About Us

Applications Quest LLC is a Fairfax County, Va.,technology company that specializes in providing clients the very best in state of the art human resource technologies, software and consulting services. Our patent pending software application, Applications Quest, was invented to specially address challenges associated with high demand for an ever decreasing number of slots available in the public sector hiring and college admissions. This unique application provides the client with the tools and wherewithal to optimize holistic diversity while managing the applicant pool in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner. Unlike any other comparable software, Applications Quest actually makes recommendations based on the criterion and qualifications outlined by the client.

Our Team


Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is an IDEaS Professor & Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University where he directs the Human Centered Computing Lab. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Ohio, and a Master of Science and PhD. from the University of Cincinnati, both in computer science. Dr. Gilbert has published more than 40 articles, conducted more than 90 seminars, and obtained more than $4 million in external funding during his seven years at Auburn University. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and serves on the IEEE Board of Governors. He is also the Editor for the “Broadening Participation in Computing” column in Computer magazine, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Gilbert was named one of the nation’s top African-American Scholars by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, has been the recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award. In that same year, Dr. Gilbert received the American Society for Engineering Education Minorities in Engineering Award. While teaching at Auburn University, Dr. Gilbert  was honored with the Auburn University Alumni Engineering Council Junior Faculty Research Award, the Auburn Outstanding Minority Achievement Award and the Auburn University Outstanding Minority Service Award. In 2011 Dr. Gilbert was among nine select individuals at a White House ceremony to receive the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


Frank Matthews has devoted his entire professional career to issues involving higher education.  He is Co-Founder of Cox, Matthews and Associates which is a 30 year old educational publishing and communications company. He is the Founding Publisher of Black Issues in Higher Education which in August 2005 grew to become Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Matthews also is a member of the faculty of George Mason University where he has been affiliated for the past 30 years, teaching both in the Law School and School of Business Administration.  In July 1988, Matthews was named Senior Scholar in the Center for Policy Studies in Education at George Mason University.  In his position as Assistant Senior Vice President and legal advisor for George Mason University, he was responsible for employment, regulatory and diversity matters that confronted the University during its period of rapid expansion.  His wisdom and expertise has helped George Mason to become the most progressive and diverse university in the country. Matthews has been active in many professional, civic and scholarly organizations, including past President of the American Business Law Association (Mid Atlantic Region).  He sits or has sat on the Boards of the Citizens Bank of Virginia, Resources for the Future, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, the Clemson University Honors College, and Blacks in Philanthropy, as well as many other educational and civic groups.  He was recently inducted into the Writers’ Hall of Fame for his contributions in publishing. In 1971, he received the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University.  He subsequently earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina in 1976.  During Clemson’s centennial celebration, the College of Liberal Arts and the Black Alumni Council named Matthews as one of their most distinguished alumni.
William E. Cox is the President and Co-Founder of Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc., a Fairfax, VA, firm specializing in publishing, satellite television production, training and consulting. Dr. Cox is also President of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, formerly Black Issues In Higher Education, an award-winning, national news magazine that has been serving higher education since 1984.  The expanded focus of Diverse in 2005 has boosted readership in the business, government and public sectors. The company also published Community College Week, a national newspaper targeting community, junior and technical college professionals, between 1989 and 2005. Dr. Cox has played both a leadership and contributing author role in publication of The Unfinished Agenda monograph series, books addressing significant events in the history of the American civil rights movement.  His writings can be found in The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education and The Unfinished Agenda of the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Dr. Cox’s vision and dedication have also been felt in CMA’s work in using telecommunications technologies to create 44 videoconference programs, including the award winning “Beyond the Dream” series. Among his other extensive administrative and organizational experiences, Dr. Cox has developed and conducted higher education programs for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, including the teaching of courses in the electronic guidance systems of sophisticated missiles at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. His corporate experience includes tenure with General Electric Corp., where, among other assignments, he performed design work on the Apollo spacecraft ground support system. A recognized authority on the development and delivery of adult education and counseling services to military personnel, Dr. Cox was formerly responsible for the worldwide network of U.S. Air Force counseling professionals. In that capacity, he administered worldwide counseling and testing programs and acted as liaison to the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Services (DANTES). He holds the National Certified Counselor credential of the National Board for Certified Counselors. His education credentials include a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University and Master’s Degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Public Administration from Ball State University. He earned his Undergraduate Degree from Alabama A&M University. Dr. Cox has also taken both graduate and postgraduate courses at the College of William and Mary, Harvard University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Dr. Cox has received multiple prestigious professional awards. He was named to the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (1994), received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (1999), was inducted into the International Adult & Continuing Education Hall of Fame (1999) and the Gwendolyn Brooks’ International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent (2000). He also received the “Alumni Leadership Award” from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (2000).


Raymond Borhan has been involved with managing technology projects, products and strategy for nearly twenty years.  He has experience with program/project management, product support, marketing, information systems and web development for companies such as MicroStrategy, 3dbGlobal, Inc. and early stage startup companies.  Borhan has successfully managed cross-functional teams responsible for highly effective, low-cost software implementations.  And developed strategic partnerships and customer relationships along the way.  He received his B.A. from UCLA in 1994, and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Strayer University in 2001.
Tara Cox Clark is a Human Resources Specialist. She is responsible for all human resource related directives including new employee training, orientation and employment verification. She is also responsible for regulatory compliance laws issued by federal and state agencies.  As Operations Director, she has an extensive background in the day-to-day operational function of the company including accounts payable and receivable, and customer service. In 1993, Tara earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University and received her MBA in Human Resources from Colorado Tech University in 2006.
Maya Matthews Minter brings close to twenty years of experience in higher education and project management to the team. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia in 1994, she was a Fulbright Fellow where she worked in the Academic Advising of Office of the Fulbright Commission in Madrid, Spain. During that time she also worked as a Business Analyst intern for A.T. Kearney and polished her skills to become fluent in Spanish.   She earned her MBA at the Kenan Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2001.  A former e-Procurement Project Manager with IBM, Maya currently serves as Vice President for the Editorial and Production departments at Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc.  and consults directly with the product development team.