CCF Board of Directors
Shawn Martél Moore, Esq. serves as the Executive Director of the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission. Ms. Moore service with the Commission began August 1999, with an enforcement agency charged with investigating employment, education, housing, credit, and public accommodation discrimination complaints. She also serves on countywide projects such as: workforce diversity inclusion initiatives, equal employment opportunity programs, contract compliance programs, and emergency management planning. Ms. Moore recently received the “20 Most Outstanding Women’s Award” in Tompkins County. Over the past 20+ years she worked with various interest groups on a plethora of issues ranging from venues in appeals court, federal court, supreme court, and administrative hearings involving: religious discrimination in New York State’s prison system, race relations, public accommodation including laws advocating for service animals, inequitable practices for students and district employees in the New York Board of Education system, employment discrimination, disability accommodations, gender inequality, inadequate housing, youth citizenship programs, and continue to provide assistance to community members and their families with issues regarding civil rights issues.
Ms. Moore is a veteran of the United States Navy and Reserves and served for 23 plus years. Notable Assignments: Equal Opportunity/Legal Affairs Officer (9 years), Officer-in-Charge of New Recruits, assigned to London, Italy and Spain Staff Judge Advocate’s office criminal and claims divisions, provided pro bono legal services in family law and estate planning for Desert Storm Reservist. Ms. Moore formerly worked as a Deputy Court Clerk in the San Diego, California Court System (Criminal Division), and served as a volunteer in the San Diego Adult Probation Department.
She earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University, magna cum laude, (1992) and Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law (1997) and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Upon graduation from law school, she earned a certification in Family Law and Social Policy, and was awarded the New York State IOLA Social Justice Fellowship for the Public Interest Law Firm Clinic at Syracuse Law School (1997-1999).
Professional Associations: First Vice-President, and formerly Atlantic Regional Representative, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies; Vice-President, Tompkins County Human Services Coalition; President, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; Vice-Chair, Tompkins County Workforce, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Co-Chair, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Education Committee; member of Finger Lakes Women’s Bar, American Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association.
1st Vice President Office Vacant
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Jean Kelleher Niebauer has been Director of the City of Alexandria’s Office of Human Rights since May 2000. Before that, she was a Managing Attorney at Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the region’s legal aid program. Ms. Niebauer graduated from Connecticut College, did post-graduate work at Georgetown, and received her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. She has been a litigator and an administrator of pro bono, lawyer referral and children’s law programs.
In 2007 she became a Certified Public Manager through the George Washington University/COG (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments) Institute for Excellence in Public Leadership. She serves on the City Manager’s Management Team and on the City Council’s Legislative Committee.
She is a past President of the Alexandria Bar Association, served on the board of directors of the Bar Foundation, and now represents Alexandria on the Virginia State Bar Council. In June 2011 she was elected to the Executive Committee of the Virginia State Bar.
Ms. Niebauer is passionate about children (and has 5!); she is active in the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (Co-Chaired the 2011 Gala) and the “Beat the Odds” scholarship program, and serves on the Virginia Bar Association Commission on the Legal Needs of Children.
She was selected to serve on the Professionalism faculty of the Virginia State Bar, now serves as an instructor/mentor in the City of Alexandria’s Leadership and Management Institute (LMI), and teaches at COG (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments).
Paula Haley has been the Executive Director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights (ASCHR) since 1988.
The ASCHR enforces Alaska’s Human Rights Law which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit and finance and government services. Prior to her work with the ASCHR, Paula was a staff attorney for the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission. She began her career in civil rights over 30 years ago in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Since 1992, Paula has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) and is currently the Association’s Secretary.
A graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law, Paula is admitted to the Alaska Bar Association.
Onnie L. Douglas is Executive Director of the South Bend Human Rights Commission, South Bend, Indiana. He has received numerous awards from civil and human rights organizations for his contributions in the field of human relations.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Leon W. Russell currently serves as the Director of the Office of Human Rights for Pinellas County Government, Clearwater, Florida. He has held this post since January of 1977. In this position Mr. Russell is responsible for implementing the county's Affirmative Action and Human Rights Ordinances.
The Affirmative Action Ordinance provides for the development of a racially and sexually diverse workforce that reflects the general make up of the local civilian labor force. This includes the implementation of the county's Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. Programs involved in the implementation of this ordinance cover 6,800 employees in all the departments under the County Administrator and the five Constitutional Officers.
The Pinellas County Human Rights Ordinance provides protection from illegal discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations for the county's 923,000 residents. This ordinance has been deemed "substantially equivalent" to Title VIII of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Over five hundred formal complaints of discrimination are filed under the ordinance annually.
Mr. Russell served as the President of the Florida State Conference of Branches of the NAACP from January 1996 until January 2000, after serving for fifteen years as the First Vice President. He also serves as a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP, having been first elected in 1990. He has served that board as the assistant secretary and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Board. He is a member of the International City Management Association; a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies; Chair of the Minority issues Advisory Council of the Children’s Campaign of Florida; past President of the Alternative Human Services Board of Directors; volunteer for the United Way of Pinellas County; past Board Member of the Pinellas Opportunity Council, past President and Board Member of the National Association of Human Rights Workers; and as past President of the Florida Association Of Community Relations Professionals.
In April of 1999, Mr. Russell became the Chairman of Floridians Representing Equity and Equality. FREE was established as a statewide coalition to oppose the Florida Civil Rights Initiative, an anti-Affirmative Action proposal authored by Ward Connerly. Ultimately, the initiative failed to get on the Florida Ballot, because of the strong legal challenge spearheaded by FREE. Mr. Russell has received numerous civic awards and citations.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE AND REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
Raphael A. Maharaj, Board Member At-Large
Rue Landau- Boling, Board Member -At- Large
Robin S. Toma, Board Member At-Large
Estrus Tucker, Board Member-At-Large
James Stowe - Atlantic Region Representative
Bobbie Wanzo- Mid-West Regional Representative
Julie Nelson - Western Regional Representative
Beverly Watts, Southern Regional Represntative
Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall - Canadian Representative