Board of Directors
William (BJ) Castle, Jr. Esq. has served on the board for just over four years now and is currently serving as the president of the board. He brings a variety of experience to the board as his background includes both family law and corporate purchasing. BJ has a BS in Business Administration from Morehouse College and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. BJ is currently a family law attorney here in Rochester and also a Senior Supplier Manager at Xerox Corporation. In his spare time he is in his 13th year as basketball coach for the St. Monica's CYO Youth Basketball organization, and in his 15th year as a coach with the Baden St. Bulldogs Pop Warner organization. BJ chose to serve on the JACDC board as he believes in giving back to our youth, and felt that the center provides invaluable services and support for the families of our community.
William Castle Jr., President
Ricky Frazier has served on the JACDC board for over two years offering a passion for helping youth of our community, education and event planning. He has been working in the field of customer service and social media relations since he graduated from Robert Wesleyan College with a BS in Organizational Management. He currently serves on JACDC Marketing/Development Committee. During his free time he enjoys reading, church ministry, walking and spending time with family.
Ricky Frazier, Marketing & Development
Dr. Kimberley Willis has served on the JACDC board for six years and is currently serving as the board secretary. Kimberley loves children and wants the best in life for them and she knows it starts with shaping, molding and mentoring them at a very early age as she is the product of a pre-K program in Rochester.
Kimberly Willis, Secretary
Kimberley is a huge supporter of education - it is a passion she learned from her mother, who was a teacher in the RCSD for 30 years and from her own experience working in higher education. Kimberley began her higher education career in 1999 when she started working at Monroe Community College as the assistant director of student accounts. Kimberley moved from the Administrative Division at MCC to the Academic Division whereby she was appointed the Associate Director of Registration and Master Scheduler. She served four years in the Registration and Records Office, including one year as the acting registrar. She moved to the Student Services Division, where she served as acting director of campus events before she was appointed to College Registrar at Geneseo, The State University of New York. Kimberley's experience has spanned both public and academic environments in payroll, accounting, collections, management and customer service. She has more than 30 years of work experience in the banking industry, numerous related office positions and higher education administration.
Kimberley earned a doctorate in management, community college policy and administration from the University of Maryland University College. She received both a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in finance (summa cum laude) from SUNY Brockport. She won numerous awards and scholarships at Brockport for her scholastic success as an adult student. Kimberley not only worked at Monroe Community College for 15+ years, but she is also an alum and she was recently inducted into the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame (2015) for all of her contributions to the community.
In her limited spare time, Kimberley enjoys working out, movies, time spent with family and friends and she loves to laugh. Kimberley also enjoys taking care of her mom, she is delighted that she can give back to her because her mom is her idol and inspiration. Kimberley chose to serve on the JACDC board because she made a promise to give back to her community once she obtained her master's degree. Kimberley feels JACDC is a perfect fit for her because it is in a neighborhood where she grew up, it serves our children who represent our future, and it gives families a safe environment to leave their loved ones without worry.
Nate Pensgen has served on the JACDC board as the treasurer since 2008 contributing his financial expertise and strategic thinking. Currently he is an Auditing Manager at Bonadio & Company, one of the largest regional public accounting firms. He is a graduate of LeMoyne College and chose to give back to the Rochester community because he has a strong knowledge of non-profit organizations and belief in volunteerism. Nate is very active, enjoys playing golf, softball, camping and visiting historical districts, both locally and outside of the Rochester area.
Nate Pensgen, Treasurer
Heze Simmons has served on the JACDC board since 2000 and is currently serving as the board past president. Heze offers a wide scope of experience to the board as he has been working in the private and public sector for 25+ years. He has a BS in Chemistry and a MBA in Finance. Currently he is the Vice President of Administrative Services and CFO aHezekiah "Heze" Simmons has served on the JACDC board of directors since 2000 and is currently serving as the board's past president. Heze chose to serve on the JACDC board because of his fondness for education and because JACDC provides a richness of learning experiences and caring to some of our most vulnerable members in the community. Serving in this capacity provides him an inner peace and sense of accomplishment. Heze offers a wide scope of expertise to the board as he is a seasoned financial executive with experience spanning multiple industries-higher education, technology training, manufacturing (hi-tech and commodity) and outsourcing on an international stage, gained through his contributions and work in the public and private sector for more than 25 years.
Heze Simmons, Past President
Diversity has been a continuous theme throughout Heze's life, particularly as he continues to scale the heights of career success. Having grown up in a large family in a small rural community in South Carolina, he went on to earn a BS in Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University and an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School. From his years as a former Vice President of Finance and Administration at Xerox Corporation to managing all aspects of business as former President and General Manager of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers to his current position as CFO and Vice President of Administrative Services at Monroe Community College, Heze has a proven track record in successfully managing large groups of people as well as strategic planning, master plan development, financial management and analysis, risk management, technology management, operational deployment and "out-of-the-box" thinking.
His professional affiliations, volunteer, and community involvement include being named Winner of the 2011 Financial Executive of The Year: RBJ/FEI-sponsored award, Community College Business Officers Association (CCBOA), President and Executive Committee member; East House, member, board of directors; and Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council board of directors.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching documentaries on TV, traveling via auto, listening to contemporary books on CD, golfing and babysitting his grandsons.
t Monroe Community College. Because of his background as a businessman and leader, he provides guidance, leadership skills and a historical perspective on JACDC matters. Heze chose to serve on the JACDC board because of his fondness for education and because JACDC provides a richness of learning experiences and caring to some of our most vulnerable members in the community. Serving in this capacity provides him an inner peace and sense of accomplishment. In his spare time, he enjoys watching documentaries on TV, traveling via auto, listening to contemporary books on CD, golfing and babysitting his grandsons.
Joseph "Joe" Talbot has served on the JACDC board since 2007. He was familiar with the economic challenges faced in the Southwest sector of the city and wanted
to be a part of an organization that helps children develop and provides them with opportunities to succeed. He is also confident that his experience on other not-for-
profit boards and his insurance and risk management knowledge help with the general oversight of JACDC. Joe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from
Ithaca College, specializing in risk management programs in a variety of industries. He is also a graduate of the National Alliance School for Producer
Joseph Talbot, Marketing/Development (Chair)
Joe joined First Niagara Risk Management, formerly Hatch Leonard Naples, in 1999 as an Account Executive. He has earned the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), the Associate in Risk Management (ARM), the Associate in Underwriting (AU), the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. All of these certifications represent professional dedication and commitment to providing the highest level of service to clients.
He actively participates in numerous professional organizations including the Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association (RTMA), Community College Business Officers Association (CCBOA), New York State Motor Truck Association (NYSMTA), and the Upstate New York Chapter of The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS). He is the former president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Monroe County (IIAMCP) and the former president of the Rochester Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU).
In addition to his professional affiliations, he supports a variety of community service organizations. Joe, a former Big Brother, has been involved with the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, the Alumni Council for McQuaid Jesuit High School, and the Mental Health Association. He is a past Forty Under 40 Honoree and also serves on the Risk Management Committee, Lobster Fest Committee, is the Mohawk District Chairman for the Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is Cubmaster for Pack 122 in Newark, New York, where he lives with his wife, Leah, and their two sons.
Furnessa Mangrum, Executive Director
Furnessa Mangrum has been the Executive Director of the Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center (JACDC) since December 1994. She has more than 21 years of experience working with children. Under her direction and skill in crisis management, the Center has been brought from the verge of being closed in 1994 to becoming accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2000 and she has maintained that national recognition since. Out of 121 child care facilities in Rochester JACDC is one of 19 to achieve such a status.
She has been very instrumental in implementing unique programming, parent workshops and advocating for parents and children rights through the court system to enable JACDC to provide onsite supervised visits. Additionally, she is a Child Health Advocate and complimented her degree by completing her Family Development and Planning Credential through Cornell University.
Dr. Kim McKinsey-Mabry joined the JACDC board in 2013 and brings passion and a variety of experiences to the board. As a graduate of Monroe Community College, Kim has over sixteen years of experience in higher education, with ten years of her professional career at MCC, most recently being appointed as Dean of Business & Community Engagement. Results-driven and focused, with an unwavering commitment to integrity and excellence, Kim has been acknowledged as a collaborative leader who understands the importance of creating and maintaining strong relationships, having won an Innovation of the Year Award by the League for Innovation in the Community College, along with her colleagues. Kim was also recognized in 2014 as a "Post-Secondary Administrator" in the Democrat and Chronicle's Hot Jobs, as a "Woman to Watch" in The Democrat and Chronicle, and nominated for the Rochester Business Journal "40 under 40" in 2013.
Dr. Kim McKinsey-Mabry
Her passion to help woman and families and encourage the pursuit of educational and career goals has fueled her work in higher education. Her vision to empower the women and families she works with is often inspired by her own personal journey. Becoming a single mother after her first semester at MCC, campus support services and faculty advisors encouraged her to finish school and become the first one in her family to graduate from college. She did just that and went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Community and Human Service Management from SUNY Empire State College, a M.B.A. from Metropolitan College of New York, and a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. By sharing her story and using it as a motivational tool, Kim hopes to influence more women to pursue higher education.
Since 2005, LaTonya R. Wilcox has been a Monroe County Department of Human Services employee. She began as an Emergency Housing Specialist and in 2008 was promoted to an Examiner assigned to the HUD's Shelter Plus Care Program and the Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach Program Nielson and Jennifer House Transitional Housing Program. Prior to coming to Monroe County Department of Human Services, she was employed by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department as a Law Librarian for the Monroe County Jail and Correctional Facility. Her responsibilities entails collaborating working with various local, county, state and federal agencies in assisting clients with obtaining permanent or transitional under available grant awards. Under the Shelter Plus Care Program, she services over 500 active and participating clients with housing grants who would otherwise by ineligible for traditional housing assistance, due to prior dispositions or impairments. In 2015, she accepted a position in the Monroe County Child Support Enforcement Unit and currently works in the Pre-Court Unit.
LaTonya R. Wilcox
As public servant, humanitarian and faith community visionary, she was appointed in 2011 as Mobilization Committee Chairperson, in 2014 as the Committee on Civil Rights and Equity Chairperson and in 2015 was elected as one of the three Grievance Co-Chairpersons for the Federation of Social Workers Local IUE-CWA 81381, AFL-CIO and has served as a member of CSEA, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. She is member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women. She served as a 2010 National CWA/ IUE Delegate in Washington, DC, on the Committee on Civil Rights and Equity, and the Social Action Committee. In 2015, Ms. Wilcox was appointed as an IUE-CWA Diversity Ambassador. She is very involved with community outreach and advocacy projects within the religious community.
She is a graduate of Nazareth Academy Class of 1987 and has earned an A.A.S. Degree in Legal Administration from Northern Virginia Community College in 1998. She is a life member of the Hope Deliverance Temple, AFM in Rochester, NY and serves as an advisor of the Youth Ministry, Praise Team and Pastor's Aide.
She is the eldest of five children born to Bishop and Mrs. Ronald C.(Eloise) Wilcox and enjoys spending time with her family and church.
Janice M. Holland is a human resources and community engagement professional. She is currently employed at the University of Rochester as the Manager of Staff Diversity and Community Engagement, and Program Manager for the Healthcare Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program; a high-school pipeline program. In this capacity she is responsible for assisting the University maximize human capital and create a diverse and inclusive environment. Additionally, as the Community Engagement Manager, her responsibilities include bridging the gap between the University of Rochester and the Rochester community it serves. Janice believes that the key to bridging the gap and establishing strong and lasting community relationships is a better understanding and increased knowledge of the disparities plaguing marginalized communities. "We must work from the root cause of these disparities by becoming Change Agents, not only in title, but producing actual positive change and maintaining it." Janice is highly involved in the Rochester community and working with youth. As the Program Manager for the Healthcare Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program she is responsible for introducing underrepresented youth to the vast careers in medicine and/or its related technology. She also helps youth become positive and productive citizens in the community by learning the importance of giving back. "How can you help improve a community that you are not invested in," is a common statement she shares with youth.
Janice M. Holland
Janice is a proud and long standing member at Church of Love Faith Center where she is a former Executive board member, former leader of Guest Services and advisor for diversity and inclusion.
Board of Directors: Executive Committee
William Castle, Jr.
*NOTE - The Board of Directors meet the last Wednesday in every month except July, August and December from 6:00pm-7:30pm.back to top