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A Message to UMF Beneficiaries, Friends and Supporters

The Urquhart Memorial Foundation (UMF) was founded in 2002 marking the celebration of the marriage of the Founders. Ernest H. Urquhart and Michelle E. Taylor became one Ernie & Michelle Urquhart. They joined hearts, minds, assets, and talents to promote a vision of paying it forward to help those who might travel the path of higher education. What better wedding gift to give than to model givers and support of their giving to the future. They believed that they should model the vision of “give unto others as has been given to you”. Bless them just as He blessed you. They went a step further and invited family, friends, and all others to join in this giving vision. Twenty years later, eight hundred UMF Scholars have received over $1.6 m in scholarships from the Urquhart Memorial Foundation.  The world has more physicians, lawyers, clinicians, educators, business leaders, entertainers, social services specialists, finance specialists, and many other professions – proudly African – American from Philadelphia who matriculated and graduated from Pennsylvania colleges/universities.  

This is not a boast, rather it is a tribute and recognition of aligning vision, resources and commitment of dreamers and dreams.  

Join with us in this year of celebration of accomplishments, visions, and possibilities.  With your continued support there’s more to come! 

Thank You!

Ernie & Michelle Urquhart
Co – Founders, Urquhart Memorial Foundation

Board of Directors

Ernest H. Urquhart

Ernest H. Urquhart


“Ernie” co-founded the Urquhart Memorial Foundation with his wife Michelle in 2002 upon the occasion of their union as husband and wife. He is a native of Philadelphia and a successful product of the Philadelphia public school system before he went further in higher education and graduated from Penn State University (’71).

Ernie enjoyed a thirty-nine year professional career succeeding in roles of increased responsibilities up to and including Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at companies such as Dignity Health (San Francisco), Harcourt Inc. (Boston), Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick), and Exxon Corporation (Houston). He retired from his corporate career life in 2010, and founded Urquhart Consulting based in Scottsdale, AZ where he is President and Independent Consultant, serving clients nationwide.

In addition to his commitment to the Urquhart Memorial Foundation Ernie supports other organizations through his philanthropy and his service as Board member. These organizations include the Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco, CA the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre of San Francisco, CA, Garth Fagan Dance of Rochester, NY, Chair of Board of Trustee of Holy Temple Church of Philadelphia, PA, The Leverage Network , FIBCO Family Services, Inc. Phoenix, AZ. He also served on the Board of Decision Resources Group of Burlington, MA.

Ernie proudly shares his passion of helping others help themselves through his work via Urquhart Consulting and the Urquhart Memorial Foundation.

Michelle E. Urquhart

Michelle E. Urquhart


Michelle Urquhart had a successful twenty-five year career in corporate roles in the Production and Manufacturing area of book and magazine publishing. Her career positioned her at divisions of Macmillan, McGraw-Hill and Harcourt.

 A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Ernest H. Urquhart.  Michelle lends her talents and energy doing volunteer work in healthcare, the arts and education. She is co-founder of the Urquhart Memorial Foundation.

Carmen Allen

Carmen Allen

Vice President, Harris Corporation (ret.)

Carmen Allen served as  Vice President of Human Resources for the RF Communications Division of Harris Corporation.  The division employs approximately 3700 people.  Carmen previously served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources Officer at Vertis Communications and Vice President of Human Resources – Global Business Operations & Process Excellence at Bausch & Lomb, Inc. She managed and coordinated a global HR team of over 500 HR professionals supporting 15 countries.  Her professional career began with HR roles of increasing responsibilities at Eastman Kodak Company, Fison Pharmaceuticals and Levi Strauss.

Carmen earned a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester.  She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers, the National Black MBA’s, Board of Trustees for Garth Fagan Dance and founder of Rochester HR Diversity Network and Ebony Voices Book Club. She has served with distinction on the UMF board since 2002.

Alexandria J. Boone

Alexandria J. Boone

CEO, GAP Communications Group

Alexandria Johnson Boone (“Alex”) is President and CEO of GAP Communications Group a full service public relations, advertising, marketing, fundraising and special events firm based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ms. Boone is a native of Cleveland. She holds a Master’s degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is the founder of the Marcus Garvey Academy Middle School, an innovative community school with an African-centered curriculum based in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Ms. Boone is Founder of the Women of Color Foundation, dedicated to the education, training and leadership development of all women of color.

Tracy Church

Tracy Church

EVP, Chief Administrative Officer, Hartford HealthCare

Tracy Church is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Hartford HealthCare, a health care network employing more than 19,000 employees throughout Connecticut.  In her role she leads the division and teams that provide expertise and support services for employee relations, leadership and organizational development, compensation and benefits, recruitment, customer experience, project management, continuous improvement, and facilities, construction and real estate.Tracy is a native of Connecticut and began her career holding HR leadership roles at both for-profit and not-for-profit health care organizations.

In addition to her long-time support of UMF, Tracy is Chair of the Susan G. Komen New England Affiliate, Vice Chair of the Board for Hartford Youth Scholars, and a member of the Advisory Council at Sacred Heart Academy, an independent high school for girls.

Tracy holds a Masters of Arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and her undergraduate degree is from University of Maryland, College Park.  She and her husband, Ed, have four grown children and make their home in Hartford, Connecticut.

Karlynne L. Hathaway

Karlynne L. Hathaway

Human Resources Manager

Karlynne Hathaway, also known as Kar, was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She is a proud product of the Philadelphia School District and holds two post-secondary degrees:  Associates of Science in Business Administration from Manor College (2009) & Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management, graduating magna cum laude from Philadelphia University (2012).  A believer in the value of education, Kar remained on the Dean’s List and was invited to be a member of multiple Honors Societies. 

A seasoned professional with more than a decade of experience and expertise, Kar is the Human Resources Manager at iNRCORE, Bristol, Pennsylvania.

In 2019, Kar joined the Board of Directors for the Urquhart Memorial Foundation (UMF). She has led the training for new incoming and returning recipients of the scholarships provided by UMF. Kar is helpful and supportive as she provides feedback as well as guidance to the students.  

Kar is a wife of ten years to Vincent, and mother to Andrew and Aubrey, as well as an active member of Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church.

Edwin A. Hill

Edwin A. Hill

President,CCO Organization Innovations, LLC

“Ed” and his organization advises business leaders on leadership and growth. He is a native of Gary Indiana and a graduate of Indiana State University, with graduate-level study at Indiana Central University with degrees in Advertising Design and Art Education.  In his professional career Ed held management and executive leadership roles in premier organizations such as, Target, General Electric, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) where he worked from 1988 until his retirement in 2007. In 2004 while at J & J Ed became the first Vice President of Diversity for the Global Pharmaceuticals Group of J & J companies Ed retired early from J&J in 2007.

In addition to the UMF, Ed has been active in the various communities where he has lived. He currently serves on the Deacon Board for First Baptist Church of Langhorne, PA. He has also served on the Board of the BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of Trenton, New Jersey; the Indiana State University Foundation Board; the Executive Committee for the L.E.A.D. Program in Business (Leadership for Education And Development), which focused on developing diverse high school students in the Philadelphia area for college and professional life.

Ed continues to support youth from his hometown, Gary, Indiana through a Scholarship Fund collaboration with Indiana State University in the name of his mother “Frances”. Time with his eight grandchildren fills Ed’s life after retirement.

Maurice D. Hinson, MD

Maurice D. Hinson, MD

Attending Physician New York Presbyterian Queens

Maurice D. Hinson, MD is currently an Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Queens in the Department of Hospital Medicine and Clinical Instructor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Hinson received his BA in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. He serves as the Founding Chairman of Youth Empowerment Services in Medicine, a non-profit organization created to provide an educational and networking platform for underrepresented students who wish to pursue careers in medicine. Hinson is also Founder and Advisor of the Black and Latino Men in Medicine, a network of students, trainees, faculty, and hospital administrators created to combat the precipitous decline of Black and Hispanic male physicians. He also serves as a Board member of Healthmetryx, where he advises the clinical applications of their proprietary respiratory device. Dr. Hinson is the recipient of numerous basic science research awards, the 2015 Excellence in Public award by the U.S. Public Health Task Force and was recently inducted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as the 2020 Drexel University 40 under 40. Dr. Hinson actively works to increase the number of underrepresented physicians by engaging with and empowering aspiring students in their journey into medicine. He believes that health equity will be best achieved once the face of healthcare’s physician workforce reflects the diversity of the patients it serves.

Dr. Brenda P. Alston-Mills, PhD

Dr. Brenda P. Alston-Mills, PhD

Associate Dean & Professor Michigan State University

Brenda Alston-Mills was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. She graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls and then earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry at Lycoming College. She continued her education at Michigan State University receiving both her Master of Science degree, and her doctorate in Zoology with a major emphasis in Physiology. Dr. Alston-Mills has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland, North Carolina State and currently is the Associate Dean & Professor of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.
Her strong interest in culture led her to also attain a minor in French language and she studied in Pau, France. She traveled to the Caribbean, Ghana, Brazil, Venezuela, Norway, England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain. Her travels and
understanding of other cultures has allowed her to be a strong mentor for studies from all countries and backgrounds. She has been invited nationally and internationally to share her philosophy of teaching as well as to present her work in research.
Her academic training has allowed her to pursue studies in the biology of mammary glands as it relates to breast cancer research.