President & CEO
Mr. Tomlinson is a former Systems Analyst for the investment bankers of Salomon Brothers which was later named Salomon Smith-Barney. He joined Salomon Brothers in 1978 from Weeden and Company where he was a Programmer Analyst. A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Mr. Tomlinson migrated to the U.S. in 1964. Mr. Tomlinson spent two years at New York City Community College in Brooklyn where he majored in Mechanical Engineering and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Brooklyn College. (CUNY). Mr. Tomlinson has been very active in community affairs, serving as president and co-founder of The Union of Jamaican Alumni Association, USA Inc. (UJAA); and Co-developer and Chairman of the New York City Chapter of ACT-SO.
Barbara Richards (nee Denis)
1st Vice Chair
A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Barbara Dennis-Richards migrated to the U.S.A. at an early age. She is a graduate of the City College of New York where she obtained a BA in Social Sciences and worked for several years in the field of social work. She also earned a master’s degree in education from that institution in 1973 and earned a Master Degree English Education from New York University. Mrs. Richards taught briefly in the New York City Public Schools and later worked as a Lecturer in Developmental reading and English at New York City Technical College (CUNY). Her academic activities included curriculum development in reading and English and tutor training in developmental reading in the College’s Learning Center.
2nd Vice Chair
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Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Karlene Samuel Largie was also a member of Jamaica’s National Dance Theatre Company before migrating to the U.S. in 1970 to further her education. She attended New York City Community College in Brooklyn and Pace University in Manhattan. Ms. Largie was an Operations Manager at JPMorgan Chase before she left as a Vice President in Cash Management Operations after 32 plus years. She is very active in the New York community where she is currently the President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations of Jamaica, (USA) Inc. She has been an ACT-SO volunteer since 1996 and is currently the Secretary and Dance Coach.
Rahsheda Smith grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she proudly attended public school from kindergarten through high school. She graduated Valedictorian from Talent Unlimited High School where she majored in theater. Following high school, she attended Vassar College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Political Science.
After spending four years working in the non-profit field for various organizations (Crown Heights Youth Collective, NYC ACT-SO, Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, and Prep for Prep), Rahsheda began her teaching career as a special educator at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies while earning her Masters of Science in Special Education at Brooklyn College.
Rahsheda is a performance poet and mixed media artist. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running and biking. Rahsheda is also an active member of the Vassar College Alumni Association volunteering each year to interview candidates for admission to Vassar. At ACTvF, Rahsheda teaches a wide range of subjects ranging from social studies to science.
Mr. Laundry is an accomplished financial services professional with more than 25 years of added value and expertise in all facets of auditing, including ERISA plans, treasury service and commercial transactions; identifies, evaluates, selects, and executes the appropriate options to drive company valuation in internal corporate controls and risk reviews. He has expertise in Sarbanes Oxley, SAS 70, and SysTrust. Othley Laundry is a proactive leader with an aptitude for building processes, systems and models that increase operational efficiencies. He has demonstrated: a methodical and consistent career history demonstrating performance and growth; a progressive experience in both public and private sectors; an overall integrity of accounting and financial systems and an impeccable integrity and work ethic.
Mr. Laundry has been associated with New York City ACT-SO chapter for the past 13 years as a parent, Treasurer, Science and Math coach.
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Lorna M.J. Fairweather
Ms. Fairweather completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor in Health Education and a Master in Public Health. She also attended the Not-For-Profit Institute of Management at Columbia University. At present she is pursuing her doctorate in health science degree with Nova Southeastern University. She has been an adjunct faculty with St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn Campus since 1996, and has taught at Brooklyn College Adult Education Program, and Queens College, City University of New York, in health administration courses. As an educator, Ms. Fairweather’s interests are international.
Currently a consultant in the health care arena, Ms. Fairweather has served in various positions for Brooklyn Prenatal Network, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and several positions with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA). She has spent time learning of the health education practices in rural Jamaica. Ms. Fairweather has been an annual volunteer for the New York City ACT-SO, and she has given several years to the New York Public Library’s Literacy Program. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board of the March of Dimes, NY Chapter. Additionally, she is a member of the Brooklyn Health Educators Lions International Club.
Carol Parker-Duncanson, MS
A graduate of the City University of New York with a BS from Hunter College and a MS from Queens College, Carol Parker worked as a nutritionist in multiple capacities. Her experience in clinical nutrition, food service management and teaching prepared her for her current role in community nutrition at Cornell University Cooperative Extension. As a Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension-NYC, Carol Parker provides leadership to the Nutrition and Health Program Area in NYC. This involves long term strategic planning, program management, fund development, program development, evaluation, coordination of several nutrition and health programs for limited resource families (primarily SNAP-ed, EFNEP and Farmers Market Nutrition Education program) and coordination of special projects in collaboration with community-based organizations that serve pregnant and parenting adolescents and breastfeeding mothers. She works closely with the program and administrative leadership and Cornell University faculty to develop and implement many large scale community based nutrition programs, develop nutrition education training program, conduct multiple training sessions for both paraprofessional and professional nutrition and health educators, both within and outside the organization and present at professional conferences.
Research and IT Assistant
Michelle received her BS from the University of Maryland and earned a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Virginia. Within the health sector, she has conducted research and statistical analysis and developed assessment systems and health-awareness programs, within a team environment. Michelle has been involved with various non-profit organizations for several years, undertaking the writing and revising of grant proposals for federal submission and researching funding opportunities. Other assignments, within this field, have included developing program plans, designing and developing outcomes evaluation tools and utilizing usability methods to improve web presence and social media outposts.
Michelle is also an ACT-SO alumni(1988) and has been involved with outreach since the start of NYC ACT-SO.