Board & Staff
SAACC Board Bios
Vickie Oldham M.F.A.
President & CEO
Vickie Oldham M.F.A. is president and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc. SAACC’s goal is to open an art center and history museum. The precursor of this historic preservation initiative is “Newtown Alive.” Led by Oldham, the project traces the history of Newtown, one of Sarasota’s oldest communities.
Newtown Alive products include a research report, a book, historical markers, a documentary short, a guided trolley tour, traveling exhibition, walking tours, a mobile app, oral history interviews, an inventory of historic structures, a podcast series, and newtownalive.org, the official website. The project has received local and state awards. Visit Sarasota County named Ms. Oldham the 2020 Voice of Tourism.
Washington Hill, M.D.
Chairman of the Board
Washington Hill, M.D. is a senior physician of 55 years in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine at CenterPlace Health and has practiced for more than 30 years at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hill received his M.D. from Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Army General Hospital.
After 12 years in private practice, he completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. Dr. Hill holds academic appointments at several prestigious schools of medicine. He is founder of the high-risk pregnancy program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and a long-term Sarasota physician and community leader.
Marvin B. Austin is Director of Finance at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties, Inc. Before moving to Sarasota in 2021, he was Director of Finance and Operations for the Milwaukee Urban League in Racine, WI. Mr. Austin continues as Principal Consultant at RB Legacy Enterprises, LLC which provides services designed to improve the quality of life in African American communities. A commitment to build strong neighborhoods is the impetus that led to his work with civic groups. Austin is a member of the Newtown Business Council, a founding member of Black Community Working Together, Inc. and treasurer of the Howard Club of Southwest Florida.
Rev. Brock H. Leach
LAWRENCE A. MILLER, Ph.D.
Kaveecia Moore, M.B.A.
Jennifer O. Rominiecki
Edna Sherrell, M.Ed.
James B. Stewart Ph.D.
The Honorable CHARLES E. WILLIAMS
The time is now!
HISTORY THAT TIME HAS FORGOTTEN
THE TIME HAS COME
A CENTER FOR ALL TIME AND ALL PEOPLE
In 2018 Vickie Oldham asked a distinguished group of community leaders to join her in forming the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC) to preserve, celebrate and share the cultural, artistic and historical heritage of African Americans in Sarasota and beyond. The first step was to accept as its initial location the Historic Leonard Reid House deeded to the City of Sarasota by a developer. City officials moved the house in May 2022 from Cohen Way to Orange Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1,400-square-foot house was built in 1926 in Sarasota’s earliest African American community, Overtown, which Leonard Reid helped to establish. The Reid House will be transformed into a new arts, culture and history center that will host exhibits about Black life and history. It will have performance space for Black artists and offer public programs and classes in drawing, painting, photography, writing, health and wellness, leadership and entrepreneurship. Opportunities to mentor Newtown students will be offered. It will be accessible to individuals countywide and, during these polarized times, will provide a safe space for discussions about race, identity, class, social justice, history and culture.