LAABP Officers – (from left) Cora J. Fossett, David Jackson, Mignon Washington, DeMarlo Sims, Amber Johnson, Henry Chisom, Sharon Loudd, and Adriene Murphy.Â Â Not pictured are Terrence Montgomery, DeWanna Sharp, and Carmen Steward. (Photo by Tyrone Washington)
City Execs – Councilman Bernard Parks, honorees Rhonda Gaston, Monique Parker, and Amanda Dyson, Deputy Mayor Miriam Long, CDD GM Richard Benbow, and Deputy Mayor Larry Frank. (Photo by Tyrone Washington)
Scholarship Recipients â€“ (from left) Arthur Dyson III, Stacy Ellis, Jeania-Ree Moore, Taylor Blackwell, Reginald Glosson, Raven Jackson, Travis Roberts, Clinton McLester, Aryssa Durrell, MCarrine Johnson, Melanie Turnipseed, Trenais Roberts, Marcus Hawkins-Dungey, (front, center) Aryel Gilmer.
(Photo by Tyrone Washington)
The Los Angeles Association of Black Personnel (LAABP) celebrated youth scholars, City of L.A. executives, and the groupâ€™s new officers during a gala reception held June 2 at the California African American Museum.
The affair began with an enthusiastic welcome by LAABP member Monique Parker.Â Next, Deputy Mayor Miriam Long installed the officers for 2010-2012.Â They are Cora Jackson-Fossett, President; Terrence Montgomery, 1st Vice President; DeMarlo Sims, 2nd Vice President; DeWanna Sharp, 3rd Vice President; Sharon Loudd, Treasurer; Amber Johnson, Recording Secretary; and Mignon Washington, Corresponding Secretary.Â The Directors-at-Large are Henry Chisom, David Jackson, Adriene Murphy, and Carmen Steward.
Following the installation, President Fossett presented distinctive awards to three new high-ranking managers in City service.Â The honorees were Amanda Dyson, Departmental Audit Manager for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA); Rhonda Gaston, Assistant General Manager for the Community Development Department (CDD); and Monique Earl, Senior Deputy and Budget Director for Councilman Bernard Parks.
The program concluded with the awarding of $15,000 in scholarship funds to 14 college-bound students.Â The scholarship recipients were rated in five categories: academic honors, community involvement, extracurricular activities, essay response, and grades (G.P.A. and S.A.T. scores). Â Receiving awards were Taylor Blackwell, Aryssa Durrell, Arthur Dyson III, Stacy Ellis, Aryel Gilmer, Reginald Glosson, Marcus Hawkins-Dungy, Raven Jackson, Carrine Johnson, Clinton McLester III, Jeania-Ree Moore, Travis Roberts, Trenais Roberts, and Melanie Turnipseed.
The Scholarship Committee included Chairperson Susan Huntley and members, Isophine Atkinson, Lance Bailey, Anthony Brown, Amber Johnson, Shawn Magee, Jo Ann Moss, and Angela Sherick-Bright.
The LAABP, a 400-member organization, is the official representative for City of Los Angeles employees of African American heritage. Incorporated in 1972, the LAABP advocates equal employment within the City’s workforce and increased opportunities for “people of color” to attain management and executive positions.Â Among the services the organization provides are career development seminars, mock interview program and networking forums.Â Since 2003, LAABP has presented more than $65,000 in scholarships to college-bound students.