Relations Commission Names New Montgomery County Advisors
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission today announced new members and officers for its Montgomery County
One of six
advisory councils statewide, the group advises the state civil rights
commission on discrimination issues and barriers to equal opportunity in
Montgomery County. Advisory councils also work with the commission to raise
public awareness of civil rights.
officers include executives and community leaders in mental health, human
resources, community development, public education, higher education and
religious ministry. Rev. Charles W. Quann of Spring House was selected to serve
as the council’s new chairman.
replaces Andrea Lawful-Trainer of Glenside, who served as chair since January
of 2012, and remains on the council.
opportunity is crucial to Pennsylvania’s economic prosperity,” Executive
Director JoAnn Edwards said. “The dedicated volunteers on our advisory councils
help spread that message in their communities and increase our capacity for
civil rights education.”
commission is pleased to partner with influential community leaders who share
our vision of Pennsylvania as a state that embraces diversity as the foundation
for our mutual economic and educational success.”
council members are volunteers, selected for their community involvement and
support of the underlying principles of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
and Fair Educational Opportunities Act.
commission appoints members to serve for three-year terms and appoints a
chairperson annually. Council members elect other officers annually.
activities of the Montgomery County Advisory Council have included public
forums on issues ranging from community engagement in public education to
discrimination against Muslims.
schedules and information about advisory councils are online at www.phrc.state.pa.us.
contact: Shannon Powers,
Note: Following is
a list of new and existing council members, officers, their hometowns and
Rev. Charles W. Quann, Spring House; pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church
– Rhoda Indictor, Jenkintown; nonprofit development, diversity, leadership and
strategic planning consultant
Vice-chair – Rose A. Makofske, Bryn Mawr, director of education and
diversity initiatives, Montgomery County Community College
Carmina Taylor, Plymouth Meeting, staff facilitator, It Takes a Village, Inc.
Andrea Lawful-Trainer, Glenside; principal & CEO, Children and Parental
Enrichment Services (CAPES)
Alexander A. M. Aimette, Abington; senior pastor, Abington Baptist Church
Coleman, Cheltenham; pastor, First Baptist Church of Crestmont
Kessler, Abington; vice president, Willis Human Capital Practice
Silverman LaDuca, Huntingdon Valley; family therapist, Center for Contextual Therapy
W. McGinley, Philadelphia; superintendent, Lower Merion School District
Weaver, Philadelphia; associate professor, Drexel University
Williams, Roslyn; CEO, The Williams Group Consultants
Clark, Willow Grove; retired educator
Davis, Upper Dublin; retired school superintendent
Hickman-Schneider, Gilbertsville; volunteer disability rights advocate
Pladus, Maple Glenn; superintendent, Upper Dublin School District
Smith, Ambler; retired educator
Warner, North Wales