It is with enormous sadness that we announce that Richard Wayne Hicks, Jr. passed peacefully at home on June 7, 2018.
For more than thirty years, Wayne was a tireless champion of the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and promoting diversity in technology and expanding STEM experiences for youth in under-served communities.
For the last twelve years, Wayne was the Executive Director of the Black Data Processing Associates Educatio
n and Technology Foundation. He also held various leadership positions within the IT professional organization, Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), including President of the National BDPA, 2004-2005.
Wayne started his career with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), starting as a summer intern and progressing to a member of the Senior Executive Service. Later, Wayne led the Cincinnati Business Incubator as president (2003-2008).
Wayne is survived by his daughters Laura Hicks and Nailah McCloud, son Khalis Hicks, granddaughter Amara McCloud, his mother Elizabeth Hicks, sister Kyra, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, other family, friends and colleagues.
A fund has been established for Wayne’s three children: Nailah McCloud and Laura and Khalis Hicks. Donations may be sent to:
The Memorial Fund for Nailah, Laura and Khalis
c/o Fifth Third Bank
5100 Terra Firma Drive
Mason, OH 45040