AAAA Board Members

Simmons University African American Alumnae Association

President – Chanelle Peters '04
Chanelle received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Hartford in 2012 after graduating from Simmons University. Chanelle recently joined the faculty at The Langley School, in McLean, VA as an assistant teacher in Junior Kindergarten. Her professional interests include diversity education, literacy, and curriculum development. At the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s 2012 annual conference, Chanelle presented research on the life histories of women veteran teachers of color. In April 2013, she served as Co-Chair of the Simmons Black Alumnae/i Symposium.
Vice President – Kenyora Johnson ’10
As the Boston Senior Operations Manager, Kenyora is in her fifth year at Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG), a nationally recognized mentoring program for pre-adolescent elementary school-aged girls. She also is a part-time sales associate at Eileen Fisher in the Copley Mall. To continue to advance towards her purpose in life, she is honing in on her inner strengths and skills as a student participating in The Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership (INML). Kenyora is also participating in the Community-Based Participatory Research Academy (CBPR) through The Urban Research Center located in Michigan. Within the CBPR Academy, she is teaming up with Madina Agenor, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University's TH Chan School of Public Health, to understand the mental health experiences and needs of girls within SWSG and their psychological and social determinants. As a public health major at Simmons, Kenyora served as the President of the Black Student Organization in 2008-2010. She also served as the coordinator for the Education Sparks Science program of the Scott/Ross Community Center, and vice president and co-founder of the Honors Liaison. Kenyora also received her Masters of Social Work at Boston University. Currently, she is an active member of the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Director of Communications – Jai-Me Potter Rutledge ’10
Jai-Me earning a Master's of Health Care Administration and Management (MHA) at Salve Regina University in the summer of 2012 after graduating from Simmons University. Jai-Me has become rededicated to the communities she once was so heavily involved in. Jai-Me is always looking for ways to be involved and give back to a community that was so good to her. Jai-Me wed in August of 2012 to her high school sweetheart and welcomed her first child into the world in March of 2013. Jai-me currently resides in Rhode Island and works full-time as the Data and Training Manager at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Director of Finance and Development – Kimberly Gordon '08

Director of Student Outreach – Sandy Fonesca-Lopes '15
Sandy recently graduated from Simmons in May of 2015. While at Simmons, Sandy majored in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Spanish and Nutrition. She was involved in many leadership roles including serving as the President of the Black Student Organization and Student Government Association Representative for the Simmons Speaks Poetry Slam Team.  She currently resides in Dorchester, MA and is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Boston Medical Center. Sandy is currently working on starting up her own non-profit targeted towards young women of color in Boston high schools. She will be applying to Physician Assistant graduate programs in the following year with a focus in Pediatrics.
Director of Nominations – Position Vacant
Secretary – Shelly Saturne ’11
Shelly is currently working as a remote Product Support Specialist for an engineering consulting firm while exploring new interests and goals from her new home on the beautiful island of Hawai’i. Prior to her current role and her relocation from Boston to Hawaii, Shelly worked as Business Analyst for Partners Healthcare, a Business Quality Assurance Analyst for Metlife, and a Business Process Support Specialist for Premier Research. Before kick-starting her career in the technology industry, Shelly attended Simmons University. While at Simmons she doubled majored in mathematics and computer science, and graduated with the class 2010. Outside of the workforce, Shelly devoted a large portion of her time tutoring students at a local Boston high school through the partnership of Boston Partners. At this time, Shelly is applying to schools to continue her growth and development as a full-time software developer.