President Pastor Richard Pittman Sr.
He currently serves as the founding Pastor of the House of Praise Church Of God In Christ for the past 24 years. He has also been assistant Pastor over a congregation of 2500 members strong for 12 years. His vocation has been to preach the gospel and serve community in every facet and working with community to meet the human need. He has served with the NAACP over the last decade as Religious chair, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Chair and Vice President of St. Paul Roy Wilkins NAACP Branch. He was recently re-elected President of St. Paul Branch and serve on elders council and several other community boards. He has a heart for people and the welfare of our community. Over the past 2 years He along with partners of the NAACP have worked diligently creating addendums to a twenty-year-old agreement between the NAACP and SPPD on policing policies and use of force, along with racial profiling. The Public Safety committee hosted several public meetings that involved state, city and district officials. Partner with the Education committee in the effort to bring closure to acts of systemic racism and social injustice and acts of discrimination against student of color in any jurisdiction.
It has been his pleasure to serve on the executive board over the last decade in effort to broaden and bring to light social injustices with partnerships of professionals and knowledgeable individuals.
As President of St. Paul NAACP Roy Wilkins branch, he will partner with community leaders and activist in the efforts of curing the ills of systemic racism and marginalization of colored people. In serving the greater St. Paul community we will educate, agitate, and litigate for our community to eradicate any forms racism and lack of opportunity for people of color. We will continue to fight for quality education and equal opportunity, fair Housing relief for economic disadvantages and fair pay. Any form of systemic Racism or the marginalization of any persons of color can no longer be accepted as the norm in the 21st century. Over the last 2 years our efforts have been tireless and consuming, but yet rewarding. Along with a host of other problem the community has faced all the way from the treatment of inmates and meeting with people of color who felt discriminated against from the work unions. St. Paul branch NAACP lead many more efforts to promote community and healing the ills of our society.
As President of St. Paul Roy Wilkins NAACP Branch, he will unselfishly work with those who have a heart for the community in spirit of unity and peace. Along with the combine effort and expertise of professionals that bring their knowledge and wisdom to the table. Our mission is to secure racial equality and hope to a marginalized people to long. It's time to change.
Together We Stand. Divided We Fall.
Nieeta has served on several other non-profit organizational boards and continues to volunteer in the community and in her church. Currently a Commissioner on the City of Saint Paul’s Planning Commission, served as a Commissioner on the Human Right Economic Equal Opportunity for the City of Saint Paul until 2019, she was former board member of Land Bank Twin Cities until 2019 and she was elected to serve on the St. Paul Mayor’s Central Corridor Task Force that created the Central Corridor Development Strategy (CCDS) for the Central Corridor.
Experienced in conferring and consulting with individuals, groups, and committees to determine needs. Very skilled at planning, implementing to extend organization’s programs and services; while monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money; providing guidance and direction to staff/personnel, including setting performance standards. I am extremely skilled at communicating with diverse people, the public, government, and other external sources. Strong experience in project planning, budget management, policy analysis, community and economic development, and nonprofit management.
2nd Vice President & Treasurer
Leah Wellnitz is the 2nd Vice President & Treasurer/E-commerce, and a member of the Executive Board.
She has spent the last 26 years in the hospitality industry as a Director of Sales & Marketing and General Manager. She has a deep understanding of building relationships with community and cultivated strategic alliances with key partners. Spending much of her career gaining experiences in areas such as opening new Hilton upper scale and luxury properties. Extensive experience in implementation of marketing plans, financial controls, and business operations.
Shelley Cordes will be your initial contact with the Branch and will work with you to get your requests to the best committee members to make sure your voices are heard and your issues are addressed.
She's been a member of the Branch since October of 2020. Shel is a member of the Freedom Fund Gala planning committee and last year served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the event.
She has 25+ years of experience supporting Executives which gives her a broad range of experience with communications, presentation design, meeting and event planning and management.
In her career with a major MN Corporation, she has been involved in the Legal Department's Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee for over 10 years. She served for 5 years as Secretary and is now the Chair of our Maturity Model/Metrics committee which reports out bi-annually on how the DE&I committee's efforts are perceived by the department
Public Safety/Criminal Justice Chair
Miki Lewis-Frost, founder of the 8218 Truce Center in Saint Paul, MN. As a Saint Paul native, I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to seeking justice in our judicial and economic systems for the marginalized and disenfranchised. I have also made the unfair housing despair that systematic racism has produced in our country a primary target of my work as well. I found my passion in empowering African-Americans and giving back to the community has become my life’s work. With that, my goal at the 8218 Truce Center is to provide mentorship to the youth in the community that instills the ability to make positive life choices that will foster personal growth and development. The Truce Center’s mission is to enable one’s ability to peacefully resolve conflict by promoting the use of effective communication skills.
Health Committee Chair
Patricia G. James is a Licensed Missionary, Advocate, Hospitality Worker, former Education Paraprofessional, and former Personal Care Assistant/Homemaker.
She joined the St. Paul Chapter of the NAACP in 2020 where she currently serves as the Health Committee Chair. Missionary James has also been a faithful member of the Minnesota Jurisdiction of the Churches of God in Christ (COGIC) where she has served on several boards including hospitality for nearly 20 years.
Her most recent endeavors have led her to collaborate with the local Sheriff’s Departments in order to encourage a healthy relationship between the Police force and civilians. Patricia also works as an advocate for the organization known as the Community Stabilization Project (CSP) which she also joined in 2020.
Education Committee Chair
Julie Bogerding July
Julie has been an NAACP member for about 10 years.
She has served in the past as Assistant Secretary, and she's been on the Education Committee for a long time.
She's a retired physical therapist, and had worked in school systems with students who had various disabilities for most of her career. She has lived in St Paul for 22 years.