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Officers & Board of Directors

Latasha Denise Clemons

Chapter President

Latosha Clemons is currently the Fire Chief of Forest Park Fire Department in Clayton County, Georgia. Prior to her appointment she served the City of Boynton Beach as Deputy Fire Chief for nearly 24 years. In addition, Latosha was the first African American Female in the City of Boynton Beach Fire Department, a department established in 1924, and is currently the First African American Female Chief in the City of Forest Park. Academic and professional development has always been a priority for Chief Clemons. Latosha completed an Associate of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services in 2001, an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Science in 2005, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2006, and a Master of Science Degree in Executive Management in 2014, she attended the Carl Holmes Development Institute at Dillard University.. Latosha has a passion for community, which motivates her to continue growing in her personal and professional life

Rhodena Mesadieu atkins

1st Vice President of Programs 

Rhodena Mesadieu Atkins is a dedicated and dynamic leader serving as the 1st Vice President of the influential advocacy organization, National Coalition of 100 Black Women South Palm Beach County Chapter.  With a profound commitment to social justice, Rhodena has dedicated her civic passions to advancing the rights and well-being of Black women and girls and the community at large.  As the 1st Vice President, she plays a pivotal role in spearheading advocacy initiatives along with the program committees that center on health, education, economic empowerment, and public policy. She actively collaborates with community leaders to amplify the voices of Black women and girls, ensuring their concerns are not only heard but translated into tangible positive outcomes for their quality of life.  Recognizing the importance of cultivating the next generation of leaders, Rhodena is a fervent advocate for leadership development and mentoring. She has championed programs within NCBW that focus on nurturing the leadership potential, providing mentorship opportunities, and fostering a supportive network to overcome barriers. 

Her motivation strives for the organization to remain connected to the lived experiences of Black women and girls, promoting equity and empowerment, informing the advocacy strategies and programs implemented by NCBW Programs.  Her vision includes expanding the organization's reach, forging strategic partnerships, and influencing systemic change that addresses the root causes of disparities.

Rhodena earned her Master’s in Social Work at Florida State University.  Her academic journey ignited her passion for addressing the unique challenges faced by individual, families, and communities.  It fueled her commitment to creating positive change through advocacy, clinical direct services, and community service involvement. Rhodena Mesadieu Atkins is the owner of Restore Wellness Counseling Center, a private practice in Royal Palm Beach, FL.  She specializes in working with adolescent girls and adult women that have a history of trauma.  She is especially passionate to help individuals overcome a history of sexual trauma, family dysfunction dynamics, and improving healthy relationships.  Her therapeutic focus is to help her clients reconstruct a positive sense of self, gain safety, and establish healthy habits to restore their mental and emotional wellness.  Rhodena advocates for the education and increasing awareness of mental health among people of color to engage in culturally appropriate services. 

In every endeavor, Rhodena embodies the spirit of empowerment, resilience, and solidarity, inspiring others to join the movement for a more just and equitable society.  She is also a believer in Christ that is driven by her faith in all her values and service.


Desiree Jackson

2nd Vice President of Finance & Fund Development: 

Desiree Jackson joined the National Coalition of 100 Black Women South Palm Beach Chapter in 2019 with a mission to share her passion for giving back to her community. In addition to being an active member of NCBWSPBCC, Desiree is involved in T.E.A.M. Elam’s Foundation is an organization that is active in giving back to the community in the following areas: youth empowerment, mentoring, food for families and Our Annual “Day In the Park Event”. Desiree wears several hats in this organization: vendor and volunteer solicitation, logistics, registration, and sponsorship review. Desiree holds a BA in Business Administration from Northwood University WPB Campus. She is currently working for one of Florida’s Utility companies, she’s in her 34yr. She has a niche for mentoring and grooming employees to reach their full potential. Desiree is married to Amos Jackson Jr and the mother of a blended family of five beautiful children and seven grandchildren. My motto: When giving is a part of your fabric, it is fulfilling to cut a piece and sow something together to BLESS someone else.

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Pauline Lawson

3rd Vice President of Membership 

My name is Pauline Lawson I presently hold the position of 3rd Vice President of membership and Chaplain. I have been a member of NCBW South Palm Beach chapter since 2018 and have served on the membership team since that time . When I became a part of NCBW I became a member to make an impact in and around the community at another level, with community service . I am currently holding the position of Executive Director for Cherry Oak Palm County Assisted Living . Where I lead a team of approx 110 employees and residences. I am the wife of Senior Pastor, Brian Lawson and I have served as the First Lady for the past 7 years at Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist church of Dania Beach Florida . I am also a mother of Mckenna (18) and Mekhi Lawson (16). I have been married for 23 years.

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Board of Directors

Brenda Durdan - Emeritus
Latosha Clemons
President of the Board 

Rhonda Williams-Turner


Anjanette Hanna

Vice Chair 

Cassandra Oliver

Ashley Riley

Karen Sims

Crystal Washington

Minerva Wilson

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