We are truly grateful for your support!

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the 26th Chapter Charter Anniversary Committee, and the many youth and families throughout the community we serve, we want to thank you for your commitment to the development responsible and well educated young men today who will effectively and responsibly serve our community tomorrow.

We are committed to doing the work within the communities in which we each live and thrive.  As such, we are exponentially more successful with the support of those who share our common goal to better the lives of our young people through education and training. We are consistently building alliances with organizations in all sectors who share the vision and desire to make our communities a greater place for all—Collective impact.

Your contributions help us to amplify success– The programs, initiatives and organizations that are dedicated to the empowerment of our community’s untapped potential. Your investment supports more young people in becoming the next generation of leaders and achievers. Your contribution is more than just a donation, it’s an investment in achievement.

We are thankful for your participation in providing support in the recognition of the pioneering spirit of those who began this journey 26 years ago and supporting those who will continue the journey long into the future. Moreover, we are so very grateful for your support of our mission and direction and are overjoyed to have you as a committed partner with us.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

With sincere appreciation,


Anthony G. Stepney, PGA | 26th Anniversary Chair | Winter Park Alumni Chapter | Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. | 

Winter Park Kappa Foundation | Board Member

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus of Indiana University by ten college men and incorporated in Bloomington, Indiana on January 5, 1911. The ten founders, led primarily by Elder Watson Diggs, wanted to foster a fraternal environment based on the pursuit of excellence.

They established that the fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and its members was the pursuit of “Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor.” Since its inception over 100 years ago Kappa Alpha Psi has initiated over 250,000 members and grown exponentially into over 750 chapters, alumni and undergraduate; with alumni chapters located within every major metropolitan city and town across the U.S.A. and internationally in Germany, Afghanistan, Korea, and South Africa.

The Jubilee – specifically recognizes the 15 visionary leaders who chartered the Winter Park Alumni Chapter (FL) on March 14th, 1996 and celebrates our 26th Chapter Charter Anniversary.  Recognizing the past and supporting the future of the Winter Park Alumni Chapter, Inc. and its upcoming community engagement which include college scholarships for achieving students, as well as at-risk youth, disadvantaged families in Central Florida and the Winter Park’s Hannibal Square Community.

The chapter’s target area for community service is the northeastern corner of Central Florida, from Winter Park to Deland. In terms of professional fields represented by its membership, the chapter is widely diverse, practically covering “every field of human endeavor.” The brotherhood includes highly respected practitioners in professions such as law, finance, medicine, architecture, public relations, sales, education and engineering. Additionally, the chapter has its share of entrepreneurs. Through our Guide Right program; including “Kappa League” “Kappa Achievers,” and “Diamonds in the Rough,” the chapter also continues our fraternities commitment to influence the paths of young boys and men in making positive life choices.

Although we have much to celebrate we also realize there is still much work to be done and this events purpose is twofold:  to generate funds to benefit at-risk youth and disadvantaged families in Central Florida; and, to support the foundation’s campaign to provide at least $10,000 in scholarships for high school seniors planning to start college this fall.

Thank You For Your Support

Dr. Julian Manly Earls

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,Inc. – 2017 Laurel Wreath Laureate Designee
& Keynote Speaker

During the 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s in Orlando, the fraternity awarded NASA’s Dr. Julian Manly Earls the highest award in the fraternity, the Laurel Wreath. Dr. Earls is a retired director of NASA’s John Glenn Research Center and is NASA’s first Black section head, first black office chief, first black division chief, and first black deputy director.

Dr. Earls began his work with NASA in 1965 at the Lewis Research Center, later named renamed to the Glenn Research Center in 1999. There he wrote over 28 publications for technical and educational journals and wrote the first health physics guides used at NASA. He has been awarded multiple NASA medals for exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership and has received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. In 1963, Dr. Earls was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi at Norfolk State University.

According to NASA’s website:

“Dr. Earls earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Norfolk State University, his master’s degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and his doctorate degree in radiation physics from the University of Michigan. In addition, he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the College of Aeronautics in New York, the Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from North Carolina A&T State University. Also, Dr. Earls is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.”

Outside of science, Dr. Earls has kept up his fraternity’s motto of “achievement in every field of human endeavor” by excelling in the field of running. According to NASA, he has completed over 25 marathons, including the Boston Marathon and he was honored to be Torchbearer for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games where he carried the Olympic Flame for a segment of the Olympic Torch Run through Cleveland, Ohio, in 2002.

The Laurel Wreath Award is the highest award presented to a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The Laurel Wreath is  award was established in 1924 to honor members of the fraternity who lived up to, above, and beyond the motto of achievement in every field of human endeavor. The first two recipients were founder Elder Watson Diggs, who served as Grand Polemarch for the fraternity’s initial six years, and Robert S. Abbott, the publisher of the Chicago Defender, one of the most influential newspapers of its day.

A nod to the ancient Greeks, as laurel leaves were used by ancient Greeks to crown the victors of various contests, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity bestows the Laurel Wreath Award as its highest honor in recognition of a member’s achievements in service to the organization or in human endeavors, national or international in scope.

Dr. Xaivian L. Raymond 

Special Guest

Portrait of Xaivian Raymond on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Dr. Xaivian L. Raymond currently serves as the Executive Officer for the Office of the Chief Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Raymond is responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and direction for a broad spectrum of business management functions. This includes performing extensive research to advise the Agency’s Chief Scientist on various policies and strategies. In addition, Raymond performs collateral duties as NASA Headquarters’ Ombudsman, providing the workforce with a supplemental channel of communication to raise significant issues and concerns that they perceive could impact safety, organizational performance, and mission success.


In 2005, Raymond began his career at NASA Kennedy Space Center and has served in numerous positions within the Human Resources Office, including workforce planner, student programs manager, and recruitment manager. More recently, he served as a business manager and was responsible for administering and monitoring multiple contracts and services that were designed to enhance employee morale and welfare.


Raymond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Raymond completed his dissertation on the aerospace workforce transition as related to the Space Shuttle Program Retirement.


Raymond is also a graduate of NASA’s Foundation of Influence, Relationships, Success, and Teamwork (FIRST) leadership development program and the Kennedy Graduate Fellowship Program. He has received numerous awards from NASA and other community organizations. He was selected into the inaugural class of the Bethune-Cookman University’s 40 under 40 award in 2015.


Raymond’s passion is motivating individuals to see their potential and reaching their goals. With his spare time, Raymond participates in mentoring organizations and activities that supports “at-risk” male students in his community.