Ethnic Gems of New England

Ethnic Gem: Karen Amaker

June 2017 Pic of Karen Amaker

Ethnic Gem: Karen Amaker

Title: Director, Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA)
State: Norwalk, CT


Written by: Doron Monk Flake, Senior Writer


Imagine for a moment going to High School and graduating with a College Degree for FREE!! How is that possible you may ask? Ethnic Online is proud to share with you this absolutely amazing story taking place at Norwalk High School under the direction and leadership of Ms.

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Ethnic Gem: Keith Motley PhD

June 2017 EG Pic of James Motley

Ethnic Gem: Keith Motley PhD 


Title: Chancellor UMass Boston
State: Boston MA


Keith Motley steps down as chancellor of UMass Boston.

After leading the University of Massachusetts Boston for 10 years, Chancellor J. Keith Motley informed UMass President Martin T. Meehan of his intention to step down on June 30, 2017.…

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Ethnic Gem: Gail Jackson-Blount

April 2017 Ethnic Gem Gail Jackson-Blount Article Picture

Title: Board President, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus

State: Boston, MA



The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Board of Directors proudly announces the appointment of Gail Jackson-Blount as board President. The 46-year-old MWPC is the nation’s oldest and non-partisan women’s political action organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy positions.… Read More »

Ethnic Gem: Angela Moore

April 2017 Ethnic Gem Angela Moore Article Picture

Ethnic Gem: Angela Moore


Title: IRB Support, Yale University and Recreational Mathematician
State: New Haven, CT


Written by Doron Monk Flakes, Senior Contributing Writer


Angela Moore has an affinity for the esoteric. The Fairfield University alum engages in what she calls “recreational math.” For fun and sometimes profit, she unravels previously unsolved mathematical formulas. Moore has an answer to the Beal Conjecture, thought unsolvable since the 90’s with a cash prize that has grown to 1 million dollars.…

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Ethnic Gem: Paul Francisco

April 2017 Ethnic Gem Paul Francisco Article Picture

Ethnic Gem: Paul Francisco


Title:Chief Diversity Officer, State Street Corporation
State: Boston MA


Written by Leonard Webb, Publisher


Hard work, commitment, passion and leadership have paid off, as State Street Financial has appointed Paul Francisco as its first-ever Chief Diversity Officer!

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Ethnic Gem: Jon A. Andrade


Jon A. Andrade

North Providence, RI


Professional Biography


Jon A. Andrade is a bilingual (English/Spanish) content marketing/media sales executive with a special expertise in U.S. Hispanic marketing. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the communication industry in top tier advertising agencies (Y&R, Saatchi & Saatchi), advertisers (Bristol-Myers, Avon) and media companies. Jon’s diverse background enables him to help companies extend their brands in the U.S.…

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Ethnic Gem: John Alston Jr.


Ethnic Gem: John Alston Jr.

Title: Fire Chief
State: New Haven CT

New Haven’s New Chief in Town: John Alston Jr.


Meet New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. But don’t let his cool, down to earth demeanor fool you; Chief Alston is the real deal. When the bell rings, no matter where he is or what he’s doing, you now see a man focused, driven and ready to minimize the damage for any situation that confronts him and his team!…

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Ethnic Gem: Veronica Saurett

2016 October Official Photo for EG Veronica Saurett

Ethnic Gem: Veronica Saurett

Title: Manager of Wine & Spirits, Brescome Barton,


State: New Haven, CT, 5 in 5 with Publisher Leonard Webb


5 in 5 with Veronica Saurett, Manager of Wine & Spirits Brescome & Bascome…

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Ethnic Gem: Keshia Ashe

2016 October Official Photo for EG Keisha Chambers

Ethnic Gem: Keisha Ashe


Title: Co-Founder and CEO ManyMentors
State: New Haven CT via Washington DC/Alexandria VA
By: Leonard Webb, Publisher of Ethnic Online


Hold onto your seats and buckle down folks, this Ethnic Gem is a force to be reckoned with! I first met Keshia Ashe about 3 years ago where we both serve as advisors to the Engineering Science University Magnet School in Hamden CT; we are both advent STEM supporters.… Read More »

Ethnic Gem: Perry E. Wilson Jr.

2016 October Official Photo for EG Perry Wilson

Ethnic Gem: Perry E. Wilson Jr. 


Title: Project lead/design engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft


State: Stratford, CT


Written by Leonard Webb, Publisher of Ethnic Online


I’m proud to report that STEM Education is very much alive in the Ethnic community! Meet Ethnic Gem Perry E. Wilson Jr. This Birmingham Alabama native has not only earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University but went a step further and will receive his MBA from the University of Connecticut in the fall of this year 2016!Read More »