May 12, 2004
MECKLENBURG COUNTY MINORITY AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Minority Affairs Advisory Committee (MAAC) elected new officers to one-year terms on April 26.
John L. Moore, III (Moe), a new committee member (appointed in December 2003) and Principal owner of The JOMA Arts Group, was elected chairman. He was the former Executive Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center and has served on numerous boards, committees and panels.
Gina D. Dalma, also a new committee member (appointed December 2003), was elected vice chairwoman. She owns The Gina Dalma Gallery (
www.ginadalmagallery.com), specializing in Latin-American art. She spent six years in the Mexican public sector and five years as an economic consultant for Law Economic Consulting Group in California.
Felecia Harris was elected secretary. She has a doctorate in Higher Education Interdisciplinary Studies from N.C. State University and is 21st Century ACE Project Director for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She was reappointed to MAAC in January 2004. Dr. Harris is also President of Educational Enhancement, Inc. a consulting and training firm that provides Diversity, Professional and Leadership Development Training.
The purpose of MAAC is to advise the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in order to create and foster an environment where multicultural and ethnic groups are recognized and respected in Mecklenburg County's ever changing population.
The BOCC appoints the15-member committee to staggered three-year terms. Meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. on the last Monday of each month in the large conference room on the 11th floor of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
Annually, MAAC develops a State of the Minorities Report that is presented to the BOCC. The report identifies critical issues, challenges, disparities and needs of Mecklenburg's minority residents relative to the BOCC vision, and provides recommendations and strategies to reduce and eliminate these disparities.
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