Dr. Demitri C. Kornegay, LCPC, NCC - Clinician

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Dr. Demitri C. Kornegay is a distinguished professional with a rich legacy of service and leadership. Retired as a lieutenant after an illustrious 31-year career with the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, Dr. Kornegay has left an indelible mark on law enforcement and community relations.

Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Kornegay served in various capacities, including Special Assignment Teams, Special Investigations Division, School Security, Traffic Division, Applicant Background Investigations, Internal Affairs, and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit of the Emergency Response Team. His commitment to fostering positive police-community relations extended beyond the force, as he served as a police-community relations specialist for WHUR-FM.

Dr. Kornegay's journey began as a high school All-American in football, earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Richmond, Virginia. In 1979, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and Theater Arts, with a minor in Sociology. His commitment to education continued, culminating in a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University in 2010 and a Doctorate degree in Education from Argosy University, specializing in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Beyond his law enforcement career, Dr. Kornegay has been a tireless advocate for community service. In the 1970s, he tutored juvenile offenders at the Virginia Penitentiary, showcasing his commitment to rehabilitation. In the 1980s, as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., he volunteered as an elementary school tutor for the Washington Urban League in D.C. In the 1990s, he was ordained as a Deacon at the Galilee Baptist Church and established a 12-week Rites of Passage program for young men, titled "Men Under Construction."

Dr. Kornegay's dedication and contributions have been widely recognized. He is a recipient of the "Legacy of Excellence" award from agoodblackman.com, the "Religious Leader of the Year" from the Gamma Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and an "Outstanding Young Man of America" nominee in the 1970s.

Author of two impactful books, "Dear Rhonda: Life Lessons From A Father to His Daughter," and "Man Up! – No Excuses – Do The Work!," Dr. Kornegay has been a sought-after guest on national television broadcasts, including Good Morning America, The View, Black Men Revealed, and Fox Mornings.

As a nationally certified counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Dr. Kornegay has extended his impact to the mental health arena since 2015. His commitment to education is further evident through his role as a teacher of graduate courses at Bowie State and Johns Hopkins Universities. Dr. Kornegay's workshops and forums have touched various audiences, from the D.C. Department of Corrections to the Prince George's County Fatherhood Conference, the African American Male Empowerment Summit, African American Women On Tour, and Blacks In Government (BIG).

A Visiting Scholar at Hampton University and Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Demitri C. Kornegay continues to be a beacon of inspiration, tirelessly working towards the betterment of individuals and communities through his multifaceted roles as a counselor, educator, and community leader.