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

Triche signs with Italian team

first_img Published on August 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Former Syracuse guard Brandon Triche signed with a professional team in Italy on Tuesday.Triche, who was not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft, will play for Trento of Italy’s LegaDue this season with the goal of spring-boarding to the NBA next year.Triche had been waiting for an offer from the Charlotte Bobcats, whom he played for in the Las Vegas Summer League in July, his father Melvin said, but as European rosters began to fill up, Triche decided it was best not to wait and take that chance.So he signed a one-year deal that includes a two-bedroom apartment, a car and extra travel expenses.“Brandon was on a timeline,” the elder Triche said. “Taking a chance on Charlotte or another (NBA) team or take a serious deal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTriche chose Trento over other European teams, the NBA Developmental League and a chance to catch on with an NBA team via training camp.Italian scouts first noticed Triche in Las Vegas, where he averaged 7.4 points and 1.4 assists in 12.6 minutes per game. Scouts told the elder Triche they were impressed with Triche’s point-guard ability and willingness to push the pace.Melvin Triche said the family had hoped the Bobcats would extend an offer, but after seeing another former SU player, Andy Rautins, get stuck in the D-League last year after signing a non-guaranteed contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Triche decided continuing to wait was not his best option.“We did not want a team to get him in camp and stick him in the D-League like what Andy went through last year,” the elder Triche said.Triche felt Trento was his most competitive choice, and also the most beneficial to his future, Melvin and Brandon’s brother Mike Triche said.“Option No. 1 is to use this year to grow and mature as an athlete and a player,” Mike Triche said, “and then going forward, have a long NBA career.”Melvin and Mike Triche could not confirm The Post-Standard’s report that Brandon’s contract was worth $95,000.Brandon Triche, a Jamesville-DeWitt graduate, averaged 13.6 points per game as a senior for the Orange last season, second only behind C.J. Fair. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more