Our First Lady
Jamina M. Scippio-McFadden
Jamina M. Scippio-McFadden is a native of Lake City, Florida and was born the youngest of four children. She was destined to be an educator as she is a third-generation educator in her family. After graduating from Columbia County High School, Jamina matriculated at Bethune-Cookman College and studied Mass Communication earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Bethune-Cookman, she was just the 4th female to serve as student body president since the school’s inception. It was also at Bethune-Cookman that Jamina became a member of the first African-American Greek-lettered organization for females, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
After graduating from Bethune-Cookman, Jamina completed graduate work at the University of Florida. In addition to her educational pursuits, Jamina served as a radio host on WUFT. In 1997, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from UF and moved to Atlanta, GA with her husband and college sweetheart, Calvin, as he completed theological studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center. For a short time, Jamina served on the church staff of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Atlanta as Communications Specialist and Manager.
Jamina has been a television reporter, producer and director. She created and produced the first 5pm news show at WCTV, a CBS affiliate station in Tallahassee, Florida. After a number of years in the media industry, Jamina felt led to pursue a full-time educational career. She has taught at Florida A & M University, served as an administrator at Tallahassee Community College, and has been employed as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Fort Valley State University and American International College. Currently, she is employed as Director of Marketing, Community Relations, Academic Support and Student Services at The University of Massachusetts’ Springfield Center.
A lifelong believer in community service, Jamina has remained active on the local, regional and national levels of her sorority. She served as Basileus of the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter in Tallahassee, FL, she is an active member of the Xi Xi Omega Chapter in Springfield, MA, and serves regionally on the Communications Committee. Additionally, Jamina serves on the Boards of Directors of the Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and relishes this opportunity as her late mother was a faithful troop leader in Lake City for over 40 years. Also, Jamina is a member of the Advisory Board for the Springfield Museums.
Jamina accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior as a child at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Lake City. She has served in a variety of roles, including Sunday School Teacher, a member of the Women’s Choir, Married Couples Ministry Leader, and Leader of the Women’s Ministry. In her current role of St. John’s First Lady, she leads the Sisters in the Spirit Women’s Ministry, co-leads the Abraham and Sarah Married Couples’ Ministry, and is founder of the ‘First Lady’s Luncheon,’ an annual gathering of church and community women whose goal is to raise funds for non-profit organizations that support women in the local community. Since its inception, the Luncheon has raised over $6,000 for local organizations.
Nothing, however, brings Jamina more joy than her family. She is married to Dr. Calvin Jerome McFadden, Sr., Senior Pastor of the St. John’s Congregational Church and Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Student Affairs at Norwalk Community College. Together, they are the proud parents of two adorable children – Catherine Yolanda and Calvin “Jerome,” II.