Alumni-Owned Black Business Profiles

August is National Black Business Month, and we love to recognize alumni-owned businesses across the country. 

Click on each of the names below to read their full profile.

Are you a Black alum with a business? It can be your primary source of income, or hobby that has grown into your passion. We would like to feature you and your work as well.

Please visit our submission webpage to complete the questionnaire.

Cynthia Allen-McGhee ‘01, ‘02

Founder and Managing Director, NextGen Tax Services PLLC

Cindy received her B.A. in Business (2001), with a concentration in International Business, and M.S. in Accounting (2002), from Rhodes College, and has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for over 18 years.

Jonathan McGhee ‘03

Physician/Owner of EssentialMD

Jonathan earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Rhodes and his M.D. from Meharry Medical College (2007). He completed his Family Medicine Residency (2010) and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship (2011) at the Univ. of Oklahoma at Tulsa, and went on to become a Board Certified Family Physician (2012).

Otisha Evans ‘12

Founder, O. Evans Designs

At Rhodes, Otisha majored in English Literature, with a minor in African-American Studies. She holds a M.A. in Mass Communication & Media Studies from Louisiana State University, and Master of Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. She is also a licensed Interior Designer, credentialed through New York Institute of Art & Design.

Anthony Fizer '12

Computer Science major, Anthony Fizer, is the co-founder and CTO of, a virtual platform offering physics problems and curriculum for learners at any level.

Teralyn Green Hobbs ’10

Founder, Social Context Therapy & Consultation, LLC

A Business & Economics major and French minor at Rhodes, Teralyn went on to obtain a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2021).

Darrell Cobbins ‘97

President/Principal Broker, Universal Commercial Real Estate

An Anthropology & Sociology major at Rhodes, Darrell holds an MBA from the University of Memphis and has completed extensive professional development in regional planning and construction management.

Terri Sharpley Reynolds ‘05

Co-Founder, Levi’s Grace; Co-Founder, Our 360 News; Executive Director, National Black Professional Lobbyists Association

A political science major at Rhodes, Terri went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law (2008). She has enjoyed an illustrious career in government relations, public affairs and the legal profession, and currently serves as general counsel for the Jones Group, LLC, a Montgomery, Alabama based government affairs firm.

Michael Thompson, CPA, CFF ‘00, ‘01

Co-founder and CEO, Lawrence Brent Global Investments, LLC

Michael completed his B.A. in Business and M.S. in Accountancy at Rhodes College. Not only is he a Certified Public Accountant, but he is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). From Rhodes, he was recruited by KPMG, one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting organizations, and worked there for over a decade.

Latoya R. Newsom-Harris ’06

Founder and Lead Consultant, The LRN Group Maternal & Child Health Consulting Firm

Latoya majored in Biology at Rhodes, received a Master of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill (2009) and will soon complete Master of Science in Nursing, Marquette University (December 2020). Latoya is public health professional, doula, lactation consultant, maternal and child health specialist, soon-to-be nurse and a fierce women's health advocate!