District Director

Larry G. Softley, Jr.

13th District Director
District of Alabama

Bio

District Director, Larry G. Softley, Jr. has worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for thirty (30) years, where he currently serves as Manager, Corporate Facilities West and Support Services.   Brother Softley currently serves as Vice-Chairman for the Tennessee Valley Authority Community Credit Union Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Colbert County Board of Education Foundation Board.  He attended the University of North Alabama where he received a B.S. degree in Industrial Chemistry as well as an M.B.A.  He also received a Master of Science degree from Lehigh University in Analytical Chemistry.  Brother Softley also received a Master in Project Management Certificate from George Washington University.  Brother Softley is a Past President of the University of North Alabama Alumni Board of Directors.  He is a Shoals Chamber of Commerce CHOICES presenter.  In 1996, Brother Softley received the Role Model of the Year award from Mainstream Development in recognition of community involvement in North Alabama.

Brother Softley was initiated into the Kappa Gamma Chapter seated at the University of North Alabama on December 8, 1985. As a member of Kappa Gamma, he served as Chapter President, Dean of Pledges, and Vice-President. He has also served as Area One Director for the District Alabama, Co-Chief Dean for the District of Alabama, Member of the Alabama District Education Foundation, Chapter President for Kappa Nu Lambda Chapter, Treasurer for Kappa Nu Lambda, and Chapter Advisor for the Kappa Gamma Chapter.  On the Southern Region level, Brother Softley is a member of the Southern Region Education Foundation Board. On the National level, Brother Softley has served as a member of the Board for Ritual and Cermonies.

He is also very active in his church, where he serves as a deacon, member of the Senior Usher Board, Youth Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church teacher, Secretary of the Male Chorus, Treasurer of the Mass Choir and President of the Youth Board.  Brother Softley is married to the former Karen Elaine Malone, and they have three children, Raya McCroskey, Dr. Tiffany Mead, and Brenita Softley, and one granddaughter, Kailyn McCroskey, and one grandson, Jasper McCroskey, Jr.

Assistant District Director

Demarcus Joiner

Asst. District Director
District of Alabama

Bio

Brother Assistant District Director Demarcus Joiner, a native of Roanoke, Al, is currently a junior at The University of Alabama, where he is majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Pre-Law.

Brother Joiner is a Spring 2018 initiate of the Kappa Alpha Chapter. In his chapter, he has served as Second Vice President, Chair of the Conventions Committee, and currently, he serves as the Vice President.

Outside of Alpha, Brother Joiner is involved in Student Government Association, where he is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

On campus, he is also actively involved in the Afro-American Gospel Choir, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society, Collegiate 100, NAACP, Black Student Union, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

In the community, Brother Joiner is the Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Young Democrats of America and has served many in his community through community outreach programs and
fundraising opportunities.

Brother Joiner is dedicated to making the world a better place for all mankind.

Executive Director

Gary T. Whitley, Jr.

3rd Executive Director
District of Alabama

Bio

Gary T. Whitley, Jr., serves as the 3rd Executive Director for the Alabama District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Initiated into the fraternity through the Rho Eta Lambda Chapter, Madison, Alabama in March 2008, he is currently an active member of the Delta Theta Lambda Chapter in Huntsville, Alabama. Since joining the ranks of the oldest collegiate fraternity for African-American men, Gary Whitley has served in the following capacities:

 

  • Chapter Secretary (Rho Eta Lambda)
  • Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Scholarship Chairman (Rho Eta Lambda)
  • Foundation Secretary (Rho Eta Lambda Foundation)
  • District of Alabama Time & Place Committee
  • District of Alabama Awards Committee
  • Southern Region Awards Committee
  • Judge of Miss Black & Old Gold Pageant (local, Alabama District, Southern Region)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Awards Breakfast Committee (Delta Theta Lambda Education Foundation)
  • Foundation Secretary (Delta Theta Lambda Education Foundation)

 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Whitley has called Huntsville, Alabama home since his arrival at Alabama A&M University in 2003 where he earned a B.A. degree in political science and English and later the Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Professionally, Gary serves as the Communications and Public Relations Manager for the City of Huntsville Utilities. Prior to joining Huntsville Utilities in January 2012, he served as Executive Assistant and Social Secretary to the Command Sergeant Major and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Material Command; Executive Assistant and Career Program Specialist for the U.S. Army TMDE Activity at Redstone Arsenal; and Special Assistant to the President of Alabama A&M University.

 

Engaged in the greater Huntsville community, Gary Whitley serves as Vice-Chairman of the City of Huntsville Planning Commission; Young Professional Advisory to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; past Board President of Arts Huntsville; Treasurer, Rosetta James Foundation; and Member, Huntsville Progressive Alumni Association, Alabama A&M University. Committed to civic engagement, Gary is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Huntsville/Madison County – Connect Class 8 and Leadership Alabama Initiative, Class II.

ADDRESS

District of Alabama
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
P.O. Box 6248
Huntsville, AL 35813

LINKS

Alpha South
www.alphasouth.org

Corporate Office
www.apa1906.net