Meet The Executive Team
Deborah Buchanan-Walford, a dedicated educator and advocate, champions social justice and equity. Committed to empowering students through anti-racist and anti-oppressive principles, she extends her impact to community initiatives and non-profits, addressing systemic inequalities. An accomplished author and speaker, she amplifies marginalized voices and fosters dialogue. With a focus on family, Deborah aims to leave a legacy of compassion, equality, and empowerment.
Dr. Jacqui Getfield
Jacqui Getfield, PhD, is the passionate lead parent advocate of MUMMA and supports parents in enhancing advocacy skills for their Black children. Through regular consultation with educators and health professionals, she impacts school systems in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With keynote speeches and workshops, she addresses diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-bias issues. Having been engaged in the Canadian Black community for over 20 years, she holds key positions in various organizations, leaving a lasting influence.
Sandria Goodall is an entrepreneur and educator, who heads All-Good-Accounting.com, offering innovative accounting and tax solutions. With a degree in Accounting and Finance, and 20+ years of experience, she provides bookkeeping, tax services, and QuickBooks training. Holding a dual Master's in Education, she teaches Math and Business, emphasizing fairness and equity, particularly for African descent students. Dedicated to being a role model, she teaches in Toronto and Peel District School Boards, fostering self-belief and empowerment since 2013.
Janeen Brown, EmpowHERto's Founder and Executive Director, embodies servant leadership. Her commitment to women's well-being and entrepreneurship inspires positive change. Transitioning from a television production role, she formed EmpowHERto and WIW Consulting & Co. Alongside entrepreneurship, she mentors minority women startups and advocates customer service education. Her dedication resonates as she empowers young women toward success, financial freedom, and generational wealth, setting a powerful example of service and empowerment.
Immediate Past President
Warren is an Applied Computer Science graduate from Ryerson University, who also pursued AI and Economics at the University of British Columbia and York University. His firm, Softec Software Services, secured contracts with giants like XEROX and Citibank while he was in his second year of university. Warren's venture, Black Board International (www.ashaware.com), offers inclusive educational software used globally. He initiated Toronto's First Fridays and co-founded Virtual First Fridays North America, fostering Afro-descendant networking. As founding Chair and President of ONABSE, he advances academic success for children of African descent, also representing NABSE internationally.
Dr. Andrew B. Campbell
Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (Dr. ABC) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's OISE, where he specializes in Leadership for Racial Justice in Education. His expertise covers Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, anti-Black racism, and educational leadership. Renowned for anti-discrimination advocacy in teacher education, he earned OISE's 2022 Excellence in Initial Teacher Education award. He teaches diverse courses and presents at conferences as a keynote speaker. Outside academia, he enjoys fostering community connections through food, fashion, and travel.
Higher Education Commission Chair
Iyanuoluwa Akinrinola is a writer, mentor, and educational social justice advocate. As an occasional teacher, she serves the York Region and Durham District school boards, pursuing a Ph.D. at Trent University. Her contributions extend to co-authored educational resources, ETFO Heart and Art blog, and academic articles. As a part-time professor at Trent University, she leads discussions and workshops on anti-Black racism, equity, and intersectionality. Iyanuoluwa heads Minds-On, a non-profit offering enrichment programs to marginalized students, emphasizing accessible learning resources and skill development.
Instructional Strategies and Support Commission Chair
Dale is an adult educator in the Region of Peel. He also serves as a community organizer in various grassroots organizations and non-profit initiatives.
Mental Health and Wellness Commission Chair
Cheryl is an educator in the region of Peel and an avid community activist and organizer. She participates in a number of community organizations locally and internationally.
Program and Research Development Commission Chair
Wonuola Yomi-Odedeyi Ph.D
Wonuola Yomi-Odedeyi is an OCT-certified educator in Canada, excels in both Technological Education and academic subjects. As an OSSTF member, she serves as Vice-President at District 20 Halton and is devoted to Equity, Diversity, and Belonging (EDB) initiatives. With 16+ years at Halton District School Board, she's now the Experiential Learning Lead, K-12, emphasizing environmental leadership and skilled trades pathways. A multilingual traveler, she's fluent in Yoruba, English, French, and Portuguese, enhancing her global perspectives. Wonuola has been married for over 30 years and is the proud parent of two adult children.
Student Commission Chair
DeiJaumar Divonté Clarke is a Pan-Africanist and Human Rights Activist dedicated to seeing Anti-Black Racism eradicated within our school system. He is currently the Vice President of the Tamogo Foundation which is an organization whose mission is to provide Settlement Services to Refugees & Asylum Seekers. DeiJaumar studied Economics & French at York University on the Glendon Campus. His hobbies include reading, writing, playing basketball & playing the drums.
Alliance of Educators for Black Students (AEBS) Representative
Dr. Rose Spencer Gibbs
Rose Spencer Gibbs, Ph.D. is a retired Library Department Head from York Region District School Board. She has had an extensive career in education and community work across Canada and the Caribbean. With diverse roles from school librarian to lecturer, she's contributed significantly to education in Jamaica, Guyana, and Montreal. Representing ONABSE, she co-facilitates the York University/ONABSE practicum and has received Black History Month awards. Dr. Gibbs is a graduate of prestigious institutions like Harvard and McGill. She recently authored "Island of Plantations: A Jamaican Reflection" and remains an active researcher and writer in Markham, Ontario.