The Umoja Community Education Foundation is led by a board of directors. These directors represent a variety of stakeholders and skill sets. Each director is uniquely passionate about the success of African American students.

The Board of Directors meets four times a year (in-person) and on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Agendas and meeting minutes can be found here.


    Dr. Darla M. Cooper is an educational leader and expert in research and evaluation dedicated to using inquiry, data, and evidence to improve the lives of all community college students. After serving for the past several years as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Research and Planning Group for the California Community Colleges (RP Group), Dr.... READ MORE
    Dr. Teresa Aldredge has been a counselor/instructor at Cosumnes River College since 1992.  She also serves as the Program Coordinator/Counselor for the Diop Scholars Program on the campus and also teaches in the Human Services department.  Dr. Aldredge brings statewide organizational leadership to the board from her experience as President of both the California Counseling Association (CCA) and... READ MORE
    Yaw JP Wiafe is a recent graduate of Fullerton College that has had a profound impact on students and faculty alike. He strives to be a leader in his community through dedication to the service of students on campus, in his church, and in his surrounding community. Yaw demonstrates Black Excellence both through his academic endeavors, and work in mentoring students.  He attended Fullerton College... READ MORE
    Counselor Emeritus
    Dr. Judy Mays worked as a counselor for over 35 years in the California community college system.  She began her career as a counselor at Bakersfield College in the Kern Community College District, moved onto Contra Costa College located in San Pablo, California and concluded her career in the Los Rios Community College District at American River College.  ... READ MORE
    Jeri Marshall is an Outreach Specialist and Adjunct Faculty member at American River College. As an adjunct faculty member he teaches college success with an African American emphasis for the Umoja-Sakhu Learning Community.  Jeri has served as a youth minister with Faith Fellowship Community Church, South Sacramento Christian Center and has been instrumental in the church educational programs and... READ MORE