Board of Directors


Niko Merritt

  • Mother of 5

  • Community Activist & Organizer

  • Advocate

  • Public Historian

  • Certified Community Health Worker

  • Licensed Aesthetician

  • Salve Regina University Education Department Advisory Board Member

  • Owner of Melanin Sol Creations

Why I do what I do?:

This is an important time in our history, our current political climate, the increase in awareness and civic engagement combined with the overall feeling of wanting to do something to make things better- is all around us. It’s time to come together to make changes. Pretending we still don’t see won’t get us there. Talking without action won’t get us there. Let’s unite as a community, let’s have those difficult discussions and take it one step further- make changes to improve our situation for us and our children.

Favorite Quote: “I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity.” Mary McLeod Bethune

Welcoming New Board of Directors

Ellen Pinnock

Board President

Darthula Matthews

Board Member

Brendan O’Donnell

Board Member

Melanie McKinney

Board Member

Amy McKinney

Board Member

Dorothy Pinnock

Board Member

Hakim Coggins

Board Member

Mary Vieira