Rashonda Ambrose, MBA - CHAIR
Rashonda was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts but has lived in South Jersey with her family for close to 10 years. She has spent the majority of her professional life in service to others. From her time as a product manager for a pharmaceutical company to helping parents of children with learning disabilities connect to resources, to bringing awareness to African American women of the health benefits of daily walks, the common thread throughout her professional journey has been a commitment to improving the quality of life for children, adults, and families.
In this next phase of her career, she is honored to have the opportunity to provide support to seniors and their families as the owner of Oasis Senior Advisors – Cherry Hill. She realizes that transitioning a senior from his or her home to an assisted or independent living community can be an overwhelming and stressful experience for families, so it is her honor to offer families expert and compassionate assistance as they navigate this process.
Rashonda received her undergraduate degree in public relations from Simmons University in Boston and an MBA in marketing from the University of Virginia. When she is not working, she loves to read and discover new places with her family.
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.
A native of Camden, NJ, 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 is 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 is the first Black woman to serve as the Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a national network of change agents, striving for more equitable and inclusive grantmaking. 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.
In addition to her service on the Board of Women of the Dream, she also serves as an appointee on the Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board and The Black Swan Academy, a Black Youth Civic engagement organization in Washington, DC. Storme is a graduate of American Uniersity and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
MICHAEL BROWN, PMP, B.S.
Michael is an experienced professional with a successful career in application development, data migration, system testing, Quality Assurance and Project Management. He has led development, test and implementation of several systems migration and integration projects in the Telecommunications, Health Insurance, Energy & Utilities, Social Services Program Management (IBM Curam Platform), Mortgage and Financial Services sectors. In addition to certification in project management, he is an IBM Certified Curam SPM v7 Business Analyst. Michael serves on the board of the Omega Community Development, Inc. and Omegas for Education and Community Service, Inc. both of which are dedicated to serving underserved youth including the provision of scholarships to motivated but financially challenged youth. Michael holds a Certificate in Project Management from Rowan College at Burlington College, and a B.S. in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University.
NINA LEWIS, Ph.D., MSW
A mother of twin sisters, Dr. Lewis brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, higher education administrator, and behavioral health consultant to her current position as Multi-Systems Director with the Hamilton County Job & Family Services. Focusing on youth with complex needs, she provides consultation and strategic planning to strengthen the county’s trauma-informed, child protection system of care reform and partnerships with Medicaid managed behavioral health care providers and organizations. Prior to this role, she was appointed to chair the undergraduate social work program at Union Institute & University. Formerly, she managed the women’s substance use outpatient treatment program and facilitated intensive training seminars on cross-cultural practice at the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Lewis is the past board chair of The HealthCare Connection, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and previously served on the Hospice of Cincinnati board diversity committee. She is the former nonprofit board treasurer and project director for the Life Management Institute’s National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Annual Conference funded by the Pennsylvania/Mid Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and U.S. Office of Women’s Health (Region 5). Currently, she serves as an executive board member with the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, a nonprofit, public interest law firm.
Dr. Lewis earned her master’s degree in social work from Simmons College, master’s degree in health services administration from Xavier University (Ohio), and the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies major in Public Policy & Social Change with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Union Institute & University. In 2019, she received the Marvin B. Sussman award for excellence in dissertation and interdisciplinary scholarship addressing the problem of low literacy among U.S. women through gender-sensitive adult and higher education policy design.
The proverb - She who learns, teaches - affirms her personal mission and heritage of reaching back to the future generation of scholars, and teaching those who do not believe they possess the capacity to learn.
Mary Lynne Reynolds, MPA
Mary Lynne Reynolds served as the Executive Director of Mental Health Association of Prince Georges Co. (MD) and the Mental Health Association in Southwestern NJ. Under her vision and leadership each of these agencies developed and implemented a multitude of programs and services that provided assistance and support to enable youth and adults with mental illnesses to live and participate in their communities. Throughout her career, Mary Lynne has served on state and county inter-agency councils representing the leadership from the behavioral health, health, business and public sectors. She has been an outspoken advocate for public policy and strategies that address the need for a continuum of quality mental health services, as well as social justice for people who live with mental illnesses.
Mary Lynne is a member and officer of the Rotary Club of Camden. She represents the Camden Rotary in its ongoing partnership with the Camden City School District to host the annual Back on Track Awards Luncheon, honoring 30 remarkably resilient high school students. Mary Lynne is a Charter Member of Impact 100 South Jersey, a women’s collective philanthropy. Mary Lynne Reynolds holds a BA in Psychology from Simmons College and a MA in Public Administration from the American University.
Teryn Thomas, M.S.
Teryn Thomas is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Freire Schools Collaborative. Prior to joining Freire, Teryn was an Investment Manager at Philadelphia School Partnership, where she coached principals across all three sectors on a targeted initiative to impact achievement results, improving the overall portfolio’s results across several indicators. During this time, one of the schools earned national recognition as a Blue Ribbon school, and another earned an award for the most growth on a standardized assessment as recognized by Philadelphia’s Teach For America. Teryn also served in the role of principal with KIPP NJ, where she led schools in Camden and Newark.
Teryn holds an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on Urban Education and a B.S. in Business Administration from Drexel University.
Keisha Cogdell, DNP, RN
Keisha Cogdell started her health care career journey as a volunteer “Candy Striper” in the early 90’s, at Saint Michael’s Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. In 1994 and 1995, she had obtained her certifications as a certified home health aide, phlebotomist and certified nursing assistant. She is also a former teenage mother and recipient of federal and state programs and services. This did not stop her from moving ahead and obtaining a good education.
Keisha earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Seton Hall University College of Nursing, South Orange, NJ, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Keisha is a former Minority Nurse Leadership Institute Fellow of Rutgers University School of Nursing, Newark, NJ. She is an active member of several professional associations including the New Jersey State Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Mu Chapter, Rutgers School of Nursing, Camden, NJ. She has appeared in several print or public media outlets of being a recipient of prestigious scholarships, awards, recognitions and her active commitment in serving communities in MarketWatch, New Jersey Hospital Association and News 12 of New Jersey, for “gifts that were sent to troops overseas”. Her compassionate commitment to “giving back” is reflected in her service as a general member and when she had served as Fundraiser Committee member, Membership Chair and Executive Board Member of Marlton Woman’s Club, Marlton, NJ.
A native of Newark, NJ, Keisha enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, especially the joys of hanging out with her three granddaughters’ and mentees from Woman of the Dream.
WANDA M. WILLIAMS, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, CNE
Dr. Wanda M. Williams is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University School of Nursing – Camden (SNC). She currently serves as the Diversity Officer for the SNC and is the Co-Chair for the Chancellor’s Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity (CIED) for the campus.
Dr. Williams received a BSN degree from North Carolina Central University, an MSN in Administration and a PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G); and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of “Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She also has a post-graduate degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from UNC-CH, with over 25 years as a practicing nurse practitioner. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through NLN.
Dr. Williams has been honored to be selected as a Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar; a Physical Activity and Public Health Fellow, from the CDC & the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health Prevention Research Center; and a 2016 NIH Fellow through the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Her research interest focuses on improving health outcomes through increasing physical activity, especially in minority adolescents and women.
She is originally from North Carolina and enjoys sewing and quilting in her spare time.
Jack Quinn, CPA, MBA
Jack Quinn is currently the SEC Reporting and Consolidations Manager at American Water in Camden, NJ. He is also the Assistant Treasurer of the American Water Charitable Foundation and a member of its Investment Committee. As part of the Foundation, Jack has experience preparing annual financial statements and IRS Form 990s. Jack also volunteers his time with the New Jersey Shade Tree Commission and Sustainable Haddonfield.
Jack is a CPA in the state of Pennsylvania and holds a MBA from La Salle University and a B.S. in Accounting from La Salle University. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Jack enjoys spending time with his wife and son at their home in South Jersey.
Katrina Squire, M.Ed.
As an exemplary educator for 26 years, Katrina Squire has spent her teaching tenure in the urban areas of Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ, where she is currently employed. She has a heart for the city of Camden of which she is a native. In addition to teaching duties at her school, Katrina sits on the Leadership Team and serves as Grade Level Chairperson. In previous years, Katrina has served as a mentor for Teach for America and local university student teachers, novice teachers and alternate route teachers. Currently she is a mentor for high school students attending Camden City public schools. Advocacy is her forte’. She fights for her students’ rights and her colleagues’ rights as an officer for the Camden Education Association.
Katrina’s earnest desire is to “give back” and that is exactly what she does. In her spare time, she volunteers for a few nonprofit organizations including Women of the Dream for the past 5 years. Katrina is a registered volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program and sits on the Executive Committee of the Wilmington Chester Cultural and Community Services Organization. Katrina is the chairperson of the Scholarship Committee for WCCCSO responsible for raising money each year for educational scholarships.
A graduate of Rutgers-Camden and Cheyney University, Katrina is A PROUD Middle School EDUCATOR…Committed to making a difference in the community!
Rachel Harriet, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Rachel Harriet possesses over 20 years of Strategic Human Resource and Organizational Development experience. She has led Human Resource and Administration teams in small and mid-size organizations in industries such as tech, pharmaceutical, insurance management, finance/banking, developmental and behavioral health, higher education, media publications, and service organizations. Since 2017, Rachel has worked in the capacity of Human Resource Business Partner at American Water in Camden, NJ.
In her spare time, Rachel is very active in various local and national human resource associations and provides resources to community youth in workforce readiness initiatives.
Rachel earned her Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has obtained her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute and her Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. Rachel is currently a Graduate Student at Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law studying for her Master's degree in Legal Studies with a concentration on Human Resource Compliance Law.