Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group


BCOAG Social Committee


BCOAG's Social Committee - Representing Leadership Continuity Throughout the Nation

BCOAG’s Social Subcommittee 2019Goals:

  • Provide an avenue for members to network and build sustained relationships outside the work setting.
  • Coordinate BCOAG sponsored events for PHS members and their families to foster interaction through activities in a social setting in various geographical areas.
    • Increase social events outside of the DMV & Atlanta
    • Host 1-2 team building activities amongst the BCOAG general body
  • Host an annual social event at COF and an end of the year annual social event encouraging participation from all BCOAG members within the USPHS.

Social Committee Activities for 2019:

  • BCOAG’s End of the Year (EOY) Social (Details TBA, tentatively planned for November).


Overall Regional Events Lead: 

LCDR Jennifer Smith

Region 2 Lead:

LT Yvesna Blaise

Region 4 Lead:

CAPT Jaqueline Thomas

Region 6 Lead:

CDR Gina Ligonde

COF Symposium: 

LT Yvesna Blaise, LT Louis Corbin, LT Meron Tsige

EOY Social:

Lead - CAPT Twanda Scales; Committee Members – LT Yvesna Blaise

Call for Social Leads

Are you interested in being a Social Lead in your city or region? We need your help to plan activities for Officers where you work, live and socialize.


  • Must be a current and active member of BCOAG.
  • Must be enthusiastic, outgoing, detailed-oriented, organized, and personable with good communication skills.
  • Social Lead(s) are responsible for securing social venues for locally planned events which may include, but not limited to:
        • Coordinating logistics and facility arrangements
        • Serving as the POC for the event
        • Developing agenda
        • Taking the lead in drafting a report of each event for COA Frontline publication and other PHS newsletters
        • Encouraging and recommending participation among subcommittee members to plan future events
        • Submitting a written summary with pictures of the event to the Social Chair/Co-Chair within 15 days of the event.


BCOAG Social Committee Meetings will be on the 2nd Friday of each month from 10:00 am- 11:00 pm EST. The conference call information for the call: (605) 313-4194, Participant Access Code: 282785#.

All members are asked to email their attendance to these meetings to LCDR Carlisha Gentles.  In order to receive recognition at the end of the year for your participation, members are asked to attend at least 50% of the meetings during the calendar year.   Thank you letters will be provided to officers who attend at least 2 social events or if you lead and attend that respective social event. 

We are always looking for people to join us. If you are interested in joining this committee, please email the Chair: LCDR Carlisha Gentles or the Co-Chairs: CDR Gina Ligonde or LCDR Javonna Stevens to get involved.

Events will also be posted on Facebook, US Public Health Service Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG).


Thank you!



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