The 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). He then 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 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, exercise and traveling. He loves spending quality time with his adult children- Shafari, 32, Jordan, 27, and Sydney, 22.
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, having been a vice-president in several areas, namely, 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 a greater respect for the growth and ongoing development of a university that celebrates this year its 150th Anniversary. Sciame joined the Board of SQPA now almost 17 years ago in 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 its former President, Chantel Legros, Mrs. Jacqueline Boyce succeeded her in the post and he was then elected the Chair of the SQPA Board of Directors. Since that time, he has led the Board thru a review of its by-lawa and administration to confirm to the needs of a sound organization, as well as helped strengthen the fiscal oversight of the agency. In January 2020, Sciame proposed a salute to ML King in the honoring of 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.
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 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 the proud father of three children and currently lives in Queens.
Dr. Kwesi Amoa is a skilled organic chemist trained in the isolation, synthesis, and characterization of natural products. Over the years, his research interests have shifted from the synthesis of anti-viral 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. In addition, he has above average knowledge of accounting principles, business development, marketing plans, business plans, corporate formation, non-profits, and business technology.
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