Our June Guests

June 6, 2021

Pat Gillum Sams

Founder/CEO
The Sistah Covenant

Mother of Lauren

Patricia “Pat” Gillum Sams’ career has taken her on an interesting journey from management in the insurance industry to leading diversity initiatives at an electric, sewer and water company to community organizer. She spent 23 years with State Farm Insurance Companies in Auto and Health Claims as well as Human Resources. She earned numerous professional designations and licenses during her extensive insurance career.

Tanya Grace

Spiritual & Wellness Contributor
The Sistah Covenant

Mother of Genesis

Tanya James Grace has spent the past 20 years working in the health and wellness field. She has developed wellness programming in the corporate, private and nonprofit sectors. Tanya is currently an ordained pastor/minister and serves as a board-certified chaplain at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and group certified fitness instructor.

Betty Cody

Vice President
William & Betty Cody Foundation

Mother of Caroline

Civic Organizations

President Jacksonville Links 2011-2015

President Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority 1995-1999

Moles Treasurer 2004-2008

Silhouettes Kappa Alpha Psi President 1998-2002

Silhouettes Area Coordinator 2002-2006

Foundations

ack & Jill Associate Member

Vice President William & Betty Cody Foundation

Immediate Past President Gamma Beta Boule Foundation

Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Alumni Foundation

Selena Webster-Bass

Founder/CEO
Voices Institute, LLC
Executive Director
Richard Webster-Bass Health Institute, Inc.

Mother of Richard

Selena Webster-Bass, M.P.H., is a Jacksonville, Florida native with more than 20 years of experience in cultural and linguistic competence, health equity and community health. Selena has an undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology from University of North Florida and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida. She has worked in a variety of professional settings as Community Medicine Director with the pediatrics and family medicine residency programs at University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville, Manager of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic at Shands Jacksonville/Nemours Children’s Clinic and developing national disease education campaigns for pharmaceutical companies focusing on multicultural populations. From 2011 – 2016, Selena Webster-Bass served with the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative as the Mental Health and Cultural Competence Educator.   From 2015 - 2016, Selena Webster-Bass developed four cultural humility and health equity modules training health and human service professionals in cultural responsiveness. She led The Mirror Project, an opportunity for agencies to assess their infusion of cultural and linguistic competence throughout their organization using the National Culturally Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards as a framework. She also worked with behavioral health professionals in implementing Wraparound Care Coordination Services and supporting caregivers and youth with systems involvement.

Michelle Davis Singleton

Travel Nurse
Behavioral Health/Psych Facilities

Mother of Mark

Children: Late Mark Gerard Singleton, II; Maria E Singleton, 23; Moira J Singleton, 23

Education: Tuskegee University: BS Mathematics

Florida State College of Jacksonville: AS Nursing

Jacksonville University: BS Nursing

Work:

Mathematician: Naval Surface Warfare Center

Production Planner: Xomed-Treace 

Nursing:  27+ years of proven experience effectively and efficiently managing both patients and staff. I am an organized, calm, and patient professional with excellent healthcare skills. I have a passion for providing quality care to patients and strive to provide above standard levels of patient care and service.

I have experience in the following genres of nursing: Emergency Care, PACU/Recovery room, Progressive Care, Intermediate Care, Medical Surgical, Critical Care, COVID Swabbing/Testing, Home Health, Mental Health, Corrections, and Long-term Care.  Travel nurse for 2.5 years. Currently working with Behavioral Health/Psych facilities: ECT, Adult and adolescent patients. 

Cheryl D. Larkin

Co-Founder
Wynter Larkin Charitable Gifting Fund
Co-Founder
Dance for Wynter

Mother of Wynter

Cheryl holds extensive background in Communications, Public Relations,  Sales & Marketing, Workforce Development, Media Relations and Print  Journalism. She enjoyed a lucrative career in the media spanning 27+  years. Her past employers have included Comcast Corporation, Radio  One, Inc., and CBS Broadcasting Networks (New York and Philadelphia),  working in several capacities.  

Presently, Cheryl is active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,  and she serves as a Charter Member, First Vice President and Program 

Committee Chairman for the Alpha Alpha Beta Omega Chapter. She was  also elected as the chapter’s Soror of the Year in 2020.  

Tremelle I. Howard, Esq.

Labor and Employment Attorney
Mother of Mikayla

Tremelle I. Howard, Esq. is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and current resident of Douglasville, GA. She is a licensed attorney with over 20 years’ experience, specializing in labor and employment counseling and litigation.  On March 1, 2020, Tremelle was appointed Regional Solicitor (Chief Legal Officer) at the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor responsible for complex labor and employment litigation in the Southeast United States with a primary focus to protect and advocate for America's workers. Tremelle is the first African American woman to serve in an Executive position in her office.  

Tremelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is a member of numerous service and professional organizations. Most notably she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Charter member of the West Georgia (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. 

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