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Board Members

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Sam Bradley


Sam Bradley is the Founder/ CEO at Gospel Beat Ent. J. C. Williams Community CTR is a Western New England College graduate. The Pan African Historical Museum USA is located downtown in Springfield’s Tower Square and comprises three galleries. PAHMUSA’s former executive director, LuJuana Hood, was a great friend to Connecting Point and a passionate advocate for Black American history and culture in the Pioneer Valley. Hood passed away unexpectedly last spring, but her legacy lives on in the museum's work. Sam Bradley, who was mentored by and worked closely with Ms. Hood, stepped in and took over the reins. Under Sam’s leadership, community partnerships, programming, and attendance have quadrupled. Sam has been involved in PAHMUSA for over twenty years.

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Drew Keaton El

Drew Keaton El received his BA degree in Communications and Film Studies from St. Thomas Aquinas College. NY. a former Reentry Supervisor for the  Prisoner Reentry Initiative(PRI/DOC). in Massachusetts, Mr. Keaton El is the Founder, and Director of Brotherhood on the Move Inc., a non-profit organization serving the youth of greater New England that facilitates a mentoring program, Radio talk show host and writes for the Metro Record Newspaper. Drew brings a wealth of expertise to PAHMUSA. He heightens the upbeat mood at events by serving as a DJ. His community affiliations are broad and deep because he cares about Springfield. He has touched the lives of people of all ages.

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Renay Jihad

Renay Intisar Jihad, B.A. M.Ed., CAGS is a retired literacy coach and reading specialist. She owns and operates Essential Educational Service and Products and Intisar's Gourmet Desserts.

Writing for the Muslim Journal, AF-AM POV,,,  and fulfills her desire to give back to her community. At PAHMUSA, she writes grants, presents workshops, and helps with program planning and website maintenance. Renay was initially involved in Pahmusa and, upon retirement, began serving as a volunteer.

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