Officers

 

 

Aundrea Matthews

President

Dr. Aundrea Matthews is the President of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc. She is a Buffalo Soldier descendant.  Aundrea received her PhD at Rice University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Masters of Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University (TCU), and a Masters of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. While at Brite, she received the 2007 Emerging Black Church Studies Scholar Award, and helped raise funds to establish the Black Church Studies program at Brite. She also participated in two study abroad programs, one in Ghana, and the other in Egypt.

While at Rice, Aundrea earned a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies, co-authored Breaking Bread and Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip Hop: A Basic Guide to Key Issues, and co-authored a chapter in Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: There is a Mystery, with Dr. Margarita S. Guillory from the University of Rochester in New York. She was the 2014 Rice University Graduate Student 90 Second Thesis Competition School of Humanities Winner. She is the creator and curator of the bi-annual Hearts, Hands, and Heritage quilt exhibition at Rice, and has curated more than 10 art exhibitions within the Greater Houston area. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department at Lone Star Community College. From 2012-2014, she participated in the Embodiment and Religion Symposium at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. She also served as Assistant Project Coordinator for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice, and was the Teaching Assistant and Logistics Coordinator for the nationally acclaimed Religion and Hip Hop Course at Rice.  Her father, Sanders H. Matthews Jr., now deceased, was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked for IBM; her mother Rose Matthews is retired and lives in Texas.

Michelle Mosley

Vice President

Michelle Mosley is the Vice President of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc. She received a BBA in Finance from the University of the District of Columbia, a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business and is a certified business process management professional and project manager for the federal government. 

 

Ms. Mosley also sits on the board of directors for The Nehe Foundation and volunteers at the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, helping victims of domestic violence and their families.  In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, long walks with her dogs, and cooking.

Katrina Stanley

Recording Secretary

Katrina Stanley is the Recording Secretary of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc. A native New Yorker, she has over 20 years of experience as an Administrative Secretary, supporting management and executives. She has 3 years of experience as a New York City Department of Education Parent Coordinator. In the role of Parent Coordinator, she has worked as advocate and liaison between the school community and parent’s. Project management, communication and effective organizational skills make her a valuable asset to the organization.

Jerry Coleman

Corresponding Secretary

Jerome Coleman is a native of Washington D.C. and a current resident of Petersburg, Virginia.

He is a 1990 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) where he earned a degree in Speech and Language Pathology. During his time at UDC, Jerome was a 4-year letterman in track and field. In 1998, he received a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University. For the past 27 years, Mr. Coleman has worked in various school systems as a speech pathologist. He has spent the last 10 years in Petersburg City Public Schools as the lead therapist. Jerome is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated where he has held various positions. He is the former 1st Vice President of the NAACP in Halifax County, North Carolina. Jerome Coleman is the proud father of 2 boys, Miles and Jay’den.

Gail Chambers

Treasurer

Gail Chambers is the Treasurer of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc.

Gail M Chambers grew up in Coatesville, PA, she received her B.A degree in Biology from Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University) in Cheyney PA. She moved to Dallas, Texas after graduation where she worked for seven years as a geologist for Core Laboratories. She married and left Core Labs to operate her own dry cleaning business for ten years.

 

After closing her dry cleaning business, she joined Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT&T Communications) as a Facilities Specialist.  She retired from AT&T in 2015. For her second act, she is enjoying retirement and traveling and works during income tax season as a professional tax preparer having had over 20 years’ experience preparing taxes for friends and relatives. She also volunteers with AARP as a tax aide assisting the elderly with their tax preparation. She currently resides in Duncanville, Texas. She is the niece of Sgt. Sanders H. Matthews.

Kelly Kimbrough

Member-At-Large

Kelly R. Kimbrough is serving his first term as City Councilmember, representing the 4th Ward. He was elected in November 2013 for the 2014-2017 term of office, after a career spanning over two decades as a City of Albany Police Officer.

Councilman Kelly R. Kimbrough was born October 13, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended grade school there until the “gang-violence” problem led his grandparents to bring him to upstate New York for high school. He attended O’Neill High School in Highland Falls, New York. After graduating he enrolled in SUNY at Albany where he earned his B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice in 1992. He joined the Albany Police Department in January of 1992. During his career with the department he had several assignments ranging from uniformed patrol officer, Outreach (beat) officer and his final assignment as Community Services officer. His awards and accomplishments include the Albany Police Department “Exceptional Duty Medal” (2004), Albany Police Athletic League Officer volunteer of the year (2007) and the “Target and Blue” Police Officer recognition (2007) by Target stores.

Councilman Kimbrough has four beautiful children, Erik 31, Christopher 24 and twin girls Sydney and Taylor 17 all of whom have in the past or currently attend Albany Public Schools. Councilman Kimbrough also serves in leadership positions on several nonprofit boards, as a member of the Albany Police Athletic League Board of Directors (1st Vice-Chair), KIPP Tech Valley Board of Trustees and Albany Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (Vice-Chair).

Melvin Smith

Sergeant-At-Arms

Melvin Smith is a retired Special Agent with over 20 years of service with the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. He has expertise in law enforcement, and is a licensed Private Investigator in the State of New York.

 

Mr. Smith is an avid motorcyclist. He is a member of the National Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club and is the current President of the West Point New York Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club chapter. The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club is comprised of former and active military, law enforcement officers, teachers and other civil servants, as well as other positive thinking members of the community.

 

The West Point chapter is named in honor of the African American Soldiers who served with distinction at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The club is concerned with promoting and participating in charitable and positive activities to support Veterans and the community.

 

Mr. Smith has established through the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club West Point chapter a Thanksgiving food drive, a back to school supply program in Highland Falls, New York, Peekskill, NY, and Fishkill, NY.

Tajiri Brackens

Fundraising Chair

Tajiri Brackens is responsible for fundraising at Buffalo Soliders.  She graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Tajiri continued her education at the University of Charleston- West Virginia where she obtained her Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership. Currently, she is pursuing her second Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management.

Tajiri is the Founder, President, and CEO of Heritage Leadership Consulting, a diversity training and change management consulting firm. 

Committed to community involvement, she was the Human Resources Director for DICER- Houston (Department of Inner-City Emergency Response). She worked with Habitat for Humanity and has served the homeless community in Houston. Through her Mary Kay business, she has committed to pampering patients experiencing chemotherapy and radiation by gifting Chemo Care Sets to assist them with their skin care needs.

During her twenty plus years in the travel industry, she led and trained others while working as an Account Manager.

Her book Put Your Best Face Forward: Standing In and On Your Power is due late 2017. Her father, Everett Wines, is a Navy veteran.

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