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shanequa Levinis an award-winning social justice leader, motivational speaker, and author who believes that it is important to step up and advocate for those that need one's strength and voice.  She is also a registered ordained wedding officiant. Shanequa founded the Long Island chapter of Mocha Moms a support group for mothers of color and served as chapter president, regional director, and the National Parent Nation Coordinator. She is the former director of Every Child Matters in NY, an advocacy and electoral engagement organization on behalf of kids. Currently, she is the convener of LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety, a Community Advisor for Hofstra University's Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, a member of The State of Black Long Island Equity Council through the Urban League of Long Island, an associate member of Jack & Jill of America where she served as the Suffolk county chapters Legislative Chair, and the creator of culturally relevant Facebook groups. In the past, she has been involved in organizations like Girl Scouts, where she was a troop leader for 6 years; the Huntington Station Enrichment Center, where she was a board member; and the National Association of Mothers' Center, where she was a facilitator. 

Shanequa gives her all to campaigns that focus on marginalized community members. She has spoken at various events across the country, and facilitated countless workshops on advocacy and voter engagement in early learning centers, community groups, training programs, and colleges. She meets with community members one-on-one to provide them with guidance during their journey to become lifelong advocates. She works alongside prominent politicians, organizers, and individuals impelling change. Creating and getting involved with grassroots justice campaigns, participating in speaking circuits, and lobbying in Albany and Washington, DC led her to be instrumental in grassroots advocacy for legislative changes to Early Care and Learning, Raise The Age, Paid Family Leave Insurance, Bail Reform, and policies that protect safety net programs which allow every child to thrive. Along with other leaders, her contributions helped give more access to affordable and quality child care; sixteen and seventeen-year old's the right to be tried and housed with youth instead of adults in the criminal justice system; moms, dads, military, adoptive parents, and caretakers the right to have their job secured while taking care of a loved one; and allowed people to not have bail as a barrier while trying to prove their innocence.

After working for over a decade in the non-profit sector to advocate for mothers and children, Shanequa noticed the lack of diversity in non-profit social movements. She felt these movements themselves were segregated; everyone was working to do good with people from their own ethnicity only. To build cultural bridges, educate people on issues that affect them, celebrate diversity, unite women, and create unified advocacy opportunities, she founded the 501(c)(3) Women's Diversity Network, aka WDN, where she serves as the Chief Executive Officer. WDN has become a social movement organization practicing transformative justice processes based on group leadership where marginalized lives are centered. The mission of the WDN is to connect and mobilize women of different backgrounds to create positive change through collective work and a unified sisterhood. Through WDN, she has created the Health Equity Task Force, which focuses on addressing Maternal Mortality. She's also created a yearly summit that brings diverse people together to learn about social justice issues and celebrate cultures.

Shanequa also convenes a Black-led, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational coalition of organizations, activists, and community members who are working to ensure genuine public safety for all Long Island communities called LI United to Transform Policing & Community Safety. LI United's mission is to transform public safety by divesting from policing and investing in our communities.

After surviving childhood poverty, dealing with drug-addicted parents, an incarcerated father, and having a teen mom, she understands the importance of using her voice to help others break negative generational cycles. She values loyalty, collaboration, justice, optimism, and honesty. Shanequa has written a book titled Poverty's Phoenix, which sheds light on the child's perspective of growing up in suburban poverty.

 

​Shanequa attended Lincoln & Hofstra universities in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. She has certificates from Adelphi University for Organizational and Community Leadership; Social Movement Technologies for Digital Organizing; the University of Connecticut for Workplace Empowerment Leadership & Skills; Rockwood Institute for The Art of Leadership; and the National Association of Mothers' Centers for Group Facilitation. 

Shanequa

Kathryn Abbatiellohas dedicated her life’s work to championing the needs of children with disabilities and their families. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education N-6 with a minor in Sociology and her M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Adelphi University. Previously employed by the NYC Board of Education, Kathryn has spent the past 12 years working as an independent contractor within the NYS Early Intervention Program. As an Applied Behavior Analyst, she provides in home therapy to young children with Autism. In this capacity, she leads teams of related professionals in their mission of identifying and fulfilling the needs of the children and families they serve. In conjunction with local school districts, she also provides direct service to students and behavior consultation to classroom teachers, ensuring the successful inclusion of preschoolers with disabilities across a diverse array of early educational settings. 

In her personal life, Kathryn continues the work of educating and empowering families to advocate for themselves and their children, helping to connect them with community resources to support their needs. She is steadfastly committed to increasing diversity and equity in access to educational opportunities and healthcare, especially among the most marginalized. Within her own community, she has successfully lobbied for increased fairness and transparency in educational practices, resulting in the implementation of more comprehensive, formative assessments. 

Kathryn volunteers her skills and time, working alongside organizers and community leaders, in support of candidates for elected office, who support progressive policy changes. She actively campaigned in support of Autism Action NY and continues to publicly promote the passage of the New York Health Act. Kathryn is a founding member of NY02 Indivisible and a professional member of The Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Kathryn enjoys traveling to new places, discovering new cuisines, and spending her free time with her husband of 25 years, her two adult daughters, and her three fun-loving dogs. 

Kathryn

Debbie Mercer-Miller is the U.S. Securities Country Manager and Head of U.S. Custody Product Management where she manages over $6 trillion in stocks and bonds for clients domiciled in the US and approximately 30 other markets. She has been in the industry since 1993 and her experience spans across multiple disciplines in the capital market. 

Her current responsibilities include setting the strategy and managing the U.S. Custody business as well as effectively positioning Citi and our client’s interest in the U.S. capital market. Debbie works closely with our clients to ensure alignment with their strategies and provide solutions for complex matters. Debbie is the Vice Chair of the Association for Global Custodian (AGC) and Citi’s voting member. She is also a member of The Federal Reserve Securities Wholesale Committee, Depository Trust Clearing Corporation Americas Committee, and Citi’s Steering Committee Representative at ISITC. She has a stellar track record of proactively initiating and leading market initiatives that fundamentally change the market infrastructure and mitigate market risk. She is the first At Large Pubic Member for NYS Midwifery Board.  She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and her views are often solicited by market peers. Debbie is equally very passionate about volunteering and mentoring. 

Debbie joined Citi in 1997 as Citi Transaction Services Global Risk Manager in New York and was subsequently promoted to Operations Project Manager in Dublin to oversee Euro Implementation for Cash Management, Client Executive in American Depository Receipts servicing clients in the Middle East, Global Custody Marketing Manager and U.S. Custody Product Development Manager. 

Prior to joining Citi, she was the Assistant Treasurer at IBM. She pursued a dual major in finance and accounting at the City University of New York where she graduated with honors and an M.B.A. in executive management from St. John’s University.

Debbie

Carla Simpsonhas an MBA and has been working in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She is the founder of SIMPCo Properties LLC, a value-oriented boutique real estate investment and property management firm. 

Carla serves on several boards dedicated to the empowerment and education of children and women. She is the proud mother of one daughter and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Business.

Carla

Christine Pellegrinois a proud mother of 2 daughters, an educator, a community leader, and a former NYS Assemblywoman. Christine understands the challenges facing Long Island’s families. Her passion for advocating and organizing has led to her involvement with a broad range of issues including healthcare, protecting our environment, protecting our LGBTQ+ community, voter registration & election reform, and many others.

 

Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Master of Science Degree in Reading. She spent most of her 25-year teaching career as a reading specialist in the Baldwin school system, working with students who are at risk for reading below grade level and advocating for their needs. Christine’s commitment and dedication to our children have been recognized by both colleagues and parents.

As a leader of the Opt Out movement, Christine has advocated and organized against the implementation of developmentally inappropriate standards, a harmful standardization testing regime, and the forces that seek to privatize public education. She has fought for a fully funded and equitable public education system and believes that Long Island’s families deserve their fair share of school budget dollars from Albany.

Elected to the NYS Assembly in 2017 in a special election, Christine shocked the nation by flipping a historically red district by 40 points. During her time in the Assembly, she delivered record amounts of funding for schools, libraries, the environment, veterans facilities, and individuals seeking treatment for opioid addiction.

 

Christine has also worked extensively as a community leader. She is a founding Executive Board Member of Long Island Pride PTSA, and is currently serving as the chapter’s Vice President. In that role, Christine advocates for LGBTQ+ kids to have the freedom to be themselves and learn in safe and supportive school environments.

Christine
Farrah

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has a proven track record of dedication to creating a more inclusive Nassau County. She is the former Executive Director of The Office of Asian American Affairs of Nassau County, the first Muslim to be appointed as a department head in Nassau County. That department elevates the social, political, and economic issues of the Asian community by strengthening how government addresses those concerns. She spearheaded community building through the various cultural events she organized for the county such as: Ramadan Iftar, Independence Day Celebrations, Diwali, and Lunar New Year. She organized forums and MWBE events to help build bridges between the government and residents. She was also a member of the County Executive’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and on the County’s Census Count Committee.

 

 

Prior to this, she was a teacher at Lynbrook High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to her accomplishments as a teacher and government liaison, she is committed to serving the community. She was instrumental in Eid being recognized as a school holiday in Valley Stream. Farrah is a member of Salam Sholom and a school board member for Hamza Academy, a private school located in Valley Stream. Recently Farrah founded the Asian American Institute For Research And Engagement (AAIRE). Her most important accomplishment is that she is a proud mother of 6 children. Please welcome Farrah as she shares her latest report with us. 

Jasmine Johnsonwas born and raised in CT and currently resides in GA. She is African America, Puerto Rican, and Taíno. Jasmine has earned her bachelor's in tourism and hospitality and her executive masters in business management and marketing.  She works full-time at an accounting firm and runs a digital business for Women called b.demp that aims to help women create a balanced, healthy, and happy lifestyle. When she’s not working or running her business, she enjoys spending time and taking adventures with her Fiance Erica, and her three dogs, Lola, Nina, and Zoey.

Jasmine
Jazmyne

Jazmyne Archeris a Client Services Manager at SEO Career where she helps Black, LatinX, and Native American students secure internships with fortune companies, and corporate and banking partners. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's in Communication & Behavior and a double minor in Consumer Psychology and Spanish. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, she worked in a boutique sales and marketing agency managing the Beauty Supply Sales, Field Marketing & Brand Ambassador Programs for Sundial Brands. She currently consults for Black Girl Digital, a premiere black female digital marketing and influencer agency, where she connects black female influencers with brands. She is a mother to an adorable 3-year-old and currently resides in Long Island, NY. 

Pascale

Pascale Jean-Noel is the Director of Training for the ACT Institute at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.  Working with the New York State Office of Mental Health, she helps design coordinate, and facilitate extensive training curricula in treatment planning, cultural Humility, awareness, engagement, working with mandated clients, and ACT core daily principles based on person-centered recovery-oriented principles. The training curricula are used by 108 ACT teams, consisting of over eight hundred people collectively, throughout the state.  Pascale is also an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Fordham University School of Social Work.  At Columbia University, she teaches Adult Psychopathology and Wellness in a residential and online setting.  At Fordham University, she teaches Assessment and Diagnosis and Clinical Seminar.

 

Pascale Jean-Noel received her BSW and master’s degree from Adelphi University School of Social work, Garden City, NY. She holds a Clinical License in Social Work and has over twenty years of experience in social-service settings. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Jean-Noel worked in managerial as well as direct-care roles in Foster Care, Outpatient Substance abuse, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, and on ACT.   

 

Mrs. Jean-Noel currently serves as a member of the Statewide Multicultural advisory committee that advises the Commissioner of Mental Health on policy, programs, and activities related to fostering recovery and resiliency among individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are diagnosed with mental illness and their families.  She also serves as an executive board member on the Haitian- American Family of Long Island Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides family support services and promotes community development to facilitate the acculturation process for people of Haitian descent. Pascale is also an executive board member of the Cazale Community Cultural Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of the youth living in Haiti by providing year-round educational support services.

 

Pascale Jean-Noel presents yearly at multiple conferences nationally and statewide.  Her topics include Positionality through leadership and service delivery, Person-centered treatment and Supervision, Strategies to Improve Mental health Outcomes in the Black Community, and Supervision in a Data-Driven Environment.  Her Interest is to push through barriers by influencing cultural shifts within the organizations to hire and deliver services that are inclusive, equitable and reflect the diversity of the people that are being served!

Sandra Krebelj-Douglasis a Media Entertainment Executive with 30+ years of experience in Advertising Sales Administration, Operations, and Finance. She has led teams both at A+E Networks and TV One with an emphasis on collaboration and mentoring talent.  In her professional capacity, she provides fiscal oversight and is a liaison with Finance, Legal, and HR business areas. A cohort of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) 2018 Rising Leaders Program (RLP), she was nominated and participated in a premier professional development program for emerging women leaders in media, entertainment, and technology.  

 

Since 2020, Sandra has been a member of her company’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC).  The council works with the executive team to ensure A+E Networks builds a diverse, inclusive, and high-impact internal culture.  Sandra represents the Global Connectedness (GC) subcommittee and serves as its co-chair. GC strives to raise awareness of cultural diversity within the organization and create connections across global offices. Sandra is also a Hearst INCLUDE Certified Change Agent, having participated in the Hearst INCLUDE conscious inclusion training.  An initiative aimed to bolster awareness of biases within the workplace and help foster a more inclusive and diverse culture. 

 

In the past, Sandra served as LIRRCC Member/Vice-Chair. Appointed by the Governor's office to represent Suffolk County on the Long Island Railroad Commuter Council (LIRRCC).  In this role, she represented the voice of the riders and provided Long Island Rail Road management and the MTA Board with informed and timely advice on service, communications, and rider experience.  This committee worked to hold Long Island Rail Road management accountable to the users of its services  Her other volunteerism includes school PTA; Cub Scouts;  JDRF International; Long Island Activists.

 

Sandra holds a B.A. in Communications Arts & Sciences from CUNY Queens College and was the first in her family to attend college. A native of Croatia, Sandra grew up in the NYC boroughs and now resides on Long Island.  Sandra enjoys yoga, meditation, travel, and time with her husband, adult son, and dog.

Sandra

shanequa Levinis an award-winning social justice leader, motivational speaker, and author who believes that it is important to step up and advocate for those that need one's strength and voice.  She is also a registered ordained wedding officiant. Shanequa founded the Long Island chapter of Mocha Moms a support group for mothers of color and served as chapter president, regional director, and the National Parent Nation Coordinator. She is the former director of Every Child Matters in NY, an advocacy and electoral engagement organization on behalf of kids. Currently, she is the convener of LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety, a Community Advisor for Hofstra University's Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, a member of The State of Black Long Island Equity Council through the Urban League of Long Island, an associate member of Jack & Jill of America where she served as the Suffolk county chapters Legislative Chair, and the creator of culturally relevant Facebook groups. In the past, she has been involved in organizations like Girl Scouts, where she was a troop leader for 6 years; the Huntington Station Enrichment Center, where she was a board member; and the National Association of Mothers' Center, where she was a facilitator. 

Shanequa gives her all to campaigns that focus on marginalized community members. She has spoken at various events across the country, and facilitated countless workshops on advocacy and voter engagement in early learning centers, community groups, training programs, and colleges. She meets with community members one-on-one to provide them with guidance during their journey to become lifelong advocates. She works alongside prominent politicians, organizers, and individuals impelling change. Creating and getting involved with grassroots justice campaigns, participating in speaking circuits, and lobbying in Albany and Washington, DC led her to be instrumental in grassroots advocacy for legislative changes to Early Care and Learning, Raise The Age, Paid Family Leave Insurance, Bail Reform, and policies that protect safety net programs which allow every child to thrive. Along with other leaders, her contributions helped give more access to affordable and quality child care; sixteen and seventeen-year old's the right to be tried and housed with youth instead of adults in the criminal justice system; moms, dads, military, adoptive parents, and caretakers the right to have their job secured while taking care of a loved one; and allowed people to not have bail as a barrier while trying to prove their innocence.

After working for over a decade in the non-profit sector to advocate for mothers and children, Shanequa noticed the lack of diversity in non-profit social movements. She felt these movements themselves were segregated; everyone was working to do good with people from their own ethnicity only. To build cultural bridges, educate people on issues that affect them, celebrate diversity, unite women, and create unified advocacy opportunities, she founded the 501(c)(3) Women's Diversity Network, aka WDN, where she serves as the Chief Executive Officer. WDN has become a social movement organization practicing transformative justice processes based on group leadership where marginalized lives are centered. The mission of the WDN is to connect and mobilize women of different backgrounds to create positive change through collective work and a unified sisterhood. Through WDN, she has created the Health Equity Task Force, which focuses on addressing Maternal Mortality. She's also created a yearly summit that brings diverse people together to learn about social justice issues and celebrate cultures.

Shanequa also convenes a Black-led, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational coalition of organizations, activists, and community members who are working to ensure genuine public safety for all Long Island communities called LI United to Transform Policing & Community Safety. LI United's mission is to transform public safety by divesting from policing and investing in our communities.

After surviving childhood poverty, dealing with drug-addicted parents, an incarcerated father, and having a teen mom, she understands the importance of using her voice to help others break negative generational cycles. She values loyalty, collaboration, justice, optimism, and honesty. Shanequa has written a book titled Poverty's Phoenix, which sheds light on the child's perspective of growing up in suburban poverty.

 

​Shanequa attended Lincoln & Hofstra universities in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. She has certificates from Adelphi University for Organizational and Community Leadership; Social Movement Technologies for Digital Organizing; the University of Connecticut for Workplace Empowerment Leadership & Skills; Rockwood Institute for The Art of Leadership; and the National Association of Mothers' Centers for Group Facilitation. 

Shanequa

Kathryn Abbatiellohas dedicated her life’s work to championing the needs of children with disabilities and their families. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education N-6 with a minor in Sociology and her M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Adelphi University. Previously employed by the NYC Board of Education, Kathryn has spent the past 12 years working as an independent contractor within the NYS Early Intervention Program. As an Applied Behavior Analyst, she provides in home therapy to young children with Autism. In this capacity, she leads teams of related professionals in their mission of identifying and fulfilling the needs of the children and families they serve. In conjunction with local school districts, she also provides direct service to students and behavior consultation to classroom teachers, ensuring the successful inclusion of preschoolers with disabilities across a diverse array of early educational settings. 

In her personal life, Kathryn continues the work of educating and empowering families to advocate for themselves and their children, helping to connect them with community resources to support their needs. She is steadfastly committed to increasing diversity and equity in access to educational opportunities and healthcare, especially among the most marginalized. Within her own community, she has successfully lobbied for increased fairness and transparency in educational practices, resulting in the implementation of more comprehensive, formative assessments. 

Kathryn volunteers her skills and time, working alongside organizers and community leaders, in support of candidates for elected office, who support progressive policy changes. She actively campaigned in support of Autism Action NY and continues to publicly promote the passage of the New York Health Act. Kathryn is a founding member of NY02 Indivisible and a professional member of The Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Kathryn enjoys traveling to new places, discovering new cuisines, and spending her free time with her husband of 25 years, her two adult daughters, and her three fun-loving dogs. 

Kathryn

Debbie Mercer-Miller is the U.S. Securities Country Manager and Head of U.S. Custody Product Management where she manages over $6 trillion in stocks and bonds for clients domiciled in the US and approximately 30 other markets. She has been in the industry since 1993 and her experience spans across multiple disciplines in the capital market. 

Her current responsibilities include setting the strategy and managing the U.S. Custody business as well as effectively positioning Citi and our client’s interest in the U.S. capital market. Debbie works closely with our clients to ensure alignment with their strategies and provide solutions for complex matters. Debbie is the Vice Chair of the Association for Global Custodian (AGC) and Citi’s voting member. She is also a member of The Federal Reserve Securities Wholesale Committee, Depository Trust Clearing Corporation Americas Committee, and Citi’s Steering Committee Representative at ISITC. She has a stellar track record of proactively initiating and leading market initiatives that fundamentally change the market infrastructure and mitigate market risk. She is the first At Large Pubic Member for NYS Midwifery Board.  She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and her views are often solicited by market peers. Debbie is equally very passionate about volunteering and mentoring. 

Debbie joined Citi in 1997 as Citi Transaction Services Global Risk Manager in New York and was subsequently promoted to Operations Project Manager in Dublin to oversee Euro Implementation for Cash Management, Client Executive in American Depository Receipts servicing clients in the Middle East, Global Custody Marketing Manager and U.S. Custody Product Development Manager. 

Prior to joining Citi, she was the Assistant Treasurer at IBM. She pursued a dual major in finance and accounting at the City University of New York where she graduated with honors and an M.B.A. in executive management from St. John’s University.

Debbie

Carla Simpsonhas an MBA and has been working in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She is the founder of SIMPCo Properties LLC, a value-oriented boutique real estate investment and property management firm. 

Carla serves on several boards dedicated to the empowerment and education of children and women. She is the proud mother of one daughter and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Business.

Carla

Christine Pellegrinois a proud mother of 2 daughters, an educator, a community leader, and a former NYS Assemblywoman. Christine understands the challenges facing Long Island’s families. Her passion for advocating and organizing has led to her involvement with a broad range of issues including healthcare, protecting our environment, protecting our LGBTQ+ community, voter registration & election reform, and many others.

 

Christine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Master of Science Degree in Reading. She spent most of her 25-year teaching career as a reading specialist in the Baldwin school system, working with students who are at risk for reading below grade level and advocating for their needs. Christine’s commitment and dedication to our children have been recognized by both colleagues and parents.

As a leader of the Opt Out movement, Christine has advocated and organized against the implementation of developmentally inappropriate standards, a harmful standardization testing regime, and the forces that seek to privatize public education. She has fought for a fully funded and equitable public education system and believes that Long Island’s families deserve their fair share of school budget dollars from Albany.

Elected to the NYS Assembly in 2017 in a special election, Christine shocked the nation by flipping a historically red district by 40 points. During her time in the Assembly, she delivered record amounts of funding for schools, libraries, the environment, veterans facilities, and individuals seeking treatment for opioid addiction.

 

Christine has also worked extensively as a community leader. She is a founding Executive Board Member of Long Island Pride PTSA, and is currently serving as the chapter’s Vice President. In that role, Christine advocates for LGBTQ+ kids to have the freedom to be themselves and learn in safe and supportive school environments.

Christine
Farrah

Farrah mozawalla

has a proven track record of dedication to creating a more inclusive Nassau County. She is the former Executive Director of The Office of Asian American Affairs of Nassau County, the first Muslim to be appointed as a department head in Nassau County. That department elevates the social, political, and economic issues of the Asian community by strengthening how government addresses those concerns. She spearheaded community building through the various cultural events she organized for the county such as: Ramadan Iftar, Independence Day Celebrations, Diwali, and Lunar New Year. She organized forums and MWBE events to help build bridges between the government and residents. She was also a member of the County Executive’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and on the County’s Census Count Committee.

 

 

Prior to this, she was a teacher at Lynbrook High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to her accomplishments as a teacher and government liaison, she is committed to serving the community. She was instrumental in Eid being recognized as a school holiday in Valley Stream. Farrah is a member of Salam Sholom and a school board member for Hamza Academy, a private school located in Valley Stream. Recently Farrah founded the Asian American Institute For Research And Engagement (AAIRE). Her most important accomplishment is that she is a proud mother of 6 children. Please welcome Farrah as she shares her latest report with us. 

Jasmine Johnsonwas born and raised in CT and currently resides in GA. She is African America, Puerto Rican, and Taíno. Jasmine has earned her bachelor's in tourism and hospitality and her executive masters in business management and marketing.  She works full-time at an accounting firm and runs a digital business for Women called b.demp that aims to help women create a balanced, healthy, and happy lifestyle. When she’s not working or running her business, she enjoys spending time and taking adventures with her Fiance Erica, and her three dogs, Lola, Nina, and Zoey.

Jasmine
Jazmyne

Jazmyne Archeris a Client Services Manager at SEO Career where she helps Black, LatinX, and Native American students secure internships with fortune companies, and corporate and banking partners. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's in Communication & Behavior and a double minor in Consumer Psychology and Spanish. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, she worked in a boutique sales and marketing agency managing the Beauty Supply Sales, Field Marketing & Brand Ambassador Programs for Sundial Brands. She currently consults for Black Girl Digital, a premiere black female digital marketing and influencer agency, where she connects black female influencers with brands. She is a mother to an adorable 3-year-old and currently resides in Long Island, NY. 

Pascale

Pascale Jean-Noel is the Director of Training for the ACT Institute at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.  Working with the New York State Office of Mental Health, she helps design coordinate, and facilitate extensive training curricula in treatment planning, cultural Humility, awareness, engagement, working with mandated clients, and ACT core daily principles based on person-centered recovery-oriented principles. The training curricula are used by 108 ACT teams, consisting of over eight hundred people collectively, throughout the state.  Pascale is also an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Fordham University School of Social Work.  At Columbia University, she teaches Adult Psychopathology and Wellness in a residential and online setting.  At Fordham University, she teaches Assessment and Diagnosis and Clinical Seminar.

 

Pascale Jean-Noel received her BSW and master’s degree from Adelphi University School of Social work, Garden City, NY. She holds a Clinical License in Social Work and has over twenty years of experience in social-service settings. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Jean-Noel worked in managerial as well as direct-care roles in Foster Care, Outpatient Substance abuse, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, and on ACT.   

 

Mrs. Jean-Noel currently serves as a member of the Statewide Multicultural advisory committee that advises the Commissioner of Mental Health on policy, programs, and activities related to fostering recovery and resiliency among individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are diagnosed with mental illness and their families.  She also serves as an executive board member on the Haitian- American Family of Long Island Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides family support services and promotes community development to facilitate the acculturation process for people of Haitian descent. Pascale is also an executive board member of the Cazale Community Cultural Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of the youth living in Haiti by providing year-round educational support services.

 

Pascale Jean-Noel presents yearly at multiple conferences nationally and statewide.  Her topics include Positionality through leadership and service delivery, Person-centered treatment and Supervision, Strategies to Improve Mental health Outcomes in the Black Community, and Supervision in a Data-Driven Environment.  Her Interest is to push through barriers by influencing cultural shifts within the organizations to hire and deliver services that are inclusive, equitable and reflect the diversity of the people that are being served!

Tyra GravesandeIn the vast landscape of academia and professional pursuits, few individuals exhibit the exceptional range and depth of achievements embodied by Tyra M. Gravesande. From her rigorous academic journey to her diverse professional ventures and prolific research contributions, Gravesande's multifaceted career paints a portrait of unwavering dedication and exemplary aptitude across various domains. As a prominent figure navigating the realms of bioethics, health equity, and beyond, her influence is palpable. Ms. Gravesande's resoluteness is evident in her academic prowess, dynamic professional journey, impactful leadership endeavors, and substantial research contributions, offering insight into the remarkable trajectory of this pioneering trailblazer.

 

An impressive variety of academic accomplishments and experiences have marked Tyra M. Gravesande's educational journey. Tyra’s inclusion on the Dean’s List and her participation in various academic programs demonstrate her unwavering dedication and intellectual prowess. With her academic achievements serving as a testament to her commitment to scholarly excellence and profound understanding of healthcare and bioethics, Tyra M. Gravesande is poised for continued success in her future endeavors within the field. In addition to academic achievements, another important aspect to consider is professional experience.

 

Tyra Gravesande is currently a candidate for a Master of Science in Bioethics at Clarkson University-Icahn School of Medicine in Potsdam, NY. Her coursework in this program includes Healthcare Policy, Bioethics and the Law, Clinical Ethics, Neuroethics, Statistical Methods in Healthcare, Empirical Methods in Healthcare Policy, Reproductive Ethics, Proseminar in Health & Human Values, and Public Health Ethics. Prior to pursuing her Master's degree, Tyra graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Women's Studies, where she achieved Cum Laude honors. During her time at Spelman College, she was consistently on the Dean's List from Fall 2019 to Spring 2021 and again in Spring 2022. She was also a recipient of the WELS Scholar, NSCS, NSLS, Iota Iota Iota (Triota), Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, and Toni Cade Bambara Writers/Scholars/Activists Program. Her coursework at Spelman College included a wide range of subjects such as Health Economics, Women's Health Disparities, Applied Calculus, Feminist Theory, Women, Values and the Law, Gender, Health in Cross-Cultural Perspectives, African Diaspora & the World, Independent Study in Women's Studies and Sociology, and The Black Female Body—American Literature.

 

In addition to her academic pursuits, Tyra has also engaged in professional development activities. She participated in the Harvard Business School's "Summer 2022 Venture in Management" Program and was part of the "Women of Excellence in Leadership" Class of 2022 (WELS) at Spelman College. She has also been a Latitude Fellow at D.E. Shaw & Company and a Career Prep Fellow at Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Moreover, she completed the Susan N. Wilson New Leadership Program at the Center for American Women & Politics.

 

Tyra has also obtained her mini-MBA from Dartmouth, the Tuck School of Business. She was so highly invested that she stimulated her key interests in life sciences, business, and venture capital applications, such as corporate finance, spreadsheet modeling, managerial economics, financial accounting I and II, and organizational behavior.

 

Tyra has also made significant contributions to various publications. Tyra M. Gravesande is a remarkable figure in the fields of healthcare and bioethics, as her numerous research publications attest. reflecting her comprehensive understanding of healthcare disparities and maternal health. By addressing significant issues within the healthcare system, Ms. Gravesande's research underlines her dedication to advancing equitable and effective healthcare policies and solidifies her esteemed position in the field of bioethics. While potential counterarguments could be raised about the impact of Gravesande's research, her influential publications within respected organizations serve as compelling evidence of her expertise and contributions to the field. These research publications uniquely exemplify Gravesande's significant impact on healthcare policy and bioethics, establishing her as a multifaceted professional with a profound influence. This substantial body of work sets the stage for a discussion of her extensive professional experience and future potential, further highlighting her exceptional capabilities as a researcher and healthcare advocate. In addition to the extensive research publications, her internship experiences also played a crucial role in shaping her expertise in the field. She co-authored a statement on Black maternal health for the Student National Medical Association Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee. She has also been published in the American Medical Association's MedEd's horizon. Additionally, she has a forthcoming publication in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), titled "The Role of Nurses, Midwives, and Doulas on Breastfeeding Education and Rates: Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Furthermore, she has submitted a publication titled "Fracking Systems are Politically-Driven and are a Detriment to the Health of Women" to the Department of Comparative Women's Studies at Spelman College. She has also contributed to a publication on Opioid Harm Reduction at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania.

 

Tyra M. Gravesande has accumulated a remarkable range of professional experiences, showcasing her diverse skillset and commitment to making a meaningful impact in various fields. Her professional journey includes notable positions such as Co-Founder of Sensiboo, where she leads the Business-2-Business (B2B) development and implementation of technology-driven solutions for infant caregivers, aligning the startup's products with cutting-edge advancements in child development and attachment theory research. In addition to her roles, she has worked within prestigious institutions such as the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Atento Capital, McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan and Impact Health. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Women’s Diversity Network, aka WDN. WDN connects and mobilizes women and gender-expansive people of different backgrounds to create positive change through unity and collective work. The four areas of advocacy among WDN are: Health Equity, Wealth Equity, Racial Equity and Gender Equity. These experiences showcase the depth and breadth of Gravesande's accomplishments and preparedness for a multifaceted career. As we have seen how the educational journey has shaped her experiences, it is important to now turn our attention to the academic achievements resulting from this journey.

 

Additionally, her leadership and extracurricular activities, including serving as a YouthASC Abortion Doula and Racism in Medicine Course Director for the American Medical Student Association, further demonstrate her dedication to advocacy and equity. While some may argue that Gravesande's extensive professional experience may lead to overextension or a lack of focused expertise, it is evident that her varied roles have equipped her with holistic perspectives and adaptable skills, allowing her to excel in diverse and intersecting fields. Tyra Gravesande's professional journey exemplifies her unwavering commitment to effecting meaningful change, as demonstrated through her multifaceted expertise and leadership in various domains, laying a strong foundation for her continuing impact in the future. Furthermore, in addition to professional experience, research publications also play a crucial role in establishing expertise in the field. Ms.Gravesande's array of roles and responsibilities, spanning various prestigious organizations and institutions, reflects her remarkable versatility and proficiency in the healthcare and business sectors.

 

Furthermore, her role as a research assistant at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity underscores her capacity to analyze and synthesize data to investigate racial disparities in the experiences of caregivers during the pandemic. Moreover, her position as both an investment analyst and venture capital fellow at Atento Capital further demonstrates her ability to strategically source and evaluate potential investments, indicating her adeptness in navigating the complex landscape of venture capitalism. Moreover, her contributions to various publications and research endeavors serve as a testament to her substantial expertise and depth of experience in the healthcare and business domains. Her dynamic experiences not only underscore her adaptability but also embody her capability to make substantial contributions to her fields, positioning her as an indispensable asset in pioneering solutions and innovative strategies. Tyra also worked as a Diversity and Health Equity Intern at the PAN Foundation in Washington, DC. In this role, she conducted research and analysis, particularly in organizations focused on minority populations, nonprofits focused on therapeutic areas, physician organizations, and patient advocacy organizations. She collaborated cross-functionally to develop metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and Health Equity scorecards. Additionally, she tracked and improved key D/HE metrics and communicated process improvement opportunities across the organization.

 

Furthermore, Tyra has worked as a Health Equity Intern at Impact Health in Washington, DC, where she conducted research and analysis of federal health policy developments. She prepared advocacy materials for clients and summarized congressional hearings and administration meetings related to Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance markets.

 

Tyra continues to freelance as a growth manager for ONYX, an early-stage femtech start-up based in Atlanta, GA. ONYX is focused on modernizing menstruation by creating safe and innovative reproductive health products. Here, she manages and pitches dealflow opportunities, sources aligned people, potential partners and entities for synergistic collaborations, and conceptualizes innovative features, content, promotions, procedures, sales models, and other growth-driven efforts.

 

She has also served as a Bioethics and Health Policy Intern at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Tyra completed and published a manuscript on Black maternal health and health policy. She shadowed clinical ethics consultants and participated in research and writing that supported the clinical ethics mission. She also presented her work at the annual Center Research Showcase.

 

She also currently serves as a 2023 HBCU Senior Venture Capital Fellow, where she gains foundational knowledge around venture capital through real-world examples, formalized training, and collaborations with other fellows in the vertical space. Lastly, she has served as an ESG Impact Investing Fellow at Impending Bloom, where she has conducted ESG research and impact analysis on S&P 100 companies and prepared a plethora of company reports and pitches.

 

The multifaceted career of Tyra M. Gravesande is characterized by exceptional leadership and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities, setting her apart as a committed individual with a strong dedication to making a positive impact. Gravesande's numerous leadership roles and participation in extracurricular activities demonstrate her dedication to social causes and professional development. Her work with organizations like Advocates for Youth, Inc., and the Student National Medical Association showcases her advocacy for health equity and her active contribution to addressing systemic issues. Additionally, her involvement reflects her commitment to promoting inclusivity and equity in healthcare. These roles illustrate her ability to lead and organize projects, manage diverse teams, and coordinate impactful initiatives.

 

Gravesande's extensive leadership experience and dedication to social justice initiatives underscore her exceptional leadership skills and deep commitment to making a difference, which is evident from her diverse range of roles and contributions. Affiliations and skills are equally important to an individual's development as leadership and extracurricular activities, which play a crucial role in personal growth. Tyra M. Gravesande's extensive affiliations and remarkable skills position her as a multifaceted professional with a wide range of competencies and expertise. Her involvement in various organizations, such as the National Action Network and the National Women’s Health Network, highlights her commitment to social and health equity at a national level. Additionally, her membership in the Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc., and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College reflects her dedication to community building and the promotion of education. In conclusion, Tyra M. Gravesande's remarkable journey exemplifies the epitome of dedication, academic prowess, and commitment to creating positive change. Her impressive educational achievements, extensive professional experiences, prolific research publications, diverse internship experiences, and impactful leadership and extracurricular activities underscore her unwavering dedication to making a difference. Through her notable affiliations and robust skill set, Tyra stands as a trailblazer in her field, showcasing unparalleled potential for pioneering advancements that will undoubtedly shape the future. Undoubtedly, her multifaceted career trajectory serves as an inspiration and testament to the impactful contributions she will continue to make in her chosen endeavors

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