NAASC ​Northeast Region​
Conference 2016

Featured Speakers

Saturday, October 8

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Yasmeen Williams

​Daughter of a Baptist preacher, Yasmeen was raised in the African American Baptist Missionary Gospel Music tradition and was recognized as a toddler for her God-given gifts in vocal music.​Yasmeen’s musical career spans several decades and includes a variety of types of music but never without her humble gospel beginnings as her base.

In 1973, Yasmeen became a two-decade member of the Grammy Award winning internationally acclaimed a cappella sextet, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Yasmeen brought her African American Baptist Missionary gospel music tradition and song writing skills to this union.

While traveling and singing internationally with Sweet Honey, Yasmeen transferred from Spelman College to Bowie State University in her senior year. Yasmeen has recorded three solo cds, consisting mostly of songs penned by her and is currently completing her fourth cd out of the bowels of her experience with pancreatic cancer.  She is a miracle who is still singing, recording, and performing with a testimony to make time stand still. The more blessings Yasmeen receives, the more grounded she becomes in her faith and in her gift of gospel music.

Friday, October 7

Featured Soloist


Welcome & Networking Reception sponsored by Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Franchising Opportunity Presentation


Post Reception Social Hour

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Chantice Cotten - Author

Spelman College C"​1992

Sunday, October 9

Eric Guthrie, Esq. - President & CEO

BetterMEBetterWE ​

Morehouse College C'1988

Conference Schedule*

Prayer Breakfast Check-In

Prayer Breakfast 

featuring Min. Thomas L. Bowen, C"89 & soloist Yasmeen Williams
Closing Session 

featuring NAASC President Tara L. Buckner, C’87

Jennifer Roberts - Founder & CEO

Versed Education Group​

Spelman College C'2003

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

9:00 PM - 11:oo PM

Tara Leigh Buckner, C'87 - President, National Alumnae Association of Spelman College

As a life member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC), Tara Buckner, C’87, has devoted 25 years of service to the NAASC. Tara has professional experience as a nonprofit executive, grant writer and fundraiser, combined with community leadership in producing events that educate and inspire young women.

Her previous NAASC positions include President-Elect, Assistant Recording Secretary on the NAASC Executive Committee; recording secretary of the St. Louis Chapter, past member of the Detroit chapter and past president of the Twin Cities chapter.

Professionally, Ms. Buckner has extensive experience in nonprofit management, public administration and planning. Her previous positions include executive director of the Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone where she effectively managed $25.6 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Currently, she is a division manager for Better Family Life, Inc. (BFL), where she is responsible for the financial and entrepreneurial development program and compliance for the Missouri Work Assistance program.

She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

*Times are subject to change as needed to accommodate the schedule.

SpelHouse Talks Speakers

Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson, C'82 - Dean of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University in Los Angeles

Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson, C’82 is the newly appointed Dean of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University in Los Angeles. She has a distinguished record of achievement as a scholar, teacher and administrator. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University. She served on the faculty of Spelman College from 1993 to 2002 and on the faculty of Morgan State from 2002 to 2013. At Morgan State, she served, among other roles, as chairperson of the Department of Psychology and graduate director of the Program in Psychometrics before becoming interim dean in 2013. Dr. Scott-Johnson is a nationally recognized scholar and leader in student learning. She has directed graduate program initiatives to increase the number of under-represented students in the field of psychometrics and developed curricular mechanisms to establish service learning and civic engagement programs for students.   

During her tenure at Morgan State University, Dr. Scott-Johnson served as Faculty Fellow in Residence at the Center for Health Disparities Solutions for the School of Public Health and Policy where her research focused on preparing young African Americans and college students to become catalysts and CHANGE AGENTS to aid in the elimination of health disparities among minority populations. Her research publications focus on body image, sensory systems and transformative Research Experiences For Underrepresented Students. In addition to many professional service achievements, Dr. Scott-Johnson is a “Spelman Woman Who Serves” as an active board member of National Alliance on Mental Illness, a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has fervently supported the NAASC as a member of the Baltimore Chapter.  . 

Opening Session
featuring  Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson, C'82
SpelHouse Talks
Lunch featuring Diamond Daughter Tribute
Region Business Meetings

Min. Thomas L. Bowen, C'89 - Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice, Shiloh Baptist Church

Thomas L. Bowen is the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice and has faithfully served the Shiloh congregation as a member of its ministerial team since July 2002. He is also the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs in the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser and is considered the chief advocate and voice of the faith community in the District of Columbia.

Minister Bowen is a graduate of Morehouse College and received his ministerial and theological training from The Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He has been a contributing panelist for the Washington Post’s On Faith/Local Section and a contributor to the Huffington Post’s Black Voices.

Once named one of the “50 Leaders of Tomorrow” by Ebony Magazine, Minister Bowen has held several positions in the advocacy and nonprofit communities including Senior Religious Advocate for the Children’s Defense Fund and Senior Field Organizer for its Black Community Crusade for Children. A native of Lorain County, Ohio he has called Washington, DC home for the last 15 years and currently resides in the historic Trinidad neighborhood. 

Rev. Delman L. Coates, Ph.D - Senior Pastor

Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD​

Morehouse College C'1995