BOARD MEMBERS

Vanis Daniels

President

Vanis Daniels is a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He has resided in the Tri-Cities since 1951.  Vanis is a graduate of Pasco High School and served in the U. S. Army.  Prior to retirement, he was employed as a fuel operator for Columbia Marine Lines.  He also worked on the Hanford Site for Westinghouse and Bechtel as a manager in Decommissioning and Decontamination and was also employed at Battelle in Inhalation Toxicology.

Since retirement from Hanford, Vanis and his wife own and operate Uncle Brother’s Fish Fry (UBFF), a mobile food service specializing in fried catfish.  UBFF has also been used to provide support for local education scholarship fundraisers. Vanis often honors requests to provide an African American historical perspective of life in the Tri-Cities to the Tri-City Herald, local high schools, college students, and other local organizations. 

Antoinette Fite

Secretary

Antoinette has been volunteering in the area for almost 30 years.  Longer than that if you count church-based community activities.  Coaching YMCA sports was one of her favorite volunteer activities along with helping with the AACCES Sweethearts fundraising events.  Antoinette started as a volunteer with AACCES in the early 00’s and soon became a member.  She has held the office of Communications chair and was the former webmaster.  Antoinette feels that despite being small in number, the AACCES membership is very strong.

Antoinette Fite

Secretary

Antoinette has been volunteering in the area for almost 30 years.  Longer than that if you count church-based community activities.  Coaching YMCA sports was one of her favorite volunteer activities along with helping with the AACCES Sweethearts fundraising events.  Antoinette started as a volunteer with AACCES in the early 00’s and soon became a member.  She has held the office of Communications chair and was the former webmaster.  Antoinette feels that despite being small in number, the AACCES membership is very strong.

Robin Mitchell

Communications

Robin Mitchell is currently a youth counselor at Somerset Counseling Center.  He has over 20 years of event and hospitality experience. Robin was born in Richland WA and relocated for several years to Seattle.  He is also on the Board of the New Direction Project and the Circle of Hope.  Robin holds an AA in engineering from Columbia Basin College and a Bachelor Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.

Shawn Fite

Vice President

Shawn is a life-long resident of the Tri-City area, raised in Richland and has lived in Pasco and Kennewick as an adult.  He has served his country in the US Army and National Guard.  He’s been volunteering/donating time, money and DJ services since the early 90s (YMCA youth sports and community organizations).  He’s very proud of AACCES’s efforts to uplift and enrich the community over the years.  Shawn encourages anyone with even a small amount of interest to come and check us out.

 

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Leonard Moore

History & Recognition

Leonard Moore is a founding member of AACCES.  Since the organization’s incorporation, in November 2003, Leonard has served in different roles—first as Vice President, and now History & Recognition Committee Chair.  Leonard and other early AACCES members spent countless hours conducting and filming interviews with former Hanford workers as part of a project to capture and preserve the experiences of African Americans who came to the area to work on the 1940’s era Manhattan Project at Hanford.  Leonard’s ties to the Tri-Cities of Washington reach back to the early 1940’s when his father, Thomas Moore, worked on a railroad crew for the emerging Hanford Site and later established several private businesses in Pasco, WA.   Today, Leonard still operates his family’s metal recycling business, Tommy’s Steel & Salvage, Inc.

Tanya Bowers

Active Member

Tanya moved to Pasco in 2014.  She was particularly compelled by AACCES’s History and Recognition committee’s efforts to share the experiences and contributions of local African Americans.  Given her background in historic preservation, she has endeavored for more of this history to be told through place.   

Vanessa Moore

Treasurer

Vanessa Moore was born and raised in Richland, WA. As a Staffing Coordinator with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vanessa plays an integral part in recruiting and hiring individuals for positions in various STEM fields.  Vanessa studied Business Administration at Washington State University.  Her entrepreneurial pursuits lead her to create two businesses and establish a charitable non-profit corporation.  She has over 35 years of volunteer service in the local Tri-Cities community, including the United Way, American Heart Association, PTA, March of Dimes, and AAAS.   She is an experienced event coordinator and project lead. Vanessa is currently serving as the AACCES Treasurer. Vanessa believes community is the key word in African American Community, Cultural & Educational Society.

Cecelia Randolph

Membership & Recruitment

Hello, my name is Cecilia F. Randolph, I'm married and have four children and twenty grandchildren. I'm membership and recruitment member for AACCES.

I have lived most of my life in the Tri-Cities community. I went to elementary school here and graduated from Pasco High School. I'm a licensed Insurance producer (agent/Insurance broker) and I'm involved in several non-profit groups in our community, which I love volunteering, helping others, most of all helping our youth in our community which is our future. If you or someone you know would like to join us please contact any AACCES member or myself.

Amber Rodriguez

Active Member

Amber Rodriguez is an African American Latina from Yakima who has lived in Kennewick for 10+ years. She actively demonstrates the importance of mentorship and community involvement as a Junior Achievement volunteer, aerobics instructor, public speaker, and founder of Amberliveswell. Amberliveswell is a community organization that focuses on woman and youth Empowerment through arts, culture, wellness and community. She believes ALL kids have a right to discover and elevate themselves through inspiration and cultivation of character.

Contact Us: 

PO BOX 3126

PASCO, WA 99302

e-mail: INFO@AACCES.COM

Phone: 509.531.2141