Board of Directors

GARY BAILEY, ACSW, MSW - CHAIR

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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.

STORME GRAY

Board of Director Storme GrayA 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.

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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.

Dr. 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.