Leadership Team

Sonya Ruffin

currently serves as Chapter President. In her previous roles, she served as the Vice President of Administration and Committee Chairperson for the Event Planning and Fundraising Committee(s). Her professional experience includes a longstanding tenure as a Human Resources professional in the retail sales market. Sonya received her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and her BA Business Management from North Carolina State University. As a transplant from North Carolina over 15 years ago, Sonya has networked her way into many organizations within the New Jersey area. Sonya has participated on social committees for both IBM and Microsoft’s Employee Resource Groups. Sonya has also served as a board member for the Eastern Region National Brotherhood of Skiers (serving chapters from Maine to Florida) and the local ski chapter – Thrillseekers, Inc of New York City. As a board member for both the Eastern Region and local ski club, Sonya has coordinated events throughout the U.S. and internationally for thousands of attendees. Events have included regional conferences, excursions, fundraising activities, and local social gatherings. Sonya enjoys utilizing her creativity and event planning experience in order to increase funding for chapter initiatives, to increase membership; as well as membership participation for the NBMBAA-NJ Chapter.

Adrienne D. Combs
Vice President of Finance

is a Business Analyst/Project Manager at a large insurance company. She has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology working in the Insurance, Financial Services and Healthcare Industries. Adrienne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Analysis and Development from Drexel University. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University – Newark and a Masters Certificate in Management of Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Adrienne is an active member in her church serving as Trustee, Vice President of the Scholarship and Education Ministry and Treasurer of the choir. She is also a member of an investment club in which she serves as Treasurer. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, New Jersey Chapter where she has served as Economic Development Chair, mentor of the award-winning Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) youth mentorship program, and 2 terms as Vice President of Operations. Adrienne is currently serving as the Vice President of Finance.

Sherry Middlebrook

is a Learning Management Specialist at BASF Corporation with over 25 years of service. She is an active member in several Employee Resource groups: the Veterans, Vice President of the African American Employee, Latin American, Asian American, and AllChemie (LGBT) resource groups. She is also a Core Team Member of OBSERVE, BASFs behavior based safety program at their corporate headquarters. Professionally and personally Sherry has been a leader on global and functional projects, served as a team member in several employee resource groups, an active member of her church and community, and a basketball mom of a Special Olympics athlete.

Elena D. Coley

is a Director of Operations within the non-profit management sector of the federal housing industry with 20+ years of experience. A successful grant writer, securing nearly $2M in funding, a program developer and manager, her experience in the areas of housing, nonprofit and community development has been relied on as a presenter and subject matter expert at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Convention in addition to receiving numerous meritorious awards and recognition. Elena has established and facilitated award-winning programs assisting low-income families in self-sufficiency, homeownership and developed several partnership programs including college internships, youth employment and a scholarship partnership with a local college which serves as a prototype for additional NJ Public Housing Authorities. Recognized by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, Rising Leaders Program, Elena was also named as a national finalist for Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner in recognition of her advocacy, achievements, and contributions over the course of her career by the national organization, Women in Advocacy.

Elena is also an entrepreneur and owner operator of a New Jersey Certified Small Business Enterprise providing services which incorporate over two decades of experience as an IRS registered tax specialist and Authorized E-File Provider, specializing in the areas of individual, business, nonprofit and U.S. Expat tax services also offering services that include program development, grant writing and services to nonprofits which include attaining IRS nonprofit status.

Elena holds a BA in Sociology, a BA in Criminal Justice, a MA in Counseling and Human Services and an Executive MBA from Rutgers Business School. She also holds a national Public Housing Manager certification and serves on the board of several nonprofit, community and professional based organizations.

Elena is a proud member and advocate of the NBMBAA and currently serves as the NJ Chapter Treasurer.

Michael D. Fleming,
Immediate Past President

has over twenty years of progressive experience in the biomedicines, pharmaceutical and consumer products industry. He has performed various roles in the area of sales and marketing, team leadership, training and development, project management and compliance with leading global companies.

He holds a master’s degree in Administrative Management from Bowie State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science & Economics from Kean University.

His early career experiences were in the area of education administration that included contributions toward the development of the University of the District of Columbia Aftercare Program, a nationally-recognized model program in conjunction with the Government of the District of Columbia. His work in the area of institutional accreditation for the U.S. Department of Education involved oversight of nationwide vocational career schools.

He is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. having served on its New Jersey Chapter executive board in various capacities, in addition to 3 consecutive terms as Chapter President. Under his leadership, the chapter has garnered national recognition including its work in support of Entrepreneurship and its multiple, award-winning youth mentoring initiative, the Leaders of Tomorrow ® (LOT) Program.  He is a proud, Lifetime Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and has served on the other local non-profit, community organization boards.

Inspired by the philosophical premise of servant leadership, Michael is committed to the work of corporate diversity, inclusion and equity by advocating work through employee resource groups and professional development.