priscilla-dames-blake.jpgMIAMI —  Members of the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board recently elected Priscilla Dames-Blake as chairwoman, Stephen Hunter Johnson as vice-chairman and Gerri Lazarre as secretary. They will now lead the agency which the County Commission created on July 12, 1984, to serve in an advisory and advocacy capacity on behalf of the black community.

The board is charged with making recommendations to the commission on matters related to understanding and resolving issues affecting residents of African descent.

 Also, the board collects and shares demographic information on blacks, encourages community involvement and addresses issues that impact the quality of life for African Americans.

Dames-Blake was appointed to the board by the County Commission Vice-Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson of District 3. She is president of Wingspan Seminars, a multinational firm specializing in conflict resolution.  She is a certified mediator and a member of the national and the state Crisis Team, a nationally certified crisis trainer and community activist with more than 20 years of experience that includes stints in the Bahamas, Nigeria and Ghana.

Johnson, an attorney, was appointed by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz”  of District 12. He is a partner with Lydecker Diaz, a law firm specializing in representing municipalities and corporations in federal and state trial and appellate courts.  He chairs the board’s Economic Development Committee.

Lazarre was appointed by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa of District 6. She is the owner of TriMerge Consulting Group, a certified public accounting and consulting firm operating in Florida, Georgia and, most recently, Nigeria in West Africa. She has extensive experience in accounting and taxation, audit and assurance, financial and management consulting.

For more information on the Black Affairs Advisory Board, call 305-375-4606 or visit

Photo: Priscilla Dames-Blake