2023 McCall Center Board of Directors
He has served on the McCall Center Board of Directors for a number of years, currently presiding as the President. He has served as 1st Vice-President and 2nd Vice-President. In addition to the McCall Neighborhood Center, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of El Paso and the El Paso/Las Cruces Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Also, he is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary, as well as the Executive Committee of the El Paso Branch of National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. He has been involved in the El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association since 2002. He has served President from 2004-2005, was recognized as Mortgage Banker of the Year in 2005, became an Honorary Life Member in 2010, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Retired from the City of El Paso. Has lived in El Paso for over 50 years. BBA from UTEP. Serves as Secretary for the UTEP Black Alumni Network; 20-year member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive; Member of Visitors Chapel A.M.E. Church – serving as Chairperson of Benevolence Committee and Senior Choir President. Enjoys social activities such as Bunco, Red Hats, McCall Lunch Bunch and traveling.
Born in Fayetteville, NC, lived in Junction City Kansas. Attended Manhattan Vo Tech received Business Admin Certificate, Attended Kansas State University Associate in Business
Medically Retired from the United States Army
Worked as a civilian for the Army as a Management Specialist, 23 Years total service.
Married to Harold Howell for 30 years. Anna has two daughters and three sons.
“No Weapon Formed Against Me shall Prosper, for I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthen Me.”
Long-time El Paso resident.
She is a graduate of Texas Tech University (BA and MPA) and UTEP (MA). A Secondary Administrator with the Ysleta ISD, she works with young adult students who are completing high school graduation requirements. Her hobbies include crochet, golf, writing, and attending jazz events..
Mr. Raymond Cartwright is a retired Army veteran and university associate professor who has lived a remarkable life filled with experiences and accomplishments. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, he grew up in a just-above-poverty situation. As a 17-year-old high school dropout, Mr. Cartwright decided to join the US Army, beginning a journey that would last 45 years.
During Raymond Cartwright’s time in the military, he served in various capacities, including operating, maintaining, and controlling radar systems, computers, air defense missile systems, and even tactical nuclear weapons. Mr. Cartwright’s military service spanned 16 years of active enlisted and 10 years of active officer service during the Korean and Vietnam War eras. He served in the Army for another 19 years as a civilian, attaining the rank of GS-13.
After retiring from the military, Mr. Cartwright was an adjunct instructor at Park University for over 30 years. He taught various courses, including physics, statistics, behavioral modification, marketing, college algebra, and management.
Raymond Cartwright’s Army civilian experience included:
- Operations research and systems analysis.
- Weapon systems computer modeling.
- Patriot Air Defense System support for Gulf War I.
- Air-to-surface combat ID research and development for NATO.
This valuable experience earned him a wealth of knowledge he passed on to his students.
When Mr. Cartwright is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife have two children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is also an ordained Baptist deacon.
In his free time, Mr. Cartwright indulges in hobbies like private airplane piloting, golfing, and chess. Despite his accomplishments, he remains humble and focused on serving others, making him a true inspiration for everyone.
Doris Malone Taylor is an El Pasoan by way of Wichita Falls, Texas and Stockton, California. She moved to El Paso with her military husband in 1965.
She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University and also did post graduate studies at Midwestern University
in Wichita Falls, Texas. She has taught in the Wichita Falls Ind SD; Stockton Unified SD and retired from EPISD. Upon retirement, she volunteered as a reading teacher until she started volunteering at McCall at the request of Leona Washington. She is life a member of Eta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; a life member of the The Texas Council of PTA; a life member of the Prairie View Alumni Club, a member of the 50/50 Donor Club for McCall Center; and a member of 1st AD Gospel Service at Ft Bliss, where she has taught Sunday School; organized “Back to School” events and sang in the choir.
She became a member of the board in 2009 and has served as 1st Vice President and President.
She has worked with the MLK Day of Service by coordinating the program and the preparation of the meal.
Allison Jennings is a native of Newark, New Jersey, and has lived in El Paso since 1992. She is a proud graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Elementary Education. She received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois. She retired from teaching after 35 years of service.
Allison is the wife of an army veteran and has had the pleasure of living and teaching in various parts of the United States and worked for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) in Germany.
Allison is an active member of the El Paso Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently serves on the Audit committee as well numerous other committees within the chapter. She is the current secretary for the National Pan-Hellenic Council of El Paso. As a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, she serves on the Trustee Board, President of the Women’s Mission and Vice President of the Usher Board.
This is Allison’s first year serving on the Board of Directors of the McCall Neighborhood Center, and she is looking forward to further serving the community through the Center.
Karen Cooper Linen grew up in El Paso and is a proud Army Brat. She was born in Lackawana, NY while her father was stationed there at a Nike/Hercules site. She holds a B.S. degree in Nursing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and was the first African American female to graduate from the BSN program. She retired from (WBAMC) as Chief of Epidemiology in 2003.
She is a member of Destiny Church and has served as a Sunday School teacher, New Members’ greeter and the Secretary of Omega Vision, the church’s previous foundation. She grew up doing community service and enjoys helping in her hometown. She has volunteered with the YMCA, Northeast Optimist Club, Andress High School PTA, Northeast Democrats and El Paso Black Democrats.
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Pi Omega Chapter where she served as President, Vice President and is the current Graduate Advisor, mentoring the undergraduates at UTEP. She is new to the McCall Neighborhood Board and is eager to work and be an asset the board.
Marcus McCoy is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and has lived in El Paso, Texas since 2011. He is a United States Army Veteran with 9 years of service. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix. He is also a former Corrections Officer.
He is very involved in the El Paso community and is apart of serval organizations. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. He is very invested in mentoring the youth and is currently serving as the Fatherhood Initiative Chairman for his respective chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
R. Lucille Samuel is a native of Kinston, North Carolina. She served 20 years in the US Army and retired. She has lived in El Paso since 1998. Lucille holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics Management. She is currently the Executive Administrator Officer of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office where she has served the last 24 years.
R. Lucille Samuel is a member of Kappa Epsilon Psi (KEY) Military Sorority. She is also a member of IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) as well as the National Association of Women of Law Enforcement (NAWLEE).
She works closely with organizations in the community such as the YWCA Transitional Living Center, La Posada Home, Life Member of the DAV and Life Member of Colonel Louis A. Carter American Legion Post #832. While also holding offices in many fraternal organizations throughout Texas she is also an elected Officer on the National Level.
Maurean Carolyn Simmons is a native of Sanford, North Carolina, residing in El Paso, Texas since March 1988. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, from El Paso Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from Park University. She is a United States Army retired Nurse with (21) twenty one years of service, retiring as a Sergeant First Class. After retiring from the Military she worked as a Nurse at the Veterans Healthcare Center for (10) ten years.
In addition to serving on The Mc Call Neighborhood Board of Directors, She has served as Regional Director and continues to serve as District Deputy Grand Matron for the Order of the Eastern Stars for over (16) years, and the Imperial Deputy for the Oasis of El Paso, Texas for the Daughters of the Imperial Court. She is currently the Vice President for The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, El Paso, Inc., President of The Phillis Wheatley Civic Club, Vice President of Castner Heights Neighborhood Association, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., member and previous Secretary for The Womens Department of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, a seated member of When We All Vote, member of the Widows Ministry of Fellowship of Love Church, Paid up for Life member of The American Legion Post 832, Paid up for life member of the VFW Post 812,and Paid up for life member of the NAACP.
Barbara Bryd was born in Pueblo, Colorado to Emma and Harold Vanduvall. The family later relocated to El Paso, TX. Barbara attended Douglass Elementary School, graduated from Jefferson High School and attended El Paso Community College. She was married to Stephen Bryd, and to this union was born two, sons, Stephen (deceased) and Randy and a daughter, Michelle.
After retirement from Furr’s Supermarket with thirty years of service, Barbara went to work for the Ysleta Independent School District. Currently, she is the manager at McCall Neighborhood Center, a position she has held for ten years.
She has been a member of McCombs Baptist Church for over forty years, where she served as assistant treasurer and treasurer. She currently holds the position of Chairperson for Hospitality as well as a member the Plans and Policies, Building an Grounds and Personnel committees. Mrs. Byrd serves wherever she is needed and in her spare time she loves reading a good book and working in the yard.
Wade P. Hampton is a retired Command Sergeant Major and Senior Army Instructor at Eastwood High School. He has served on the Board of Director as 1st Vice- President and President. A native of Columbia, South Carolina. Wade has resided in El Paso for the past forty-one years. He is a graduate of C. A. Johnson High School and Park College of Parkville, Missouri. In addition to the McCall Center, Wade currently serves on the Board of Directors of the El Paso Sergeants Major Association, and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is avid golfer with two hole-in-one to his credit and a member of Community Baptist Church with his wife Marjorie for thirty-five years.
El Paso County Commissioner Carl L. Robinson has been an El Pasoan and resident of Northeast El Paso since 1977. He was elected as the first African American County Commissioner for Precinct 4 in El Paso TX in November 2018 and previously served two terms as the El Paso City Council Representative for District 4 from 2009 to 2017.
During his 25year career in the U.S. Army, Commissioner Robinson served in numerous posts around the world and retired as a First Sergeant. He is a decorated Vietnam Veteran having received the Bronze Star and other military awards for Meritorious Achievement and Service.
Commissioner Robinson has served on several boards and in leadership positions in the community, including serving as a member of the Veterans Citizens Advisory Panel; the Military Coalition of El Paso; Disabled Veterans of America Post 187, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2451, American Legion Post 832; Vietnam Veterans of America Post 844, and the National Association of Uniformed Services.