Anton Tomlinson, President & CEO of the NAACP New York City ACT-SO, was a Systems Analyst for over 34 years at several Wall Street Firms. These include such titans as Salomon Brothers Inc. Salomon Smith Barney, Weeden and Company and Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.
As the President & CEO and former Chairman of the NAACP New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), Mr. Tomlinson was instrumental in the establishment and development of the NYC chapter of ACT-SO in 1987. This enrichment program which was developed in 1975 by famous journalist and historian Vernon Jarrett, encourages and inspires black youth towards excellence by providing an arena where students are motivated to excel and compete in the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. ACT-SO’s primary goal is to instill in all black youth the desire for high scholastic and cultural achievement by mobilizing parents, teachers and adults from churches, businesses, professional and community organizations to support and encourage our youth.
He was Parent Teachers Association president in 1981 – 1984 at Public School 235 in Brooklyn and also a representative of District 18 Community Board in 1983.
Mr. Tomlinson was a member of the 7-person Steering Committee that drafted the constitution for a coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations. This constitution was ratified in September 1990 thus creating the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc. He served as President from 1997 – 2000 and 2005 – 2008. He also served as Vice President and Director at other times.
He is the co-founder and was president for 6 years of the Manning’s School Past Students Association, New York Chapter. The Association provides support to his Alma Mater in Jamaica, West Indies where he was born.
Anton Tomlinson has received several awards for his commitment, dedication and hard work for young people over the years. In 1994 he received the prestigious Martin Luther King Junior, “ Measure Of A Man” award from the State of New York NAACP. Former recipients of this Award were the former mayor of New York City, the Honorable David Dinkins and former NYC Borough President and Chairman Emeritus of Inner City Broadcasting Co., the Honorable Percy Sutton. His other awards include: – Father of Year Award from Friends of Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Community Service Awards from Wolmer’s, Calabar, St. Andrew, Immaculate and MICO Alumni Associations; Award of Merit from Comets Club International for dedicated service since the formation of UJAA; the Consul General of Jamaica Award for Humanitarian and Community Service.
Anton attended Manning’s High School in Jamaica and has a degree in Computer Science from Brooklyn College. He enjoys different genres of music including SKA, Jamaican Mento, Reggae, R & B, Calypso, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and West African. He is a collector of Classic Model Car Replicas and is a sports enthusiast.
Mr. Tomlinson currently works with the Local Development Corporation of Crown Heights and is married for 45 years to Evelyn Jones with two children, Shaun Paul and Kija Simone. Shaun and his wife Ericka are parents of Justin Alexander and Kija and husband Dwayne, parents of Olivia Medora.
JOAN O. PINNOCK
Joan O. Pinnock née Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Ms. Pinnock started her own practice in 1997, and has served as solo practitioner and immigration advocate for the past fourteen years. Currently, the Law offices of Joan Pinnock, Esq. are located in three locations, namely: Newark, NJ, Englewood, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY. As a result of her admission to the District Court of New Jersey, Ms. Pinnock represents immigration clients nationwide.
In January of 2010 Ms. Pinnock was appointed as the first President of the Jamaican American Bar Association, NE. In addition, she also serves as a board member of the Caribbean Bar Association of NJ., and the Caribbean American Business Association. Her membership to other organizations includes the American Immigration Lawyers Association, New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, and the Coalition of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
She is also the resident immigration expert on Immigration Talk on the Brother Gary Show, a popular weekly radio program in New York. Ms. Pinnock is co-founder and chairperson of the Network of Legal Professionals at Christ Church, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services to church members and the community.
Since the fall of 2007, Ms. Pinnock has served as adjunct professor at Essex County College in the first immigration law clinic at that institution. Ms Pinnock has also published her first article “The Urgent Need for Immigration Reform”. IN 2007, Among her awards include: Community Leadership award from the Caribbean Bar Association; the Presidential Award for excellence in the field of law from her very own Excelsior High School Alumni Association, New York; and in 2012 she received an award from the Caribbean American Business Association in 2012.
She is the proud mother of one daughter, Danielle, who holds a Master’s degree from the City University in Birmingham, England.
Ms. Pinnock attributes all of her achievements to her faith and a total dependence on Christ.
BISHOP FELIX F. POYSER
In 1999, the City of Philadelphia honoured this servant of God and friend to all people, by naming the church block (South 53rd Street) “Reverend Felix Poyser Way”, in recognition of his decades of service to the community.
His congregation boasts a 90% Jamaican membership but also serves members from other Caribbean islands, the United States, England and Africa. The Church’s “Here Am I, Send Me” Missions Team, visits Jamaica annually to minister in various children’s homes in St James. Other outreach activities in the USA include providing food for the indigent and school supplies and food baskets for the needy and ministering in prisons and nursing homes.
His church also provided facilities for official duties by Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Philadelphia.
Pastor Poyser is married to Lilith and has three children.
Mrs. Lorraine Badley was born in London, England November 26th 1956 to Jamaican parents Leila Sheriff and Ivan Morrison. Lived in Jamaica from 1960-1969 then came to USA and lived here ever since. Attended William and Howard Taft H.S. then went to Monroe Business College an Associate degree in executive secretarial business management Science. Married 1983 to Michael Badley in Toronto, Canada, have five sons, Ryan, Rodney, Richard, Brandon and Andrew. Attended St. James Episcopal in New York, Worked for Bank of New York wall street.
Moved to Delaware 1988, attended Immanuel Episcopal church in Old New Castle Delaware. Worked for Chase Manhattan Bank from 1990-2004 as Customer Service, Correspondence, Operation Administration. Implemented Diversity program for employees to make a better work place. Event planner for Bank functions with upper management and president. Work on programs for respect in the work place. 1995-2002 volunteer for Junior Achievement, received awards for doing it for such a long time. Worked with Junior High school kids on balancing checking account, credit cards, taught them about interest rate, table manners etc. Receive awards from chase for some of my efforts, and nominated for Outstanding Black Achiever for 8 years.
Lobby in Washington DC for Delaware property taxes for the federal government to give money to schools every 4 years, and got it signed into law by president Clinton 1993, under the Parent Teachers Association, as Leadership Chair. Write letter every year to United States Senators for thoughtfulness towards Jamaicans, when they are considering in January what they are going to do. Diaspora since 2010. Najaso since 201., Medical Mission “help Jamaica” with cousin Dr. Rudolph Willis, create signs, posters, inspire others to help. Take supplies to schools in Kingston, Help Enfield clinic in St. Mary with supplies and this November a refrigerator for Medicine.
Mr. Donahue Bailey migrated to Philadelphia in 1970 where he completed his high school education at Overbrook High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and in Construction Management, from Florida International University. He is the founder, President and CEO, Atrium International Inc., an Architectural, Engineering and Construction Management firm operating in the North Atlantic region.
Mr. Bailey is the Chief Financial Officer for the Jamaican Diaspora, North East United States and is also the Chairman, Jamaica Diaspora for The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Vice President of the board of the Jamaica Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia. He has orchestrated many trade missions to and from Jamaica. He is also Chairman of the Jamaican Independence Church Services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Vice President of the board of the National Association of Minority Contractors.
Councilwoman Elsie Foster-Dublin is the President and CEO of Aunt Elsie’s Homestay, International Student Housing Program. She is a former President of Jamaican Organization of New Jersey (2009 – 2010) who facilitated the creation and launch of the Jamaican Trade Council of New Jersey (2005) and facilitated the launch of the Jamaica Trade Council Philadelphia (2004). She has a distinguished list of accomplishments including:
• Brokered relationship with the NJ State Department of Commerce to grant an operating license to Jamaica National Building Society into the state of New Jersey (2004)
• Worked with the Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey to initiate disaster relief programmes and provide disaster assistance to hurricane victims in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica (2004)
• Delivered keynote address at the First Jamaica Diaspora Convocation at the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies Jamaica (2003) and planned the annual Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Standard raising ceremony in New Jersey (2003)
• Partnered with Air Jamaica to host Business Exchanges and Community Relations programmes for New Jersey and facilitated visits by cultural exchange groups from Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and St. Kitts for performances in New Jersey
SGT. ANDREW LAWRENCE
Police Sgt. Andrew Lawrence who migrated to the United States in 1982 is a certified electronic technician and former Corrections Officer. He is the Founder and President of the Caribbean Trade Council, an economic development initiative, between the State of Connecticut and the Caribbean islands to promote trade, tourism and economic cooperation between the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford and the Caribbean.
Sgt. Lawrence was also the Connecticut Community Liaison for Air Jamaica. In July 2004 he was named Director of Public Safety for the Northeast Region of the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Council.
The Mayor of the City of Hartford declared April 8 2005 as “Sergeant Andrew Lawrence Day”, in the City of Hartford for the contributions that were made by Sergeant Lawrence to the residents of the City of Harford.
He is also a past President of the West Indian Social Club of Hartford.
Sadie Aarons-Campbell is a graduate of Oberlin High School St, Andrew Jamaica. She migrated to the United States in 1965.She attended Brooklyn College and later NYU where she earned a degree in Journalism
Aarons Campbell has been a community activist for several years and upon retiring from corporate America after thirty two years she returned to full time volunteerism in her community.
Mrs. Aarons Campbell is currently the president of the Jamaica Progressive League, Inc. one of the oldest Jamaican organization in the United States. This trail –blazing organization was launched in Harlem New York September1, 1936 specifically to bring self –government and ultimately Independence to Jamaica
Aarons Campbell says that even though there is talk of nation-building, it is no more than lip service, because she has yet to see any serious discussion leading in that direction, and states that under her presidency that conversation will definitely brought back to the table. She is deeply committed to her homeland and fellow Nationals and is a consummate advocate who believes in dignity even in death. It has been noted that Ms. Campbell has stepped forward to claim the remains of fellow Nationals slated for unceremonious burial and on occasion has personally financed such funerals in the absence of relatives.
Though gentle by nature, this mother of four adult children, and a grandson, is certainly no slouch and solid in her convictions. Even though in some circles she is referred to as a “quiet storm”, Mrs. Campbell can be quite outspoken and if faced with situations that in her opinion seem biased or unfair, is by no means timid in expressing herself, or taking the necessary action for resolution.
Tyrone Morrison migrated to the United States in 1989 and started working at the Consulate General of Jamaica, New York the same month of his arrival into the USA.
Mr. Morrison is a driver at the Consulate but also works in the Passport section and is involved in the preparations of all functions held at or by the Consulate, including today’s ceremony. He is punctual, dependable, detailed, a congenial personality and always willing to help. A man of exemplary work ethics. He is married to Coreen and has four children.
DR. LURLINE MUNOZ-BENNETT
Dr. Lurline Muñoz-Bennett works as the arts and equity coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. An educator, singer and storyteller, she is a founder and executive director of the Jamaicaribe Chorale and Dramatic Society in Lexington, which has been around since 1980. The group performs at festivals and conducts evenings of Jamaican folklore, music and stories.
She was instrumental in getting City Hall to raise the Jamaican flag on Independence Day at Boston City Hall. Since 1980 she has facilitated a week of events in recognition of Jamaica’s Independence Celebrations to preserve our heritage and culture.
Mr. Leslie George Perry migrated to the United States in 1961. He had an illustrious career as a teacher which included taking students on trips to Washington, D.C., New York, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, as an enhancement in Cultural Awareness and Social Studies.
Mr. Perry joined The West Indian Social Club of Hartford in 1969 (WISC) and was twice elected as the president.
He initiated the move to open the WISC membership to women, established after school tutorial programmes at the club and collaborated with leaders to create The West Indian Foundation, a 501-c3 organization. He organized a Farm Worker Memorial Scholarship, Boys and Girls Scout Troupes, as well as a Youth Council.
Out of a meeting in 2006 where Mr. Perry shared his vision with Riverfront Recapture to enhance the City of Hartford’s Revitalization efforts and tourism at Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Hartford, came the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival in 2006, promoting cultural diversity in art, music, food and dance of the English, French and Spanish Caribbean. Twenty five thousand persons attend annually.
Mr. Perry is married to Norma and has a daughter.
HAROLD L. MIGNOTT
Harold L. Mignott is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is also an attending physician at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Mignott attended Morant Bay High school in Jamaica and then migrated to the United States. He graduated from City College in New York with a degree in biochemistry. He received his medical degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a fellowship in Emergency Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr Mignott has had multiple roles at the university including attending physician at The Hospital of The University Of Pennsylvania, Medical director of The Edward S Cooper Internal Medicine Practice and medical director of the coumadin clinic.
He is a former director of minority recruitment and development in the Department of medicine and the Center of Excellence. He also served as an advisor for the starting Hospitalist program at Penn.
Dr Mignott has contributed to the literature through chapters and reviews and other articles. He is the recipient of the Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician in the University Of Pennsylvania Health System award and the John Eisenberg Teaching Award for the Division of General Internal medicine.
Dr Mignott has participated in multiple community initiatives including starting a Men’s Health program in the Philadelphia community for the last ten years. He is a co-founder of the Jamaica trade council of greater Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Diaspora advisory board to the Jamaican government representing the Northeastern United states. The seven-member board is in place to advise the Jamaican government on ways to engage overseas Jamaicans in the development of the country. Dr Mignott is an original member of the board and has worked on programs aimed at the improvement in health and education.