Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards objective is to recognize excellence and outstanding achievements in the African American community.

The Board is responsible for bestowing non-competitive special awards on deserving individuals and groups. They are the following awards: Special Lifetime Achievement Awards, Humanitarian Awards, and the Madiba Man of Courage Award. Additional honorary awards may be added at a later date.

The Board is comprised of at least 15 members from various sectors of society including law enforcement, business, education, government, entertainment, public service and non-profit sectors.

Additional Board responsibilities are the following:

  • To determine eligibility for nominations in all Roc BMA Award categories
  • To review the rules governing the Roc BMA Awards
  • In the event of a tie during the final voting round, cast the deciding votes**
  • To publicize special awards offered by Rochester Black Men Achieve
  • To actively seek and solicit nominations for special awards offered by Rochester Black Men Achieve
  • To evaluate the nominees for each special award and to select the winners in each category
  • To review suggestions for new awards and develop criteria and guidelines


Members of the Board of Governors:

Jermayne Myers,
Board Chair

Assistant to the Director of Security
City of Rochester
Wayne Harris,
Board Vice-Chair

Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and Relations
Rochester Police Department
Spencer Ash, Esq.
Municipal Attorney
City of Rochester
Christopher Brown
FeelSafe VIP
Christopher Cardwell
GoodKnews Photography
Melvin Cross, Jr.
Senior Pastor
Gloryhouse International Church
Lee Davis
EazyWork Fitness
David Dey
President and CEO
Institute for Social Entrepreneurship (ISE)
Vincent R. Felder
Monroe County Legislature
Ernest S. Flagler-Mitchell
Rochester Firefighter (Retired) & Legislator
Monroe County Legislature
William Hall
Financial Advisor
Kareem Hayes
Director of STEP Program
Rochester Institute of Technology
Dave McCleary
Minority Reporter
Michael A. Patterson
Councilmember, NE District
Rochester City Council
Ken Sayres
Operations Manager for Recovery Services
Baden Street Settlement
James C. Simmons
Senior Pastor
Baber African Methodist Episcopal Church
Corey Lamar Tanksley
Author & Founder
Rochester Black Author Expo
Livingston Walker
Livie’s Jamaican Restaurant
Rodney A. Young
Senior Relationship Manager and AALDP Coordinator
United Way of Greater Rochester

**If a Board of Governors member is a nominee of one of the Awards, they will abstain from voting on that nomination.