2016-18 MNBP Executive Committee


President

Dawn Crim

Dawn Crim

Dawn Crim has nearly 25 years’ experience in higher education at Universities in Wisconsin, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.  She has worked in the UW System since 1996 currently serving as the Associate Dean for External Relations in the School of Education at UW-Madison, leading an office that implements and executes advancement strategies. Other positions have included serving as a Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Director of Community Relations at UW-Madison; a Business Development Manager with UW-Learning Innovations; an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach; the Color Television Analyst for Wisconsin Women’s Basketball games on Wisconsin Public Television. Before entering higher education Crim was a Territory Sales Representative for Coca-Cola USA and played professional basketball in Munich Germany. Crim is a founding member of the Dane County NAACP, and Madison Network of Black Professionals and served as the President of UNITY, an African-American and Bi-racial parent organization at Leopold Elementary School and Creek Day School Board President. She currently serves on the Edgewood College Board of Trustees and recently completed three Educational leadership level searches: Edgewood President, Madison College President, and UW Madison Provost. She previously held a 3-year national board term on the Workers’ Rights Consortium (WRC). The WRC is an independent labor rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. She is an active member of Madison Downtown Rotary. Crim earned an M. ED. degree in Education Counseling from Penn State University and a B.A. degree in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia.

An effective leader and engaged in community, Crim has received the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, 2013 Wisconsin Women of Color Network Achievement Award, 2012 UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award and 2010 Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professional Leader of the Year Award.

Vice President

Corinda Rainey-Moore

Corinda Rainey-Moore Corinda Rainy-Moore currently works for Journey Mental Health Center as the Clinical Team Manager of 3 programs providing services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She has worked at Journey Mental Health Center for the past 20 years. In addition to this, she has served on the board of National Alliance on Mental Illness Dane County where she serves as Chair of the Education Committee. In addition to this, she is currently the President of Madison College Community Council of Color. She is a co-founder of the Madison Tubman Walkers. Her educational experience includes A Masters degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Community Mental Health.

Corinda is also a member of the planning committee for Madison Black Women’s Wellness Event as well as Madison Black Women Rock. In addition to this, she is a mother of 2, and a wife. She is married to Bobby Moore who is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. In her spare time, she is also a member of This Won’t Take Long volleyball team. She has lived in the Madison area for the past 33 years. My husband and I have been active in the Madison community for many years.

She would love to serve as the Vice-President of the Madison Network of Black Professionals. She believes in the mission and values of the group. She is also connected to the Black Community. She is a hard worker and committed worker. She feels that she would do an excellent job.

Treasurer

April Kumapayi

April KumapayiMy name is April Kumapayi and I am Nigerian-American. I was born in Oklahoma City, OK and moved to the Sun Prairie/Madison area when I was seven years old. Graduated from Sun Prairie High School, received my bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Legal Studies, and received my masters degree from the University of Phoenix majoring in Human Resources Management. My career goals are to utilize my masters degree in a public, private or non-profit organization and to become the director/manager of my HR department. My hobbies are spending time with friends and family, watching football and basketball (college and professional), attending special events, reading, cross-stitching, watching TV and movies, and relaxing at home.

Secretary

Sharon Johnson
Sharon JohnsonI am currently with the Educational Approval Board as a School Administration Consultant. 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 3-18, 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.

Membership Chair

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson Education and youth development have been a career focus for Derek Johnson, as he has worked in a range of roles that center on students and youth. He is currently the Director of Freshman Admissions at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Derek was formerly a Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the College, as well as an Admissions Counselor.

Derek’s strong passion for helping youth reach higher standards has allowed him to serve as both a manager and lead mentor for Phredum Mentoring, an organization for at-­-risk youth with a focus on mentoring and tutoring services, and which also connects youth and their families to positive community resources and educational opportunities. Derek founded the organization Generation SPOKEN! which seeks to help young people positively express themselves through the art of spoken poetry. He also has worked with the Urban League of Greater Madison as a Volunteer Coordinator and Career Development Specialist, again with an emphasis on tutoring and education but also with a focus on assisting older students develop skills for future employment opportunities. Derek earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-­-Whitewater, and a Master of Arts in Education from Edgewood College. He plans to pursue a Doctorate of Educational Leadership summer 2016.

Derek graduated from Madison East High School and spent the majority of his childhood and adolescent years in the Darbo/Worthington neighborhood. As an undergraduate at UW-­Whitewater, Derek conducted research on African American males and the impact of positive role models as a Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Scholar. He currently serves as a board member of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program designed to help strengthen communities and help children and families thrive and succeed at home and in the schools. He is also a foster parent with the Dane County Department of Human Services and a mentor with the Boys and Girls Club AVID/TOPS program. Derek is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Derek and his wife, Loriell have a five-­year-old daughter and enjoy traveling, mentoring, and spending time with family and friends.

Events Chair

Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy works at the Kraft Heinz Company as a Customs Analyst with over 10 years of compliance, customer service and customs broker experience. She serves as the Treasurer of the Women In Focus Inc. where she is also a member of the I have a Dream Ball planning committee. An avid volunteer, she was a member of Lions Club International for 19 years where she has held various leadership positions planning and executing projects. Some of her roles have included Treasurer, Activities Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair and Secretary. As a former member of Kraft’s African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) she has helped to spearhead the Black History Month events, Coordinated the 2014 Career Mentorship Event at UW Madison and this past summer served as the Kraft Supervisor for the Urban League of Madison 2015 Project REACH Careers Internship Program. She is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and enjoys traveling every chance she gets.

Professional Development Chair

LéAndrea Vernon
L_Andrea Vernon

LéAndrea Vernon is currently the Outreach and Recruitment Management Specialist with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her 14 years in Madison, she has had the pleasure of working in both the private and public sector. She has extensive insight on organizational structure and professional training and development through both her educational and professional work. Over the past five years she has worked with multiple organizations including End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee Leadership Development Center, YWCA Madison in roles to enhance employee engagement, consumer outreach, consulting and serving as a member of their Board of Directors. Currently, she serves on three National Committees for Risk Management, Leadership Standards and Development & Philanthropy with Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. Miss Vernon is excited to offer her skills to the role of Professional Development Chair with the Madison Network of Black Professionals.

Luncheon Coordinator

Chris Barnes

Christopher BarnesChristopher Barnes is the Luncheon Coordinator for the Madison Network of Black Professionals. He currently serves as a College Advisor for the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunities Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is originally from the Chicago area and recently moved to Madison from Texas.

Webmaster Chair

Marilyn Ruffin

Marilyn Ruffin

 Marilyn Ruffin is a 20+ year Madison/Sun Prairie resident – by way of St. Louis – and has been an active / paying member of MNBP for a number of years.  She is currently a Product Support Specialist Account Manager at RateLinx as well as the first African American elected official in Sun Prairie, serving on the school board. Between “bleacher-butt duties” at her teenage sons’ all-year-round basketball games, she’s an active member of The Madison Links, Incorporated (currently Treasurer, Arts Liaison & Webmaster/Publicity Chairperson) in addition to being active on Overture Center’s Community Advisory Board where she’s been a Volunteer Usher for past 4 years. When she’s not volunteering for other community organizations, she enjoys reading (has lead/co-lead Madison’s longest running and hippest bookclub, Sisters With Books, for 20 years), walking (introduced “GirlTrek” to Madison which led to organizing “Madison Tubman Walkers”) and playing non-competitive sand volleyball for a Summer evening full of laughs and “group therapy”.

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