FAYE E. COLEMAN, PHD - BOARD CHAIR
Faye E. Coleman, PhD, is Founder and CEO of the Westover Health Institute, Inc. (WHI), an innovative, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the human condition by promoting diversity and gender equality, and by eliminating health and educational disparities, nationally and globally. At WHI, Dr. Coleman applies the extensive leadership skills and business savvy she honed over 31 years at the helm of her former consulting company, Westover Consultants, Inc., one of most highly regarded professional services firms of its size in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Dr. Coleman is an internationally recognized trainer and planner with more than three decades of experience managing large-scale training, research, and evaluation projects. She has worked throughout the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe with Federal, State and community-based organizations and with managers of small to mid-size corporations, associations, nonprofit groups, government agencies, and private sector companies, designing client-specific culturally relevant materials and training programs that meet the complex and diverse needs of a rapidly changing global market place. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards and recognitions, she is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by women’s business organizations.
Committed to community service, Dr. Coleman serves on numerous professional and community boards, commissions, and civic organizations. She is the past Chair of Leadership Greater Washington, Inc. and of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development. Currently, she chairs the board of Women of the Dream Inc., and is a member of the board of directors of Quantum Leaps, Inc. and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); the advisory board of Enterprising Women Magazine; and the corporation of her undergraduate alma mater, Simmons College.
Listed in Who’s Who of American Women for her contributions in the fields of education and human development, Dr. Coleman holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from Simmons College, a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in Education/Human Development from the University of Maryland.
GARY BAILEY, ACSW, MSW - VICE CHAIR
Gary Bailey is currently a Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Social Work (SSW) and has a secondary appointment at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS). In 2010 Professor Bailey was elected President of the International Federation of Social Workers. He is the first person of color to hold this post and only the third person from the United States to do so. Professor Bailey has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of the board of the Fenway High School in Boston, and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority. Professor Bailey received his BA from the Eliot Pearson School of Child Study at Tufts University in 1977, and his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in 1979/80.
BONNIE BAKER, M.A. - SECRETARY
Bonnie Baker worked as a social worker and fundraiser in the Trenton, NJ community for twenty years. For several years she worked at the Henry J. Austin Health Center (HJA), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Trenton, NJ, providing counseling services to women enrolled in the prenatal program. While there she witnessed the devastating effects of poverty on women who lack access to resources and health care. Following several years at HJA, Bonnie served as Vice President of Development at St. Francis Medical Center, a safety net hospital in Trenton. During her tenure there she raised hundreds of dollars for medical care for the uninsured and under-served patient population at the hospital. True to her commitment to serving vulnerable populations, Bonnie has worked in several community-based mental health agencies, and at one point in her career returned to HJA to write grants to fund HIV-AIDS and HEP C services for the under-served population. Bonnie graduated from Trenton State College in 1985 summa cum laude and received her MA in Counseling Cum Laude 1989. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Rescue Mission of Trenton.
HON. PAMELA M. DASHIELL
Judge Pamela Dashiell is an Associate Justice of the Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Boston Municipal Court Department (BMC). In this position she hears criminal and civil matters within the jurisdiction of the BMC. Prior to her appointment to the Bench, she served as the Director of Planning and Policy Development for the Administrative Office of the Trial Court where she was responsible for the development of new plans and initiatives to improve the management and operations of the Trial Court. Judge Dashiell is a graduate of Simmons College and Northwestern University School of Law.
KAREN THOMAS, Ed.D.
Karen Thomas is the lead founder of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School (MPTCS). The school began in 1999 with 60 students and today services over 1400 students in grades Pre-K-12 on five campuses in Newark New Jersey. The school and its affiliated non-profit entities have grown to a $100 million organization for which Thomas is Chief Executive Officer. Prior to coming to MPTCS, she was the Marketing Director for ESSENCE magazine. Throughout her 20 years of service to ESSENCE she created and produced innovative marketing programs including The ESSENCE Awards, an Emmy-award winning prime-time television special; The ESSENCE Music Festival, the largest gathering of African Americans annually; and ESSENCE The Television Program, a nationally syndicated magazine-format television program. Thomas holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Simmons College, and a Masters and Doctorate from Kean University in education. She serves on several boards and is committed to projects and programs that serve under-served youth and families.
A native of Camden, NJ, and a graduate of American University, Storme considers herself to be a “troublemaker,” a change agent, and a servant leader. She is a woman on a mission, with over a decade of philanthropic and non-profit experience and a steadfast commitment to helping underserved communities and youth. Storme’s commitment to social justice and racial equity are deeply woven into her personal and professional life. She has spent the majority of her career working organizations and individuals that see the value in investing in communities, elevating the voices of the most marginalized, and striving for equity. Currently, Storme serves as Program Officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s racial equity work, inclusive of the development of the Women's Foundation's’ first advocacy agenda and the creation of a Young Women’s Initiative focused on young women and girls of color in DC. In her spare time, Storme is very involved with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), where she currently serves on the National Board of Advisors. During her involvement with EPIP, she has created opportunities for emerging leaders within the sector to connect with one another and discuss ways in which philanthropy can address issues of social justice and equity through their grantmaking, partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Storme has been, and will always be, a strong believer in the power of community, the importance of giving back, and the onus of the individual to use whatever privilege they may have to help those who are in need.
Joan Randell has spent her career developing, implementing, and evaluating health and human services programs to help individuals attain maximum functionality. Currently, she is President of Twin Rose Enterprises, providing technical assistance to health and human services firms to help them access sustainable funding streams and design and deliver cost-effective programs. From 2008-2017, she worked for The Nicholson Foundation, a family foundation focused on improving the lives of vulnerable populations in New Jersey’s urban communities. For Ms. Randell’s last five years with Nicholson, she was chief operating officer where in addition to her administrative responsibilities, she directed the Foundation’s health portfolio by overseeing technical assistance and grants to support the development and implementation of innovative, sustainable healthcare initiatives. These initiatives were aimed at improving the physical and behavioral health of New Jersey’s at-risk populations and reducing the cost of care. Before joining The Nicholson Foundation, Ms. Randell held senior positions in New York City and State government, and earlier in her career, and in the healthcare field in the private and nonprofit sectors.
Ms. Randell is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a Masters of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University. She has been a principal investigator on federal grants and is the author of more than two dozen articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Ms. Randell has consulted widely in the United States and internationally, and has received many awards in recognition of her leadership and accomplishments.
DEIRDRÉ WEBSTER COBB, ESQ.
Deirdré Webster Cobb is an attorney with extensive experience in managing the day to day operations of organizations with multi-service programs. She is a career government servant and has held various key managerial positions in New Jersey State government for 27 years. Throughout her career, she has distinguished herself as a highly dedicated professional offering expertise in regulatory and administrative law related to the enforcement of federal and state labor and employment laws. She has been entrusted with a range of responsibilities including program development and implementation, policy and planning, legislation and rulemaking, personnel management, labor relations and management and budget. She is currently the EEO/AA Officer for the New Jersey Department of Treasury and manages its Office of EEO/AA and Diversity Programs.
Ms. Webster Cobb is a 1984 graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law. She is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations including the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Association of Black Women Lawyers, Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She also serves on the boards of Legacy Treatment Services, Inc., and the Alice Paul Institute. She is licensed to practice law in the States of New Jersey and the District of Columbia.