Board of Directors
Dr. Bowa Tucker| Founding Board Member
Dr. Bowa George Tucker immigrated to the United States from Sierra Leone and has many years of experience working with refugees and other vulnerable populations. He is currently a Regional Consultant for the Division of Refugee Assistance in the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity he works in the Western Region of the United States to ensure the best outcomes for attaining self-sufficiency for refugees, newcomers with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), and asylees in California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada. Prior to his current position, Dr. Tucker was employed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell for over a decade in various capacities. From 2012 to 2014 he was a Senior Research Associate in Service-learning at the Francis College of Engineering and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Political Science. From 2000 to 2012 he worked at the Center for Family, Work and Community as Project Director of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP), a college access program for low-income and first-generation immigrant and refugee students and families. Prior to his work at the University, he was employed by the City of Lowell first as a Community Organizer for the Enterprise Community Project and played a pivotal role building leadership capacity within the immigrant and refugee communities. He successfully recruited immigrants and refugees to serve on a community governance board to promote sustainable community development projects, civic engagement, and cultural integration for new arrivals. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director of Neighborhood Services and was one of the delegates to represent the City of Lowell at the All-America City competition given by the National Civic League when the city was designated an All- America City in 1999.
Over the years, he has served in several capacities on local boards including President of Africa America Alliance (AAA). During his tenure, AAA collaborated with the University of Massachusetts Lowell to designate a public space along the waterfront (The Nelson Mandela Overlook) as a tribute to Nelson Mandela for his contribution toward peace and racial reconciliation; President of the Organization of Sierra Leonean-Americans in Lowell; and board member for the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership, the African Cultural Association, and the Cambodian-American League of Lowell. He received an Ed.D. from the College of Education and Human Development at University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2010, an MS in International Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University in 1995 and a BA in Political Science from West Chester University in 1984. In addition, he completed 12 credit hours of graduate courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
In 2007 he received a Local Hero Award for Distinguished Service in Greater Lowell from Community Teamwork, Inc.
Zoe Arthur | President
Zoe Arthur is an entrepreneur and founder of Rosebud Staffing Agency Inc. She received her training from Paramount Healthcare Staffing Agency where she was an Operations manager and later Administrator for the company. Prior to this, she held an array of leadership and support roles at Comcast Corp. She is active in her community within both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She holds a Paralegal Certificate from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst. Outside of work, Zoe is a board member of the African Cultural Association of Lowell; A board member on the Merrimack Valley Project; serves as Chair of the City of Lowell Elections Commission; and is the current President of the Africa American Alliance. Zoe’s number one priority is being the mother of two beautiful girls named Georgia and Chloe-Elizabeth, both of whom are in high school. On the weekends, if Zoe and her family are not participating in an AAU basketball tournaments or any other sporting events, they are passionately giving back to the community by way of volunteering or fundraising for an assortment of community events. One of Zoe’s favorite quote to live by is “Be fearlessly authentic.” – Anonymous
Ernest Nwachan | Vice President
Ernest Nwachan has been an attorney in Cameroon since 2003 and a resident of the United States for over nine years. He has served as
part of the United Nations Technical Advisory Team, twice in Sierra Leone with UNIOSIL / UNDP, Afghanistan with the UNDP ELECT
project and Sudan with the United Nations Integrated Mission Training Center (IMTC).
In 2013, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Master Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. In 2015, he graduated from Northeastern University School of Law with a Master Degree (LL.M) where he was Commencement Speaker of his graduating class. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Law and Policy (DLP) from Northeastern university. He is a certified mediator. Ernest has held many leadership positions including serving as Director of the Organization for the Protection of Human Rights and Sustainable Development in Cameroon.
Ernest is a founding board member of the Africa America Alliance (AAA), and currently serves as the Organization’s Vice president. He is very passionate about his family as well as access to justice and human rights causes. He is a mentor, public speaker and remains very active within the African community.
Michael Dzineku | Treasurer
Michael Dzineku is a Business Developer with over ten years of experience. He is the founder of Paramount Ladder Advisory, a business consulting firm and Paramount Care, Inc, a not-for-profit organization that caters to individuals with special needs. He holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his passion lies in empower the less fortunate in the community.
Michael is currently involved in social works, helping seniors and individuals with special needs live a more dignified life.
Kevin Jones - Co-Treasurer
Kevin Jones was born in Washington, D.C. Kevin has a military upbringing and has dedicated his life to helping others. Kevin was previously employed with the Department of Corrections for six years. For the last twenty-five years, Kevin has dedicated his life to the Lowell Fire Department as a full-time Firefighter. Kevin is also a Social Activist and is very involved in the Opioid Crisis, recovery services, and serves the Lowell community as a Recovery Coach. In addition, Kevin is a successful entrepreneur. Kevin is the drummer in a band called “Lura Smith and Friends”.
Nadja Peace - Secretary
Nadja Peace is proud to say that she is African-American and Cape Verdean. She graduated from Northeastern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics. She subsequently graduated from Western New England College and obtained a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Nadja also graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law, where she obtained a Juris Doctor degree. She is also the proud recipient of the Bob Mitchell Community Service Award. For the last twenty years, Nadja has served the City of Lowell as a Police Officer. She strives to advocate for those who cannot help themselves and to educate people who do not know their rights. Nadja is also a proud, single parent of two beautiful children who have taught her the meaning of unconditional love and forgiveness. Nadja’s favorite quote is “ Procrastination never produces purpose!”- TD Jake
Roger Muyanja - Board Member
Rogers currently works as the Community Relations Manager at the International Institute of New England in Lowell. Previously, he worked as the Employers Relations Developer at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, in Providence RI. In October 2009, Rogers migrated to the United States through the Diversity Green-Card Rotary program. He had an Associate’s degree from Middlesex Community College, a Bachelors’ and Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is passionate about social justice issues, and volunteers with different community groups such as, the Lowell High School Honors’ Night, New American Center, Middlesex Community College Alumni Board, Middlesex Community College’s Humanities Center and others.
David Choate - Board Member
David Choate born in Lowell Mass, employed by the City of Lowell Parks Department where he served on the executive board of local 1705 for six years. He is the former wrestling coach for the Rogers Jr high school, former head coach of Dracut Pop Warner, former girls’ basketball coach of Dracut Recreation basketball; former Dracut wrestling coach and former head coach for Acre youth basketball. He has received a citation from the Massachusetts State Department for Community Service. He is the recipient of the Bob Mitchell Community Service Award. He is the chairman of the African American Outing Committee and Event coordinator. He is a graphic art designer and artist. He was brought up in the New England Pentecostal (NEP) church. He has 4 children and is the son of the late Jules and Lucille Choate who showed by example how to love family and community. He lives by the motto “Family First”!