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2019 NNOA 47th ANNUAL




Each year members have the opportunity to submit award nominees, amendments, board of directors nominees and e-vote at the annual symposium.  Participation is available for financially current members only.  Visit often for updates, to view nominees prior to voting and access to upload submissions.  

Award Submissions


Download Chapter 5 of the Ops Manual for more details.

NNOA awards are established to: (1) recognize the achievements of individuals who excel in the accomplishments of NNOA goals and objectives; and (2) to recognize NNOA Chapter’s accomplishments of these goals and objectives during the program year, which runs 1 June to 31 May.

Chapters and Members in good standing may be nominated for awards. The awards and honors listed below will be presented at the annual Symposium except for the Historically Black College and University NROTC Honor Graduates Awards which may be presented at the respective Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Units.


• The NNOA Lifetime Achievement Award
• The Dorie Miller Award
• The Golden Pen Award
• CAPT Sallee P. Kafer Mentoring Award
• Distinguished Service Awards
• The VADM Manson Brown Outstanding Chapter President Award
• The Individual Membership Recruiting Award
• The CAPT Charles L Tompkins Service Award (US Navy)
• The LtGen Frank Peterson Leadership Award (US Marine Corps)
• CAPT Edward R. Williams Award (US Coast Guard)
• CAPT John G. Witherspoon Excellence in Leadership & Mentoring Award (only BoD member is eligible)
• Captain Donald Flowers Scholarship Award (STEM Program)
• Historically Black College and University NROTC Honor Graduates’ Awards


• Chapter Multi-Media Award (one chapter only)
• Outstanding Chapter Newsletter Award
• Chapter Enhanced Membership Awards (by category)
• Established Chapter Membership Growth Award
• New Chapter Growth Award (newly established and reactivated chapters only)
• Outstanding Chapter Program Award (one chapter only)
• Overall Outstanding Chapter Award (by category)

National Officers Nominee Submissions



The procedure will be conducted electronically on the NNOA website portal; thereby allowing all active NNOA members the greater flexibility in participating in the election process.  Any member can nominate candidates for election, including the nominee.  All nominations are due by 0900 PDT on Wednesday, 7 August 2019.  

Download Nominations & Voting Memorandum for more details.

Each candidate must be an active member of NNOA.  Those interested in running for office should review qualifications for Board of Director positions found in the NNOA Operations Manual and on the NNOA website voting portal.  The “off-cycle” category represents positions that are vacant or currently being filled by presidential appointment.  All nominees should complete and submit the Nomination Form located on the NNOA website portal.

View Position Details


Off-Cycle (One-Year)*

Executive VP

Central Regional VP

Eastern Regional VP

Western Regional VP



Reserve Representative


Veteran Representative



*Off-Cycle (One-Year) – Nominate recommendations for these open positions, however the NNOA President will appoint members to fill these seats.

Amendment Submissions


Proposals, including amendments to Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, will be voted on electronically through the NNOA website.  Please forward all proposals to me via e-mail or use the NNOA website portal.  For proposals to be voted on during the National Conference, please note that proposed amendments to the Articles must be received by 7 June 2019 and proposed amendments to the Bylaws must be received by 7 July 2019.  Proposals forwarded after this time will be presented to the General Body after 7 August 2019.  Voting on amendments opens Wednesday, 1 August 2019, and ends 1600 PDT on Thursday, 8 August 2019, and require a 2/3 majority (2/3 of a minimum of 100 votes) to be adopted.



Voting will commence at 1200 PDT on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 and will close at 1600 PDT on Thursday, 8 August 2019

Open Board Positions

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: The Executive Vice President shall act as the President’s representative on all matters referred to him or her. The Executive Vice President, at the request of the President, shall preside over meetings of the General Assembly, the Board of Directors, committees, and shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office. The Executive Vice President shall advise the president on matters of policy and procedure concerning the Association and its chapters. The Executive Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the event of absence, death, inability to serve or resignation.

CENTRAL & WESTERN REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS: The Regional Vice Presidents shall act as representatives of the President and, at the President’s request, shall preside over meetings of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors, and shall perform such other duties as described in the Bylaws, Bylaws of Incorporation or the Operations Manual. The Regional Vice Presidents shall be responsible to the Board of Directors for the effective and efficient functioning of the chapters and members-at-large. They shall act as official liaison between the chapters and the Board of Directors. The Regional Vice Presidents shall maintain oversight of chapters’ activities, providing direction and encouragement for chapter and members-at-large involvement in activities that further the goals of the NNOA. The Regional Vice Presidents shall attend the meetings of the Board of Directors. The Regional Vice Presidents shall offer advice as necessary to the President on improvements to and changes constructive to the operation of the NNOA.


SECRETARY:  The Secretary shall maintain or cause to be maintained the records of all proceedings and of all matters essential to the work of the Association, and perform such other duties as are described in these Bylaws and the Operations Manual or as may otherwise be directed by the Board of Directors or the President.

TREASURER: The Treasurer shall supervise or cause to be supervised, the administration of all funds and securities of this Association and shall make or cause to be made, regular accounts thereof. The Treasurer shall coordinate matters of finance between the President and the Board of Directors and shall make, or cause to be made, periodic written financial reports. The Treasurer shall perform advisory functions as described in these Bylaws and the Operations Manual. The Treasurer shall furnish a surety bond in an amount fixed by the Board of Directors.

OPEN POSITIONS – RESERVE & VETERANS’ REPRESENTATIVE: The Reserve Affiliate and Retired Affiliate shall be responsible for assuring that the needs and concerns of their respective constituents are presented to the Board of Directors with recommendations for appropriate action. They shall provide liaison, as appropriate, between the President, Board of Directors and their respective constituents; keep the Board updated on programs, which affect the minority officers in the respective service; and assist in the development and implementation of association programs that enhance and assist in the minority officer recruitment, career development and retention programs. There shall be one affiliate from the reserve community and one representative from the retired community.

2019 NNOA Board Nominees

CAPT Simonia Blassingame

Captain, United States Navy (Retired)

Simonia R. Blassingame is an accomplished executive leader with over 25 years of stellar success in implementing complex visions.  She uses a unique mix of strategic analysis and operational management techniques across multiple disciplines.  A human capital expert with broad, deep knowledge of workforce issues such as talent management, financial management, leadership, and professional development.

 Simonia R. Blassingame has specialization in Manpower Systems Analysis (Proven); Education and Training Management (Proven); Operational Research Analysis and Assessment (Proven) and Human System Integration (Experience).  Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR and SHRM-SCP), APGM Change Management Registered Practitioner, and EQi-360.  She has completed additional training in Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt) and Conflict Dynamics.  

She broadened her military manpower, analysis, and training competencies by completing successful tours with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120); Naval Support Activity, Souda Bay, Crete; Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet; Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C; and the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).

As the Deputy Director for Organizational Development at the Human Performance Center, Simonia R. Blassingame directed all efforts in strategic planning, organizational assessment, performance management and professional development for a diverse workforce of Certified Performance Technologists.   She also served as the Deputy Director for the Production Management Office in the Bureau of Naval Personnel.  In this critical HR Milestone billet, she worked with MPTE and Fleet flag officers to define personnel supply chain processes and to remove barriers and inefficiencies within the entire enlisted accessions supply chain.  

 As the Voluntary Education Site Director, Simonia R. Blassingame established an Analysis Branch within the Center for Personal and Professional Development.  Her team led the IT efforts to establish and implement an education portal that improved the self-service capability for Sailors accessing their education records and using voluntary education resources.  

She served as a Military Faculty/Lecturer and an Academic Associate with the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  She lectured courses in Human Resources Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Modeling and Manpower/Personnel Policy for the Manpower Systems Analysis and the Executive Masters in Business Administration Curricula.   She also served as a trusted resource and facilitator for the Center for Executive Education and the Defense Resource Management Institute.

In her final military assignment, Simonia R. Blassingame served as the Intelligence Resources Division Chief at U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).  She directed the synthesis and validation of USSOUTHCOM multi-million dollar intelligence support requirements and the successful execution of these resources through Defense Intelligence Agency talent management, career development, portfolio management and property allocation.  

She currently runs a consulting agency, Focused Motives, and serves as a contracted facilitator.  Her current client is the Center for Executive Education at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Volunteer Service

Bossed Up Community Trainer – with a goal of helping women (18-35) craft happy, healthy, and sustainable careers.

Campaign Volunteer (Gubernatorial Candidate) – routinely trained new volunteers and served as phone bank captain for early voting and on election day.

Currently serves as advocacy and service chair of the Zonta International (Orlando e-Club).  Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Life member of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) and National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS).  Currently volunteering with the Atlanta University Center Veterans and Military Affinity Group (AUC VMAG).

Military Awards

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (multiple awards)
  • Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (multiple awards)
  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal


Born in St. Kitts in the British West Indies and growing up in Tortola, British Virgin Island and St. Thomas, United States Virgin Island, LCDR Beulah Henderson enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1981. Having achieved a successful enlisted career attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer as a Hospital Corpsman (Pharmacy Technician), she received her commission as a Medical Service Corps Office in October 1994, after obtaining degrees in Bachelor of Science in Personnel Management and Master of Business Administration during her off-duty time.

As an enlisted, she served at duty stations such as USS Acadia (AD-42) while undesignated, and at the Branch Medical Clinic Brunswick, Maine; Naval Medical Clinic Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Naval Medical Center San Diego, California (Balboa) as a hospital corpsman and pharmacy technician. As an officer, her duty stations were Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California; Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington DC; and Chief of Naval Operations, (OPNAV N12), Washington DC. Following her first tour as an officer, she was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (1997 to 1999) where she received dual degrees in Master of Science in Manpower and Finance. After a successful 25-year naval service, LCDR Henderson retired in October 2006. Since retiring, she has completed a Doctorate in Strategic and Organizational Leadership (May 2008) and a Master of Science in Psychology (2016).

Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two stars), and the Navy Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star in Lieu of third award.

LCDR Henderson became a member of the National Naval Officers Association, Incorporated upon her commission in 1994. Since that time she has been a member/board member of several chapters. She faithfully served as the National Treasurer for almost ten years from August 2001 through June 2010 and as the Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors for five years.

CDR Ernie Taylor,
USN (Ret)

Ernest hails from Miami, Fl. He parlayed a flying lesson he received for his 16th birthday into a dual career as a pilot, first for the Navy and then Delta Air Lines. Earning his private pilot’s license as he graduated from high school, Ernie attended Miami-Dade Community College receiving an Associate of Arts degree and then his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dillard University, New Orleans, LA where he graduated cum laude.

Upon graduation he entered Aviation Officer’s candidate school in Pensacola, FL and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy. He attended pilot flight training and received his Navy “Wings of Gold”. What began as a four-year stint turned into a 23-year Naval Career. Commander Taylor has flown various naval aircraft including the P-3C Orion, S-3BViking, E-2C Hawkeye, and the SH-3 Sea King helicopter. Diverse assignments have included deployments to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean region, Mediterranean Sea, Sicily, Iceland, and other locations around the world. As a manager and leader he has lead Navy and civilian personnel and managed multi-million dollar budgets in operational squadrons and at Headquarters commands in San Diego, CA and Washington D.C.

Before retiring from the Navy, Commander Taylor returned home to Miami as Commanding Officer, Navy Recruiting District, Miami. He was responsible for all Navy Officer and Enlisted recruiting programs in Central and South Florida including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ernie’s boyhood dream to become a commercial airline pilot came true when he joined Northwest Airlines and then Delta Air Lines. With over 16,000 hours of flying time, he has flown the Boeing 727, Airbus 319/320 and Boeing 757/767 and served as Captain on the McDonnell Douglas 88/90 while conducting scheduled passenger operations in both domestic and international theaters. Additionally, he was a member of the airline’s pilot recruiting and hiring team. Residing in Miami, FL, Ernie was based in Detroit, MI flying the Airbus 319/320/321 as Captain, until his retirement from Delta Air Lines after 21years of safe and uneventful flying. Returning to the flight deck once again, he is currently flying the Phenom 300 jet for JetSuite Air, an on-demand charter company.

Ernie is a life member and a current Board of Directors member of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA). He is also a former Chairman of the Board of Directors, and life member of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). His military awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Award (3), Navy Commendation Award (2), Humanitarian Service, National Defense, and Expert Pistol Marksmanship.

Ernie and his wife Bert spend their time between Miami and Detroit supporting NNOA and OBAP and traveling the world at their leisure.