National Youth Works Committee, Adult Representatives

Satia Austin

satiaaustinRegion 1 Adult Representative

Satia Omega Austin was born in the Bronx, New York. From an early age her parents stressed the importance of education, personal responsibility and achievement. Following her parents’ teachings, she attended Borough of Manhattan Community College at the age of 15. Shortly after, Satia relocated to Oceanside, CA, where she has resided since 1994. She developed an early interest for advocacy at the age of 19, where she served as the Black Student Union (BSU) President at MiraCosta College and subsequently the 3rd Vice-President of the North San Diego County NAACP. After receiving her Associates Degree, Satia went on to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University.

Not only is Satia a Life Member of the NAACP; she has the esteemed honor of being the current President of the North San Diego County NAACP, the State Advisor for the Youth & College Division across California and Hawaii, and the Vice Chair of the National NAACP Youth Works Committee. Satia’s enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to personalized service have earned her the highest honor given to local Chapter Presidents; she was presented with the 2015 California – Hawaii NAACP President’s Award. Of her many distinguished awards, the ones she values most are: The North San Diego County NAACP Woman of the year award, which she received 2 years in a row (2001, 2002), the NAACP Youth Advisor of the Year award, which she received four years in a row, (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), the North San Diego County NAACP Youth President’s Award in 2007, and most recently the XI Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Citizen of the year award in 2015.

Satia devotes a significant amount of her time to the NAACP specializing in assuring that her youth maintain professionalism and excel in their activism at all times. Under her leadership, her youth have gone on to win numerous awards at the state, local, and National level for their advocacy efforts. Satia is passionate about creating opportunities that address the needs and betterment of young adults in which she has dedicated her time to oversee that process. She believes that the NAACP is the vehicle for African Americans and other minorities confined in low performing schools or the criminal justice system to find their way out, while also reaching back into the community and helping others along the way.

Satia is active in her local church where she has served in numerous positions such as member of the Praise Team, Publications, and the Community Outreach Team.

In addition to serving the NAACP, Satia is very active in the community. She volunteered with the Toys for Tots program, feeds the homeless, works with the City of Oceanside SUN project (city’s beautification and revitalization project), and UCAN (United Community Action Network), just to name a few.

In Satia’s spare time she freelances for several organizations to promote events, businesses and individuals to include fashion shows. She is very talented in graphic design; she designs all of the North San Diego County NAACP’s flyers, program booklets, tee-shirts, etc.… for special events.

Satia currently works as an educator; however, her most important job is being a single mother to 3 of her own wonderful children and her God daughter whom she has raised since she was four years old.

Karen Blanding

karenblandingRegion 2 Adult Representative

Karen D. Blanding is the 2nd Vice President of the NAACP New York State Conference. She serves as the Adult Representative for Region 2 on the NAACP National Youth Work Committee and is a Life Member of the NAACP.

Her involvement with the NAACP began in the late 1980’s when she joined the NAACP Portchester- Rye Branch. After hearing a speech entitled, “Your House is on Fire,” given by one of her sheroes, Ms. Hazel N Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference. Karen decided to join the NAACP chapter in her own community to help, “put out the fire.”

Under the leadership of the late Harry T. Stewart, Karen joined the NAACP Corona-East Elmhurst Branch in 1990. Rewarding her enthusiasm, Mr. Stewart asked her to join the Executive Committee within a few months of her membership. Karen has served on the Education Committee, Health Committee and the Freedom Fund Committee. She has chaired the Political Action Committee, Press and Publicity Committee, Communications Committee, Program Committee and was a co-advisor to the former Youth Council.

In January 1999, Karen was elected First Vice President of the NAACP Corona- East Elmhurst Branch. By the year 2001, Karen was elected in the new millennium as President of the NAACP Corona- East Elmhurst Branch where she served until 2004. Under Karen’s leadership, the Branch became intergenerational proactive, truly bridging the activity gap between all members. The Youth Council was reactivated. The committees were viable and flourished.

During her tenure as President, the work of the Branch was recognized on all three levels of the Association. The branch received awards for outstanding programmatic activities including 1st place in the State, 1st place in the Region and 1st place on a National level.

Karen’s motto is, “Those who stand by and do nothing are just as guilty as the ones who are doing it.” She believes in order to be a good leader; you must be a good follower. She believes a good leader must lead by example.

Karen has attended all National, Regional and State Conventions. Karen traveled extensively with the former Metropolitan Regional Director Hilda M Rodgers to other branches to learn how to effectively run a Branch. In 2004, Karen served as the Queens Coordinator of the NAACP Voter’s Empowerment Campaign to register and get out the vote.

Karen was elected 2nd Vice President of the NAACP New York State Conference in 2005 and currently serves in that position. She has travelled extensively throughout New York State to branches helping implement programmatic activities and reorganizing branches to operate effectively. Currently Karen focuses on the building of today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. She travels across the State to help the Youth and College Units with reactivation, chartering, and implementing of programmatic activities to reflect the NAACP Game changers .Karen’s passion to inspire and motivate the next generation propelled her to accept an appointment on the NAACP New York State Youth Works Committee in 2012. Today, the NAACP New York State Youth & College Division has 13 Youth Councils and 8 College Units. Karen was elected as the Region 2 Adult Representative to The NAACP National Youth Work Committee in July, 2013 and currently serves in that position.

Karen was employed as a Computer Technology Professional for over 30 years. She currently works as a Parent Coordinator for the New York City Department of Education.
Karen is a woman of great faith and is a member of St. Mark AME Church in Jackson Heights, NY.
She is the proud mother of one son, Bijan D. Hunter, one daughter- in- law, Felicia and the doting grandmother of Bijan II and Raven Renee.

Kellye Cunningham

kellyecunninghamRegion 3 Adult Representative

Kellye Cunningham Watkins is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She has been involved in the NAACP since elementary school in the Louisville Youth Council. Her family were strong leaders in the local branch and the NAACP was and still remains a passion.  She is currently the Louisville Youth Council Advisor, the State Advisor for Kentucky Youth and College division and the Region III Adult Representative for the National Youth Work Committee.

Kellye graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management.  She has continued her educational pursuit at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Kellye’s desire is that youth have the passion to continue to educate themselves on the importance of civil rights advocacy and its history. Everyone can contribute their gifts and talents to this movement and great organization. Kellye wants her leadership in the NAACP to develop a holistic relationship with the youth and college division and help them to be the leaders of our communities.

Kellye is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, P.H.A., a life member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority for Women, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is the mother of Daevid, a college student and resides in Louisville with her husband Larry.

Phyllis Knight

Region 4 Adult Representative

Yvette Gibbs-Mitchell

Region 5 Adult Representative

Ericka Cain

erickacainRegion 6 Adult Representative

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ericka Cain is a Civil Rights Leader, youth advocate, and Social Justice Activist. Ericka has a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation, Sociology and Community Service from the University of North Texas and a Volunteer Management Certification in Community Service (UNT). She is a proud mother of her son Jaxson and currently works a Training Specialist for the Department of Family and Protective Services.

For over a decade, Ericka has served as State Youth Advisor for the NAACP’s Texas Youth & College Division and a member of the State Conference Executive Committee. Ericka was elected as the Vice Chair for the National Youth Work Committee in 2016 and currently serves as the Secretary for the National Youth Work Committee. She has served in several leadership capacities within the association including former University of North Texas NAACP President, Assistant Secretary for the Texas State Conference, Youth & College President, and Financial Freedom Campaign Chair, amongst a host of other noteworthy positions. During her tenure as Advisor she has led the Youth through numerous issue based and electoral campaigns on the local, state, and national level. She has worked tirelessly to ensure the members of the Youth & College experience mobilizations including the March on Washington 50th Anniversary and 10.2.10 March for Jobs, Quality Education, Economic Development, and Affordable Housing. Ms. Cain established a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club to supply mentors for the State’s Mentoring Program. During the early 2000’s, she implemented Town Hall Meetings on Texas college campuses to address the N-Word and its connotation in the novel Huckleberry Finn. Ericka effectively engaged members of the Texas NAACP Advisory Committee by ensuring sponsorship of annual Great Debates and African American Knowledge Bowls. Companies including Wal-Mart and Dell supplied IPads, IPods, Laptops, and Gift Cards for teams winning and participating in the competitions.

Ericka has proved that she is committed to developing a New Generation of Civil Rights and Community Leaders. She is the 7 time winner of the NAACP State Youth & College Division Advisor of the Year.

Ericka continues to live by these words… “There’s nothing permanent in life except Change!

Brittney Calloway

brittneycallowayRegion 7 Adult Representative

Brittney Calloway hails from NJ and is the CEO of a premier real estate company located in Washington, DC. Brittney first joined the NAACP to continue the legacy of family members who served and moved mountains before her. She was a two-time NAACP college chapter President at William and Mary before moving to Washington DC. She has served as the Secretary and Freedom Fund Chair and currently serves the Washington DC Branch as the Youth and College Chair.