Robin A. Cole, President
Bruce Lemmie Vice President
Barbara Jones*, Treasurer
Debra McGaughey, Secretary
Capt. Paul (PJ) Matthews
Pastor David Sincere Jr.
* Advisory Board member/Treasurer
Robin Arlene Cole is the Vice President of Safety for AgileOne, a managed service provider. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in 1981. Cole is a seasoned professional with more than 41 years of health, safety and environmental (HSE) experience, and has been responsible for providing the HSE direction on policy, programs, procedures and plans in oil & gas, chemical industry (union and nonunion), terminal, R&D, staffing and the EPA. Cole, a native of Philadelphia and a Sugar Land resident, also is a community activist. She cofounded the Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land, Inc. (S.O.J.E.S.) with her daughter and two sons in 2020 as a result of the need to bring together all relevant stakeholders to develop ways to advocate for justice and equality for people who are “powerless” against systemic racism.
Bruce Lemmie is a retired Auto Section Manager with State Farm Insurance. With a career spanning 35 years, Lemmie has served as a Claim Section Manager-Auto; Divisional Claim Superintendent-Fire; Corporate Trainer-Fire; Claim Superintendent-Fire and Claim Supervisor-Fire. Lemmie earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with minors in Political Science and Ethnic Studies, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lemmie has served on a wide variety of boards and committees, including the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, as a former Vice President for the Education and Charities Foundation of Houston, as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Houston chapter of CPCU, and now S.O.J.E.S. He also was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Debra Martine McGaughey is Director of Communication Services for Houston Community College Central, where she has worked since 2004. She oversees all marketing, communications, and community outreach efforts for the 10,000-student college, one of seven, full-service colleges serving 65,000+ student in the HCC District. She is president of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) for the 2021-2022 year. McGaughey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University, and a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. McGaughey spent five years as a print journalist, then became a television news reporter for 15 years for KDAF in Dallas and KHOU in Houston. She is co-founder of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists and is a former president of the Houston Association of Black Journalists.
Farha Ahmed is an attorney and community servant. She and her husband also manage an investment business in Sugar Land. Ahmed completed her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston, and her community activities have had an impact far beyond the Sugar Land area. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan think tank for future Texas leaders. Ahmed formerly served on the board of Asians Against Domestic Violence, a Texas nonprofit. Ahmed has served on many boards and committees, including the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission and the Anti-Defamation League’s community sphere initiative. She has been a facilitator with the Houston Police Department’s cadet program, served on the Sugar Land Mayor’s and City Manager’s Multicultural Advisory Committees, and been a board member for the First Colony Community Association, the largest homeowner’s association in Fort Bend County. Ahmed has been a board member of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, the largest civic organization in Sugar Land. She also is a recent graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy program in Houston, and a member of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission.
Anna Lykoudis-Zafiris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida and a J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law. Lykoudis-Zafiris’ career spans from practicing civil rights/employment and family law, including litigation and mediation, to teaching high school World History and Special Education at Alief ISD, and eventually operating as chef and owner of Anna’s Gourmet Greek, a mobile food truck and catering business. Lykoudis-Zafiris is currently involved in community activism and advocating on behalf of community related issues, including founding the group New Territory United in Peace and Ending Systemic Racism. The group started in 2020 and has 323 members. Lykoudis-Zafiris is passionate about raising awareness of human and civil rights issues and bringing community leaders and neighbors together to work for progress. She also is a member of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission.
Captain Paul J. Matthews is the founder and board chairman of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Matthews has been researching military history and collecting military artifacts and memorabilia for more than 40 years prior to his museum founding. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the United States chronicling the entire African-American military experience – from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. Captain Matthews received a B.S. in biology from Prairie View A & M University. He served two years active duty and four years reserve duty in the United States Army, where he received a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and a Combat Medical Badge in the Republic of Vietnam. Prior to founding the museum, Matthews worked for 30 years as a hospital representative, executive business manager and director of military affairs for Merck & Co., Inc., managing the military division that yielded more than $800 million dollars in annual revenue.
Pastor David Lee Sincere, Jr. is a licensed Baptist minister and a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Fort Bend County Interfaith Community, Inc. Called to ministry in 1995, Sincere was elected as an elder at The Real Truth Church in Third Ward, Texas. He subsequently served as an associate minister at Covenant Glen UMC. Sincere attended Liberty University, studying religion with a cognate in counseling. In 2017, Sincere was lead by God to start Advocacy Now Institute (ANI). Advocacy Now addresses the systemic issues that negatively impact economically disadvantaged communities. In April of 2020, Sincere and his wife, Candice, started Fort Bend Transformation Church. Their mission is to transform individuals, families and communities spiritually, economically and socially by the power of His spirit and fire. Sincere was inducted into the Willowridge High School Wall of Honor and was the 2018 co-winner of the NAACP Missouri City & Vicinity Community Service Award.