Blacks In Government, Inc.
Melinda DeLoatch, Regional Representative
Melinda serve as Chapter Regional Representative and Region XI Hospitality Chair. She is a Life member and a graduate of the Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy (DYLA). The DYLA is a national program sponsored by Blacks in Government (BIG) for its members.
Melinda is an elected member of the National Nominations and NTI Plenary Planning Committees. She’s held several positions within the WDB Jr. BIG Chapter, including Chair of several NTI Forums, Recording and Correspondence Secretary, Vice-President and President. Melinda has been a faithful member of BIG since 2009.
Karen Somerville, Treasurer
Karen serves as Treasurer of the EPA William D. Barber Jr. Chapter of BIG. In 2009, Karen joined the EPA and has since been a member. While serving a second term as Treasurer, she also serves as the Regional Representative for the Chapter. She is both an Analyst and Funds Control Officer in the Office of Water.
Karen initially joined EPA’s BIG to help contribute to the mission of the organization through her service on the programs and planning committee. Afterwards, she then served as the Recording Secretary from 2012-2014.
Karen is a member of the Mitchellville-Bowie Section of the National Council of Negro Women where she serves as the Financial Secretary. She enjoys spending free time with family and friends, and enjoys bowling and traveling.
Garner support of EPA Management inclusive of Senior Officials by the building/rebuilding relationships through one-on-one meetings/discussions, invitations and participation in Chapter programs and activities.
Sponsor programs and activities for the membership that will benefit their development both professionally and personally while simultaneously furthering the mission of BIG and the Agency.
Build/facilitate effective partnerships and collaborations with other infinity groups (labor and non-labor) groups within EPA and EPA Chapters across the Agency and in the communities that we serve through outreach programs and potential sponsorships.
Retain, Recruit, and Engage. To retain the existing membership and to reclaim loss membership, recruit and engage members, through discussions, program activities (i.e., membership drives, programmatic and community outreach). Members whose ideas and talents are in alignment with the mission of both Blacks in Government (BIG) and EPA will create a win/win situation for both the individual, the membership and the agency as whole.
BIG PURPOSE: An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.
BIG VISION: Member focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.
BIG MISSION: Enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.
Miriam Wiggins-Lewis, Membership
Miriam serves as Chair of the Membership Committee. Miriam is a Gold Plus Life Member of BIG. She has been a member since 1989 and has held numerous other positions: Regional Representative, Assistant Treasurer, Vice President and President. She also enjoys serving as a delegate at the annual National Training Institute’s Delegates Assembly.
Miriam works in the Immediate Office in the Office of Water’s Management and Operations Staff as the Director of Organizational Support Services. She is responsible for the oversight of various program operations such as Quality Assurance, Field Operations Guidelines and Information Quality Guidelines for Water, FOIA coordination, COOP coordination; budget formulation; as well as manage the Records Management program.
Sharon Clark, Correspondence Secretary
Sharon serves as Correspondence Secretary. She has been an active member of Blacks In Government (BIG) since the early 2000’s, and became a Life Member in 2011. Sharon previously served as the Chapter’s Secretary from 2015-2017. Since 2012, she’s served as Chapter Delegate at the BIG Delegate Assembly representing of Region XI.
Kennetta Calloway, Correspondence Secretary and Regional Representative
Kennetta serves as the Corresponding Secretary of the EPA William D. Barber Jr. Chapter of BIG. She works in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs where she is the Budget Execution Team Leader overseeing and managing the office’s budget.
Ms. Calloway has been a BIG member for many years and an active supporter throughout her career. Ms. Calloway has held several leadership positions at EPA to include recently the Acting Branch Chief of the Financial Management and Planning Branch. She is also an active member at her church and enjoys working in the service of others.
LaShan L. Haynes, President
LaShan currently serves as President of the EPA William D. Barber Jr. Chapter of BIG. She has been a member of the organization since the mid-1990’s and is a Life/Gold Plus member of the Chapter. As a member of the Chapter, LaShan has held numerous positions. However, as President, has been able to engage other EPA Chapters, across the Agency to collaborate on developing the framework for the agency forum. As a result, and for the first time, the 2017 Agency forum was developed and hosted by five other BIG Chapters within EPA.
LaShan began her career at EPA, in the Office of General Counsel, as part of their Stay-In-School program, in August 1986. After a few years, she transitioned and became a secretary within that same office, and currently works in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery as a Program Analyst (IMS).
President LaShan believes that EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment is also inclusive of supporting equality, advocacy and upward mobility for ALL EPA’s employees and the communities they serve.
Vacant, Vice President
Tony Cheatham, Scholarship
Tony serves as Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Tony has been a member of the EPA William D. Barber Jr. Chapter of BIG since the early 1990’s. The scholarship committee was introduced and adopted by the chapter in 2004. The chapter has awarded 8 scholarships since its inception.
Tony also served as the President, Vice President and as the Chapter Delegate at the National Training Conference in prior years. Tony currently works for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the EPA.
Monica Lewis, Assistant Treasurer
Monica serves as Assitant Treasurer of the EPA William D. Barber Jr. Chapter of BIG.