Board of Directors

Darren Wethers, MD, CPE - Chairman

Darren Wethers

Darren Wethers, MD, CPE, is Vice President, Clinical Operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, where he oversees the full time and contract physicians, leads the Medical Management Committee, serves as the senior clinical officer for URAC and is the physician representative on the Crisis Management Team. Prior to entering this role in 2019, Dr. Wethers spent four years as the chief medical officer for BCBS Arizona Advantage, and four years as a Medical Director at Coventry Health Care and Aetna.

Dr. Wethers practiced internal medicine in the Midwest for more than 20 years, focused on HIV/AIDS and chemical dependency care; it was during this time that he became interested in administrative medicine as a career path. He earned his B.S in Biology at Morehouse College, Doctor of Medicine degree at Northwestern University in 1988, and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University. He is board certified in internal medicine. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Anthem, Az., where they enjoy hiking, biking and visiting historic native communities.

James Lipscomb - Secretary

James LipscombArchon James L. Lipscomb is a former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MetLife, Inc., a Fortune 50 company. Lipscomb served in various capacities at MetLife including as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Conning Corporation, Senior Vice President in charge of Corporate Planning and Srategy and as a Senior Vice President in the Real Estate Investments department. His civic affiliations include serving as Chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, Chairman of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council of New York, director of the Life Insurance Council of New York, director of the MetLife Foundation, trustee of the Practising Law Institute, director of Graffiti Community Ministries, Inc., chairman of the Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc.  Advisory Board and a member of the Economic Club of New York. Lipscomb received a B.A. from Howard University, a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and a L.L.M. (Corporations) from New York University School of Law.  He is a member of the state bar in New York and California and the federal bar in the Northern District of California, the Southern District of New York, the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout his career, Lipscomb has been a member of and held leadership positions in various local, state and national legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the State Bar of California and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served as Treasurer, chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.  Lipscomb was named to Inside Counsel Magazine’s 2006 list of the top 50 most influential in-house counsel in North America and was recognized especially for diversity initiatives. In 2009, he received the National Bar Association’s Heman Marion Sweatt Award for outstanding achievement.

Tyrone Benson - Treasurer

Tyrone BensonOver the past 18 years, I have helped Intel Corporation maintain a competitive advantage.
- Sr. Reliability Engineer for IP being integrated into products on our most advanced silicon technologies.
- Engineering Manager for a small team of quality and reliability engineers delivering media processors for consumer electronics devices.
- Product Reliability Engineer for our first IA System on Chip for Consumer Electronics.
- Analog and Digital Designer of low power circuits for our first cell phone microprocessor chip.
- Integration Engineer on a record-breaking team that developed C4 (flip chip) packaging technology.
- Vice President (2 terms) of the Arizona Chapter of the Network of Intel African Americans (NIA) with a focus on career development.
- Volunteered with Intel Foundation to solicit, review, and grant awards totaling $200,000 to three university organizations focused on improving retention of underrepresented minorities and / or women in Engineering and Computer Science.

Over the past few years, I have introduced thousands of students at several local high schools and community colleges to the many STEM career options, sharing with them how STEM careers can help them change the world!

I believe STEM provides students with a solid foundation from which to build careers. Before Intel, I fell in love with pre-college and undergraduate STEM education. Throughout my career, I participated in successful programs ranging from undergraduate learning centers at Georgia Tech & the University of Michigan to multi-session workshops for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) & Michigan’s Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering.

After joining Intel, I added to my experience in this area by designing and instructing science and technology workshops for K-8 students at a charter school for kids from dysfunctional homes. In the past couple of years, I have worked with Valley Teen Leadership and students from the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (a STEM high school sharing a campus with Paradise Valley High School). I have facilitated site visits where the students meet Intel engineers and tour labs to understand what we do. I also work with the CREST Advisory Council to offer my experience in areas related to curriculum, recruitment, and retention.

Roderick L. Wilson

Roderick L. WilsonRoderick L. Wilson is a proven leader in Business Transformation, Lean, Process Improvement and Design. He has a passion for identifying the obstacles that prevent organizations from meeting their goals and developing solutions that drive quantifiable results. Rod has over 20 years of business experience in the manufacturing, service and financial industries. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Rod is currently the Consulting Services Director at NTT Data Services leading consulting services activity for a Top 4 U.S. Bank focused on developing optimized future state processes and building value added business solutions that drive tangible business benefit. He earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from NC A&T State University and resides in the Phoenix area with his wife, Dr. Stacia Kyle Wilson.

Since moving to the Phoenix area in 2001, Rod has been very active in the community and lent his support to many organizations. He is currently on the board of directors for the Aggie Gentz Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide tuition and financial support to current students at North Carolina A&T State University. Rod has also served on the board of directors for the Goodwill of Central Arizona. He provides philanthropic support to United Way, Black Family Child Services and Tempe Union High School District.

Donald 'Tony' Franklin II

TDonald 'Tony' Franklinony is a General is a General Manager at the Intel Corporation within the Internet of Things Group.  He is responsible for the profitability and growth of the Embedded Segments group that spans multiple vertical technology markets.  He has more than 20 years of corporate entrepreneurial, business development and product management experience.  He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and MBA from the University of South Carolina.  Tony and his wife Florence have one son, Donald III.

Ronald K. Thompson

Ronald ThompsonRon is a practicing Dentist and owner of East Valley Dental Care.  In addition to his professional career, he also serves as coordinator of the GMES partner program, African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU) and is active in several dental organizations.  A veteran of the US Army, Ron resides in the Phoenix area with his wife Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson.  

Don T. Godbold

Don GodboldI have been a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician for the past 30 years. I have practiced clinical Emergency Medicine in a variety of settings during this time period, including academic and community hospitals, urban and rural settings. I also have held various healthcare administrative leadership positions over the past 15 years.

Kelvin Kinsey

Kelvin Kinsey

Kelvin Kinsey was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Alabama at age 10. He attended public elementary and high schools where he participated in sports and music activities. As a senior in high school, he won a regional oratorical contest which paid the costs of his books at Tuskegee University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Kelvin subsequently received a Master of Computer Science from Howard University in 1988, after joining AT&T Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois.

Currently, Kelvin works for General Dynamics Mission Systems as a Systems Engineer and Deputy Program Manager for Engineering. He enjoys team building and mentoring, strategy and leadership, and delivering results under challenging conditions.

Kelvin has been married to Yvette B. Kinsey for 31 years and they have two children – Brianna and Brian. Kelvin volunteers to learn and to teach what he has learned to the next generation of Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, and Entrepreneurs.

Milton A. Coleman

Milton Coleman

Milton Coleman is a retired executive with 35 years’ experience in Engineering Mgmt. and Process Risk Mgmt. Milt holds a M.S. from Univ. of Southern California. He is a published author in the Intel Technology Journal. Post retirement he earned a Certificate in Financial Planning from UCLA. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Milt resides in Chandler, AZ with his wife Adrienne. They are the proud parents of two adult sons; Jordan (Chicago., IL) and Andrew (Gilbert, AZ).