Fort Worth Speakers and Representatives

Bob Ray Sanders, Journalist and Author

Vice president, associate editor and metro columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bob Ray Sanders has been a professional newspaper, television and radio journalist for 40 years. Sanders worked many years at the Dallas/Fort Worth PBS affiliate, where he served as reporter, producer, station manager and vice president. A 1969 graduate of North Texas State University, Sanders is past president of the Press Club of Fort Worth. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators. He currently serves on the board of the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County, the advisory board of the AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth and the advisory board of Goodwill Industries. He also is Professional in Residence in the Journalism Department of Texas Christian University, where he teaches the course, “Race, Gender and Mass Media."

Sanders has received some of journalism’s most prestigious awards, among them: five awards from the Houston, New York and Chicago film festivals; five Dallas Press Club KATIE Awards; three Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards; a regional Emmy; a National Association of Black Journalists award for Best TV Sports Feature; and a National Headliner Award for outstanding investigative reporting.

Ramona McAfee, Assistant Dean of Military and Federal Programs for Adult Higher Education

Ramona McAfee became the assistant dean, military & federal programs, at Columbia College in early October 2008. As assistant dean, she serves as the primary contact for Columbia College’s military off-duty voluntary education programs, managing the institution’s participation in all military partnerships.

From April 1987 through September 2008, McAfee worked for the University of Alaska providing educational services for military personnel and family members stationed in Alaska, including veterans. In 2001, she became the statewide director for the office of education services for the military. McAfee served as the statewide director for distance education and military services for the University of Alaska System prior to accepting her current position.

McAfee is on the executive committee for the National Association of Institutions for Military Education, serving as president. She is highly involved in the Council of College and Military Educators. Additionally, she has served on several projects designed to develop and enhance institutional relationships with the military community and the military student. She served on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves committee of Alaska and, was a co-vice chair and Audit Committee chair of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Alaska.

McAfee received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.