Monica “Dr. mOe” Anderson, D.D.S., President & Founder
Monica “Dr. mOe” Anderson is the Dental Director at a nonprofit organization, a bestselling author, widely published journalist, and motivational speaker.  She has a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School Dentistry and a B.A. in Biology from Baylor University. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, committees, and advisory boards. Her volunteer involvement focuses primarily on education, children/women’s issues, health, and economic development.

Some of her current and past community service commitments are: Lifeworks, the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority, the Junior Leagues of Minneapolis, MN and Arlington, TX, the Baylor University Alumni Board, Communities in Schools, and Big Sisters. This Texas native has participated in numerous leadership development programs, including, Leadership Austin Experience, St. David’s Institute for Learning, Leadership Arlington (TX), and the Junior League’s Community Leadership Training. Dr. mOe is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Women of Austin Dental Study Club, Texas Writers League, National Black MBA Association, and the National Council of Negro Women. She is a third generation member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a proud mother of two and a grandmother. She has lived in Austin since 2008.

Why I Love Austin
: "I chose to live in Austin because of my interest in the arts, the distinctively casual personality of the city, the great business environment for entrepreneurs, and the parks. I moved here with no job, no family, and only a handful of friends. The community embraced me and, now, I feel compelled to pass it forward by helping others connect, collaborate, and build long-lasting positive relationships."

Masudi Stolard, Advisory Board
Mr. Masudi Stolard was born in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands and has been a resident of Austin, Texas for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management from St. Edward’s University.  He is the President and Founder of Whogavetheorder (WGTO) Marketing & Consulting.  WGTO, founded in 2005, is an organization that helps individuals start, improve, and grow their businesses through creative marketing and consultative services.

A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. since 1993, he has served as the Austin Chapter President and on the Texas State Board of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as the Texas State Director of Bigger and Better Business. Stolard is very active in his local church where he has served on the Capital Campaign, Greater Life Institute and Greater University ministries.

Why I Love Austin: "Austin has a lot of things to offer in many different arenas.  It is a great city for all things creative and embraces entrepreneurial endeavors. It is a place that welcomes all walks of life whether your aspirations are to start a business or raise a family."

Kai Dupé, Advisory Board
Kai Dupé was born in San Antonio, Texas and is a resident of Houston, Texas.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree inComputer Science from Trinity University and a Masters degree in educational technology from Texas A&M.  He is the publisher of the Where Are Blacks In Technology blog and owner of Kai Dupé Productions (KDP), an educational technology consultancy firm helping organizations and individuals learn to integrate technology to grow and improve their businesses and communities.

Kai is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University where he is conducting research on why African American males are underrepresented in computing. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and instructor at Kaplan University. He is an advocate for the use of technology in communities of color. Kai is the co-host of The Diop and Dupe Show, where he provides success strategies for African American males.

Why I Love Austin: "What I love most about Austin is the laid back vibration of the city and its people.  I also enjoy its unique culture and beautiful landscape."

Adesewa Faleti, Advisory Board
Adesewa Faleti is currently a Public Relations and Entertainment Personality for Urban Life and Style, LLC. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Texas Tech University. Her volunteer efforts focus primarily on youth mentorship.

She is active in the Leaders of Tomorrow and Kealing Elementary School mentoring programs. She has volunteered in the past with Literacy Champions, Capital Area Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity. She is active in the music ministry at her church. Born in New York from Nigerian parents, she chose to live in Austin after living in several states all over the U.S. She has lived in Austin since 2004.

Why I Love Austin: "I love this city because of its unique culture and beautiful landscape. I also enjoy the music, arts, entertainment, and literary elements."

VISION: To promote engagement, collaboration, and community service among African-American newcomers to Austin, Texas.

MISSION: The Austin Black Newcomers Association (ABNA) fosters community engagement by providing culturally sensitive programs and a network of supportive relationships for emerging leaders. We also offer a web directory of local organizations to enhance new residents’ personal and professional lives.

VALUES: Connection = Community

       OBJECTIVES:

  • Promote cultural inclusion.
  • Encourage newcomers to partner in the ongoing initiatives to improve the quality of life for all residents of Austin.
  • Conduct leadership development classes and seminars emphasizing involvement as community volunteers, board members, organizers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Acquaint newcomers with civic, social, cultural, and educational opportunities for community service through an online portal.
  • Educate residents and prospective residents about the cultural history and valuable contributions of African-Americans to Austin, Texas. 
  • Highlight cultural events designed to entertain and enlighten area residents.

Ginger Maria Lowe, Advisory Board
Ginger Maria Lowe was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and minor in Sociology from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. She has volunteered with several non-profit organizations including: African-American Men & Boys Harvest Foundation, Austin Child Guidance CenterBig Brothers Big Sisters, Blackland Community Preservation Project, Caritas,Goodwill Industries, HEB Holiday Feast of Sharing, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Umlauf Sculpture GardenUnited Way, the YMCA, and numerous others.

After residing in 6 states, she moved to Austin in 2005. As a young professional, she is seeking to offer her experience and insight to positively impact Austin while establishing a stronger base of colleagues with a spirit of active community service.She is currently pursuing graduate studies.

Why I love Austin: "I love living here because there is a collective progression that is distinct to Austin. It has a vibrancy and incomparable spirit of wellness and determination. The movement in education, environmental, philanthropy, arts, culture, job creation, and reasonable cost of living create inclusive access to an unprecedented quality of life. To appreciate Austin is to be active in its continual pursuit of being a coveted community."