Fox Valley Area Leaders Among State’s Most Influential


    Northeast Wisconsin was well-represented on the Black Power List for 2018. The list of Wisconsin’s most influential African American and Black leaders is published annually by our sister site, Madison365. Of the 42 leaders nominated by their peers and chosen by the Madison365 staff, eight – six woman and two men – live and work in the Fox Valley or Green Bay. Get to know them below (if you don’t know them already) and check out the rest of the statewide list at

    Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence at UW Oshkosh, a post she’s held since 2013. Prior to coming to Oshkosh, she served as Interim Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and the inaugural Director of UNCF’s Enrollment Management Program. She also served as Assistant Provost and Dean of Honors at Dillard University in New Orleans. She also served as Associate Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA; she has also held numerous positions in higher education for the State of New York. Overall, her career in education has spanned over three decades and she has won several awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from SUNY-Oneonta. She was the first African American to earn that distinction.

    Robyn Y. Davis is the President and CEO of Brown County United Way, based in Green Bay. BCUW is a center for community-based strategies that unites people, ideas and resources to create community solutions that strengthens every person and every community in Brown County. She is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the program development industry. She has been a resident of the greater Green Bay area for the past 15 years and led Freedom House Ministries, Inc. in Green Bay as its president for 8 years prior to moving to Brown County United Way.

    Natasha Banks is the owner of The Cozzy Corner, a family-owned restaurant in Appleton. The Cozzy Corner provides a good old fashioned southern flair in the heart of the Fox Valley. Banks and her family, natives of Florida and Alabama, wanted to provide the type of atmosphere they grew up enjoying in the south. With a menu featuring baby back ribs, catfish, gizzards and chicken fried, smoked or barbecued, it’s the place for soul food in the Fox Valley.

    Rashad J. Cobb is a Community Engagement Program Officer for the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, where he is responsible for facilitating some of the foundation’s grants programs (Women’s Fund, Brown County Crime Prevention Foundation, & R. Bruce & Alyce S. Kopseker Trust). The work affords him an opportunity to contribute to the community while continually building and building upon relationships with community partners that enhance the quality of life for residents in the three counties that the community foundation serves. Cobb is also a board member with Brown County United Way, NeighborWorks Green Bay, and Literacy Green Bay. In addition to his service in these roles, he also supports the work of the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council, Green Bay Area Public School District and Downtown Green Bay & Olde Main Business Districts. When he is not involved in these activities Rashad also finds time to mentor a handful of high school students and young professionals in the community. He was named Young Professional of the Year in 2015.

    Dr. Kimberly Barrett is the vice president for Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Associate Dean of Faculty at Lawrence University in Appleton. She works collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external constituents to advance Lawrence’s commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion. She is responsible for developing, facilitating and assessing programs and campus/community-wide initiatives to cultivate a more inclusive campus culture. Additionally, Barrett’s responsibilities include enhancing the diversity of the faculty, faculty development, especially in areas of inclusive pedagogy, and affirming the educational importance of diversity in educational programs. Dr. Barrett has held administrative offices at higher education facilities in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Barrett was the recipient of the DiversityFIRST Award from the National Diversity Council and is on the Board of Directors for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.

    Chris Hess of Appleton was named president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin earlier this year. Previous to taking the helm at Goodwill Industries, Hess, 37, was vice president of market development and sales for ThedaCare. He has also worked for U.S. Venture and Genco (now FedEx Supply Chain). He currently serves on the board of directors of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. The Kenosha native earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

    Robin Nicole Tinnon is a Prevention Coordinator for the Black Youth Alliance-WI in Green Bay. The Chicago native is an activist, public intellectual, and writer who advocates for the oppressed. Currently, she works to help black youth be positive participants of healthy relationships and discover black culture devoid of the consumerism viewpoint. She was also honored by African Heritage Inc. with a Sistah Power Award for 2018. She became a first-generation graduate of Kansas City Community College and and continued on to UW-Green Bay, earning a degree in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis of Psychology and Human Development. Robin went on to explore several countries, putting an emphasis on cultural understanding, exploration, personal agency and development. 

    Daisy Frazier is the president of Ebony Visions, a non-profit organization with the goal of educating and enhancing the African American culture through united efforts in Fond du Lac and surrounding areas. The organization works with the Fond du Lac Police Department for outreach in to the city’s distressed areas. Ebony Visions also works in collaboration with the UW Fond du Lac for the Juneteenth & All About Kids events. Frazier, who also works with The Humanity Project, once said, “We have to go find diversity and meet it. It isn’t going to come to us.” Daisy was also honored with a Sistah Power Award from African Heritage Inc for 2018, and she’s the namesake of the Daisy Frazier Social Justice award, given each year by FIT Oshkosh to recognize a Fox Valley resident who has championed racial equality and empowered others to do the same.


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