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Queens Mocha Moms Celebratation of through social media highlighting our members and their contributions to this month


Rita Johnson

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Rita Johnson, Vice President, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

She is a mother of a six year-old son Narmer Johnson, and worked in the Information Tecnology Field for about 15 years. She is a January, 2012 graduate of Master of Science in Adolescence Education, Concentration in Spanish from LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y. On April 24, 2012, she will be inducted in The International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota, the highest academic honor in the field of foreign language and literature and she also be inducted in Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society. The induction ceremony for both honor societies will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. She is a New York State certified Spanish Teacher 7-12 grade. She is currently featured on a Television Commercial running on Cablevision Network Channels (Long Island). She is also featured in LIU Post print ad campaign throughout Queens (Northern Blvd) bus stops and Long Island Rail Road train stations.


Dr. Worokya Dunkin

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Dr. Worokya Dunkin, Queens Chapter Mocha Mom member .

Dr. Worokya Duncan, Queens Mocha Mom, member will be published in The International Journal of Learning. Additionally, she will present her research on The Effects of an Afrocentric United States History Curriculum on The Academic Achievement of Black Students in London at the University of London in August.


Gwen Butler

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Gwen Butler, President, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

Gwen Butler is the proud Mocha Mom of twin 3 year old girls, Morgan and Grace. They were a double blessing, hence "More Grace", after several failed attempts at getting pregnant. Gwen is married for 8 years to her husband, Dr. Alan Butler, of whom she is extremely proud. After moving her family to Long Island from Brooklyn, Gwen decided to leave her therapist job behind to dedicate more time to parenting at home. As a stay-at-home mom, Gwen leads the Queens (& Long Island) Mocha Moms Chapter as President, and stays active as First Vice President of the National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter where she chairs a number of committees including the Diversity Oversight Committee as well as the Planning of the Annual Meeting. Gwen is a Bi-lingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker, passionate about the mental health issues which impact people of color particularly women and young girls, and she will be entering private practice in this coming year. In the meantime, Gwen stays active at home raising and caring for her family with the harmony and mixture of Puerto Rican and Trinidadian Values. She is a Proud Mocha Mom!


Marie Coleman Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Marie Coleman, Member, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

My Name is Marie Coleman and I've been a Mocha Mom for over 7 years. I'm married for 15yrs to Ollie, we have 3 wonderful kids-Torina(15yrs.), Kyle(11yrs.) and Aniyah(8yrs.). I work full time. I really enjoy being a Mocha Mom because it gives me a great feeling knowing that I have other women(Moms) I can rely on and relate too.


Karen Taylor Bass

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Karen Taylor Bass, Membership Chair, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

Mocha Karen Taylor Bass, is the 2012 Membership chair and the ultimate PR/Mommy Reinvention Expert.

In 2012 she was voted Top 100-- Branding Expert on Twitter and 2011 she was voted Top 20 PR Expert to also follow on Twitter.

Taylor Bass, is the founder of the brand new mommy dot com, a destination blog for savvy women reinventing post childbirth. Bass is also a media coach, PR instructor, author, mommy commentator and speaker. Currently, her clients include: the University of Texas (Austin), Harlem Business Alliance, Universal Music, Simon and Schuster, and Paramount Studios as clients. This summer 2012, her 2nd book will be published, From Babies to Branding: The Brand New Mommy Renewed! with the foreword written by Grammy Award winner and actress, Jill Scott.


Itan Y. Okhiria-Onipede

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Itan Y. Okhiria-Onipede, member, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

"Been there, done that", just doesn't cut it when evaluating the way my life has changed after the birth of my second child. Nicknamed my superstar, Noah's birth has made me realize that my life needed to move in a different direction. My dream of owning a business and working for myself had become a must, if I wanted to feel complete. Now with vigor and a new found energy Memorable Moments, Event Planning & Decorating, Inc. is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2012. Memorable Moments, Event Planning & Decorating wants to make that once in a lifetime moment a memorable one!


Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Lolet Ahyee, Secretary, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

Lolet Ahyee

Lolet Ahyee is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) based in the New York City area. She currently works at Citigroup as a Vice President. In her current role Lolet Ahyee manages strategic process improvement plans, and governs the standards for her program. Lolet Ahyee started her career with IBM after attaining her BS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University (SU). Furthermore her MBA graduate degree (from SU) sustains her adaptability to manage events, programs, and problem management activities effortlessly.

Lolet Ahyee partners her professional skills with her passion to impact the community. She served as a regional board member for the National Society of Black Engineers for over four years. Her duties included facilitating a weekend regional conference hosting over fifty schools and 3000 participants. She always takes the initiative developing key relationships for success, hence she is known as a proactive Program Manager. This was an important skill in negotiating with hotels, acquiring company sponsorship and merchandise vendors for the conference. Further, she completed the United Way Board Training & Placement program and currently serves as the Volunteer Team Lead at the Neighboring Housing Services of Jamaica. She has also advised other boards to help create their strategic plans while in their grassroots stage. During her 13 year tenure at IBM she was the membership chair for the Black Network of New York diversity group. She ensured all black new hires joined the group, developed their relationships with the few black executives in the company, and hosted employee picnics. Lolet believes (“that being in power is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t” – Margaret Thatcher) her actions and influence is not about being important but serving something important.

Born and raised in Park Slope Brooklyn, Lolet is a city dweller, yet loves the outdoors and horticulture. A tree grows in Brooklyn! Lolet would know she help plant many of them in Brooklyn gardens and parks as a volunteer. During her childhood she spent all of her summers in Costa Rica her mother’s country of origin. She speaks fluent “spanglish” and is cultured from her family roots. The melting pot of Brooklyn and her upbringing allows her to have a diverse understanding of people and tolerance of differences.

Lolet likes to travel internationally and has a goal to visit at least one new country each year. She is scheduling Japan and Australia in the near future, and has visited over twenty five countries thus far. Lolet is a proud member of Mocha Moms!


Alicia Shepard

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Alicia Shepard, Member, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I obtained an MBA from NYU and worked as a market research manager in the pharmaceutical industry. I led and managed market research products for a new medication, helping it to become the most successfully launched drug in its class as well as one of the most successfully launched prescription products of any class in 2011.


Sanya Robinson Williams

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Sanya Robinson Williams, member Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

FlowerChild Fitness's founder, Sanya Robinson Williams, has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) since 1996 and as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist since 2006, with both children and seniors providing services in a transitional care hospital, in the community with therapeutic recreation branches of municipal governments, in skilled nursing facilities and in private residences.

Prior to starting her own company, she worked as a Recreational Therapist with the Hospital For Sick Children in Washington DC, DCTR Services Branch and The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville MD. Mrs. Williams worked as both a CTRS and fitness instructor with the Montgomery County TR Section in MD. Mrs. Williams currently works as a CTRS at the Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center-Schachne Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Mrs. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy with a minor in Allied Health from Howard University in Washington DC. Mrs. Williams also holds a Masters of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology from The George Washington University. She is board certified with National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, CTRS. A CTRS has acquired a body of knowledge that includes theory, philosophy, and practice that spans a wide range of disabling conditions and illnesses. When that knowledge is applied, the CTRS addresses the total person and the associative life factors that may apply to their specific disability or illness.


Khadija Faison James

Queens Mocha Moms are celebrating our members for Women's History Month. Our members are phenomenal! Some are lawyers, educators,doctors, municipal workers, business women, stay at home moms, etc... Each special and making their mark in history. Today we celebrate Khadija Faison James, PR Chair, Queens Chapter Mocha Moms

She is a wife, mother of 3, visionary artist, lover of life, crime fighter, defender of liberty and freedom and she’s a Mocha Mom.

Mocha Khadija graduated from Baruch College with a BBA in International Marketing. Upon graduating she worked in a small advertising agency in the marketing department. Having minored in graphics communication she was automatically drawn to the creative side of advertising and at that time decided to pursue a career in graphic design. Her career in graphics design led her to work for agencies like MTA Long Island Bus, C.U.N.Y, Royal Caribbean and many others as a freelancer. Losing her job after 911 caused Khadija to make a major career change at which time she decided to become a member of NY’s Finest. Currently Khadija works full time as a Sergeant for the NYPD and hopes to be promoted to Lieutenant. Although she changed careers she try's to still freelance when possible and keeps her creative juices flowing by actively volunteering her talents. Samples of her work are always available upon request.


Queens Mocha Moms Celebration of Women's History Month Through Social Media