Our Vitfriends team is made up of volunteers. Our goal is
to educate, encourage, support and advocate for those with Vitiligo.
Our Annual Board Meeting is held every February/March.
M. Valarie Molyneaux, President/Founder
Patricia Rossy, Vice President
Barbara J. Hamilton, Treasurer
Millicent Meadows, Administrative Asst.
Alicia Roufs, Marketing & Public Relations Director
Jessica Keith, Personal Assistant
Board Members at Large
James Roy Molyneaux
Rev Perry & Gwen Riley, Houston, TX
Leader: Connecticut - Millicent L. Meadows
Co-Leader: New York - Richard Rossy, NYU Contact
Co-Leader: New York - Patricia Mills, NYU Contact
Assisting: New York - Shazaad Games, NYU Contact
Liasion/Leader: Carolina's - Cawanda Evans
Co-Leader: Raleigh, NC - Katrina Christian
Leader: Indiana - Denise Crooms-Blanks
Leader: Delaware - Adrienne Jenkins
Leader: Minnesota - Alicia Roufs
Leader: Washington, DC - Wallace Henry, III
Senior Medical Advisor - Vaneeta Sheth, MD
Medical Advisor - John Harris, MD
Medical Student Asst. - Renata, UMass
Medical Student Asst. - Fi, Harvard University
Team Members SPOTLIGHT:
Millicent Meadows was born in Hartford Connecticut where she currently resides with her son, Nicholas. She was raised in a single family home by a strong mother and her four brothers.
At age fifteen, Millicent noticed a white spot on her left middle finger. She didn’t worry about the spot until it became bigger and that’s when her mother decided to get a medical opinion. Her mother was referred to Yale New Haven Hospital, and there is where she discovered she had Vitiligo.
From age fifteen until she was 33, Millicent never really accepted herself completely. She stayed secluded in her mother’s home for years to hide the Vitiligo for the outside world. She felt that society would not be acceptable to her looks. On the day of her brother’s wedding, it took a conversation with a friend that changed her life. It was hot day in July and Millicent said to her friend, “It’s too hot to wear stockings,” which helped camouflage her Vitiligo on her legs for years. Her friend then replied, “Then don’t wear them.” You know, from that little conversation it helped open a door for her that’s been locked for so long. Since then she has become more comfortable in her skin. Accepting herself as God has made her. She stopped questioning, “Why me,” and learned to let go and let God.
Millicent received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 2007, from Springfield College School of Human Services located in Springfield Massachusetts. She was the class representative at graduation and received a Magna Cum Laude honorary recognition. She also received her Master’s of Science degree in Human Services in 2008 from the same educational institution. Additionally, she attended Hartford Seminary, located in Hartford Connecticut where she received a certification in The Women’s Leadership Institute Program.
Having Vitiligo, Millicent decided to do her thesis graduate paper and a PowerPoint presentation on the effects Vitiligo has on individuals. It was titled, “Vitiligo – Are there enough support resources?” From this research she discovered many finding Vitiligo patients faced in society, such as lack of support from medical professionals, and stigmatization.
Vitiligo has open many doors for Millicent, externally and internally. Because of Vitiligo, it has made her become a voice and stronger advocate of those who chooses to remain secluded. Without the support from loving family and friends, she would have never been able to take those extra steps into receiving the prize that awaits. Millicent hopes that the positive reflection she sees in the mirror every day reflects on the people that has and will cross her path in the future.
Millicent works for the City of Hartford as a Project Manager.
FEATURING: Our Vice President
Hello my name is Patricia Ann Rossy. My Vitiligo came to me in 1997 as a small spot. Vitiligo is now over my entire body.
Vitiligo brought me to VITFriends and today, I am the Vice President of this wonderful support group and in charge of VITFriends State Representatives. I am excited to be on board with VITFriends to help and encourage others and help them conquer any fears or doubts. We at VITFriends all know and we remind each other that God has created us fearfully and wonderfully, and Vitiligo is just a thing that shows us off. My goal at VITFriends is to build and help make a stronger organization for those who will call on us for support.
I am currently employed as a personal administrative assistant for an investment banker. I serve on the Board of the Marriage Ministry and also on the Board of the Real Life Theater at Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem, NY. In my spare time I fine great enjoyment in designing and selling my own jewelry.