A Legacy of Leadership

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. – Theodore M. Hesburgh

     In a time when the organization of minorities was at best frowned upon, The Association for the Improvement of Minorities in the Internal Revenue Service (AIM-IRS) was born in 1969 by a group of highly motivated, brave, dedicated and caring individuals.   After numerous informal meetings, a group of members held the first formal meeting in Atlantic City, NJ, an area later to be associated with the “Mid-Atlantic Region”.   The presiding officer, Ray Knight, became identified as the First AIM-IRS National President.  It has been said that Ray was a serious, no nonsense individual.

 

     AIM-IRS was formed to educate and develop its members to their fullest career and personal potential.   AIM-IRS strives to instill in its members, the highest degree of confidence in their abilities in a manner that is free from negative influence and discriminatory policies and practices.  While being created by minorities for minorities, for more than forty years, AIM-IRS has, in fact, provided its services to all who were desirous of the opportunities provided. 

 

      Throughout its history AIM-IRS has been led by both dedicated men and women that share the common goal of preserving the association while meeting the challenges of their time.  The tireless efforts of all these individuals played a significant role in AIM-IRS’ evolution. These Past National Presidents, all deserve our fullest praise and recognition.

 

     Please take a moment to read the following pages, learn about our Past National Presidents and gain some insight into their personalities and philosophies.

 

Past President Accomplishments


Nesbit Parker
2012-2016

National Senior Vice President
Ja Rita Johnson

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President
Southeast Regional VP
 

Joycelyne B. Williams
2008-2012

National Senior Vice President
Nesbit Parker

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President
North Atlantic Regional VP
North Atlantic Regional Representative
Manhattan/Brooklyn Chapter President
Manhattan/Brooklyn Chapter 1st VP
Manhattan/Brooklyn Chapter 2nd VP

     Joycelyne B. Williams is currently the Assistant Director, Customer Service Support within Information Technology (IT) User & Network Services. She has been with the Federal Government for 34 years and had increasingly responsible positions in IT for 30 years, from Computer Operator to Manhattan Integrated Equipment Manager. She graduated from the Senior Manager Readiness Program in 2006 and became the Area East Business Admin Manager; served as acting Manhattan Territory Manager and Area East Assistant Director. Joyce was selected as the End User Business Process Reengineering Communications Team Lead and was later assigned to the End User Transition Team & Transition Oversight Committee. She is a Mentor and served as a Facilitator in the MITS Mentoring Program. Joyce had collateral duties as an EEO Counselor and as a member of the MITS EEO & Diversity Council [later renamed the MITS Diversity Council] for which she received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence. Joyce is married and a proud mother of two sons, Andre and Maurice. Both have been members of AIM-IRS since 1996. Andre is a Marketing Assistant and has been a workshop presenter for the Annual Business Meeting & Training Seminar (ABMTS) Junior Conference. Maurice is in grad school attending the University of California San Diego for Performing Arts.

     I first thought about becoming the National President when I became National Senior Vice President for my second term; because that was the normal precession. It clearly became evident that normalcy meant nothing if your heart and soul was not in it. The reality hit home [to run for President] as people acknowledge the success of the current administration. I thought about what had truly happened during my two terms as National VP. What I wanted most for AIM-IRS was for the continuous resurrection and great work that had begun. I knew in my heart that I could make that difference. I felt strongly that what AIM-IRS needed…I had. That was to make the changes, set the goals, build relationships and camaraderie needed to advance the organization through the challenges we were about to face. I thought as I always thought, “ain’t no stopping us now”!  Those working tirelessly around me, that felt the same way that I felt about AIM, made it easier to announce my presidency. We all had the same thought…”not on my watch”!   

     Joyce accomplished the following during her tenure:
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Each year presented AIM-IRS overview during the Spring and Fall IRS Executive Career Development Program.
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She established the AIM-IRS Recruitment Cadre, Succession Planning and Business Resumption National Committees, ABMTS Taskforce, Emergency Preparedness and Survey.
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 She implemented CFC fundraising/solicitation Policy Statement # AIM P-14.
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Joyce made numerous changes to the ABMTS format. One was reinstitution of Officer Training during the Board & Business Meeting and revised the format of the Executive Symposium.
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The greatest impact to the ABMTS came with the IRS change to the Employee Organization (EO) 182 criteria and the process for selection of Executive participation in the EO Conferences. Joyce oversaw the 2011 ABMTS under the constraints of limited 182s to attend the conference and very few executives sponsored by IRS. And in 2012 AIM-IRS held the ABMTS without any 182s.

     My words of wisdom to the National President, start with, “you will never please everyone”.  Always remember to do what is best for the organization. If you trust your heart you will stay on track to make the right decision.  Remember three things…first, you should listen to everyone. In every statement something can be revealed. Secondly, find the strength in those around you. People do best what they enjoy. And finally, the leader is a member of the team and must serve with others.

Motto
”If I can…I will. And if I am able…I will make it happen.”


George M. Shores Jr.
2004-2008


National Senior Vice President
Joycelyne B. Williams

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President
Southwest Regional VP
Southwest Regional Representative
Oklahoma City Chapter President

     Mr. Shores is a native son of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving from 1976 to 1980.  He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma.  At the end of his term in office he worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 25 years and held the position as a Senior International Examiner in Oklahoma City in LB&I.

     The reason why I wanted to be the National President of AIM-IRS was to repay a debt I would otherwise find hard to repay.  To repay a debt to those I never met, who sacrificed their lives for the right to sit at a restaurant, drink from a water fountain, use the restroom, or live in the neighborhood of my choosing.  To repay a debt to those I never met that sacrificed their lives for the right to vote.  To repay a debt to those who in 1969 started this organization from which so many of us, including our employer, have benefited greatly.


     A few of the organizations more notable accomplishments under Mr. Shores’ leadership were:
    
•  Obtained the first AIM Organizational Credit Card;
     •  In 2005, the GS-7 and below Initiative was introduced. This program provides 14 employees (GS-7 and below) with three free room nights so that they may attend the AIM-IRS National Conference.;
     •  In July 2007, the first Leadership Summit was held in Atlanta, GA and was attended by 40 Chapter Presidents. This Summit was completely funded by the AIM National Office;
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In September 2007, the National Office hosted a 7 day Caribbean Cruise with a net profit of over $40,000.  This marked the largest single fundraiser in the Associations 39 year history;
     •  Created the Junior Conference Sponsorship Program.  This program invites disadvantage youth, in the ABMTS host city, to participate in the Junior Conference.  Donation from AIM chapters and members pay their registration fee;
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Updated the Manual of Operations to have it reconcile with the National By-Laws;
     •  Implementation of a National Mentoring Program (CAMP);
     •  Saved thousands of dollars annually by implementing the posting of the ABMTS registration material on the AIM website
     •  Created the Hotel Grid Analysis used to compare all ABMTS hotel bids;
     •  Created and implemented the use of Event Orders which made ABMTS budget process more efficient and reconciled ABMTS costs with the hosting hotel billings;
     •  By the end of my administration, the National Organization owned 100% of the assets necessary to host its Annual Business Meeting and Training Seminar. 

Recognize your weaknesses.  Surround yourself with people whose strengths are your weaknesses and give them creative freedom.  Adopt the unwritten rule “AIM will not die on my watch”  

Motto
“Coming together is a beginning…
Keeping together is progress…
Working together is a success.”


Edward T. Moore
2000-2004

National Senior Vice President
Harold Taylor (00-02)
George Shores Jr. (02-04)

In 2001, I created a direct e-mail link to the AIM membership thru the IRS    e-mail system and sent all 2,739 AIM members job announcements, and other important news at all grade levels during the 2001 IRS Reorganization and eventual “Stand Up” of the current business units.

As a result of the Internal Revenue Service mandatory requirement for accounting in several new job descriptions in 2001, I solicited and secured (51) volunteers nationwide to personally tutor AIM-IRS members in accounting on a voluntary basis. A significant number of tutors were Revenue Agents and/or licensed CPA’s.  

For the 2002 ABMTS I invited Colleen Kelly NTEU National President and she enthusiastically participated by providing critical and relevant information to all bargaining unit employees as well as the Management Officials attending the conference.

During my 4 years as National President I personally developed “technical job related” workshops such as Paperless Auditing: The Technology Effect, Leading Virtual and Remote Teams, Inventory Management for Revenue Officers, To Seize or Not to Seize, The Art of Tax Law Research, Identity Theft, Successful Meeting Planning, The Examination Re-engineering Project, The Collection Re-engineering Project, Credibility: Does It Really Matter?, Leading From The Inside Out. The National Agreement and You, Critical Job Elements: Understanding the Elements. In addition, other administrative and communication workshops during this period were developed also by Sharon Sanders, National Conference Coordinator at the time.

In accordance with the 2000 Internet Impact Plan that was created by the former National AIM Website Team, I initiated and implemented the use of credit cards for on-line registration at the 2003 ABMTS in Nashville, TN. 

Audit of the books and records by independent Certified Public Accountants concluded that the financial statements were presented fairly in all material aspects for the years 2001 thru 2004.


Eddie Mae Washington
1996-2000


National Senior Vice President
George Corbin (96-98)
Harold Taylor (98-00)


Elizabeth Holland (Wallace)
1992-1996


National Senior Vice President
M. Jeanie Brito

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President
Southeast Regional VP

Elizabeth is a native of LaGrange, Georgia and began her IRS career in 1971 as a Temporary TSR. Other position Liz held during her IRS career were Clerk typist, Office Collection REP, Supervisory Tax Examiner, Revenue Officer, Supervisory Revenue Office. She retired in 2004 as a Senior Management and Program Analyst GS-14.

The following are noted accomplishments during Elizabeth tenure as National President:

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As President Liz had the pleasure of helming the organization through a period of growth and ABMTS attendance. The organization experienced the largest number of attendees at back to back conferences in Atlanta (1993) and Washington (1994). The numbers of attendees exceeded 1200 at both conferences.
     •  Updated and re-wrote the Manual of Operations
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Re-write of various position description for inclusion in the Manual of Operations
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Served as Chair of Advisory Board of Past Presidents for Twelve Years.
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Serving for Eddie Mae Washington, Edward Moore and George Shores.
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Recipient of the Wyatt Trent Award for Organizational Dedication (1991)
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Recipient of the Bobby Wyche Award for Personal Service (1996)
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The organization was awarded the IRS Commissioners Award from IRS Commissioner Shirley Peterson in 1992

Motto
Dare to be more, AIM for the Top.


Roslyn A. Russell
1990-1992

National Senior Vice President
Elizabeth Holland (Wallace)

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President
Mid-Atlantic Regional VP
Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative
Washington, DC Chapter President
Newark, NJ Chapter President
AIM-IRS Registered Agent


Roslyn is a native of Newark, NJ and began her IRS career in 1969, at the same time as the formation of AIM-IRS.  She started as a GS-3 clerk-stenographer and she credits AIM-IRS with assisting her move up the ladder to Area Director, Taxpayer Advocate Service.  Roslyn retired from Wage and Investment in 2009 after 39 ½ years of government service.  She continues to work in the cause of AIM by working on committees, as workshop presenter, and she continues to serve as the registered agent for the organization.  In fact, her husband Alnur and son Jamil also work with the organization participating in the Junior Conferences and Jamil also lends in musical talent to the organization.  Roslyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bloomfield College, and a Master’s Degree in Managing Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.

Roslyn’s reason for wanting to become the National President was that she had learned at the feet of the founders, and that they had entrusted her with their mission, their knowledge, and their commitments and she had the awesome responsibility to take the organization to the next level of their vision, especially because of what the organization had  done for her and her personal commitment to AIM-IRS.

Some of the accomplishments achieved during Roslyn’s tenure as National President are:
     •  CFC -Met the campaign promise for a fiscally sound organization thru the application and approval to receive funds thru the Combined Federal Campaign
     •  Establishment of the first AIM-IRS Policy Statements which clarified the organization’s position concerning critical issues
     •  Instituted the first “Certified Audit” by a CPA firm. This laid the groundwork for our approval for receipt of CFC funds.
     •  Instituted a National Training Task Force to assess training need and created position descriptions for officers.  Conducted extensive board training and Team Building sessions throughout the organization.
     •  Instituted a National Auditing Team to ensure chapter compliance with National and local By-Laws and Terms of Affiliation; also conducting unannounced audits to identify and correct problem areas.
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Established the first National AIM-IRS Scholarship and mandate that CFC funds be used only for educational purposes
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Conceived and spearheaded improved accommodations for our members and affiliates with disabilities – AIM Profile was established in Braille and provided Interpreters for AIM functions
     •  Increased the number of affiliated chapters by ten and the general membership to over 6,000.
     •  Established a National Subcommittee on ERR-16 to assist in assuring the success of IRS initiatives
     •  Established a 5-year Strategic Business Plan to ensure consistency and uniformity in AIM chapters in achieving organizational objectives
     •  Established a National Committee to assist in hosting the National ABMT.
     •  Established the Sr. Vice Presidential Award of Honor, Achievement Award and Regional Rep Award.
     •  Recorded and distributed taped sessions of our national training sessions at the ABMTS so that chapters could use the tapes at their programmatic meetings.
     •  Enhanced communication of AIM’s network system through the Network Data Base Profile Program, and also through the acquisition of office equipment and software applications

Motto
When the door of opportunity is opened for our AIM-IRS members, we must ensure that we have equipped them to walk through those doors to success.


Andrew E. Branche Jr.
1986-1990

National Senior Vice President
Modestine Haynes (86-88)
Roslyn Russell (88-90)


Donald C. Moragne
1984-1986

National Senior Vice President
Willard Blalock (84-85)
Harry Croxton (85-86)

 

Allen P. Ward
1980-1984

National Senior Vice President
Mildred Bishop

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President
 

 

Arthur Werts
1978-1980

National Senior Vice President
Allen P. Ward

AIM Career
National Senior Vice President 

 

Bessie Moore
1976-1978

National Senior Vice President
Arthur Werts

 

Phyllis Boney
1975-1976
 
 

Delores Johnson
1973-1975

National Senior Vice President
Richard Smith

AIM Career
Founding Member
Mid-Atlantic Regional VP
Newark Chapter President
Newark, N J. Chapter Secretary

Delores started her career in Newark as a Temporary GS-1 clerk in 1962 .She became the first female Afro-American Revenue Officer in Newark as well as Cadre Manager. She held positions as Regional Analyst, Chief Centralized Service Branch and Examination Team Leader in North Atlantic Region. She was selected as Assistant Chief Collection, San Francisco District and Chief Collection Division Sacramento, first Female Afro American in those positions. She attributes her success to God and AIM. Delores retired from the Service September 1994.

         The reason  I  wanted  to be National President is as a founder  in 1969, I saw the challenges facing  us as we began to expand and felt that I had knowledge of the people in many of the districts  who would make sacrifices to  make AIM a reality and a supporter to enhance minorities in the service .

          During my term we created by-laws, established chapters in North Atlantic Region  expanded to   San Francisco and Changed our Mid Atlantic Regional  title to National, determined if we were to be Incorporated or Exempt established a Treasurer at the now National and wok began on a Manual of Operation,

         I want the organization to continue to grow and employees to meet new hires and assist them and as you move up in your careers, remember to pull someone up and ensure they get what is needed to replace you. Never lose sight on,” who you are, where you were and where you are going”. The IRS is continually changing and we will adapt but never lose sight of the ultimate goal.

Motto
Have faith in God and yourself.


Ted Brunson
1971-1973
  
 

Raymond Knight
1969-1971