Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Sworn In by Governor Tom Wolf

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Sworn In by Governor Tom Wolf February 24, 2016center_img African American Affairs,  Government That Works Harrisburg, PA — At a closed ceremony at the Governor’s Residence yesterday evening, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) was sworn in by Governor Tom Wolf and Deputy Secretary of State Peter Speaks.“I am thrilled to stand with this outstanding group of leaders in our state’s African American community,” said Governor Wolf. “This commission will benefit the commonwealth by defining and addressing the unique contributions, needs, and concerns of the African American community. Their work will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians.”To view photos of the event, click here.The GACAAA was re-established under the Wolf Administration as the commonwealth’s advocate agency for its African American citizens in August 2015. The commission serves seven main functions:Advising the governor on policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations that affect the African American community;Developing, reviewing, and recommending to the governor policies in the areas of health and human services, housing, education, employment, business formation, and other relevant areas which affect the African American community;Providing appropriate assistance and advice to state agencies to strengthen the enforcement of the commonwealth’s anti-discriminatory hiring, retention, and promotion policies;Serving as a liaison to federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that programs impacting African Americans are effectively utilized;Serving as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural, and economic status of the African American community;Identifying programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, sources of funding, or other resources and compliance requirements for the benefit and advancement of African Americans; andPromoting the cultural arts of the African American community throughout the commonwealth.The commission will be chaired by Ahmeenah Young. Other members include, by region:SouthwestLa’Tasha D. Mayes, Founder and Director, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive JusticeCandi Castleberry Singleton, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UMPCRev. Dr. William Curtis, Senior Pastor, Mt. Ararat Baptist ChurchFred Redmond, International Vice President, United Steel WorkersMarisa C. Bartley Williams, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater PittsburghCentralRev. Dr. Aaron Willford Jr., Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist ChurchSoutheastChad Dion Lassister, Executive Director, Red Cross House and Recovery, American Red Cross of SEPAAhmeenah Young, Former CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center AuthorityBlane Stoddart, President and CEO, BFW Group LLCDr. Damone B. Jones, Sr., Pastor, Bibleway Baptist ChurchDesiree Peterkin-Bell,Consultant, DNCCAdrienne McKinney, Executive Director, TUNY Haven International Early Learning CenterDanielle P. Jeter, CEO & Founder, Affairs of IsisAnton Moore, Founder, Unity in the CommunityCorey Tucker, Academic Coordinator, Community College of PhiladelphiaCarl Bailey, Retired President and CEO, CWB Consulting ServiceJasmine Sessoms, Deputy Executive Director, Mayor’s FundBilal Qayyum, Father’s Day Rally CommitteeNorthwestAngela McNair, Director, Erie School BoardDavid Dix, Managing Director, Lumnious StrategiesThe commonwealth is committed to providing equality and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians and increasing access for African Americans to civic, economic, and educational opportunities in Pennsylvania.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

VP Leni Robredo’s mom passes away

first_img“In this time of bereft, we alsooffer our thoughts and sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Ms.Gerona,” he added. “We pray that the perpetual light will shineupon Ms. Gerona, and that her soul, through the mercy of God, may rest ineternal happiness and peace.”/PN Robredo confirmed her mother’s passingin her Facebook account. “We wish to extend our heartfeltcondolences to Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo for thepassing of her beloved mother, Ms. Salvacion Gerona,” Presidential spokespersonSalvador Panelo said. Robredo rushed home to Naga City lastmonth to be with her ailing mother – the day after she announced that Gerona’shealth had improved. Gerona was a teacher by profession whoserved at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga, one of the oldest schools inthe Philippines. She said her mother’s wake will start at4 p.m. on Sunday at the Eternal Gardens, Balatas Road in Naga City. Malacañang on Sunday has expressed itscondolence on the passing of Gerona, who was described as “a selflessand dedicated teacher who molded countless of young minds acrossgenerations.” MANILA – Salvacion “Sally” Gerona,mother of Vice President Leni Robredo, has passed away on Saturday evening. Shewas 83. Salvacion Gerona, the mother of Vice President Leni Robredo, died on Saturday. Gerona, also known as Sally, was a teacher by profession. She taught in Universidad de Sta Isabel in Naga City, where Robredo finished elementary and high school. SALVACION GERONA VIA FACEBOOKlast_img read more