EXECUTIVE BOARD

James Harris | President

 

James joined the CBS family in 2012 and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America. He’s currently a Producer and Writer at CBS New York, WLNY-TV and the CBS Marketing Agency in New York City. James graduated from Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communications and Troy University’s Graduate School of Public Administration.  He’s also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Phi Omega Fraternities. James got his start on the airwaves at WANM radio, where he created the entertainment show “The Final Cut.” His first TV stint started at WCTV in Tallahassee as a production assistant. One year later, he went across town to WTXL where he started as tape editor and left as a reporter and evening producer. James is also the former Press Assistant to Governor Jeb Bush, where he was the spokesperson for “Florida’s Read to Learn” initiative. He’s had  stints at WTVY CBS in Dothan, Alabama, WEAR ABC in Pensacola, Florida and FOX 5 in Atlanta Georgia. He's also worked in corporate advertising and marketing helping small businesses prosper. He can write music, play the trumpet, French horn and baritone. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking and spending time with his fraternity brothers and schnauzer, Kinzee! James currently lives in Brooklyn.

Quintin Haynes | 1st Vice President

 

Quintin Haynes currently serves as the Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. He has a public service career that spans over several years. He served as trusted adviser to the Obama Administration’s U.S. Secretaries of Commerce Rebecca Blank and Penny Pritzker. Prior to that appointment, Quintin served as the Director for Finance at the White House, where he managed the daily operations of the White House’s $55 million fiscal year appropriation. He also served as the Director of Human Resources and Diversity/EEO Officer at NYC Mayor's Office. Quintin received his B.S. in Political Science and Administration from Florida A&M University and received his Master’s in Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management.

Shelly Flash | 2nd Vice President

 

Shelly Flash moved to New York from Orlando, FL in 2013. She studied public relations and graphic design at Florida A&M University and proceeded to work in the fast paced broadcast industry as an on-air radio talent and event coordinator for over 10 years.  Passionate about sharing and connecting people through food, the move to attend culinary school was a natural fit.  With encouragement from friends and family, Shelly dove into the culinary industry head first’ working at restaurants in New York & Louisiana before landing her current position as a Chef Instructor in Brooklyn.  In her free time, Shelly loves to explore the East Coast like a “local tourist” with her daughter Jataun.  She also host a seasonal pop up supper coined “The Sunday Dinner Club” where she shares her take on elevate Caribbean street food held in private residences throughout the Tri-State area.  When Shelly is not cooking, smiling or sightseeing you can find her practicing Muay Thai in Bay Ridge.

Phaedra Simpson | Secretary 

 

Devonta White | Treasurer

 

Devonta White is a graduate of the School of Business & Industry and a native of Detroit, Michigan. While attending FAMU, Mr. White served as President of the FAMU Michigan Club, Personal Trainer at FAMU Recreation Center, and was an active member of Excelsior Lodge #754, F&AM PHA. Devonta currently works in digital & content marketing.

Bridget Gaitor | Financial Secretary 

 

Bridget Gaitor is a graduate of the School of Arts and Sciences where she received her B.S. in Political Science. She serves as a Special Education Teacher at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn, NY. In her current role she has been awarded two Fulbright-Hays scholarships to India, where she studied the culture and language. She is a Teach For America Alumna and spent time working at one of the program’s most challenging locations, East River Academy on Rikers Island. Bridget received her Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Florida A&M University and her Master’s of Science in Teaching for Exceptional Adolescence from Fordham University.

Chantell Black | Parliamentarian

 

Chantell Black is a fall 2009 graduate of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she was born and raised. Chantell is a freelance journalist and a public affairs chief for the United States Army Reserve stationed in New York City. Prior to her return to New York, she lived in New Orleans. There, she and other Rattlers founded the New Orleans Alumni Chapter where she served as president. Chantell is also a member of the National Association Black Journalists.