Dr. Aundrea Matthews is the President of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc. She is a Buffalo Soldier descendant.  Aundrea received her PhD at Rice University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University (TCU), and a Master of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. While at Brite, she received the 2007 Emerging Black Church Studies Scholar Award, and helped raise funds to establish the Black Church Studies program at Brite. She also participated in two study abroad programs, one in Ghana, and the other in Egypt.

While at Rice, Aundrea earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies, co-authored Breaking Bread and Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip Hop: A Basic Guide to Key Issues and co-authored a chapter in Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: There is a Mystery, with Dr. Margarita S. Guillory from the University of Rochester in New York. She was the 2014 Rice University Graduate Student 90 Second Thesis Competition School of Humanities Winner. She is the creator and curator of the bi-annual Hearts, Hands, and Heritage quilt exhibition at Rice, and has curated more than 10 art exhibitions within the Greater Houston area. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department at Lone Star Community College. From 2012-2014, she participated in the Embodiment and Religion Symposium at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. She also served as Assistant Project Coordinator for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice and was the Teaching Assistant and Logistics Coordinator for the nationally acclaimed Religion and Hip Hop Course at Rice.  Her father, Sanders H. Matthews Jr., now deceased, was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked for IBM; her mother Rose Matthews is retired and lives in Texas.

Vice President

Hamilton Hudgins is a graduate of St. Paul’s College of Lawrenceville, VA. He has nine years of federal service and is currently employed with the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).  As part of the federal response to the opioid crisis within the United Stages, he is leading the effort within the NPDB, in partnership with the National Boards of Pharmacy, to reduce any and all fraud and abuse within the pharmacy profession.


Gail M Chambers grew up in Coatesville, PA, she received her B.A degree in Biology from Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University) in Cheyney PA. She moved to Dallas, Texas after graduation where she worked for seven years as a geologist for Core Laboratories. She married and left Core Labs to operate her own dry-cleaning business for ten years.


After closing her dry cleaning business, she joined Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT&T Communications) as a Facilities Specialist.  She retired from AT&T in 2015. For her second act, she is enjoying retirement and traveling and works during the income tax season as a professional tax preparer having had over 20 years’ experience preparing taxes for friends and relatives. She also volunteers with AARP as a tax aide assisting the elderly with their tax preparation. She currently resides in Duncanville, Texas. She is the niece of late Sgt. Sanders H. Matthews.


Robert L. Johnson, Sr is Secretary of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc.  Growing up in Coatesville, Pa. attended Lincoln University, Oxford Pa, drafted during the Vietnam War Era he enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) spending the next 20 years serving his country as an Administrative Specialist. Assigned to several outstanding units including the 552d Airborne Wing and Control Wing during Operation Desert Shield/Storm and receiving Outstanding Unit Awards; Air Force Outstanding Achievement Medals and Commendation Medals for Meritorious Service.  Retiring in Aug 1992 at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma with the rank of Master Sergeant. The following month he transitioned into the United States Post Office for the next 28 years assigned to various positions receiving awards for dedication to service retiring in 2015.


He and his late wife Toul Johnson have two children Robert L. Johnson Jr and Valerie T. Johnson and five grandchildren.  He is the nephew of the late Sgt. Sanders H. Matthews.  

Correspondence Secretary

Dawnyela Meredith is a forever Texan who moved to the big city. Prior to her move she obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. She has also earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from the University of the District of Columbia. She has been a member of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point for over 20 years and previously served on the board back in 2016/2017. Dawnyela looks forward to the opportunity to support the team in erecting the monument to forever memorialize the service and sacrifice of the Buffalo Soldiers at West Point.


Melvin Smith is a retired Special Agent with over 20 years of service with the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. He has expertise in law enforcement, and is a licensed Private Investigator in the State of New York.

 Mr. Smith is an avid motorcyclist. He is a member of the National Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club and is the current President of the West Point New York Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club chapter. The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club is comprised of former and active military, law enforcement officers, teachers and other civil servants, as well as other positive thinking members of the community.

 The West Point chapter is named in honor of the African American Soldiers who served with distinction at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The club is concerned with promoting and participating in charitable and positive activities to support Veterans and the community.

 Mr. Smith has established through the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club West Point chapter a Thanksgiving food drive, a back to school supply program in Highland Falls, New York, Peekskill, NY, and Fishkill, NY.


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