William E. Berry, Jr. hails from the Bronx, NY via traveling the world.  He distinguished himself in a variety of senior academic, executive, and student affairs administrative assignments at major universities and colleges.  An activist educator, change agent, and academician interested in the dynamics of empowerment, diversity, sustainability, culture, and organizational effectiveness, he served as assistant dean for undergraduate studies at the State University Center at Stony Brook; directed Antioch University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Maryland; served as dean of student affairs at the Harlem, NY based Malcolm-King College, and  provided executive level assistance to three presidents at Rockland Community College (SUNY).
He served as the founding dean of institutional initiatives at Cayuga Community College (SUNY); held the joint positions of executive assistant to the president and associate dean of college relations at York College (CUNY), and was recruited to serve as vice president of student affairs at Briarcliffe College on Long Island.  He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate-levels; presented at numerous national conferences, and holds an undergraduate degree in History from Lehman College, a Masters in Afro-American Studies from Boston University, and completed doctoral level coursework in Urban History at New York University. 

A current resident of Auburn, NY, bill’s prolific management background complements his penchant and passion for supporting all phases of art and culture especially the written word, the visual and performing arts, and artists.  His thirty year plus association with a wide variety of arts organizations, emerging and established artists, and other visionaries shaped the core and philosophy of what is aaduna

In early 2010, bill launched aaduna, Inc., a non-profit company with the primary purpose of producing a thrice yearly publication that seeks to identify new and emerging writers and artists, especially creative people of color.  And in doing so, he plans to create a different paradigm and community between artist and the marketplace.  He continues to write fiction (short stories and a novel in progress), as well as essays dealing with diversity and educational management issues.  For aaduna, he does what is needed…whenever.
Rosemary Blake, born in New York City, educated in the public schools, the College of New Rochelle, the New School, and Yale University, has explored six of the planet's seven continents. She has visited ashrams in India, viewed the great migration across the plains of Kenya and Tanzania, took a one-year around-the-world sojourn and is still left with many places to discover. She contributed to Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel & Adventure and edited four periodicals; she chaired an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater school committee, and created a documentary film production company. The Uzima Collection is her line of jewelry that fashions beads, crystals, and gemstones into wearable art and healing energy, and Uzima Services is her financial management business.

Lisa Brennan is the webmaster of aaduna's website and oversees the technical aspects involved with the thrice annual publication of aaduna artists' written content and gallery presentations of visual art. She also designed the aaduna logo, transitioning a Southeast Asian art work into a plausible graphic design.

Lisa started her pursuit of painting and art in the 3rd grade when she studied under the tutelage of artist Professor Walter Long, who served as the founding director and decades-long leader of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art.  Her monochromatic acrylic wall mural of “race horses pounding to the finish line” completed when she was a senior in high school remains on permanent display at Auburn High School.  She continues to work with oil and acrylic, and finds a creative outlet in interpreting the everyday nuances of rural life: native flowers, old houses, horses.  A life-long resident of Auburn, NY, she uses her keen eye to photograph romantic landscapes located throughout the Finger Lakes.

Lisa holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College.  Her professional career has always evolved around being an entrepreneur or independent contractor.  She started and operated a successful resume writing/career counseling business for several years in the pre-Internet age; handled all phases of marketing for a top producing real estate broker, and served as the executive director of the Auburn Downtown Partnership, precursor to the Business Improvement District (BID).  Currently, Lisa is a New York Licensed Real Estate Broker specializing in commercial sales and leasing. She also serves as a regional sales manager for The UPS Store new franchise development and resales in Upstate NY, VT, CT, NH, MA, RI, and ME.


Keith Leonard is multi-dimensional and avoids publicity...always.
I want to…No!
I need to exist in the middle of those
minute spaces between printed letters, and
the vastness that divides one sentence from the next. 
I exist in big cities where you can be anonymous,
or androgynous, or even a non-entity,
floating like dust
settling wherever people remove their presence
with eyes wide open not seeing.
I exist in the nether world where
consciousness and ream sleep co-exist.
The “Greatest” talked about butterflies and bees. 
I just float to make better sense of my world. 
For now,
I serve.
Tomorrow has not come.
Veronica Ramos is the founder and CEO of Indigo Graphics & Design ( based in Baltimore , Maryland .  In addition to designing aaduna’s website, her artistic portfolio includes crafting several websites for music based initiatives. Born in the Bronx, NY, Veronica’s interest in art and design started at a very young age.  She studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and majored in Advertising Design and Copyrighting at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Her collegiate experiences further developed her passion for graphic design and eventually, website development and maintenance. In addition to Indigo Graphics & Design, she holds an executive management assignment with Face The Bass Productions.  Veronica presently resides in Baltimore.



aaduna is guided by the support and wisdom of folks who have a commanding and influential presence in the larger community.  More importantly, each member continues to veer her/his organization to enhanced heights of public visibility, recognition, and sustained growth.  The aaduna Board of Directors consists of the following persons in alphabetical order:

  • Dr. Walt Aikman, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Math and Science, Cayuga Community College (State University of New York), Auburn, NY.
  • Sheila Applegate, International Seer, Healer, Teacher, and Author of Oneness, Lafayette, NY.
  • Dave Bergan, JD; Co-owner, Bergan Brothers Clothing, Syracuse, New York. 
  • William E. Berry, Jr., ; Publisher and CEO, aaduna, Inc., Auburn, NY.
  • Ellen Blalock, Artist; Videographer with The Post- Standard Daily Newspaper, Syracuse, New York .
  • Lisa Brennan, Regional Sales Representative (VT, NY, CT, NH), The UPS Store; Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker; Executive Manager of Administration and Marketing, aaduna, Inc., Auburn, NY.
  • Billye Chabot, Executive Director, Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY.
  • Dr. Patricia Clark, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing; Director, African American Studies, State University of New York at Oswego.
  • Eli Hernandez, President, Auburn/Cayuga NAACP, Auburn, NY.
  • Sean McLeod, President of  the New York Institute of Dance and Education; Artistic Director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre; Executive Producer of the New York Dance Festival, Auburn, NY.

Honorary Board Advisors:

  • Sally Wood Winslow, Artist; Director, Center at High Falls Heritage Area/High Falls Fine Art Gallery in the Browns Race Historic District, Rochester, NY.
  • Nia Rock, Vice President, Community Re-investment/Foundation Manager, Sovereign Bank, New York City, NY.
  • Joyce Y. Hartsfield, Attorney-at-Law, New York City, NY.
Rosemary has spent twenty years as executive director of a $500 million pension fund, was president of the Women's Economic Circle, serves numerous organizations as a board member, and maintains a daily meditation practice.
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