Founder & CEO
Sonia has been a practicing optician for over 20 years at Kaiser Permanente. Ms. Askew obtained her MA in Business Administration/Healthcare Management at the University of Phoenix in 2014 and has always been a dynamic force when serving the community.
Sonia is one of the founding members of the Bay Area Black Workers Centre. After founding Women of Color On the Move in 2014, Ms. Askew continues to be part of Harvest church, teaching grades K-1. Sonia holds numerous certificates in workforce development, fund development for the community-based organization, community marketing/program development management, and grant writing. Ms. Askew is currently pursuing her PhD in Management and Organization Leadership.
Raymond C. Johnson
Raymond is a veteran of the US Army. He has been in the healthcare field since 1981. He’s a former EMT at the CA combat medic Of the US Army and is currently a nurse. Mr. Johnson has 3 years of experience with the American Red Cross disaster drill and health fair.
He has worked at many prestigious institutions such as; Stanford Medical Center, Valley Medical Hospital, Mercy General Hospital system, Juvenile Hall, UC Davis Medical Center as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. His goal is to develop programs that are viable to minorities that face health & economic disparities. He also has extensive experience in job training and fundraising for education, housing resources for the homeless population and meal programs.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Community Service
Cheryl is a community activist who enjoys working in the community and give back to the less fortunate. She holds a BS in Business Management Sustainable Enterprise. Cheryl is a skilled grant writer and a realtor. She is also a member of Toast Master’s International and a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Stars.
Sr. Vice President of Community
Elizabeth earned both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Sociology minor and Master of Education in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently employed at the University of California Davis – School of Education in Development and External Relations.
Elizabeth is also self-employed as a Development and Strategic Planning Consultant and Grant Writer with a focus on non-profit development and fundraising, and creating strategic partnerships and community and corporate collaborations. Elizabeth has over 10 years of non-profit fundraising and development experience including engagement with individual donors and grant making foundations, and applying for and securing local, state, and federal RFPs and grants. Elizabeth is also an educational policy researcher and equity advocate with a focus on disrupting the diversity problem in tech, and has served on several education advisory committees/councils. Elizabeth is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in philanthropy and grant making and is a member of ABFE, SPARK SF, and Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy. A proud Illini, Elizabeth is also a member of the Bay Area Illini Alumni Association. She serves as a Human Relations Commissioner and is committed to advancing human and civil rights in the City of Davis. A former teen mom and lifelong single parent of four children, Elizabeth understands firsthand many of the challenges the women we serve face, and works on behalf of WOCOM to generate funding and build community and corporate partnerships to address these challenges.
Vice President of Development
Sujata has always had a passion for serving others. She has been a one-on-one counselor for multiple individuals through the organization Children Association for Maximum Potential and a coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House meals delivery program. Sujata currently enrolled as a pre-med student at California North State College of Health Science. Ms. Dahal is determined to continue her work serving the community as a physician.
Chief Legal Adviser
Dale has been practicing civil law for over a decade. His practice focuses on contractual law, unlawful detainer, probate and expungements. Mr. McKinney obtained his law degree from the University of Northern California’s Lorenzo Patino Law school. He was also al legal analyst for the Sacramento City Unified School District from 2006-2010. Dale has been a community activist since the late 1960s. In 1970 he became the president of the Black Student Union of Sacramento City College. Mr. McKinney has also been an inspirational speaker for many educational organizations that serve minorities, such as the Black Parallel School Board. He continues to serve the community by offering legal services to the poor, that they can afford.
Chief Technology Officer
Brian is a proud U.S. Air Force Veteran with over thirty years of servitude to the technology industry with time spent in communication, information technology and medical devices holding positions from manufacturing to development with stops in between in service, management, and support. He holds a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and an MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management. His degrees are buoyed by certifications in project management, networking, and security. WOCOM’s mission to cultivate our most underserved resources rings near to Brian’s heart and he is honored to serve on the board.
Vice President of Communication
ELIZABETH KIM is our vice president of communication. A lawyer for social justice and an Executive legal assistant representing nonprofit firms. She has a BA in communications and a Juris Doctor (JD). She has had experience working in the capital for over 11 years, served as a communication counsellor and a spokesperson on media interactions. Liz is very experienced in the media industry and brings in a unique perspective and leadership skills to WOCOTM. She has worked in the past as a Constituent case worker with the office of Assembly member Dave Jones; District representative; Student advocate at the legislative and policy clinic McGreorge school of Law; a Court appointed interpreter at the California Unemployment Appels Board/Hanna interpreting.
Elizabeth also worked in the past as a certified Law clerk/ acting public defender at the Sacramento region office of the public Defender, a community organizer. She is a Co-founder /leader of legislative contacts action group. She is a member of Lawyers Guild Sacramento, Peace and Justice Club, CASA Sacramento, REVOLT TV, Blackout For Human Rights, Organized Voices Media Network,and Global Wire News Service. She brings in a lot of public service and non-profit entities experience to our organization