At the African American Family & Cultural Center, our team of professional staff members are intent on giving you the best educational, cultural, and fitness experience we can provide. Our staff guarantees excellence in all they do and go the extra mile to cater to your specific needs. We are highly grateful for our committed staff — without them, our community center wouldn’t be the place we all know and love. Contact us today and swing by for a visit.


As a long-term resident of the southside Oroville area Tiffany loves her community and loves to give back. She has a huge passion for helping people overcome all of their life‘s hurts and more. She is a big advocate for change and knows that it begins with herself. Her mission is to help one person at a time, and always love the person in front of her. Her primary goal is to see her community heal and prosper. Tiffany loves comeback stories because she has her own.

Tiffany McCarter

Executive Director

A So Cal native, Nigyl recently relocated to Butte County, bringing with her a passion to foster healing and empowerment in the local African American Community. Her mission is to create programming that aims to grow a sense of pride in our collective African American heritage. As well as provide access to tools and resources that support personal growth, family harmony, and community solidarity. We are stronger together!  

Nigyl Jones Palmer

Program Manager

A long-time resident of South Oroville, Cissy spent the majority of her life calling this community her home. Her passion for working at the African American Family & Cultural Center comes from being a community member who has wanted change for this area for years. She believes in the mission of the AAFCC as well as the people of Southside.

Cissy Smith 

Office Coordinator

Originally from Indianapolis, IN. United States Army Veteran. Indiana Wesleyan University Alumni. Center for Leadership and Development Alumni. 100 Black Men Beutillion Alumni, Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist. Daelin joined the center in hopes of learning and having a positive impact on the community. 

Daelin Whitaker

Project Coordinator

Jamahl R McMillon is from Oakland Ca. I made my way to Oroville Ca in 1999 and this has been my home since. I work for the AAFCC at the Community Garden where i get to give back to the community.

Jamahl McMillon

Garden Caretaker

Penni Faafiu 

Outreach/Education Worker

My job is the COVID-19 Outreach Worker and I am so happy to be doing this job.  I am so happy to be a part of this organization that is for the people of our community.  I am happy that I can spread the word about COVID-19 and try to educate people about the prevention of it and the available vaccines that assist in combating it.  I have been a part of this community for many years & this is my way of giving back.


Marlowe Hatchett

Peer Mentor

Marlowe Hatchett is majoring in Public Health at California State University Chico with a general education minor in Health and Wellness, she is expected to have her Bachelor of Science in Public Health by 2022! Marlowe is originally from the Bay Area, where she graduated from a performing arts magnet school. As the peer mentor at AAFCC, she strives to be a trustworthy role model for the youth in the community!


Matthew Thomas

Peer Mentor

Makynna Knockum is the first to graduate college in her family. She earned her Bachelor's degree of Arts in Sociology from Chico State University in spring of 2021. Originally from the Bay Area, Vallejo. Makynna has a passion for spreading knowledge and empowerment to the multicultural youth about higher education. "The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit"  Fabienne Fredrickson