ABOUT US

Kelly Scroggins-Powell

Co-Founder/Executive Director >

Racine native, Kelly Scroggins-Powell, attended University of Southern Indiana, for Social Work and Non-Profit Management. She has enjoyed a rewarding career in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years. As an experienced leader she has empowered teams to achieve their greatest capacity and assisted organizations in fulfilling organization’s mission, vision, and core values. Her vast experience working with public/private entities has afforded her the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

 

She is the proud co-founder of Racine Women For Racial Justice.

Mary Pucci

Co-President/Founder >

Mary grew up in Cedarburg, WI and has been a resident of Racine since 1995. She is married to her husband, Mike, and is the mother of three children, ages 17, 20 and 22. Mary received her BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She currently works as a local realtor for Becker Stong Real Estate Group, Inc. where she specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. Mary sits on the Community Development Authority committee for the City of Racine.

 

In 2019, Mary founded Racine Women for Racial Justice and now serves as the President of its board of directors.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chellie Wiles

Board Director >

Chellie Wiles is an Executive Relocation Counselor, with AIM Resources Inc, where she has been relocating professionals to the greater Milwaukee area, since 2011. She is married to Julian Wiles, & they are the proud parents of 3 adult daughters. Chellie has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, since 1998. Chellie was in Jack and Jill of America from 2010-2019. She is currently a Jack & Jill of America Associate. Chellie is a graduate of The Ohio State University. In her spare time she is an Ambassador for Stella&Dot, where she loves to connect with, & support women in fashion.

X'Zandria Weil

Board Director >

From Racine, WI raised in West Memphis, Arkansas. University of Wisconsin- Parkside /Bachelor of Arts- Criminal Justice Founder/Owner of Foster Youth Empowerment, LLC. My passion & focus is empowering youth in & aging out of Foster Care & advocating for change within the Foster Care System on a policy level. Equity for Black Americans & those who experience Foster Care. Currently works with at-risk youth in High School whom are facing barriers correlating to attendance.

Uniqua J. Adams

Board Director >

Uniqua J. Adams is a Racine native currently residing in Milwaukee, WI. She currently attends UWM where she studying to get her Masters in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement & Education with a focus on fundraising & educational policy. An AmeriCorps alum, she works in the nonprofit sector to continue being an advocate for students of color who are limited by systematic oppression. Amongst the many accolades, Uniqua still believes the best is yet to come.

Jomarie Coloriano

Secretary/Board Director >

By way of Milwaukee, Jomarie Coloriano has proudly called Racine home for over 10 years. She is a student support specialist at Gateway Technical College, with an educational background in social work, educational policy & community engagement. She believes that Racine is an overlooked gem with a rich history of innovation, grassroots efforts & abolition. Her strong belief in service & a philosophy of generational moral assignment have affirmed her commitment to racial justice work & her vision of a just society in which Black, Indigenous & People of Color can thrive.

Ann Gregg

Member at Large >

Ann is committed to anti-racist practices & values equity, creativity & well being. She is excited to join the RWRJ board to uphold & support the organization's important mission. Ann spent a decade as the Director of Social Impact Programs at Carnegie Hall, & is currently a producer, non-profit consultant, & program officer with The Lewis Prize for Music. Ann spent the first 18 years of her life in Racine where she & her  brothers attended Jefferson, McKinley, & Park High School. Ann lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband & two boys. Still considers Racine "home" visiting at least twice a year.

Mia McKinney

Member at Large >

Mia received her Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Tech & two B.S. degrees in Political Science & Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mia's professional experience & educational background has created a pathway for her to give back in her hometown of Racine. Her understanding of strategic, community planning coupled with her ability to work with varying stakeholders produces a platform for constructive dialogue & effective change. It is her belief that racial justice is the foundation of universal justice for all.

Janela Smith

Board Director >

Janela Smith is a native of Panama City, Panama. She is the Co-founder & Co-owner of SheaBrojae’s Natural Expressions. Janela has been in business for 14 years & has worked in the community of Racine since she arrived here in 2000. She is married & the mother of two sons.

Marcia Buhler

Board Director >

Marcia is a former small business owner & corporate training & marketing professional who has been a Racine resident for over ten years. Her prior community involvement was as a Director & Capital Campaign Chair for Racine’s Wild Root Market food cooperative. She is passionate about using her skills & experience to advocate for social justice, whether it be food security, healthcare or eliminating other barriers that disenfranchise members of the community.

Debbie Reddick, DDS

Board Director >

I am a wife, a mother and a practicing dentist. I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and moved to Racine 20 years ago.  I strive to be useful, honorable and compassionate. I also like to sew and read! I will forever be a student of life. I never want to stop learning.

Betsy Balkcom

Board Director >

When Betsy Balkcom moved to Racine over a decade ago she began building friendships with local activists invested in the work of racial justice. She is a health & wellness advocate with dōTERRA essential oils, with an education in English & art. Betsy brings her experience in radio, marketing, event planning, church & community organization to the table with RWRJ to amplify the outcry against injustice & create equitable pathways of access to resources for Black, Indigenous & People of Color in her city.

Jamie McClendon
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Board Director >

Jamie McClendon is a strong, compassionate attorney practicing in Racine County. She has represented the people of Racine in over 1300 cases since 2011. She has devoted her career to keeping children out of the juvenile and criminal justice system and will continue to focus on eliminating the school to prison pipeline.  

Laura Sumner Coon

Board Director >

Educator, Nonprofit & Communication Professional. Racine Resident. Through her work as an educator & journalist, Laura has pursued social justice and equity, efforts that are much more successful as part of a community network of like-minded people, which is why she is honored to be part of Racine Women for Racial Justice.