Three community leaders will be recognized at the annual Morristown Task Force on Diversity’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on January 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Morristown.
Yoland Treece, Ignacio Godinez and Leigh Anne Fluker will be recognized with community awards at the banquet. Doors open at 7 a.m., for breakfast The program starts at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and veterans.
A graduate of Morristown West High School, Fluker has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from TN Technological University and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University.
She is the Human Resources Manager with Iatric Manufacturing Solutions in Morristown.
Fluker is the President of the Jonathan Fluker Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has presented over $20,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors since 2016. Her community service includes working on the Career and Technical Education Advisory Board with Hamblen County Schools, serving as past Board President for CEASE, working with HC*EXCELL’s Ready by 6 program and Morristown Central Services, serving as Secretary for the Progressive Business Association, and working with Outside These Walls, a ministry that focuses on sharing the love of God beyond the “four walls” of the church. Known as “Momma Fluke” throughout the schools, she supports her children through basketball, football, forensics, dance, Beta Club, physical trainers, choir and serving as a co-chair and advisor for Project Graduation.
Fluker and her family serve at both Cowan Chapel United Methodist Church in Kingston and Bethel Baptist Church in Morristown.
Fluker has been married to Brian Fluker for almost 24 years, and they have two daughters, Briana, a freshman at MTSU, and Kelley, a junior at Morristown West High. As a family, they continue to honor the memory of their son and brother, Jonathan, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 17 after battling cancer.
Ignacio Godinez is the Quality Compliance Supervisor in the Colgate-Palmolive facility at Morristown.
Married to Angelica Medina in 2012, Godinez holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering with specialty of Quality and productivity from the “Instituto Tecnologico de Queretaro and a Master of Administration and Executive Management from the “Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro.”
Born in Hidalgo, Mexico, to Ignacio Godinez Carbajal and Maria Teresa Iglesias Angeles, Ignacio has participated in several community service programs promoted by Colgate such as “Apadrina a un Niño (Sponsor a child)” from 2011 to 2016, support for foster children homes and helping communities in need. He is part of the RHiTA Community Advisory Council since 2018 and in November 2019 was part of the team coordinating the “Quality Week build a bike for charity activity” where Colgate employees built and donated 23 new bicycles to Kingswood Home For Children in Bean Station, Holston Home for Children in Greeneville and Central Services in Morristown.
The Godinezes have been living in Morristown since 2017 and they enjoy participating in the community.
Treece is a local celebrity.
A singer, actress and activist, she’s well known on the regional stage and has expanded those horizons beyond East Tennessee, recently winning rave reviews for her performance as Abuela Claudia in the Visión Latino Theatre Company and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center’s production of “In the Heights” in Chicago.
Treece has been a consistent presence at the MLK breakfast since its inception, frequently performing as well as leading the group in “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
A native of Morristown, she has performed for nearly 30 years in local theatre. Memorable shows include Hairspray, Walk Don’t Ride, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, Big River, Sister Act and The Miracle Worker.
In addition to stage work, Treece is well known for her gospel perfomances, She is a frequent presence at the annual From Africa to Appalachia celebration and lends her voice in support of non-profits and church events across the area.
She is the mother of Treven.
The guest speaker for the event will be Reneé Kesler, President of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.
Established in 1975, Beck is an African-American teaching and learning museum and cultural center that serves as a State of Tennessee designated primary repository of black history and culture in the city of Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee.
As the storehouse of African American history and culture, Kesler ensures that Beck remains dedicated to this mission. Kesler envisions leading Beck to becoming the desired place that people go to learn, discover and experience the rich legacy of African Americans inside a vibrant Cultural Corridor.
Prior to assuming the leadership of Beck, Kesler launched, in 2007, an independent consulting firm, RK Consulting, a Certified Tennessee Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and a Certified Women Business Enterprise by the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise. The firm specialized in Administrative and General Management Consulting Services.
Kesler has committed numerous years to public service including serving on countless boards, committees and taskforces. She served, for 10 years, as Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has numerous appointments to include: Appointment by Mayor-Elect Bill Haslam to Mayoral Transition Team, Appointment by the Honorable Mayor Bill Haslam to Industrial Development Board, Appointment by the Honorable Mayor Victor Ashe as a Commissioner for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, along with numerous honors including: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 2015 Robert Booker Service Image Award, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance 2015 Peacemaker Award, and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Alpha XI Chapter Bronze Woman of the Year Award 2007-2008.
In addition to her professional and public service work, Kesler is a Licensed Ordained Associate Minister at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. She is enrolled in Covington Theological Seminary pursing a Master of Ministry degree followed by a Doctorate of Ministry degree.