BARCC Leadership

President & Commercial Development Liaison
Mell Monroe
monroe@thebarcc.org

Records Chair & Condominium Liaison Director
Angela Higginbotham-Monroe
angie@thebarcc.org

Advisor, Marketing Liaison
Jim Oliver

Marketing & Brand Development Liaison
James Coxworth

Culinary Arts & Events Liaison
Chef Cliff Rome



Meet the BARCC Board Members



Mell Monroe
President & Commercial Development Liaison
monroe@thebarcc.org

Mell Monroe has been the Proprietor/Innkeeper of the Welcome Inn Manor bed and breakfast located in Bronzeville for the past four years, where he hosts over 200 guests each year from around the world achieving an average of 4.7 out of 5.0 Stars rating in one of the most economically challenged neighborhood in Chicago. His inn ranks in the top 5 out of 20 other businesses of its kind in the tourism market. Mell also created and narrated numerous historic African American tours on the Southside of Chicago over the past ten years and has recently launched a new group tour in 2016- “Discover the Unique Hidden Treasures & Untold History of Chicago’s Authentic South Side”- Featuring: Architectural Institutions, Music Legends, Cultural Migration, Artistic Expression and Southern Style Cuisines".

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Angela Higginbotham Monroe
Records Chair & Condominium Liaison Director

info@thebarcc.org

Angela Higginbotham Monroe is a Manager in the Office of Specialized Services of the Chicago Public Schools. Her responsibilities include grant management, ensuring 2000 early childhood students receive specialized services and appropriate program placement for students with disabilities. Angela has been with the Chicago Public Schools since 1984 and assumed her current responsibilities in 2007.

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Jim Oliver
Advisor & Marketing Liasion

James D. Oliver retired from the University of Illinois where he held positions as regional director of Extension, Associate Chancellor Urbana-Champaign Campus, and most recently Senior Advisor to the President. In addition, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as an Extension Specialist, Sociology

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James Coxworth
Marketing & Brand Development Liaison

Jim is a serial entrepreneur. After two years of working as a Manufacture Representative, Jim founded a Solar Power company and ran it until 1983 when the market was unready for change. He then started another company in the mail order and internet business of swimming pool products until 1999 when he sold it to a Private Equity firm.

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Cliff Rome
Culinary Arts & Events Liaison

Chef Clifford Rome is a native Chicagoan from Englewood, where he began his early career at Midway Concessionaires and Marriott Corporation where he was charged with event planning and operations. Cliff’s career took a turn toward fine dining, working with renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck and François Kwaku-Dongo at Spago Restaurant, as a line chef and member of their catering team—creating meals for the social elite, commercial photo shoots and Oscar parties.

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