Schenectady NAACP Branch President
Rev. Nicolle D. Harris
Nikita Hardy, MPA
Dr. Karra Maníer
Dr. Brenda Robinson, DNP, MSN, RN
Hon. Dr. Robinson was born and raised in Albany NY. Hon. Dr. Robinson is a proud graduate of Albany High School, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNYPOLY, and Walden University. She has worked for the Veteran Health Administration for over 27 years and counting. She is CEO/Founder of the Black Nurse Coalition, Inc. which has a mission to eliminate health disparities. She is the City of Albany Human Rights Commissioner since 2013. She is also serving 2nd term Albany Public Library Board Trustee and President of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association. She is a strong health and social justice advocate.
Hon. Dr. Robinson has held numerous health workshops and public speaking events. She has held many healthcare positions, at all levels of nursing. Dr. Robinson has organized the 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk “Headlights On” in Albany NY on October 10, 2020. It was epic; the first walk of its kind in Albany which took place in Arbor Hill. Dr. Robinson has a Community Virtual Tele-health wellness clinic and continues to serve the underserved, minority community, even during this COVID Pandemic. Dr. Robinson has helped organize vaccination sites and helped get hundreds of people vaccinated; as well as provides information and a resource for the Covid-19 Vaccine and addressing skepticism.
Hon. Dr. Robinson has a passion for freedom, justice, equality and optimal healthcare for all! She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She had the honor of being the ANA Delegate at the House of Delegates in Washington, DC. She has served as the American Nurses Association Secretary of Individual Membership Division, Federal Executive Association of Northeastern NY, Vice- President, and the National Special Emphasis Advisory Council for 5 years. She is a strong mentor as well.
Dr. Robinson has received many awards and accolades. She featured on CNN on March 20201 and in the Albany Times Union. She was featured on Channel 10 for the entire month of March 2020 beyond , after being selected as one of the Capital Regions Most Remarkable Women. She received the 1st Leadership award at City Hall during the Black and Puerto-Rican Legislative Caucus from the New York State Nurses Association in 2018. Dr. Robinson has received a leadership award from the Albany County Legislature for her work “above and beyond” during Covid-19. She has rolled out a new health equity initiative,” NY Level-up Now”. Dr. Robinson has published scholarly research on Non-VA Care at the Veteran Health Administration. Her Census 2020 Article was published this past March 2020 in the Minority Nurse Magazine. Dr. Robinson has worked on many collaborative and the most present the Albany Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative mandated by Gov. Cuomo; strong recommendations were submitted for police reform.
Dr. Robinson works very hard in her community, as well as other states. She partners and supports others was well.
Ms. Betty Harper
El Evelyn (they/them)
El Evelyn (they/them) is a Community Engagement Specialist for In Our Own Voices; they work to ensure the growth and survival of LGBTQ+ communities of color by facilitating support groups, providing services such as HIV testing and assisting with community outreach. They have lived in the capital region for 6+ years and have been very active in the community; from representing the Capital Region nationally for poetry slam competitions to advocating for social justice concerns across the region and beyond. They enjoy educating, sparking wonder, asking questions and fostering community cohesion.