Brodie is a longtime Harlem resident with multigenerational ties to the community. He has served as an advocate, activist and community/political/labor organizer. His work includes advocating and organizing for such issues as voter education, disability and accessibility rights, a fair living wage, affordable
healthcare, the civil and human rights of homeless and low income New Yorkers as well as transportation equity and environmental justice. Brodie earned his B.A. from City College of New York (major-Political Science, minor-Community Engagement) and his Master’s degree from Fordham University, (MSW).
His community service includes 9 years as a member of Community Board 11 Manhattan in which he was appointed Chairs of both the Housing Committee and the Public Outreach Taskforce. He was also the Co-Chair of the Public Safety and Transportation committee. Mr. Enoch proudly served on the Board
of Directors of The Addicts Rehabilitation Center and recently stepped down as the Board Chair of Picture The Homeless to focus more time and energy to The 145 th Street Alliance. He is currently a Board member of the Central Harlem Senior Citizens Center Inc.
Brodie, who is legally blind, ran for City Council in 2013. He was elected to the Manhattan Democratic County Committee, 71 st Assembly District in 2014 and still holds that post. His dedication to advocating for the civil rights and accessibility issues for those who are blind and legally blind is the driving force behind his founding of The 145 th Street Alliance.
Karen Wynn is an English teacher for the NYC Department of Education. Prior to teaching, Wynn worked for 16 years in cable and network television as a producer and researcher. Wynn served as a producer for “Positively Black,” an award-winning, community affairs program on WNBC-TV.
Wynn has long been an advocate for the disabled. On the political front, Wynn has worked on numerous local campaigns. Wynn is currently researching the restoration of a historic one-room schoolhouse founded by her family for Black children in Virginia.
Sherrie Lynn Lilley is a mother, life coach, playwright, mentor, and advocate for the disabled, a population she prefers to refer to as exceptionally abled. In August 2018, Sherrie’s attention was drawn to the predicament of the disabled community in her island home, Bermuda. After much contemplation, exploration, and careful selection of a team that could execute on the ground there, Sherrie became the founder, executive director and visionary of Inspire Bermuda, an advocacy charity whose goal is to promote and implement legal protections for this population across the spectrum of disabilities. The pathway to accomplishing this goal, is through the establishing of the Bermudians with Disabilities Act. Legislation that will address the inequities of the disabled in all spheres of life. In the first year, Sherrie guided her team in connecting with community through the charity’s three tier approach of Advocacy, Education and Support. Currently, the charity is focused on addressing the need for a para-transportation service, and a full assessment of the education system with regard to disabled students from K – community college. She is also working with the appropriate governmental entities to create a Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) to assist in easily addressing and responding to such issues as abuse of the vulnerable, emergency response in a national crisis, and coordination of appropriate social services. While pursuing these broader issues at a macro level, Sherrie’s training as a mental health counselor compels her to want to interact with the community at the micro level in order to ensure that those whose voices need to be represented , are heard, and that the charity builds an authentic reputation of community engagement and activism.
Sherrie graduated with honors from Pillar College in May 2017, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counseling, and will graduate from Fordham University in May 2020 having earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. It is her goal to pursue her PhD in the near future. Sherrie’s passion to advocate on behalf of the exceptional community is driven primarily by her own experiences as a blind, black woman, and has intentionally chosen to do so across the spectrum of disabilities as many of the concerns of this group intersect. A strong advocate in her own life, it was a natural progression to return to her homeland and become an amplifier, standing between the power and the people until all who have lost their voice are heard. Sherrie feels that her access to all that she has been afforded through the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act was so that she could one day return and share that with her fellow Bermudians. The work has just begun, and she is looking forward to leading this charge until permanent change is enacted at the policy level.
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