2022 JOSIE R. JOHNSON LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FELLOWS
2022 JOSIE R. JOHNSON LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FELLOWS
Annette Bryant is the founder of Ohenewaa Healing Point LLC. She is a Sexual Healer Release Coach and Consultant. Annette has a AAS in Child Development from Saint Paul College and a BA in Individualized Studies from Metropolitan State with a focus on Psychology, Gender Studies, Human Services, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and some of the arts. She also, has a Travel Agent Diploma with honors, from Ashworth College. She is the author of two books, “Life of an Empty Nester” and “Loving Me Best”. Annette is a multimedia artist. She is a troupe member, performer and board member with Zamya Theater Project, whom create performances about homelessness and social injustices, with the goal of ending homelessness for all. She has performed in Second Chances, Stories from the Book of Harbor Lights, Prairie Homeless Companion, Zamya Zone, and Life Heist. Annette has recently completed the Monkeybear Puppetry Intensive. She has been a mentor of girls, with GIA and worked at Laura Jeffery Academy- an all-girl school, as a Multicultural Liaison. She is a poet, graphic designer, mother and granna, and a Travel Agent. Annette loves life and has a gift to heal and looks forward to working with the community.
With more than 11 years of experience in communications and case management roles, Brittany is a skilled professional with deep expertise in working with youth and families across the Minneapolis metro area. As a North Minneapolis native, Brittany is an innovative and results-driven creative with impressive abilities to learn quickly and build relationships. Since 2016, Brittany has worked closely with North Minneapolis residents, serving in her most recent role as the Director of Communications for the Black Women’s Wealth Alliance. To date, Brittany has assisted over 40 Black-owned businesses with marketing and social media support while working closely with the BWWA team to educate historically black women about wealth management and strategy.
Cameran is a Senior Development Advisor and leads NEOO’s resilient community development strategies. He brings a diverse background in climate and natural resource planning, solar energy systems, environmental regulation, community development, and project management. Cameran has a B.S. from Rutgers University in Civil Engineering, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School at the University of MN.
Jiccarra N. Hollman
Richnetta Parker is an emerging servant leader and community advocate and organizer. She is passionate about serving Black refugee and immigrant communities and serves as the current program assistant for the International Justice and Women’s Human Rights Program at the Advocates for Human Rights. She is committed to taking a catalytic approach to leadership. Her work exists at the intersections of faith, community, policy, Black liberation and justice.
A native of Saint Paul, Summer graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2020 with a bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science and a minor in Public Health. Summer’s interest in public health grew rapidly after experiencing a personal protective equipment shortage at a Nonprofit Senior Care organization she was employed within 2020. She is conducting health initiative projects connected to an extended interest in public health globally leading her to the completion of her MPA at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Spring of 2022. Outside of Summer’s full-time Job at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Summer continues to take on more minors. Still, significant, commitments with community advocacy groups for minorities like the Black Student Union at UMN-TC, Ramsey County’s public health education initiatives, along with social advocacy organizations and programs like MN Stand-Up, American Civil Liberties Union of MN, Can’t Forget the Kids, and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Recruitment, Diversity, and Hiring committee. These experiences have helped support Summer’s mission to find her absolute calling in the community with the many skills she possesses in health administration, public policy, and innovation. In practice, Summer is consistently seeking opportunities to identify and uplift the well-being of the BIPOC community in Minnesota.
According to Dr. George Washington Carver, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” These words reflect Ti-Esha Williams-Vaughn’s lifelong mission to educate young people. Ti-Esha is a 2005 graduate of the ACT Honors College at Claflin University. This two-time HBCU graduate, then went on to pursue her MAT English from SC State University and attended the Educational Leadership program at Cambridge College in Boston. Following in the footsteps of her late grandmother, she began teaching 7th-grade ELA. She then joined the Orangeburg Wilkinson High School family where she spent the next five years teaching grades 9-11. While at OW, Ti-Esha was honored with the Excellence in Teaching and Learning award. In 2017, after being introduced to Venture Academy, Ti-Esha and her sons relocated to the Twin Cities. While at Venture Academy High School, she served in the roles of English 9 teacher, first team leader, and assistant principal. She currently serves as the principal of Venture Academy Middle School.
Tiana is the Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Coordinator for the Saint Paul Public Library. With over seven years of experience in Saint Paul Libraries, Tiana uses a co-creative and outcomes-driven approach to lead the design, measurement, and communication of the Library’s equity goals. Tiana is an expert facilitator, inspired by a background in youth work, bringing a reverence for the power of community knowledge to everything she does. Tiana has also had experience managing projects in neighborhood organizations, and educational non-profits. She is the first-ever Equity Coordinator for the Saint Paul Public Library and had the honor of sharing her work and insights across the country, most recently, at the 2021 Governmental Alliance on Race and Equities Annual Conference. Tiana’s long-term goal is to build capacity within the Black community to organize, advocate, and redirect resources alongside local governments (who historically and continue to reify systems of structural racism) to influence life outcomes for black residents across the city.
Vachel is a natural leader most notably known for his contributions in his hometown, Louisville, KY, with the Vision Russell Neighborhood Development and Revitalization Project. He was a key component in the city winning a Housing and Urban Development grant worth more than $32M for his neighborhood’s economic development plan through mobilization of the community and using his position to advocate for better economic, social and community improvements for over 10,000 residents. Currently, Vachel’s work involves financial literacy, homeownership education and loan origination at the Black-owned, First Independence Bank. As the founder of Reinvesting in Communities and Housing (R.I.C.H.), he hosts and facilitates free financial and housing workshops, forums, and connects people to economic empowerment tools and resources as well as consulting for community building and engagement strategies. Previously, he worked at Urban League Twin Cities as Housing Manager. There, he facilitated first-time homebuyer workshops, connected participants to community resources such as down-payment assistance, credit repair, business development, financial literacy and investing. He currently serves as President of the award-winning volunteer auxiliary, Urban League Twin Cities Young Professionals.
Younin Greenfield has years of engagement in the community; serving in multiple capacities, including but not limited to, providing healthcare and housing to unhoused youth and single adults with the highest barriers. Younin has simultaneously cultivated talent within her organization; providing professional support for women with a passion for developing women of color. She is committed to servant leadership, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and person-centered service delivery. Currently, she is tasked with providing strategic and equitable programming for 100+ program participants in the Single Adults Supportive Housing program at Project for Pride in living.