Board Members

Telma Hopkins
Telma Hopkins is an actress/singer who became popular as one of the founding members of the musical group and star of the television variety show Tony Orlando and Dawn.  Telma’s recognition and fantastic comedic timing led to starring roles in numerous television sitcoms including Bosom Buddies, The New Odd Couple, Gimme A Break, Family Matters, Getting By, and most recently the CW syndicated sitcom Half & Half.  She has received four NAACP Image Awards nominations for her work on Half & Half and won Best Supporting Actress at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards.  Telma’s other television appearances have included guest roles on ER,Suddenly Susan, For Your Love and most recently Psyche; in addition to recurring roles on theHughley’s (Pauletta), and Any Day Now (Judge Wilma Evers).  Hopkins’movie credits include theTrancers trilogy (I, II, and III), How to Murder a Millionaire, Vital Signs, The Wood, Showtime’sRain and Mike Myers’ “The Love Guru.”

For three years Telma hit the theatre circuit in the stage plays, “Rumors” and “The Cleanup Woman”, and for the last year and a half has had a recurring role as Marilyn Persons on TBS’ “Are We There Yet?”, which was completed in December 2011. She has since filmed guest roles on Disney’s new series, LabRats, as Rose and has been using her down time writing scripts with her writing partner in hopes of employing others as well as herself.

Telma’s performing roots can be traced back to her native Detroit, where she worked to become one of Motown’s top session singers, and at the age of 14 was singing background with such musical legends as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Bobby Blue Bland, Bob Seger, Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick.  Hopkins’ inspirations are Carol Burnett, who does everything from comedy to drama, and the late great Pearl Bailey, a woman of Great Attitude.

Telma has many philanthropic endeavors.  While she has been a mentor for 16 years, she has also been the spokesperson for the National P.T.A. and Act on Arthritis; and has worked on behalf of McClaren Hall, Rainbow Camp, Hollygrove Group Home, Caring for Babies with AIDS, The Jennessee Foundation and WeSpark, a cancer foundation founded by the late Wendie Jo Sperber who starred on Bosom Buddies as well. She is an honorary board member of The Jennifer Diamond Foundation and a board member of His Sheltering Arms, a community shelter that supports women and their children who struggle with any number of problems including drugs, abuse, homelessness and even those who are trying to re-enter society after serving jail terms.

“One of the blessings of any successful career is being able to reach out to those who are in need, to let them know that someone cares and is willing to try to make a difference. That is an important part of my job and it’s a part I really enjoy”.


Serina Chavez
Serina Chavez has served as a W4BC board member since 2013. Ms. Chavez is currently Principal and Creative Director at Xo3media, a social media company with offices in Milwaukee, WI and South Africa. Ms. Chavez also serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operations Officer at 3041North in Milwaukee, WI and St. Louis, MO.  She has also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer at  Comcentia, USA and Comcentia Nigeria LTD ., a software company, from August 2006 to December 2013.

Ms. Chavez has been recognized by various organizations for her commitment and leadership to the community at large.


Jerald Duane Fair
Jerry Fair was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Kindergarten through fifth grade in the Milwaukee Public School System. His parents relocated to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where he completed sixth through twelfth grades. In high school he was an all-conference running back as well as a Division Three All-American in Track and Field.

After graduating from high school, Fair received a fully paid athletic scholarship at Carthage College, which is a private Lutheran school located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He majored in Psychology as well as Exceptional Education. While attending Carthage, Fair participated in several organizations and joined Tau Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was awarded letters in both football and track and field. While participating in several service learning projects, Fair became acquainted with officials at Taylor Children’s Home and worked specifically with children with emotional issues. It was during this experience that he discovered his unique ability to work with children with disabilities.

After graduating from college, Fair was hired by Milwaukee Public Schools, where he was a high school teacher in the areas of Psychology, Exceptional Education and African-American History. Although he loved teaching, Fair believed that he could have a broader impact on student learning if he pursued an additional degree in the leadership area. After teaching for three years, Fair took a leave of absence from the school system and headed to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to obtain a Master’s Degree in School Administration. He then returned to the Milwaukee Public School District, where he worked diligently in hopes of obtaining a position as an Assistant Principal. Fair remained in the classroom for an additional three years and therefore made a decision to return to school for an advanced degree in hopes of reaching his leadership dream. Fair returned to Baton Rouge and entered the Southern University School of Law. After returning to Milwaukee, Fair was employed once again by Milwaukee Public Schools where he worked as an Assistant Principal and a Principal.

As a Principal, Fair wanted to make sure that he empowered his teachers to be effective leaders. He was a strong proponent of Site-Based Management and the shared decision-making model. He is proud of the fact that approximately 15 of the teachers who served under his tutelage are now building Principals in the Milwaukee Public School System. As a member of Holy Redeemer Church of God in Christ, Fair left the District to assist the church in starting a Christian Academy, where he served as Principal for 6 years. He left the Academy to start a school called Milwaukee Multicultural Academy as the Director of Education. The school flourished and eventually had three locations.

As an advocate for children and families, Fair was led to meet with several educators in Milwaukee and founded the African-American Association of Independent Schools. The mission of the group was to assist teachers and leaders of privately owned African-American schools to effectively educate children and prepare them to be productive citizens.

Fair also founded the New Synergy Group, LLC, in order to offer consultation services to schools in order to assist in teacher and leadership training. The firm does training in several areas of the education arena. Fair is currently an Education Specialist and assists schools on a long-term basis in teacher observations and evaluations, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, effective classroom management, effective instructional strategies and overall teacher coaching.

Fair currently serves on several boards which advocate for school effectiveness. He is also serves on leadership teams for AdvancEd, which is one of the largest school accreditation agencies in the nation.


Rev. Marva Jean  Trice -Edwards
Rev. Marva Jean Trice-Edwards was born in Terre Haute, IN., one of eight children of Forest and Mary Sallie Trice. She has traveled throughout most of the United States, Japan, Guam and Canada. Marva Edwards is an energetic, dedicated, educated, compassionate and caring person. All of her achievements are because of the goals she set for herself. Her parents taught her to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN (5 years part-time); Clark College, Vancouver, WA (Associates Degree); Concordia University, Portland, OR (B. A. in Theology), and was Ordained an Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 2005 (Organized New Life A. M. E. Zion church, 2007 in Vancouver, WA).

Reverend Edwards is a 13-year breast cancer survivor. She had gone through many challenges in her life and the word “Cancer” was just another challenge. She decided that she would go through this life altering experience with a positive attitude. She went through this challenge from A to Z. From the mammogram, fine needle test, open biopsy, surgery in 1999, and reconstruction surgery in 2001, and 5 years of tamoxifin. Many family members have gone through the “cancer” challenge. Her mother and a niece died from breast cancer while her sister and a cousin are survivors like Marva. Even though this time was a dark experience she brightened her days by surrounding herself with shades of purple.

 

Marva Jean Jefferson
Marva Jefferson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she attended Kindergarten through twelfth grade in the Milwaukee Public School System.

After graduating from high school, Marva began her career with The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters Administrative Offices as an Executive Assistant for the Social Service Department.  While working full-time, she attended Cardinal Stitch University full-time.  She completed her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration as well as a Certificate in Human Resources.  During her tenure at The Salvation Army she participated in several service learning projects that developed knowledge and skills in working with communities of color, project management and contract administration. It was during this experience that she discovered her ability to work with community based organizations to develop culturally appropriate programs that could sufficiently meets the needs of the people.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, she became a Contract Administrator, overseeing local, state and federal grants/contracts for twenty six Salvation Army Corps Community Centers.

Having experience working with communities of color, she was recruited by The State of Wisconsin to head up a Network comprised of community based organizations in Milwaukee to serve the low socio economic status (Low SES) population in becoming smoke-free. After successfully developing culturally appropriate interventions for Low SES population, she was recruited again to become an employee for the State of Wisconsin as a Health Disparities Consultant.  She currently coordinates public health programs focused on reducing racial disparities in health outcomes.

As the Health Disparities Consultant for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP), she is responsible for providing, building relationships, designing, developing and implementing quality improvement reviews according to program requirements and program compliance according to state laws and regulations. An initiative lead by Marva was the African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Poverty Tobacco Prevention Networks. As the technical consultant to these coalitions, she applied her community mobilizing, health care policy and public health expertise to support these coalitions in affecting change in their communities. Selected accomplishments include, policy advocacy, contributing to the adoption of a statewide smoke-free law in 2010, and identification of culturally relevant prevention and intervention strategies to address disparities in tobacco use.

She has built relationships with community-based organizations, health departments, federally qualifying health centers (FQHC), faith-based organizations, and community stakeholders to implement comprehensive program strategies and activities.

She served as a member of the National Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network (the Break-free Alliance) where she was charged with developing policy recommendations to mitigate tobacco burden in correctional facilities.