Meet The Executive Board
NAME: Valrie Walker Sanders
Valrie was born in Kingston, Jamaica and was raised in the U.K. She earned a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Masters in Education from Georgia State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Atlanta Law School. Valrie is employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Bureau of the Census, and in her “spare time,” is a Teacher- Tutor.
As GCAHC’s Secretary, Valrie is doing her second stint with the Board; the first time as its Founding President. Valrie is also the Special Events Director (ICS) – CAHM Commemorative Committee. In 2009 and 2011, respectively, Valrie represented the Caribbean community at the White House Community Leaders’ Briefing during the Obama Administration and at the FEMA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from the Georgia Secretary of State and was appointed Georgia Goodwill Ambassador for her work with GCAHC. Since 2011, Valrie was asked to serve as Chairperson of the SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. International Task Force by the late Dr. Evelyn Lowery. One of Valrie’s passions is international travel. She has published a book entitled African Hospitality, which chronicles her visits to the African Continent.
NAME: Joycelyn Martin
Joycelyn has played an integral role in GCAHC from its very inception and has continued to work hard to see the organization succeed throughout its existence. She has worked on the Caribbean American Heritage Month Opening Ceremony and other events for years, and continues to be actively involved in various aspects of the Georgia Caribbean community. She is an accountant by profession.