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Meet the Staff

Director, Marcelius Braxton, J.D.

Mr. Braxton is ecstatic to be joining Austin Peay State University as the new Director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.  He is joining us from Missouri S&T, where he served as a Student Service Coordinator for the Student Diversity, Outreach, and Women’s (SDOWP) Programs.  In his capacity as Student Service Coordinator, he was the Director of the SDOWP Mentoring Program, Diversity Leadership Council, Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering Summer Camp, and the Missouri S&T HBCU Partnership Program.  He was also the advisor for the Missouri S&T chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Black Man’s Think Tank (BMTT).  Marcelius’s educational background includes a B.S. in Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science with a certificate in African Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri.  Marcelius is excited to build on the already great work of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, and he is committed to working with members of the Austin Peay academic community as well as the community at large to contribute to a thriving, inclusive, and innovative cultural center.

Administrative Assistant, Angie Leonard

Friendly, thoughtful, passionate…these are just some of the words that describe Angie. Maybe it’s her small town Indiana roots shining through or possibly just her desire to enjoy life and change the world, one smile at a time. When she isn’t hard at work in the center, you will find her with three of her most favorite people: her husband Jeremy and their two sons: Landon and Liam! In her free time, Angie enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music (of all kinds), bible journaling, painting and being creative, etc…Angie is so thankful for the opportunity to work with all the students/staff here at Austin Peay and is so lucky to have found the African American Cultural Center!

Student Assistant

Alma Adams


Alma is from Jackson, Tennessee. She is a chemistry major with a forensic science concentration. She is involved with many organizations on campus such as the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, XEM Club, and Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity, Splash Dance, and Gouthon. She enjoys reading, cooking, and community service. 

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

Daniella McNair


Daniella McNair is from Clarksville, Tennessee. She is currently attending Austin Peay State University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. She is a junior and is a part of the Honors Program, Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Clarksville Student Group. Daniella enjoys being involved on campus, creating art and graphic design, cooking, studying the Bible, playing musical instruments, and volunteering. 

Student Workers

Kashara Harris 

Emmanuel Williams


Kashara is from Nashville, TN.  She is a sophmore majoring in Health and Human Performance with a concentration of Applied Exercise Science.  She is looking forward to persuing her career in Physical Therapy.  She enjoys listening to music, basketball, and helping others.  She looks forward to helping others and welcoming students to the WNDAACC.


Emmanuel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now resides in Memphis, TN.  He is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.  He also has a minor in African American Studies.  He loves soccer, music, and food and is involved on campus.  Emmanuel is the President of the Men's Soccer Club at APSU, a member of Scholars, Leaders, and Gentlemen Society, and also a member of Achievers and Scholars.

Cortney Grisham

Rodrick Darvin


Cortney is from Nashville, Tennessee. She is studying public heath and finance. While here at the center, Cortney enjoys assisting others in any way possible. In her spare time she loves to exercise and hang out with her family and sorority sisters. Cortney’s life goal is to assist in bettering the medical conditions of individuals suffering abroad.


Rodrick is from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a junior majoring in psychology and looking to pursue a minor in criminal justice. He enjoys music, helping others, and being involved on campus and the WNDAACC. He is also a member of Achievers and Scholars. 

Tessa Hall

Sarah Neely


Tessa has spent most of her life in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is a communications major with a minor in theatre, hoping to graduate this year. Her campus involvement includes the President's Emerging Leaders Program, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, and her sorority Alpha Delta Pi. She loves spending time volunteering for and supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities. In her free time, she enjoys painting, watching Netflix, or talking about politics. 


Sarah is from Jackson, Tennessee. She is majoring in Forensic Chemistry and is a part of the President’s Emerging Leaders Program. Her hobbies include singing, reading, and playing softball. She looks forward to welcoming all the new Austin Peay Students to the center!