Board Member Bio and Contact Information

Shelley Eleby (, Assistant Secretary: Shelley graduated from New York University with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communications. She is the VP of Global Marketing at AudienceScience, a global advertising technology firm. She brings nearly two decades of experience in strategic planning, product development and marketing.

Julie Elliott ( Julie received her BA in English and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Virginia and an MBA from New York University. She has worked extensively in the fund-of-hedge-fund industry, including significant experience in portfolio management and client engagement.

Jeffrey Hietikko-Parsons (, Vice President: Jeff is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and he is also the Director of the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training. He has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Houston.

Themba Johnson ( Themba has a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She enjoys being an active parent in the community and has been a class parent and an event chair for many years.

Renee Karibi-Whyte (, Secretary: Renee currently works as a Marketing Director with Thomson Reuters Legal in New York City.  Renee has a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University, a law degree from Harvard Law School and several years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Yoel Piney (, Treasurer: Yoel has a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. Yoel has over 15 years of experience in the development, application and management of an Enterprise-wide technical security programs.

Danielle Rowe-Jackson ( Danielle is a Director of Marketing Services at Showtime Networks.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University and a master’s degree in direct marketing from Mercy College.

Misha Simmonds ( most recently served as Executive Director of University Heights Charter School in Newark, NJ for 8 years. Misha holds a BA in History from Princeton University, a MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Baruch College. 

Alexandra Soriano-Taveras (, President: Alexandra teaches preschool and has been active in the field of education for over 20 years. She holds a BA in Anthropology from New York University and a MS in Early Childhood Education from Capella University.