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.


Bobby Jones Sr.

Executive Director

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Bobby is the youngest of 11. He moved to the Bay Area in California when he was a teenager with an older sibling and his family so he could have better opportunities and to finish high school. While in high school he played football for 2 years and was then recruited to play football for Chico State.  While at Chico State, Bobby obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. It seems that he has always worked in fields where he has been able to help people and he states that he really enjoys what he does. He has instilled in his three adult children that it is all about helping one another and being the best, most honest person you can be. Bobby and his wife reside in Oroville, and he gets to see a lot of the people whose lives he has come into contact with and it is very rewarding when he gets to see how far some of them have come. In his spare time he coaches football and basketball, and enjoys anything related to music. He enjoys flying his drone and helping children/young adults in any way possible. He is committed to working at the AAFCC because of its mission statement and what the company stands for as a whole. It is something that he very much believes in. He states that   “We have to uplift and help our community restore the values of teaching how to love yourself first, so you will then be able to love others.  The programs that the AAFCC offer can help the community do those things, and being that they are all free just shows how much we here at the AAFCC are helping the community.   We have seen it happen with the youth, from getting better grades and attitudes changing to the adults that have come out of jail, getting jobs, having a family and becoming productive citizens in the community. I believe that giving back to not only your community but anyone you come into contact with is something that one should do as an individual, but it is also something that the AAFCC does on a daily basis.”  


ShaVeeta Hall 

Program Manager


A long-time resident of South Oroville, Cissy spent the majority of her life calling this community her home. While raising her family in Southside, she stayed true to her kind and caring nature, always being respectful of others. 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 

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Christina Archie

Project Coordinator 

Christina Archie has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with an option in Health Education and a general education pathway minor in Health and Wellness from California State University Chico. She is an Oroville native and is honored to be a part of an organization that allows her to make a positive impact on her community. Christina believes that it is essential that young people of color have role models from their community who look like them and has made it a goal to be someone that these young people can trust and come to for advice and motivation. As the AAFCC's Project Coordinator, Christina oversees a project that's objectives involve building young community advocates and making strides towards health equity. 

Wayne Crooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience

in the field of mental health and social services. His tenure in the field includes work with children and adolescents, adults and couples. His experience includes working in correctional institutions, outpatient clinics, inpatient hospital, school based health programs, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment, online counseling and the coorporate setting. As a therapist Mr. Crooks has focused primarily on treating depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and ADD/ADHD. Currently Mr. Crooks is the After School Helper in the Each 1 Teach 1 program at the African American Family & Cultural Center, a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project, and a member of the board of directors for the Chico Peace Endeavor. 

Wayne Crooks

Afterschool Helper 

Thomas Gibbs

Community Engagement