Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University since 1994 and graduate of the School of Education as of January 1971, has been a seasoned administrator in higher education and vice president in enrollment management for admissions and financial aid. A staunch believer in consensus building, he has been a major force in sound community relations at St. John’s as he helped to guide the community during the years of transforming the University from a day hop school to on-campus living and was therefore involved in community meetings that brought about greater respect for the growth and ongoing development of a university that celebrates its 150th Anniversary.
Mr. Sciame joined the Board of SQPA almost 17 years ago now, representing St. John’s University, and served in various roles and committees, such as by-laws, nominations and then became vice president. Upon the passing of the former President, Chantel Legros, Ms. Jacqueline Boyce succeeded in the post and Mr. Sciame was then elected as the Chairperson of the SQPA Board of Directors.
Since that time, he has led the Board thru a review of its by-laws and administration to conform to the needs of a sound organization. He also helped strengthen the fiscal oversight of the agency.
In January 2020, Mr. Sciame proposed a salute to ML King in honoring two distinguished community members, and the event was a success for all. He attributes his willingness to serve the community of South Jamaica based on his strong Catholic Christian values and respect for all.
Ms. Jacqueline Boyce began her career in the New York City government in 1963, working for the New York City Human Resources Administration. She held the position as Manager for several organizations and corporations including the Office of Family Services, the Office of Placement Service, Division of Foster Care Placement Services and the Office of Legal Affairs. Ms. Boyce was also the president of the Local Development Corp. of Laurelton, Rosedale & Springfield Gardens. Ms. Boyce lives in the community she serves for over 50 years and a devoted churchgoer. She is a member of Allen A.M.E Cathedral in Jamaica.
Ms. Boyce has held the positions of Chairperson/District Manager for Community Board 12, Chairperson of Queens Hospital Center Community Advisory Center, Vice President of the City-Wide Health and Hospital Community Advisory Board, Vice President of the Board of the Springfield Gardens Tax Payers Civic Association, President of the Jay Cap New Spirit Program, Life Member of the NAACP, and a Legacy Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women.
Before becoming the Executive Director of Southern Queens Park Association, Inc., she served as Chairperson of the organization’s Board of Directors.
Jacqueline Boyce is a true community servant. A former Senator once said “There are few individuals who have shown a greater commitment to public service and serving the community then Boyce”. “Through her time and dedication, she has demonstrated a strong sense of family and community. She is truly one of the pillars of our community and a woman of distinction”.
With her love for the South Jamaica community; and her passion for children and adults’ services, Ms. Boyce continues to dream large for the Southeast Queens community as the Executive Director for Southern Queens Park Association, Inc.
Dr. Kwesi Amoa is a skilled organic chemist trained in isolation, synthesis, and characterization of natural products. Over the years, his research interests have shifted from the synthesis of antiviral and anti-carcinogenic agents to environmental chemistry and chemical education. As a tool to assist his students in understanding chemical concepts, he created KemSolutions, a series of online videos. This work has generated more than 1 million views on YouTube. In addition, Dr. Amoa was the first person to develop and teach online lectures and labs for chemistry classes in the City University of New York system. Dr. Amoa has strong technical and business qualifications with a track record of 27 years of innovative teaching and a combined 12 years of higher education administration experience and assignments. He has a proven track record in degree accreditation, program review, budgeting, institutional strategic planning, grantsmanship, online development, data-driven scheduling, formative assessment, and curriculum development. He has also an above-average knowledge of accounting principles, business development, marketing plans, business plans, corporate formation, non-profits, and business technology.
Currently,he serves as the executive director for Recycle for Education, a not-for-profit that provides recycling opportunities for the Southeast community. In this role, he runs the day-to-day operation of the organization and educates the public about the tremendous financial opportunities recycling can provide. He is a strong advocate of environmental justice and fair treatment of people of color on the issue of the environment.
He served as the Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences and provided leadership to approximately 7,000 students per semester, academic leadership for seven (7) departments with 17-degree and certificate programs, 75 full-time faculty members, 150 part-time members, and 3 staff members while developing and managing a budget of 8.9 million dollars.
Some of his other administrative accomplishments are: served as the Dean of Mathematics and Science and Engineering at Westchester Community College, served as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Huston Tillotson University, Chaired the Physical, Environmental, and Computer Science Department at Medgar Evers College, Chaired the College-Wide Academic Standards and Regulations, Co-Chaired for the Committee on Institutional Assessment, Co-Chaired for Middle State Accreditations Self-Study- Institutional Assessment, and lead a team of faculty in the pre-accreditation for the Environmental Health Science Program, and completed four(4) Middle States program reviews in 2 years, that was 6-10 years overdue.
Dr. Amoa is a published author of both print and electronic media. In 2014, he co-authored “Beneficial Use of Brown Grease: A Source of Petroleum Derived” in the New England Water Associate Journal. He also co-authored “Laboratory Experiments in Chemistry for Health Professionals, 2nd Edition.” He is the vice-chair of the South Queens Park Association and serves as the chairperson for Dinizulu Cultural Arts Institute.
Dr. Amoa received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in chemistry from Fisk University and earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from Howard University. He has certifications from the Wharton School of Business in Integrating Finance, Marketing and Finance, and Accounting for Non-Finance Manager. He is married to his college sweetheart, Andrea A. Amoa, Esq., and is a proud father of three.
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Mohamed Ramjan is currently self-employed as an auditor for the past ten years. He works with a CPA firm located in Floral Park Queens. Prior to this, Mr. Ramjan spent thirty years in the corporate world serving in various capacities in the accounting field and was a Controller for a multinational marketing and public relations agency.
Mr. Ramjan, who hails from Guyana, graduated from the University of Guyana with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Business Administration. In Guyana, he worked for a leading international audit firm for three years before migrating to the United States of America in 1984.
In addition to his corporate career, Mr. Ramjan serves on the board of several social and religious organizations here in the Queens communities in various capacities, including president and treasurer.
Mr. Ramjan is married and is a proud father of three children and currently lives in Queens.
Eric Ferrier is a dynamic, versatile, and community-oriented individual who believes that there is honor in community service. Mr. Ferrier has served on the Executive Board of Directors at the Southern Queens Park Association, Inc. for 15 years. Eric is an avid lover of sports. He has been involved in sports throughout his life, first as a player, then as an administrator in the past 15 years.
Mr. Ferrier is currently the President of the New York Softball Cricket League, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to his ascension to the presidency, he served for the cricket league as the chairman of the disciplinary committee and as vice president, for a combined period of eight years.
Eric believes that outside of school and/or work, young people should be meaningfully engaged. It is this philosophy that has driven him to devote most of his time and energy away from work to the New York City youths. The league boasts 60 participating teams, for a combined total membership of more than 10,000 registered players, not counting supporters and family members.
Eric is personally responsible for the establishment of a youth cricket coaching program for kids ages 9-15. The program currently boasts more than 50 youths who receive cricket coaching every Saturday during the cricket season. The program is presently in its second year. Eric is a workaholic and is a devoted community servant.
Peter Richards is currently a Board of Directors Member of Southern Queens Park Association and a member of New York City Community Board 13. He was recently awarded The Community Service Board of Award for his 20 years of service by Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President. He presides as the Chairman of Parks and Recreation on Community Board 13.
He was employed at SQPA in 2002 where he held various positions: Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations. Peter is now retired. In 2002, Peter was asked by SQPA Chairman of the Board of Directors, Paul Gibson, who realized the importance of showing art by community artists to help him in organizing and presenting the SQPA Art Exhibit. Peter continues with this program today.
Peter has collaborated with NYC Parks & Recreation in presenting concerts and events. He assisted with the Senior Citizens Garden Club where he framed the By-Laws and helped with the enforcement of it. He coordinated and helped organize the Summer Camp when it had an operation of 800 children. Coordinated volunteer group activities (Friends of Roy Wilkins Park, SE Queen’s Camera Club and the Senior/Dolphins Programs) and he was there to coordinate the operation of Universoul Circus, the first year until he retired 15 years later.
Peter spent a large part of his career in finance on Wall Street He was hired at the New York Stock Exchange and was promoted to Manager of its Trading Floor and was responsible for Blocks of stocks trading by Institutional traders involving Public Offerings, (IPO’s).
Michael Dockett began his career with Parks in 1984 as an Urban Park Ranger in Queens. He rose through the ranks to become a Ranger Supervisor and Borough Director in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Dockett then went on to become the Director of Central Communications and was later promoted as the Park & Recreation Manager of Brooklyn’s District 17 & 18 and borough’s Green Street Manager. Dockett became Brooklyn’s Chief of Recreation, prior to returning to the Urban Park Service as its Chief and eventual Assistant Commissioner.
Commissioner Dockett has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Urban Park Service since 2008. In this role, he was responsible for the operations of the Parks Enforcement Patrol, Central Communications, and Emergency Management for the agency, and also oversaw critical enforcement operations and health and safety compliance during the outdoor pool and beach seasons.
As Assistant Commissioner and in conjunction with other agencies, he oversaw the growth of the Park Enforcement Patrol from 216 officers in 2007 to 351 today. He also established and implemented plans in response to coastal storms and other hazards impacting parks, and assisted in the opening of Cedar Grove Beach in Staten Island.
In 2016, Dockett received the Mary Purcell Award at Parks’ Annual Awards ceremony, in recognition of his long-lasting influence on the Maintenance, Operations, and Urban Park Service divisions. Commissioner Dockett earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from York College, CUNY, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University. He lives in Laurelton, Queens, with his wife Anne-Marie, son and daughter Michael and Adrianna, mother-in-law Marie, and their dog, Titan. He enjoys camping, singing in his church choir, and is an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Ex-Officio Member of the Southern Queens Park Association Board.
Kyle Bragg became the president of 32BJ in July of 2019, after the sudden death of Hector Figueroa, and was unanimously approved by the union’s executive board on July 24, 2019. Prior to becoming president, he previously served as 32BJ’s Secretary-Treasurer. Kyle has been a member of 32BJ for more than 35 years and grew up in the labor movement.
His father was an organizer and vice president of 1199 SEIU from the 1960s through the early 1980s. Kyle began actively organizing himself when he led his first strike at 16 years old. He began his union activism as a member and shop steward in 1199, while he was a student at York College of City University.
In 2001, Kyle led the merger with Local 32E, bringing 9,000 Bronx and Westchester members into 32BJ. As Secretary-Treasurer, he grew 32BJ’s Residential Division to 35,000 members in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, and New Jersey. Under his leadership, 32BJ scored a big victory with the 2014 residential contract where members won raises of more than 11 percent over four years, with increased pension contributions from employers and no givebacks.
Similarly, Bronx residential members had a big victory at the bargaining table in 2015 as they won raises, maintained benefits, and won a new 401k contribution from employers that started in the second year of the contract. These victories in the residential division set a strong foundation for the union’s 2015 contract negotiations for commercial office cleaners.
Kyle now serves as a trustee of several 32BJ funds and as chair of the union’s social and economic justice committee. He is a member of the executive board of the National African-American Caucus of SEIU and serves on the international union’s first Racial Justice Task Force. He previously served on the Security Guard Council of New York State. Kyle lives in Queens with his wife and three children. He regularly gives back to his community and is a board member of Community Board 13 in Queens.
He is a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, sits on the Board of Directors of the Southern Queens Park Association, serves as a board member and mentor at Our Brothers Guardian, a youth program in Queens, and was appointed to the New York Charter Revision Commission, which reviews New York City’s constitution.
Reverend Lorie Burnett (LB) Tatum is the pastor of the New Hope Lutheran Church, Jamaica, NY. Rev. Tatum was born and raised in South Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of the Biola University, La Mirada, California and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Berkeley, California. Pastor LB’s entry into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) began at the Ascension Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, where he served as Minister of Youth and Families (2005-2009).
Pastor LB went on to complete his internship and theological education while serving the Messiah Lutheran Church, South Los Angeles (2009-2015). From there, he was called to serve as a pastor at the historical Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands.
Founded in 1666, Pastor LB presided as Frederick celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2016, making it the oldest, continuously worshipping Lutheran congregation in the Western Hemisphere. LB was later called to serve the New Hope Lutheran Church, Jamaica, New York in July 2019.
Pastor Tatum’s secular occupation and training involved working in the field of faith-rooted community organizing where he labored and partnered in support of statewide policy advocacy, civic engagement, and social justice initiatives for urban neighborhood revitalization. The campaigns included parent engagement with regards to public school accountability, consumer education, recidivism reduction, re-entry programs, and criminal justice reforms. LB enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling. He loves spending quality time with his adult children- Shafari, 32, Jordan, 27, and Sydney, 22.
Khaair Morrison, Esq. is an attorney, activist, community organizer, and motivational speaker. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he received his Juris Doctorate at Howard University School of Law where he also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Human & Civil Rights Law Review. Mr. Morrison previously served as an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. and currently works at Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer in their Corporate and M&A group.
Mr. Morrison is a graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate School for Unique & Interdisciplinary Studies, studying Urban Policy & Community Development, where he completed most of his coursework at his home school of Hunter College. In 2013 Khaair co-founded the youth empowerment organization, The Voice of Youth Changes Everything (V.O.Y.C.E.). V.O.Y.C.E. an organization seeking to empower youth through technology, education, art, entrepreneurship, and politics. V.O.Y.C.E’s work includes creating space and curating galleries for youth to put their artwork in; creating workshops centered around education, police-youth relations, tech advocacy, entrepreneurship, political organizing and more. He currently sits on the Board of the Board of Directors of New Visions Charter School.
Khaair most recently has served as a community liaison for Senator Leroy Comrie and as Deputy Campaign Manager to the Senator in his successful attempt to unseat his predecessor. He also served as Deputy Campaign Manager to Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman. Mr. Morrison also sits on a Police-Youth Relations Advisory Board created by the Center for Court and Innovation in order to bring police departments and young people together across the country.
Mr. Morrison’s keen interest in issues that directly affect his generation has inspired him to strongly advocate causes that positively affect education, justice and youth empowerment. Khaair started his journey of activism in 2009, he was a member of the Youth Justice Board, where he co-authored A Guide to the Juvenile Justice System. The publication, designed to help juveniles understand, in practical terms, their rights – as well as legal policy and procedure – is now provided to every youth arrested in New York City. In 2010, Mr. Morrison was significantly instrumental in organizing a city-wide student walk out that led to saving Student MetroCards and minimizing State and City Budget cuts, which affected over 600,000 New York City students and millions of other residents.