About Us

Board of Directors

Norma Faris

Norma Faris-Taylor


Norma Faris-Taylor has been president of the Bay Area Black Nurses Association for the past years. We appreciate her leadership for BABNA in addressing the health needs of our community. Norma’s interest in nursing and community health goes back several years. She began with Practical Nurse training during her junior and senior years (1962-1963). She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Nursing from UCSF. She then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies at San Francisco State University.

Together with this body of information and her nursing skills, she actualized her multidimensional interest and commitment to serving our community. She recognizes that health care was not just provided in clinics and hospitals, but that economics and politics has much to do with access and availability of health care settings.


Cheryl-Lee Davis

Cheryl-Lee Davis

Vice President

Ms. Davis has dedicated 42 passionate years to the profession of nursing, working her way up through the ranks from CNA, HHA, LVN, to earning her RN/BSN/PHN.
Ms. Davis works in Adult Neurology Kaiser Oakland. Ms. Davis has been a valued and influential member of BABNA since 1991 and has mentored many Medical Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Nursing Students to achieve Registered Nursing Status.
Kim Scott

Rojan Duncan


Ms. Rojan Duncan has been a part of the nursing profession for 5 years. Ms. Duncan currently works as a Psychiatric Nurse at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

Ms. Duncan had been a part of the BABNA since 2010 assisting in the scholarship and membership committee. Ms. Duncan currently is the Treasurer.


Mildred Crear

Mildred Crear

Founding Member,
Community Activities Chair

She is a graduate of U.C.S.F. School of Nursing (BSN), S.F. State University with a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Public Health Administration from U.C. Berkeley.

Most of her career she worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health starting as a Public Health Nurse and ending her career as the Director of Maternal and Child Health in 2004.

She has been a member of the Bay Area Black Nurses’ Association (BABNA) since its inception in 1971. Currently, she is the Chairman of Nursing and Community Education.

Venita Jones

Venita Jones

Scholarship Chair

Mukulla Godwin

Media and Legislative Committee, Chair

Mukulla Godwin, BSN, MS: Holds BS degrees from San Jose State University in Psychology and Behavioral Science, a BSN from the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences from San Francisco State University.

She has a deep interest in African American health, nursing and medical history which lead her to produce a documentary, “A Jewel in History, The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital for Colored” in 1997. After retiring from her position primarily in psychiatry, she has continued active in health services, serving as Chairperson for the Depression Education Project with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and various other community based groups. She also values networking with various groups, such as, the California Nurses Association, The Physicians for a National Health Plan, the Physicians Organizing Committee as well as, supporting international groups interested in health and well being in the African Diaspora.


Venita Jones

Dr. Dee Tolbert

Faith and Facts COVID-19,
Project Manager

Dr. Dee Tolbert is a consummate health care professional who holds many titles, including loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, critical care nurse, motivational speaker, spiritual leader, and Certified Life Coach. She is the founder and CEO of Dunnrite Consultant Services, VP of Operations at Double B Transports EnVizion Life.  Dr. Dee is a graduate of the University of Miami (BSN), University of Memphis (MSN), and earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Capella University in Executive Nursing Leadership.  


Dr. Dee’s work with the International Women’s Leadership and the Bay Area Black Nurses Association, Faith and Facts (COVID “Stay Super Safe.” Her former affiliations included Regional Director of Minister Prayer Network the USA, Executive Director of Potential Release Ministers, Inc., Executive Board Member of the American Heart Association, Executive Board Member for the Alameda Homeless Shelter, and the Miss Sacramento Beauty Pageant.


Through her tireless work ethic and humble devotion to serving God, Dr. Dee currently focuses her time and efforts on empowering her community to build confidence to make informed healthcare decisions.  At EnVizion, she provides an individual’s program to assist men, women, and children in identifying their inner strength to better their lives, careers, relationships, and connection to God. Dr. Dee’s passion and calling help others to achieve spiritual, health, and wellness; by EnVizioning Life, Reclaiming Life, and Live Life Intentionally.

BABNA Member Highlight

Venita Jones

Salamah Locks

BABNA Member

Salamah Locks, nee Yvonne Gibbs, graduated from Polytechnic High School on June 1963. During her years at Poly, Yvonne was a Pom Pom Girl for basketball and football seasons.
She was active in political science and served as the student body Treasurer and Vice-President. Salamah is a Founding Board member of the Polytechnic Alumni Association which gives scholarships to San Francisco high school seniors who are admitted a technical school, college or university upon graduation.

Locks graduated from City College of San Francisco with an AS degree in Anthropology and Psychology in 1979 and from the College of Marin, Larkspur with ADN in Nursing in 1981. She returned to school and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, in 1986, and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1990 with a focus in community health nursing. She returned to UCSF again for a Post Masters in Gerontology.

With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and wellness of patients and their families, Locks has gained more than 30 years of nursing experience with a background in medical surgical nursing, heart and lung transplant nursing, telemetry, and military nursing. Locks served as an instructor at College of Marin in Larkspur, California and part-time adjunct instructor at University of San Francisco. She retired from clinical practice at the University of California Hospitals, San Francisco in July 2011, and later retired with the rank of Commander from the
U.S. Navy in August 2012, after serving nearly 22 distinguished years. Her present appointment is San Rafael Commissioner, and the former Chair of the Marin County Commission on Aging.

Locks has received several awards and commendations, including the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Navy Commendation Metal. She is a recipient of the National Daisy Award for Outstanding Nursing, and 2019 Health Achievement Award from the San Francisco City Public High Schools Committee. Her most recent award was the National Black Nurses’ Association 2021 Nurse of the Year for Community Service.

Locks has presented at international, national and regional conferences, including the International Conference on Women’s Health Issues, Gaborone, Botswana; 21st Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, Hilo, Hawaii; the Gerontological Society of America; the Western Institute for Nursing; and the 22nd Annual Nursing Research Conference VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She has published a chapter in the book, Culture and Clinical Care.


* Make nursing responsive to the health needs and demands of the consumer.
* Recruit African-Americans into schools of nursing and encourage advancement into leadership roles.