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BWOPA Ella Hill Hutch 2016 Honorees


Richmond/Contra Costa County Chapter



Menbere's work in the Richmond/Contra Costa/Bay Area is enormous and includes sponsoring an annual Thanksgiving Dinner to homeless families.  To add to the list, for mother's who live in public housing, she hosts a special Mother's Day recognition dinner, teaches etiquette classes to young girls, exposes them to positive role models and the tools needed to live and lead a life with hope and prosperity.

As an active member of the BWOPA Richmond.Contra Costa chapter, her advocacy for women/girls and domestic violence prevention has set her a part as our Ella Hill Hutch recipient for 2016.


Oakland/Berkeley Chapter



Social change agent, Nyeisha T. DeWitt, Ed.D. leads as the Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder, Oakland Natives Give Back (ONGB). ONGB is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing academic excellence for Oakland youngsters by increasing the high school graduation rate and reducing chronic absenteeism.  Among her many accomplishments is the ONGB collaboration with the California Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge initiative.  Her leadership in this area has set the stage for the creation of statewide policy through a partnership with the office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta.  It is for her heroism in tackling the chronic absenteeism and dropout crisis to change the outcomes within the Oakland community that Dr. DeWitt is the Oakland Berkeley Chapter Ella Hill Hutch award recipient for 2016.


San Francisco/Peninsula Chapter



Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud has been selected as the San Francisco/Peninsula Chapter Ella Hill Hutch Award recipient because of her tireless work and extraordinary vision on behalf of students, faculty and staff of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President, Skyline College has been an educator in the California Community Colleges for more thirty years.

Dr. Stanback Stroud currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mills College Educational Leadership graduate program and as an Adjunct Professor in the San Francisco State University Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.  She also serves as a Presidential appointee on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Fiscal Capabilities of Young Americans.  Regina Stanback Stroud holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Sciences from Howard University in Washington DC, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, a Master’s and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, California.

Regina is a loving, courageous,(s)hero who continues to give of her time and talents to make the San Francisco Bay Area better and the Chapter is honored to select her as our Recipient for 2016.


Fresno / Joaquin Valley



Cherella Nicholson, Founder and Managing Partner of The Little Big Project (TLPB) have worked to find progressive methods to tackle educational and social justice issues for more than decade. TLBP has a target interest in working to impact and improve college and career readiness by hosting career-focused vision board activities across the nation. Beyond education, Cherella coaches and trains communities to work closely and collaboratively with residents, stakeholders and legislators through White-House initiative, Building Neighborhood Capacity Program.

Cherella serves as BWOPA chapter president of the Fresno/San Joaquin Valley chapter, working hard to create a platform for African American women to have a stronger political voice in the conservative valley.  Cherella Nicholson is a candidate for State Center Community College District Trustee. She is running for this seat to be an effective community college trustee.





Rhodesia Ransom is a proud resident of Tracy who is devoted to strengthening our local economy, improving public services, expanding opportunities for our youth, and protecting the high quality of life that attracts families and jobs to our community. Ransom serves as a city of Tracy planning commissioner and works to revitalize downtown Tracy and attract new jobs while protecting our community's vital agricultural resources and preserving its small town character.

From 2006-2008, she held an appointed set serving on the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury where she helped expose wasteful spending, as she worked to improve transparency, efficiency and service delivery across dozens of public agencies.

Ransom is an active BWOPA member and also serves as a member on a host of boards and committees. Rhodesia Ransom earned her Bachelor's Degree from San Francisco State University and her Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. BWOPA Stockton/Tracy honors Rhodesia for her outstanding community leadership and service.


Sacramento County



Mellonie is the founding principle consultant of Bene Consulting Group, a Human Resources and Organizational Development firm, providing professional services to small businesses, non-profits, and faith based organizations.

As Communications Officer for the Los Rios Community College District, Mellonie supports the Black Faculty and Staff Association.  It is her her commitment to serve that Mellonie continues to participate in many outreach and awareness efforts including #BringBackOurGirls, #BlackLivesMatters campaigns, African American Children’s Read-In founder and coordinator, Hispanic Scholarship Fund evaluator, City Captain for GirlTrek, Sacramento Sister Circle’s annual College Bound Luncheon and four-year “sistership” coordinator and current boycott negotiating team member of Sacramento restaurants accused of discriminating against people of color.

The BWOPA Sacramento County Chapter is proud to recognize Mellonie Richardson as its 2016 Ella Hill Hutch honoree.




Former Ella Hill Hutch Honorees

Ella Hill Hutch, Posthumously
Edith M. Austin
Mary Jane Johnson
Lillian Love
Margaret K. Pryor

Mama Howard
Clara Provost
Doris Thomas
Doris Ward
Mary Widener

Margaret Amoureax
Hazel Davis
Ruth Villa-Jones
Jeanie Rucker
Teola Sanders
Iola Williams

Alfreda Abbott
Joyce Jackson
Mary V. King
Willie B. Kennedy
Maxine Ussery
Barbara Lee

Bobbie Arnold
Gay Plair Cobb
Dorothy W. Pitts
Josephine Richardson
Ida V. Strickland

Idanell Beal-Barnett
Anita T. Gums
Maudelle Shriek
Helen Stokes
Sodonia Wilson
Anita Williams

Carole Ward Allen
Peggy Baxter
Jo Cazanave
Beverly Ware
Frankie Gillette
Opal Williams, Posthumously

Edith Anderson Woods
Amelia Ashley Ward
Shirley Douglas
Taalia Hasan
Enola Dundy Maxwell
Willa Vernon

Sis. Marie De Porres Taylor
Judith Ford
Yvonne Golden
Juanita Labeaux-Eason

Dezie Woods Jones

Frankie Arrington
Barbara Davis
Leola “Roscoe” Dellums, Esq
Patricia Ann Ford
Dr. Shirley A. Thorton
Mary L. Wainwright

Betty Berry
Alice Huffman
Geraldine Johnson
Phyllis Jones
Lillie Litzsey
Gloria Perkins

Marguerite Archie Hudson
Gwen Moore
Juanita McDonald
Teresa Hughes
Diane Watson
Maxine Waters

Ella Hill Hutch Honoree

Myrtle Braxton Ellington
Carol Crawford
Dr. Christine Johnson
Dr. Ruth Love
Dorothy Mullen
Audrey Rice Oliver
Alma Sterling

Saundra Andrews
Rosilyn Bessard
Yvonne Braitwaite-Burke
Tina Hughes
Mindell Lewis Penn

Irma Anderson
Mary Curry
Surlene Grant
Cheryl Hightower
Victoria Redus

Nellie Gardiner-Richardson
Belva Davis Moore
Julie Hare
Lesa Renee McIntosh
Kim Winston
Arthelma Johnson

Glenda Allen Hill
Carole Bell Thomas
Joan Carpenter
Dr. Cynthia Leblanc
Florence Stroud
Alveree L. Swayne
Jayne Williams, Esq.

Dimple Merritt
Melanie Sweeney Griffith
Mary Glenn
Yvette Radford
Patricia A. Ford
Judy Johnson, Esq.

Cheryl Boykins
LaNiece Jones
Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte
Clothide Hewitt
Lovie McIntosh
Cynthia Sterling

Holly Mitchell
Eva Jefferson Paterson
Jean West
Vivian Bailey
Mary Head
Dottie Smith
Windie Scott
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell

Alona Clifton
Julie Hadnot
Alice Corvo Smith
Rita Givens
Margaret Gordon
Hon Kamala Harris
Navoleen Harris

Barbara Becnel
Robyn T. Fisher
Debbie Manning
Gayle Orr Smith
Charlene Leathers Sibblis
Celestine Palmer
Pamela Fobbs
Carla Dillard Smith
Kathleen Sullivan

Assemblymember Karen Bass
Gwendolyn Boozé
Doris Grant
Dr. Anita Grier
Hon. Lauren Hammond
Sandra Hooper-Mayfield
Billie Jelks Hood
Carolyn Walters

Bobbie Brooks
Altheda Kennedy Carrie
Janeith Glenn Davis
LaCresia D. Hawkins
Vincene Jones
Pauline Kimbers
Gloria Lockett
Michelle Milam
Gwen L. Morris

Helen Belamy
Donna Burke
Linda Crayton
Regina Holly
Regina Jackson
Katrina Alison Jaggears
Sarah Richey
Hon. Lynette Sweet
Naomi Williams

Vanessa Cormier
Kamala Harris
Brigette Renee LeBlanc
Hon. Leslie Baranco Martin
Fredericka McGee
Holly Mitchell
Peggy Moore
Corrine Sain
Melody Walcott

Jovanka Beckles
Tama Brisbane
Nolice Edwards
Michelle Jacques
Judy Johnson, Esq.
Helena Straughter
Joyce Taylor
Judge Trina Thompson

Hon. Margaret Gordon
Debbie Manning
Esperanza Tervalon Daumont
Hon. Teresa Cox
Latressa Wilson-Alford
Gywneth Borden
Gloria Brown
Karen Massie
Karen Anderson
Aisha Knowles
Texanita Bluitt
Muriel Sykes
Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt
Lisa Williams
Barbara Parker, Esq.
Kimberly Mayfield, EdD
Jo Elias Jackson
Connie Willis
Cassandra L. Joubert, ScD
Hon. Diane Becton
Pleshette Robertson
Peggy Moore
Dr. Elnora Webb
Tovi Scruggs
Letia McClarty
Hon. Elaine Merriweather
Hon. Bonnie Pannell
Patricia Scott
Kitty Brown, MSW
Assemblymember Shirley Weber 
Assemblymember Cheryl Brown 
Donna Carey, M.D. 
Linda Jordan 
LaJuana Bivins 
Pamela Price, Esq. 
Addie Ellis, EdD 
Dorothy Smith 
Freddie Davis  

Former Men of the Year

1982 Honorable Henry Ramsey
1983 Phil Amoureaux
1984 Honorable Rene Davidson
1985 Honorable Carter Gilmore
1986 Paul Cobb
1987 Honorable John George
1988 Honorable Willie Brown
1989 Willie Love
1990 C.J. Patterson
1991 No Honoree
1992 Geoffrey Pete
1993 Naytanuel Everett
1994 BWOPA Main Horses
1995 Ronald V. Dellums
1996 Jake Sloan, Robert Johnson, Esq. 
1997 Ray Johnson
1998 Dr. Alfred Smith, Sr., Dr. Alfred Smith, Jr. 
1999 Clyde Bouligny, Rev. Frank Pinkard
2000 Alan E. Dones
2001 George Tribble
2002 Dave MacDonald, Chuck Foster
2003 No Honoree
2004 Dr. Bob Scott
2005 David Tucker
2006 Dr. Washington Burns
2007 Dr. James Aldredge
2008 Hon. Tony Thurmond
2009 Hon. Keith Carson
2010 John Burris, Esq.
2011 Assemblymember Sandre R. Swanson
2013 Pastor Raymond Lankford
2014 Kofi Bonner 
2015 Honorable Michael Tubbs

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