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Meet The Team

GETTING TO KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO HELP PUSH THE VISION FORWARD

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Jackie Mines

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jacqueline believes in a life of challenging herself to excellence. She has achieved success in corporate sales management, human services agency direction, and coaching/mentoring professionals. Her determination and drive have enabled her to make immediate and positive changes for individuals, families, organizations, and her community. Jacqueline has met major challenges and succeeded by remaining positive and faithful in her ability to “think outside of the box” and using innovative strategies to accomplish her goals. Possessing both a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration, Jacqueline is an outstanding example of life-long learning. She is a Certified Master Life Skills Trainer and Certified Life Coach. She brings her business acumen to her coaching / mentoring career, making her a valued commodity to business and non-profit organizations. She earned top certification as an International Event and Wedding Planner (IEWP). Her attention to detail makes every event a success. In addition to her formal education, Jacqueline is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo, a community organization dedicated to uniting and developing existing and emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. She has been inducted into American Executive Leaders of America more than eight times, Who's Who among professional leaders over 10 times, and has been awarded numerous awards from a wide variety of professional and political associations. Jacqueline's career has included sales, marketing, and banking. After a successful corporate career, she was asked to assume the position of President and CEO of a human service agency. She quickly turned the organization around and retired its outstanding debt. Later, she formed her own non-profit agency, Helping Families and Children, Inc. She raised funds and began providing much-needed human services for local residents. She continues her leadership of the agency to this day. Jacqueline's drive and enthusiasm are contagious. She inspires those around her to establish goals, make plans to achieve them, and succeed. She is a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoys skiing, golf, volleyball, and tennis in her off time. When not engaging in athletics, Jacqueline enjoys continuing her research in psychology, coaching, and mentoring.

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Yao Kahlil

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Yao Kahlil Newkirk is a native of Buffalo, NY. He is a well-rounded practitioner of the Arts with an MA in Theatre Performance and current PhD student of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo. His work focuses on "Origin Stories", and transracial/intra-racial identities. As Artistic Director of the historical Paul Robeson Theatre, Yao Kahlil is excited to showcase the local talent of WNY.

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Patricia Wideman

Administrative Assistant 

Patricia “Lady Trish” Wideman, recently retired from the National Labor Relations Board, after over 38 years of Federal Service. She is the founder of Ladies Let’s B.E.R.E.A.L. (Believers Earnestly Reaching Everyone with authentic Love) Fellowship, Inc., a women’s support group/Ministry headquartered in Buffalo, New York with Chapters in Atlanta, Georgia, Greensboro, North Carolina, Tampa, Florida, Canada and Elderot, Kenya, that ministers to the needs of broken, less fortunate, and hurting women, men, and children. They sponsor a yearly school supply and book bag giveaway as well as a Toy giveaway. Lady Trish is a conference host, motivational and empowerment speaker, life coach, biblical counselor and a workshop facilitator and coordinator. Lady Trish is a member of WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) and Tabernacle Charities. She is a Board member of HEB Foundation, Inc. She has served as the Box Office Manager for over 20 years at the African American Cultural Center for the Paul Robeson Theatre. Lady Trish with her daughters are the owners of TTP Planning and Consulting, LLC. She is a licensed Evangelist Missionary of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Evangelist Wideman is the Director of Women’s Ministry and a member of the outreach team at her local church, New Direction Christian Fellowship, under the leadership of Pastor Andre “Shep” Clark. She is a National teacher of the Christian Women’s Council of COGIC. She is blessed with two grown children and two grandchildren and is a Mother to countless others.

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Tammy Curry 

Director of Educational Directives 

Jacqueline Cherry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater at Buffalo State College. Cherry started dance training at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance and Buffalo Inner City Ballet. Cherry acted in various plays at Alleyway Theatre, Paul Robeson Theater, and Ujima Co. Cherry received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University at Buffalo where she received an award for Academic Excellence and was accepted into UB’s Social Impact Fellowship program. Cherry accepted a position at The African American Cultural Center of Buffalo as Director of Modern and Contemporary Dance. Because of her interest in Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Thought, Sociology, Performance Theory, and activism through art, Cherry is inspired to create compelling works.  You can find her work by going to linktr.ee/jacqwae

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Jacqueline Cherry

Director of Contemporary Dance 

Jacqueline Cherry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater at Buffalo State College. Cherry started dance training at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance and Buffalo Inner City Ballet. Cherry acted in various plays at Alleyway Theatre, Paul Robeson Theater, and Ujima Co. Cherry received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University at Buffalo where she received an award for Academic Excellence and was accepted into UB’s Social Impact Fellowship program. Cherry accepted a position at The African American Cultural Center of Buffalo as Director of Modern and Contemporary Dance. Because of her interest in Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Thought, Sociology, Performance Theory, and activism through art, Cherry is inspired to create compelling works.  You can find her work by going to linktr.ee/jacqwae

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Melonie Bogar

Administrative Assistant 

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