The Board Of Directors
We are a group of people who believe in the mission and work of WDN. We proudly take on the legal responsibility of the organization along with the strategic and fiscal governance.
Founder & CEO
Board Officer / Interim Chair of the Board
Shanequa is an uplifting social justice leader who has won several awards for her work. She is also a registered ordained wedding officiant. Shanequa is the author of a memoir titled Poverty's Phoenix, the Founder, and CEO of the Women's Diversity Network, Co-Convenor for LI United to Transform Policing & Community Safety, Co-Chair for the Long Island Million Women Community, former director of Every Child Matters in NY, the creator of culturally relevant Facebook groups. She's a member and advisor of several coalitions and groups. Shanequa has been instrumental in advocating policy changes to Early Care and Learning, Raise The Age, Paid Family Leave Insurance, and more. As a survivor of childhood poverty, drug-addicted parents, an incarcerated father, and a teen mom, she uses her voice to help others break negative generational cycles.
Secretary of Board
Kathryn has dedicated her life’s work to championing the needs of children with disabilities and their families and has 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.
Debbie Mercer Miller
Treasurer of Board
Debbie 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.
Carla Elaina Simpson has 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.
Christine is a proud mother of 2 daughters, an educator, a community leader, and a former NYS Assemblywoman. 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.
Farrah 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. Recently Farrah founded the Asian American Institute For Research And Engagement (AAIRE).
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.
Jazmyne has a Bachelors in Communication & Behavior and a double minor in Consumer Psychology and Spanish. Jazmyne helps Black, LatinX, and Native American students secure internships with fortune companies, and corporate and banking partners.
Pascale holds a Clinical License in Social Work and has over twenty years’ experience in social-service settings. Her interests are 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 is 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.