Upcoming General meeting
November 7, 2020

Meet the candidates for the Board


Marleen Powell

Committed and dedicated to serve..

I am a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield since 1999, where I serve in several ministries which includes leadership role in the Women’s Fellowship Ministry core team, co-chair of the Media Ministry, and co-chair of the Travel Ministry. 

I am one of the founding member of JONJ Union County chapter and currently serving my second term as the Public Relations Officer.

I am a retired corporate executive with over twenty five years of experience in Library Information Systems and Corporate Documents Management.  Career encompasses proven analytical, managerial and leadership abilities in corporate organizations. Significant accomplishments in: project management, policy development, strategic planning and cost management.


goes above and beyond for any cause to which she is committed.  In 2008, as JONJ embarked on the task of restructuring to its current model, Maureen created the office space, was at the table and lent her expertise in organizational development and not-for-profit management to the benefit of the Organization.  She furthermore played a pivotal role in the recruitment of key members to JONJ.  Maureen has since played leading roles in the planning and facilitation of fundraising events both on the local and statewide levels. Over the last 4 years, as a member of the planning committee, she was actively involved in the execution leading to the success of the year end events. Maureen has demonstrated in her dedicated time and involvement her commitment to JONJ and our society.  She furthermore epitomizes JONJ’s mission in being impactful in areas of identified needs in our adopted homeland and back home in Jamaica.

Maureen has been acknowledged for her expertise, knowledge, hard work and passion on a national level.  She was honored as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by the Network Journal and has received NAACP and Congressional honors for her leadership in Child Welfare.  

Tracy Tomlinson Dixon

It is said, “to whom much is given, much is expected”.  I stand on the  shoulders of trailblazers; persons who sacrificed not only their financial resources but also their time to ensure my success in this journey called life. It is those sacrifices that propel me to serve my fellow Jamaicans in the diaspora and at home, Jamaica Land We Love.

My goal if elected to the State Board of JON-J is aid in the growth of the organization without compromise, and to work with our community partners towards achieving our shared goals.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from CUNY – York College in Business Administration minor in Political Science and a MBA in Business Administration from Long Island University.

Sam Cherrington

Sam is one of the founding members of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey.  He has served in various capacities at both the Chapter and State levels as Treasurer, General Secretary and Vice President.  He has also served on and chaired a number of JONJ’s committee including Flag Raising, Independence Service, Award of Excellence, Establishment of New Chapters and Disaster Preparedness

Sam has been a member of New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange for the past 32 years.  He has served as a member of the Finance Committee, Brotherhood Ministry, Prison Ministry, Sunday School Teacher, Bereavement & Intercessory Prayer Ministries as well as the Benevolent Committee.  Sam has been a Deacon for the past 20 years, a number of which he served as its Chairman.   

 He currently serves as a member of the Ways and Means Committee of the New Jersey Baptist Deacons Association as well as a member of the Network of Christian Men of New Jersey.

Sam has provided guidance in the establishment of the Jamaica Association of Rhode Island (JARI), in Rhode Island.  The establishment of this body, makes it along with JON-J, the only two statewide Jamaican organizations in the USA.

Patrick M. Reid

Patrick has served on the Board of numerous community organizations addressing important issues of concern to our community. A Founding member of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JONJ), he served twice as State Board President as well as other capacities and Committees where needed. Currently, a Board member and President of the East Orange Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Education Foundation and Historical Society of East Orange, he focuses on Entrepreneurship, Business, Education and Community Development. He enjoys and participates in numerous expressions of our culture as well as a competitive game of soccer and Dominoes.

His greatest joy comes from spending his time with his two sons and family.


The Jamaica Organization of New Jersey (JON-J), a 501(C) 3 nonprofit organization with dual purpose of building and strengthening ties among people of Jamaican heritage in communities across New Jersey and to serve as a resource to give back to our homeland. comprised of six chapters across the state. Although our membership primarily consists of Jamaican nationals, our events are opened to all regardless of race and ethnicity




The mission of JON-J is to empower Jamaicans and their descendants residing in New Jersey to maintain a cultural 
identity within the community; establish relationships within
the business, civic, educational, religious and international communities; promote recreational activities; and assist in
the development and improvement of community related 
projects in Jamaica and New Jersey. 



A place where Caribbean residents and new immigrants may settle and live in health and prosperity. Providing necessary resources to realizing that goal.


Founders award by Bergen Chapter
Plainfield Flag Raising with SDA Pathfinders
Member service award at Independence Gala
Essex Chapter Black History Program

founding members

Rev. Alfred Johnson
Mr. Lynval James
Mr. Ferdinand Bright
Mrs. Clarice Womble

Contact Us

we would like to hear from you

Jamaica Organization of New Jersey
PO Box 446
Orange, New Jersey 07051
Tel. (848) 228-2976
Email jamaicaorg.nj@gmail.com