EXECUTIVE AND ADVISORY BOARDS

Meeting

Dear C-PAC Members;

Happy New Year!! I write to express my heartfelt thanks to every one who voted for me as C-PAC Chair as well as those who were supportive of my candidacy in myriad ways. I am honored and humbled that you have continued to place your trust in me. This is especially so, since elections were held during the holiday season.  Heartiest congratulations also to those who put themselves forward as candidates to support C-PAC. Shortly we will post the new Executive Board on the website. I hope that we can continue to count on your steadfast support as we begin our 13th year of unbroken service to the DMV in working to advance the political agenda and articulate the policy positions of the Caribbean-American community.

-- Goulda Downer

The C-PAC executive board has broad responsibility to govern the organization. Together and with input from all members, they make policy to govern C-PAC, determine C-PAC’s official position on matters of public policy, set priorities and develop strategic plans to guide organizational development.

C-PAC is also bolstered by a strong Advisory Board.

C-PAC Executive Board

Member

Goulda Downer, PhD

2018-2020 
President, Executive Board

RESIDENCE: Washington, DC
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2005, Founding Patron OCCUPATION: Public Health Professional
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: 2015-2017, Chair, C-PAC Executive Board;  2008-2013, Chair Luncheon Committee; 2009-2013: Chair, Advisory Board; 2013-2014 Vice Chair Communications; 2013-2014 Editor Newsletter
OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS (Professional/Social): Fellow, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics; Greater Leadership Washington; DC Statewide Health Coordinating Council; District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR); University of the District of Columbia, Nutrition and Food Science Advisory Board; Community Hospice; Plan Management Committee DC Health Bene t (Obamacare) Exchange Authority.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ANCESTRY: Jamaica
Member

Marvena Simmonds

2018-2020 
Executive Secretary

RESIDENCE : Prince Georges County, MD
C-PAC CURRENT MEMBER SERVICE: 2010
OCCUPATION: Retired - Volunteer 
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITION: Executive Board Secretary
OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Girl Scouts of the Nations Capital, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates (MAPPA) and Holistic Pastoral Counseling.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ANCESTRY:  
Trinidad/Barbados 

Member

Roy Layne, CPA

2018-2019
Treasurer

RESIDENCE: Prince Georges County, MD
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2005, Founding Patron
OCCUPATION: CPA
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: 2014-2017 Treasurer, Advisory Board OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: National Association of Black Accountants
ORIGIN/ANCESTRY: Grenada

Member

Jamila Thompson

2018-2019
Vice Chair Finance

RESIDENCE: Washington, DC
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2005, Founding Patron
OCCUPATION: Legislative Director, U.S. House of Representatives
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Chair, Advisory Board (2015-2017); Secretary (2011-2014); Advisory Board Member (2007-2011)
OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Senior Fellow, Stennis Center for Public Service; Women in International Trade; Women in International Security; Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association; Congressional Black Associates
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ANCESTRY: The Bahamas

Member

Suzanne Matthews-Williams

2018-2019
Vice-Chair Membership

RESIDENCE: Prince George’s County, MD
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2005, Founding Patron OCCUPATION: Behavioral Health (Psycho-Therapist, In-patient setting)
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: 2010-2013: Co-Chair, Membership Committee; 2011-2012 Luncheon Committee; 2014 Newsletter Committee.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS (Professional/Social) Commissioner- State of Maryland Caribbean Commission Vice-President- Caribbean Council of Prince George’s County
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ANCESTRY: Guyana

Member

Tonya Fasusi

2018-2019
Vice-Chair Communication

RESIDENCE: Montgomery County,  MD
C-PAC CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2017
OCCUPATION: Medical Billing Manager
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Advisory Board
OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Amnesty International, AAPC
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ANCESTRY: Nigeria/Montserrat/Trinidad

Member

Frances Jefferson, PhD

2018-2019
At-Large-Member

RESIDENCE: Prince George’s County, MD 
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: Founding Member 
OCCUPATION: Clinical Psychologist 
C-PAC LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Advisory Board Member; Luncheon Committee Chair; 
OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: American Psychological Association; American Cancer Society Volunteer 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ANCESTORY: Bahamas