Barnstable County Human Rights Coordinator:
This position is currently vacant
Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Administrative Assistant:
Below is a list of the Human Rights Advisory Members and our non-member liaisons:
Barbara Morton will fill the BCHRAC seat vacated by Jason Parrent who resigned in April 2022.
Barbara Morton is a highly accomplished leader and systems change agent in Human Services and Juvenile Justice. Barbara is passionate in her drive to strengthen positive outcomes for children and families. She is a Commonwealth Fellow recipient at Suffolk University where she received her Master’s in Public Administration. She is the current Chair for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Applied Leadership Network where she collaborates nationally for juvenile justice reform.
Barbara is the proud mother of two sons, one a Police Officer and one a Corrections Officer. She has two granddaughters that she adores.
Barbara makes her home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
Rick Draper will fill the BCHRAC seat vacated by Rev. Kate Epperly, who is resigning in June 2021. Rick and his wife, Barbara, have been permanent residents of Brewster for nine years though their association with Cape Cod stretches back over 50 years. Rick is a retired educator, and an active member of the Cape Cod Chapter NAACP. He also was recently elected to the Nauset School Board Committee. Rick’s term will run from the date of appointment to a term ending December 31, 2023.
Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission. Mwalim (Morgan James Peters, I) is an interdisciplinary performing artist, writer, composer, and educator. A life-long organizer for the cause of civil and human rights, Mwalim is an appointed commissioner of the Arts for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a board member and the youth director for the Cape Cod NAACP, a founding member of the Oversoul Theatre Collective, and for over 35 years, has actively uses his work in music, theater, poetry, and literature as a platform to address and explore the social and political experiences and realities of Black and Brown people in the United States. He is a tenured professor of English, Communications & Black Studies at UMass Dartmouth.
George “Leo” Blandford is the director of Community Based Care, at Outer Cape Health Services. Leo works in a department designed to incorporate community outreach services into the medical health setting. The goal of the program is to support access to a full range of primary health care, behavioral health, substance treatment, and community social services to residents in Lower and Outer Cape communities to promote overall health and well-being.
Over the past twenty-years, Leo has worked at the American Red Cross National Headquarters where he supported business operations in the international relief and development programs, which included a three-year field placement in Sri Lanka working on tsunami relief efforts. More recently, he has worked in a range of social services in Massachusetts, including youth and families through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative, outpatient behavioral health therapy, homeless outreach, and has experience with two state agencies at the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health as a clinical social worker.
Leo identifies as an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and uses pronouns such as he, his, and him.
Lynn Levine is a writer, communications professional and humanitarian. She has provided advocacy, public affairs and partnership development support to UNICEF field offices in Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan and to the UNDP in New York. She was also part of the IFAW team that moved eBay to ban elephant ivory from its sites worldwide in 2008. Lynn currently works for FEMA in their Region 1 Recovery Division. Prior to FEMA, Lynn served in a number of roles with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, as Program Director leading the delivery of critical community and emergency services to the military, veteran and “new American” populations, and as Director of Communications during the Hurricane Harvey/Maria/Irma response. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy. She completed the Harvard’s Kennedy School in Leadership in Homeland Security Executive Education program in 2015. As an avid international explorer and author of a number of Frommer’s Travel Guides, Lynn has worked and lived in New York, London, Paris, Florence, and Istanbul, and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Originally a native of New Jersey, she currently resides in Barnstable.
Wendy Bierwirth is applying the expertise in marketing and communication she gained from her 40-year career in international aviation to the Commission’s Social Media Committee. As a volunteer through the years, Wendy has worked with persons of special needs and taught life skills to the chronically unemployed in DC through Jobs Partnership. Wendy’s foreign language proficiency and love of different cultures led her to volunteer ESL work. She is also engaged in climate change issues. Wendy currently serves on the Cape Cod Gateway Airport Commission and is an active member of the Cape Cod chapter of the League of Women voters, the Cape Cod NAACP, Marstons Mills Historical Society, and Indian Ponds Association. She shares the passion of all the Human Rights Advisory Commissioners to improve the lives and opportunities of Cape Codders.
Jeanne M. Morrison M.Ed. Education and Counseling Retired from Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as the Assistant General Manager of Diversity and Civil Rights. Jeanne has over 35 yrs of managerial experience, working in non-profit and state agencies in the health care, human services, and transportation industries. She has held senior management positions for some of the largest employers in MA, advising Human Resource Directors, CEOs, and Board Directors on organizational change and employee relations. She has also held Director positions for Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, and Corporate Diversity programs. Jeanne has designed and successfully implemented state and federal title VI and title VII compliance programs and Diversity and Civil Rights initiatives, which have won state and national recognition. Her expertise is in program start-up, organizational development, cultural competence, diversity and civil rights management, and workforce training. Most notably, Jeanne professionalized the MBTA’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights and gained the credibility and respect to work collaboratively with the MBTA leadership, 32 Union executives, US Dept. of Transportation (FTA), and MA Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) to lead the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority into 1st-time compliance with the FTA programs and the Civil Rights/EEO Complaint Agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. She also assisted a former employer to qualify as an American Psychological Association accredited clinical culturally competent doctorate internship placement. Currently, Jeanne is civically engaged and serves on several local, state boards and steering committees committed to social and racial justice. She is co-Vice President of Programs for the League of Women Voters Cape Cod, a board member for the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition (MAWOCC), the Cape Cod branch of the NAACP and the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, President of Amplify-POC Cape Cod and a member of WYBoston Parity on Board, Barnstable No Place For Hate and the Nauset Interfaith’s MLK Group steering committees. She offers career counseling and mentoring to youth and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consultation.
Daniel moved to Brewster, MA the first week of September 2021, after many years of dreaming with living on the Cape. Daniel is now working for the Town of Brewster as the Human Resources Generalist.
Daniel had a long career in Health Services as a Social Worker. He began in New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center on a short-term, teaching psychiatric unit. He then spent many years in AIDS services, in New York City and Westchester County. He then was the director of various shelters: for the homeless population and for domestic violence victims. He ended his career in Social Services as the Director of Counseling Services for two hospices in Westchester County.
Daniel is thrilled to be living with his husband and their chocolate lab in Paradise. Daniel is Cuban and his husband is Colombian. Their dog is bi-lingual. Daniel has had a lifelong commitment to Social Justice and hopes to bring that passion to the Human Rights Advisory Committee of Barnstable.
Edgar Miranda was born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. His family moved to New York City when he was still an infant. He was raised in East Harlem and attended schools in Manhattan.
Immediately after his graduation from Hofstra University, he began his career in public education working as a bilingual teacher in Hempstead, Long Island. He has served in the field of public education for almost 50 years in New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts. He has over 25 years of experience as an elementary principal and director of bilingual and ESL programs. He has also served as an elementary principal at the Anglo American School of Sofia, Bulgaria. Throughout his career, he has worked with students, teachers, and parents from multiple languages and cultural groups designing, implementing, and supervising instructional programs.
Edgar has trained teachers and taught courses at the university level on research in second language acquisition, related methods, and culture. He worked for six years at the State University of New York at Geneseo as the Director of the Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education. Currently, he serves as a traveling professor with Framingham State University’s Masters in International Education working with teachers in Asia and Latin America, and is the senior pastor at the Provincetown United Methodist Church. Recently he was elected to the Eastham Elementary School Committee.
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