Who We Are
Rev. Elizabeth Thurman Shell, Vice President
||Rev. Thurman Shell is pastor of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Paris,
Tennessee and is a retired chaplain of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A native of Memphis, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree
from Morris Brown College and a Masters of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reverend Roosevelt Ewell, 2nd Vice President
||Reverend Roosevelt Ewell is Senior Pastor of Canaan Institutional Baptist Church of Norwalk, Connecticut.
He holds a Master Degree of Divinity in Theology from Vision International University in Ramona, California. He has held several positions such as the Chairman
of The CT Black Church Task Force on Crime and Criminal Justice, which is an affiliation of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ).
He is a member of the Norwalk Urban Youth Coalition and a former president of the Interdenominational of Ministers Fellowship (IMF).
Rev. Ewell is the past President of Congress of Christian education of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
Mrs. Frances Washington, Director of Communications
||Mrs. Washington, a recent retiree from the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of the District of Columbia, has over 31 years of experience in counseling juvenile and adult
offenders. She currently serves as President of the DC Chapter of the NABCJ and is an officer
of Las Amigas, Inc. Ms. Washington earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Howard
University, and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of the District of
Mr. Richard McGoogan, Treasurer
||Mr. Richard McGoogan of Greensboro, North Carolina is a former corporate financial analyst currently employed as an Assistant
Principal with Rockingham County Schools. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration/Economics and a Masters Degree in Business and in Health Administration.
Ms. JoHaan Cotton Wilson, Volunteer
||JoHaan Cotton-Wilson is a talented, young, positive professional and recent newlywed who migrated to the Lake County Community in 1990 from Houston, Texas. She is a proud native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and has been employed by the College of Lake Countyís Lakeshore Campus in downtown Waukegan for the past 16 years as the Coordinator of Special Projects & Outreach. She holds a bachelorís of arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University, and is pursuing a masterís degree in business administration with a concentration in public administration. She is Co-Owner of Wilson & Wilson General Contractors, Inc., and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mr. Warren Cuffee, Volunteer
||Mr. Warren Noyce Cuffee, a native New Yorker, graduated from high school in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Norfolk State and George Washington Universities. His Federal service
begin in 1960, ending in 1995 as a Equal Employment Manager, Center For Disease Control.
He became a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ). A
Life Member of the NABCJ and a member of the Board of Directors, he is currently the National
Treasurer. In addition to NABCJ, he is a active member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church,
Washington, D. C.; Blacks In Government; the American Legion, and Norfolk State University
Mrs. Mary Louise Cuffee, Volunteer
||Mary Louise is the 19th child born to the late Reverend Edgar and Lucy Sanders, in Clayton, North Carolina. She attended the D.C. Public School System and OIC Training Academy.
A member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Chuch. She was a Seamstress/Tailor for 16 years before her present job
as a Management/Program Assistant with Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She is a Life member of
Blacks In Government (BIG); a Life member and Historian for the National Association of Blacks in
Criminal Justice (NABCJ); Director, Housing and Registration for National Religious Affairs Association
(NRAA). She is married to Warren N. Cuffee, Jr., has one son, Richard and one grand daughter, Rickia.
Contact E-mail: Membership@nafj.org