Deacon LaVonn Traylor



Deacon  LaVonn Traylor  has recently taken the position as the president of South Suburban Action Conference. After becoming involved with SSAC, he was a member for two years and then was elected as President. Growing up he attended Chicago Public Schools and graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1976. He retired from M&M Mars after 22 years of service and attends South Suburban Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as Deacon. He takes great pride in helping and developing others to be more effective and powerful by pulling the best out of them. Deacon Traylor and his wife Belinda Ann Traylor have four children, three boys and one girl.  

Mrs. Wynell Verrett-Butler


1st Vice President

Wynell Verrett-Butler is an active member of Ascension St. Susanna Roman Catholic Church in Harvey.  She has been active with SSAC since it's inception and has been fighting for education equality for more than 25 years, taking the issues of education from the school house to the State and White House.  She is a widow, mother of two daughters, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Dale Lawson, Sr.


2nd Vice President

Reverend Dr. Dale Lawson  Christ Temple Baptist Church, Markham IL
Reverend Dale A. Lawson has been the Pastor of Christ Temple Baptist Church for the past nine years. His commitment to his faith and to Christ Temple are strengths beyond measure that benefit our entire congregation. Pastor Lawson is married to Sis. Vallierie Lawson, Christ Temple's First Lady, also a dedicated and faithful servant in Christ. They have one son and one daughter, as well as 15 grandchildren.


Dr. Becky Adams



Dr. Becky Adams has been Secretary for SSAC for many years.  She works endlessly in all areas of the organization and is a great advocate for Education.  Dr. Adams was the previous principal at Prairie Hills Academic Center & Markham Park School, before retiring in 2002, and then retired from National Louis University in 2014.  Dr. Adams have two children, five grand-children and one great-grandchild.  She serves as a faithful member of Christ Temple Baptist Church.

Dr. Emma L. Dabney



​Dr. Emma L. Dabney is treasurer of SSAC and has shown her eagerness to work and support the organization. She has a true love for GOD's work and is a member of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, IL.   She retired from Southwest Cook County Cooperative for Special Education in 2012 after 26 years of service.   GOD blessed Dr. Dabney with 5 children, 4 daughters and 1 son; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

Rev. David Bigsby


 Rev. David Bigsby, is the Pastor of In The Upper Room Ministries, Lansing IL

Pastor Bigsby served as President of the South Suburban Action Conference, ( until 2009) which is actively pursuing and involved in social, civic, and educational parity in the south suburbs, including such issues as the Third Airport in Peotone. More recently, he was elected Vice President of African American Leadership Commission, (AALC) a national organization dedicated to development of clergy in social justice advocacy. In July 2009, Pastor Bigsby was elected President of Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus (GNCC), and was installed in December at ILA in St. Louis, MO.L


Rev. Tyrone Coleman


Clergy Caucus Chair

Pastor, Tyrone Coleman, Evans Community Church, Phoenix IL 

Co-Convenor of the South Suburban Action Conference presiding over each meeting in conjunction  with Mrs. Annie Sears

Juan Soto


Juan F. Soto, Gamaliel Metro Chicago Executive Director, 312-666-2663 ext: 224

Juan F. Soto is the Executive Director of Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, Gamaliel of Illinois and Gamaliel Network’s Director of the Civil Rights for Immigrant Department. Juan is also a senior trainer for the Gamaliel Network and mentors and trains organizers at the local and national level.

He oversees Fiesta del Sol, the largest four day Mexican cultural event in that draws in over 1.3 million people annually. Fiesta Del Sol is the largest, free, family orientated, non-alcohol and tobacco-free festival in the U.S. Fiesta has been an economic engine that has supported the creation of entrepreneurship for many small business minded owners.

Task Force Leaders


Rev. Tyrone Coleman, Co-Convenor

Mrs. Annie Sears, Co-Convenor

Mass Incarceration

Rev. Maverick Davis

Mrs. Fronnie Echols

Dea. LaVonn Traylor

Rev. David Bigsby

Lively Souls

Minister Patricia Johnson 

Lively Souls (Senior Taskforce)

Program Committee

Ms. Effie Alexander

Mrs. Wynell Verrett-Butler

Dr. Emma Dabney

Ms. Ericka Butler


Rev. Ira J. McDowell

Ms. Trancita Mickens

Mrs. Regina Titsworth

Education Task Force

Dr. Becky Adams

Mrs. Wynell Verrett-Butler

Dr. Emma Dabney