Trailblazer Recipients

Since the inception of the Award, JAC has recognized the following Trailblazers:


Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, NASA Rocket Scientist, Internationally-acclaimed speaker and Humanitarian (2019)

Dr. Sherene Mason, MBA.,  Board-certified Pediatric Nephrologist and attending physician at CT Children's Medical Center  (2019)  

Dr. Gary V. Desir, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven (2018)

Juan Castillo, 94.3 WYBC Radio Announcer and Director of Urban programming and Director of Operations (2018)

Michael "Bojangles" Howell, Promoter of Jamaican Music & Culture (2017)

Dr. Taneisha Grant, Gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut (2017)

Hon. Berita Rowe-Lewis, Elected Town Official, Town of Hamden (2016)

Dr. Iline P. Tracey, Interim Superintendent, New Haven Public Schools (2016)

Norman Forrester, CRPC, First VP & Sr. Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch (2015)

Paula Vassell, Entrepreneur - Agape Children's Ministries Learning Center & Lighthouse Christian Academy (2015)

Mr. Garfield Pilliner, M.S. 2013-14 New Haven Public School Teacher of the Year (2014)

Dr. Maysa Akbar, Ph.D., ABPP, Integrated Wellness Group (2014)

Mr. Neville Wisdom, Founder, NW Fashion Design Studio (2013)

Mrs. Ena Williams, MBA,RN, CNEP, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Yale-New Haven Hospital (2013)

The West Indian Social Club of Hartford (2012)

Cedella Marley, Singer, Actress, Author and Humanitarian (2012)

Ms. Janice Hart, Cultural Icon, Performer and Pastor (2012)

Ms. Yvette Hamilton, New Haven Alderwoman (2012)

Mr. George Gorden Sr., Third World Café (2012)

Mr. Gary Moore, James Hillhouse High Track Coach (2011)

Ms. Euannie Catnott, Mother’s Kitchen (2011)