Board Member Profiles
"I joined the Tuskegee Airmen organization to help preserve the historical lagacy of the first African-American military aviaors in World War II, and to provide our youth with an accurate accounitng about the original Tuskegee Airmen. I want to make sure that these guys will not be forgotten by our present and future generations."
Sallie M Pratt
"While in the army I performed investigative and administrative tasks and command of a unit. As an engineer, I was part of several technical teams engaged in the design, testing, and evaluation of many airborne radar systems and air-to-air guided missiles.
As a military veteran, I am very familiar with the history and achievements of
the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1988, I was chairman of a reunion of Buffalo Soldiers held in Los Angeles. I visited the local chapter of TAI and requested their participation in the reunion. My request was accepted, and I was invited to join the chapter. One member, Edward Gleed, had served in the 10 th US Cavalry. He provided several items of memorabilia for display and ten members of the chapter participated in the closing banquet.
The ranks of Tuskegee airmen are getting thin. It is imperative that the
younger generation keep alive their sterling reputation. This can be achieved by joining local chapters and studying their history.
I am a military veteran who achieved the rank of a colonel. I am also a member of four veterans organization. In one of the veterans organization (9th and 10th
(Horse) Cavalry Association), I was the National President for six consecutive years. Under my watch, twelve chapters were chartered in twelve different locations, and national membership increased from 100 members to 1000 members. I have demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in veterans organizations and in the aerospace industry. One example is being chairman of six reunions of veterans held in locations from California to New York."
Franklin J. Henderson
As a Los Angeles native, Joycelin Tomlin joined the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. in 1993—after the passing of her uncle, DOTA LT Colonel John L Whitehead (Mr Death), of the 332nd fighter wing, 100th Fighter Squadron. She has served in various offices, providing leadership on both national and local levels of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) organization. She has provided leadership as
TAI - Western Regional President, TAI - National Election Inspector, and as
National Elections Inspector. She has served on
Chapter Scholarship Selection Committee, Nominating Committee, National Website Committee, and National Scholarship Board of Governors. Other areas of contribution include Newsletter Editor and Chapter Historian
Mrs. Tomlin currently holds the position of President of the Los Angeles
Chapter and it is her mission take the lead in carrying on the legacy of the
Melissa Hilton is an experienced Retail industry veteran and top merchant. Driven by enthusiasm and creativity, Melissa takes pride in providing the best products possible. As the Director of Retail Operations and Merchandising for SGI-USA, her goals included the building and development of the SGI brand image, creating a top notch souvenir assortment, and establishing secure and functional operational procedures. In addition to her primary functions, Melissa has been recognized throughout her 46 year career for her extraordinary commitment to excellence. Melissa’s passion for merchandising and product development can be traced back to her teenage years when she began her
retail career at a local Los Angeles department store.
As a second generation native of Los Angeles and the daughter of Tuskegee Airmen Harold A. Hilton, Melissa is humbled and honored to be able to support the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys the Los Angeles sunshine and time spent with her beloved rescue dogs: Paris and Nicky Hilton.
Leslie Orticke is a native of Los Angeles. Upon graduation from UCLA, Leslie did an internship with the United Negro College Fund for several years learning about various forms of fundraising that include large and small-scale events, public employee payroll deduction campaigns, corporate solicitation and gift fulfillment while working full-time. During her tenure with UNCF, she managed over 200 volunteers, handled the Clubs & Organizations and Church Campaigns. Leslie coordinated the Silent Auction for the annual “Midsummer's Night Magic” event hosted by Earvin “Magic” Johnson and the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Golf Tournament. Ms. Orticke returned to UCLA to work for the Alumni Association. She managed six Ethnic and Gender based Alumni Outreach groups managing their special events. She is currently working as a Marketing and Fund Development Consultant.
Ms. Orticke has served as President of the Inglewood Pacific Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Century City Alumnae; Marketing Chair for Junior League of Los Angeles and served 7 years as President of the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Los Angeles. Leslie is currently serving as Treasurer of the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. for the last five years. Her greatest accomplishment was providing successful fundraising in the Chapter.
Roberta Ann Jones, RN, was raised to be an active and productive member of society. For her, being involved in the community is a must.
After completing high school in Marion, Ohio, Roberta attended Farland Medical Center School of Nursing in Sandusky, Ohio where she completed studies to become a
Registered Nurse. Subsequently, she earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Redlands, California. After attending U.C.L.A., Roberta received her teaching credential from the State of California. Roberta has worked over the course of her career as both a clinical nursing supervisor and a nursing instructor. She has
also worked in the home health field. She currently teaches CPR and first-aid classes. Roberta also writes, teaches and administers disaster preparedness plans for churches and other organizations.
The list of organizations in which Roberta Jones is active attests to her community involvements: United Methodist Women, the Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Philomathean Charity Club, Inc., and Los Angeles Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NAACP/Win, and Retired Educators. She is also an association member of the Black Pilots of America. She is past President of the Los Angeles Urban League Guild and is a past board member of the Los Angeles Urban League. Roberta also served as the Western Regional Coordinator of the National Urban League Guilds. She currently sits on the Board of the Tuskegee Airmen of America.
Roberta is the proud mother of Rufus “Ray” Jones, Jr.
Roberta Ann Jones
Rosanna Wilson Beaumont, the daughter of Tuskegee Airman fighter pilot Myron Wilson of the 302 nd Squadron with the 332 nd Fighter Group, serves as an At-Large Member of the LACTAI Board of Directors. Having sporadically attended LACTAI meetings since 1995 when the dynamism of the original airmen predominated, she formally became a member in 2012 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016. In addition to prior Board experience (local, state and national) and a 28-year history of public service to the County of Los Angeles, she brings to this service organization a deeply rooted respect for the Tuskegee Airmen and the journey of African descendants in America, and a grounded hope for the torch-bearers of this legacy - our youth.
Rosanna (Wilson) Beaumont
Monica Isabell began her specialization in the field of Senior Services in 1995 when she partnered up with a Alliance For Mature Americans, a company that specialized in setting up Revocable Living Trusts and Estate Plans for Senior Americans. Besides from being a Real Estate Consultant for Keller Williams Realty, she is also a Certified Living Trust Consultant and Estate Planner. Monica is the Co-Founder and Project Director for Positive Aging and Wellness Network, a program that is designed to increase Civic engagement and Community Resources among Mature Adults and Elders that can enhance their lives with a vibrant Life Force of passion-driven activity and Life Long Learning Programming.
Monica is a resident of Los Angeles, California and is very active in the community and in her work place. Monica joined the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc in 2012 after being invited to attend their General meeting by a long term member ( Bobbee Zeno) and she is also an active Board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated. Since joining the organization, she has become a very active member in sharing and educating others about the Tuskegee Airmen. Currently she sits on the Board of Directors. She is the Phone Tree Director and she works directly with the Membership Chairperson.
Monica is also the Chief Operating Officer for the West Athens / Westmont Community Task Force as well as a volunteer for the South Los Angeles Sheriffs Clergy Council; She sits on the board of the Zoe Christian Fellowship Endowment Committee, in which her plan for providing long-term care services for our seniors was adopted and embraced.
Monica has been providing consultation services for over 20 years in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning, Retirement and Long-term Care Planning; She hosts workshops and seminars at Senior Centers, churches, businesses and in the homes of her clients. She has made it her mission to provide education and information that is both vital and essential for Positive Aging and Progressive Wellness in all areas of life.
Monica utilizes her consulting and planning skills in implementing and developing new programs and to assist in bringing needed services and resources to those individuals, families and businesses that are in need. Monica’s passion is to help our community in any way that she can.
Monica L. Isabell