| African-American/Caribbean Education Association, Inc.
"Working to better the education of our children"
|Rosalind O'Neal, Founder and CEO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Please take a moment to read about us.
|Rosalind O'Neal--is the Founder of the AACEAINC organization and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. She is an
affiliate of various organizations that advocate education empowerment and directs, "Moving Thoughts to Action", a forum for
organizational capacity building. A proponent of education options, she works diligently with parent and education advocacy
groups to achieve objectives. Actively working toward accomplishing successful outcomes, she has been privileged to interface
and collaborate with various community entities to empower and to create policy. She has performed professional leadership as a
Charter School Board Chair, community Education Chair to a State Senator of New York, and she was a premiere School
Leadership Team Chair when New York City schools were mandated to be in compliance with the New York State Education
Regulations Re-Authorization Act of 1998. Her "passion" for the betterment of the community has attracted favorable media,
press, and community attention; and in her quest to make a difference, she has experienced the following defining moments:
Running as a candidate for City Council in 2001; leading the way in successfully bringing the "U.S. Department of Education
Smaller Learning Communities Grant" to Southeast Queens; and being nominated in 2004 for Governor George Pataki's, "New
York State Martin L. King Jr. Humanitarian Award". She has appeared on television and radio talk shows, and as a panelist at
various workshops and conferences. She is the recipient of public service awards from the Community, the US Congress, the
New York City Council, and New York State Senate. She was the proud recipient of two outstanding awards from the National
Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. In 2008 she received their " Distinguished Education
Leadership" award at the United Nations, presented by the International Division, an NGO of the UN; and their National "Sojourner
Truth" award in 2011. The National Association of University Women (Queens Branch) honored her with their addition to
spearheading AACEAINC, she provides services as an education and business consultant and directs Moving Thoughts Service
Award" in May, 2009. In October 2009, she was proud to be honored by her alma mater, Dowling College, “Community with
their "Top 40 in 40" award that recognized outstanding alumni in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Her organizational and
leadership skills have steadfastly brought the AACEAINC organization into its 20th year of service to the community. As Founder
and CEO, her commitment to the AACEAINC mission is to ensure total quality management. Ms. O'Neal holds a Baccalaureate
degree from Hunter College; a Master of the Arts degree from New York University; and a Master of Business Administration
degree from Dowling College.
Shawneequa L. Callier- is an attorney in Bioethics and Health Law, presently working as an assistant professor at George
Washington University. Her practice, and biomedical research, includes analyzing federal, state, and international laws related to
stem cell research and egg donor compensation, the ethical, legal and social issues in genetics, and advance directives. She is also
the author of several articles germane to Health Law, Bioethics and Biotechnology. Her background extends to teaching medical
ethics at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, interning at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and the
Nuffield Council on Bioethics in London, England. She was a part of the team advocating for human rights in Swaziland with the
Georgetown University Law Center's "International Women's Human Rights Clinic". Committed to student and parent
empowerment, she is an active volunteer working with at-risk high school students and a strong proponent of the Arts and Youth
leadership. She is firmly committed to supporting the mission of the AACEAINC organization and plans to recruit an
outstanding network of corporate stakeholders that will embellish the organization's efforts in strategic planning and capacity
building. Ms. Callier holds a Baccalaureate degree in Political Science with the academic honor, Certificate in Political Theory,
from Princeton University; a Master of Arts degree in Bioethics with High Distinction from Monash University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia; and J.D. Law degree from Georgetown University.
Pamela Gibbs- is an Administrative Assistant in the Accounting Department at Sony Corporation of America. She has had diverse
working experiences with the Cambridge University Press and Bloomingdale’s; and has served as an AACEAINC Intern. Prior to
joining the AACEAINC Board, Ms. Gibbs was engaged in various aspects of the Entertainment industry, where her proclivities
were heightened by performing her craft as a volunteer worker hosting some of AACEAINC’s gala events, and clocking in hours
with Essence Magazine’s Street Style Block Party, and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Presently, she has created a lifestyle
blog called Simplypamarie.com sharing her knowledge and experience on food, entertainment, and travel in New York City.
Ms. Gibbs has a passion for Event Planning and has taken on the responsibility as the Fundraising and Planning Committee Chair.
She is committed to supporting AACEAINC by encouraging peers and corporate interests to support the AACEAINC mission.
Pamela Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from North Carolina A&T State University where she
graduated Cum Laude and the recipient of New York State Wedding and Event Planner Certification from York College.
Services, she orchestrated the founding of the New York State Guardians Association of the New York State Corrections and Law
Enforcement Officers, Inc. She presently serves as Public Relations Director to the organization, whose primary role is to provide
service to the community. A woman of courage and integrity, she served for 16 years as a Labor Union Activist and achieved the
prominence and honor to be elected to the Union's State-Wide Executive Board Council 82, which is the collective bargaining unit
for New York State Security Services Employees. Ms. Phipps is a proactive community leader; a Licensed Real Estate
Salesperson; a commissioned Notary Public/NYS Department of State; a Security Ministry Volunteer at the Greater Allen Cathedral
Church; a member of various community based organizations; and former President/CEO of the National Women's Political
Caucus-Queens. To be able to live in this society with dignity and respect, she believes "Education is Key". In her quest for
excellence in education, her commitment to the AACEAINC mission is to advocate Justice for parents whose children attend
public school --Such action can ensure children a quality education. Ms. Phipps is a graduate of the School of Industrial and
Labor Relations, Cornell University.
Hon. Ernestine Washington--in addition to the duties she performs for AACEAINC, she serves as the current chairperson of the
Social Concern Community Development Corporation. She is an Officer on the board of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Queens
Empire Chapter; and the St. Albans Human Resource Center Headstart. Ms. Washington is a retired Librarian who served the New
York State Public Library System and the New York City Board of Education. However, she is known for the work she
performed as an elected member of the Community School Board District 29, where she earned the title, Honorable. As a
proactive community activist serving the Queens community, she was a past president of the Queens Women's Political Caucus. A
woman of excellence, Ms. Washington has inspired to "Greatness" many leaders, organizations, and children! She attributes her
warm and caring demeanor to her background, rooted in the rural Gullah village of the famous Sol Legare, James Island of the
County of Charleston, South Carolina; a place where everyone was family and everyone practiced loving and caring for each
other. The community applauds her caring and accomplishments in these involvements: Co -Founder of the Black Librarians
Caucus of New York; Co-Founder of the Laurelton Theatre of Performing Arts; and membership in numerous community based
organizations for the betterment of the community. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in recognition of
community service; among them the U.S. Olympic Committee Award presented by Dr. Leroy T. Walker, President of the U.S.
Olympic Committee 1996. The AACEAINC organization established the Library Science/English Language Arts Scholarship in her
honor. She is committed to providing the organization with a state of the art Literacy Program as her contribution to the
AACEAINC mission. Ms. Washington holds a BS degree in Education from South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, S.C.; and a
Master of Science degree in Library Science from Columbia University.