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Our History 

In 1981, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) was formed with a mission to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. During its 34-year history, NCBW has chartered over 65 chapters with a cumulative membership of more than 3,500 women, representing 30 states.

New Haven Metropolitan Chapter - Chartered September 2016 

Overview of 2019 Programs

New Haven Metropolitan Chapter 

Board of Directors


Valencia A. Goodridge, MBA, President

Miriam James, First Vice President of Programs

Jenell M. Lawson, MS, MBA, Second Vice President of Finance & Fund Dev.

Karrol-Ann Brown, Esq., Third Vice President of Membership & Chapter Dev.

Lorraine Gibbons, MBA, Treasurer

Sheila Brown, Recording Secretary

Cynthia Hayes, Corresponding Secretary

Lisa Willis, Financial Secretary

Agnes Wilson, Esq., Public Policy Chair

Taylor Samuels-Gonzalez, Director

Victoria Dancy, MBA, Director

Rona Durham, Director

Michelle Crook, Director

Sherlyn Garner, Director

Carlotta Allen, Director

New Haven Metropolitan Chapter Active Members 

Carlotta Allen *

Shirley D. Anderson

Gwen Brantley

Karrol-Ann Brown

Sheila Brown

Joanne Butler

Michelle Crook

Victoria Dancy *

Rona Durham

Micheka Felican *

Raynetta Ford-Thames

Sherlyn Garner*

Lorraine Gibbons

Twanda Grey

Valencia Goodridge

Cynthia Hayes

Holly Heaven

Rhoda Huxstable

Lisa L. Johnson

Miriam James

Valerie King *

Jenell M. Lawson

Valita Luckett *

Askar Morisseau*

Sharesse McLeod

Susan Samuels

Taylor Samuels-Gonzalez*

Jacqueline R. Scott

Latoya Still*

Kara Melissa Turman *

Carolyn Vermont

Jennifer Walker

Agnes Wilson*

Lisa Willis

* Indicates Committee Chair

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