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President
Andrea Mitchell Donnor
Class of 2000
Williamsburg, VA
  


What I hope to contribute to WAAD: My four years at Wellesley were some of the best of my life.  While the academics prepared me for my future career, the moments that left the biggest impression occurred around the brunch table in the dining hall, in a dorm room laying across a friend's bed, hanging out in the basement of Harambee or regaling tales of the evening's festivities on the Senate bus back from Boston.  This is where I learned about the true breadth and depth of our experiences as women of African descent.  Post Wellesley those connections and friendships have bolstered me through life's ebbs and flows and I am honored to serve WAAD and the siblings who have been there for me.   I hope to contribute by building on the legacy of those who founded this organization and carried it to this point.  I would like to see the number of alumnae who actively participate in WAAD events increase.  I hope to do that by continually evolving our programming to deliver events that are relevant and compelling and inclusive of all siblings of African Descent domestically and abroad and honor the diversity within our ranks.  I love Wellesley and will contribute my talents to help WAAD continue to thrive and grow.

My work and interests: I am a recent career switcher. Post Wellesley I was a management consultant and then ended up in the healthcare industry as a pharmaceutical sales rep, a consultant, a director of strategy, and a multi-site healthcare administrator in the dialysis and medical imaging industries.  After nearly twenty years in healthcare, I left to join Capital One's credit card business.  I did fraud and disputes strategy and now I have the team that is responsible for getting direct mail, email and website credit card offers out of the door to prospects.  Outside of work, most of my time is spent with my 7-year-old daughter and Jamel, my husband of 11 years.  I looooove my Peloton!  It keeps me sane.  I also love traveling to the Caribbean and floating in the ocean. That is my happy place. 

Wellesley Alumnae Service: Alumnae Admissions Volunteer Wellesley in Central and Coastal Virginia


Vice President,Communications
Cheryl A. Seraile
Class of 1981
Fall City, WA


What I hope to contribute to WAAD:I am excited to be able to work with a team Wellesley alumnae to further the mission of WAAD – to connect alumnae of African descent with each other and the College community. I hope to bring insight from my involvement with the variety of alumnae communities – local clubs, WCAA, classes, and SIGs – to help foster an environment of shared learning and support. And I expect to bring my work experience in developing and implementing a wide range of communications programs to this role with WAAD.

My work and interests: I work as a Brand Marketing Consultant, focusing on brand strategy and innovation. Clients include companies such as Church & Dwight, Modem Media, Pfizer and Bayer. I have more than 20 years in consumer marketing, with management assignments at Warner-Lambert, Seagram, Liberty Richter and Visa. Active supporter and volunteer for community performing arts and youth outreach programs.

Wellesley alumnae service: Vice President of Communications, Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (2016 - present); Board Member, Wellesley College Alumnae Association 2012 – 2015; Founding Committee, Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent; President, New York Wellesley Club


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Vice President, Membership
Joy Smith
Class of 1974
New York, NY

What I hope to contribute to WAAD: I'm hoping to do my best to encourage women of color to consider Wellesley. I was part of the earlier classes that recruited Blacks. I understand my class had the second largest number of African American students.  We developed a comradery and worked together to help each other within the Wellesley culture. Although Wellesley has changed since I was there as a student, I do have the benefit of history and experience to contribute. 

My work and interests: I am an entertainment professional working as a director, actor, and storyteller.  My interests are reading (of course), traveling, music (listening and performing) and yoga.

Wellesley alumnae service: I have worked in Admissions for Wellesley on behalf of the New York Wellesley Club. 

Vice President,Programs
Azizah Yasin
Class of 1994


What I hope to contribute to WAAD: In my appointed role as our New England Regional Representative, I hope to use my skills and passions to connect, reconnect and mobilize us so that we can bridge gaps that have naturally divided us by virtue of graduating and leaving campus to live our individual lives. I also hope to be a catalyst to help us build new relationships with members who came before or after us. My desires match the beauty of the purpose of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and SIG, which is to keep us linked together in a very meaningful way that keeps the Wellesley Effect at the heart of our interactions.

My work and interests: I am licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and the United States Supreme Court. For nearly fourteen years I had a trial and appellate litigation practice in which I provided zealous advocacy for my clients, including some who are indigent. Using this experience and my dispute resolution skills, I now serve the Trial Court as the Assistant Clerk-Magistrate of the Holyoke District Court, where I make meaningful decisions in criminal and civil matters that impact people’s lives every single day. I also serve as the Dedicated Clerk of our Veterans Treatment Court Program, and I rove around the western region to handle conflict cases that are often very complex or highly contested. I love my job because it enables me to fulfill my own professional mission, working tirelessly to restore or build, as the case may be, public trust and confidence in the administration of justice. 

Wellesley alumnae service: New England Regional Representative, Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (2016 - 2020) Alumnae Admissions Interviewer; Alumnae Panelist for campus Career Events; Member of WCAB; Member of the Wellesley Club of Pioneer Valley; WAAD Nominating Committee Member.


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Treasurer
Benita Harris Perkins
Class of 1980
Durham, NC


What I hope to contribute to WAAD: My wish for WAAD is for the organization to be financially self-sufficient to meet the needs of our SIG, from extenuating circumstances to celebrations. In that regard I want to spearhead fundraising efforts through branded paraphernalia and other opportunities that would provide funding for WAAD's endeavors. I also look to be an integral part of the board in our strategic planning efforts.

My work and interests: President of Benniegirl Healthy Lifestyle Branding and Communication, Inc. We provide healthy lifestyle workshops, classes, and communication focused on women of color. My interests include improving career and educational opportunities for young people of color and dancing!

Wellesley alumnae service: Treasurer, Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (2016 - present)


  Regional Representative, New England

 

 


  Regional Representative, Northeast
 

 


  Regional Representative, Mid-Atlantic

 

 


  Regional Representative, South
 

 


  Regional Representative, Central
 

 


 

Regional Representative, West