2017 Board of Director Nominees

PRESIDENT

Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret.)

As nominee for NNOA President…

I believe:
1. NNOA’s focus must be on active duty and reserve officers with support from our valued retired officers.
2. NNOA (as well as other Sea Service Affinity Groups (SSAG)) must evolve to meet the needs of the younger members and potential members.
3. NNOA was founded by African American officers to support all ethnicities and genders.
4. NNOA can make an impact on increasing more diverse candidates, retaining/developing members of the Sea Services, NOAA, PHS and MARAD.
5. NNOA needs to become a premiere recruiting, mentorship and professional development organization in support of the Sea Services, NOAA, PHS and MARAD.

I will:
1. Represent and serve NNOA to the best of my abilities.
2. Reach out to leadership in the Sea Services, MARAD, NOAA and PHS to seek new ways to improve NNOA’s relationship and relevance.
3. Work with like-minded organizations (e.g., Fraternities, Sororities, Navy League, Marine Corps League, ANSO, SSLA, etc.) to improve diversity in the Sea Services, MARAD, NOAA and PHS.

I need:
1. All NNOA members to redouble its efforts to recruit new members via social media and other platforms.
2. Local Chapters and Regions to engage more actively with Navy Recruiting, USNA, NJROTC, and other organizations.
3. The Senior and Junior Officer Advisory panel to engage and support the growth of NNOA.
4. Increase mentoring and officer development in local chapters and regional bodies.
5. NNOA to take action on recommendations from the Strategic Review.

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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

CAPT Pamela S. Theorgood, USN

Nominator’s Statement:

CAPT Theorgood has been a leader in every duty station she has served. She led the Monterey Chapter of NNOA brilliantly and continues to mentor junior officers of all ethnicities. I, Sinclair Harris, recommend her to serve because she brings the intelligence and leadership ability that is needed by the EVP. Her contributions to the NNOA have been in leading a chapter and providing mentoring to many. And, she desires to help elevate NNOA to being a premier officer development organization.

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CHAPLAIN

LT Takana L. Jefferson, USN

Nominator’s Statement:

My strongest recommendation for Rev. Dr. Takana Jefferson to become the national chaplain and continue the positive impact and provide spiritual guidance and direction from a local level to a national level.  She is a gifted Spiritual advisor and counselor.  Chaplain Jefferson has worked tirelessly within her local chapter providing compassionate care, Spiritual direction and Counseling for her leaders and members. She is a Wonderful fit for the National Board and a wise counselor.

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CHAPLAIN

LT Geoffrey Brown, USN

This ministerial journey began over ten years ago when I sought to glorify God through service. I felt the best way to become a more effective minister was to become seminary trained. I began my M.Div. studies in August of 2002 and since then the path has grown brighter and brighter. As a Navy Chaplain, I have been given the opportunity to provide spiritual guidance and religious instruction for the Department of the Navy personnel and their families. My goal is to be a more effective servant through an expansion in duty, responsibility and outreach. 

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HISTORIAN

Captain Roosevelt Wright, Jr., USN (Ret.)

In 1981, after receiving my commission as a LCDR in the U. S. Naval Reserves, and attached to the Naval Recruiting Command, I was on the faculty of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, serving as a Professor of Radio, Television, and Film. The Commander of NRD Buffalo, CDR Mike Edward, USN, contacted me and told me that he wanted me to attend the NNOA Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. I say, Yes! – I would love to attend, but I did not know what was “NNOA.” So, I picked up the phone, and called LT. Chuck Parr, USN, a “brilliant African-American Naval Officer who was a member of the OPO Team.” I asked him what was “NNOA,” and he said, “It was a fantastic organization of Naval, Marine Corp., and Coast Guards Officers who were working hard to promote diversity in the Sea Services.” Upon hearing his answer, I conducted my research, and was excited that I would be attending an organization that represented men and women of the Navy and Coast Guard who were my “role models,” while growing up in Elizabeth City, N.C. Upon, attending the opening ceremonies, and hearing ADM Lawrence Chambers, USN presenting his “address,” I was “in heaven,” as I looked at an auditorium “loaded” with Sea Services Officers from various Diverse Backgrounds. ,Later, on that same day, I had a most wonderful meeting with CDR John D. Fauntleroy, USN, JAG Corp., and President of NNOA. After learning of my background in Mass Communications and Media, he told me of the “Media and Public Affairs Needs of NNOA,” and asked for my services in this capacity, ,my answer was a “Affirmative Yes!, and the rest is National Naval Officers – “History,” by working with an organization that I truly enjoy Serving, and Maintaining, the Mission and Objectives Set Forth by Our Founders. “BZ” to the National Naval Officers Family and Membership.

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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

LtCol Jason Davis, USMC (Ret.)

I am a Life Member and the incumbent Membership Director. I have held this position for the past 3 years. During my tenure we have completely scrubbed our membership database and now have an accurate account of our membership. While growth has been slow it has been steady and losses have been minimal. I hope to continue to help grow the membership of NNOA, Inc., and improve the overall operation of the association for another term.

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REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS

Commander Rod Rojas, USCG

Nominator’s Statement:

I have observed CDR Rojas who is the Coast Guard Leadership and Diversity Action Officer in the execution of programs associated with his military assignment. I believe as a result of his current assignment, he understands the objectives of NNOA and is an ideal candidate for WRVP. He is on the west coast and is currently finishing up the term of the elected WRVP Captain Flowers who became ill during his term. CDR Rojas jumped in and is doing his best to perform in the role given the intensity of Symposium planning ops and other demands of the WRVP position. We had an earlier discussion about my desire to see him run. I am nominating him now and if he should accept and is elected, I believe he will be a valuable addition to the NNOA Board.

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SERVICE AFFILIATES

COAST GUARD AFFILIATE

CDR Shameen Anthanio-Williams, USCG

Nominator’s Statement:

Academy in May 2000. After serving aboard the USCGC MELLON as a student engineer, she was assigned to Marine Safety Office Sector Boston where she earned her marine safety officer designation as a marine vessel inspector, facilities inspector and port contingency planner. Commander Anthanio-Williams has earned two degrees: a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from The George Washington University in Washington DC. She is a certified Project Management Professional and maintains various work certifications to include the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Level III Acquisition Program Manager. In her spare time, she is a children’s book author and has authored two books on Coast Guard Heroes.

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NAVY AFFILIATE

LT Nathaniel B. Davis, USN

My presidency opened my mind to the vast possibilities and the influence that the organization has in helping shape the perspective of the leaders within the sea services. My previous positions allowed me to serve in various ways to further the aims of NNOA at every level the organization touches. Our scholarship drives helped ongoing college students to realize their dreams while also providing a potential pipeline of future naval officers. Our senior leader symposium allowed rare insight into the leadership process of senior officers while exposing our attendees to invaluable lessons and wisdom while in the young stages of their promising careers. I am eager to serve in a role that will allow me a voice in strategic planning and assist in developing initiatives to push our aims even further.

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COAST GUARD AFFILIATE

Lt Commander Kimberly Young-McLear, USCG

Nominator’s Statement:

It is my sincere pleasure to nominate LCDR Kimberly Young-McLear,PhD, who is currently serving as a Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff (faculty) at the Coast Guard Academy (Electrical Engineering). She is a CSPI Alum (Florida A&M University) and has remained very active in the community through an innovative STEM outreach partnership between the Coast Guard Academy and the Education Subcommittee of the New London NAACP. With a career track record for advocating for others and a PhD in Systems Engineering, I believe her talents in problem-solving and understanding systemic and institutional barriers are transferable. I believe that she is uniquely qualified to serve as the NNOA Coast Guard Service Affiliate to execute the vision and mission of the NNOA. , ,Recently selected as the 2017 Coast Guard¿s Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award for Cultural Change, she has a demonstrated track record for influencing culture change through education and positive action. She stood up and currently serves as the Chair of the Leadership, Diversity, and Advisory Council (LDAC) at the Coast Guard Academy for 1,500+ personnel. She also serves as the Advisor for the Academy’s Genesis Council. Additionally, she has experience crafting Service-level HR policy and has designed effective recruiting and retention programs. She has devoted her career to ensuring the success and advancement of individuals, units, and the Service at large.

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