Board Members

Experience Culture, Excitement, Music, Fun! 15th Anniversary ~ January 15-24, 2015

Ruby Jackson

Ruby Jackson

Festival Chairperson and Events Coordinator

A native of Tampa, FL and a new 2010 Festival Chairperson, Ruby has been actively involved in planning events for the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival over the past three years. She is currently employed at the University of South Florida’s College of Education, Office of the Dean, and is the proud mother of two sons.

William Sanders

William Sanders

Festival Chairperson and Entertainment Coordinator

Founder and Gospel Music Historian of Unlimited Gospel Expressions, William is active in his church and in the religious community. Involved since its foundation, he has been instrumental with incorporating a Gospel component into the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, while actively helping to coordinate other Festival events. William is also now a new 2010 Festival Chairperson for the Festival.

Michael Washington

Michael Washington

Logistics Administrator

Michael plays a significant role in the logistical element of the Festival. He strategically plans the layout for the heart of the Festival – the two-day Street Festival. Michael has also been actively involved in both the professional and civic community through the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs and Habitat for Humanity, amongst other incredible efforts. He is actively involved in his church and has spent seven years as an airport designer for Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Michael is married to his wife Jacqueline of 19 years and they are the proud parents of one son.

Fred Moore

Fred Moore

Sponsorship Administrator

Fred joined the Festival’s Board in 2009 to provide financial expertise. His terrific effort has resulted in the Festival securing funds to continue to provide a unique cultural event to the heart of Tampa Bay.

Bill Trotman

Bill Trotman

TD Bank, N.A., Corporate Liaison

Bill found a successful niche in finance and marketing and is providing his expertise to the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. His ten years of experience in the financial industry play a significant role in planning financial and business seminars that the Festival offers. Bill believes in serving his community and has been a network group leader for the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a board member for G.E.M.S, Girls Empowered Mentally for Success and past board member of The Housing and Education Alliance and The Tampa Bay Academy of Hope, Inc.

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Connie Hicks

Sponsorship Coordinator

Connie is a native of Kingsport, TN but has called Florida her home for the past 34 years. She has always been an advocate for community service and encourages her children to be advocates as well. Connie joined the board in 2012 to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to the sponsorship and gala committees. Connie is currently employed by Florida Blue which supports and also encourages her volunteer efforts.

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