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Committee Chairs

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Yvonne Nambe-Roach


Yvonne Nambe-Roach believes that through self awareness our young people will learn to interact effectively and carry on the true and great tradition of our global heritage. That is why she has made it her lifelong challenge/goal to guide, influence, educate and promote our youth on all levels. Educating our youth will prepare them to be great community leaders and instill in them the understanding of giving back. When she joined and became an active member of the West Orange African Heritage Association, she spent her Wednesday afternoons tutoring the next generation of great minds, our youth. Ms. Nambe-Roach believes that involvement in the community gives her the opportunity to honor the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future. As an entrepreneur, she has dedicated her life to being a catalyst and a pioneer working for the betterment of her family, her people and her community. Ms. Nambe-Roach takes great pride in working with organizations whose goals are rooted in the successful development of our youth, thus providing for and sustaining the promise for the future. Working with organizations within and without the community has played a consistent role in building and establishing relationships within the community. A community that nurtures our youth, the leaders of tomorrow. Ms. Nambe-Roach is an educator. She is and has been adjunct professor at William Paterson University for several years.


Brent Scott

Vice President

Brent Draper Scott is humbled to serve as Vice President of the West Orange African Heritage Organization. Previously, Brent has served as co-chair of the Recruitment Committee with Mark Robertson and as the organization’s Historian. As Historian for the organization, Brent realized that the incredible success of the WOAHO could be lost to history and took affirmative steps to capture and record that history. The result was a documentary film, Heroes Among Us, the culmination of a year’s long journey to find and interview founding and long-time members on the forming and purpose of the organization. The documentary allowed for these real heroes to tell their stories in the first-person and in so doing preserved the rich history of The West Orange African Heritage Organization. Brent is a Professor of Graduate Studies in Organization Leadership at Mercy College in New York. He teaches Professional Ethics, Business Communication, Sustainability, Leading High Performance Teams and Transformational Leadership. Prior to teaching Brent served as a lobbyist for three national organizations: Sierra Club, Consumers Union, and Citizen Action and formerly worked for a Congressional Sub-Committee. In business he served as Corporate Office Director and as Director of Quality Assurance. Brent has served on the West Orange Open Space and Recreation Commission and is a member of the West Orange Zoning Board. Brent is married to Alana Kim. They have two sons attending West Orange Public Schools.

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Kathy Lisenco


Kathy Lisenco has been a member of the West Orange African Heritage Organization for the last 6 six years. She held the position of Parliamentarian for 2 terms. Presently she holds the position of secretary. Kathy is a retired Literature and Language Arts Teacher for the Newark Public Schools. She’s an avid reader, enjoys crafting and watching movies. Kathy is passionate about her family and adore her grandson and granddaughter.


Janicea Jones-Vance

Financial Secretary

Janicea is a graduate from Montclair State University where she received her BA in Human Services with a rigorous concentration in Family and Child Studies. For the past 12 years, She's been a Pre-K Teacher with the Orange Public Schools and, prior to teaching in Orange, NJ, Janicea was a Substitute Teacher for grades K-12 in Newark, NJ. Teaching has always been her passion as well as helping others in her community. She is also an Association Representative with the Orange Education Association, her local teachers’ Union and been a member of the United States Bowling Congress since 2012. Bowling is a wonderful sport and it teaches the agility, consistency, perseverance and determination. Collaborating with her colleagues at WOAHO will certainly afford her the opportunity to make others feel inspired to be the change they wish to see in the world. Lastly, she strongly believe that they will, in turn, inspire others to do the same within their communities. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou -Janicea Jones-Vance From: Strikerjvan Jvan Date: 7/19/23 3:45 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Subject: WOAHO Bio


Cathy Sutherland


Catherine Sutherland has been a resident of West Orange since 1983 and a member of CBC (Concerned Black Citizens) and WOAHO (West Orange African Heritage Organization) since 1986. As a member of the West Orange African Heritage Organization, Catherine served as Membership Chair, assisted in the Tutoring Program and is currently Treasurer.

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Robert Simmons


Robert is a graduate of Seton Hall University and has lived in West Orange for 54 years. He’s founding member of the Concerned Black Citizens of West Orange, which was the forerunner of the West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO). Robert held positions as President, Financial Secretary and currently the Parliamentarian. He was also member of the WOAHO Tutoring team. Robert was president of the West Orange Kiwanis Club. He’s an active member of Orange & Maplewood branch of the NAACP and has chaired their Freedom Fund Committee.

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Sandra Boone

Tutoring Coordinator

Sandra and her husband have lived in West Orange for 24 years and raised three sons who attended West Orange Public Schools. She began her college career at Hampton University, graduated from Rutgers University and later received her master's degree from Montclair State University. Sandra served as a teacher, supervisor, facilitator, assistant principal and principal during her 26-year tenure as a New Jersey educator. She also served as a teacher in London for one year as a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to serving as the Tutorial Chair for the West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO), her volunteer service also includes membership with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Morris County where she volunteers as a lead presenter for their NAMI Ending the Silence workshops.

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Tonya Williams

Media Coordinator

Tonya has demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission and values of WOHAO and has actively contributed while serving on the technology committee. Tonya is the Owner of Sisters Helping Seniors LLC, a company actively involved in community initiatives supporting senior well-being. Tonya is dedicated to creating awareness and promoting the value of seniors' experiences in society by supporting them in their long-term care journey. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Tonya is deeply invested in making a positive impact within the West Orange community Tonya is eager to continue to contribute her expertise and insights to the committee, aiming to drive positive change and further the committee's objectives.

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Kashon Abdul-Qadir

Website & Family Outreach

Kashon is a mother of two, wife and business owner. Kashon relocated her family from Wayne, NJ to West Orange in 2015 and absolutely love the town. Kashon enjoyed a wonderful fourteen year career education as a teacher and Director for Career Education in the Paterson Public Schools and Newark Public Schools. She resigned in 2017 to launch her two business ventures. Kashon brings her educational experiences, social and business savvy to help create unique ways to engage new young families that have moved to the West Orange area.

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Cynthia Hadley-Bailey

Marketing & Website 

Cynthia Hadley-Bailey has been a West Orange resident for over 30 years. She was born and raised in the Bronx New York. She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, earning an Associate of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts in Community Relations. Cynthia is active in the WO community. She is the past chair of PASSE, a special education group in West Orange, past chair of West Orange Human Relations Commission, past president of the West Orange African Heritage Organization and past president of the Rotary Club of West Orange. She's also vice chair of the West Orange Democratic Committee. Cynthia's married, has two daughters and three grandchildren.


Althia Tweiten

Outreach Officer/Fundraising

Althia Reed- Tweiten has resided in West Orange Township for 47 years. She has worn many hats while being a member of WOAHA. She was twice elected president of WOAHO and, has served in the positions of Treasurer, Membership Chair, Fundraising Chair and Parliamentarian. A graduate of Kean University (formerly Newark State Teachers Colleges) she pursued a Masters in Critical Thinking and Learning at Montclair State University. A former realtor, business owner and educator, Althia served the students of Peshine Ave School in Newark for over 30 years while raising her family. Althia has been appointed for a second term to the Board of Renna House (Senior Housing.) She is a former Board Member of the YMCA in Livingston, former elected member of the Democratic County Committee, former appointee to the Human Relations Commission and former Chair of WIN (Women In The NAACP). Ms Tweiten is a member of St Matthew AME Church and Alpha Kappa Sorority.


Deborah Robinson

Membership & Education

Deborah has been a resident of West Orange for 11 years. She’s an educator for 25+ years and currently teaches Middle School special needs students. She hold a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and I am currently enrolled in a Doctoral program for Ed Leadership.


Rosary Morelli

Senior Advisor

Rosary has lived in West Orange for 60 years. She has volunteered in many West Orange organizations: She was Past Parliamentarian for the West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO). She is currently the Senior Advisor for the WOAHO. Rosary has volunteered her time as Board member of the West Orange Renna Senior Residence, Board member of the Essex County Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Advisory Board and instrumental in recommending the Township Council to apply for a grant to conduct the Senior Citizen Sure vey. The Town did receive the grant.


Doris Moses

Sergeant of Arms

Doris has exemplified a true unconditional dedication to the educational process of our youth. Doris is a retired principal from the Orange Public Schools. Her direction in leading the West Orange African Heritage Organization’s Tutorial Program has ensured that our elementary students receive adequate support in their education. She passed the torch and will now serve as our Seageant at Arms with WOAHO.


Terry Trigg- Scales


Terry Trigg- Scales and her husband Errol moved to West Orange in 1984. They have one son, Jonathan. She is a career educator, who worked in the Montclair Public Schools for 38 years where she retired as Assistant Superintendent. She is active with the Essex County Retirees Education Association and served as president . She is currently CEO of Terry Trigg-Scales & Associates, education consultants. Terry has also served as a member and president of the West Orange Board of Education

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Linda Robinson


Linda graduated from North Carolina A & T and took a teaching position in Newark , N. J. She has lived in West Orange for 32 years. Linda has been a member WOAHO for over 19 years and held positions of Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Vice President. Linda has been a member of the Essex County Links for 35 years holding positions of Chair of Health and Human Services , Co-Chair of Health and Human Services, Treasurer, Chair of Rituals and Co-Chair of Protocol. She is the President of Essex New Directions Organization. She is a member of the West Orange Democratic County Committee. Linda volunteers at the Canterbury Village Assisted Living as an Arts & Crafts teacher.

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