Board of Directors
Shelley Brayton, Secretary
Ms. Brayton is professional in the Insurance and Benefit Services Industry. She serves as the Treasurer for her Condominium Association
Jean Carter, Treasurer
Ms. Carter is a long time community advocate and has been particularly focused on young people. She has served as a mentor with the Norwalk Public School System for the past nine years and has been responsible for youth and young adult education and programming at the Calvary Baptist Church. She is the current leader of the Young Adult Ministry (YAMS) and also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Diaconate. Additionally, she has served two terms as Treasurer of the Norwalk Branch NAACP and been a member of the Executive Committee for many years.
Professionally, she is an accounting professional and the Owner and Founder of Rome Personal & Business Services. She earned an AS Accounting from Norwalk Community College and serves as a Director in multi capacities of the Cendant Corporation (Formerly PHH Corporation)
Ms. Gilzene is a Human Resources professional who enjoys training & development and performance management, and who provides leadership to help employees unlock their potential through professional development and performance management. Successful at training and coaching employees at various levels to achieve personal and organizational goals, her key strengths include coaching, training and facilitation. She has been recognized as a situational leader who contributes and leads by utilizing personal expertise and knowledge for problem-solving.
Anya is always strategic in her long term vision of any capability and human resource development project or initiative.
She is equally adept as an administrator as well as event organizer, and is quite methodical and steadfast in getting the outcome she envisioned. She always begins with the end in mind.
She earned a BSc degree in Human Resource Management from University College of the Caribbean.
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Ingraham, CEO
"For I am not Ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth… (Romans 1:16)". These words originally spoken by the Apostle Paul, aptly fit the testimony of the Reverend Dr. Jeffrey A. Ingraham.
Having been born and reared on the island of Nassau, Bahamas, Rev. Dr. Ingraham fondly recalls the influence of the youth of his home church, the St. James Baptist Church, on his life resulting in his commitment to follow Christ. Since that time he has been active in the life of the Church. While still a youth he frequently served as a delegate of his Church at various national and international church conferences, as well as evangelistic crusades.
The loving nurture of the Church provided the impetus for Rev. Dr. Ingraham to respond to his call to the Christian Ministry. In the fall of 1974 he began studies at the Florida Memorial College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978. Also in the fall of that year he enrolled as a student at the Yale University Divinity School, receiving the Master of Divinity
degree in 1981. Rev. Dr. Ingraham also earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University, New York City in the fall of 1994 and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT., 2001. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "After The Jubilee: What Then? Charting A Course For A More Focused And Intentional Ministry In The Calvary Baptist Church Through The Establishment And Implementation Of A Mission Statement."
Rev. Dr. Ingraham has been blessed to have served with several churches in the state; Immanuel Baptist Church, New Haven, East End Tabernacle Baptist Church of Bridgeport, and Shiloh Baptist Church, Bridgeport, where he served as Minister of Outreach and Assistant Pastor.
He served as an instructor at the Connecticut School of Christian Religion, Bridgeport, CT. for over a decade, beginning in the mid '80s. At present he is the Director of the Seminary Extension Center (Norwalk), in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention.
On the first Sunday of January, 1989, Rev. Dr. Ingraham came to the Calvary Baptist Church in response to their call to serve as Interim Pastor. At the good will and pleasure of the Church, he was voted to the office of pastor in October of that same year and formally installed in February, 1990.
Rev. Dr. Ingraham is active in the life of the Norwalk Community. He has served on a number of boards and commissions. Presently he is a Commissioner of the Norwalk Housing Authority. He has served as President of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Norwalk and Vicinity, President of the Norwalk Clergy Association and Moderator of the Fairfield
Association of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut. Nationally he has served his denomination, the American Baptist Churches USA, as a Board member and a Board Manager of the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board. He is a contributor to the publication A New Thing: Reflections on Transformation and Change (National Ministries, ABCUSA; 2004).
Currently he is the First Vice-President of the Norwalk Branch of the NAACP. Fraternally, Rev. Dr. Ingraham is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Professionally he has worked in the housing management industry as an Accredited Residential Manager, conferred by the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Dr. Ingraham's community service has been recognized by a number of local organizations. These include the 2004 LEADERSHIP Award presented by the Norwalk Branch of the NAACP; the 2006 George Washington Carver Youth Development Program Leadership award; and, the N.E.O.N. Community Action Award, 2006
For recreation he enjoys sports, traveling and reading. As part of his ministry beyond his congregation, he enjoys writing newspaper articles extolling the virtues of Christianity.
On August 13, 1988, Rev. Dr. Ingraham was joined in holy matrimony to the former Cynthia Ruth Grant. From this union was born two daughters, Kristan Joi (married to Jordan Thomas), and Bethany Faith
Joseph E. Mann, Chairman
The greatness of a community is a direct reflection of the character of its people. People who see beyond their own lives and give of their time, resources and hearts to make their neighborhoods and towns better places for everyone. Joe Mann is one of those people.
Joseph E. Mann has been a resident of Norwalk since the age of three and truly believes, as Martin Luther King, Jr. did, that “Our world is a neighborhood… We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” It is obvious through his active and sustained involvement in the community that he has set out to do his part in making Norwalk a better place for its residents.
Joe attended Norwalk Public Schools, Bethune –Cookman College and Hartford Seminary, graduating from its Black Ministries Program. He is a former State Representative (2003 – 2007) and former four-terrm member of the Norwalk Common Council, where he served as its President for the 2001-2002 term. He formerly served as the President & CEO of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. and is currently the Principal of CLM Solutions: A Management and Communications Consulting Firm.
In addition to CCDC, Joe currently serves on the Norwalk Community Health Center Board of Directors as Vice Chair, as Treasurer for the Norwalk Branch NAACP and as Vice Basileus for the Alpha Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, the Norwalk YMCA Trustees, the Norwalk Hospital and as a member of the Norwalk Housing Partnership, He has been active and engaged in the community as Chairman of the District B Democratic Committee, Vice Chair of the Norwalk Democratic Town & City Committee, the Weed & Seed Steering Committee, Commissioner & Vice Chair of the Second Taxing District Electric Commission, as a member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Race Relations and in many other capacities. Joe also served as Vice Chair of the Connecticut Association for Community Action and as President of the New England Community Action Partnership.
For his community participation and leadership, Joe has been featured in the HOUR campaign highlighting community leaders and has received numerous awards and recognition, including; designation on two ocassions as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut, the Norwalk NAACP J.P. Ball Memorial Award for Leadership, the Quinnipiac College School of Law Thurgood Marshal Award for Community Service, Norwalk PLTI Community Leadership Award, Carver YDP Man of the Year and Legislative Community Advocate of the Year by the Connecticut Community Providers Association.
Joe has been equally active in his church life, currently serving as a Trustee, and previously serving as a Sunday School Teacher, supervising the youth ushers, delivering a variety of inspirational messages and as an Ordained Deacon. He is currently a Trustee.
Joe is married to Shirley and is the father of two sons and a daughter; Chrystal Lynne, who passed away on February 19th 2007 at age 22. Even in the aftermath of “the most difficult thing I’ve ever experienced, I am yet committed to lifting up my community and my neighbors. Chrystal was proud of what I do and I will forever honor her memory with the effort of changing the lives of others for the better.
My faith compels me to first love God with all my heart and soul and then to love my neighbors as I love myself. I try to live that every day of my life.
Tamara Shockley joined the CCDC Board in 2015. She has worked with the United Nations and UNICEF as an Administrative Attorney.
Tamara specializes in UN international administrative law and litigation. She previously worked at a law firm in Nashville, Tennesse.
She has published a number of articles in international administrative law.
She is active in the American Society of International Law (ASIL) as Co-Chair of the Minorities in International Law Interest Group. She has
been an advocate for mentorship programs for ethnic and racial minorities in the field of international law. She is also the Co-Chair
of the ASIL International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group.
Tamara is also an advocate for young African-American boys who are misdiagnosed with ADHD. She has written articles and worked with
non-profit groups in this area and has been a support system for mothers whose young African-American boys have been misdiagnosed with ADHD.
Tamara earned her J.D. Degree from Vanderbilty University in Nashville.and a Masters from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law
and Diplomacy in Boston. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with her son, an aspiring NBA player.
Reggie Stokes, Vice Chair
Mr. Stokes is a 17 year educator in the Norwalk Public School System.