BTWEN's Officers


Sarah O’Neal Rush, MA – Great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington
BTWEN Founder and Executive Director

Sarah earned an AA degree in Business Administration from the College of Alameda, a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary’
s College in Moraga, CA, and an MA in Professional Psychology from JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Sarah has worked in the
field of psychotherapy, as a counselor for individuals, couples, families, and groups. In 2002 she began working in a nonprofit
counseling agency funded by Alameda County Probation to divert “at-risk” youth from entering the juvenile justice system by
providing them with counseling, case management, and crisis intervention services. She has been an administrator for a youth crises
receiving home, and also provided social work for a level 12 foster group home.

Sarah is the founder and executive director of
Extraordinary Legacy, and BTWEN, Inc. Both organizations were created to carry on
the legacy of her great-grandfather, Booker T. Washington, of uplifting people. She is the coauthor of “Timeless Treasures –
Reflections of God’s Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington." Like her great-grandfather, Sarah has a passion for lifting
those who have strong desires, but trouble lifting themselves.

Her famous family legacy also includes her maternal great aunt and her namesake, Sarah Meriwether Nutter, one of the founders of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. And she is a first cousin of a U.S. Congresswoman, the Honorable Diane E. Watson.

Sarah is a native of California. She was raised in Oakland. She currently lives in San Lorenzo with her husband Anthony, and
daughter Iesha.

Speaking/Writing Resume                                Mental Health Resume

Jacqueline Bautista, MS, “Jacque”
Director

Jacque earned an MS degree in Psychology. Currently she is working as a Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT, Intern with the City
of Hayward Police Department, working towards MFT licensure. She works with “at-risk” youth and their families in a program
funded by the Alameda County Probation department, designed to divert youth from ending up in the juvenile detention system.

Jacque is passionate about working with “at-risk” youth, and conducting counseling and workshops with families, parents and
couples. She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, and three children.

A. Joyce Grant, MBA, “Joyce”
Director

Joyce is the controller and a partner with ARES Corporation in Burlingame, CA. She has over 20 years of accounting experience.
She earned a BS degree in finance and accounting, and an MBA from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.

Joyce is a native of Dallas, TX. She has lived in the San Francisco/Bay Area all of her adult life. Joyce is the mother of three adult
children, and step mother of 2 adult children. She currently lives in San Leandro, CA with her husband Olen Grant. They are both
active members of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, where her husband is a member of the deacon board.

Ronald Milton Abernathy, Esq., “Ron”
Director

Ron is the parking supervisor for the City of Oakland, where he oversees the enforcement unit and the hearing officers. He earned a
BA degree from Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS, and a JD degree from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, CA.

Among several memberships, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Allen Temple Baptist Church deacon
board. He lives in Oakland with his wife Lisa. Ron facilitates the annual J. Alfred Smith, Sr. golf tournament to raise money for
charity. Ron is also the nephew of the great civil rights activist, Ralph Abernathy.

Anthony W. Rush, “Tony”
Director

Anthony attended North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC before joining the United States Air Force. After four years of
service in the Air Force, he went on to work for United Airlines where he has been employed since 1989. Anthony is also the
president and CEO of A&S Enterprises, an umbrella company involved in acquiring investment property, and setting up merchant
service accounts, and legal service plans.

Anthony often volunteers his time to help organizations which serve disadvantaged populations, including the Junior League, the NBA
Player's Association's Feed the 5000 Program, and San Leandro High School's annual career day.

Anthony is one of the original members, and the co-chair of the San Leandro African-American Business Council. He is also a
member of the Allen Temple Baptist Church deacon board. He is a native of Laurinburg, North Carolina. Currently he lives with his
wife Sarah, and their daughter in San Lorenzo, California.

Jimmy E. Cato, Ed.D.
Director

Jimmy has a wide range of experience in education, including Professor of Communications, English, ESL, and Afro-American
Literature at the College of Alameda in Alameda, California. He is past Staff Development Officer for Peralta Community College
District, and he has taught writing courses at Cal State East Bay, in Hayward, California.

Jimmy earned a doctorate in higher education from NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a masters Degree in
linguistics from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., and a bachelors degree in communication, English and drama from
Grambling State University, in Grambling, Louisiana.

Today Jimmy is adjunct professor at the College of Alameda, and he lives with his wife, Tony, in Oakland, California.

OFFICERS

Sarah O'Neal Rush, MA

Jacqueline Bautista, MS

A. Joyce Grant, MBA

Ronald Milton Abernathy, Esq

Anthony W. Rush

Jimmy Cato, Ed.D.
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