Rev. Rhonda Thomas is the First Lady of New Generation Missionary Baptist Church in Opa Locka, Florida. She is a 1977 graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School. She is spiritually employed at New Generation Missionary Baptist Church where she holds the position as the Coordinator of Ministries. Rhonda is the wife of Senior Pastor Ranzer A. Thomas, Sr., and the mother of two beautiful children, Roquonda Thomas and Ranzer A. Thomas, Jr.
Rhonda received her license to preach the Gospel on April 20, 2000. She was also ordained June 19, 2006. Reverend Thomas has been blessed to teach and preach throughout the State of Florida, Georgia, and the Bahamas. She is an anointed teacher and preacher who has had the opportunity to be the facilitator for many women, youth, and marriage conferences. She serves and leads the following Ministries: Women’s Ministry, Sunday School Teacher, Minister’s Ministry, Social Justice Coordinator, Minister’s Wives Ministry, as well as the Marriage Ministry.
Rev. Rhonda Thomas is very active as a servant/community organizer in our communities, and a Woman of God who has the heart to transform a community. She fought hard in the 2012 election as she equipped the community with knowledge on Voting NO on Amendment 3. She continues to fight for Rights to Restoration, as well as leading community rallies in Stop the Gun Violence. Rev. Thomas has such a heart for social and economic Justice. She was also a part of the campaign fighting for better wages for University of Miami Food Service Workers.
Genesis Garcia serves as the Operations Director for Faith in Florida. She joined the Faith in Florida staff in September 2015, following her employment with the Notre Dame AmeriCorps as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Faith in Florida. As the Faith in Florida Operations Director, Genesis is working to implement and improve the organization’s administrative systems, policies, and procedures. She is also a Data Professional, managing the CE data behind such successful c3 GOTV campaigns including the education around Florida's Amendment 4 and Hillsborough County's State Attorney. Genesis is originally from Miami, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Central Florida. In her spare time, Genesis enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Simon.
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Nanci J. Palacios Godinez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the United States at the age of six and has not been able to return to Mexico because she is an undocumented immigrant. She has been organizing for about four years to pass a permanent solution to the immigration problems that exist in the United States.
In 2011, she co-founded United We Dream: Tampa Bay, a youth group that helps undocumented youth find educational opportunities in Florida. It also allows for youth to become involved in creating change in their community.
She participated in the campaign to get Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and in-state tuition passed. As of March 2013, she has been working as an organizer with PICO United Florida, now Faith in Florida. She has focused on organizing the faith community to pass immigration reform and other local immigration campaigns.
Rae Anthony St. Michael Whitely Sr. was born on a dairy farm in Jamaica to Hazelton and Iona Whitely. In the early 1980s, Rae’s family migrated to America and settled in West Palm Beach. After graduating from Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, FL, Rae attended Palm Beach Community College and later Tallahassee Community College but returned to Boynton Beach to contribute to the family’s expenses and the education of his siblings.
Rae's community and congregational work are some of the following;
Palm Beach County Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Board Member from 2017- 2018. President and CEO of Boynton United 2 Bury the Violence,
Founder of the Children’s Oasis International Inc, Ordained Minister at Healing Hand Ministries serving as a. Sunday School teacher. Served as a spokesperson for the Boynton Beach Coalition of Clergy, Palm Beach County Clergy Alliance Member, President of Black Votes Matter, Member of the Boynton Beach MLK Committee, Member of the Boynton Beach Team of Hope, Co-Chairperson for the "Justice for Corey " campaign, Chairperson of the UNIFY Criminal Justice Committee. Serves as Chair for the Palm Beach Federation of Clergy. Served on various Religious Advisory Boards over the years and worked collaboratively with Community Agencies to bring about positive change in the lives of people.
Rae’s mission is one that is simply identifiable, and ordained by God: Be a “kingdom influence” wherever The Lord leads. Rae’s infectious positive energy and humility have enabled him to soar from a dairy farm in Jamaica to a platform that continues to inspire everyone he meets.
Alisia Harriel is a Congregational Organizer with Faith in Florida, in the Treasure Coast. She has worked with grass-roots and non-profit organizations for about 10 years. Alisia started her activism and advocacy work as a college student at Florida A&M University. During this time, she worked as the Florida State Coordinator for Black Youth Vote! (BYV!). In 2018 Alisia worked as a Field Organizer and Trainer for the For Our Future Fund, helping to restore the votes of over 1.4 million returning citizens. Alisia has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.