 2011, Patterson served as the field representative to Congressman Mike Doyle, in which he served as a liaison to the federal departments of Homeland Security, Immigration, State and Education, providing legislative and policy consultation the Doyle and the constituents of Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District. He also managed Education and Youth Development for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and established the organization’s Black Male Leadership Summit, now known as the Black Male Leadership Development Institute.

While Patterson is driven professionally, he is just as dedicated to serving his community. He is an active member of the Pittsburgh Unit of the NAACP, where he served as as a member of the board of directors and youth director, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the Urban League Charter School, The MGR Foundation and the immediate past chairman of the Adonai Center for Black Males. He has also served as a member of the board of directors and assistant regional vice president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and a founding member of the Renaissance Group, which mentors and provides scholarships for youths seeking higher education.

Along with being a recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 award in 2003 and 2009, Patterson has received many accolades for his service, which include being one of Ebony magazine’s 30 talented young leaders under 30, and most recently in 2012, being selected as one of Whirl magazine’s Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest and Pittsburgh magazine’s Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, just to name a few. In 2013 Patterson was named an Unsung Hereo in Business by the Ivy Charitable Endowments.

As a past recipient, Patterson says the only advice he has for the honorees is, “To continue to work hard and spend time really focusing on giving back to those who come after us.”

Corporate Sponsors for the Fab 40 Event are UPMC, Propel Schools, United States Steel Corporation, the University of Pittsburgh and Real Times Media.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Reservations are $60 and may be made by contacting Save The Date Creative Services at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 412-781-3486.




PAUL T. ABERNATHY – Executive Director – Focus Pittsburgh

KAHMEELA ADAMS – Pittsburgh Producer – 48 Hour Film Project

OLIVIA BENSON – Youth Policy Manager – City of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

LaRAE DANIELLE CULLENS – Program Coordinator – PLEA

AUSTIN A. DAVIS – Exec. Asst. to the County Executive – Office of the Allegheny County Executive

L. DENISE EDWARDS – Founder, Chief Marketing Officer – SitaraSocial Marketing 

DAREN ANDERSON ELLERBEE – Outreach Coordinator – CASA of Allegheny County

AMBER M. EPPS – Co-Owner – Proud to be Local

 JAMES T. FREEMAN, LCSW, PhD Candidate – Associate Director – The NorthShore Community Alliance

REGINALD GOOD – Community Program Supervisor – The NorthShore Community Alliance

DONTA A. GREEN – Community Monitor – Allegheny County Juvenile Probation and Personal Trainer & Healthy Living Coach – Thelma Lovette YMCA

KRISTEN GUY – Human Resources Consultant – UPMC Physician Services

DEAVON HAMMONDS – Marketing Director/Partner/Owner – Promotional Push/UAN

YONA HARVEY – Director of Creative Writing Program and Assistant Professor  – CMU

DERRIC I. HECK – Director of Strategic Initiatives – Propel Schools Foundation

MERECEDES J. HOWZE – Activities Coordinator, Project Assistant, and Certified Tutor – Pittsburgh Public Schools’ – Summer Dreamers Academy


PRINCESS ROSE HUGHES – Parent Organizer – Hill District Education Council

RUFUS O. IDRIS – Executive Director – Christian Evangelistic Economic Development (CEED)

LLOYDINE J. JACOBS, MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon – UPMC

CHEREE’ HASWELL JOHNSON – Chief Innovation Counsel – H. J. Heinz Co.

MICHAEL A. JOHNSON – Founder, President & CEO – Opening Doors for Kids, Inc.

TRACI JOHNSON  – Co-Director, Storymobile – Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh

MICHAEL A. KNIGHT – Accountant – Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

LaTRENDA S. LEONARD, MBA – Supervisor – Youth Support Partner Unit; Allegheny County Department of Human Services

CURTIS E. LEWIS, JR. – Music Ministry Director – Central Baptist Church

GABRIEL McKNIGHT – President – Property Source, LLC

JESSICA MITCHELL – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – PNC Investments

JUSTIN R. NWOKEJI – Events Director- The American Liver Foundation/ Founder –  SAVVY LLC 

TYRA OLIVER, ESQ. – Assistant District Attorney – Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office

MARNA J. OWENS – Radio Host – Hip-Hop on LOCK and a Student at CAPA

KEIHA R. PECK – Internship Manager – City Charter High School

TAMAIRA E. RIDGELY – ERP Procurement Consultant – U. S. Steel Corporation

RYAN S. SCOTT – Program Manager, Black Male Leadership Development Initiative – Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

DEVYN D. SWAIN – Project and Activities Coordinator – Propel Schools

LAUREN O. WALLACE – Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor – University of Pittsburgh

AARON M. WHIGHAM – Asst. Financial Officer/Bursar – Penn State University  Greater Allegheny



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