Founder and President
Windy Barnes Farrell
Windy is an international vocalist and entertainer whose talents have been revered by some of the greatest celebrities in music history. Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Anita Baker, Madonna, Pastor Shirley Caesar, many friends, colleagues and fans have appreciated the magic of Windy’s incomparable gifts.
Windy is a Chicago native, a passionate community organizer and vocal activist for social justice. She is the founder and CEO of The C.H.I. PROJECT (Chicago Honor Initiative), an infant organization with the key focus of eradicating gang violence in Chicago, seeking reparations and financial independence for persons of African descent.
She is a teacher, a writer, mother of two amazing daughters and resides in San Pedro CA. with her husband of 30 years, the honorable Los Angeles City Councilman (retired), Robert Farrell.
Board of Directors
Robert Farrell, 1st Vice President
About Robert Farrell
Robert Farrell has served as a civic activist for some 60 years. Starting in 1961, as a member of CORE, he was among the 500+ Freedom Riders who hastened the end to racial segregation in interstate transportation and facilities in the nation. In 2018 he was among 12 Californians cited by the California Legislative Black Caucus as “Unsung Heroes and Exemplars” in the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., social justice and community service.He participates in activities of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Rotary San Pedro, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the San Pedro Arts District, and the City Club of Los Angeles. A City of Los Angeles retiree, he was a four term representative of the 8th District on the City Council during the tenure of Mayor Tom Bradley. Farrell earned a BA in Near Eastern Studies at UCLA, and attended the graduate school of journalism there. He was political editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and the Black Journalists Association of Southern California. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. A life member of the NAACP, he has served as member of and been recipient of honors from the UCLA Black Alumni Association, Black Community Clergy Alliance, Black American Political Association of California, Guyana Medical Relief, Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, TransAfrica, Los Angeles Urban League, and the Silver Lining of Hope Conference, among other community and civic organizations.
Sunny Daye, 2nd Vice President
About Sunny Daye
Sunny is an International Federation of Body Building and Fitness pro winning many awards including the Amazing Women in Health and Wellness award in 2016. Sunny has served as a wellness program advisor with Casa de las Amigas Women’s Recovery Center in Pasadena, California. She has facilitated at Express Results Boot Camp, LA Fitness,24 Hour Fitness, and Iconix Fitness. She is a member of the Agape International Spiritual Center under the guidance of Dr. Reverend Michael Beckwith. Sunny has studied theology, metaphysics/mysticism, practicing meditation, spiritual economics, living the science of mind, bereavement/hospice grief support, and counsel. Sunny is a licensed spiritual practitioner and a certified occupational therapist. She has over 15 years of experience and education in developing general and individualized exercise and nutritional programs. She works closely with celebrity entertainers, professional athletes, seniors, youth and 12-step and sober group members. Sunny is also a talented singer, actress, and a graduate of Pasadena School of Performing Arts.
Annie Appel, Secretary
About Annie Appel
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, which shares a border with Juarez, Mexico. Across the US-Mexican border, marked by a great river, life was different from that of my family. Flimsy shacks, no electricity, and dirt roads contrasted starkly with my childhood experience. Being creative became a way to understand the human condition in the context of social injustice. Photography and writing allowed me to engage the world when, as a youngster, I made my first print in a darkroom, and recorded my first entry in a journal. My documentary/fine arts photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in private and corporate collections.
Pamela Jackson, Treasurer
About Pamela Jackson
Pam is a highly driven and agile financial services leader with a unique combination of human resources, process optimization, technology, and business acumen experience. A proven track record in change management, internal and external client support, vendor management, and system implementations. She has developed an HR Shared Services department and implemented a case management solution to support 2500 colleagues. Managed overall plan for several RFPs, vendor selection processes, and HRIS systems implementation. Led Mutual Funds operations for 75 individuals with a global bank.
Amirah S. Simpson, Music
Silke Bradford, Education