The Leadership Team -BPRS-NY
Phil Andrews, President – Phil Andrews is the President of Black Public Relations Society-New York and the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Past President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. He is the Founder of P.A. Public Relations Co.; Phil serves as Public Relations Director. Prior to beginning his career in Public Relations, Phil was the Vice President of the Haircut Hut franchise. He currently holds a leadership position in the Black Public Relations Society-New York, Inc. which is New York’s Premier organization for Image Makers and Strategists in Public Relations.
Phil has received many proclamations from notable political officials including former Nassau County Executive Thomas S. Gullotta, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Assembly-woman Earlene Hooper Hill, 18th Assembly District of New York. In 2010, Phil was honored for 50 or So Around 50 by Long Island Business News. In 2011, Phil was honored by the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY) with the “Good Neighbor Award”. Phil’s work has been featured in multi-platform publications including Black Star News, The New York Beacon, Amsterdam News, Minority Business Review, The Network Journal and more. He’s also featured in “15 Years of Minority Business Development” a book published by Mr. Robert Adams. Phil is listed in Who’s Who in Black America and the International Who’s Who. Mr. Andrews has been awarded the In House Leadership Marketing Award by Long Island Business News for his participation with the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Mr. Andrews serves on the advisory board of Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Minority Women Business Enterprise Committee.
Phil has served on several Board of Directors including the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt Kiwanis, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, and Bronx Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Nutrition Network.
Lisa Eason, Vice President, Black Public Relations Society-New York – Lisa Eason has over two decades of experience in office administration and hospitality. Through the years she has worked with a number of esteemed organizations and affluent individuals as an Executive Assistant, Production Assistant, and Events Assistant. Lisa
With her heart and desire for the social and emotional development of youth and adults in underprivileged areas, Lisa serves as the Board Secretary for The Darby Foundation, a 501(c)3 community based organization focused on building sustainable communities. She serves as a volunteer Administrative Support Specialist and Events Assistant for The Cedarmore Corporation. She also works on the Advisory Board for The Cedarmore Corporations’ Youth Empowerment Series: Girlz Talk and Boyz N2 Men sponsored by Hofstra University, the Nassau County District Attorney, and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. The Cedarmore Corporation is a 501(c)3 community based organization providing comprehensive serves to underserved communities on Long Island.
Lisa is an Associate Member of the New York Gang Investigators Association. She has organized violence prevention programs such as a Student Speak Out against Gang and Gun Violence in the Hempstead School District, as well as, serves as a liaison to the Guidance Department supplying college admissions workshops.
Lisa is the creator of “Quick to Forgive, Difficult to Offend” Acting Improvisation Workshop which is geared towards critiquing social structures that inhibit young women and men from making positive choices when dealing with challenges and obstacles. The workshop is designed to supply the youth with the essentials of compassionate communication. Participants engage in role playing exercises on gun violence prevention and the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Lisa volunteers in the Media Department, Hospitality Department, and Culinary Department at Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ and is also an active Events Assistant with the Youth Department programs. Lisa is currently a junior at Queens College in the Media Studies/Film Studies program. She has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Science with a concentration in Humanities & Social Science from Nassau Community College.
Erna Blackman, Board of Directors – Erna Jones-Blackman is the Founder of Butterflies By Blaq Inc. Butterflies BBI is a 501c3 non profit organization which provides FREE hair replacements and solutions to children experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions. The organization has a special interest in inner city children as they are a group that is often overlooked due to the special needs of their hair.
Bestowed with a passion for cosmetology most of her life, Erna created Butterflies BBI after recognizing a need for services while volunteering with the American Cancer Society where she served as a stylist in their wig program. While serving with ACS, Erna was inspired by the smiles she would bring to the faces of her clients as she helped them while they dealt with their personal illnesses. She then decided to bring her services to children, in attempts to help brighten their days and quite possibly their futures. Mrs Blackman graduated from Delaware State University, where she received a BA in Journalism. She also recently retired from NYS DOCCS and is the grateful daughter of Ernest and Joan Jones, loving wife of Emile Blackman and proud mother of Kaiya and Elijah Blackman.
Erna Blackman is also the Queens County Director of The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and has been featured on WABC’s Here And Now, and in The Queens Courier as The Star of Queens, The Queens Press, Long Island Business News (Movers and Shakers column), Newsday’s (People On The Move column), Harlem Community Newspaper, Long Island.com and The New York Trend Newspaper. For more information about Butterflies BBI please visit the website at www.ButterfliesBBI.org.