COGIC April 2, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Date:  March15, 2018
No Kill Date                                                                             Contact:  Rev. David Clark
Phone: (724) 775 7856
(412) 313 3826 V/T
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Pittsburgh, PA  –   Dr. Melessie E. Clark and The Pastor’s Wives’ of the Church of God in Christ Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania will commence the 46th Annual Spring Black History Achievement Celebration with an Environmental Health Conference (1:00 pm) and an Awards Banquet (7:00 pm) with special salutations from The Office of the Governor of State of Pennsylvania. The event will convene, Monday, April 02, 2018, at the beautiful Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel located at 777 Aten Rd., Coraopolis, PA. The event brings community leaders together to empower them with skills and knowledge to serve and honors the distinguished educators, politicians, clergy and community workers for their services to strengthen families, especially the youth.

This year’s spring activities present a Forum of National Leaders with solutions for to the White House’s Public Health Emergency: The Opioid. The Conference, begins at 1:00 PM, in the Grand Ballroom at the same venue.  Speakers will present New Innovations in Recovery Programs.

The Annual Spring Black History Achievement Awards Banquet starts at 7:00 pm with a “Meet & Greet” for the Honorees proceeding the dinner at 6:00 pm. The Event will be filmed and televised on the “Highway and Hedges Outreach Ministry TV Show” on Peters Township Cable Television in Pittsburgh, PA.  Entertainment will provided by Kyle Simpson and The Wash-Jeff Jazz Orchestra.

The Public is invited to attend. Conference Registration is FREE On-line Registration at:

Dinner tickets are $50 in advance and $100 at the door. Cash App payment to Melessie __or__ Credit card payments to the Event Organizer at 412) 313-3826. Special Thanks in advance for making this event a huge success.  The Greater Pittsburgh Community has shown its support through attendance and direct contributions since 1972.

The 2018 Spring Environmental Health Conference & Black History Achievement Award Committee salutes the Conference Speakers & Honorees listed below.

Monday, April 02, 2018 Conference Speakers

Dr. Rhoda Zione Alale: Center for Health Equity & Urban Science Education,

Columbia University, Teachers College

Dr. Charles Atwood, Jr.:  VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Sleep Telehealth

Dr. Nick DeGregoria:  UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Matthew Erlendson:  Opioid Code-A-Thon

Dr. Dan Swayze:  Vice President of Center for Emergency Medicine

PhD Zan Dodson:  UPMC Researcher

Sgt. Todd Rudy:  Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Drug Enforcement Use

Trooper Gary S.Knott

Trooper Robert Warman

2018 Honorees

Pastor Alphonso Hamilton (VA), COGIC
Hope Bell (OH),CEO, Champions in the Making Academy
Rev. Paul Abernathy (PA), Bridgeville, PA
Kenneth Clark, Jr (PA), Charles West Scholar, Wash-Jeff Un.
Mayor Betty Copeland (PA), Bridgeville, PA
Mary Ridley Flowers (VA), Corporate Consultant, GWP
Astronaut Bernard Harris, MD, MBA (TX), NASA (Retired)
Obie Martin (NC), Promark Construction, VP
Dr. Joan Duvall Flynn (PA), NAACP
Barrington Scott (DC,Board Member, University of DC
PhD Erzin Dyer,University of Pittsburgh
Chris Shovlin (PA), Roberts University Sports Media
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD (PA), Chairman, Duquesne University
Jacqueline D. Wilson (PA), CEO, Three Rivers Adoption Council
V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery (PA), Political Activist
Mark Anthony Wright (DC), Faculty Member, University of DC

2018 International Honorees
Mario Desmarais , Environmental Health Physicist Practitioner, Farms
Len Shelley, Community Activist, Environmental Health

Pierre  Doucet
Environmental Health Physicist Practitioner

Rita Shelley, Community Activist, Environmental Health
Rod  Groome, Environmental Health Physicist Practitioner

Mr. Wadson Desir, Environmentalist

Mr. Jimmy Pierre, Community Activist, Educator