Board Of Directors
The Green & Gold Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who lend their time and talents to the management of the B Street Community Service Center and the Center's programs and services.
Bishhop Roscoe William III
Terrye Howell was born in Daytona Beach, and moved to Lake Wales in 1964. She is a 1976 graduate of Lake Wales Senior High School. Ms. Howell received an AA degree in Sociology from Polk Community College, a BA degree in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman College, and a Master of Education degree from National-Louis University. She is a third grade teacher at Spook Hill Elementary. Since May 2005, Ms. Howell also has served as an elected City Commissioner for the City of Lake Wales. She is the City’s appointed representative on the Charter Schools’ Board of Trustees.
Clinton Horne is a graduate of Roosevelt High School, and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He has a Master's degree in College Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and also attended New York University Law School in New York City. Mr. Horne is the former business manager for Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas and former Business Manager for New York University in New York City, as well as being a retired executive for Texaco, Inc. Mr. Horne has served on the boards of the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Lake Wales, NAACP, Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc., Lake Wales Charter Schools, Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation, Unity in Community, Green & Gold Foundation, Roosevelt Recreation & Social Club, American Management Association, Ruth Williams Dance Foundation, Harlem Uptown Chamber of Commerce, USA & Regional Oil Spill Council, Environmental Health & Safety Council, etc. He is the recipient of many awards including Leadership Award (first-2005), Citizenship Award (2006), Outstanding Alumni Award (1985), National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education-Presidential Citation (1995), National Association of Business Officers Award (1968) and other related recognitions. Mr. Horne founded a Business Consulting firm in New York dealing with Bankruptcies, Estates, Business Incorporations, Taxes, Business Formations, City and Municipal Matters and other business and accounting issues. He was also one of three founders of the first Conversion Charter Schools Systems in the country and served for six (6) years as the Vice Chairman of the Board. He was named the 2006 Citizen of the Year, and in November of 2013, Mr. Horne was honored with the Pioneer of the Year Award from the Historic Lake Wales Society.
Albert Hawkins, Jr.
Al Hawkins is a native of Lake Wales, FL, and a graduate of Roosevelt High School, class of 1956. He later attended Allen University in Columbia, S.C. on a basketball scholarship. In May 1960, Al graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. While attending Allen University, Al was very active in various campus activities: varsity basketball team, band, Alpha Fraternity, debating team, and intramural softball. In 1962, he attended FAMU taking courses for certification in Elementary Education (K-8 grades). In 1964, after teaching in Florida for two years, he moved to Elizabeth, N.J. and worked professionally in the Elizabeth School District for 35 years. He retired in June 2000, after serving as principal for 23 years. During his early years of teaching in the Elizabeth School District, he attended graduate school. He Matriculated at Kean University, Union, N.J. and earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Leadership and Administration. After earning a Master’s Degree, he continued attending graduate school at several colleges and accumulated 32 credits towards a PhD degree. Involvement in the community- one of the pioneers and active participants in the Green and Gold Foundation, Inc.(10 yrs), volunteer in the development of the Lake Wales Charter Schools Systems, NAACP, Allen AME Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Mentoring Program for young males just to name a few.
Jerome Mack is the retired principal of Janie Howard Wilson Elementary School in Lake Wales. He received his masters at the University of Central Florida and his Certification of Administration from the University of South Florida. He was a teacher at Roosevelt High School and Lake Wales High School, assistant principal at Auburndale Middle School and Lake Wales High School before becoming principal of Janie Howard Wilson Elementary School.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Narvell Peterson is married to Mrs. Helen Henry-Peterson and they have three daughters Narresha, Latoya, and Helecia. Mr. Narvell is the proud grandparent to Naquavius, Trinity, and Namya. Mr. Narvell retired from Polk County Sheriff Department and now works there again part time. He graduated from Lake Wales High School and from Polk Community College. Church affiliation is Greater Works Ministries in Winter Haven, FL. His community presidency affiliations include Martin Luther King Committee, MADD DADS, Lake Wales Kiwanis, Vice- President of Florida Association of Deputy Sheriff’s. He is also a board member for The Lake Wales Code Enforcement, Green and Gold Foundation, and Lake Wales Planning Committee.
Secretary, Vice-President of Programs
Janice Snell is a graduate of Lake Wales High School's class of 1971. Mrs. Snell attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida for (2) two years. Mrs. Snell also attended Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Florida and South Florida Community College in Avon Park, Florida. She attended Ridge Vo- Technical School in Hanes City, Florida; where she received a certificate in Citrus Testing, where she was employed with Coca Cola Inc, in Auburndale, Florida as an Agricultural Lab Inspector. Mrs. Snell was employed with Polk County School Board for 30 years as an Adjudicated Youth Assistant. Mrs. Snell is now retired and serves as a community resource person at the “B” Street Community Service Center and throughout Polk County. Mrs. Snell was Director for Head Start four (4) years through PCOC.
A native Lake Walean, Alice attended public schools in Lake Wales and graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1969. She is a graduate of Florida A& M University and has received her B.S. in Mathematics and National Louis University, MA. She is participating member of DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY. Alice currently teaches mathematics at McLaughlin Middle School and has been doing so for 28 years. She received a teacher of the Year award in 2010-2011. She served as Dept. Chair for many years; grade level chairman and is a graduate of the LEADERSHIP LAKE WALES, with a graduating class of 13.
Cassandra Denmark, Esq.
Cassandra Denmark is a graduate of the Philadelphia Institute with an AA in Business Management and Paralegal Studies. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1995 with her BA in Criminology and from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School with her Juries Doctor in January 2002. Ms. Denmark received her Certified Public Manager certification from Florida State University in 2004. Ms. Denmark is a senior partner in the Denmark Law Firm in Bartow. She previously served as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Her community activities include First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, Board of Directors for the Lake Wales YMCA, Leadership Lake Wales, Roosevelt Alumni, Green & Gold Foundation, Bartow Rotary Club, Kappa Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Lake Wales NAACP. She is affiliated with the Lakeland Bar Association, Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Wilson American Inn of Court, Virgil D. Hawkins Bar Association, and the Florida Association of Police Attorneys.
C. Demming Coles, Esq.
Deming Cowles is the executive director of the Family Literacy Academy of Lake Wales and is a Board of Director of the Green & Gold Foundation of Lake Wales, Inc. Deming believes that each individual must make the earth a better place through service to others.He developed the community’s first comprehensive family literacy program over nine years ago after becoming acutely aware of the gaps in education and the many hardships our lower socioeconomic families face.The Academy offers GED/ESOL classes to parents, tutoring for their children and parenting/life skills classes. His approach addresses the multiple prongs of poverty - literacy, inadequate housing and social service delivery.The Academy employs social workers who work with Deming to solve family problems (housing, social service needs, juvenile court and child discipline).
He continually motivates families to attend weekly classes and coordinates community support for tutoring, meals, incentives and family field trips.He also seeks funding for the academy’s continuation. The academy is funded for 50 families but Deming doesn’t turn people away so the enrollment realistically has been as high as 85 adults and more than 100 children.Mr. Cowles transport families to class, to court hearings, to doctors’ appointments and once as far as Tampa to help a family with immigration issues.
He makes sure there is a healthy meal served before class begins. The high retention rate is due directly to Mr. Cowles’ encouragement, advocacy and knowledge of community resources.He meets with individuals to develop family and individual goals, and to identify barriers to reaching these goals. He recruits volunteers from the community to work with the students.
Deming has set up a 55-member Family Literacy Coalition that meets monthly to support the families, break down barriers to their success and resolve other “big-picture” problems.The academy has 59 graduates (GED recipients) with over half of them attending Polk State College.Deming has brought people to the table that would not have had a seat, empowering not only the families but the community. In spite of community accolades and awards, Deming feels he is doing no more than following his Eagle Scout philosophy, “Leave your campsite better than you found it.
Rev. Ralph Roberts
Rev. Ralph Alexander Roberts is married and has been an employee of Mountain Lake for 36 years.
Rev. Alton Norwood
Sally S. Cashel
Executive Assistant to the President
The B Street is honored to have a dedicated staff and volunteers who go beyond the call of duty on a daily basis to support and assist community residents.