Michael D. Fleming, President
Michael D. Fleming currently serves as a Senior Sales Consultant for the Long Term Care Business Unit of a leading global biomedicines and pharmaceutical corporation. He has over twenty years of progressive, professional experience through various roles in the area of sales and marketing, team leadership, training and development, regulatory affairs and compliance, as well as education administration.
He holds a master’s degree in administrative management from Bowie State University. While beginning his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland – College Park, he completed a bachelor’s degree in management science at Kean University and successfully served multiple internships in public relations, community development and marketing, among them with the National Basketball Association (NBA) – Team Relations Office.
His background in education administration include 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 designed to provide a curriculum for addictions counseling training and certification. He also served as an accreditation specialist of vocational career schools representing U.S. Department of Education agencies.
He is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. and actively involved with its New Jersey Chapter which he currently serves as its Chapter President, with committee leadership experiences in Membership, Student Affairs and its award-winning Leaders of Tomorrow ® (LOT) Program supporting youth mentorship. Michael is a Lifetime Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. having chaired both Education and Bigger & Better Business Committees; past board member of the African Globe Theater Works; Founder & Chairman for the Taylor-Banks Alumni Scholarship Fund; and engagement with a host of other professional and community-based organizations.
Having received several awards and acknowledgements for his contributions to community youth and work in support of corporate diversity and professional development initiatives. However, Michael considers his life’s greatest honor in being a son, a husband and father.
Sonya Ruffin, Vice President of Administration
Sonya Ruffin currently serves as the Vice President of Administration. Previously she served as the 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
Adrienne D. Combs is currently a Project Manager at a global financial services 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 served 2 terms as Vice President of Operations. Adrienne is currently serving as the Vice President of Finance.
Sherry Middlebrook, Secretary
Sherry Middlebrook is currently 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 Coley, Treasurer
Elena Coley, our Treasurer, is currently Director of Operations working in the non-profit management sector of the federal housing industry. She is an entrepreneur and business owner providing services that include over 20 years 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. She has a BA in Sociology, a BA in Criminal Justice and a MA in Counseling and Human Services. She recently completed her Master of Business Administration from the Rutgers University Business School.