Myrna Ruiz Malveaux, BA, MA
Myrna R. Malveaux is a retired early childhood educator, but is better known as a devoted and loving wife, nurturing and motivating mother and grandmother, and generous friend and colleague to many. Her evanescent personality and nurturing talents have also molded the character and developing minds of hundreds of young children. Armed with a strong spiritual faith and firm conviction, she is known for her generous and nonjudgmental support of family, friends, students, and sometimes even strangers. She is often referred to as the “glue” to the Malveaux family.
Myrna was born in New Orleans, LA as the middle child of four siblings. Her parents, John F. Ruiz and Lucille D. Ruiz often sacrificed the “joie de vivre” to provide quality educational and developmental opportunities for their children. Early events of her life were tied to Corpus Christi Catholic Parish in New Orleans where she was baptized, attended elementary school, and was married. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy (an all-girls school which is run by Sisters of the Holy Family) before enrolling in Xavier University of Louisiana.
Myrna received a BA degree in Education from Xavier University (1963) and a MA degree from Antioch University in Early Childhood Education (1980). Her experiences at Xavier were enriched by involvement in many activities and being a prominent member of the homecoming court. Her teaching career of 30 years started in New Orleans, continued at Kalamazoo Street School in Lansing after marriage and moving to Michigan, and ended in retirement (2001) while at Stonegate Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her years as classroom teacher were interrupted on separate occasions with birth and childcare of her four children. A gifted educator, her experiences in early childhood education ranged from Head Start to mid-elementary grades, but the majority of her time was spent with first graders. Her nurturing characteristics were legendary and often recognized by parents who actively sought her as their child’s’ teacher, and her students often referred to her as their “mother.” As expected many of the boys proposed “marriage.”
She has been active in many volunteer and community activities including religious education, voter advocacy, and aide to the institutionalized elderly. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she returned to New Orleans to assist in the restocking and rehabilitation of an elementary school library as well as distribute aid to needy parishioners of Corpus Christi Parish. She is a member national organizations, including Links, Inc, The Sophisticates, Inc, Pierians, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association. Her activities were often geared to the development of her children by camping with the scout troop 410 and participating actively in Jack and Jill of America.
Myrna is married to Dr. Floyd J. Malveaux, emeritus dean of Howard University College of Medicine and current EVP/Executive Director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, In (MCAN). Married for 47 years, they have four children: Suzette M. Malveaux, professor of Law, Catholic University of America; Suzanne M. Malveaux, CNN journalist and anchor; Courtney M. Malveaux, commissioner of labor and industry for the state of Virginia; and Gregory F. Malveaux, PhD, associate professor of English and director of the study abroad program at Montgomery College in Maryland. Her four, treasured grandchildren range in age from 19 to 1.8 years: Nailah D. Harper-Malveaux (rising sophomore at Yale University); Jacob M. Malveaux (age 5 and rising kindergartener); Richard R. Malveaux (age 3); and Gabriel R. Malveaux (age 1).
Floyd J. Malveaux, MD, PhD
Floyd J. Malveaux, MD, PhD is Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN). Dr. Malveaux is a nationally recognized expert on asthma and allergic diseases and is Emeritus Dean of the College of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Medicine at Howard University. A native of Louisiana, he is married to the former Myrna Maria Ruiz (New Orleans, 1965), and they have resided in Maryland for 45 years.
Dr. Malveaux received a B.S. degree from Creighton University (Omaha) and M.S. degree from Loyola University (New Orleans). He earned a Ph.D. degree in Microbiology and Public Health from Michigan State University and the Doctor of Medicine degree, with honors, from Howard University College of Medicine in 1974. He received specialty training in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center (D.C.) and subspecialty training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the John Hopkins University (Baltimore). He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor society and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
He served on the medical faculties of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Howard University in Washington DC. While at Howard, he led the university’s participation in several multi-million dollar research initiatives, extending from basic bench research to health services research in asthma and allergic diseases. In addition to his academic appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Internal Medicine, he also held numerous administrative positions at Howard University, including chief of the Allergy/Immunology Division (1978-83), chairman of the Department of Microbiology (1989-94), dean of the College of Medicine (1994-2005), interim vice president for Health Affairs (1996-2001) and Vice Provost for Health Affairs (2001-2003). As dean of the college he oversaw development and implementation of an integrated medical curriculum, funding for endowed chairs, a state-of-the-art health sciences library, a telemedicine consultative service with the US Virgin Islands, the MD/PhD training program, and many other initiatives.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Creighton University and the Horizon Foundation. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University (New Orleans) and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), as well as the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the National Medical Association, and the Children’s Research Institute of the Children’s National Medical Center. He was also on the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council of the NIH and the EPA Director’s Science Advisory Board. In 2005 he assumed his current position with MCAN where he directs a portfolio that supports translational research and implementation of science-based asthma initiatives in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Malveaux is recipient of numerous awards, including the National Research Service Award from the NIH, the Vivian B. Allen Foundation Fellowship, the Clemens von Pirquet Research Award from Georgetown School of Medicine, the Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the Legacy of Leadership Award from Howard University, the Soar High Leaders Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine, and the Howard University Alumni Award for Distinguished Post Graduate Achievement in the Fields of Medical Education, Research and International Health.
Courtney Malveaux is a Richmond attorney who currently serves as Labor Commissioner for Virginia and President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials.
Suzette Malveaux is a Professor of Law and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Columbus School of Law, at Catholic University. Professor Malveaux teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Civil Rights Law and Fair Employment Law. She co-authored the casebook, Class Actions and Other Multi-Party Litigation; Cases and Materials, and has published numerous law review articles that explore the intersection of civil procedure and civil rights. She has presented at dozens of conferences in this area. Professor Malveaux started her teaching career at the University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to academia, she was a class action litigation specialist who appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued before the 11th Circuit.
Professor Malveaux graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Law Review, a Root-Tilden Scholar and Research Assistant. At NYU, she was awarded the NAACP LDF Earl Warren Scholarship, the American Association of University Women Fellowship, and the Vanderbilt Medal for “extraordinary contributions” to the law school. As a Center for International Law Fellow, she presented original scholarship which won the Judge Rose L. & Herbert Rubin Law Review Prize, for making the “greatest contribution in public, international or commercial law.” Upon graduation, she clerked for the federal district court (SDNY) for the Honorable Robert L. Carter.
Professor Malveaux is frequently consulted by the media to provide commentary on various legal issues involving the Supreme Court, the civil legal system and civil rights. Her appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News 5, Al Jazeera English and the PBS NewsHour. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The National Law Journal, and the Congressional Quarterly, and her work has been recommended by various blogs.
As a class action specialist, she has tackled complex legal matters in high profile civil rights cases, at the federal trial and appellate court levels. For example, she represented over 1.5 million women in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the largest employment discrimination class action in U.S. history to date. She has practiced law in Washington, D.C. in both the private sector (at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.) and the non-profit arena (at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs). Her clients have included: African-Americans and women challenging glass ceilings and pay disparities; Native-American farmers and ranchers attempting to get government loans; injured trainmen denied reasonable accommodations; and Jewish Holocaust survivors seeking disgorgement of company profits.
For six years, Professor Malveaux served as pro bono counsel to the plaintiffs in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma, a suit filed against Tulsa by victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. As part of a team of attorneys, she represented the riot victims before the U.S. federal courts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States) and the U.S. House of Representatives. Her work has been featured in various documentaries and news outlets.
She grew up in Columbia, Maryland with her parents, brothers Courtney and Greg, and twin sister, Suzanne. Professor Malveaux is a dedicated and proud parent of Nailah, a sophomore at Yale. Professor Malveaux enjoys running marathons and other races for various charities and travelling internationally.
Mom has left an indelible imprint on my life. Education was always stressed growing up, and Mom showed that amazing fulfillment can result from a career in education; she served as an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. This stuck, and I continued my studies until a Doctorate degree in Higher Education and Administration was earned. Mom revealed that passing on knowledge to others is a magnificent gift. This has also been well-received in my psyche, and ever since I finished my undergraduate degree at Rutgers College, I have blissfully taught—English as a Second Language (ESL) at Yonok College in Thailand, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at the Korean School of Bethesda, English and Literature at Montgomery College, and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to graduate students. Mom espoused that a singular approach to educating others is not necessary. She instructed students of various levels—Head Start, Kindergarten and first grade; she persisted in always updating her training and skills, continuing to complete new degrees of certification in her field; she never limited her options.
Mom influenced me to merge my instructional background with a life-passion for travel and study abroad—share the gift with others. So in 2004, I took on the dual role of Coordinator of Study Abroad, with that of Professor of English, at Montgomery College. With it, I have had the opportunity to lead groups of students and employees on short term (2 week) study abroad programs to Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Senegal and the Gambia, Peru, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium, among other locations. Often, this meant rolling up the sleeves and getting dirty, and putting the right people in place to alter a community—building smokeless stoves in rural homes in India, constructing a water well and irrigation system in an overly-arid Senegalese village, or digging trenches in a large dirt pit to form a horse riding arena for disabled children in Germany—these are some special moments that come to mind. I have also been afforded the chance to counsel and place students into semester and year-long study abroad academic programs at colleges and universities in over 30 countries.
To be honest, I am as much of a beneficiary of these outcomes as the ones that I have served. Every experience shared with an individual that I have sent, or taken abroad, has augmented my own education of the world, and has added immeasurable personal growth and joy. More than anyone, I have my Mom to thank for passing on this life perspective—often the meandering, debris-filled path brings the greatest gratification for a destination met. Thanks Mom! I love you.
The youngest child of a minister and a nursery school teacher, I moved from the Midwest to the DC area in 2001. Two years later I met Greg Malveaux. We were both at a ball, and literally saw each other across a crowded room. Greg asked me to dance, then he asked me on a date, and this October we will be celebrating 5 years of the fact that he asked me to marry him! Our ceremony took place in Floyd and Myrna’s beautiful backyard, and the band that played the night we met (The Joker’s Wild!) also headlined our reception. You can see Myrna enjoying herself in some of this site’s photos. (Photo of Greg and me at our wedding)
Speaking of Myrna, she would often suggest that she had “skills” for taking care of grandchildren. Eventually Gabriel Remington was born, and although those skills can no longer be fully expressed due to ALS, Gabriel always gives “Gran Myrn” a kiss, and enjoys rides with her on her motorized wheelchair. It is an inspiring thing to see Myrna’s eyes light up every time she sees her grandchildren. In fact, every time Gabriel visits, Myrna uses her letter board to say, ” I want 10 more!” (Photo of Gabe and me)
Professionally, I have over 20 years of experience working as an artist. I hold a BFA in painting, with a specialization in realism and portraiture. Originally from Michigan and currently residing in Maryland with Greg and Gabriel, I have had the opportunity to paint and teach both nationally and internationally. I have also enjoyed a colorful range of experience — from gilding the home of a Saudi prince, for example, to painting a mural for a rescue mission in inner city Detroit, to presenting ten commissioned portraits to Pope (now on the way to Saint!) John Paul II at World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.
I also hold a Master of Arts in Counseling, which was most recently utilized working as a program director/therapeutic facilitator at Friends Club of Bethesda, MD, a well regarded support group for men living with Alzheimer’s disease.
I now paint part-time as I juggle the at-home care of 20 month old Gabriel. In the meantime, there are always future dreams of running a retreat/wellness center, starting up a Gumbo restaurant with Greg, writing a screenplay, and some day taking a trip to New Zealand with the family.
Nailah Harper-Malveaux is currently a sophomore at Yale University and a member of Pierson College. Her interests include theatre, social justice, journalism, politics and community outreach. As a freshman, Nailah was selected to direct Yale’s Freshman Show, an annual Drama Production directed, produced, designed, and acted in all by freshman. In Nailah’s direction of The Laramie Project, her two passions – social justice and theatre – collided creating a powerful and inspiring piece of theatre. The production received rave reviews from the Yale Daily News and played to sold-out crowds every night. While directing this show, Nailah held the position of outreach coordinator for the Yale Dramatic Association and played active roles in other productions.
A native of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Nailah has always been a lover of politics and an active participant in it from a very young age. There is nothing like the raucous political debates, the anticipation of elections’ returns, or the final victory of a winning candidate! Nailah volunteered for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and worked the Montgomery County Election Polls in ’08, ’10, and ’12. She is interested in shifting her political involvement to the protection of civil rights and grassroots organization for social justice issues.
This past summer, Nailah worked as an intern for The Studio Theatre in the PR and Marketing department. She enjoyed staying at home in Maryland, giving her the opportunity to spend time with family. In upcoming years, Nailah hopes to become more involved in Yale news publications, youth mentorship in New Haven, and the Yale chapter of the NAACP, in which she holds the position of outreach coordinator. Nailah will also continue to be an active member of the Yale theatrical community.
Originally from Maryland, Nailah attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School where she completed the International Baccalaureate Program. She participated in the Impact Scholar Program at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Lazarus Leadership Program, and the National Honor Society. She was awarded the National Achievement Scholarship.