Barbara J. Exum enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 27, 1977. Upon completion of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, she was assigned as a Materiel Facilities Specialist.
Ms. Exum’s first duty station was the 96th Supply Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. While there, she supported the 96th Bombardment Wing, identifying and inspecting property prior to issuing to maintenance activities to ensure that the bomb wing was able to meet their missions on time.
As founder of the Frank H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and a professor, author and filmmaker, Marta Moreno Vega has been a driving force for three decades. She has been committed to bring the issues of identity, culture and matters of the spirit into the public consciousness.
Ms. Vega was born in 1942 in New York City and grew up in East Harlem, a predominantly Latino and Caribbean section of the City known as Spanish Harlem. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico, and her father’s dark skin reflected his African heritage. Ms. Vega was teased for her skin color as she grew up, yet as she grew older, she came to embrace her African lineage.
Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Dina M. Michael was born in the Bronx, New York. Following her graduation from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1982, Ms. Michael began her Air Force career at Basic Military Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She completed Administration Specialist Technical Training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and her first permanent station was the 22nd Civil Engineering Squadron, March Air Force Base in Riverside, California.
Georgina Falú, PhD, is a Black and Puerto Rican scholar, educator, entrepreneur, historian, activist and empowerer dedicated to serving women, children, families and communities that need it most. Dr. Falú completed a Doctorate in Higher Education Finance and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, received a diploma from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Falú holds 35 years of purpose-driven teaching and executive experience at universities in Puerto Rico and the continental United States.
Denise C. Soares, R.N., M.A. has a long and distinguished career in the medical field. The Senior Vice President of the Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network, Executive Director of Harlem Hospital Center and the Renaissance Health Care Network, and a HHC Corporate Officer, she is the first nurse in the history of Harlem Hospital to hold the position.
Sue Susman is known as “communications central” for concerns involving affordable housing in New York City. She has been a driving force in tackling issues in her Upper West Side Manhattan neighborhood ranging from wheelchair accessibility to new building developments.