Board of Trustees

Below are Members of the Board of Trustees entrusted with the responsibility to be vigilant, current and relevant in carrying out the purpose and objectives of FDMHA.

Moonyene Jackson-Amis, Esq.


Rev. Juanita Elizabeth Carroll

Recording Secretary

 Donald E. Scoggins


 Shakira Abdul-Ali, MSOD

New Jersey

 Michelle D. James. , Esq.

Washington, D.C.

 Casey J. Lartigue, Jr.


 Averette Mhoon Parker, M.D.

Washington, D.C.

 Mrs. Evelyn Rising

New Mexico
Juanita Ferguson, Esq.

Vice President
Washington, D.C.

 Corresponding Secretary (vacant)

 G. Juanita Pitts, M.D.

President Emeritia
Rochester, NY

 Dann J. Broyld, Ph.D


 Mrs. Edna R. Jones

Washington, D.C.

 Deandre M. Lyman


 Sylvia Quinton, Esq.


 Mrs. Vivian L. Smith, MSW

Washington, D.C.

 Robert B. Richards, Esq.

Washington, D.C.



Moonyene Jackson-Amis

Moonyene Jackson-Amis

Moonyene Jackson-Amis, Esq., President

Moonyene Jackson-Amis, lawyer, speech pathologist, teacher, raconteur, nonprofit leader and elected official, is distinguished as the first African American woman elected official in Talbot County Maryland.  Her unprecedented 8 years on the Easton Town Council, followed more than 40 years of community, humanitarian and civil rights activism in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Click here to read more.

Juanita Ferguson

Juanita Ferguson

Juanita Ferguson, Esq., Vice President

Juanita F. Ferguson serves currently as the Vice President of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association. Previously, she has served as the Secretary and the Treasurer of the Association.

Professionally, Ms. Ferguson is a shareholder with the law firm of Bean Kinney & Korman, PC with an emphasis on litigation. Ms. Ferguson is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maryland. Click here to read more.

Vivian Smith

Vivian Smith

Vivian L. Smith, MSW

Vivian Louise Clark Smith has been a member of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association Incorporated (FDMHA) for over 50 years. She was the FDMHA’s 7th President, serving from September 1989 to September  1996.

Vivian earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 1956. She further earned a Masters Degree from the Catholic University of America Washington, DC in 1960 with post graduate studies at Smith College, Harvard University and the University of Southern California. Click here to read more.

G. Juanita Pitts

G. Juanita Pitts

G. Juanita Pitts, MD, President Emerita

G. Juanita Pitts has been a Board member since 1972. Under her leadership, FDMHA restored National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC’s) President with a permanent seat on FDMHA’s Board; established Founder’s Row on the grounds of the Frederick Douglass Home. Founders Row served both to bring new trees to the property, planted where they once stood and planted in recognition of individuals vital to the preservation of the Douglass legacy. Dr. Pitts has been a tireless champion of preserving the Douglass legacy in Rochester, NY and Washington, D.C. For over 15 years, she has spearheaded Frederick Douglass events in Rochester. Click here to read more.


Mrs. Edna R. Jones

Mrs. Edna R. Jones has been a member of the SI family for over 35 years as a docent and member of the lSWC, serving as president 2002-2004. In 2003, as an active member of the SI Education Committee, she encouraged the SWC to fund the SEAA. In 2007 in recognition of it’s 40th Anniversary, the Womens Committee endowed the SI Education Achievement & Innovation Award. Under her leadership, the SWC Legacy Fund was established to increase funds for the SWC annual grant awards.

Dedicated to community affairs and a strong supporter of arts & educational programs, she serves on the Boards of ARCH, Inc, of the Wash. DC, the Frederick Douglas Memorial and Historical Association, Inc. and Girls Inc WDCMA. Click here to read more.

Dann J. Broyld is an assistant professor of Public History & African American History at Central Connecticut State University. He earned his PhD in nineteenth-century United States and African Diaspora history at Howard University in 2011. His work focuses on the American-Canadian borderlands and issues of Black identity, migration, and transnational relations as well as oral history and museum-community interaction. Broyld is currently working on a manuscript with the University of Toronto Press.


Casey Lartique, Jr.

Casey Lartigue, Jr. is the co-founder and co-director of the organization Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), a non-profit organization in Seoul, South Korea, that connects North Korean refugees with volunteer language tutors and speech coaches. In South Korea, he is also director for International Relations at Freedom Factory Co., Ltd., the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School (for adolescent North Korean refugees), and a columnist with the Korea Times.  In Washington, DC, he is the Asia Outreach Fellow for the Atlas Network and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association in Washington, D.C. Click here to read more.


Michelle James

Michelle James, Esq. Michelle James is a multi-faceted professional. She holds a JD/MBA as well as postgraduate law degrees. She is licensed to practice law in the state of NJ. She has both legal and business experience including civil litigation and management consulting. She enjoys assisting businesses maximize their potential. She has been a theater aficionado for the past 30 years and enjoys attending arts’ performances in the DC area.



Shakira Abdul-Ali

Shakira Abdul-Ali, MSOD

Shakira Abdul-Ali is an organization development professional, trainer and coach with proven success in delivering business, organization and personal effectiveness programs.

She has supported institutions in generating value through business diversity programming and development, designing and managing change and organization learning, and building high-performance teams and work systems. Click here to read more.


Sylvia Quinton

Sylvia Quinton, Esq.

Sylvia L. Quinton, Esq. is a public policy and tax-exempt charitable organization attorney. She has expertise in higher education; public health; substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, business development; agriculture; science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and grants and financial management. She develops and implements community partnerships, coalitions, and programs and services to advocate for sustainable resources to meet needs of special populations and communities. Click here to read more.


Dr. Averette Mhoon Parker

Dr. Averette Mhoon-Parker is a physician located in Washington, DC.  Dr. Parker served as President  of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association from 2004 to 2012.