2018-20 MNBP Executive Committee


President
Corinda Rainy-Moore
Corinda Rainey-Moore

Corinda Rainey-Moore currently works for Kids Forward( formerly known as Wisconsin Council on Children and Families as the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. There they work on policy issues around healthcare, education, juvenile justice, racial equity and economic stability.
In addition to this, Corinda has over 27 years of experience working in mental health and 13 years of experience teaching in higher education. She is currently a doctoral candidate working towards completion of her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. She holds two master degrees in Communication and Community Mental Health with an emphasis on substance abuse.

Corinda has been living in the Madison area for the past 37 years and is very active member of the community. She serves on several boards and various organizations including: Madison Network of Black Professionals, Madison Chapter of Links, Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, Urban League of Greater Madison, Safe Communities, National Alliance on Mental Illness Dane County, Equal Opportunity Commission, Vera Court/Bridge Lakepoint Community Center, African-American Health Network and Leadership Wisconsin.

Corinda is a wife, mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 8 grandchildren.


Vice President
LaRuth Mcfee

LaRuth McAfee is the Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Funding, and Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plays a central role in creating an inclusive and multicultural educational landscape at UW-Madison. This includes oversight of activities such as the McNair Scholars Program, the Summer Research Opportunities Program, and the Multicultural Graduate Network. A chemical engineer by training, McAfee did her postdoctoral research in engineering education and has focused on education and diversity in university settings her entire professional career.


Treasurer

Oscar Mireles

Oscar Mireles

Oscar Mireles is a published poet and editor. Mireles’ poetry has been published in over 50 different publications. Oscar has been writing poetry for the past 35 years.

Mireles is the editor of three anthologies titled ‘I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Hispanic Poets’ (Focus Communications, 1989) and ‘I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: 30 Hispanic Writers’ (Focus Communications, 1999). I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: 3 Decades of Hispanic Writing (Cowfeather Press, 2014) He also produced a chapbook titled ‘Second Generation’ (Focus Communications, 1985).

Reviewer Tim Forkes writes “the compilation stands as not only as a picture of Wisconsin’s Hispanic community… but also the latest of Mireles’ many contributions to society as a whole… he was the fire in the oven”.

Oscar Mireles has received grants for his writing activities from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Wisconsin Humanities Committee, Wisconsin 150th Sesquicentennial Commission, Madison Civic Center Foundation and Wisconsin Center for the Book. He received a fellowship to spend a month at the Vermont Studio Center, an artist colony.

Mr. Mireles was selected as the 6th Poet Laureate of the City of Madison for the years 2016-17.


Secretary
Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson
I am currently seeking my next professional opportunity. During my almost 20 years of residency in Madison, WI I have enjoyed working in a variety of careers that have covered private and public sectors; industries that include real estate, consumer goods, and advertising; and fields including sales, marketing, and consulting. I earned an Executive MBA from UW Madison in 2013.

In addition to being a mother of 4 amazing children ranging from 50-20, I enjoy reading with 2 book clubs and volunteering for Girl Biz a community program which empowers middle school girls to start and run their own businesses. I serve as a board member on Access Health. I have served as the MNBP for the past 2 years and look forward to serving another term.


Membership Chair

Carrie Braxton

Carrie Braxton

I am Carrie Braxton, Diversity Recruitment Specialist; I currently work for Dane County in The Tamara D. Grigsby Office For Equity and Inclusion (OEI). The main focus of my position is recruitment, hiring, and retention for people of color and women, while paying close attention to socioeconomically disadvantaged persons. This is done by attending job fairs and community events. However, there are also ongoing meetings, trainings, and strategizing with other County and non-County staff for consistency in these efforts.

Dane County has been my employer for many years and I have worked in several departments prior to my present one. Beginning with Human Services where I first worked in the Adult Community Services – Developmental Disabilities Unit in an administrative capacity, to the Job Center as an Economic Support Specialist, then to the District Attorney’s Office as a Lead District Attorney Worker. During part of this time, I was also an Independent Sales Agent of Financial Education Services serving under United Credit Education Services. Here I assisted in financial education with an emphasis on credit repair. I can honestly say that I have honed much knowledge and many skills with those positions.

With regards to my education, I hold Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. I have also graduated from Madison Area Technical College from the Business Program as well. Not wanting to be stagnant, I have participated in various trainings and have received certifications with most recently adding Mentoring to the list.

A bit about my personal life; I am happily married to Don my long-time significant other and we are currently empty-nesters. I have lived in Madison for over 30 years, so I am truly a proud Mid-Westerner. In my spare time I love to attend concerts, plays, movies, and visit museums. In addition, I am fond of reading and writing poetry and short-stories, traveling, enjoying my husband’s gourmet cooking, and working out.

 


First Friday Coordinator
Terra V. McKinney
Terra McKinney

Terra V. McKinney is a native of Racine, WI. Terra holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from Mount Mary University. Currently, she is a Lean Consultant at American Family Insurance in Madison. As a Lean Consultant she collaborates with teams to form process improvement solutions to business problems. Previously she was employed at Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Milwaukee, WI in a similar role and was active in bridging the business, employee development and community relations as president of 2 business resource groups during her tenure.

Terra is passionate about enabling others to do and be there best through work and volunteer efforts. In her spare time, Terra enjoys cooking, traveling and is an avid Wisconsin sports teams fan.

    Leadership Experience includes:

  • Women’s Business Employee Resource Group President – Harley-Davidson Motor Company (2 years); African-American Business Employee Resource Group President – Harley-Davidson Motor Company (1.5 years); Board member – The Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company (2 years); Member – Social Justice Committee – YWCA (3 years); Board member – Dane Dances (current); Member – Fuel Milwaukee (2 years)
    Projects/Events Involvement includes:

  • Urban Bike Night – Visionary and event project manager – Harley-Davidson Motor Company; Business Employee Resource Groups – governance development – Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    Education and Training

  • Project LEAD – United Way (Leadership Effectiveness and Diversity) – This in-depth six-week training program prepares community members for leadership roles on nonprofit boards and committees, with an emphasis on recruiting participants from underrepresented board populations (women, racially and ethnically diverse, young professionals); Prosci Change Management Certification; Future Milwaukee – Mission: to develop, motivate and empower diverse, ethical leaders who create positive change throughout Milwaukee through effective civic engagement.

Luncheon Coordinator
Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes is the current Luncheon Coordinator for the Madison Network of Black Professionals. He is a full-time PhD student in Educational Leadership & PoLlicy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Chris is originally from the Chicago area and moved to Madison from the Austin, Texas area 3 years ago.


Professional Development
Nasra Wehelie
Nasra Wehelie
Nasra Wehelie is development director for Madison-Area Urban Ministry. Nasra received a BA degree from UW-Madison and an MBA degree from Cardinal Stritch University. In Rotary, Nasra serves as chair of the Rotary International Committee and is a member of the Member Development, Community Projects, International Projects and Programs and Philanthropy Committees. Nasra was a member of Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs where she served as development director. She was also a member of the African Women Associations where she served as president. Additionally, she served as the small business advisory council of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she serves on the advisory board of the UW Morgridge Center for Public Service, board of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and serves as chair of the Superintendent Human Relation Advisory Council for the Madison School District. Nasra was named one of Brava Magazine’s Women to Watch in 2015.

 

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