Get Ready for New Orleans, 2023
AUmazing Resilient Moms Retreat
November 10-13, 2023
No Greater Love Board of Directors
Angela D. Sims
The first African American Female President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY.
Prior to joining CRCDS July 1, 2019, Dr. Sims served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement
and Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor in Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology
in Leawood, KS. She holds a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Union Presbyterian Seminary
in Richmond, VA. Prior to matriculation at Union, Dr. Sims completed a baccalaureate degree
summa cum laude at Trinity College (Trinity Washington University) and a Master of Divinity
with honors at Howard University School of Divinity.
Dr. Sims’s research examines connections between faith, race, and violence with specific attention to
historical and contemporary ethical implications of lynching and a culture of lynching in the United
States. Principal investigator for an oral history project, “Remembering Lynching: Strategies of
Resistance and Visions of Justice,” her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the
Womanist Scholars Program at the Interdenominational Theological Center, the Louisville
Institute, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the
Institute for Oral History at Baylor University. Dr. Sims is the author of Lynched: The Power of
Memory in a Culture of Terror; Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells’s Interrogation
of American Terror; co-editor with Katie Geneva Cannon and Emilie M. Townes of Womanist
Theological Ethics: A Reader; and, lead author of Religio- Political Narratives in the United
States: From Martin Luther King, Jr. through Jeremiah Wright.
A native of Louisiana, Dr. Sims grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. An ordained Baptist
clergywoman who takes seriously the prophetic imperative “to do justice, love mercy, and walk
humbly with God”, Dr. Sims is an active member and contributor to several academic guilds
and faith-based community organizations.
Mara Nabors Madison
Mara is Doctor of Pharmacy who has a great love for the cause of autism awareness as well as mental health. She has been a pharmacist for upwards of 20 years with a focus primarily on mental health disorders. Mara loves what she does and enjoys helping people.
Having a goddaughter who is on the autism spectrum stretched Mara’s love for the special needs community even greater. NGL: Amoree’s Journey has been such a blessing to Mara, a mother of one.
ShonNicole has 25 years of experience as a single mom of 2 adult daughters and a 6-year-old son on the autism spectrum, a rare genetic disorder SATB2, and other neurological developmental diagnoses. Her journey started as a teen mom coming with its own set of challenges leading her to discover that mindset and mindsight play an integral part in the way we co-create (not only) our lives, but our children’s lives and our relationships with others. She knows firsthand how challenging and lonely one can feel when they lack support, love, and being unheard and misunderstood. It affects your mental, spiritual and physical health. She coaches women to think differently, put their health/wellness first, and pursue their passions and dreams.
Victoria Wilkins is an early childhood educator in the metro East St. Louis Area of Illinois. She has 20+ years in early childhood education and 10 of those years working directly with special needs children. She has also helped navigate parents through the IEP process and help them find resources for their special needs child. Victoria is also a wife and mother of three with the youngest being diagnosed with ASD. This journey has led her to be more involved in the special needs community.