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Ruby Belton-White, BS

Early Childhood Educator - New Haven City School District - New Haven, Connecticut

Director of Parent Involvement

Ruby Belton-White was born in Kershaw County, South Carolina, but raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She grew up during the height of the sixties, the Civil Rights Era, and the cry of Black Power. She honors the year 1965 because that is the year the official Voting Rights Act passed. This act allowed her parents to vote although their inability to read well had previously been used as a reason to stop them from voting.

Ms. Belton-White became a single parent at the age of twenty-one, giving birth to her son, Ashante Lemuel Warner. She credits the love and sacrifice of her now deceased mother, Elizabeth Kibler Belton, with her ability to complete college.  In 1977, Ms Belton-White graduated from Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven, Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. 

Years later, Ms. Belton-White, who has remained unmarried, returned to school “with the help and love of God” and in 2010 earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut.  Currently, she is employed by the New Haven City School District.

In reference to the Sensible Women Initiative, Ms. Belton-White made the following statements: 
"I’m honored to lend my talent to help this project lean forward.  The Sensible Women’s Initiative will engage, enrich, and empower girls growing into womanhood; it’ll support their greatness for this nation."

What happens to a dream


Does it dry up

Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over--

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

 ~ Langston Hughes ~

Intelligence plus character -

that is the goal

of true education.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~


With doubt and dismay

you are smitten

You think there's no chance

for you, (daughter) son?

Why, the best books

haven't been written

The best race hasn't been run,

The best score

hasn't been made yet,

The best song hasn't been sung,

The best tune

hasn't been played yet,

Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance?

Why the world is just eager

For things that you ought to create

Its store of true wealth is still meagre

Its needs are incessant and great,

It yearns for more power and beauty

More laughter and love and romance,

More loyalty, labor and duty,

No chance--

why there's nothing but chance!

For the best verse

hasn't been rhymed yet,

The best house hasn't been planned,

The highest peak

hasn't been climbed yet,

The mightiest rivers aren't spanned,

Don't worry and fret, faint hearted,

The chances have just begun,

For the Best jobs haven't been started,

The Best work hasn't been done.

~ Berton Braley ~


Courage isn't a brilliant dash,

A daring deed in a moment's flash;

It isn't an instantaneous thing

Born of despair with a sudden spring

~ Edgar Guest ~

Be the best that you can be

Pursue your goals persistently

Make your fondest dreams come true

and most of all believe in you

- Author Unknown -

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches on the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops - at all

~ Emily Dickinson ~

My mission in life is not merely

to survive, but to thrive;

and to do so with some passion,

some compassion, some humor,

and some style.

~ Maya Angelou ~

​I used to want the words

"She Tried" on my tombstone.

Now I want "She Did It." 

~ Katherine Dunham ~

The question is not whether

we can afford to invest
in every child; it is whether

we can afford not to. 

~ Marian Wright
Edelman ~

Never underestimate the

power of dreams

and the influence

of the human spirit.

We are all the same

in this notion:
The potential for greatness

lives within each of us.
~ Wilma Rudolph ~

Whatever we believe

about ourselves

and our ability

comes true for us. 

~ Susan L. Taylor ~

Never be limited by

other people's limited


~ Dr. Mae Jemison ~


Success is to be measured

not so much by the position

that one has reached in life

as by the obstacles which

he (she)

has overcome

while trying to succeed.

~ Booker T. Washington ~

Hold fast to dreams,

for if dreams die,

life is a broken winged bird

that cannot fly.

~ Langston Hughes ~

Education is the passport

to the future, for tomorrow

belongs to those

who prepare for it today.

~ Malcolm X ~

The time is always right

to do what is right.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King ~

No one can make you feel


without your consent.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

The most common way

people give up their power

is by thinking

they don’t have any.

~ Alice Walker ~

Keep your face

to the sunshine and you

can never see the shadow.

~ Helen Keller ~

Don’t count the days,

make the days count.

~ Muhammad Ali ~

One of the lessons that I

grew up with was

to always stay true

to yourself and never let

what somebody else says

distract you from your goals.

~ Michelle Obama ~

Maureen D. Campbell, AA, BS

Marketing & Sales Senior T. S. Specialist - UIL Holding Corporation; Orange, CT - ​New Haven, Connecticut

1st Vice President

Presently and professionally, Maureen D. Campbell is employed as a Senior Technical Support Specialist in the Marketing and Sales Division at UIL Holding Corporation in Orange, Connecticut. In addition, she has been a licensed Insurance Producer since 1991 and a licensed registered representative since 1995. She successfully completed and received a certificate in the Fundamentals of Marketing in 2006 from the American Management Association and also a certificate in Strategic Marketing Advanced Course in 2007 from the American Management Association.

Maureen served as a Board member for several years for the New Haven Preservation Trust. The NHPT is an organization that honors and preserves New Haven’s architectural heritage-historic buildings and neighborhoods – through advocacy, education, and collaboration. In addition, she was also an active Board member for Fair Haven Community Management Team, where she served as a secretary for several years. The Fair Haven Community Management Teams helps residents have a voice in neighborhood improvement and revitalization efforts and are an important link to the police and to other city and social service agencies. 

She served on the Board of Directors for The Fair Haven Community Health Center for six years. The Fair Haven Community Health Center is a not-for-profit primary health care organization that has been serving the greater Fair Haven Community since 1971. The Center provides comprehensive health care – from prenatal to pediatric, adolescent to adult, and geriatric. Maureen, who is also a patient, played a key role in being one of the neighborhood’s most vocal advocates for the residents in making their concerns known to the Board of Directors in order to address them.

Maureen holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Norwalk Community College. After dedicating her life to her family and encouraging and helping to support her husband and two adult children through college, she decided to return to college after thirty-two years to get her degree. She worked more than 40 hours per week, due to her perseverance and determination; and finally, in May 2014, Maureen graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.  She is also a new member of Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic Honor Society. 

She is the daughter of the late Lascelles A. Burke, Sr. and Gwendolyn Burke and has five siblings. Maureen is married to Earl Campbell and has a son, Earl Campbell, Jr.; a daughter, Leah Campbell; and a wonderful grandson, Blake Andrew Campbell.

Dr. Brittany O. Derenoncourt

User Researcher in the Health IT Industry
Tampa, Florida

Director of User Experience Research

Dr. Brittany O. Derenoncourt currently works as a User Researcher in the Health IT industry. Prior to working as a User Experience (UX) professional, she’s worked as a principal investigator, project manager, web designer, content editor, designed, and conducted diverse research projects.  Beyond research, she is heavily involved in the creative process as a writer, consultant, and designer.  She has served as a writing consultant and product tester to nonprofit organizers, faculty, professional students, startup companies, and entrepreneurs.  Excerpts of her written work have appeared in an anthology published by Bloomsbury, The Voice Magazine, and she has presented on her research and creative work throughout the United States as well as internationally.

Her interdisciplinary work draws on rigorous international training in the United States, Europe, and West Africa in social science, the fine arts, and digital science and technology.  She’s earned her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Florida, and joint Master’s in Digital Arts and Sciences from UF's Digital World Institute, co-founded by the Colleges of Fine Arts and Engineering.  She also holds a Master’s in Creative Writing and has received extensive training in fiction from the University of Cambridge, statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill ODUM Institute, and anthropometry sponsored by ISAK at Princeton University.

Dr. B credits her success to her Queen Mother, King Father, and humble Floribbean beginnings.  Born to a Jamaican father and African American-Bahamian mother, she recognized early on the importance of hard work, impeccable work ethic, collective responsibility, and drawing strength from her faith, African Diaspora history, and culture.  The sacrifices of so many on her behalf keeps her rooted and fuels her desire to always give forward.

Lakesha Fowler

Claims Resolution Analyst for Acosta Sales & Marketing - Charlotte, North Carolina
Graduate Student at DeVry, Keller Graduate School of Management

Director of Mentoring

Ms. Lakesha Fowler is a graduate of Saint Augustine's University, located in Raleigh, NC, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies in 2013. During college, she received several commendations and participated in several activities including, but not limited to, making the Dean’s List, NC State’s EXCITE Program Participant, Brain Muscle Participant, Focus on Children, Inc. Member, and Peace College Racial Discussion Participant. She served as a student representative for Judicial Affairs as well as president of the Modeling Troupe. Academically, she maintained a 3.3 GPA and received a 4.0 her last semester in undergrad.

Ms. Fowler is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Management via DeVry, Keller Graduate School of Management.  She expects to receive her graduate degree in January 2019. 

Since May 2017, Ms. Fowler has been an employee of Acosta Sales & Marketing as a Claims Resolution Analyst. Prior employment for her includes working in the Student Affairs Department at St. Augustine’s University, serving as a YMCA counselor and tutor, and working as teacher assistant for several NC Public Schools. 

Ms. Fowler has been a member of the Sensible Women Initiative since 2015, at which time she served as Assistant Chapter Coordinator for Towson University's Beta Chapter in Towson, MD.  Currently, she serves as SWI Director of Mentoring.  She prides herself in assisting young ladies ages 5-25 in making more sensible choices.  Mentorship, leadership, education, professionalism, and service are several key terms around which Ms. Fowler revolves her life. More importantly, she is a living testimony of the value of making better choices.

She has relocated to the Charlotte, NC area where she volunteers with the Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Saint Augustine’s University.  However, she still manages to find time to help with Girl Scout Troop 2311 in Washington, DC and SWI's Beta and Gamma Chapters at Towson University and Delaware State University, respectively. 

Ms. Fowler's goals are to aid in the development of SWI's Mentoring Curriculum as well as furthering her own entrepreneurial endeavors after graduate school.  More importantly, Ms. Fowler wants to maintain her sensibleness, always be mindful of her choices, and grow spiritually.  She is always willing to help and be an avid listener.

She is inspired by a quote from Marian Anderson which states: " If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there is no end to the number of things you can accomplish."