Dr. Mathew Wayne Whitest ‘87


Dr. Whitest and his team at Wayne Pharmaceuticals, recently completed several months of negotiations that resulted in them acquiring a licensing agreement for a Vaccine in development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School that will prevent the contraction of HIV. This vaccine which is showing great promise is slated to begin clinical trials in early 2016, and will continue to be developed at the medical school. However, Dr. Whitest and Wayne Pharmaceuticals own the exclusive license agreement for the vaccine and will manage the vaccine at their new location in Cordele Georgia. They are acquiring a school, A.S. Clark, in Cordele in partnership with their non-profit partner the M.D. Whitest Medical Institute and converting it into a Biomedical center that will house the management of their Vaccine programs inclusive of the HIV Vaccine technology program. This is a historic event as it represents the engagement of the African American community in the search for a cure for HIV infection in a major Research capacity, as Dr. Whitest is of African American descent.

Dr. Allen Paul Weaver

dr_allen_paul_weaverThe Reverend Allen Paul Weaver, Jr., is the Senior Pastor for Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle. He is a native of Orlando, Florida. Dr. Weaver graduated Cum Laude in 1969 from Florida Memorial College with a B.S. degree in Religious Education. He furthered his studies at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Ethics in 1972. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1994 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Weaver has served as President of the prestigious Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York and Vicinity, the New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP, and the Pastors’ Interdenominational Council of New Rochelle. Demonstrating his love for missions, Dr. Weaver served as a member of the 1987 Preaching Team (to over nine countries in Africa) of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention.