Cast Your Vote: 2020 ACLU of Mississippi Board of Directors Election

ACLU of Mississippi members who have paid their dues within the past 12 months are eligible to vote for the organization’s board of directors. Online votes must be cast by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. You may also request a paper ballot by calling (601) 354-3408. If you choose to vote via paper ballot, it must be received at Post Office Box 2242, Jackson, MS 39225 no later than December 9, 2020.

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2020 Candidates

Dr. Olga Osby

Dr. Olga Osby is the Co-managing partner of Clean Slate Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC and has been a faculty member and administrator in social work education for over 25 years. She is also currently an Associate Professor at Alcorn State University, Department of Social Work. She has served as a Full Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, Florida, and the Interim Associate Dean at Jackson State University’s School of Social Work in Jackson, Mississippi where she was on the faculty for 13 years. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC. And most recently earned her Certification in Financial Social Work. Over her academic career, Dr. Osby has been acknowledged for excellence in teaching and research, as well as presented with the Inabel Burns Lindsay Alumni Award, named after the founding Dean of the Howard University School of Social Work, for her work in community organizing.

Glenda Perryman

Glenda Perryman is a community leader, consultant, activist, organizer, over 25 years serving as the Founder, CEO and Executive Director of the Immaculate Heart Community Development Corporation, Inc. and a professional seamstress, owner and operator of the B&G EXQUIZITE DESIGNS. She received her early education in her birth place of Chicago, Illinois, completion and diploma in Mississippi. She received Certificates, Awards and/or Degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, Medical Assistant, The Art and Science of Grant Writing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Operation Specialist, Home DÉCOR Consultant, FEMA Certified, IS-00700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), IS-00100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100),UMCOR Case Management, American Red Cross Disaster Courses in Shelter Operations, Introduction to Disaster, Working with Total Diversity, EOC, CEESD. TRAIN THE TRAINER, Community Organizer, Youth Leadership Development, Facilitator Training & Workshops, Resource Center Operations and NAACP the “Know Your Rights” trainings. Mrs. Perryman is a 2013 WINDCALL FELLOWSHIP Alumni and a 2018 ACLU of Mississippi board member.

Abram Orlansky

Abram Orlansky is a native of Jackson. He attended the University of Texas at Austin before becoming assistant director of the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp from 2005 to 2009. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2012 before clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and has practiced law in Jackson since 2013. He has served on the boards of Jacobs Camp, Beth Israel Congregation, and the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar, as well as the Alumni Board of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Abram and his wife have two children and a mutt named Zeb.

Wendy Thompson

Wendy Thompson is a member of Dentons' Real Estate practice group and Tax-Advantaged Investing practice. She focuses on real estate transactions that involve low income housing tax credits and other tax incentives, from inception and initial investment through disposition. She represents investors in proprietary fund investments and direct investments. Her experience of having represented both developers and investors allows her to bring a unique perspective to these transactions. Wendy began her career in the affordable housing arena, where she focused on the tax aspects of affordable housing investments. After several years teaching tax- and business-related courses to law students, she returned to her legal practice and represented developers for 10 years. During that time, she was involved in transactions that utilized Hurricane Katrina relief incentives, as well as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentives, among others.

Sherrin A. Roberts

Sherrin A. Roberts, a native of Clarke County, MS, is an alumnus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. She received her Bachelor of Accountancy degree in December 2003 and Masters of Taxation degree in December 2004. Ms. Roberts began her professional career as an auditor for the Department of Defense in Northern Virginia. She then went on to become employed at KPMG LLP in Washington, DC where she performed work at various government agencies, including the Department of Defense and Department of Justice, as an auditor and consultant. Ms. Roberts subsequently worked at Grant Thornton LLP and a smaller accounting firm in Northern Virginia.

Cathy Johnson Garrett

Cathy Johnson Garrett spent the last 16 years caring for her husband Mike, who was a stroke patient living with disabilities. She was born in El Paso, TX on Nov 30, 1946, but grew up in Plantersville, MS. She is the daughter of the Baptist pastor and a school teacher. In 1969, she went to work for South Central Bell, was a member of the CWA union during a 30-year career. She has been a supporter of Equal Rights ever since the law was passed. In 2010, she started a Facebook group, “It’s Not Easy Leaning Left in Mississippi.” The membership is currently at 2700+. Before the pandemic, the group met once monthly for lunch, then a couple of years ago they added a First Monday Happy Hour. Both events were usually well attended by mostly retirees who are very pro-active in supporting Democratic candidates and causes. The group is still quite active online with progressive points of view, trying to pull this backward state into the 21st century. She is ready and willing to do whatever she can do to help the ACLU.

Kuwasi Omari

Kuwasi Omari is a program coordinator for Jackson, MS Human and Cultural Services department. He graduated in 2019 from Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. His areas of professional interest include interventions with incarcerated persons reintegrating into society, mental health and well-being of incarcerated persons, and interventions with youth at risk of becoming incarcerated. Being raised by social justice activists instilled his aspiration to work towards those objectives which bring society closer to equality and equity. In his spare time, he enjoys watching baseball and football, exercising, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Dr. LeMia Jenkins

Dr. LeMia Jenkins is a passionate communications professional. She has a vast history of public relations, political and strategic communication, operations, government relations, and corporate development experience. LeMia currently serves as the Global Head of Communications for Pinterest, setting the communications vision for relevant and timely stories about how more than 400 million Pinners around the world use Pinterest. Prior to joining Pinterest, LeMia served as Director of Global Communications and Media Relations for Walmart. LeMia has a rich history of advancing priorities and initiatives that elevate a strategic focus. Before working with Caesars Entertainment, LeMia served as Communications Director for the Hillary for America campaign. LeMia has served numerous members of the United States House of Representatives, helping to tactically assist in significantly raising the political profile of each member. Additionally, LeMia worked tirelessly to aid in passing legislation in the key areas of healthcare, social security, education, homeland security, and economic development. LeMia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Tougaloo College, she earned a Master of Public Health (Marketing and Health Communications) from The George Washington University. She has studied Healthcare at the Hebrew University in Israel and Doctorate in Education from the University of Mississippi.

Marcus A. Williams

Marcus A. Williams, a Jackson native, graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 2010, and a law degree in 2014, both from the University of Mississippi. He worked as an associate attorney at Daniel, Coker, Horton & Bell, P.A., in Jackson from August 2014 to January 2016, when he began working as an attorney at Blackmon & Blackmon, PLLC. He handles cases in areas such as criminal defense and personal injury, and represents some small businesses and government entities. He is also one of the co-founders of Jackson Professional Group. Williams says he and the other founders were at a legislative reception when they realized that Jackson needs a group that would regularly get together and discuss politics and business, and also help people network and grow professionally. Since the organization's founding in 2015, Williams says more than 400 people have attended JPG events. In his free time, Williams likes hanging out with friends, traveling and reading. His wife, Christin Williams, is a lawyer for the Mississippi Department of Health.

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