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BOARD BIOS

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Sheryl Mallory-Johnson is the Founder, and CEO/Executive Chair of the Board. Sheryl's vision is honoring the legacy, resilience, and courage of women who are of paramount importance to the 400th year commemoration since the first Africans arrived at the shore of Jamestown, Virginia, in the year 1619. With her extensive background in Human Services, Sheryl is an advocate for children, youth, and families. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern University, a Masters's Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University, and is Psychotherapist.

Along with her husband, Sheryl co-founded "The Pros & Coaches Anti-Drug Campaign", a non-profit organization that promote drug and alcohol awareness, as well as academic excellence among youth in athletics in San Diego for ten years.  

Sheryl worked as a Adjunct Humanities Professor at Spring College, now School of Professional and Continued Studies, for nine years where she taught race, culture and religion, women issues in literature, writing for social change, and building multi-cultural communities to name a few subjects. 

A passionate Novelist and Playwright, Sheryl writes heartfelt stories about the human condition.

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Julia Morris serves as Treasurer for1619NCBW, as well as on the outreach committee. She was born in Calhoun, Georgia, and graduated from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  Julia has more than 25 years of experience empowering youth, parents, dependent adults and older adults, and has served on committees such as Qualification Evaluation Committee (QEC), SDSU’s Advisory Committee, School Attendance Review Board (SARB), the Southern Indian Health Council (SIHC), and East County Domestic Violence Committee.

 

Julia has been a frequent guest speaker at the V&B Bible Institute’s Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.  She developed a curriculum “Habits of Character: The Nature of Vice and Virtue” that is biblically-based.  Julia teaches this curriculum to girls ages 10 to 17.

 

Ms. Morris enjoys traveling and has traveled throughout the Caribbean, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Brazil, Spain, Greece, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Croatia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  Julia Morris lives in San Diego CA.

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Jacquelyn Sherman-Rustin is a Co-Founder and served as Event Chair of the Inaugural 1619NCBW. Jacquelyhas guided over 900 young people through the challenging years of high school to become professional, ethical, compassionate young adults. Her stewardship of the prestigious Aaron Price Fellows Program (APF) creates a legacy of youth development that will have a positive impact for generations. Sherman-Rustin served as Executive Director of APF for 20 years. 

Before her position with APF, she worked for approximately ten years behind the scenes of various local officials. She served as council representative for former 4th District Councilman William Jones and served as policy analysis for former San Diego County Supervisor Susan Golding, and Director of Community Outreach for former San Diego Mayor Susan Golding.

 

After retiring from APF, Sherman-Rustin accepted a job with Neighborhood House Association, first as the Director of Community Affairs and later as the Director of Development. 

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Alice Kennedy is a Co-founder and oversees Marketing/Promotions of the 1619NCBW. Enjoying a lengthy career in public service and executive leadership, Ms. Kennedy’s experience includes organizational planning and operational management. She has led and provided oversight of several media, public awareness, and recruitment campaigns focused on child abuse prevention, foster care and adoption. Ms. Kennedy is also an independent consultant and executive trainer.

 

A servant leader, Ms. Kennedy has a heart for volunteerism and missions. She has supported and coordinated numerous outreach efforts to uplift disadvantaged groups, locally and abroad. Ms. Kennedy established Disaster Relief efforts for displaced families of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; including facilitating more than $30,000 of monetary support to families across the country. During the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Ms. Kennedy partnered with a local non-profit and pursued grant funding to launch Prevention from the Pulpit, an HIV Awareness Campaign for African American Churches in San Diego, CA. Her most meaningful act of service was supporting short term missions, including teaching and providing counsel in the schools and squatter camps within the Paarl Valley of South Africa.

 

Ms. Kennedy is humbled by the opportunity to share her gifts and talents to support this National Celebration of Black Women, a long-awaited moment in history to celebrate the collective dreams and accomplishments of black women everywhere!

 

Alyce M. Pipkin-Allen serves the Local Outreach Chair and Fund Development Chair for the 1619NCBW. Alyce was born in Mississippi, raised in San Diego and has been civically engaged in public service and grassroots nonprofits advocating for the advancement of women, students and low-income communities of color, particularly Black communities for the majority of her adult life.  

Alyce began her activism in community nonprofits Neighborhood House Association, Black Federation and Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation performing and managing workforce development activities.  She later joined the County of San Diego’s Human Resources Department retiring as a Human Resources Professional.  Since her retirement, Alyce has focused on grassroots lobbying, advocacy, and activism as Vice-Chair of the Black American Political Association of California, San Diego Chapter (BAPACSD) and other nonprofits and Giving Circles.  

She ran for office in 2016 and since that time has dedicated herself to educating and informing people of color about the importance of registering and voting in Primary and General elections. She is the mother of two sons, grandmother of five, a great-grandmother of one, and a family member to many.

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Cynthia Keeve is a Co-Founder of 1619NCBW. A public servant for 30 years for the government, Cynthia retired as a Paralegal Analyst. She is a current Ambassador for AARP and educates the aging community on healthcare, wellness, fraud prevention, and caregiving in San Diego. As a member of New Life Baptist Church and a certified spiritual counselor, she facilitates spiritual growth classes as a part of the Outreach Ministry.

 

Through her work as a member at large for the 1619 National Celebration of Black Women, she empowers Black women and young girls to know their history and celebrate their excellent contributions to American culture.

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Current Vice President External Democratic Women's Club of San Diego

Past President at Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County

Former President at Point Loma Democratic Club

Former Teacher at Duval County Public Schools

Former Former Executive Board member of Ca Democratic Party at California's 78th State Assembly district

Former Trustee at San Diego History Center

Studied at Stetson University

Studied at Stetson University

Studied at Mesa Community College

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Leah Goodwin is President & CEO of Leah Goodwin Creations – Where Art and Soul Meet. Leah has a diverse background that includes small business development and fundraising, marketing and communications in the areas of cultural, community, and public relations. Her exemplary career in the arts encompasses everything from public arts management to visual and performing arts program development and consultation, to creation and implementation of award winning arts in education and arts in hospitals programs.

 

Currently, she also serves as:• San Diego Regional Consultant providing Event Coordination, Fund-raising and Community BuildingUnited Negro College Fund• Faculty for Urban Leadership Program, Special Event CoordinatorRISE San Diego• Vice-ChairSan Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls• Co-Chair, Event Manager and Fund-raiserSun and Sea Festival in Imperial BeachIn 2015, Leah created the San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement, an exhibition of banners which has been displayed in many venues around San Diego. The display contains a series of panels that acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as well as honors San Diego’s leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Leah is an accomplished and published poet and writer, including significant contributions to the book by Merryl Goldberg entitled, “Teaching English Language Learners through the Arts.” Her recent honors include receiving a 2017 MOXIE Award from MOXIE Theatre for being a Woman of Grit and Determination and being one of the selected featured women in the “Beautiful, Brilliant and Brave: A Celebration of Black Women” exhibit for her work in arts and culture.

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