Michele Jones Galvin


Michele Jones Galvin is the Director of Special Projects in the Department of Social Services and the former director of the ACCESS Center. The ACCESS Center was an infant mortality prevention program sponsored by the Department of Social Services. ACCESS, a centralized case management information system, was designed to ensure the coordination of contract agencies providing case management services, streamline the referral process, monitor case activity, and track services for families who are at risk for infant death.

Currently, Jones Galvin is responsible to assist the commissioner with the administration and management of innovative projects within the Department of Social Service-Economic Security and with community-based partners. She works closely with administrators of community-based organizations, schools, and health and social service programs to provide families the greatest access to medical care and support services that will significantly improve health outcomes and promote self-sufficiency. Jones Galvin specializes in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Her areas of expertise also include communication, collaboration, coordination, strategic planning, outreach, supervision, and board relations. In support of the county’s commitment to valuing diversity in the workplace, Jones Galvin is a member of the diversity training leadership team and a certified Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator.

Before relocating to Syracuse, Jones Galvin worked as a systems training and testing coordinator for Human Resources Administration in New York City. In 1985, she was awarded a masters degree in psychological research from the New School for Social Research. In 1980, she received a bachelors degree with a double major in psychology and African American studies from Fordham University.

Jones Galvin serves on the board of directors of the George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation, HealtheConnections RHIO of Central New York, and Loretto Nursing Home. She formerly served as a board member for Centers for Nature Education, Chadwick Residence, Consolidated Industries, Cultural Resources Council, Everson Museum, HOME, Inc., Juneteenth, Inc., Independent Living Services, Junior League of Syracuse, Loretto Corporate, Meals on Wheels, North East Community Center, Partners in Education and Business, PEACE, Inc., Regional Learning Services, Syracuse Corinthian Club, Syracuse Stage Guild, Transitional Living Services, Vera House, Volunteer Center, and Women’s Fund of Central New York.

Jones Galvin is also affiliated with Community Wide Dialogue on Race, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Junior League of Syracuse, Lambda Kappa Mu, Inc., Leadership Greater Syracuse, National Coalition Building Institute, Professionals of Color, Syracuse Citizen’s Academy, and Thursday Morning Roundtable. She was the recipient of the Onondaga County Martin Luther King Award in 1998 and the Lambda Kappa Mu Service Award in 2001. In 2002, Jones Galvin was awarded the Thursday Morning Roundtable Award for Meritorious Community Service and the YWCA Diversity Achiever’s Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the North Side Hall of Fame. In 2008, Jones Galvin was recognized as one of the founders of the Women’s Fund of Central New York, and in 2009, she was awarded the Bethany Baptist Church Harriet Tubman Spirit Award. She was awarded the American Red Cross Women Who Mean Business Award in 2011.

Jones Galvin and her mother, Joyce Stokes Jones, began collaborating on a creative nonfiction book in 1999. The work is based on genealogical research and their family ties to Harriet Ross Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad. It chronicles the family saga from the survival of the Middle Passage to slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to freedom in Canada, and then settling in Central New York. Told from the perspective of a relative, Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People portrays the life, times, and accomplishments of the famed abolitionist. The book culminates as it speaks to the pivotal role of race, color, and discrimination as counterpoints in the lives of Tubman and her great-great-grandniece Joyce Stokes Jones.

Jones Galvin resides in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, John. Their son, John Jr., resides in Washington, D.C.

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Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 85,800. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015 by Sankofa Media Holdings, LLC.. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Family history
By Joyce Stokes Jones and Michele Jones Galvin Descendants of Harriet Tubman tell the story of the famed abolitionist within the context of their family lineage. This creative nonfiction work is an intricate mix of family lore, memoir, and historical reconstruction that captures the life of the Greatest Conductor of the Underground Railroad in a way that separates it from academic works.

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