State Officers Bios


rcooper_headshotBro. Ramsey J. Chandler Cooper, Texas State Director, became a brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity through historic Beta Chapter at midnight on November 1, 1987. He is a member of the Eta Rho Sigma Chapter based in Huntsville and was Chairman of the highly acclaimed Beta Chapter Centennial in 2015. He is married to his college sweetheart Shaunte, both graduates of Wiley College in Marshall, TX and together they have one teenage daughter. They are members of New Vision Church where Ramsey serves in several leadership capacities, including Men’s Ministry Leader and New Member Orientation Director. He works closely with Civil Rights Movement trailblazer and fellow Sigma Bro. Dr. Virgil A. Wood as a member of his team dedicated to preserving our history and protecting the future for all youth. Ramsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Admin and is working towards a Masters in Strategic Leadership while spending most of his career in Business Banking. He has a strong work ethic and, as a leader, uses a synergistic approach with the drive to “make things happen”. He is very passionate about Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and is the legacy of fellow Beta Chapter and Wiley alumnus from the Class of 1937, legendary Wiley College Professor Bro. Dr. George H. Chandler.

jfarmer_headshotBro. Jerry Farmer, Associate Texas State Director, works directly with the State Director and Chapter Presidents to support the annual goals of membership across the state. In addition, Bro. Farmer works closely with the Program Directors to ensure they have the resources needed to implement their strategies. Prior to this role, he served as the State Director of Bigger Better Business from 2014-2015 and is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of Iota Mu Sigma Chapter in Arlington, TX. Previously he has held roles as chapter Dir. of Social Action and Committee Chair for the DFW Founders Day Luncheon 2014. Bro. Farmer is actively involved with his community and commits his time to various outside organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, North Texas; Board of Directors for the Winfree Academy Charter School; and Board of Directors for Youth Village – Dallas County Juvenile Department. He has also served as a National Delegate for Senate District 23. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Dual Masters in Public Administration and Human Resources Management from Grambling State University. Bro. Farmer has extensive experience in I/O Psychology, change management methodology, talent management, and cognitive assessments. He currently works for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as a Global Talent Enablement Leader.

ccolbert_headshotBro. Curtis J. Colbert Sr., State Secretary of Texas, became a member of Phi Beta Sigma through Zeta Pi Sigma Chapter, Honolulu, Hawaii in Fall ‘13. He is a charter member of Gamma Epsilon Gamma Chapter, April ‘14, Honolulu, Hawaii. Bro. Colbert has served over 18 years of Active Duty Army where he is a Sergeant First Class. He has served at many duty locations over his career to include: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Camp Zama, Japan; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and currently Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He has deployed twice to Iraq in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He is a graduate of American Military University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership. He is a member of the Beta Beta Sigma Chapter in San Antonio, Texas where he is serving as the Chapter Secretary and Director of Social Actions. Bro. Colbert has devoted countless hours of community service and volunteers as a youth basketball coach with National Youth Sports. He is married to his beautiful wife Euphemia and together they have 2 boys.

bcockrell_headshotBro. Bresean Cockrell, Texas State Director of Education, was elected for a second term in 2016. He was born and raised in the Houston area and is a proud graduate of Texas Southern University. He was initiated into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in the Fall of 2012 through the Eta Rho Sigma Alumni Chapter where He also serves as the chapter’s Director of Education. In his professional career, he is a secondary math educator at Elsik High School in Alief ISD. Also, he is currently in his final semester of graduate school working on a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. As proud member of this great fraternity, he is very excited to be a part of the great things happening and having the opportunity to serve on the Texas State Executive Board. His goals for this administration are; increased involvement, interaction and engagement with collegiate chapters, a push for statewide compliance with international, regional and state education initiatives and the creation of a quarterly education newsletter called The Sigma Lighthouse. He is looking forward to serving and working with all the chapters in this great state to elevate the name of Phi Beta Sigma.

Bro. Taiwan Johnson Sr., Texas State Director of Social Action, has served in this capacity from 2009-2010 and from 2014 to 2018. He is an International Gold Life member #2192, Gulf Coast Region Platinum Life Member #4 and a member of the Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter in Prairie View, Texas. He has contributed greatly to Phi Beta Sigma in his short 10 years having proposed the 2009 Conclave Theme (Celebrating the Dream), receiving the International Alumni Education Scholarship in 2008, 2010 Gulf Coast Region Alumni of the Year, 2010 Texas State Collegiate Advisor of the Year and serving on the International Resolution Committee since 2013. Bro Johnson is a member of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, 33o member St. James Lodge #429 of the United Most Worshipful Scottish Rite AF&AM Grand Lodge of Texas, Inc. He is a retired (Sgt) US Marine Corps and serves as the Texas Southern University Veterans Program Coordinator. He serves on various veterans’ boards and committees such as the Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee 18th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Board and the Texas Hazlewood Act Rulemaking Committee and is also the President of Texas Veterans Civic Council.

iricard_headshotBro. Isaac Ricard, Texas State Director of Bigger Better Business, joined the brotherhood of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in the Fall of 2006 at Morehouse College as a member Chi Chapter. Since then, he has served the fraternity on the Collegiate Level as the Education Chair, Chi Chapter Sigma Ball Chair, and Social Action Chair. After graduating in 2008, Bro. Ricard moved to the state of Minnesota where he was immediately got to work as the Zeta Nu Sigma (Twin Cities Alumni Chair) Vice President and Membership Intake Chair. Overall, while in Minnesota, Bro. Ricard served 1 term as the Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter Vice President and two terms as the Minnesota State Director overseeing the 280% growth of Minnesota (1 Chapter Reactivation, 1 Chapter Chartering, and exponential membership growth and reactivation) and branding it as an up and coming border state to watch out for. Bro. Ricard is a dynamic project, communications, and marketing manager with a passion for leading teams and contributing to strategic initiatives through thought leadership, planning and collaborative execution. Continuing to seek opportunities where he can showcase his leadership and collaborate effectively towards a common strategic vision, Bro. Ricard enjoys donating his time and talents towards helping others realize the greatness that is in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

khearne_headshotBro. Karl A. Hearne, Texas State Director of Collegiate Affairs, is a servant leader, licensed minister, proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (Eta Rho Sigma Chapter), champion for the disabled community and die-hard Houston Cougar who has worked for the University of Houston for over a decade. Since joining the fraternity in 2008 Hearne has maintained a personal commitment to serving in excellence through his role as the former Graduate Advisor and current on campus Advisor to the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Houston. Professionally Hearne currently serves as the assistant to the Vice President for Community Relations and Institutional Access. Prior to that he was the coordinator of special projects and assistant to the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Student Affairs. At the university, Hearne serves on numerous committees and spearheads countless community events. Most notably, he is a member of the Center for Students with DisABILITIES Advisory Board and serves as the co-coordinator for the State Employee Charitable Campaign, which raised nearly $81,000 for charities in 2014. He received the Houston Mayor’s Office with Disabilities CARE Award for not letting the challenge of cerebral palsy stop him from reaching his goals and motivating others to strive for excellence. Hearne, a two-time University of Houston graduate, has a Master of Science in human resource development and a Bachelor of Science in consumer science and merchandising.

fberry_headshotBro. Frederic A. Berry, Texas State Director of Sigma Beta Clubs, pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Spring 1980, Kappa Kappa Chapter at Northeast Louisiana University. He served as Vice-President and Dean of Pledges. A proud member of the fraternity for 36 years now serves at Iota Mu Sigma Chapter as the Sigma Beta Club Director. He loves listening to music and watching football, yet he falls asleep unless the Saints are playing. He is a native of Alexandria Louisiana. Frederic married his high school sweetheart Brenda Roberson Berry in which they been married for 30 years. They have two affluent Phi Beta Sigma men, Bredric and Kiedric Berry. Frederic is employed with the Dallas Independent School District, as a Programmer Analyst. He is also an active member of the Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Dallas Texas where he sings in the Male Chorus and serves as Deacon.

dfuller_headshotBro. Doralo Fuller, Texas State Parliamentarian, joined Phi Beta Sigma through Alpha Omega Sigma, Seoul, Korea 27 November 2008. Currently he is on his second term a Chapter President for Beta Beta Sigma (BBS), San Antonio, Texas. Bro Fuller is also serving a second term as the Texas State Parliamentarian.  Previously, he has served as 1st Vice President –Theta Delta Sigma; Chapter Treasure-Beta Beta Sigma; Chapter Secretary-Alpha Omega Sigma; and Director of Bigger and Better Business-Beta Beta Sigma.  Some of his Sigma accomplishment includes: under his leadership as President, BBS became a Founders Level Chapter in 2015, he was selected as chairmen for South Central Texas Centennial Celebration Committee, which he coordinated joint centennial celebration for Austin, Killeen, & San Antonio Alumni Chapters; and as Dir. of Bigger and Better Business Bro Fuller initiated Blue Tuesday, a Networking Mixing for the San Antonio Community.  Bro Fuller holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Columbia College of Missouri. He is a Master Sergeant with 21 years active federal service in the U.S. Army where he currently serve as a Chief Paralegal for U.S. Army Medical Command.  He has deployed to Kosovo (1999) and Iraqi (2011).

Bro. Jerry M. Brockington, Texas State Treasurer (since 1992), initiated into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity  through Theta Chapter at Huston-Tillotson College(University) Spring of 1964.  Currently a  member of Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter in Waco, Texas where he is treasurer and has served as president, V-P and secretary. He is father of two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He is a member of Pleasant Olive Baptist Church in Waco, Texas where he is chairman of Deacons, member of male chorus, brotherhood and participates in Sunday School.  He is a past member of City of Bellmead city council, mayor pro-tem and mayor.  He received a BA in Business Administration from Huston-Tillotson College; MA in Public Administration from Tarleton State University.  He is retired from Texas Workforce (Employment) Commission

bgambrell_headshotBro. Donald Bernard Gambrell, Texas State Director of Publicity, is a dedicated and highly energetic person who thrives well in all situations and can be counted on when the going gets tough. An instrumental member with diverse leadership abilities and experience in both the undergraduate and graduate arena. Reliable, hardworking, extremely organized, detailed orientated, and known to not only meet expectations, but exceed them. Takes pride in providing creative direction and out of the box thinking. Enjoys complex, multi-faceted projects where pulling together a collaborative pool of resources is essential. Fosters a lively and healthy fraternity environment and values commitment to excellence, innovation, and community service.

jbarnett_headshotBro. Juston Barnett, Texas State Historian, is an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries of Houston and assists former military veterans with barriers who have recently been released from incarceration, and provides those veterans with job-readiness training, life skills training, and employment assistance. Juston is a native Houstonian, and has a culture for serving humanity through community involvement and mentorship. Juston is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and serves as the first Texas state historian and first chapter historian for the Eta Rho Sigma alumni chapter. In addition, Juston is also a Prince Hall and serves as the Senior Warden of Highland Heights Lodge #200 in Houston, TX. Juston obtained an A.A. in Criminal Justice from San Jacinto College in 2006, and transferred to Sam Houston State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2009. Moving forward, Juston plans obtain a Masters degree in Social Work and also plans to be a social worker, educator, author, and a public speaker.