Meet the Branch Officers and Executive Board

Norristown Branch NAACP Executive Officers

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Mrs. Angelique Hinton

President

Angelique Hinton has been a resident of the Norristown area for over 35 years and has a passion for empowering her community. Mrs. Hinton spent 20 years of her career working in Client Service for Vanguard, the Financial Investment Company based in Malvern, before following her passion and becoming an organizer both in her Community and Politically. It was through her organizing work that Angie deepened her understanding of the huge injustices and inequalities plaguing communities of color. That knowledge drove her to deepen relationships and collaborate with organizations like the NAACP and fellow organizers to expand community outreach in her efforts to empower and advocate on behalf of equity for her community.

 

When she’s not fighting for equity in all things for all people, Angie enjoys spending time with family & friends. She also loves to travel and learn about different cultures around the world.

Angie is also very dedicated to supporting young people in her community, she is a board member of Expressive Path who provides access to music and art to at risk students in Norristown. She works with Philly Youth Vote and Vote That Jawn, which are non-partisan organizations dedicated to register eligible students in PhilaSD. Angie is currently the 1st Vice President of the Norristown NAACP and looks forward to engaging and empowering her community to advocate on behalf of themselves and their community.

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Mrs. Arlene Gordon

1st Vice President

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Arlene Ramsey-Gordon, is a lifelong resident of Norristown. Arlene attended Temple University for Business Administration and Real Estate and has worked for over 30 years as a professional mortgage banker, most recently working as a commercial lender.

She has always had the interest of moving Norristown in the progressive way, and was a consultant on developments and new construction projects. Mrs. Gordon served on the Norristown Municipality Planning Commission for over 5 1/2 years while also serving as Chair for one year in service. She currently serves on the Norristown Area School HOV Stadium Committee.

Arlene is currently in her third term as a Committee Person with the Norristown Democratic Committee. In addition, she has also served as Co-Chair of Norristown Municipal Chair for the Norristown Democratic Party and was the Treasurer for Representative Matt Bradford.

Arlene has worked on many campaigns for the local Norristown Area and Montgomery County. She is one of the Founding members of NAC, Norristown Action Coalition, and currently serves on the Committee.

Arlene is the CEO of Gordon Community Development Association, a CDC Company. In her spare time she likes to travel, is an avid reader and also author of a children’s book, “Bluebird and Friends” Recycling Adventures for Children.

Mrs. Arlene Gordon

1st Vice President

Arlene Ramsey-Gordon, is a lifelong resident of Norristown. Arlene attended Temple University for Business Administration and Real Estate and has worked for over 30 years as a professional mortgage banker, most recently working as a commercial lender.

She has always had the interest of moving Norristown in the progressive way, and was a consultant on developments and new construction projects. Mrs. Gordon served on the Norristown Municipality Planning Commission for over 5 1/2 years while also serving as Chair for one year in service. She currently serves on the Norristown Area School HOV Stadium Committee.

Arlene is currently in her third term as a Committee Person with the Norristown Democratic Committee. In addition, she has also served as Co-Chair of Norristown Municipal Chair for the Norristown Democratic Party and was the Treasurer for Representative Matt Bradford.

Arlene has worked on many campaigns for the local Norristown Area and Montgomery County. She is one of the Founding members of NAC, Norristown Action Coalition, and currently serves on the Committee.

Arlene is the CEO of Gordon Community Development Association, a CDC Company. In her spare time she likes to travel, is an avid reader and also author of a children’s book, “Bluebird and Friends” Recycling Adventures for Children.

Mrs. Linda Milligan

2nd Vice President

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MR. RASHAAD BATES

Treasurer

Rashaad Bates has been a Norristown resident for over 15 years and has a passion for technology. Mr. Bates has been in the tech field for over a decade and has worked in IT departments for companies such as Staples, American Aerospace Advisors, J.W. Pepper & Son and his own computer repair company APLIGC (Always Picked Last in Gym Class).

When there's spare time, Rashaad enjoys tinkering with Raspberry Pi computer boards, reading, trading cryptocurrencies and keeping up with the quickly evolving tech industry.

Another passion of Rashaad's is helping others and in his community. He’s a board member of Keep Norristown Beautiful, Norristown PHS Tree Tender group, Chairman of the Norristown Planning Commission, Treasurer for the Norristown NAACP, and a volunteer computer coach at the Norristown Library.

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MR. AVERY MANNING

Assistant Treasurer 

Avery Manning is a native of Eagleville, Pennsylvania. He graduated Cum Laude from West Chester University (WCU) with a degree in Professional Studies and dual minor in Business Law and Business Geography Information Systems. Avery had the opportunity to intern through the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill, in Senator Bob Casey's office, and the pleasure to work with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party on President Biden’s Campaign.

Currently, Avery is involved in the Montgomery County Young Democrats Communication Committee and a few committees within the NAACP such as the Political Action Committee, Education Committee and others.

Being a servant leader in the community is what Avery aspires to do.

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MRS. LAURA SMITH-LAWRENCE

Secretary

Ms. Laura Smith has been a resident of Norristown for over 40 years. She attended Norristown High School, obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource and a Masters of Business Administration. Ms. Smith worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry (Wyeth/SmithKline/Merck) for over 15 years. She enjoys leading meetings for medical professionals and researching cutting edge pharmaceutical drugs.

Ms. Smith is currently on the board of Norristown's Recreation Center (formerly PAL Center). She enjoys helping with book-bag drives in partnership with Mt. Zion AME Church. She was a member of the Norristown Arts Council and enjoys putting on large events.

Laura is highly active at her church, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, and holds positions in various ministries such as Enon at the Arts, Photo Ministry and Community of Grace Dinner where she recruits volunteers for feeding the less-fortunate. Ms. Smith truly enjoys helping people.

If Ms. Smith is not volunteering in her spare time, she loves photography, hanging out with her family and friends, and taking nature walks. She is part of running group called Black Girls Run (B.G.R.) and ran the Broad street run 3 times. Her favorite activity in the group is the Hot chocolate run, where everyone is rewarded with chocolate at the end!

Executive Board Members

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MR. CHRISTOPHER JARAMILLO

Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Jaramillo joined the Norristown Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. back in April of 2017. His passion for the education and empowerment of individuals paired with his love for uplifting the diverse community in which he currently lives in led him to seek out the organization for righteous causes.

Mr. Jaramillo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2020 with a Master of Science in Education along with a 3.74 GPA. He works closely with the Norristown Area School District's Administration through their Diversity Committee initiative, and also serves on the board of West Chester University's Alumni Association, where he strives to make positive, impactful changes for students of color who attend both institutions.

As former Chair of Social Media, Mr. Jaramillo created and managed the various media platforms of the Norristown Branch to broaden the chapter's reach and footprint on today's most relevant issues while conducting activities involving public relations with exceptional professionalism. Understanding the value of having a presence on social media and the potential to attract new members in virtual spaces led Mr. Jaramillo to reevaluate the previous, archaic membership process.

Within just a few months of taking up his current role, Mr. Jaramillo was able to identify the gaps of the current membership process and developed a completely electronic system which offered itself to easing, and almost automating, the responsibilities of Membership Chair. From the moment an individual expresses interest in joining the chapter, to beginning the on-boarding process, through orientation, and the receipt of an NAACP certificate of completion; the revamped, 5-stage membership process placed careful consideration on providing the new member with a memorable experience.

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DR. MONICA D'ANTONIO

Chair, Political Action Committee

Dr. Monica D’Antonio just completed her first year of a four-year term on the Norristown Area School District (NASD) Board of Directors. On the Board, she serves as the Chair of the Policy Committee and is the newly appointed Legislative Liaison. Her day job takes place at Montgomery County Community (MCCC) where she is a Professor of English. In addition to her work at MCCC and NASD, she is passionate about community engagement and progressive policy. She is a member of the West Norriton Human Relations Committee and serves as a Democratic committeeperson in West Norriton. Dr. D'Antonio has participated in countless voter outreach events and has volunteered on local, state, and national campaigns. She is a tutor/mentor at the Center for Culture, Art, Education, and Training (CCATE) in Norristown and leads a monthly mystery book discussion group at the Norristown Public Library. She lives in West Norriton with her husband and cat.

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MRS. JILL MYERS

Chair, Youth Committee

Jill Rivera Myers has been a dedicated English teacher at Norristown Area High School for 15 years. She obtained both her undergraduate in English Education and graduate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Temple University, and is currently working on an additional Masters in English Literature at West Chester University.

Mrs. Myers co-created the Young Scholars Mentor Program in 2012 to provide leadership opportunities, college and career readiness, academic and emotional support to Norristown students. The relationships that she builds with her students and mentees remain strong long after high school years, as the program’s motto is, “Once a scholar, always a scholar.” Mrs. Myers is so grateful for everyone in the Norristown community who has always supported her programs and students by engaging with the youth through volunteer projects, leadership academies, internships, and mentor relationships. She is excited about the new opportunity to partner with the local chapter of the NAACP as the youth committee chair.

In addition to her Norristown family, Mrs. Myers has four amazing children - West, Maeve, Baylie and Griffin - and her best friend and husband, Kenny.

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MS. SHERIDAN EARLE

Chair, Social Media Committee

Sheridan Earle is a resident of West Norriton who joined the Greater Norristown N.A.A.C.P. in the summer of 2020. Looking for ways to give back and get more involved in her community, this chapter has offered a welcoming space for collaboration and civic engagement. She works full-time as Supervisor of Social Media for the behavioral health division of Universal Health Services, Inc. Understanding the power of social media to connect and empower communities, she was happy to accept the role of Chair for the Social Media Committee of the Greater Norristown N.A.A.C.P.

 

In her free time, Sheridan works with other local activist and community groups, such as Montco Activists United, volunteers with Home At Last Dog Rescue and serves as Judge of Election for her local voting precinct. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher, finding joy in offering the practice to others. She enjoys spending leisure time reading or being outdoors with her husband and dog.

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MS. PRECIOUS TEMPSON

Chair, Economic Development Committee

Ms. Precious Tempson is a Norristown native who joined the Greater Norristown NAACP in 2019. Precious has a passion for economic literacy and revitalizing small businesses in Norristown. Her goal as the Economic Development Committee Chair is to increase access to employment opportunities for Norristown residents and businesses in County development projects. Additionally, she plans to provide training in the principles of financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

 

Precious earned a B.S. in Business Marketing and a minor in Advertising from Kutztown University. While attending Kutztown University, she helped re-establish the university's NAACP chapter. Currently, she works as a Project Service Administrator in the Retail Division for The Vanguard Group.

MR. THADDAEUS PEAY III

Chair, Education Committee

Mr. Thaddaeus Peay III has been an enthusiastic chapter member, focused on bringing our area youth into the important conversations and actions need in our community. He is a Bowie State graduate and currently pursuing his Master's degree at Cabrini University. He works at Norristown Area High School, supporting his fellow educators and students. 

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MR. ROY BROWN

Chair, Labor Relations and Industry Committee

For general inquiries or membership information, contact us via email at norristownpanaacp@gmail.com or call us at (484) 393-5052.

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