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TCOE Leadership

Ceremonial Leadership

Presiding Elder Ken Jennings-Queen Mothe

Queen Mother: Elder Alice Frazier

Elder Frazier is the Queen Mother, a ceremonial and traditional position in the African culture.  

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Presiding Elder: Elder Ken Jennings

Elder Ken Jennings was a founding member of TCOE and current Presiding Elder.  He developed the Alpha Achievers Program at Oakland Mills and Long Reach High Schools.  He initiated the development of the Ellington-Adderly Jazz Ensemble.  Elder Ken Jennings is a source of knowledge on matters related to African and African American History for the total community and continues to advocate for social change regarding African Americans in Howard County, including incorporation of accurate history in Howard County Public School Systems (HCPSS) social studies curriculum. Elder Ken Jennings currently resides in Howard County, Maryland.

Executive Committee

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Chair: Elder Towanda Brown

Elder Brown joined TCOE in 2007 and currently serves as Chair, after serving a Vice-Chair for many years. She joined TCOE under the tutelage of Elder Jean Toomer. Towanda believes that every student should be treated equally and fairly and is an advocate for eliminating disparities amongst the various areas in Education.  She has had two sons successfully graduate from the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), one of which received Special Education services beginning with Pre-K.  Elder Brown continues to participate on Superintendent committees, policy committees and other committees to provide input that support equity and equality and has played an integral role in ensuring the Bullying Policy and Parent Concern Process is understandable by all.


Vice-Chair:  Elder Camille Cranson

Elder Cranson is the newly elected Vice Chair. As an educator for more than 15 years and now an administrator in another district, she consistently supports the Howard County community advocating for the rights of students and their families. Camille often speaks before the HCPSS Board of Education (BOE) representing TCOE on various matters. Camille continually serves on numerous panels advising HCPSS on how their decisions, policies, and procedures positively or adversely impact people of color in the community. 

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Treasurer: Elder Tequila McDuffie

Elder McDuffie joined TCOE in 2015 and currently serves as Treasurer.  She joined TCOE to give support to other families in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS).  Her goal is to be an advocate for their children and families as well as give assistance to navigate through the web of functions and guidelines of the HCPSS with a great interest with students and parents of Special Education.

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Financial Secretary: Elder Milscent Muchuchuti

Elder Muchuchuti joined TCOE in 2019 and currently serves as Financial Secretary.  She joined TCOE to make a difference in the lives of young minorities through mentorship and leadership.  Elder Muchuchuti believes there is inadequate mentoring for young students to pursue their educational dreams and aspirations.  TCOE gives Milly the opportunity and platform to make a difference.


Education Chair:  Elder Earl Owens

Elder Owens joined TCOE in 2008.  His first introduction to the organization came in 2005 through conversations with Ancestral Elder Harts Brown at a Chess Tournament hosted by TCOE.  With children in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), Earl joined TCOE to support the organization’s efforts of making sure Black children had every opportunity to be successful in all their endeavors. Elder Owens currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee.

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Secretary: Elder Quiana Holmes

Elder Holmes joined TCOE in 2017, and currently serves as Recording Secretary.  She has two children in HCPSS and I have been a resident of Howard County for 16 years. She has volunteered on behalf of HoCo students for many years through her involvement in the PTA, school system committees and parent mentoring.  Quiana is excited to be part of TCOE because of the rich history of supporting and celebrating Black students.


Acting Membership Chair: Elder Claudya Richardson 

Elder Richardson is the Acting Membership Chair. As a member of the Howard County Community, she joined TCOE in August 2020 to lend her time and skills to serve a more than worthy cause. She is passionate about child advocacy and working to make the world a better place for future generations. Elder Richardson hopes to leave a mark of service, compassion and love within the community she serves.

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