Meet Our NTL Grads

Explore the directory below to connect with graduates of our Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders program. NTL is designed to bring inclusiveness and diversity to non-profit boards, increase and enhance the pool of effective board members and new leaders, educate and inspire those who participate and provide quality training to individuals in the community. Check back soon because new graduates are regularly being added to the directory!

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Arlaina Harris

Class of 2022

I excel at strategic development for improving community engagement, cultural competency, and trauma informed care. My professional background is in macro social work, and I am passionate about working to de-stigmatize mental illness and address the socioeconomic conditions of poverty – particularly among communities of color. I have experience developing relationship-based strategies that promote system level change with a focus on prevention, trust building, social justice, and equity.

I currently serve as Director of Community Partnerships for Blueprint 15, President of Cafe Sankofa Cooperative, and Site Coordinator of Food Bank of CNY where I work to advance a holistic approach to neighborhood well-being on the South Side of Syracuse, NY.

Email: aharris@blueprint15.org 

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Tealye Pinet

Class of 2022

As a team-oriented professional and administrator, I have spent the last decade working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. My expertise is in career development and higher education. I am a solution-oriented thought leader with innovative ideas. I believe everyone has the potential to become successful in their career.

I enjoy assisting individuals with making choices for their futures, first job or their next career move, and helping them to realize opportunities that are available to them. I help to guide students in developing their soft skills and becoming responsible employees in this ever-changing job market. With a passion to the uplift the community, I believe in molding our young people into future leaders.

Email: tealyepinet@onpointforcollege.org

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Terrence Butler

Class of 2022

I am a Syracusan through and through. For many years, I worked in the human services and disabilities sector with agencies such as Elmcrest Children’s Center, ARC, ARISE, and Rescue Mission. Those experiences allowed me to learn from and positively impact people with developmental disabilities, older adults, and people of all ages with mental health needs.

Currently, I am working in property management – specifically in senior residences. I know the community intimately and am always striving to contribute to the greater good.

Email: Mrtbutler33@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Kanischa Miller

Class of 2022

In ten years of work in the customer support sector, I have learned to nurture in many different capacities: As a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, Medical Assistant at a non-profit Healthcare System, and now, a Customer Success Manager at a cloud-based software company.

The core of my career has remained the same; build relationships and improve quality.

Since returning to Syracuse, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the non-profits seeking to improve the quality of life in our region.

My interests include traveling, learning about wine, and The Great Outdoors. I am interested in nurturing my community by way of environmental conservation, but I am open to all opportunities.

Email: KanischaMiller@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Jarvis Richardson

Class of 2022

As a Syracuse native and graduate of Fowler High School, I have had the time and opportunity to create strong relationships in many areas of the CNY community.

My objective is to influence and improve the quality of life for our young people. I have strong engagement skills and am a great communicator, abilities that I have developed while doing care coordination and peer-to-peer support work with youth. I am knowledgeable of age-appropriate resources within the community and have experience connecting youth and families with new tools and opportunities.

Email: jrichardson@ccsi.org

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Matthew Vanderwerken

Class of 2022

I am a CNY native with a background in operations and volunteer management. I have a passion for sustainability and development, especially in underserved communities. I am the co-founder of Operation Northern Comfort based out of Syracuse.

I currently serve as the Director of Operations at Clear Path for Veterans, with previous experience in a community foundation, a solar micro-grid start-up, and a small international NGO. I am an analytical problem solver with experience looking at challenges from both a micro and macro level.

Email: mvanderwerken@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Olivia J. Barrett

Class of 2022

As a Nurse and an Educator, I am passionate about mentoring and empowering others. I believe there is power in diversity and that unique backgrounds build strong, innovative teams. My interests lie in caring for the elderly and end-of-life care, STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) and educational opportunities for youth, and Faith-based organizations serving vulnerable populations in our community.

I am Lean Six Sigma certified and bring strong problem solving and process improvement skills, project management and presentation skills to the table. As a native of Central New York, I am eager to give back to our CNY community through board service.

Email: oliviajbarrett@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Stacey M. Bailey

Class of 2022

I have a background in community connections, and I have spent the last ten years volunteering and working in the nonprofit arena. For the past eight years, I have worked with domestic violence victims, sexual health, and more – recently advocating against racial disparities in the medical field. I also have experience doing outreach work and collecting data for needs assessments.

Currently, my passion has guided me to work with impoverished youth in urban communities. I work as the Unit Director for the Central Village Boys & Girls Club.

Email: touchedbyhoney124@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Alicia Ernest

Class of 2022

I have a passion for revitalizing under-resourced organizations which serve our community. After starting off in the non-profit field as a coordinator of volunteers and special events, I worked my way up to becoming the Executive Director for HOPE for Bereaved, Inc. – an organization that provides support and other resources to grieving parents, children, and families.

I have implemented simple digital systems which facilitate growth and serve volunteers and staff alike, without draining the limited funds of the organization.   I offer peer-coaching for new professionals who are considering developing in their non-profit role.

Email: aernest@hopeforbereaved.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Maryselyn McCarthy

Class of 2022

I am a native Syracusan with 15+ years of diversified business experience in the professional health benefits industry. My desire to do more impactful work led me to leave the health benefits industry and begin a career as an administrative/operations assistant at a local nonprofit where I provide support to our Senior Services, Youth Services and Workforce Development team.

I was exposed to the nonprofit world by my mother who provided my brother and I with a safe environment to attend after-school and summer programming. In my teenage years, I became a parent to two amazing daughters and would love to give back by working with youth and teen moms specifically.

Email: maryselyn@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

John Rastley

Class of 2022

As a Central New York native with over 30 years of experience working in the energy sector, I’ve had the opportunity to create many outstanding relationships in the community.  In my career and while holding a leadership position at a regional nonprofit organization, I have obtained the skills to understand and resolve complex issues – including but not limited to State regulations. 

As the spouse of a cancer survivor, foster parent, and veteran with many hours of community service under my belt, I have observed the many needs facing Central New Yorkers. My passion is to help and improve the lives of others.  In my retirement I look forward to using my relationships and skills to better the community.

Email: Forthecamp@hotmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Jasmine Holden

Class of 2022

I have over 10 years of experience in the Human Services field, working with individuals with many types of abilities and disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome, among others. Youth and literacy rates within the inner-city are also major interests of mine.

I am a children’s book author and created a nonprofit that places books from diverse authors in the hands of children. We have been in operation for two years and support and showcase independent authors of different backgrounds. I plan to make sure that the diverse population in CNY is heard as well as seen. Representation is key! I’m here so those keys can unlock doors.

Email: preservetheblackchild@gmail.com

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Haohui (Nate) Pan

Class of 2022

As an international student who graduated with an Economics degree from Syracuse University, I have a strong interest in facilitating economic development and improving our urban centers – particularly by helping the communities that have been left behind economically.

I have also spent a significant amount of time volunteering and interning for the Neighborhood and Business Department of the City of Syracuse (NBD), as well as Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today, CNY Food Bank, Mayor Ben Walsh’s reelection campaign, and as an Engineering Ambassador with middle school students in the Syracuse City School District.

I firmly believe that with my international perspective, education, and volunteer experience I can make an impact on this beautiful city.

Email:

hpan10@syr.edu

Hillary Warner graduated from the Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program in 2020.

Hillary Warner

Class of 2020

I am a passionate educator, advocate, and public health leader from Syracuse, NY.
I am team-oriented, mission-driven, and love my community. I have served non-profits for over 10 years in various capacities. I’ve had many beautiful, messy, and eye-opening experiences, which have helped to guide my compassion and perspective over the years.

Email:

hwarner87@gmail.com

Regina McArthur

Class of 2021

Employed at M&T Bank for years. Successful community leader, grant writer, and Community Reinvestment Loan Specialist. NAACP Woman of the Month. Currently lending my voice and hands to seven boards.

Email:

rmcarthur@mtb.com

Lindetta Broadwater

Class of 2021

I have experience working with people with mental and development disabilities. I have a passion to uplift our young women so they will know their worth. I am a very positive person and am able to find something good in all situations and people.

Email: olindetta@gmail.com

Hussein Yerow

Class of 2021

Hussein Yerow has been the Operations Manager of the North Side Learning Center since January 2018He started as a student, then volunteer, before he became a staff member. Hussein is a native of Kenya and resettled in Syracuse in 2010, along with his parents and five brothers.  He is the second oldest and of Somali descent. Hussein has connected to numerous community efforts such as volunteer roles with the Duck Race to End Racism, leading a neighborhood “Adopt A Block” team, assisting with World Refugee Day, and many others. His participation in The Leadership Classroom was the highlight of this past year.  He is in active member of Mosque of Jesus Son of Mary and his faith and values are a driving force in his life.  

Email: yerowh@gmail.com

Chris Kosakowski

Class of 2021

I bring strong opinions and a passionate voice. I bring a fresh, intersectional perspective. I always have the interest of clients and the betterment of an agency in mind.

Email: ckosakowski@verahouse.org

Billie Lockhart

Class of 2021

As a board member, I bring several things to the table. I have a passion for creating change and experience as someone who proudly represents unrepresented voices. I also have the expectation that our collective work will enhance the lives of those we serve.

Email: verrrb@gmail.com

Jessica Hess

Class of 2021

I am a communications and sustainability professional with experience in budget and operations management. I am passionate about giving back to my adoptive home of CNY and enjoy creative problem-solving ith diverse members of the community.

Email: jessica.bumpus13@gmail.com

Stephanie Leonard

Class of 2021

I have been a part of banking leadership for over 30+ years and can provide guidance within the areas of finance and strategic planning. I am experienced in the areas of fund raising, program development and recruitment as well. I enjoy all areas of public service and have served in many diverse areas. I am open to all organizations where I can provide assistance and value.

Email: sleonard6393@gmail.com

Eileen Collins

Class of 2021

I can provide time management skills to keep the business side of organizations efficient. I also bring administrative support for the functional back office.

Email: adoncallny@gmail.com

Faye Green

Class of 2021

I am a life long Syracusan who has been a volunteer in many capacities and I am interested in becoming a board member for a non-for-profit to make a difference in my community.

Email: Faye.Greene@accesscny.org

Anthony Morano

Class of 2021

1. Expert relationship builder and tender;
2. Passionate about equity and justice, especially in regards to people who are in economic margins and children/adults who have all kinds of disabilities;
3. Gifted collaborator who will bring out the best in everyone at the table!

Email: anthonylejaedu@yahoo.com

Janelle Harris

Class of 2021

1. I am an open and honest person that always tells it like it is without hurting or belittling anyone.

2. My organizational skills are one of my strongest qualities.

3. I enjoy assisting the elderly as they make choices with healthcare/insurance information.

Email: Janelleboyd777@gmail.com

Monu Chetri

Class of 2021

I bring my values of diversity and inclusion to any board I am a part of. I am a passionate advocate for both the Deaf and disability communities.

Email: chetrimonu@gmail.com

Tre’Coy Boyd

Class of 2021

What I bring to a board is unlimited potential. I aspire to work with people who help me learn and grow prfoessionally, while still striving to make an impact in the community.

Email: treyboyd45@yahoo.com

Michael J. Leonelli

Class of 2021

I have three years of experience as a board president where I raised $25,000-$50,000  annually and diversely expanded our board by 12 people.

Email: Mjleonelli@icloud.com

Nicole M. Collazo Cruz

Class of 2021

As a potential board member I will bring all of myself full of experiences. As a minority I will bring my perspective. Another thing that I will bring is my passion to serve others and my passion to learn.

Email: vesell@partnerscny.org

Liz Hradil

Class of 2021

I am a public service minded problem solver. I bring together international experience, social and political philosophy, volunteerism, neighborhood/community involvement, and hands on practice. My mission as a leader is to inspire, empower, listen, stand up, give purpose, and act with integrity.

Email: lizhradil@gmail.com

Sean Reed Jr.

Class of 2021

As a board member I can provide insight and expertise in programming and grant writing. I also have a passion for helping impoverished communities and the youth.

Email: sreed@cnycf.org

Tiffany Lloyd

Class of 2020

I am an urban professional with nearly 20 years experience providing public and community service. My professional history has been dedicated to working in partnership to build a strong base of cross-sector stakeholders, who develop intentional and intersectional messages, to increase social and reproductive justice.

Email: Urban_aristocrat@yahoo.com

Emad Rahim

Class of 2020

Over 20 years of experience in project management, entrepreneurship, business development and strategic planning. Management consultant, business professor, content manager and former university dean.

Email: emad13207@gmail.com

Virgie Townsend

Class of 2020

Past experience as secretary and committee chair on the Vera House Board of Directors. More than 10 years of communications experience, including as a nonprofit executive and published writer in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national outlets.

Email: virgie@virgietownsend.com

Therese L. Howington

Class of 2018

I bring diversity from a woman’s and African American’s perspective, and a pre-existing passion for the causes around social justice.

Email: evangelistth@aol.com

Amy Grover

Class of 2019

I’m inquisitive, thoughtful, and fair. I enjoy contributing toward ideas and projects. I believe everyone should contribute and be held accountable for those responsibilities. I share things that I am passionate about with the community through eloquent speaking and writing. My strengths fall within team building, public speaking, and conceptualizing ideas. My core values are transparency, growth and engagement.

Email: amygrover113@gmail.com

Tamara Harris

Class of 2018

I have served on several local boards here in CNY. Currently, I am on the board of HumaneCNY, and before that I was the Chair of the ARISE Foundation Board for 3 years. I enjoy fundraising and working with both current and potential donors.

Email: tamaraviolin28@yahoo.com

Ashlea Schad

Class of 2019

Ten years of working in the non-profit sector, primarily with cultivating relationships for development and fundraising. I am enthusiastic about the greater Syracuse community, supporting causes including education, hunger, and violence. I currently sit on the Vera House Board and am truly grateful for my NTL experience. Had it not been for NTL I would have never met Virgie Townsend, a former Board member at Vera House. Connections and network are everything.

Email: aschad@syrdiocese.org

Balbina “Priscilla” Santana-De Los Santos

Class of 2018

I am bilingual (Spanish/English), have non-profit experience, and am organized, detail oriented, and very proactive. I am eager to help the Syracuse community.

Email: priscillataz78@gmail.com

Sameerah Owens

Class of 2019

I am passionate about the City of Syracuse and motivated in creating change for families. I am a team oriented person with the willingness to learn new things.

Email: mazilay@gmail.com

Maithreyee D. Dubé

Class of 2018

I have a passion for leadership coaching and talent for facilitating conflict management. I have successfully created long lasting programs by engaging volunteers and employees alike, complete with succession planning. I also bring strong presentation skills for small and large group presentations – both to present myself and coach others to present.

Email: mddube@syr.edu

Arriell Mussi

Class of 2020

My purpose is to empower, not through motivation but through congruently aligning others with an inspired life. To help others see the light that always and already exists within them.

Email: Arriell.j.mussi@gmail.com

Patricia (Katie) McBride

Class of 2019

Qualities that I would bring to a potential board include a full “knowledge” of the responsibilities of the Board of Director and the expectation from its Commissioners. I will bring “passion” which I believe is extremely important at the table. I believe having a passion for the mission of the organization helps the foundation for see beyond the fiduciary responsibilities of a board member and see the community it serves as well.

Email: pmcbride@syrgov.net

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